False Narratives

Kevin Brannigan explores if the reality of the 1990s jars with our memories

Pro Vercelli: Fallen Giants of Calcio

Pro Vercelli were a side that dominated Italian football from 1908 until 1922, winning an incredible seven titles across 14 years. In a guest post, as part of their Month of Calcio, The Final Third tell their story.

EURO 2016 Diary: We’re Not Going Home

Ireland’s Euro 2016 adventure is continuing in glorious style thanks to one of our greatest ever nights which could inspire a new generation, writes Fionn O’Dea in Lille.

EURO 2016 Diary: Clinging to Hope

After Swedish optimism, Irish fans’ hopes were shattered with the Boys in Green beaten in Bordeaux. With one more shot at redemption, we’re down but we’re not out, writes Fionn O’Dea in France.

Parma: Back from the Brink

Copa90 tell the story of how Parma rose through the Italian divisions to become champions in Europe, before a spectacular crash saw them bankrupt and relegated to the amateur leagues.

On this day, 30 Years Ago: Paolo Maldini Makes AC Milan Debut

On January 20, 1985, Paolo Cesare Maldini made his first-team debut for AC Milan at the age of 16, coming on as a sub against Udinese. He spent his entire career – 25 seasons – at the Serie A giants before hanging up his boots in 2009 at the age of 41 as a legend of the world game. Watch the documentary Paolo Maldini – Football’s Greatest.

June 30, 1990: Italy 1 Rep. of Ireland 0

On this day in 1990, in our first ever World Cup, Ireland lost out by a solitary goal in the quarter-finals to the tournament hosts Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Within days the Irish team would land in Dublin to a crowd of over 500,000 people in scenes that likely wouldn’t have been bettered had they won the competition itself.