Big Jack’s Russian Spy

Tony Galvin The Republic of Ireland’s draw with USSR in 1988 is considered among our best ever displays and one man in green had an inside line on the opposition. Tony Galvin studied Russian at university and shocked the Soviets by conversing with them in the warm-up before his teammates shocked them on the pitch in a game we should have won against the eventual finalists. Continue reading →

Featured: Keane, King of LA

keane crop If David Beckham became royalty in American sport, as soccer continues to conquer hearts and minds, his successor in Los Angeles now reigns supreme. Recently voted best foreign import ever, Robbie Keane’s winning goal earned La Galaxy a fifth MLS crown, and his third, as the Dubliner was named 2014′s Most Valuable Player. In the Hollywood Hills, far from fading, the Irish captain’s star continues to shine. Continue reading →

Planning Unit: Dalymount Park

dalymount Planning Unit is a London-based creative design studio founded in 2011 by Jeff Knowles and Nick Hard. They have created a series of football stadium posters covering teams from the football league and across Europe. Dalymount Park was commissioned especially for Póg Mo Goal issue 2. Continue reading →

All You Need is Duff

Duffcover With Damien Duff joining Shamrock Rovers, 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 →

Grazie Maestro

Untitled After confirming his move to MLS’s New York City, Juventus release a tribute video to an icon. “Andrea Pirlo will continue his career in New York following four glorious years in the black and white stripes. Here’s our tribute to a true champion” Continue reading →

The LA King

robbie If David Beckham became royalty in American sport, as soccer continues to conquer hearts and minds, his successor in Los Angeles now reigns supreme. Recently voted best foreign import ever, Robbie Keane’s winning goal earned La Galaxy a fifth MLS crown, and his third, as the Dubliner was named 2014’s Most Valuable Player. In the Hollywood Hills, far from fading, the Irish captain’s star continues to shine. Continue reading →

Down but Not Out…10 Talking Points

Republic of Ireland v Scotland. UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying Group D Bullish words from the Irish squad that we’re not out of the Euro 2016 race did little to comfort Irish supporters dealt a crushing blow by the failure to beat Scotland. There are still twists and turns to come but the Green Army are losing hope in the O’Neill/Keane miracle and asking bigger questions. Two weeks on, here’s ten talking points Continue reading →

25 Years/Italia 90: Ireland on Film

bill o'herlihy champagne Twenty-five years on from Italia 90, we’ve gathered together footage of the television coverage surrounding Ireland’s remarkable maiden World Cup voyage under Jack Charlton, from the heady days of Italia 90 qualification through to the finals themselves when RTE’s pioneering coverage rewrote the manual on football punditry. Continue reading →

Hero Worship for Big Jack

jack Before the friendly with England, legendary manager Jack Charlton was introduced to the crowd and was moved to tears by the reception by both sets of fans. Watching him sing along to ‘Put Em Under Pressure’ and then the Irish national anthem will live long in the memory, just like his time in charge. Continue reading →