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Mexico And Uruguay Friendlies Will Test Ireland

suarez Next month is a big one for the Republic of Ireland. A World Cup qualifier against Austria could go a long way to determining whether Martin O’Neill’s men advance to the finals in Russia next summer but two fixtures against Mexico and Uruguay precede that clash. It won’t be straightforward by any stretch but good performances in the friendlies from Ireland could set them up for a major qualifying scalp at the beginning of June. 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 →

Goolbridge

GoolbridgeCover 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 →

He is Zlatan

zlatanA Ireland will open their Euro 2016 campaign against Sweden in the Stade de France on June 13. All eyes will be on their mercurial frontman, the main threat we must snuff out. Reposting from Póg Mo Goal magazine #1, He is Zlatan. Continue reading →

Andriy’s Final Farewell

Andriy_Shevchenko_goal_celebration_Euro_2012_vs_Sweden It’s hard to believe that it has been almost four years since Euro 2012, a tournament that delivered its fair share of drama and memorable moments. One of these, writes Adam Murphy, was the brace from Andriy Shevchenko that saw his Ukraine side beat Sweden in their opening group game. Continue reading →

Up the Duff – The Comeback Kid

duffy 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 →