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FAI & IFA Confirm Launch Of New Cross-Border Champions Cup

The Football Association of Ireland and the Irish Football Association have announced the creation of a new cross-border tournament – the Unite the Union Champions Cup.  The competition will be sponsored by the trade union Unite, and will see the SSE Airtricity League Champions play the winners of the Danske Bank Premiership in a two-legged final Its first edition will …

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Report: FAI & IFA Set To Host European U21 Championships

Ireland and Northern Ireland look set to co-host the Under 21s European Championship in either 2021 or 2023 according to reports. Daniel McDonnell of the Independent.ie is reporting that the meeting between the FAI chief executive John Delaney and his IFA counterpart Patrick Nelson will have the announcement of the tournament at the top of the agenda. The pair are in …

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Michael O’Neill Hits Out At FAI’s Recruitment Of Northern Ireland Underage Stars

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 11: Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan at Windsor Park on November 11, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Michael O’Neill’s has expressed his disappointment with the FAI over their pursuit for young Northern Irish players. His comments come in the wake of Jordan McEneff’s debut for the Republic of Ireland Under-16s. The Arsenal youth and his brother, Aaron of Derry City, both recently switched their international allegiances from Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland. “We know we will …

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Opinion: Why Stephen Kenny Should Be The Next Ireland Manager

Ok. I know. You’ve read the headline and thought to yourself “Jesus, that’s a bit strong isn’t it?” It’s the usual tactic. I think “click-bait” is what it’s pejoratively referred to in the media industry. It’s Conor McGregor saying he’s going to kill his next opponent. It’s Arsenal being tipped to buy a top striker (yeah, right). It’s Katie Price having cellulite …

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An Indian Abroad: Mohammed Salim, Europe’s First Indian Footballer

He came, he saw, he conquered. The remarkable tale of Mohammed Salim.  Name the first Indian footballer to play in Great Britain. It’s not an easy question but the answer brings up a fascinating story of a barefooted superstar who briefly set Scottish football alight. That man was Mohammed Salim and the club was Glasgow Celtic. Born in Calcutta in …

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The Great Green Hope: Northern Ireland & The 1958 World Cup

“If you don’t believe you can win, there is no point in getting out of bed at the end of the day”- Neville ‘Big Nev’  Southall Irish football, as we have seen in this series, is a complicated affair often dominated by politics. Interspersed with the drama however is joy, ecstasy and delight. This comes most spectacularly in the form of tournament …

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Will The Real Ireland Please Stand Up?

Our historical and insightful look into the history of football on the island of Ireland continues this week as we examine the squabbling between the FAI and IFA as they battled to attract players. “It’s not that you shouldn’t be neutral. It’s that you won’t be able to stay neutral.” – Christopher Hitchens. In last week’s article we detailed the aftermath of the …

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Fight for your Right: The FAI Versus the IFA

Our journey into the foundation of Irish football continues as we discuss the repercussions for the FAI following the Home Nations’ decision to boycott the national side south of the border. “Politics: Who gets what when and how” – Harold Lasswel. In last week’s article we looked at the great split in Irish football between the FAI and the IFA, a …

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The Wind That Shakes The Goalposts: The Split In Irish Football

Our look at the establishment of Irish football continues as Conor Heffernan delves into the ramifications of the Easter Rising for the future of the game. “Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity” -Edwin Hubbell Chapin We finished up last week’s article with the establishment of the Irish Football Association and Ireland’s first …

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