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Feed the Fish and Hope He Scores

In a move that is likely to surprise most and annoy others, Conor Sammon has been handed the responsibility of leading the line against Austria . Following Robbie Keane’s injury, Trapattoni has decided to place his faith in the untried partnership of Shane Long and Sammon. Ireland must beat Austria to go second in the […] Continue reading →

Beware the Ires of March

Playing in March apparently angered Jack Charlton while Steve Staunton thought it meant we performed better. The next few days could prove to be defining moments for Giovanni Trapattoni that determine if we should clear our calendars next summer. Continue reading →

We Need to Talk About Kevin…and 9 Other Points

Temperatures are plummeting in Stockholm and news of Trapattoni’s starting eleven has met a frosty reception among Irish fans. Much of their ire is directed at the inclusion of Paul Green in midfield but amidst the clamour to condemn the manager, Trapattoni has named possibly his most adventurous team since taking charge of the Republic. He’s also pulled off something of a transformation of the Irish squad that failed so badly in Poland. Ahead of the crunch tie with Sweden, here’s ten key talking points. Continue reading →

Last Meeting: Swede Disposition

It was Steve Staunton’s first game in charge and a 3-0 win over Sweden threatened to usher in a new era in Irish football. It proved to be a false dawn. Will Friday’s World Cup clash in Stockholm see the sun begin to set on Giovanni Trapattoni’s reign or reignite our ambitions to reach Brazil in 2014? Continue reading →

The Godfather of Irish Football

Irish football’s head honcho John Delaney, dubbed the Godfather, gave Sky Sports News an exclusive look behind the scenes at the Football Association of Ireland this week. He spoke about his childhood, his salary, and defended the decision of the Republic to cap players from Northern Ireland. Continue reading →

Hot-Shot Rob Has Face Like Back of a Bus

Robbie Keane continued his lightning start to the new season for LA Galaxy scoring in a 4-1 win over Costa Rican side Herediano to send the MLS side into the CONCACAF semi-finals for the first time. The Irish captain has also replaced David Beckham as the face of the MLS champions in a high-profile advertisement campaign. Continue reading →

Taylor: Let Lims Entertain You

Limerick FC boss Stuart Taylor is promising that his Limerick charges, including Robbie Williams, will be ready to take centre stage in Thomond Park this weekend. The Blues boss says his side will be competitive on their return to top flight football as they welcome Cork City and the RTE cameras to the home of Munster rugby. Continue reading →

Guest Post: Derry’s Red Partisans

Supporters of Derry City have recently started a new fans group going under the name ‘Red Partisans’. With links to Derry Anti-Fascist-Action, the group seeks to improve the atmosphere at matches whilst injecting a strong rejection of racism and the far right into the terraces. James Wright from football is radical caught up with one of their members, doherty-c, to discuss the formation of the group. Continue reading →

Passage of Play: Ian Harte

It’s a joke. I’ve seen Stephen Kelly’s phone, pretty much every one of the Reading lads have seen it, and we’re thinking: ‘What’s going on’? If the press were to see the full text, that would be the end of Trap. That would be the end of Giovanni Trapattoni Continue reading →

The Home of Premier Ambitions

It is one of Ireland’s most famous footballing nurseries producing some of the country’s greatest internationals such as Johnny Carey, Liam Whelan, Liam Brady, Ronnie Whelan, and Richard Dunne. Now Dublin’s Home Farm FC is the focus of Premier Ambitions, a behind-the-scenes documentary series airing on Setanta Sports. Continue reading →

The Church of Maradona

For a lot of fans, football is a religion. To Hernan and Alejandro Veron, Argentine player Diego Maradona is the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. As founders of the Church of Maradona, Alejandro and Hernan have reinvented the idea of a fan club, creating instead a full-fledged religion around their idol. Pay a visit to […] Continue reading →

Trap’s Delight with Old Wes Shift

Once upon a time in Dublin, getting a score from Old Wes meant something entirely different, but it was shift of a different kind at another south Dublin venue that has Irish football fans all hot and bothered. Wes Hoolahan’s cameo against Poland has put a pep in the step of the Irish soccer team and its under-fire manager. Continue reading →

A Good Day to Dye Hard

James McClean and fellow members of the Irish football squad, Kevin Doyle, Glenn Whelan, Stephen Ward, Keiren Westwood, Paul McShane and Shane Long took on Today FM’s Shave or Dye charity challenge ahead of the friendly with Poland at the Aviva Stadium Continue reading →

Passage of Play: Keith Andrews

It’s very much needed. It certainly keeps us oldies on our toes anyway. We’ve people like James McCarthy in the squad playing very, very well. I’m a big fan of his. Just in general, himself, Seamus Coleman, Robbie Brady, they’ve brought another dimension around the place…For the progression of Irish football, we need new players […] Continue reading →

Hull of a Deal: Tigers Sign Duo

David Meyler and Robbie Brady have signed for Hull City after successful loans spells at the Championship high-flyers. Steve Bruce moved to secure the signings of the players, who both made their international débuts in 2012, as the Tigers seek to maintain their promotion push. Continue reading →

Handball is Dunne and Dusted; Richie and Thierry to Team Up?

Sat disconsolate, arms barely propping himself up on the Stade de France turf, Richard Dunne was joined by the villain of the piece, Thierry Henry. ‘The Cheat of St Denis,’ as dubbed by George Hamilton, offered his hand to the Irish colossus, a recognition of the heartbreak he and his countrymen had visited upon the gallant Irish in Paris in 2009. As fate would have it, are the two to be reunited as team-mates at New York Red Bulls? Continue reading →

James Arthur’s X-Factor in Class

Whatever your thoughts about musicians taking part in talent shows, James Arthur has the X-Factor when it comes to class. The 24-year-old has called for ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,’ the Hillsborough victims tribute single, to reach the Christmas number one spot at the expense of his own song. Respect Mr. Arthur. Continue reading →

Robbie: Is Maith Liom Kaka MLS

Rumours abound that Brazil’s Kaka is about to join Robbie Keane at LA Galaxy and Ireland’s skipper has said he would welcome the Real Madrid playmaker with open arms. While he was busy scoring a wonder goal in Madrid’s trashing of Ajax last week, the internet was buzzing with reports of Kaka’s impending move to […] Continue reading →

Prince of Rio, Heleno de Freitas

Heleno de Freitas was a Brazilian footballing superstar in the 1940’s whose fall from grace is featured in the movie ‘Heleno’ released in the USA this week. The Botafogo hero starred for Brazil at the 1948 World Cup but his personal life began to unravel soon after. Heleno developed dementia and attempted suicide. At one point, he ate newspaper clippings that had detailed his triumphs and he died at the age of just 39. Continue reading →