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 →

Major Step

B_mqynqUYAAp-7d Brazilian Kaka scored in stoppage-time to rescue a draw for Orlando City against New York City FC in front of 62,000 at the Citrus Bowl in the season opener between MLS’ two new sides. 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 →

Buffon vs Reus

Buffon vs Reus - PUMA - Head To Head 1 Ahead of the Juventus vs Borussia Dortmund match in the Champions League, Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus have gone head-to-head in a unique interview. The two PUMA players discussed the game ahead, favourite films, beard growth and whether it is better to win 4-3 or 1-0. Continue reading →

Down at the Copa

elias3_rib The group stage of the 2015 Copa Libertadores is underway with Argentina’s defending champions San Lorenzo getting off to a winning start. Elsewhere, former Man United man Anderson struggled with the conditions while a passionate Sao Paulo derby threw up a wonder goal. Here’s all the best highlights from South America. Continue reading →

Brazil’s Carnival Atmosphere

carnival Few love a party as much as the Brazilians and with the fiesta of music, dance, and colour in full swing this weekend, the nation besotted with football indulges in its other great passion, Carnival. And yet, there are more than a few links between the country’s two great loves. 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 →

Happy Birthday Paul McGrath: Reliving Giants Stadium

paul mcgrath giants stadium To celebrate the 55th birthday of one of the greatest of them all, Paul McGrath, we’re reposting Reliving Giants Stadium. The 1994 World Cup in America was the first for Luke Constable of the brilliantly named RGSOAS (Ruud Gullit Sitting on a Shed). His native England hadn’t qualified but thanks to his Irish grandfather, Luke was rooting for the Republic. Having missed the full game with Italy, the myth around the match had grown. Houghton’s goal and McGrath’s performance became legendary as the years went on. Luke has never seen the game in its entirety…until now. Continue reading →

MVP: God Save the Keane

1392899_899953280016863_7624509163364376664_n Robbie Keane has been named Major League Soccer’s Most Valuable Player for 2014 after a superb season which garnered 19 goals and 14 assists over 29 appearances. Ireland’s captain and record scorer helped LA Galaxy to the Western Conference title and they will face New England Revolution in Sunday’s MLS Cup Final. Continue reading →

EURO 2016 Mascot

uefa_euro_2016_mascot_victor-france-1 The official mascot for the 2016 Euro Championship in France has been revealed. The little boy who became a super hero after discovering three magical items – a cape, boots and a ball, will be named by public vote from three choices, Driblou, Goalix or Super Victor Continue reading →