The Blog Reel

Where Eagles Dare, Switzerland’s Immigrant Story

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.

Hungry Like The Wolves

Who knew that on the 21st July 2016, it would take Wolverhampton Wanderers just three years to go from being arguably the midlands fourth biggest club (behind Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham City) to becoming the leader of middle England’s football charge?

Who’s Set for Europa League Progress?

There were some dominant displays and some fantastic comebacks in the second leg of the Europa League round of 16 and with the quarter-final draw having been made, who is likely to progress to the semi-finals?

Troy Parrott: Spurs’ Promising Irish Teen Striker

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.

Rise of the Machines, the Electronic Sports Universe

We footie lovers harbour strong affection for the beautiful game and living in the age of the Internet, we can benefit from all sorts of treats, from streaming matches on our smartphones, to catching up the games after a day at work.
And while we’ve been revelling in the many opportunities presented to us by chance, technology, and the popularity of the game, a new version of it has come about.

Football’s Hard Border – Crossing the Divide

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.

Football is the Last Sacred Ritual of our Time

The quote “Football is the last sacred ritual of our time” from the great Italian film director, Pier Pasolini, pops up all the time in football books. A lot has been written on Pasolini’s love for football in Italian but almost nothing in English.