On the Mid-Night Plane to Georgia

georgia stadium Irish supporters never made it to Tbilisi when the Republic faced Georgia under Giovanni Trapatonni. Political instability moved the World Cup qualifier to Mainz, Germany. Last weekend, as the green jerseys touched down beneath the Caucuses Mountains, Tbilisi-based Mory Cunningham wondered if it was just another away match location or if the fans felt further East in this still emerging nation of stark contrasts? Continue reading →

Oman Means Back to the Future for Ireland

robbie brady crop If Ireland take three points in Tbilisi, the game with Oman might well have served its purpose. The last meeting came in Fulham’s Craven Cottage in September 2012 when Robbie Brady made his Irish debut with a standout performance. A month later the Dubliner was named in Manchester United’s Champions League squad list but the following January, following a second loan spell, he was signed by Hull City. Just as it has for Brady, much has changed in Irish football circles since then, but he may be about to step into the limelight. Continue reading →

Living the Dream

life style sports abdul Nineteen-year-old Abdeen Abdul from Navan, Co. Meath, was chosen as the winner of Life Style Sports ‘The Dream’, a nationwide search for undiscovered young Irish football talent, and will take up a once in a lifetime chance to trial for the acclaimed Nike Academy in London Continue reading →

Let’s Make A Jersey

iwanttoworkfornike Nerea Palacios, the creator of I Want To Work For Nike and Game of Thrones World Cup inspired kits has teamed up with Illustrator Daniel Nyari, for a crowd sourced project to produce a set of independently produced football jerseys. Continue reading →

D-Day for Dublin’s Euro Bid

euro-cup UEFA will announce the 13 countries to host Euro 2020 on September 19 in Geneva. The Football Association of Ireland will only need to see off six rivals in its bid to host games at the multi-nation finals with 13 to be chosen from just 19 formal applications. With Scotland, Wales, and England also in the running, there’s plenty of regional competition for the capital but the Irish are confident of success this time around despite various hurdles, including football’s usual seedy politics apparently scuppering us in the past. Continue reading →

Nike Genealogy of Innovation

genealogy_005 Golden Wolf the animation studio based in London’s Shoreditch bring Nike’s Genealogy of Innovation campaign to life. The I Love Dust sister company have produced spectacular visuals to tell the story of the company’s design technology over the last four decades. Continue reading →

Down at the Copa

Unbenannt Pope Francis must have been working over-time. His club in Argentina San Lorenzo have reached a first ever Copa Libertadores final thanks to a thumping win in the semi-finals. There they’ll meet Paraguay’s Nacional who’ve also reached the showpiece for the first time. Here are the highlights. Continue reading →

Maracanazo, The Seleção’s Original Tragedy

Ghiggia-Uruguay-1950 It’s hard to believe now following their humiliation at the hands of Germany, that many considered this was Brazil’s World Cup to lose. Arguably you have to go back as far as 1950, when Brazil last hosted the World Cup to find a squad that had been so unduly expected to win the coveted prize in living memory. The defeat in the final – which became known as the Maracanazo, the Maracana blow – has been recalled many times in recent days, with the ghosts of 64 years ago seemimgly excorcised by the current team’s shame, writes Aidan O’Sullivan. Continue reading →

Adidas Brazuca Final Rio

10329014_10154307820740551_4898998667338599455_n Adidas’ official match ball of the World Cup final has been updated. The Brazuca Final Rio will be used only once in the last game of the competition when Germany face Argentina on Sun 13 July, in the Estádio Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro. Continue reading →

Brazil’s Hooligans, The Dark Side of the Beautiful Game

uchida 8 Forget what newspapers say about Brazilian hooliganism. I’ve seen and been living it for years. I didn’t need to read or hear about it. Nobody had to tell me how it is to be in a train or a bus with your mates when rivals attack, I myself have already lived it. For many times I also had to run from police even though my photographer card was on my chest. Brazilian photo-journalist Gabriel Uchida explores the dark side of the beautiful game. Continue reading →

Neymar Loss Causes Outbreak of Emotion

neymar baby The loss of their star player is hitting all Brazilians, both young and old. It was all a bit too much for this little baby with the news that Neymar was in hospital. Meanwhile, the player himself issued an emotional rallying call to his teammates to fulfill his dream of becoming a World Cup champion. Continue reading →

Mondiali Impossibili – World Cup Time Travel

7Messi-marte Every World Cup tournament causes us to recall finals gone by. With Brazil giving us one of the most memorable competitions in recent history, new Italian online magazine Marte.com has transported some of the protaganists of the current World Cup into classic iconic pictures from past editions with the help of digital artist Antonella Iozzolino. Continue reading →

Neymar’s Hospital Arrival

Brazil v Colombia: Quarter Final - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Brazil’s World Cup hopes have been rocked with the news that Neymar has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament after a serious back injury. The striker’s arrival at the hospital in Fortaleza was met by large numbers of Brazilian fans. The Selecao themselves were accused of rough-house tactics in their win over Colombia but David Luiz won back some admirers telling James Rodriguez in a post-match interview “You are already a world champion.” Continue reading →

One Centimetre From Glory, Pinilla’s Tattoo

tattoo Chile striker Mauricio Pinilla has had an image of THAT shot which struck the crossbar against Brazil tattooed on his back. In the final minute of extra-time, the strike from the edge of the box crashed off the bar saving the hosts from elimination. Pinilla also missed a penalty in the shoot-out defeat but it was the last drama of extra-time that will remain with him. The inkwork is accompanied by the line ‘One centimetre from glory’. Continue reading →

June 30, 1990: Italy 1 Rep. of Ireland 0

jack italia 90 On this day in 1990, in our first ever World Cup, Ireland lost out by a solitary goal in the quarter-finals to the tournament hosts Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Within days the Irish team would land in Dublin to a crowd of over 500,000 people in scenes that likely wouldn’t have been bettered had they won the competition itself. Continue reading →