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Dublin: 11 °C Friday 22 March, 2019

Sunday 17 March, 2019

'I was a young kid then and now I'm a man - I understand it a lot more than I used to'

It was 10 years ago when Federico Macheda burst on the scene at Old Trafford but it’s been a rocky road since.

Friday 15 March, 2019

'It won't be perfect, we know that': Jim McGuinness cautious but optimistic ahead of US management debut

The Donegal native’s Charlotte Independence take on Indy Eleven later this evening.

Sunday 10 March, 2019

All eyes on Jim McGuinness but plenty more Irish interest in US football's second tier

Dubliner Niall McCabe is aiming for a third straight championship while Richie Ryan and Paddy Barrett will also feature prominently.

It's difficult to ignore Van Gaal's contribution to the success of Solskjaer's exciting United

The Dutchman’s tenure was far from thrilling but his belief in young players has paid dividends.

Sunday 3 March, 2019

'I went into that final thinking nothing could stop us': Simon Mason on Ulster, Ireland regrets and identity

The former full-back and goal kicker extraordinaire looks back on a famous Heineken Cup win 20 years ago.

Thursday 28 February, 2019

'I was an apprentice down the shipyard so it was just a privilege to be on the same field': Cruyff and the Irishman

How Bill Irwin from the Ards Peninsula in County Down ended up playing with and against football’s biggest stars.

Highly-rated manager James O'Connor heads the Irish interest as new MLS season boasts exciting arrivals

24 teams will battle it out this term and there’s a multitude of talking points.

Monday 25 February, 2019

'There were a lot of tears shed over the last year-and-a-half, a lot of dark times and a lot of sleepless nights'

It’s been a turbulent time for former League of Ireland goalkeeper Ryan Coulter but he’s pressed the reset button and starts a new adventure in America.

Sunday 17 February, 2019

'There are things I hold onto dearly - her class, her accent and her beautiful smile'

Italian football legend Carolina Morace pays tribute to her late friend Anne O’Brien, a pioneering, revolutionary but unheralded icon.

Wednesday 30 January, 2019

'The American passport is like a golden ticket': Conor Kearns on life in the US and the complexities of identity

Born in San Francisco and raised in Limerick, the fullback – currently plying his trade in Major League Rugby – is on the periphery of the US squad.

Sunday 27 January, 2019

'Football was her life - it was all she ever wanted to do': The revolutionary and unheralded Irish icon

Anne O’Brien was still a teenager when she made history and signed for Stade de Reims. The rest of her story is even more remarkable.

Friday 25 January, 2019

'I can still hear the shouts - they couldn't believe it': 90s nostalgia at its best for the game that had everything

Full of inexplicable moments, the FA Cup tie from 20 years ago still retains a spine-tingling quality.

Sunday 20 January, 2019

'It's a mark of the man that he was willing to show us how he felt': Mick McCarthy and a remarkably raw documentary

When Mick McCarthy first took over the Irish team in 1996, a TV crew captured the highs and lows of the qualification campaign that followed.

'People say life goes on, but tomorrow I think it should stop for a day': Busby, Fergie and United's mid-90s heyday

It’s 25 years since the death of the club’s first great Scottish boss.

Sunday 13 January, 2019

'I'm really uncomfortable in my own skin, with my disabilities and putting them out there for the world to see'

Colin Lynch is a decorated Paralympian but 2018 was a relentless struggle as he faced up to his mental health problems and their origin.

Sunday 30 December, 2018

'Did I fulfil my potential? Did I miss something? As a coach, I'm determined to be the best I can be'

Obsessing over tactics, technical elements and how to get the best from young players, Alan Maybury is inching closer to a management career.

Saturday 29 December, 2018

'Sometimes it's better to accept what can't be and move on': The Irish coach pressing reset in Bangladesh

Lisburn native Johnny McKinstry turned down football opportunities in the UK to stick to his guns and his sense of adventure.

Sunday 23 December, 2018

'A lot of clubs can sell you a dream but they actually backed it up': the Irishman and his American dream

Dubliner Chris McCann was crowned an MLS champion earlier this month after Atlanta United delivered on all of the expectation.

Sunday 16 December, 2018

'I just screamed. I couldn't cope. It was a build-up of four years': Megan Connolly on a remarkable US triumph

The Republic of Ireland international discusses an incredible finale to her time in Florida and starting the next chapter.

