Will a young and upcoming Na Piarsaigh side be able to topple reigning hurling champions Cuala? Can a young yet experienced Corofin side reclaim their place at the pinnacle of club football in Ireland? On the 17 March 2018, two clubs will walk away with the most prized accolades that a club player can win whilst also gaining bragging rights for their particular code for the … [Read more...] about All-Ireland Club Finals Day preview
Thomas Muller latching onto Arjen Robben’s through ball provides a hard low ball across the box that is met by an incoming Robert Lewandowski, who subtly finishes the ball into the back of the net. That is the final goal, as German champions Bayern Munich ruthlessly finish off Turkish side Besiktas in a 5-0 rout in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16. Out of … [Read more...] about Does the Champions league have a competitive balance issue, and is it only going to get worse?
It’s been a topsy-turvy period for Galway United Football Club in recent years. From stadium redevelopment to actual non-existence to amalgamation and reinstatement, life at Eamonn Deacy Park has had more drama and plot-twists than back to back episodes of EastEnders. One man who has experienced the highs and lows of life at Galway is uncompromising Ballinfoyle man Stephen … [Read more...] about Galway United season preview: Stephen Walsh speaks ahead of the new campaign
Connacht Provincial Council Secretary John Prenty believes the time has come to give colleges the boot from the Connacht senior football league and will bring forward a motion in their annual convention to dismiss NUI Galway, IT Sligo and GMIT from the competition. This is a motion that I am sure will infuriate NUI Galway players and fans alike. The FBD was the perfect opener … [Read more...] about NUI Galway deserve football league inclusion
A disgruntled groan was the public reaction to the news that FIFA have followed UEFA by extending the number of teams in the finals – from 32 to 48. The public had largely the same reaction to the most recent European Championships, which saw the expansion from 16 to 24, the main critique pointing to the quality of the games throughout the finals. For neutrals, many fixtures … [Read more...] about World Cup expansion: enriching the game – or FIFA’s bureaucrats?