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Thursday 10 December, 2020

'This is the only group who could have done what we have done' - Dundalk toast finale to roller-coaster year
# Reaction
# Reaction

'This is the only group who could have done what we have done' - Dundalk toast finale to roller-coaster year

Dec 10th 2020, 9:56 PM 3,682 Views 0 Comments

The new FAI Cup holders ended their season with a 4-2 loss to Arsenal in Dublin tonight.

Dundalk end Europa League campaign with defeat to Arsenal
# Outgunned
# Outgunned

Dundalk end Europa League campaign with defeat to Arsenal

Dec 10th 2020, 7:52 PM 20,157 Views 16 Comments

Mikel Arteta’s side were 4-2 winners at the Aviva Stadium.

Government announces review of Irish sports events protected for free-to-air broadcast
# On The Box
# On The Box

Government announces review of Irish sports events protected for free-to-air broadcast

Dec 10th 2020, 4:25 PM 18,886 Views 26 Comments

Members of the public are invited to suggest events to be added or taken from the list.

Arsenal come to town as Dundalk bid to end topsy-turvy season on high
# Preview
# Preview

Arsenal come to town as Dundalk bid to end topsy-turvy season on high

Dec 10th 2020, 7:00 AM 2,815 Views 5 Comments

Filippo Giovagnoli’s side are looking for their first points of the campaign as they face already-qualified Arsenal at the Aviva Stadium.

Wednesday 9 December, 2020

US and UK-backed Dublin County FC given green light to apply for LOI First Division
# New Faces
# New Faces

US and UK-backed Dublin County FC given green light to apply for LOI First Division

Dec 9th 2020, 5:43 PM 15,032 Views 12 Comments

Two Limerick sides have been approved to apply, along with Shamrock Rovers B.

Tuesday 8 December, 2020

QPR players take a knee while celebrating goal against Millwall
# Response
# Response

QPR players take a knee while celebrating goal against Millwall

Dec 8th 2020, 10:30 PM 8,651 Views 7 Comments

Millwall fans booed the gesture ahead of last Saturday’s game with Derby.

Damien Duff makes light of 'videogate' and stresses positives ahead of World Cup qualifiers
# Duff Review
# Duff Review

Damien Duff makes light of 'videogate' and stresses positives ahead of World Cup qualifiers

Dec 8th 2020, 9:55 PM 8,171 Views 1 Comment

The Irish assistant used more than a dollop of sarcasm in dismissing the episode.

Government u-turn allows FAI's U17 and U19 leagues continue
# Let Them Play
# Let Them Play

Government u-turn allows FAI's U17 and U19 leagues continue

Dec 8th 2020, 8:54 PM 2,793 Views 1 Comment

They were initially cancelled, but have been allowed to continue in line with the decision to allow the GAA stage their minor and U20 championships.

'Klopp's arrival made me think of how we have always been prejudiced against Germany'
# BTL
# BTL

'Klopp's arrival made me think of how we have always been prejudiced against Germany'

Dec 8th 2020, 8:19 PM 10,034 Views 7 Comments

Liverpool novelist and critic Anthony Quinn, author of a new book about Jurgen Klopp, is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

Qatar join Ireland's World Cup qualifying group as fixtures are announced
# Gulf In Class
# Gulf In Class

Qatar join Ireland's World Cup qualifying group as fixtures are announced

Updated Dec 8th 2020, 6:41 PM 56,395 Views 29 Comments

Ireland will play the World Cup hosts in two friendly games, and open the campaign away to Serbia.

Monday 7 December, 2020

FAI post loss of €5 million for 2019 and show debts of almost €70 million in grim set of accounts
# Horror Show
# Horror Show

FAI post loss of €5 million for 2019 and show debts of almost €70 million in grim set of accounts

Dec 7th 2020, 11:07 PM 5,787 Views 14 Comments

Chairperson Roy Barrett says the figures show ‘how deep that pain runs throughout our game.’

'There may be people behind the scenes or elsewhere who want to cause problems for the team'
# Leaks
# Leaks

'There may be people behind the scenes or elsewhere who want to cause problems for the team'

Dec 7th 2020, 8:45 PM 25,995 Views 15 Comments

Stephen Kenny has addressed his motivational video and pre-game speech ahead of the England game, which he describes as a ‘non-story.’

All you need to know about today's World Cup qualifier draw
# Pot Luck
# Pot Luck

All you need to know about today's World Cup qualifier draw

Dec 7th 2020, 7:00 AM 12,109 Views 5 Comments

Here are the key dates and paths to qualification along with a look at Ireland’s potential opponents.

