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What Does it Mean to Play Attractive Football?

By Phil Bourke September 22, 2017 (No)
I’m a Liverpool fan, and as a Liverpool fan I want them to play attractive football and I want them to win games. However, I’m not the stereotypical fan that thinks this will be our year, that Klopp can do no wrong and, because of our history, we deserve something today. Re-read that last paragraph, does anything stand out as odd to you? “I want Liverpool to play attractive football and I want them to win games”, contains two oddities in my mind. Firstly, what is “attractive football”? Surely, winning football matches is attractive. Attractive Football – Pick Your Favourite The ball on the ground, starting with the keeper, moving […]

World Cup Qualifier Preview: Ireland v Serbia

By Evan Coughlan September 3, 2017 (No)
Despite drawing 1-1 against Georgia, Ireland still find themselves in with a chance of winning the group, however a play-off place does seem a lot more likely. Currently in second place, two points behind group leaders Serbia and two ahead of the group’s top seed, Wales, the Boys in Green have just three games left to secure their place in Russia next summer. Can Ireland do it? Well, here’s how we think Ireland’s tell-all game against Serbia will play out. Georgia v Ireland The less said about this game, the better to be honest. I mean, Ireland were on the back foot as soon as Shane Duffy’s header bulged the net and, […]

The Road To Russia 2018: Who Are Ireland’s Star Performers?

By Evan Coughlan August 29, 2017 (No)
The Republic of Ireland team have passed the halfway point in their World Cup qualifying campaign and as things currently stand in Group D, Martin and Roy’s Boys are level on points with Serbia at the top, and are only two goals behind them on goal difference. Ireland have a four point cushion over Wales and Austria who lie in third and fourth respectively and maybe, just maybe we, as a nation, can start getting excited about a trip to Moscow next summer. However, before we start loading up the van with Joxer and the lads, there are still four games left to play, two at home and two away. […]

How Would An All Irish Team Do In The Premiership – Part 1

By Ryan Corry July 20, 2017 (No)
There are great arguments in life and sport that make for some great debate. From the simple yet effective ‘my da would beat your da in a fight’ all the way to ‘Celtic would challenge for the Premier League title’. There are just some things that we are never going to know the answer to so I’ve decided to apply my thought process on one question that I can’t help but wonder about… How would an all Irish selection get on in the Premier League? Now I know it would be easier to say the Republic of Ireland team but I’m not Martin O’Neill so I’ll be making my own […]

Confederations Cup Final Preview – Chile v Germany

By Felipe Wasserstein July 2, 2017 (No)
The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup final will be held on Sunday, July 2nd, at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The winners of 2015 Copa America, Chile, will be facing current world champions, Germany. Both finalists are taking part in their first Confederations Cup final. For Chile, this is their first participation in a Confederations Cup, while Germany is making its third, and best, appearance. Chile… How They Got Here For the 2015-2016 period, Chile were probably the best football team in South America. Their squad won the 2015 Copa America and then the Copa America Centenario (a special tournament held in celebration of 100 years of the tournaments […]

The Best GAA Podcasts Out There

By Evan Coughlan May 31, 2017 (3 Comments)
With the evenings getting longer and the sun even making the odd appearance, there’s only one thing left that signals the beginning of summer. the GAA Football and Hurling Championships have begun. Will Dublin be able to claim three in a row, are Kilkenny a spent force and will the #Mayo4Sam Brigade ever break “The Curse of ’51”? The traditionalists amongst us will consume The Sunday Game and take in the opinions of Spillane, Loughnane and Brolly and that’s it. Thankfully with the advent of on-demand audio, we’re now able to get more opinions and discussion points from former players than ever before. So, if you are sick of seeing Joe […]

The 2017 FA Cup Semi-Finals – Preview

By Andy Leech April 22, 2017 (No)
There is little doubt that the oldest competition in world football, has become a little stale in recent years. The trend probably began in 1999, when a recent treble-winning Manchester United team withdrew from that year’s edition of the competition, to concentrate on the newly formed Club World Cup in São Paulo. Of course, this is not the only factor which contributed to the demise in popularity of the FA Cup. The glamour of European football, the importance of league standings, and the “resting” of players, all being cited as reasons for the irrelevance of the once revered trophy. However, this year’s competition has gone a long way in recapturing the […]

Arsène Wenger – Stick Or Twist?

By Ryan Corry April 10, 2017 (No)
Renowned philosophers, The Pussycat Dolls, once sang “Be careful what you wish for ‘coz you just might get it“, and that has never been truer than in the case of the Arsenal supporters at this moment. If you, like all of us non-Gooners, turn to Arsenal FanTV after every game these days just for entertainment, then you know that supporters are split on whether the club’s greatest ever manager should be let stay in his position or let go. While many are calling for the head of Wenger right now, others are happy for him to see out his contract until the end of the season while the loyalists are […]

Wayne Rooney – Should He Stay Or Go?

By Dean Fitzgerald March 27, 2017 (No)
The classic lyrics from The Clash must be running through Wayne Rooney’s mind all this season. Let’s not forget, this man is going to be a legend of Manchester United, winning everything that is there to be won for the club, and breaking Bobby Charlton’s goal-scoring record in the process. He has been a leader for United for years, and yet at the ripe old age of 31, Rooney has been consistently linked with moves away to China, the US, and just about every other place players go to watch their careers die. When Wayne gets a chance to sit back and think long and hard about where he is […]

Ireland vs Wales World Cup Qualifiers 2018 Preview

By Ryan Corry March 23, 2017 (No)
As it stands, Ireland are in a very healthy position in Group D, sitting top of the table, unbeaten in four games including a tough trip to Serbia. However, the worst is still yet to come, with Wales in the Aviva Stadium our next port of call on Friday, while being in the middle of the worst injury crisis we’ve seen in years. At this stage, the mind games between the two sides have been strictly corporate with the FAI offering an ‘insulting’ amount of tickets to Welsh supporters, who expected 10% of the allocation but were in fact offered a mere 6%. This might be a masterstroke and give the makeshift […]

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