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Hand of History

The Irish camp is keen to dimiss it but for the French, it’s on everyone’s lips. We’re revisiting an extract from French Football Weekly’s Jeremy Smith’s interview with Phillipe Auclair, author of Thierry Henry: Lonely At The Top. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Henry is a divisive figure in French football. Perceived as aloof, an adversary of Zidane, and the apparent leader of a shameful strike at the 2010 World Cup, we look at the Frenchman’s standing in history, and that night in Paris. Continue reading →

The Reign of Zidane

He’s the man of the moment. Zinedine Zidane takes charge at Real Madrid, becoming the youngest manager in twenty years, the latest chapter in an extraordinary career. From World Cup glory to infamy, Champions League wonder goals, to documentaries, Zizou is a legend of the game. Continue reading →

Santos: “Euro Glory for Irish Dream Team”

He is the Indonesian visionary who has foreseen the Republic’s triumph at Euro 2016. Four years ago a premonition of the colour green came to his mind and he was convinced glory awaited Giovanni Trapattoni’s Ireland. That was an error that will be put right in France. Dwi Santos, who correctly predicted Greece’s win in 2004 and believes he possesses a sixth sense, talks exclusively to Póg Mo Goal. Continue reading →

Pot Luck Awaits Ireland

With the Euro 2016 draw taking place in Nice on Sunday, and Ireland among the second seeds, qualification for France should be easier, in theory. But a look at some of the lower ranked teams suggests Martin O’Neill has plenty of work on his hands. Continue reading →

Blunders Down Under: Brazil-Bound but Managerless

Ireland shipped six goals against Germany a year ago and former manager Giovanni Trapattoni never fully recovered. Spare a thought then for our Australian friends. They suffered two 6-0 defeats in succession and are also on the hunt for a new coach. And like the Irish with McCarthy, the Aussies are pining for an old flame. Except, the Socceroos will be in Brazil next summer, as Ian Kerr of football culture magazine, Thin White Line, writes. Continue reading →