Sunday 6 December, 2020

'I want to sleep with it' - Giovagnoli toasts Dundalk's Cup success
# Forza Dundalk
# Forza Dundalk

'I want to sleep with it' - Giovagnoli toasts Dundalk's Cup success

Dec 6th 2020, 11:20 PM 5,519 Views 1 Comment

Chris Shields also spoke of his Cup final redemption following a thrilling game at the Aviva Stadium.

'It’s a joke, the condition the pitch is in' - Jack Byrne critical of timing of FAI Cup final
# Reaction
# Reaction

'It’s a joke, the condition the pitch is in' - Jack Byrne critical of timing of FAI Cup final

Dec 6th 2020, 10:50 PM 16,848 Views 12 Comments

The surface cut up badly a day after it was used for an Irish rugby game.

McMillan hits hat-trick as Dundalk win classic Cup final after extra time
# Thriller
# Thriller

McMillan hits hat-trick as Dundalk win classic Cup final after extra time

Dec 6th 2020, 9:27 PM 20,169 Views 9 Comments

Filippo Giovagnoli’s side were 4-2 winners against Shamrock Rovers in a thrilling game at the Aviva Stadium.

'I’ll be fêted as one of the best managers in the League of Ireland', that’s what I was thinking'
# Dermot Keely
# Dermot Keely

'I’ll be fêted as one of the best managers in the League of Ireland', that’s what I was thinking'

Dec 6th 2020, 10:00 AM 24,996 Views 6 Comments

Ex Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers player and manager Demot Keely looks back on Rovers’ disastrous move from Milltown and ahead to today’s Cup final.

Friday 4 December, 2020

Fifa reportedly close Brexit transfer loophole in potential game-changer for Irish football
# Staying Put
# Staying Put

Fifa reportedly close Brexit transfer loophole in potential game-changer for Irish football

Dec 4th 2020, 10:25 PM 46,970 Views 33 Comments

The days of Irish minors moving to UK clubs may be about to end.

Tuesday 1 December, 2020

'My phone has been hopping' - Kelleher hails Champions League debut for Liverpool
# Dream Night
# Dream Night

'My phone has been hopping' - Kelleher hails Champions League debut for Liverpool

Dec 1st 2020, 10:58 PM 16,319 Views 8 Comments

Jurgen Klopp also explained the Irish goalkeeper’s selection ahead of Adrian for a key meeting with Ajax.

Confusion over whether new post-Brexit transfer rules will apply to young Irish players

Confusion over whether new post-Brexit transfer rules will apply to young Irish players

Dec 1st 2020, 10:51 PM 4,604 Views 2 Comments

Some English clubs have been carrying on as normal, but a senior English football source insists potentially transformative rules will apply to Ireland.

As it happened: Republic of Ireland vs Germany, Euro 2022 qualifier
Live Dec 1st 2020, 4:38 PM

As it happened: Republic of Ireland vs Germany, Euro 2022 qualifier

'One of the weapons Cavan did have is their captain and manager would bawl and cry as it would mean that much to them'
# BTL
# BTL

'One of the weapons Cavan did have is their captain and manager would bawl and cry as it would mean that much to them'

Dec 1st 2020, 7:00 AM 5,850 Views 2 Comments

Cavan writer Paul Fitzpatrick is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

Monday 30 November, 2020

Government relax rules to allow full GAA panels attend games
# Level Three
# Level Three

Government relax rules to allow full GAA panels attend games

Nov 30th 2020, 12:34 PM 6,964 Views 4 Comments

Inter-county teams could only name panels of 26 players to now, which drew criticism from a number of inter-county managers.

Sunday 29 November, 2020

Watch: Messi scores stunner and reveals Newell's Old Boys jersey in tribute to Diego Maradona
# Game Recognises Game
# Game Recognises Game

Watch: Messi scores stunner and reveals Newell's Old Boys jersey in tribute to Diego Maradona

Nov 29th 2020, 3:15 PM 15,357 Views 3 Comments

In celebration, Messi revealed he was wearing a Newell’s Old Boys jersey, the other club for whom both he and Maradona played.

Celebrating Diego Maradona and the rest of the week's best sportswriting
# Well Read
# Well Read

Celebrating Diego Maradona and the rest of the week's best sportswriting

Nov 29th 2020, 8:30 AM 3,812 Views 0 Comments

El Diego dominated this week’s collection.

Thursday 26 November, 2020

Rapid Vienna condemn Dundalk to another Europa League defeat
# Beaten Again
# Beaten Again

Rapid Vienna condemn Dundalk to another Europa League defeat

Nov 26th 2020, 10:00 PM 19,478 Views 11 Comments

The Lilywhites were beaten 3-1 in Dublin tonight.

'The whole community is in shock...but Maradona will live forever'
# Tribute
# Tribute

'The whole community is in shock...but Maradona will live forever'

Nov 26th 2020, 8:00 AM 16,212 Views 15 Comments

Fabian Costello is a former Argentine footballer now living in Cork, and he talks to The42 about the sad death and enduring legacy of Diego Maradona.