Saturday 15 December, 2018

'He's somebody who knows how to get the best out of people': Jim McGuinness and fulfilling a football fantasy

After six years serving his apprenticeship, the Donegal man has got his chance in North Carolina.

Saturday 8 December, 2018

Vibrant new boys versus hipster darlings: MLS decider a snapshot of league's progress

Later today, Atlanta United take on the Portland Timbers.

Friday 30 November, 2018

Music, football and nostalgia: How and why Bands FC became a remarkable online phenomenon

What started out as a pub conversation between friends has morphed into one of the best things of 2018.

Monday 26 November, 2018

Litany of questions regarding Irish management succession plan ensures suspicion and unease

John Delaney sees it as a ‘vision’ and a ‘pathway’ but there’s a degree of anxiety that’s impossible to shake.

Thursday 22 November, 2018

History will be kind to Martin O'Neill's tenure as Irish boss but the devil is in the details

He presided over an era of Irish football that conjured some standout moments. But there’s more to management – and legacy – than that.

Wednesday 14 November, 2018

'I remember coming out for the warm-up and the chants were 'Kill the Fenian bastards''

Joe Waters was part of the Republic of Ireland side that faced Northern Ireland at Windsor Park at the height of The Troubles in 1979.

Sunday 11 November, 2018

'Football is such a bubble - once you're gone, you're gone. But I certainly don't look back with regret'

A different lifetime ago, Seamie Crowe was the most in-demand footballer in Ireland.

Thursday 8 November, 2018

'The family treat it like I'm playing for Real Madrid and that's what it's about: making them proud of you'

Niall McCabe is out to spoil Didier Drogba’s retirement party later this evening and win a second successive USL title.

Sunday 4 November, 2018

Diego Maradona in Dublin: the flicks, the tricks and the unusual circumstances behind it

It was May 1980 and the Republic of Ireland side found themselves in the middle of another transition.

Saturday 3 November, 2018

Treated with derision by some, Wayne Rooney's debut MLS season has been an absolute triumph

There was suspicion and plenty of criticism when he joined DC United but he galvanised a poorly-performing team.

Thursday 1 November, 2018

Cork County Board announce Kevin O'Donovan as successor to long-serving secretary Frank Murphy

The recruitment process began in the summer and the appointment represents a seismic change.

Currently one of Europe's most in-form strikers, Paco Alcacer's season and story is remarkable

The striker has enjoyed a spectacular rehabilitation at Lucien Favre’s ridiculously-entertaining Borussia Dortmund.

Sunday 28 October, 2018

'The Phibsboro Flop': When Pele came to Dublin and was ripped to shreds by the press

The football icon – who celebrated his 78th birthday earlier this week – experienced a forgettable time in Ireland in 1972.

Ego and insecurity have followed Martin O'Neill around for his entire career

For the Republic of Ireland boss, the smugness isn’t a good look when so much negativity currently surrounds the Irish side.

Tuesday 23 October, 2018

'Men against teenagers - as 1-0 defeats go, this was a thrashing': Juve's Euro lesson to United

It’s 22 years since the teams first met in a Uefa Champions League clash.

Sunday 21 October, 2018

'I don't regret it, I don't hold any bad feelings. Things happen for a reason'

Cork’s John Murphy on breaking through at Aston Villa, marking David Beckham and what might have been.

Thursday 18 October, 2018

'It was like I had a little Joe Schmidt on my right shoulder yelling at me': Mike Ross on his former gaffer

Former Ireland and Leinster prop Mike Ross was a guest on the latest episode of the Heineken Rugby Weekly.

Sunday 14 October, 2018

From Enniskillen to Old Trafford: the 32-year-old Fermanagh native who's Jose Mourinho's right-hand man

Forced to retire from playing in his early 20s, Kieran McKenna has established an incredible coaching reputation in a very short space of time.

'Smashing football' and self-doubt: Deadly Doug, the 'nearly' years and Aston Villa's Irish contingent

The recent passing of Doug Ellis brings back memories of the club’s push for success in the mid-90s.

Sunday 7 October, 2018

'I took the road less travelled when I came to America but this is where I belong'

Paul Caffrey never quite made it as a professional footballer but having taken a few risks he’s pretty happy with how everything turned out.

Saturday 6 October, 2018

'Three years of excuses and it's still crap': Mourinho dredging up unwanted reminders of the darkest days

Failure to beat Newcastle today will see Manchester United equal a record that’s been in place since Alex Ferguson’s self-confessed ‘darkest period’.

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