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First Citizen of Football

higgin The Irish season kicks off with the 2017 President’s Cup this weekend, when League of Ireland champions Dundalk travel to FAI Cup winners Cork City in the curtain-raiser to the domestic campaign. The Irish version of the Community Shield was initiated to honour our football-loving first citizen, Michael D. Higgins. Continue reading →

Barcelona to Oriel: Dundalk’s Catalonia Supporters’ Club

dundalk barcelona Albert Isern and Marc Barrachina both live in Barcelona but had never met. By chance they both took an interest in Irish football just as Stephen Kenny was becoming the saviour of Dundalk FC. Captivated by their story, and impressed with the passion in the League of Ireland, they became fully-fledged Lilywhites fans and have founded the Irish champions’ most unlikely supporters’ club. Continue reading →

New FIFA Needs New Direction

fifa hq From internal scandals to human rights abuses in World Cup hosting countries, the new FIFA is facing critical issues. In interviews with the former General Secretary M. Zen Ruffinen and journalist Jamil Chade, FanVox, a social enterprise empowering fans, asks how willing and able are the new men in charge to improve the tarnished image of global football’s bosses? Continue reading →

Hearts of Stone, Football’s Statues

united-trinity A peculiarity of British football, well known to “groundhoppers” and visitors to stadiums, big or small as they are, is that many of them are adorned by statues depicting characters who’ve left indelible marks on the history of the corresponding clubs. Vicenzo Felici profiles some of the sculptures of the major English stadiums. Continue reading →

How the Rebel Army Saved Cork City

CorkCity Following their sensational FAI Cup win, we’re reposting this article looking at the growing phenomenon of supporter-owned football clubs in Ireland, with the spotlight on Cork City. Borne from the official supporters club, the FORAS trust became the saviours of the southern giant as she flirted with extinction. Continue reading →

Featured: Copa90 in Profile

Copa 90 - Sarejevo Match Day With over 1 million subscribers, COPA90 has become the home of football culture. Travelling the planet to tell the story of football through the fans, they have, as they say themselves, been welcomed into people’s homes, bars, and stadiums, making films that celebrate the greatest game on Earth. They sat down with Póg Mo Goal. Continue reading →

What Happens to Footballers When the Game’s Up?

c8e0adbcfc0e68c2b3b58bd5760b8d6d Irish author Alan Gernon’s first book ‘Retired: What Happens to Footballers When the Game’s Up’ has already made the long list for eir Sport Sports Book of the Year and Niall Quinn, who provides the foreword, has called it ‘the most important football book in a long time.’ Here, Alan gives a taster of his work which gives an incredible insight into what happens to players when the curtain comes down on their careers. Continue reading →

RIP Carlos Alberto

carlos-alberto He was part of one of the greatest teams ever to play the game and scored one of the all time great goals. With the sad passing of Carlos Alberto Torres, here is animator Richard Swarbrick’s brilliant animation of that famous Brazil goal from 1970. Continue reading →