Magic of Milla

roger milla Cameroon’s legendary Roger Milla turns 63 today. At the grand old age of 38, Milla emerged as one of the stars of Italia 90. His four goals helped his country to become the first African team to reach the World Cup quarter-finals while his trademark celebration dancing by the corner flag, captured by artist Osvaldo Casanova, has become one of the iconic moment in the tournament’s history. 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 →

R.I.P. Ray Treacy

Unbenannt RTE’s Soccer Republic and Eamon Dunphy paid a moving tribute to former international Ray Treacy, who played for the Republic of Ireland between 1966 and 1980, managed Shamrock Rovers to the League of Ireland title, and through his business travelled the world with both the Irish team and fans Continue reading →

LA Galaxy First to Five

Unbenannt The final episode of the five-part documentary charting LA Galaxy’s run to a fifth MLS crown, sealed with the boot of captain Robbie Keane. The series was produced by LA Galaxy TV crew Albert Lanzillo and Paolo Ferrari giving a behind-the-scenes look at the team’s run to the title. 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 →

The LOI Goal Everyone’s Talking About

Unbenannt Just four games into the League of Ireland campaign and we already have a goal of the season contender, and as ususal it has come from St Patrick’s Athletic. The Saints have had an eye for the spectacular in recent years and now Greg Bolger can add his name to the list for this specatacular effort in the win over Derry City. 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 →

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 →