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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 →

Teenage Dream’s So Hard to Beat

Grealish (1) October, 1974, Dublin. Wavy haired 18-year-old Liam Brady is thrust into the spotlight by player-manager John Giles at a pulsating Dalymount Park and plays his part is one of our finest-ever victories. Brady, Keane, Duff – Martin O’Neill says Jack Grealish is not ready but he wouldn’t be our first teenage star. Continue reading →

“Did Jack Have a Trial With Liverpool?”

fr-ted-football “Did Jack have a trial with Liverpool?” “No Dougal, he was on trial, in Liverpool.” It’s 20 years this week since the first episode of Fr. Ted aired on television and whether it was Dougal sleeping in an Irish shirt, a framed photo of Jack Charlton and Maurice Setters above the fireplace, or the genius over 75’s match episode, we’re reminded how the show has influenced Green Army football fans in a uniquely Irish way. Continue reading →

On Top of the Poles…10 Talking Points

brady It was almost all over. Instead Shane Long’s stoppage-time equaliser capped off a second-half Irish display full of fight and spirit that hasn’t been seen in years, especially at the Aviva Stadium. The Euro dream is still alive, just. Here’s ten talking points from a dramatic week in Euro 2016 qualifying. Continue reading →

Saints and Sinners

fcsp 3 Bottom of Bundesliga 2, St Pauli, once dubbed ‘the world’s coolest club’, are in danger of becoming a footballing irrelevance. But the team from the port city of Hamburg have been there before and weathered the stormy waters to survive and prosper. Continue reading →

First Citizen of Football

higgins1 The Irish season kicked off with the second edition of the President’s Cup featuring League of Ireland champions Dundalk and the FAI Cup winners St Patrick’s Athletic in the curtain-raiser to the domestic campaign. The Irish version of the Community Shield was initiated to honour our football-loving first citizen, Michael D. Higgins. Continue reading →

Happy Birthday Liam Brady

Liam Brady was expelled from a Christian Brothers school for representing Ireland in an underage football game. Today’s marks the birthday of Liam Brady. From signing as a teenager with Arsenal, to his wavy-haired international début at Dalymount, to his time as a star of the title-winning Juventus, Brady is considered among the greatest players ever to emerge from this island. As a pundit, he is a key member of RTE’s legendary panel. Chippy, we salute you. Continue reading →

Corinthian Spirit

corinthians jpg It was a 1910 tour to Brazil by English side Corinthian FC which inspired the creation of Sao Paulo giants Corinthians, by enthusiastic locals. 105 years later, the English outfit’s modern-day descendants Corinthian-Casuals returned to South America to commemorate that first game in front of 26,000 fans Continue reading →

Leeds United, When No News is Good News

Leeds Cover The digital media age means the demand for crap masquerading as ‘content’ is insatiable. If someone, somewhere with a platform capable or arranging words in order is not prepared to provide some analysis of your preferred club’s Tuesday afternoon behind closed doors friendly, you better start getting worried. This story is about my club, Leeds United – a lower mid-table Championship side granted a significantly higher level of media news and comment than such a position rarely merits. The problem is less would very much be more. writes Gary Hartley, Continue reading →

‘El Nino’ Returns

B6hUQgjCQAAnZmd When Póg Mo Goal spent some time living in Madrid, the Galácticos hype was at its peak. The Bernabéu Stadium was a mecca for day-trippers as the glamour of the game’s biggest names proved intoxicating. Across the city, however, beleaguered Atlético supporters still packed the Estadio Vincente Calderon and sang the name of ‘El Nino’. Now Fernando Torres has returned. Continue reading →

On Our Way to Paradise?

Mark Lawrenson Scotland Unless you’re counting the 90 minutes in Paris which took the infamous play-off to extra-time, Ireland haven’t beaten a direct qualification rival away from home since a trip to Glasgow in 1987. With the Republic and Scotland reunited in Celtic Park on Friday, can history repeat itself? Continue reading →

A Different Shade of Green – The Alan McLoughlin Story

alan mcloughlin pic Gary Mackay’s goal for Scotland sent Ireland to Euro ’88. A facile win in Malta secured passage to our first ever World Cup in 1990. Play-offs, where the job was virtually done in the first leg, earned us the right to compete on a global stage in 2002 and 2012. The World Cup in America was different though. Irish footballing lore is peppered with iconic goals that stay at the forefront of every Republic fan’s memory. Whelan against USSR, McAteer against the Netherlands, Keane versus the Germans, even O’Shea in Gelsenkirchen. And another of those standout strikes came in Belfast in 1993. For the hero of that hour, his toughest fight was yet to come. His newly released autobiography has already been nominated for the Irish Sports Book of the Year. Continue reading →

When East Beat West

east germany 2 October 3rd is celebrated in Germany as Unity Day. When Joachim Loew’s football side triumphed in Brazil, it marked their first global title as a unified state. East and West only ever met in one World Cup, at the 1974 edition held in West Germany. Of course, East Germany were drawn in the same group as the tournament hosts. In their first and only appearance at the finals, the East shocked the watching world by beating the reigning European champions. Continue reading →