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Ireland: The Myth That Martin O’Neill Doesn’t Trust Wes Hoolahan

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau, Moldova 9/10/2016 Moldova vs Republic of Ireland Ireland's Wes Hoolahan Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Criticism when he’s out of the team and no praise when he’s in it. Martin O’Neill is getting hammered for a perceived lack of trust in playmaker Wes Hoolahan. But, the stats don’t back it up. Can we really summarise the Irish manager’s philosophy in the treatment of one player? Proof that Ireland are more than brute-strength and aggression, diminutive Hoolahan …

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The View From Georgia: Weiss Will Be Planning ‘Smash And Grab’ Victory Against Ireland

Ireland have relied on luck and last gasp heroics against Georgia in the past. Alastair Watt gives Póg Mo Goal the inside view from the visitors to Dublin. – What are the hopes for the current qualification series? The realistic aim is for Georgia to avoid bottom spot and anything higher than fifth would be a good outcome. Moldova are perceived as beatable …

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What’s Happened Since Shamrock Rovers’ Europa League Breakthrough?

Shamrock Rovers’ breakthrough as the first Irish team to qualify for the group stages of a major European competition was supposed to herald an era of domestic domination. However, it hasn’t worked out that way, writes Macdara Ferris from Póg Mo Goal Magazine, Issue 3.  For Shamrock Rovers, 2016 marks a number of anniversaries in their recent history. This year …

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The Tale of Brazil’s Blind Manager That ‘Sees’ Better Than Any Other Coach

Flávio Aurélio Silva, the ‘Ceguim’, is the only visually impaired coach in Brazilian football. Rafael Luis Azevedo of Póg Mo Goal and Verminosos por Futebol tells his story. Silva’s life totally changed at 20 years of age. A founding member of Juventude Esporte Clube, the team from Fortaleza, the fifth largest city in Brazil, the defender often midfielder lost the sight …

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Over A Century Of Rich History: Dalymount Park’s Most Iconic Games

From Ireland beating Germany 5-2 to presidential protestations, Dalymount Park has been at the epicentre of Irish footballing history for over a century. Here Donal Fallon looks back at some of the most iconic games this old stadium has hosted. Despite my heart belonging on Dublin’s Emmet Road with Saint Patrick’s Athletic, my house is across the city and up a hill in Cabra. Walking towards the city centre, I …

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