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First Citizen of Football

higgin The Irish season kicks off with the 2017 President’s Cup this weekend, when League of Ireland champions Dundalk travel to FAI Cup winners Cork City in the curtain-raiser to the domestic campaign. The Irish version of the Community Shield was initiated to honour our football-loving first citizen, Michael D. Higgins. Continue reading →

Dundalk FC – The Captain’s Armband

dundalk 6 In sport, the captain’s armband is more than a piece of fabric. Its real weight, and everything it symbolises, is immeasurable. A badge of honour, an unspoken commitment and fearless leadership. Dundalk sponsor Fyffe’s latest video tells the story of the Lilywhites as seen through the eyes of club captains, past and present. Continue reading →

Past Meetings: Poland, Packie, and Banning Presidents

long Irish and Polish fans may have a special affection for each other but all’s fair in love and football and the huge clash of the teams in Warsaw means, with Euro qualification up for grabs, friendship must be parked for 90 minutes. The countries have previously met on 26 occasions, the second of which resulted in President Hyde being removed as a patron of the GAA. Continue reading →

LA Galaxy First to Five

Unbenannt The final episode of the five-part documentary charting LA Galaxy’s run to a fifth MLS crown, sealed with the boot of captain Robbie Keane. The series was produced by LA Galaxy TV crew Albert Lanzillo and Paolo Ferrari giving a behind-the-scenes look at the team’s run to the title. Continue reading →

The LOI Goal Everyone’s Talking About

Unbenannt Just four games into the League of Ireland campaign and we already have a goal of the season contender, and as ususal it has come from St Patrick’s Athletic. The Saints have had an eye for the spectacular in recent years and now Greg Bolger can add his name to the list for this specatacular effort in the win over Derry City. Continue reading →

Robbie Keane Chips in With Wonder Goal

robbie keane la v ny Robbie Keane warmed up for Ireland’s upcoming crucial qualifiers, including a tilt at the world champions Germany, with a brace for LA Galaxy against New York Red Bulls. His first was an exquisite chip from Landon Donovan’s pass. Robbie also batted away questions on whether he’d be voted the league’s MVP. Continue reading →

Down at the Copa

Unbenannt Pope Francis must have been working over-time. His club in Argentina San Lorenzo have reached a first ever Copa Libertadores final thanks to a thumping win in the semi-finals. There they’ll meet Paraguay’s Nacional who’ve also reached the showpiece for the first time. Here are the highlights. Continue reading →

Neymar Loss Causes Outbreak of Emotion

neymar baby The loss of their star player is hitting all Brazilians, both young and old. It was all a bit too much for this little baby with the news that Neymar was in hospital. Meanwhile, the player himself issued an emotional rallying call to his teammates to fulfill his dream of becoming a World Cup champion. Continue reading →

Neymar’s Hospital Arrival

Brazil v Colombia: Quarter Final - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Brazil’s World Cup hopes have been rocked with the news that Neymar has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament after a serious back injury. The striker’s arrival at the hospital in Fortaleza was met by large numbers of Brazilian fans. The Selecao themselves were accused of rough-house tactics in their win over Colombia but David Luiz won back some admirers telling James Rodriguez in a post-match interview “You are already a world champion.” Continue reading →

Highlights: Ireland Beaten by Turkey

ireland v turkey Martin O’Neill’s Ireland slumped to a second consecutive defeat at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Turkey went 2-0 up with Jon Walters replying for the home side. The new manager has a further three post-season games but the Derryman is beginning to realise how much work is needed ahead of the 2016 qualifiers. Continue reading →