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Treaty City to Three Lions: Big Sam in Limerick

At his first press conference as England head coach, Sam Allardyce referred to his first management job at the helm of Limerick in the League of Ireland. Travelling the country in a mini-bus with Father Joe Young, Allardyce not only led the Shannonsiders to promotion, but he had started out on the road to Wembley and one of the biggest jobs in world football. Cian Manning looks back. Continue reading →

Teenage Dream’s So Hard to Beat

October, 1974, Dublin. Wavy haired 18-year-old Liam Brady is thrust into the spotlight by player-manager John Giles at a pulsating Dalymount Park and plays his part is one of our finest-ever victories. Brady, Keane, Duff – Martin O’Neill says Jack Grealish is not ready but he wouldn’t be our first teenage star. Continue reading →

Villa’s Jack the Lad Boosts Ireland

He’s the highly-rated winger who’s lined out for Ireland since U-15 level but such have been the performances of Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish that England came calling. Believed to have considered a switch in allegiances, in a massive boost to the Republic, the 17-year-old has accepted a call up to Noel King’s U21’s for this week’s Euro qualifier. After an exciting pre-season where he’s appeared for the club’s senior side, Shelley Osborne of Villa supporters’ site My Old Man Said takes a closer look at the rising Irish star. Continue reading →

Maracana History Repeating Itself

It’s ironic that the reopening of Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium with Brazil vs England should be overshadowed by accusations that the venue isn’t ready. It’s merely a case of history repeating itself. In the second instalment of The Brazil Series, a collection of articles inspired by the world’s greatest footballing cradle, Póg Mo Goal looks at the storied past of the iconic ground that holds a special place in the heart of all Brazilians. Continue reading →

Passage of Play: Kevin Sheedy

“Growing up and watching the World Cups, watching Brazil and the likes of that, getting to a World Cup is something you actually strive for. So to actually play in one, play in all the games and to score against England was a fantastic memory for me” Continue reading →

The Lions’ Den: England Squad Named

England manager Roy Hogdson has named his squad for the upcoming clash with Ireland at Wembley. There’ll be no switch of allegiance for young Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy. He earns his first call-up to the senior side. Meanwhile, Ashley Cole, who will celebrate his 100th appearance, could captain the team as could Wayne Rooney against the country of his grandmother’s birth. Continue reading →

Pilkington Says I Do for Wembley Date

Giovanni Trapattoni has named his provisional Irish squad for the upcoming bumper four match series involving the World Cup qualifier with the Faroe Islands and the glamour fixtures with England in Wembley and Spain in New York. Norwich’s Anthony Pilkington is included but is due to be married in the middle of the packed two-week schedule. Continue reading →

Wembley to NYC: Game On for Irish

Giovanni Trapattoni’s mobile bill is set to soar this summer as he’ll need to name a bumper Irish panel to cater for a gruelling four matches in two weeks. There’s sure to be room for squad hopefuls and possible recalls as Ireland prepare for a historic meeting with England in Wembley, a World Cup qualifier, and a reunion with Spain in New York. Continue reading →

The Return of Ronaldinho

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 →

Why Andy Carroll Isn’t as Sh*te as Everyone Thinks

With Andy Carroll looking like he may be on his way out of Anfield, is it fair to describe his time at Liverpool as a flop? A return to Newcastle seems imminent but to portray it as slinking back with his tail between his legs would be unfair to the rangy striker. As Ireland found out in Gdansk, trying to fill the gaps left by Fernando Torres can leave you isolated. Continue reading →

Get Into Them, They’re E.A.S.Y

The morning after the night before. It started out horribly. Paired with Spain, the world champions and defending European title holders. Then came Croatia, who we drew with 0-0 at the Aviva earlier this year. With two balls remaining, it looked like we might draw England but it’s the Italians who we will face on […] Continue reading →

Irish Draw on History for Inspiration

The draw for Euro 2012 takes place on Friday with the Republic of Ireland taking pride of place in the hat in Kiev. Ten long years we’ve waited to return to the world stage. Twenty-four years on from Stuttgart, Trap has led us back among the continent’s elite. But he doesn’t want Poland, Ukraine, Italy, or England. Continue reading →