The Blog Reel

Derby Days Hamburg

Copa 90 return with an excellent in depth look at the Hamburg derby between HSV and St. Pauli in Derby Days Hamburg.

Paddy McCourt, The Boy Next Door Who’s Nothing Like Us

“With shaggy boyband hair, a slightly ruddy complexion partly obscured by his unkempt beard, he thrives in opposition to others.” Edd Norval explores the cult status of the Derry Pele, the irrepressible Paddy McCourt.

Poles Part: Ireland in Crisis

The Irish team and its supporters are in turmoil right now. The manager Martin O’Neill and, in particular, his assistant Roy Keane are under immense pressure from both the media and the fans. The 5-1 World Cup play-off defeat at home to Denmark is still fresh in everyone’s mind and a week of off-field scandal followed by a gutless loss to Wales means Irish football is in a very dark place.

A Thinking Man’s Game for High-Flying Ramblers

They pulled off one of the shocks of the season by dumping Dundalk out of the EA Sports Cup. Now as Cobh Ramblers get set for the final, John O’Shea explores the effect Sport Psychologist James Claffey has had on Stephen Henderson’s team as Cork’s second club aim for bigger things.

Nations League: Irish Horror Story or Tale of Redemption?

It’s a new chapter for the Irish football team but no one seems to have bought the book. Despite UEFA’s attempts to hype up the Nations League, this still feel likes a set of early season friendlies, and with the Rice and Arter sagas, Irish fans are consumed with negativity towards the management duo of O’Neill and Keane. With a glaring lack of quality in the squad, this seems like the same old story with an unhappy ending.

Five Top Movies about the Beautiful Game

As the most popular sport in the world and the source of so many cultural icons, football has always been seen as a topic worth delving into when it comes to the art of cinematography, though usually with very mixed results.

The Bucket List: Episode 1 – Michael

The Ink Factory are doing a fundraising event called The Bucket List in aid of ALONE. Here, Bucket Lister Michael tells how he became an ALONE Ireland Tenant and explains the idea behind his tattoo, based on his favourite football team.

The Beautiful Badge

From the very first three lions crudely sewn onto the woollen shirts worn by the England players for the world’s first football international in 1872, to todays multi-million pound brands, The Beautiful Badge brings alive a history of the game like never before.