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December 9, 2015 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
August 6, 2018 (No Comments) by Emmet Switzer
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What a weekend for Irish sport that was, we watched the Irish women’s Hockey team land a 2nd place finish at the world finals in England and claim a silver medal. Then the FAI CP team took home a bronze for their 3rd place win at the 2018 IFCPF European Championships in Holland. Amidst all of these fantastic achievements, the Irish Minifootball team are packing their bags and making the final arrangements as part of their journey to Kiev on Saturday for the EMF MiniEuros. No pressure at all then! The Final Countdown The coaching staff and players have done all that they can and with just one short training […]

July 29, 2018 (No Comments) by Emmet Switzer
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The 2018 MiniEuros are drawing closer by the week and excitement levels at the Minifootball Association of Ireland are at an all time high. The governing body for 6 a side soccer in Ireland want to introduce you to the finer details of the sport, and of course, the 2018 national squad. Knowing the players, and the game will make it much easier to follow and support the team in Kiev next month. Have you missed out on the start of our minifootball series? Then we would recommend checking out Part 1 on Where It All Began, covering the growth of minifootball in Ireland, the challenges involved and the costs […]

July 4, 2018 (No Comments) by Emmet Switzer
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It is a dream for every sports person to represent their country, and a dream that often falls by the wayside as we get older. Many of us look out onto the pitch when we go to see an international game. The honest ones will admit that from time to time, we drift off into our own ‘Walter Mitty’ world, where we got the chance at glory. Time limitations, life pressures and lack of confidence in ability are often the reasons people don’t pursue their dream. These are also the causes behind people falling away from sport, even at a social level. Dreams Versus Reality The reality, though, is that […]

June 5, 2018 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald
world cup 2018 guide for dummies

The FIFA World Cup is upon us once again, as the four year cycle reverts to its most exciting position. This year’s edition, hosted by Russia (thanks to Sepp Blatter perhaps?), is sure to be another affair of the grandest scale. Despite being the biggest single sport competition in the world outside of the Olympics, it is common for many to be unfamiliar with the events that will transpire. For those interested in investing a month of the summer into soccer, here are a few pieces of knowledge for you: Dates The first game, Russia v Saudi Arabia, begins on June 14th at 4 o’clock Irish time. Games will occur […]

June 2, 2018 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald
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With no Boys In Green to discuss we decided to look at how the home of the Premier League will shape up this summer at the World Cup. A major turn of events took place right under most people’s noses between October 8th 2017 and now. The over-hyping of the England national team by its media was silenced, replaced by a trepidation and fear of humiliation stemming from a combination of a mediocre squad and multiple embarrassing exits in major competitions. Since the World Cup Quarter-Final exit at the hands of Portugal in 2006, England have: Failed to qualify for Euro 2008 Lost 4-1 to Germany at the 2010 World Cup […]

May 27, 2018 (No Comments) by Emmet Switzer
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It was 9 years ago when Emmet Switzer entered the board room of the FAI, in Abbotstown, to meet Packie Bonner of the Football Association of Ireland and Peter Doyle of the Leinster Football Association. They met that day to discuss potential opportunities between minifootball, known then as 5 a side, and the FAI. During the meeting, Peter slid a thick document across the table to Emmet, which turned out to be the general association rules. The Development Challenge Emmet was asked to review its content and come up with some ideas on how minifootball could integrate with the FAI, whilst complying with the UEFA/FIFA guidelines. No small task by […]

February 18, 2018 (No Comments) by Stephen Kierans
kieran-ohara

For the last few years, the Ireland national squad has been crying out for a revamp. The introduction of fresh, hungry, young new talent is something that we are in dire need of. With such an ageing squad , it is still baffling that the wide array of talent is being overlooked. Trapattoni was long criticised for this as he tended to stick with his experienced players whilst disregarding young talent coming through. Players like James McCarthy, Robbie Brady and Séamus Coleman were just a few of those victims, some of our best players now. Trapattoni’s blindness to this as well as poor campaigns inevitably ended in him losing the […]

January 22, 2018 (No Comments) by Ryan Corry
jose mourinho

A short-term answer. That was the phrase used wide and large by pundits, writers and fans alike when ‘The manager formerly known as the Special One’ was announced as the successor to Louis Van Gaal at Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson had departed. David Moyes had been pushed out while Louis Van Gaal was simply nudged off the winner’s podium in Wembley following his 2016 FA Cup win. José Mourinho’s arrival was another one of football’s very poorly kept secrets, a lot of which seem to come from Old Trafford these days. Since the announcement of Ferguson’s retirement and Moyes’ imminent arrival right up to the present day, there seems […]

January 12, 2018 (No Comments) by Evan Coughlan
transfer-window

Over the past couple of years, the January transfer window has lost some of its charm. Even Sky Sports don’t really seem to care that much about it until Deadline Day itself. However, the January transfer window can really change a side’s season for the better, or for the worse. A team can end up selling their best player to a rival club, Fernando Torres to Chelsea comes to mind here, but in fairness his best days were behind him! Or you could end up buying a player who completely transforms the fortunes of your team, the likes of Luis Suárez, Gabriel Jesus, Gary Cahill… the list goes on. So what clubs have splashed […]

January 5, 2018 (No Comments) by Evan Coughlan
fa-cup

So after weeks of being spoiled with game after game of Premier League action, we now find ourselves with even more football to tuck into this weekend, with the return of the FA Cup. ACCAs at the ready lads! Yes, the world’s oldest cup competition has lost some of its lustre over the last decade or so, but traditionally the 3rd round of the cup is the most exciting round of the competition due to the chance of a famous cup upset potentially taking place. What you’ll most likely find before every FA Cup game on the telly, this weekend, is various ex-players recounting their favourite FA Cup memories. But some of […]

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