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Searching for Toto

Schillaci They’re not in Kansas anymore. Four football fans from Portsmouth are hoping to produce their own documentary travelling throughout Italy in search of Toto Schillaci, the man who finished top scorer at the 1990 World Cup and broke Irish hearts in the process. Continue reading →

Coleman and Reid Prove We Can Play Ball

Pic:  Billy Galligan/amanwithhiscamera.com With the season almost over, all eyes will turn to the World Cup in Brazil. Of course, Ireland won’t be there and the selection of Seamus Coleman and Andy Reid in their respective teams of the year is yet another indictment of Giovanni Trapattoni’s philosophy as Irish manager. They also make a mockery of the argument that we don’t have ball-players. Continue reading →

Maracana History Repeating Itself

Maracana brazil series The Brazil Series, a collection of articles inspired by the world’s greatest footballing cradle, Póg Mo Goal looks at the storied past of the iconic ground that holds a special place in the heart of all Brazilians. It’s ironic that the reopening of Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium with Brazil vs England was overshadowed by accusations that the venue wasn’t ready. It’s merely a case of history repeating itself. Continue reading →

Top 5 World Cup Golden Boot Hopefuls

41a5ae5bb26b1dd55d5549f9b23f99b0 The World Cup kicks off in less than two months, at which point the eyes of the world will be on the action in Brazil. Right now there are a handful of heavy favourites to hoist the trophy-Brazil, Argentina, Germany, and the defending champions Spain-followed by a large pack of major underdogs of varying intrigue. While it seems inevitable that one of those favoured teams will win the tournament (since 1970 only those four countries, France, and Italy have won the competition), less certain is the identity of the Golden Boot winner. Continue reading →

YBIG Football Show: Brian Carey & Mick Wallace

ybig crop More big games for Irish players in England after Stephen Quinn and David Meyler booked a place in the FA Cup final. On the YBIG Football Show this week, Dave O’Grady also spoke to former Ireland international Brian Carey, who’s currently the youth team coach at Blackburn Rovers and Wexford Youths supremo Mick Wallace T.D. Continue reading →

YNWA from the Kop

the kop This amazing footage gives an idea of the atmosphere on the Kop at Anfield ahead of the massive game with Manchester City, from the stunning rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone to the poignant minute’s silence in memory of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Continue reading →

YBIG Football Show: Goalscorers

ybig crop In this week’s YBIG Football Show, Ireland’s Evertonians are chasing Champions League qualification. Dave O’Grady also talks to women’s international Stephanie Roche, discusses Chris Hughton’s sacking by Norwich and there’s domestic soccer in the LOI Goalmouth. Continue reading →

Passage of Play: Felipe Scolari

scolari Brazil coach Felipe Scolari has placed restrictions on the sideways samba at the World Cup this summer. ‘Big Phil’ will allow his players to partake in nocturnal exercises with their wives and girlfriends, as long as it’s not of the ‘acrobatic’ variety. The Selecao boss was responding to a question in Portugal as he continues preparations to win the World Cup on home soil in the summer. Continue reading →

Nike USA World Cup Away Kit

1621793_10151942703347035_1338957105_n As the countdown to the World Cup continues, Nike have released the new USA away kit, worn for the first time in last week’s friendly against Mexico. The launch campaign features NFL’s Ndamukong Suh, sprinter Allyson Felix and director Spike Lee. Continue reading →

South Central: Americas Highlights

Untitled South America’s biggest club competition, the Copa Libertadores, never fails to entertain and there’s further highlights from around the region. In the best of the week’s action, Ronaldinho is showered with affection, and coins, Brazil’s champions are beaten, and there’s a belter from Mexico. Continue reading →

The League of Nations

james mcclean UEFA members have unanimously backed a move for a new Nations League tournament to replace international friendlies starting in 2018. Ireland are likely to face the likes of Croatia and Sweden but with the incentive of promotion to face the continent’s top sides. Continue reading →

Atleti Fans Respond to El Clásico

800px-Pepe_y_aguero (1) Atletico Madrid fans respond to the action in a thrilling Clásico. Atleti stand atop La Liga table and, aside from cheering against their cross-city rivals, a Barca win would keep Los Rojiblancos on course for a first league title since 1996. The supporters also manage to wind up some Real followers in a nearby club. Continue reading →