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The Minifootball Association of Ireland & The 2018 European Championships: Where It All Began – Part 1

By Emmet Switzer May 27, 2018 (No)
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 […]

James McClean: The Rise Of The Republic’s Footballing Hero

By Evan Coughlan October 16, 2017 (No)
Phew…. has everyone recovered from what happened on that marvellous evening in Wales? I’m sure there are a few people who haven’t even made it back from Cardiff yet! Well, yet again, we had one of those nights, where somehow, we got a win when we needed it most. After looking back on the goal for about the 673rd time, I can confirm that James McClean, if he wasn’t already, is now up there with the past greats of the Irish team, but what about James McClean, the man. McClean has become a household name due, in part, to his exploits on the field for the Republic as well as […]

Managerial Vacancies – Who Next For Sunderland, Crystal Palace & Leeds United?

By Felipe Wasserstein June 14, 2017 (No)
With the season’s end of both the Premier League and the Sky Bet Championship there were plenty of managers given the axe and a few who went of their own accord. Three time winner of the Russian Premier League, Leonid Slutsky, recently became the new manager at Hull City after Marco Silva opted for a switch to Watford. Former Foxes boss, Claudio Ranieri, looked a serious contender for a return to English football, but that move was ruled out after Ligue 1 side, Nantes, announced his appointment this week. So now we look to the remaining clubs who are still trying to fill managerial vacancies and who the most likely […]

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