Irish football

Polish View: Lewandowski’s Kuba Misfire Crisis

Blaszczykowski-gate. Piszczek injured. Szczesny on the bench at Arsenal. Poland undoubtedly have their concerns before one of the most important games of the qualifying campaign against Ireland. Szymon Podstufka of Transfery.info offers the visitors’ view.

Countdown to Kick-Off

Ahead of the new season, take a behind the scenes look at the official League of Ireland launch photoshoot.

Audio: The Alan McLoughlin Interview

An Irish football hero since November 1993, Alan McLoughlin chats to Póg Mo Goal’s Dave O’Grady about the release of ‘A Different Shade of Green – The Alan McLoughlin Story’, nominated for Irish Sports Book of the Year. He talks about his personal battle with cancer, that famous night in Windsor Park, Roy Keane’s Rolex watch and much more.

A Different Shade of Green – The Alan McLoughlin Story

Gary Mackay’s goal for Scotland sent Ireland to Euro ’88. A facile win in Malta secured passage to our first ever World Cup in 1990. Play-offs, where the job was virtually done in the first leg, earned us the right to compete on a global stage in 2002 and 2012.

The World Cup in America was different though. Irish footballing lore is peppered with iconic goals that stay at the forefront of every Republic fan’s memory. Whelan against USSR, McAteer against the Netherlands, Keane versus the Germans, even O’Shea in Gelsenkirchen. And another of those standout strikes came in Belfast in 1993. For the hero of that hour, his toughest fight was yet to come. His newly released autobiography has already been nominated for the Irish Sports Book of the Year.

Pluck of the Irish Raises More Questions for Germany

“Germany had no clue how to find a loose brick in the Irish wall and this time there was no David Hasselhoff at hand to just sing it down.” What ever happened to the champions of 2014? After the triumph of Rio, Germany now has a hangover in the qualification round. The World Cup memories fade as scepticism grows, writes 11freunde’s Ron Ulrich.

Keane Speaks

Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane sits down to discuss the upcoming qualifiers with Gibraltar and Germany, and offers his thoughts on young Aston Villa starlet Jack Grealish.

The Story of Dundalk

A new video produced by team sponsor Fyffes charts the fall and rise of League of Ireland leaders Dundalk Football Club under Stephen Kenny.

Video: Dublin Named Euro 2020 Host City

UEFA has named Dublin as a host city for the multi-nation Euro 2020 tournament. The Irish capital will be the venue for three group games and a last 16 tie. Check out the video that formed part of the FAI’s winning bid.

Reviving the Legacy of “Don Patricio” O’Connell

His name should be among the most revered in Irish football history. A former captain of both Ireland and Manchester United, he went on to manage Real Betis and FC Barcelona where he is credited with saving the Catalan giants from extinction. Instead the remains of Patrick O’Connell are buried in an unmarked grave in Kilburn, North London, an area synonymous with Irish emigrants and their broken dreams. Now a new group has come together with the aim of restoring both his final resting place and O’Connell’s reputation in the annals of the game he loved.