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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 →

The Reign of Zidane

zidane He’s the man of the moment. Zinedine Zidane takes charge at Real Madrid, becoming the youngest manager in twenty years, the latest chapter in an extraordinary career. From World Cup glory to infamy, Champions League wonder goals, to documentaries, Zizou is a legend of the game. 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 →

All to Play Off For…10 Talking Points

Untitled-1 Before the Germany clash in Dublin, we’d have taken a play-off spot with both hands but humbling the world champions caused Irish fans to dream. A frustrating night in Warsaw raised doubts again but Ireland still have a shot at Euro glory. At the end of a qualifying campaign with a final act to play, here’s ten talking points. Continue reading →

Why We Can’t be Supporters of Germany

germany-fans It was a telling slip by Irish manager Martin O’Neill. ‘Jon Walters is the essence of our club’ before qualifying his remark: “We have a club mentality.” For many Republic of Ireland fans, particularly those who travel to away games, the national team is very much their club side. Ron Ullrich of cult German football magazine 11freunde.de argues the opposite is the case for the World Champions for whom, he says, he has ‘no love left.’ Continue reading →