Filippo Giovagnoli banned from touchline for tonight's Europa League game with Rapid Vienna
# Preview
# Preview

Filippo Giovagnoli banned from touchline for tonight's Europa League game with Rapid Vienna

Nov 26th 2020, 7:05 AM 5,226 Views 5 Comments

Dundalk host the Austrian side at the Aviva Stadium tonight.

Wednesday 25 November, 2020

The legacy of Diego Maradona
# RIP
# RIP

The legacy of Diego Maradona

Nov 25th 2020, 8:03 PM 21,940 Views 11 Comments

Maradona embodied so much of his people and his country that he elevated football to beyond just a game and the World Cup to a level it will perhaps never again reach.

Cavan happy to play in Croke Park for All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin
# Croker Calling
# Croker Calling

Cavan happy to play in Croke Park for All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin

Nov 25th 2020, 3:29 PM 27,108 Views 41 Comments

There had been suggestions the game should be played at a neutral venue.

Tuesday 24 November, 2020

'He’s put me on the ropes, and just as I’m about to verbally swing back… 'Anyway son, it’s great to see you'
# BTL
# BTL

'He’s put me on the ropes, and just as I’m about to verbally swing back… 'Anyway son, it’s great to see you'

Nov 24th 2020, 8:00 AM 65,319 Views 5 Comments

Andy Mitten grants an insight into how Alex Ferguson operated on the latest episode of Behind the Lines.

Monday 23 November, 2020

The English video is a non-issue - Stephen Kenny's real problem is that the story went public
# Opinion
# Opinion

The English video is a non-issue - Stephen Kenny's real problem is that the story went public

Nov 23rd 2020, 6:21 PM 9,987 Views 16 Comments

The FAI consider the matter dealt with, but the leaking of dressing room details undermines Kenny’s work as manager.

Saturday 21 November, 2020

'Disgusted' Alan Kelly denies leaking information from Irish dressing room
# Response
# Response

'Disgusted' Alan Kelly denies leaking information from Irish dressing room

Updated Nov 21st 2020, 6:16 PM 66,751 Views 49 Comments

The goalkeeper coach has broken his silence as the fallout to a leak from the Irish dressing room intensifies.

Friday 20 November, 2020

Kenny holds 'positive' meeting with FAI chief Owens amid video fallout
# Talks
# Talks

Kenny holds 'positive' meeting with FAI chief Owens amid video fallout

Nov 20th 2020, 4:55 PM 34,332 Views 72 Comments

There is no suggestion Kenny’s job is under threat.

Thursday 19 November, 2020

FAI finalise dates for Cup semi-finals and final
# Mark Your Diary
# Mark Your Diary

FAI finalise dates for Cup semi-finals and final

Nov 19th 2020, 5:01 PM 5,936 Views 2 Comments

The showpiece game of the year will take place on Sunday, 6 December.

Wednesday 18 November, 2020

'The team that wasn't available tonight would be stronger than the team that was' - Kenny laments luck
# Reaction
# Reaction

'The team that wasn't available tonight would be stronger than the team that was' - Kenny laments luck

Nov 18th 2020, 11:56 PM 8,067 Views 8 Comments

The Irish boss was without 14 players as his side underwhelmed in a 0-0 draw with Bulgaria.

Here are Ireland's potential opponents in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers
# Drawing Names
# Drawing Names

Here are Ireland's potential opponents in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers

Nov 18th 2020, 10:08 PM 78,553 Views 38 Comments

Stephen Kenny’s side are third seeds and in line for a difficult group.

Ireland's miserable run continues with goalless draw against Bulgaria
# Another Bad Night
# Another Bad Night

Ireland's miserable run continues with goalless draw against Bulgaria

Nov 18th 2020, 9:49 PM 45,897 Views 98 Comments

Ireland avoided relegation with a point in Dublin, but will be third seeds in the World Cup qualifiers and now haven’t scored in 11 hours of football.

Full debuts for Manning and Knight as Irish team to face Bulgaria is named
# Team News
# Team News

Full debuts for Manning and Knight as Irish team to face Bulgaria is named

Nov 18th 2020, 6:27 PM 9,496 Views 15 Comments

Troy Parrott and the Shamrock Rovers trio of Jack Byrne, Graham Burke and Aaron McEneff are on the bench.

'I don't think you can make any realistic assessment' - Kenny's turbulent start reaches its end against Bulgaria
# Preview
# Preview

'I don't think you can make any realistic assessment' - Kenny's turbulent start reaches its end against Bulgaria

Nov 18th 2020, 7:00 AM 18,696 Views 23 Comments

The new manager’s Nations League campaign has been hopelessly undermined by injury and Covid-19.