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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 →

Planning Unit: Dalymount Park

dalymount Planning Unit is a London-based creative design studio founded in 2011 by Jeff Knowles and Nick Hard. They have created a series of football stadium posters covering teams from the football league and across Europe. Dalymount Park was commissioned especially for Póg Mo Goal issue 2. Continue reading →

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 →

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 →