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Hand of History

The Irish camp is keen to dimiss it but for the French, it’s on everyone’s lips. We’re revisiting an extract from French Football Weekly’s Jeremy Smith’s interview with Phillipe Auclair, author of Thierry Henry: Lonely At The Top. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Henry is a divisive figure in French football. Perceived as aloof, an adversary of Zidane, and the apparent leader of a shameful strike at the 2010 World Cup, we look at the Frenchman’s standing in history, and that night in Paris. Continue reading →

Goolbridge

Goolbridge is an amazing new football t-shirt brand from Spanish illustrator Jorge Lawerta. With designs featuring the unique style of the Valencia artist it is one for true football culture fans. Continue reading →

Repost: Big Jack’s Russian Spy

The countdown is on to Euro 2016. We look back at the Republic of Ireland’s draw with USSR in 1988, considered among our best ever displays and one man in green had an inside line on the opposition. Tony Galvin studied Russian at university and shocked the Soviets by conversing with them in the warm-up before his teammates shocked them on the pitch in a game we should have won against the eventual finalists. Continue reading →

Next Jamie Vardy? Padraig Amond Interview

Padraig Amond is playing fantasy football at the moment. At the time of writing, the Grimsby Town striker has scored 36 goals in all competitions, his prolific form helping fire the Mariners to an FA Trophy final and the National League play-offs. Padraig chatted recently with Stuart Howard-Cofield, editor of daily fantasy football site Fanfeud about his career so far, football abroad, and what the future holds. Continue reading →

Up the Duff – The Comeback Kid

He’s had to wait almost two years between his first and second caps but an impressive display in his home debut against Switzerland has some tipping Shane Duffy for a place in Ireland’s Euro 2016 squad. Having suffered a life-threatening injury on international duty six years ago, the Derry native knows all about comebacks. Continue reading →