Irish teams of the past have relied on the sons of emigrants. As Ireland get set to face Switzerland in a crucial Euro 2020 qualifier, the visitors will boast a side with players whose families fled war and poverty to settle in the Alpine nation, and their football team is reaping the rewards, as Jamie Whelan explores.
Irish-born goalkeeper, Mark Travers made his debut for AFC Bournemouth against Tottenham Hotspur on the penultimate weekend of the Premier League season and what a debut it was. Without his polished performance, it is unlikely that Bournemouth would have won the game against their illustrious opponents, now bound for the Champions League final.
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After a turbulent few days for Irish football, quite apart from a scarcely-inspiring win against minnows Gibraltar, Georgia arrive in Dublin offering a stern examination of Mick McCarthy’s side. Alastair Watt gives us the inside view on Tuesday’s visitors – already guaranteed a Euro 2020 play-off thanks to their Nations League efforts – to Dublin.
The Mick McCarthy era Part II sees Ireland’s quest for Euro 2020 qualification being against a fast-improving Gibraltar side. Daniel Griffin of footballgibraltar has the lowdown on the new look hosts.
‘Green Army’ is a photographic portrait series by Denis Vahey capturing die-hard Irish football supporters. These fans follow the Boys in Green through thick and thin. This edition feature recent trips to Wales and Denmark.
Troy Parrott is already making ripples in world football, after scoring against Barcelona under 19’s. Fans are comparing him to the likes of Harry Kane and his compatriot Robbie Keane. He’s only sixteen but looks set to be scoring goals in lilywhite but also green senior shirts in not too long, writes Declan Wiseman.
Stephen Kenny has learned which teams he will be competing against for qualification for the Under-21 European Championships after he was appointed Ireland boss last month.
With the news of his appointment as General Manager of Linfield, former Shelbourne, Bohemian, Shamrock Rovers and Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon will be treading a path he has done before in his playing days.
The Irish team and its supporters are in turmoil right now. The manager Martin O’Neill and, in particular, his assistant Roy Keane are under immense pressure from both the media and the fans. The 5-1 World Cup play-off defeat at home to Denmark is still fresh in everyone’s mind and a week of off-field scandal followed by a gutless loss to Wales means Irish football is in a very dark place.