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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 →

Neymar, Portrait of the Artist

neymar art He’s the darling of the Brazilian national team and the poster-boy for a host nation desperately in need of a World Cup good news story. In Europe, they question if he deserves the hype after a difficult first year at Barcelona but his personality is at odds with the reputation that preceded him. As we saw in last year’s Confederations Cup, Neymar Jr could be about to light up the tournament and live up to the legend that it seems has already been created for him. Continue reading →

Atleti Fans Respond to El Clásico

800px-Pepe_y_aguero (1) Atletico Madrid fans respond to the action in a thrilling Clásico. Atleti stand atop La Liga table and, aside from cheering against their cross-city rivals, a Barca win would keep Los Rojiblancos on course for a first league title since 1996. The supporters also manage to wind up some Real followers in a nearby club. Continue reading →

Happy Birthday Ronaldinho

ronaldinho11 PORTO Alegre is known as “Cidade Sorriso” or Smile City. It’s appropriate then, that it should export the most famous buck-toothed grin in world football. An odyssey that traversed three of Europe’s most renowned cities came full circle when Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, better known as Ronadinho, returned to his homeland where his career has continued to glitter. He celebrates his 34th birthday this week. Continue reading →

PUMA evoPower

Balotelli 2 PUMA kicked off its 2014 Nature of Believing campaign with the launch of the revolutionary new evoPOWER football boot at a live event in Barcelona. The evoPOWER 1 is designed to mimic barefoot kicking while the sportswear giant has enlisted the help of Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas, Mario Balotelli, and Marco Reus. Continue reading →

Lord of Gdansk – Neymar’s Barca Bow

Barcelona's Neymar gestures as he runs during their friendly soccer match against Lechia Gdansk in Gdansk Barcelona’s new signing Neymar has made his long-awaited début coming on as a 78th minute substitute in Poland. The Brazilian was introduced late on and was met with some hefty challenges from the locals Lechia Gdansk. Meanwhile Lionel Messi was up to his old tricks in the 2-2 friendly draw at the PGE Arena. Continue reading →

Last Meeting: Swede Disposition

staunton robson It was Steve Staunton’s first game in charge and a 3-0 win over Sweden threatened to usher in a new era in Irish football. It proved to be a false dawn. Will Friday’s World Cup clash in Stockholm see the sun begin to set on Giovanni Trapattoni’s reign or reignite our ambitions to reach Brazil in 2014? Continue reading →

He is Zlatan

Zlatan crop Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the man we must shackle if we are to have any chance of taking something from Stockholm. With a career that’s taken in some of the world’s top clubs, Ireland will be up against it to stifle the Swedish captain, but our own form striker Robbie Keane’s record measures favourably against the PSG hit-man. Continue reading →

The Return of Ronaldinho

ronaldinho1 The day after he turned 21, all eyes at Wembley will be on Brazil’s latest superstar Neymar but the followers of the Selecao will also be hailing the return of another hero, the grinning teeth and smiling feet of the one they call Ronaldinho Gaúcho. Continue reading →

Football on Another Level

spain futsal Ever wondered what it is that sets players such as Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho apart from the rest? Why their touch is so instant, their passing so precise and their movement so quick and agile? With the UEFA Euro 2012 final taking place this weekend between Russia and five-time champions Spain, Harry Maidment writes the answer lies largely in their development as young footballers and their steady diet of Futbol Sala or Futsal as it’s more widely known. Continue reading →

Barca Playing with Porpoise

barca dolphins Have Barcelona been tapping up Fungi and is he about to swap the Dingle peninsula for the Mediterranean? A bottle-nosed baller was pictured making waves with members of the Barcelona squad but reports that the Pele-esque porpoise was schooling the Catalans in the art of diving have been watered down by the Nou Camp outfit. Continue reading →