Joxer Goes to Doha; World Cup Heads to the Middle East.

blatter qatar QATAR is the Athlone of the world. To the east; the bustling mass of the Asian economies (aka Dublin); to the west, the mix of cultures, tradition, and trendiness of Europe (Galway). Yet just as the ramshackle St. Mel’s Park football grounds was replaced with the Athlone Town stadium, the Arab state boasts a growing network of state-of-the art sports facilities and, after today’s announcement in Zurich, the world is invited to play ball here in 2022. Continue reading →

Spud Watch – The Irish Abroad 23.11.10

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Fulham v Manchester City - Craven Cottage JOE Hart wasn’t injured after all and Shay Given returned to the bad place he’s been in now for months, despite Wednesday’s brief international respite; like a prisoner being let out for Christmas dinner. Damien Duff is, in my opinion, also about to enter a bad place. He looked out of sorts again against City – getting subbed for Gera and may now be in danger of losing his place for their next outing. What are we without a Duff firing on all cylinders? It’s like The Beatles without John and Paul, Ant and Dec without Dec, porn without the cum-shot, Play The Game without Derek Davis – It doesn’t bare thinking about. Continue reading →

State of Play: Ireland 1 Norway 2

Ireland Norway SHAY Given must have had a spring in his step before kick-off with the news that Joe Hart is out for a few weeks. He probably could have made a better wall for the free-kick or maybe positioned himself better but he made some very good instinctive stops and who am I to question the best goalie in the world who, hopefully, will get a chance to make Mancini see sense and get the respect that he has earned over the years in return. Continue reading →

Spud Watch – The Irish Abroad 16.11.10

Kevin Foley Wolves SEAMUS Coleman is rapidly becoming a right-sided Gareth Bale under our eyes. When you consider that this time last year, Bale was still a struggling left-back and you look where he’s at now. Coleman is already far from a struggling defender and was a real handful for the Arse in the first half, creating chances and space through acceleration, flat-out pace, decent control and the ability to make a pass. Continue reading →

Aviva La Revolution, Cup Can Save Irish Soccer

aviva1-390x285 COULD the FAI Cup prove to be the saviour of Irish soccer? With the largest crowd in four decades, over 36,000, flocking to the Aviva Stadium last weekend, there followed a spectacle to enthrall the masses. And now a seed has been sown that the domestic game could achieve what is has always threatened, to capture the hearts and minds of the public. Continue reading →

Spud Watch – The Irish Abroad 09.11.10

damien-duff DAMIEN Duff finally returned to first team action for Fulham. Hurrah – He came on along with Stephen Kelly as Mark Hughes’ side searched for an equaliser against Aston Villa. Why he decided to play Duff at left back is a mystery to me. I hope this isn’t a sign of things to come for Hughes as it was this kind of shite that made Duff’s career go backwards at Newcastle, not to mention getting injured every second week. Continue reading →

Passage of Play: Robert Rich

bedlington fans “I want to help Bedlington Terriers. I’m still learning about British football, and I understand that if they do well on the field it can move up in divisions. If this is the dream the community has, I want to help. I don’t want to become an owner – I just want to help.” Continue reading →

Spud Watch – The Irish Abroad 02.11.10

Stephen+Hunt+Wolverhampton+Wanderers+v+Manchester+p4Dp5jjnylNl WOOOOO wooooooooooo – Happy Halloween Spud Watchers. If, like me, you got the trots watching The Exorcist last night then be warned by the scary nature of this week’s Spud Watch. Actually there’s nothing scary about it, just the usual poor grammar, spelling mistakes and nonsense. I did see five ghosts on Saturday however – Glenn Whelan, Paul Green, Marc Wilson, Darren Gibson and Keith Andrews…wooo woooooo. Enough of this foolishness….. Continue reading →

Never Write Off the Germans. They May be Wrote-Off Themselves

west germany ACCORDING to new research, West Germany’s 1954 World Cup winning team may have been injected with performance-enhancing drugs. The Germans beat Hungary in the final in Switzerland despite being hammered 8-3 by the same opposition in the tournament’s group stages. “There are several strong indications that point to the injection of methamphetamine pervitin in some Germany players […] Continue reading →

State of Play: Ireland 2 Russia 3

ireland russia FRIDAY night was a sad night and perhaps confirmed what we all may have suspected in the back our minds – that Trapattoni seems to be a very rigid tactician and that we haven’t really improved greatly on our previous managers’ regimes – i.e. has he encouraged the team to play ball, or is this down to the players? – it’s hard to know and Richard Dunne’s comments after the game blurred the situation even further. Continue reading →