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Yesterday’s News

The Brazilian icon and the bizarre, long-running myth of his failed football career in Ireland

Socrates never did play for UCD or Shelbourne and he never tasted Sigerson Cup action either. So, where did the stories come from?

Sunday 10 June, 2018

The inadvertent World Cup hero who went from Matt Busby's Manchester United to Waterford

Ed McIlvenny turned up in the League of Ireland after a remarkable and inexplicable few years.

Saturday 26 May, 2018

‘A lot of players have said it makes the hairs on the back of the neck stand up’

The story behind the Champions League anthem, in the words of composer Tony Britten.

Sunday 20 May, 2018

'Sometimes you can feel sorry for yourself but there's no point - I was the lucky one'

Tony Cousins on Chelsea in the 1980s, those infamous Liverpool Christmas parties and a legendary League of Ireland career.

Saturday 19 May, 2018

'Cantona had the presence, just the way he stood. There was a period in the 90s when he was king'

In 1994, Gavin Peacock was part of a Chelsea side that undeservedly suffered at Wembley against Manchester United.

Tuesday 15 May, 2018

'I want to be Ireland's number one - and I know they're watching me'

Sean McDermott is playing consistent top-flight football but there’s been no call from Martin O’Neill yet.

Sunday 13 May, 2018

'I can remember the faces in the dugout when I told him to go f**k himself': the remarkable tale of Joe Cleary

Before PJ Conlon, the Cork native had his moment to shine in Major League Baseball but it didn’t go very well.

Thursday 10 May, 2018

'I never saw anything I could say was untoward': Tony Cousins on toxic Chelsea racism claims

The League of Ireland legend spent a couple of years at the club in the mid-1980s.

Monday 7 May, 2018

'He had some demons but I think you have to put the whole story into perspective'

It’s 20 years since Justin Fashanu died by suicide.

Saturday 5 May, 2018

'Pulling on that green shirt and playing for the senior side? It would be a dream come true'

Limerick’s Anthony Forde is heading for the League One play-offs with Rotherham but he’s not only keen on a return to the Championship.

Sunday 22 April, 2018

'Most remarkably of all, this was him at his peak': When the Pearl shone brightest

It’s 25 years since the icon was crowned the PFA Player of the Year.

Sunday 15 April, 2018

'I didn't sleep for two weeks, to be honest. Staff possibly losing their jobs? It was strange, scary'

Faced with the prospect of relegation shortly after arriving, Dubliner Gary Dicker has seen Kilmarnock conjure a remarkable turnaround

Thursday 12 April, 2018

'War. Death. My God, what have these children seen?': Football, Roscommon and refugees

In Ballaghaderreen, Adrian Carberry is using an international language to help the local Syrian community integrate.

Sunday 8 April, 2018

'He joked about setting up a friendly against us': Maradona and his new-found interest in GAA

A club in the Middle East has been educating the Argentine icon on Gaelic football.

Saturday 7 April, 2018

'I went straight home, got into bed, and put the pillow over my head': the Manchester 'slaughter' of 1989

Manchester City have inflicted embarrassing defeats on their local rivals but the 5-1 defeat at Maine Road was a seismic moment.

Monday 2 April, 2018

'It was just raw emotion': Megan Connolly on going viral, sibling rivalry and a different Irish camp

The Cork native is back for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers and making big plans for her future.

Friday 30 March, 2018

'It's all up for Manchester United now': An Easter collapse, Anfield and dressing-room 'f**k yous'

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side should’ve won the title in 1992 but the wheels came flying off during a hectic eight-day period.

Sunday 25 March, 2018

'You have to sacrifice a lot to play in this league - the wages aren't there to support you'

Cobh Ramblers goalkeeper and captain Paul Hunt is balancing 4am starts with trying to push his side to promotion.

Friday 23 March, 2018

'The biggest f**king mistake I ever made': how a friendly with Turkey changed everything

Full of confidence and looking forward to playing at a World Cup, there was a shock in store for Gary Waddock.

Monday 19 March, 2018

'Playing against Barca and Real - I thank my lucky stars': the Irishman who took La Liga by storm

Just a few months after facing Athlone Town and Finn Harps, Alan Campbell was leading the line at the Camp Nou and the Bernabeu.

