Irish football

Austrian View: Getting Back to Reality

On 5th November, 2015, little Austria stood 10th in the FIFA rankings. A landslide campaign in the Euro qualifiers with nine wins and just one draw even turned the Alaba-led team into a dark horse for the tournament in France. What has happened since then? Georg Sander of 90minuten gives the view from the Boys in Green’s next opponents.

How the Rebel Army Saved Cork City

Following their sensational FAI Cup win, we’re reposting this article looking at the growing phenomenon of supporter-owned football clubs in Ireland, with the spotlight on Cork City. Borne from the official supporters club, the FORAS trust became the saviours of the southern giant as she flirted with extinction.

The LOI Goal Everyone’s Talking About

Not only is it the goal everyone is talking about but he’s the player everyone is taking notice of. Daryl Horgan’s second goal against Cork City capped a brilliant night for him and his Dundalk teammates. And all in front of the watching Martin O’Neill.

Dundalk FC, Hail the History Makers, Yet Again

From the brink of extinction to history makers, Dundalk FC are writing new chapters in one of Irish football’s greatest ever stories. Gavin McLaughlin charts the Lilywhites’ incredible European saga.

Con Houlihan: St. Pat’s Intellectual

The late Con Houlihan was a larger than life figure in Irish culture and journalism. His influence on sports writing was matched by a love for St. Patrick’s Athletic. Cian Manning profiles a literary giant.

Shels and Dalymount: Historical Romance Set to be Renewed

The complex history of League of Ireland clubs and their stadiums is likely to get a little bit more complicated with the revelation that Shelbourne look set to join Bohemians in Dalymount Park in the not too distant future, writes Gavin White.

Serbian View: The Underdogs’ Challenge

Ahead of a crucial first test on the road to Russia, Serbian sports writer Miloš Marković has the lowdown from Belgrade, including a sense of disappointment that the hosts won’t get to see Robbie Keane one more time.