New FIFA Needs New Direction

From internal scandals to human rights abuses in World Cup hosting countries, the new FIFA is facing critical issues. In interviews with the former General Secretary M. Zen Ruffinen and journalist Jamil Chade, FanVox, a social enterprise empowering fans, asks how willing and able are the new men in charge to improve the tarnished image of global football’s bosses? Continue reading →

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

Football clubs which were formed from the employees of factories are commonplace around the world with teams like PSV Eindhoven, and Bayer Leverkusen. Ireland, too can, claim its share of such teams including St. James’s Gate from the home of the world-famous Guinness. Cian Manning tells the story of the first ever winners of the League of Ireland. Continue reading →

Hearts of Stone, Football’s Statues

A peculiarity of British football, well known to “groundhoppers” and visitors to stadiums, big or small as they are, is that many of them are adorned by statues depicting characters who’ve left indelible marks on the history of the corresponding clubs. Vicenzo Felici profiles some of the sculptures of the major English stadiums. Continue reading →

Austrian View: Getting Back to Reality

On 5th November, 2015, little Austria stood 10th in the FIFA rankings. A landslide campaign in the Euro qualifiers with nine wins and just one draw even turned the Alaba-led team into a dark horse for the tournament in France. What has happened since then? Georg Sander of 90minuten gives the view from the Boys in Green’s next opponents. Continue reading →

How the Rebel Army Saved Cork City

Following their sensational FAI Cup win, we’re reposting this article looking at the growing phenomenon of supporter-owned football clubs in Ireland, with the spotlight on Cork City. Borne from the official supporters club, the FORAS trust became the saviours of the southern giant as she flirted with extinction. Continue reading →

Featured: Copa90 in Profile

With over 1 million subscribers, COPA90 has become the home of football culture. Travelling the planet to tell the story of football through the fans, they have, as they say themselves, been welcomed into people’s homes, bars, and stadiums, making films that celebrate the greatest game on Earth. They sat down with Póg Mo Goal. Continue reading →

What Happens to Footballers When the Game’s Up?

Irish author Alan Gernon’s first book ‘Retired: What Happens to Footballers When the Game’s Up’ has already made the long list for eir Sport Sports Book of the Year and Niall Quinn, who provides the foreword, has called it ‘the most important football book in a long time.’ Here, Alan gives a taster of his work which gives an incredible insight into what happens to players when the curtain comes down on their careers. Continue reading →

RIP Carlos Alberto

He was part of one of the greatest teams ever to play the game and scored one of the all time great goals. With the sad passing of Carlos Alberto Torres, here is animator Richard Swarbrick’s brilliant animation of that famous Brazil goal from 1970. Continue reading →