'I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and who knows what can happen over here?'

Lee J Lynch has swapped Shannonside for the US and is hoping to put himself in the shop window.

Sunday 18 March, 2018

25 years on, the first ever Uefa Champions League makes you pine for a by-gone era

The tournament has grown from a small, exclusive club to a modern behemoth but sometimes bigger isn’t necessarily better.

Saturday 10 March, 2018

'You're part of the club forever because you've worn that red shirt...it's just magical'

Before the Class of ’92, Finglas native Derek Brazil was one of ‘Fergie’s Fledglings’ at Manchester United.

Sunday 4 March, 2018

'I just didn't enjoy football anymore. I needed to take myself out of my comfort zone.'

Former Republic of Ireland underage international Conor Henderson has rediscovered his love of the game in Bulgaria.

Thursday 1 March, 2018

'He was a man who was often running away from himself': a complex, tragic sports story

A new film documents the life of revolutionary figure skater John Curry.

Sunday 25 February, 2018

'We've had two years living in paradise but in this business you can't get too attached'

After plenty of chaos and confusion, Tipperary’s Richie Ryan is swapping Miami for Cincinnati and still chasing the MLS dream.

Sunday 18 February, 2018

'I think there's still a sense of ignorance in the UK towards the League of Ireland' BBM

'I think there's still a sense of ignorance in the UK towards the League of Ireland'

Having eased from the pitch to the dugout, Brian Barry-Murphy is preparing for the biggest day in Rochdale’s recent history.

Saturday 17 February, 2018

'Liam was extraordinary - one of the greatest talents that played for us in the last 20 years'

As a youngster at Celtic, the late Liam Miller was sent to Danish club FC Aarhus for a brief but memorable loan spell. They’ve never forgotten him.

Thursday 15 February, 2018

'Be prepared for the drop after the peak': the stark realities of being an Irish winter athlete

Conor Lyne was flag-bearer at the Sochi Olympics in 2014.

Sunday 11 February, 2018

'Cool Runnings was good aul' craic but you could make a far better film about the Irish story'

Ireland made their Winter Olympics debut in the bobsleigh event at Albertville in 1992.

Sunday 4 February, 2018

'It's a bit surreal, to say the least': The Limerick man trying to change football in Cambodia

Conor Nestor has landed his first professional coaching job – in the country’s capital of Phnom Penh.

Sunday 28 January, 2018

'Beautiful hotels, steak dinners - college athletes are treated better than a lot of pros'

Cork’s Jordan Blount has come a long way from the Parochial Hall and Neptune Stadium.

Saturday 27 January, 2018

'I feel like I've lived a couple of different lives': Dubliner John Carroll on his hoop dreams

Plying his trade with the University of Hartford since 2014, the 22-year-old is enjoying a fine season.

Friday 26 January, 2018

Years after his reality TV show setback, another FA Cup dream awaits Westmeath's Connor Smith

The midfielder has come a long way since Football’s Next Star.

Thursday 18 January, 2018

Northern Ireland's Michael O'Neill inches ever closer to taking Scotland job

Issues involving compensation are believed to have been sorted out.

Arsenal's big December signing influences pursuit of Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang

Sven Mislintat spent a decade at Borussia Dortmund before taking up a role as head of recruitment with Arsene Wenger’s side.

Ireland's women pay the penalty and suffer narrow loss in first of two games against Portugal

Missing a number of regulars, Colin Bell gave some youngsters their chance to impress.

'A shambles - nobody has thought about the players': Irish contingent caught up in US chaos

It’s a complicated mess with many layers.

Saturday 13 January, 2018

'She got away with absolute f**king murder!' The day Katie Taylor took on the boys of Ballyfermot Cherry Blossom This post contains videos

'She got away with absolute f**king murder!' The day Katie Taylor took on the boys of Ballyfermot

Though her excellence on the football field has been overshadowed by her boxing prowess, a recent viral video clip conjured special memories.

Friday 5 January, 2018

'I will never be banned for match-fixing': A riled Mourinho furiously hits back at Antonio Conte

The Chelsea boss served a four-month touchline suspension in 2012…but not for match-fixing.

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