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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 →

30 Goal Neymar Hails Little Pitch Invader

neymar south africa crop Neymar stopped stewards from ushering a little South African boy off the pitch following Brazil’s 5-0 win in Soweto. The video of the striker, who scored a hattrick, taking the child in his arms over to his team-mates has gone viral online. Neymar became the 12th Brazilian to score 30 international goals, and he did it in just 47 games. Continue reading →

Whelan in the Years, Keane Backs Glenn

glenn whelan Roy Keane described Glenn Whelan’s performance in Stoke’s win over Arsenal last weekend as ‘outstanding,’ and he would know. The player who came in for a lot of criticism during Giovanni Trapattoni’s reign could be set for a new lease of life under the guidance of Ireland’s former midfield general Continue reading →

PUMA Reveal More World Cup Kits

switz crop The World Cup gear is arriving thick and fast this week, and following the launch of Italy’s home and away shirts, comes PUMA’s unveiling of the Brazil 2014 kits for Cameroon, Ghana, Algeria, Switzerland, and Chile. The new jerseys will be worn for the first time in tonight’s series of international friendlies. Continue reading →

Teenage Kicks Could Make O’Neill’s Night

kenny mcevoy After his unveiling as Irish boss, Martin O’Neill spoke of unearthing a hidden 17-year-old gem that would take the Irish team by storm. When naming his squad to face Serbia, the Derryman lamented that he had yet to find one, but when Noel King’s U21s take on Montenegro in a vital Euro qualifier, it could be teenage kicks that get the Republic through the night. Continue reading →

Adidas ‘Carnaval’ Pack

carnival_pack_shoot_01_11pro_album_10 The big sportswear giants are in maximum World Cup mode with Adidas launching a full-on campaign to ‘Brazil-ify’ their catalogue of gear. With Carnival reaching its climax, the German manufacturers have followed up the Samba series with the ‘Carnaval’ pack. Continue reading →