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Martin O’Neill, Ireland & The Euro 2016 Nightmare

Sure if we could wish things true, Ireland would have won the World Cup by now. Luke O’Connor looks at a dream that’s become a nightmare for Ireland. “Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough”- Peter Pan How the Irish soccer public, would like to take solace in these words. The national team is currently 3 points …

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The Murky Truth Behind The 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Draw

At the preliminary draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification later on today in St. Petersburg, we can expect the typical razzmatazz that accompanies such a high-profile affair. Yet the rehearsed smiles and excitement of FIFA president Sepp Blatter must be taken with a pinch of salt, as the FIFA juggernaut seems to be crashing and burning in front …

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League Of Ireland: Can We Produce Our Own International Players?

Shane McDonnell attempts to understand why there are no international players in the League of Ireland, and why there is no attempt to produce players capable of playing on football’s biggest stage. In the past two years, several former Irish internationals have returned to the League of Ireland to see out the remainder of their careers. Keith Fahey, Liam Miller …

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Ireland U17 coach hits back at media criticism

The Republic of Ireland’s 1-1 draw with Scotland on Saturday was a major blow to Martin O’Neill’s hopes of Euro 2016 qualification, and in the aftermath of Ireland’s latest international draw, there have been questions raised over how Irish players are being developed at a junior level and if Ireland have enough talent to compete at an international level. Former Ireland …

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Ireland’s Plight Will Get Worse Without Major Revamp

They say it’s the hope that kills you. For the first 40 minutes on Saturday, Ireland played with the sense of directness and urgency, the passing and general movement, that had been sorely lacking from an Irish team for the past few years. Where was this Ireland in Glasgow last November? Why couldn’t they have started like this against Poland …

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Is The Circus Surrounding The Irish Team Affecting Its Performances?

Since May 26, off-field stories have dominated the headlines as the Irish international football team prepared for their Euro 2016 qualifier with Scotland. On May 26, three days before the Fifa election in which Sepp Blatter was to win another term as FIFA President, John Delaney took to the moral high ground and announced that he, and the FAI, would …

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Seamus Coleman & Robbie Henshaw Sit Down For A Superb Chat

Two great rising stars in Irish sports, Seamus Coleman of Everton and Republic of Ireland national team and Robbie Henshaw of Connacht and Ireland explain why GAA is so bloody great.  Sure of course GAA helped them, it’s great! We’d highly recommend watching the whole video but  for those interested just in some GAA skipped to 3:04 in to the video. …

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VIDEO: English Fans Troll The Irish With Sepp Blatter Stadium Chant

Ireland are taking on England today in an international friendly at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Last week, the football world was turned upside down as news of Sepp Blatters resignation was followed by the revelation that the FAI had accepted five million euros from FIFA in the wake of the Thierry Henry handball incident in 2009. The transaction seems …

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John Delaney & FIFA: Putting A Price On Integrity

“It’s not about money, it’s about sporting integrity.” In November 2009, John Delaney claimed he could not put a price on missing out on the World Cup in South Africa the following summer. FIFA, as it turned out, had no such problem and €5million made its way into the FAI’s coffers soon after. Mysterious circumstances surrounding payments to and by …

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National U-17 League Clubs & Groups Confirmed

The FAI have today confirmed the structure of the new National Under-17 League, as well as the new domestic compensation regulations for players who turn professional or are transferred abroad. With the under-19 league already providing players with a clear pathway to professional football for those who are not afforded the opportunity to play overseas, this new league should keep any …

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