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 →

Fan Direction #1: Shelbourne’s 1895 Trust

SHELBOURNE crop Much has been made of the fact that the two teams contesting this weekend’s Champions League final are fan-owned entities in the Bundesliga. There is a train of thought that clubs where supporters have a pivotal role in how they are run is the way forward for long-term sustainability and you don’t have to look far to see that Irish football is ahead of the game in this regard. Shelbourne are the latest club to embrace fan involvement in an official capacity with the recent launch of the 1895 Trust. Continue reading →

Puma Gaffer Typeface

Borussia Dortmund Puma Gaffer Typeface With Borussia Dortmund facing Bayern Munich in the Champions League final on Saturday night in Wembley, we look at the Puma Gaffer Typeface which adorns the backs of Die Schwarzgelben (Black and Yellow) club’s shirts. Continue reading →

Adidas Predator Lethal Zones II

Adidas Predator Lethal Zones Adidas Predator Lethal Zones II Boot features five advanced Lethal Zones providing perfect ball control. The new boots feature more single rubber fins overlapping than on the first generation Lethal Zones boot. It also features five lethal zones for improved dribbling, drive and sweet-spot striking. Continue reading →

The Lions’ Den: England Squad Named

Niall_Quinn_1585147a England manager Roy Hogdson has named his squad for the upcoming clash with Ireland at Wembley. There’ll be no switch of allegiance for young Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy. He earns his first call-up to the senior side. Meanwhile, Ashley Cole, who will celebrate his 100th appearance, could captain the team as could Wayne Rooney against the country of his grandmother’s birth. Continue reading →