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Blizzard of Aus: 10 Talking Points

An Alpine chill threatens to freeze our hopes of a summer of soccer and samba in Brazil next year. We’ve had a few days to digest the happenings at the Aviva Stadium last Tuesday and the overwhelming feeling is still one of regret. Sixty seconds more and Ireland would have been in the driving seat for the play-off spot in World Cup qualifying Group C. Instead, Irish fans remain frustrated and angry but still hold a glimmer of hope. Here’s ten talking points. Continue reading →

Gone in 30 Seconds

The fall-out continues from Ireland’s draw with Austria and while the knives are once more out for Giovanni Trapattoni, the Green Army are still weighing up our chances of snatching the play-off spot. Amid all the recriminations and questions about Ireland’s retreat in the second half, we should take a minute to remember that David Alaba’s strike in the 93rd minute actually took a deflection off Sean St. Ledger. Meanwhile Germany took another massive step towards Brazil with a 4-1 win at home to Kazakhstan,. Continue reading →

Feed the Fish and Hope He Scores

In a move that is likely to surprise most and annoy others, Conor Sammon has been handed the responsibility of leading the line against Austria . Following Robbie Keane’s injury, Trapattoni has decided to place his faith in the untried partnership of Shane Long and Sammon. Ireland must beat Austria to go second in the […] Continue reading →

Beware the Ires of March

Playing in March apparently angered Jack Charlton while Steve Staunton thought it meant we performed better. The next few days could prove to be defining moments for Giovanni Trapattoni that determine if we should clear our calendars next summer. Continue reading →

We Need to Talk About Kevin…and 9 Other Points

Temperatures are plummeting in Stockholm and news of Trapattoni’s starting eleven has met a frosty reception among Irish fans. Much of their ire is directed at the inclusion of Paul Green in midfield but amidst the clamour to condemn the manager, Trapattoni has named possibly his most adventurous team since taking charge of the Republic. He’s also pulled off something of a transformation of the Irish squad that failed so badly in Poland. Ahead of the crunch tie with Sweden, here’s ten key talking points. Continue reading →

Last Meeting: Swede Disposition

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 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 Godfather of Irish Football

Irish football’s head honcho John Delaney, dubbed the Godfather, gave Sky Sports News an exclusive look behind the scenes at the Football Association of Ireland this week. He spoke about his childhood, his salary, and defended the decision of the Republic to cap players from Northern Ireland. Continue reading →

Taylor: Let Lims Entertain You

Limerick FC boss Stuart Taylor is promising that his Limerick charges, including Robbie Williams, will be ready to take centre stage in Thomond Park this weekend. The Blues boss says his side will be competitive on their return to top flight football as they welcome Cork City and the RTE cameras to the home of Munster rugby. Continue reading →

Guest Post: Derry’s Red Partisans

Supporters of Derry City have recently started a new fans group going under the name ‘Red Partisans’. With links to Derry Anti-Fascist-Action, the group seeks to improve the atmosphere at matches whilst injecting a strong rejection of racism and the far right into the terraces. James Wright from football is radical caught up with one of their members, doherty-c, to discuss the formation of the group. Continue reading →

Passage of Play: Ian Harte

It’s a joke. I’ve seen Stephen Kelly’s phone, pretty much every one of the Reading lads have seen it, and we’re thinking: ‘What’s going on’? If the press were to see the full text, that would be the end of Trap. That would be the end of Giovanni Trapattoni Continue reading →

Irish Trio’s Major Ambitions

Robbie Keane’s days as a 90-minute man for Ireland look numbered while Ciaran Clark’s excellent display last week raises questions over Darren O’Dea’s future involvement. Their footballing fortunes now look likely to be focused on the American domestic season. US soccer observer and Chicago Fire columnist Stephen Piggot takes a look at the performances of MLS’ Irish contingent of Keane, O’Dea, and Andy O’Brien, reviewing last season’s exploits and looking ahead to the new campaign. Continue reading →

This is Crazy, So Call Me Brady

The latest communications mishap surrounding the Irish football team should have us all clamouring for the return of Liam Brady to the management. The pundit is renowned for talking sense on RTE’s soccer panel and there’s nothing sensible about some of the talk coming from the Irish camp in recent days. Continue reading →

The Home of Premier Ambitions

It is one of Ireland’s most famous footballing nurseries producing some of the country’s greatest internationals such as Johnny Carey, Liam Whelan, Liam Brady, Ronnie Whelan, and Richard Dunne. Now Dublin’s Home Farm FC is the focus of Premier Ambitions, a behind-the-scenes documentary series airing on Setanta Sports. Continue reading →

The Church of Maradona

For a lot of fans, football is a religion. To Hernan and Alejandro Veron, Argentine player Diego Maradona is the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. As founders of the Church of Maradona, Alejandro and Hernan have reinvented the idea of a fan club, creating instead a full-fledged religion around their idol. Pay a visit to […] Continue reading →

Trap’s Delight with Old Wes Shift

Once upon a time in Dublin, getting a score from Old Wes meant something entirely different, but it was shift of a different kind at another south Dublin venue that has Irish football fans all hot and bothered. Wes Hoolahan’s cameo against Poland has put a pep in the step of the Irish soccer team and its under-fire manager. Continue reading →

A Good Day to Dye Hard

James McClean and fellow members of the Irish football squad, Kevin Doyle, Glenn Whelan, Stephen Ward, Keiren Westwood, Paul McShane and Shane Long took on Today FM’s Shave or Dye charity challenge ahead of the friendly with Poland at the Aviva Stadium 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 →

States of Progression

In a week when Richard Dunne was linked with two clubs in the MLS, including a reunion with Robbie Keane in LA, Póg Mo Goal looks at the recent leaps in the American game and asks if the USA will become the future training ground for more Irish footballers? Continue reading →

Hull of a Deal: Tigers Sign Duo

David Meyler and Robbie Brady have signed for Hull City after successful loans spells at the Championship high-flyers. Steve Bruce moved to secure the signings of the players, who both made their international débuts in 2012, as the Tigers seek to maintain their promotion push. Continue reading →