Past Meetings: Poland, Packie, and Banning Presidents

long Irish and Polish fans may have a special affection for each other but all’s fair in love and football and the huge clash of the teams in Warsaw means, with Euro qualification up for grabs, friendship must be parked for 90 minutes. The countries have previously met on 26 occasions, the second of which resulted in President Hyde being removed as a patron of the GAA. Continue reading →

Why We Can’t be Supporters of Germany

germany-fans It was a telling slip by Irish manager Martin O’Neill. ‘Jon Walters is the essence of our club’ before qualifying his remark: “We have a club mentality.” For many Republic of Ireland fans, particularly those who travel to away games, the national team is very much their club side. Ron Ullrich of cult German football magazine 11freunde.de argues the opposite is the case for the World Champions for whom, he says, he has ‘no love left.’ Continue reading →

German View: No Time for Ireland

COYfpZmWwAAQGhC The game against Ireland should be one Germany will win. At least one point is needed to book the flight to France 2016, a destination the World Champion must reach easily. But coach Joachim Löw knows all about the strength of the Irish, and the short build-up could favour the Boys in Green, writes Fabian Biastoch. Continue reading →

Refugees Welcome

CNncZeSWEAEFVeg The current arrival of refugees into Germany has sparked a mix of responses, from welcoming parties in cities like Hamburg, to outbreaks of neo-Nazi-led violence in other locations. The country’s football clubs, however, are uniting in a show of solidarity. Continue reading →

All You Need is Duff

image With Damien Duff poised to make his Shamrock Rovers debut, the greater impact his stint in the Airtricity League will have will surely be a positive one. Can we expect more stars of Duff’s stature to follow suit and play out their last few years on home turf? Continue reading →

The Irish Manager of Barcelona

don patricio On Friday August 7th, a memorial to Patrick O’Connell will be unveiled in Belfast after a tireless campaign by family members and friends. O’Connell was born in Dublin and, in a storied football career, captained Manchester United before moving to Spain and managing Barcelona. Watch the full TG4 a documentary on the life of ‘Paddy Don Patricio.’ Continue reading →

Copa90’s Top Football Atmospheres

Screen-Shot-2015-06-20-at-09.35.39-750x431 ‘Perhaps the smallest amount of people making the most noise’. They’ve been to the Europa League Final and the World Cup in Brazil, but following their recent trip to Dalymount Park, the Dublin Derby of Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers makes the top ten of Copa90’s top football atmospheres, with an honourable mention for Cork City. Check out the full list. Continue reading →