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Why We Can’t be Supporters of Germany

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

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

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

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

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?”

“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

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

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 →