He’s played in the Premier League and in the League of Ireland at the height of the boom times. Spotted in a European tie, he went on to spend almost a decade on the continent where he experienced a new football philosophy. Now former Republic international Dominic Foley believes Ireland needs a culture change if we are to progress.
In front of the RTE cameras Bohemians finally collected their first point of the 2012 Airtricity League season on Sunday with a decent defensive display, but it’s their inability to create chances at the other end that will most concern their supporters, writes John O’Neill.
The Boys in Green won’t be the only ones representing Ireland at Euro 2012 following the news that Mayo referee Damien MacGraith has been named in UEFA’s panel for the finals. What are the chances he gets a France game?
The Airtricity League kicks back into action tonight with a renewed anticipation in seeing those players who might make their mark following James McClean’s internatioanl cameo on Wednesday. All eyes will be on Tallaght Stadium where Shamrock Rovers, the defending champions and Europa League history makers, have been busying attracting many of the big name transfers. But few are likely to raise as many eyebrows as Limerick’s recent recruits.
James McClean’s call-up to the Republic of Ireland squad for next week’s friendly with the Czech Republic casts the spot-light once more on the domestic game’s role in the development of international-calibre players.
The gaze of the footballing press continues to focus on Shamrock Rovers as the countdown to their White Hart Lane meeting with Spurs continues. In particular, former Tottenham player Rohan Ricketts has figured prominently as he prepares to return to his old stomping ground in the hooped shirt of Ireland’s history makers.
DESPITE the virtual collapse of full-time football here, Irish clubs may never have a better opportunity than now to make the European breakthrough. The draws for next season’s cup competitions have put the group stages of the Champions League and Europa League within sight of Ireland’s participants.
IT’S the start of a new season of Airtricity League football. All over Ireland, clubs will be hoping that this is their season – but will they all still be there this time 12 months?
THE NEW season kicks off on Friday and mirroring the state of the nation’s finances, an age of austerity has dawned on the League of Ireland.
Just like the property bubble, full-time professional football here is now a thing of the past.
SHAMROCK Rovers, dubbed the Manchester United of Ireland, stand on the brink of ending a 16-year drought by claiming the Airtricity League title in Bray tonight.