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The LA King

robbie If David Beckham became royalty in American sport, as soccer continues to conquer hearts and minds, his successor in Los Angeles now reigns supreme. Recently voted best foreign import ever, Robbie Keane’s winning goal earned La Galaxy a fifth MLS crown, and his third, as the Dubliner was named 2014’s Most Valuable Player. In the Hollywood Hills, far from fading, the Irish captain’s star continues to shine. Continue reading →

Down but Not Out…10 Talking Points

Republic of Ireland v Scotland. UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying Group D Bullish words from the Irish squad that we’re not out of the Euro 2016 race did little to comfort Irish supporters dealt a crushing blow by the failure to beat Scotland. There are still twists and turns to come but the Green Army are losing hope in the O’Neill/Keane miracle and asking bigger questions. Two weeks on, here’s ten talking points Continue reading →

25 Years/Italia 90: Ireland on Film

bill o'herlihy champagne Twenty-five years on from Italia 90, we’ve gathered together footage of the television coverage surrounding Ireland’s remarkable maiden World Cup voyage under Jack Charlton, from the heady days of Italia 90 qualification through to the finals themselves when RTE’s pioneering coverage rewrote the manual on football punditry. Continue reading →

Hero Worship for Big Jack

jack Before the friendly with England, legendary manager Jack Charlton was introduced to the crowd and was moved to tears by the reception by both sets of fans. Watching him sing along to ‘Put Em Under Pressure’ and then the Irish national anthem will live long in the memory, just like his time in charge. Continue reading →

Teenage Dream’s So Hard to Beat

Grealish (1) October, 1974, Dublin. Wavy haired 18-year-old Liam Brady is thrust into the spotlight by player-manager John Giles at a pulsating Dalymount Park and plays his part is one of our finest-ever victories. Brady, Keane, Duff – Martin O’Neill says Jack Grealish is not ready but he wouldn’t be our first teenage star. Continue reading →

R.I.P. Ray Treacy

Unbenannt RTE’s Soccer Republic and Eamon Dunphy paid a moving tribute to former international Ray Treacy, who played for the Republic of Ireland between 1966 and 1980, managed Shamrock Rovers to the League of Ireland title, and through his business travelled the world with both the Irish team and fans Continue reading →

On Top of the Poles…10 Talking Points

brady It was almost all over. Instead Shane Long’s stoppage-time equaliser capped off a second-half Irish display full of fight and spirit that hasn’t been seen in years, especially at the Aviva Stadium. The Euro dream is still alive, just. Here’s ten talking points from a dramatic week in Euro 2016 qualifying. Continue reading →

Happy Birthday Paul McGrath: Reliving Giants Stadium

paul mcgrath giants stadium To celebrate the 55th birthday of one of the greatest of them all, Paul McGrath, we’re reposting Reliving Giants Stadium. The 1994 World Cup in America was the first for Luke Constable of the brilliantly named RGSOAS (Ruud Gullit Sitting on a Shed). His native England hadn’t qualified but thanks to his Irish grandfather, Luke was rooting for the Republic. Having missed the full game with Italy, the myth around the match had grown. Houghton’s goal and McGrath’s performance became legendary as the years went on. Luke has never seen the game in its entirety…until now. Continue reading →

MVP: God Save the Keane

1392899_899953280016863_7624509163364376664_n Robbie Keane has been named Major League Soccer’s Most Valuable Player for 2014 after a superb season which garnered 19 goals and 14 assists over 29 appearances. Ireland’s captain and record scorer helped LA Galaxy to the Western Conference title and they will face New England Revolution in Sunday’s MLS Cup Final. Continue reading →

Audio: The Alan McLoughlin Interview

AlanMcLoughlin-01 An Irish football hero since November 1993, Alan McLoughlin chats to Póg Mo Goal’s Dave O’Grady about the release of ‘A Different Shade of Green – The Alan McLoughlin Story’, nominated for Irish Sports Book of the Year. He talks about his personal battle with cancer, that famous night in Windsor Park, Roy Keane’s Rolex watch and much more. Continue reading →

