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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 →

1913 – The Riot in Ringsend

In the latest of our guest posts, Donal Fallon of the superb Come Here to Me website recounts an episode in the 1913 Lockout involving a football match between Bohemians and Shelbourne in Ringsend. Why did Jim Larkin’s paper denounce two players publicly as ‘scabs’ and call on workers not to attend the game unless to picket it? Continue reading →

R.I.P. Tony Grealish

Former Republic of Ireland international Tony Grealish has passed away at the age of 56. The midfielder played 45 times for Ireland during a career that saw him line out for Leyton Orient, Brighton and Hove Albion, West Brom and Man City among others. Continue reading →

Win the Ultimate Fan’s Experience with Heineken’s Road to the Final

With Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, and Borussia Dortmund battling it out to reach the UEFA Champions League decider, Heineken has unveiled the latest instalment of its ‘Road to the Final’ campaign with the launch of a brand new TV ad. To celebrate, Heineken is offering one lucky Irish fan and three friends an opportunity to get a seat at this season’s competition finale in London. Continue reading →

The Art of Kaká

Brazilian superstar Kaká celebrated his 31st birthday by launching his new website kakaww.com. The site features insights into the player’s life off the pitch and includes photos, interviews, blog posts and ways for his followers to interact including a fans’ artwork section. Continue reading →

Proclamation of the Republic

On April 18th 1949, Easter Monday, the anniversary of the 1916 uprising, Ireland officially declared itself a republic and left the British Commonwealth. A week later, the national team played Belgium at Dalymount Park but it would be a further five years before it would play under the name ‘Republic’. Continue reading →

Guest Post: Hillsborough – Memories from Afar but Always Standing Together

On the 24th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy, the city of Liverpool remembered the 96 who died during a service at Anfield, the first since the Hillsborough Independent Panel cleared supporters of blame. In our latest guest post, Christer Eikrem of Live4Liverpool.com offers the reflections of an overseas fan which are sure to strike a chord with Reds followers from this side of the Irish Sea. Continue reading →

Four Star Neymar Has Barca on Alert

Wonderkid Neymar scored all four goals as his Santos side defeated Uniao Barnarense in the Sao Paulo championship to spark further rumours that he will follow in the footsteps of Ronaldinho by signing for Barcelona. As the stories rumble on as to where the Brazilian superstar goes next, his father and agents were said to have been in Catalonia at the weekend to negotiate a sponsorship deal that raised suggestions they were also there to speak to the Nou Camp outfit. Continue reading →

Passage of Play: Paolo Di Canio

“I saw my mother’s face just before the kick-off and it was a very emotional moment for me. I was in the dug out the day after she passed away and we won the game — and it has happened again. My dedication goes to her” – Paolo Di Canio dedicates victory over Newcastle to his late mother Continue reading →

Sponsored Post: Heineken – Road to the Final

We’ve already seen some exceptional drama in the Champions League this week as the tournament builds to a thrilling conclusion in Wembley Stadium. The two German clubs Dortmund and Bayern will join La Liga’s Barca and Real Madrid in the final four after an amazing series of quarter-final games. Champions League sponsors Heineken’s brilliant new ad asks Póg Mo Goal followers, if you were lucky enough to get your hands on a golden ticket, which road to the final would you take? 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 →

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 →

Dalymount, 1963, Ireland 3-2 Austria

The last time Ireland defeated Austria was in Dublin in 1963 in front of almost 40,000 at Dalymount Park in a European qualifier. Having drawn 0-0 in Vienna three weeks earlier, Ireland progressed to the last eight of the European Nations Cup thanks to a 3-2 win with two goals coming from Manchester United’s Noel Cantwell. 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 →

Hot-Shot Rob Has Face Like Back of a Bus

Robbie Keane continued his lightning start to the new season for LA Galaxy scoring in a 4-1 win over Costa Rican side Herediano to send the MLS side into the CONCACAF semi-finals for the first time. The Irish captain has also replaced David Beckham as the face of the MLS champions in a high-profile advertisement campaign. 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 →