Tag Archives: Soccer


This year’s Football Manager game (TAFKA Championship Manager, lapsed fans) will simulate Brexit in the transfer market.

Providing players with three perspective scenarios as time rolls on, the in-game economy will either have a soft Brexit, with free movement of players and staff around the EU; an exemption made for sportspeople similar to entertainers; or a hard Brexit that restricts movement of players and staff.

Says creator Miles Jacobson:

“We usually try and keep politics out of the game because nobody wants it rammed down their throat.

“But we were left with an interesting situation this year when the people of Britain voted to leave the EU and it wouldn’t have felt right to leave that out. It’s something we had to reflect in the game.

“So we sat down with the research guys and started to plan how we might put it in.”

Brexit is simulated in Football Manager 2017, and it’s going to make the game harder than ever

Double hop!

Neil Houlihan writes:

Article in the Economist about how China is trying to take over soccer has a picture of the chairman kick balls in Croke Park!

I’m not sure if this is an off-side or a square ball?

Thanks Neil

Patriotic Goal (The Economist)


Free this afternoon?

The Republic of Ireland take on their Spanish counterparts at the Tallaght Stadium, Dublin in a ‘do or die’ Euro 2017 qualifier.

Kick off is 2pm and the match will be broadcast LOIVE on Setanta Sports.




Final Score: 

Rep. of Ireland 0 Spain 3

Louise Quinn was named player of the match.

RTÉ match tracker
Football Association of Ireland


 Vicky Langan tweetz:

Fresh pro-life flier dropped through my letterbox! This is probably the best one I’ve ever seen.


Eoin English of the Irish Examiner reports that a Cork schoolboys soccer club has been fined €200 for abandoning a game after one of their players was racially abused.

Irish Examiner: Schoolboy soccer club fined for taking players off pitch in stand against racism

Carrigaline United AFC



Seeing as we aren’t in it.

Hugh Curran of Atomic writes:

So basically being Irish this summer means having to cheer for a for a foreign team. Not the most craic during a world cup as ideally we want Ireland to be competing. But they aren’t so lets get on with it.

But we had an idea here in Atomic. What if we supported other teams that wear green? An alternative #COYBIG?

So we created four posters for Nigeria, Cameroon, Algeria and Mexico

*waves tricolour pitifully*


BVfMCnHCcAEvzR1A Politicians XI to a play a Journalists XI at Lansdowne Road, Dublin for charidee.

It’s Like Escape to Victory (1980).

Without the Nazis and the ball skills of Osvaldo Ardiles.

Via Fergal Keane RTE



Gavin Coffey writes:

Ahead of this evening’s match [Vs Sweden at Lansdowne Road, Dublin] Three, primary sponsor of the Irish football team, took Richard Dunne, David Forde and Conor Sammon aside for a quick test of their general and football knowledge. The players were quizzed by Matthew Nolan (9) and Matthew Hanley (8) from St. Oliver Plunkett School Malahide, who found out if what they thought of Thierry Henry, and if they knew the words to the national anthem.




21 year-old World Freestyle Football champ, Londoner Andrew Henderson shows off his not inconsiderable skills on the streets of his home town.