A Different Shade of Green – The Alan McLoughlin Story

alan mcloughlin pic Gary Mackay’s goal for Scotland sent Ireland to Euro ’88. A facile win in Malta secured passage to our first ever World Cup in 1990. Play-offs, where the job was virtually done in the first leg, earned us the right to compete on a global stage in 2002 and 2012. The World Cup in America was different though. Irish footballing lore is peppered with iconic goals that stay at the forefront of every Republic fan’s memory. Whelan against USSR, McAteer against the Netherlands, Keane versus the Germans, even O’Shea in Gelsenkirchen. And another of those standout strikes came in Belfast in 1993. For the hero of that hour, his toughest fight was yet to come. His newly released autobiography has already been nominated for the Irish Sports Book of the Year. Continue reading →

When Support Doesn’t Work

Unbenannt They’re regarded as being among the best football supporters in the world and were featured in a promotional campaign about Ireland’s loyal Green Army of fans. But with some missing out on tickets for the qualifier with Scotland, and the FAI coming under fire, a new protest video has emerged. Continue reading →

No German Panic but Fighting Irish Could Strike Another Blow

germany fans Call it a World Cup hangover, but the Germans are still feeling a little delicate since their caipirinha-fuelled conquest by the Copacabana. Retirements and injuries have certainly affected ‘Die Mannschaft’ and their performances since the Maracana triumph have been sluggish. A friendly-drubbing at the hands of Argentina was followed up with the nervy win over Scotland, and a shock defeat to Poland. But German football fans don’t necessarily care. They are the world champions. And the country is still basking in the Brazilian glow. The flags remain on cars and outside houses, if a little more ragged now, a bit like Jogi Loew’s squad. Continue reading →

When Killer Met Keane

10334269_873494712662720_8112683895111861696_n Check out a teaser clip of Kevin Kilbane’s interview with former Irish teammate Roy Keane for Saturday’s Football Focus on BBC One. You can also watch RTE’s Tony O’Donoghue interviewing his fellow Corkman where he asks Keane outright if he walked out of the World Cup in Saipan. Continue reading →

New Ireland Away Kit

Umbro-Ireland-2014-2015-Away-Kit (1) Umbro have revealed the new Ireland away kit which will be worn for the first time in the Euro 2016 qualifying game against Scotland in Glasgow this November. The design takes inspiration from the second strip worn at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea Continue reading →

Robbie Keane Chips in With Wonder Goal

robbie keane la v ny Robbie Keane warmed up for Ireland’s upcoming crucial qualifiers, including a tilt at the world champions Germany, with a brace for LA Galaxy against New York Red Bulls. His first was an exquisite chip from Landon Donovan’s pass. Robbie also batted away questions on whether he’d be voted the league’s MVP. Continue reading →

Is Doctor Quinn the Cure to Ireland’s Ills?

niall quinn side Niall Quinn is an Irish legend, a one-time top goalscorer, and a man who understands football both on and off the pitch having stepped from the changing room to the board room. So when he speaks about the development of Irish players, it’s worth paying attention. Except, we’ve heard it from Quinn before. Maybe for a man of his resources, it’s time to see action, especially if no one running Irish football is bothered to listen. Continue reading →

Reviving the Legacy of “Don Patricio” O’Connell

DonPatricio His name should be among the most revered in Irish football history. A former captain of both Ireland and Manchester United, he went on to manage Real Betis and FC Barcelona where he is credited with saving the Catalan giants from extinction. Instead the remains of Patrick O’Connell are buried in an unmarked grave in Kilburn, North London, an area synonymous with Irish emigrants and their broken dreams. Now a new group has come together with the aim of restoring both his final resting place and O’Connell’s reputation in the annals of the game he loved. Continue reading →

On the Mid-Night Plane to Georgia

georgia stadium Irish supporters never made it to Tbilisi when the Republic faced Georgia under Giovanni Trapatonni. Political instability moved the World Cup qualifier to Mainz, Germany. Last weekend, as the green jerseys touched down beneath the Caucuses Mountains, Tbilisi-based Mory Cunningham wondered if it was just another away match location or if the fans felt further East in this still emerging nation of stark contrasts? Continue reading →