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Poles Part: Ireland in Crisis

Capture 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. Continue reading →

Nations League: Irish Horror Story or Tale of Redemption?

Capture It’s a new chapter for the Irish football team but no one seems to have bought the book. Despite UEFA’s attempts to hype up the Nations League, this still feel likes a set of early season friendlies, and with the Rice and Arter sagas, Irish fans are consumed with negativity towards the management duo of O’Neill and Keane. With a glaring lack of quality in the squad, this seems like the same old story with an unhappy ending. Continue reading →

The Beautiful Badge

Badge From the very first three lions crudely sewn onto the woollen shirts worn by the England players for the world’s first football international in 1872, to todays multi-million pound brands, The Beautiful Badge brings alive a history of the game like never before. Continue reading →

A Night to Celebrate Ringsend & Dublin’s Football History

RingsendCover An evening to celebrate the history of football in Dublin & Ringsend in The Yacht Tavern on 22nd March at 7.45pm. With speakers on the night; Eoghan Rice, Donal Fallon and Fergus Dowd. As well as a screening of an extended trailer for the upcoming feature-length documentary “Patrick O’Connell – The Man Who saved Barcelona” and A 1975 documentary about Shelbourne FC, “In My Book, You Should Be Ahead.” Continue reading →

MLS 2018 Kits

mlscover With a new season comes new kits, and MLS has dropped some beauties. A league-wide deal with Adidas means all clubs are supplied by the brand with the three stripes, an agreement which has been extended to 2024. Continue reading →

Pelé’s most beautiful goal

Pelé-Gol-Juventus It was at Rua Javari that Pelé scored what is considered, even by himself, his most beautiful goal among more than a thousand he recorded over the course of his career. There’s no footage of it, not even seconds of video, just a photo that shows ‘The King of Football’ heading the ball to the back of the net. Continue reading →

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 →