By Mark Lynch Following the unsuccessful bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup as an individual country, there were sighs of relief aplenty around the island of Ireland, with many sceptical about our capability of hosting such a tournament. Those breathing sighs of relief then will now be breathing sighs of exasperation, after it’s emerged a home nation bid, including the … [Read more...] about Is football finally coming home?
By Darren Casserly For Galway United it was a season of what ifs. The season started brightly with a 4-1 victory over Athlone Town, but ended with a dismal 3-0 defeat at the hands of Shelbourne. On paper, it looked like Galway were one of the favourites to challenge for the title, but titles aren’t won on paper. Galway had lost many key players in … [Read more...] about Galway United season review: a year to forget
By Mark Lynch At the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on 10 April this year, heavy underdogs Roma played host to the Lionel Messi - led Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League quarter - final clash. Roma were underdogs because of the supposed gap in quality between the two teams. Also, in the first leg, two own goals plus one each from Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez … [Read more...] about Take your home goals and the away goals will come
By Mark O’Connor I think the majority of Irish fans understand who we are as a footballing nation. We are traditionally a mix-up of Premier League and Championship level footballers whom, for the most part, fall under the category of 11 work horses. We simply don’t have the “raw materials” that other countries do. We haven’t been blessed with players such … [Read more...] about Martin O’Neill might be nearing the end, but his time as Ireland manager was still a success
By Mark Lynch The year is 2028. Another season of the SkyBet Premier League sponsored by Betfair is just days away from beginning. Manchester United manager Wayne Rooney yesterday gave his first press conference since being unveiled as the boss at the Ladbrokes Old Trafford stadium, during which he broke the world record for most number of “ehm”s in a 15 minute … [Read more...] about The future of soccer looks bright, or perhaps that’s the shine off of this crystal ball