Up the Duff – The Comeback Kid

shane duffy everton It’s a big season for Everton’s Shane Duffy. Captain of the Irish U21 side, the Derryman is eyeing a gap in the Toffees’ back-line and a return to Giovanni Trapattoni’s Republic plans. Having suffered a life-threatening injury on international duty, Duffy knows all about comebacks. Continue reading →

Gloves Off in Battle for Irish Number One

Untitled With Liverpool’s signing of Simon Mignolet, we thought the door had opened for Keiren Westwood to reclaim the goalkeeper’s jersey for both club and country. However, Sunderland’s recruitment of Vito Mannone puts the pressure back on the Irish international who has watched from the sidelines as David Forde has grown into his role as Ireland’s ‘keeper of the faith. Continue reading →

Fan Direction #2: Cork City FORAS

CorkCity In the second of our Fan Direction series, looking at the growing phenomenon of supporter-owned football clubs in Ireland, the spotlight is on Cork City. Borne from the official supporters club, the FORAS trust became the saviours of the southern giant as she flirted with extinction. The Turners Cross outfit are now the driving force in Ireland behind an EC initiative on football governance. Continue reading →

Thin White Line Magazine

Thin White Line Magazine Thin White Line is a new football culture magazine coming out of Australia that combines great writing and photography with great design. Like American soccer magazine Howler the magazine is using crowd funding to pay for the costs of getting the publication printed. Continue reading →

Ice Ice Beattie

steven beattie Dubliner Steven Beattie is one of the growing list of Irish players who’ve come through the US Colleges’ system. Currently starring for Icelandic side Tindastóll, famous for recently spoofing Chelsea paint-drenched kit launch, Steven tells Póg Mo Goal of his experiences Stateside and the opportunities open to aspiring footballers from these shores. Continue reading →

Boys of Summer: 10 Talking Points

Republic of Ireland v Spain - International Friendly It’s been a massive end of season for the Boys in Green. Three World Cup qualifying points, positive displays against England and Spain, the emergence of Wes Hoolahan, and the growing statures of Coleman and McCarthy have whet the appetite for a real crack at toppling Austria and Sweden for a play-off berth. However, for some, criticism of the team and manager remains entrenched. Here’s 10 talking points. Continue reading →

World Cup Protests Spread To Dublin

dublin protests wide Ireland’s sizable Brazilian population was out in force on Dublin’s O’Connell Street in solidarity with their countrymen. The Confederations Cup, now underway, has become a beacon for protest in Brazil among a people who see billlions spent on white elephant stadia while hospitals are overcrowded, water is cut off in schools and public transport is in chaos. Continue reading →

Italian Job: Inter and Co Eye Up Old Lady

FC Internazionale Milano v Juventus FC - Serie A When Inter Milan defeated Juventus 3-1 last November, it brought to an end a 49 match unbeaten run for the Old Lady. Who would have thought Inter would end the season 33 points adrift – having failed to qualify for Europe for the first time in 14 years – as Juve strolled to the championship? With the manager now replaced by Walter Mazzarri, Thomas Shannon takes a look at the current Serie A betting odds for the title race next season along with an online game for fans of football nostalgia. Continue reading →

Ireland v Spain: View from the Other Side

ireland vs spain 2012 While Irish fans try to wipe the mauling by Spain from their memories, Tuesday’s opponents in New York still talk about the support of the Green Army in Gdansk. La Liga football writer and editor of Madrid Atléticos, Garreth Nunn gives us the view from the other side ahead of the Republic’s final match of the season against the world and European champions. Continue reading →

Maracana History Repeating Itself

Maracana brazil series crop It’s ironic that the reopening of Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium with Brazil vs England should be overshadowed by accusations that the venue isn’t ready. It’s merely a case of history repeating itself. In the second instalment of The Brazil Series, a collection of articles inspired by the world’s greatest footballing cradle, Póg Mo Goal looks at the storied past of the iconic ground that holds a special place in the heart of all Brazilians. Continue reading →

Skipper Shane Has Georgia on his Mind

shane-long-v-england From scoring against England at Wembley to taking hold of the captain’s armband, it’s been quite a week for Shane Long. Giovanni Trapattoni has named the Irish team to face Georgia with Wes Hoolahan earning his first start in an intriguing midfield pairing with James McCarthy. Richard Dunne will also feature at some stage. Continue reading →

BX Brussels

BX Brussels Vincent Kompany has formed a new club with a mission to give back to the youth of his native city. BX Brussels was formed with a huge emphasis on engaging with and seeking influence from the community. Continue reading →

Razor Lends Support to Junior Finalists

481669_10151487761743382_1033343581_n The FAI Junior Cup final takes place for the first time this year at the Aviva Stadium and will kick off at 1.30pm on Sunday ahead of Ireland’s friendly against Georgia. Irish football legend Ray Houghton was in Dublin to give two supporters a special surprise ahead of the weekend. The former Liverpool player, who scored that memorable goal against England at Euro ’88, made the unexpected visit to supporters of finalists Sheriff YC and Kilbarrack United. Continue reading →

Passage of Play: Kevin Sheedy

00064ba8-642 “Growing up and watching the World Cups, watching Brazil and the likes of that, getting to a World Cup is something you actually strive for. So to actually play in one, play in all the games and to score against England was a fantastic memory for me” Continue reading →