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Paris 10 Years On: Henry handball heartbreak revisited

By: Mike Finnerty Wednesday, November 18th, 2009, Stade De France. Reigning World Cup runners-up France and two-time competition entrants Ireland are duking it out in the European qualifiers. France, after a torrid Euro 2008 and a spotty qualification campaign that led to them finishing behind Serbia, are forced to a play-off with an unbeaten Ireland, who have managed to hold …


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An Focal’s Football XI of the 2010’s

Between 2010 and today we have had the luxury of witnessing some of the best players to ever play football ply their trade and produce jaw-dropping performances and moments that will live on forever.Honours achieved before 2010 are not included in our choice, so sorry Xavi and Iniesta. Without any further ado, here’s An Focal’s Team of The Decade. Manuel …


Julian Nagelsmann: The future of German football

To many fans of the premier league the name of Julian Nagelsmann is one they’re not too familiar with, even fewer know the circumstances that allowed him to become a coach in the first place. Just as the German national team went through ‘Das Reboot’ in the mid to late 2000’s, through completely replacing the methods of training in all …

Analysing Irish hopes in the European Champions Cup

European rugby is back for Irish provinces, with the Champions Cup getting underway tonight. Ahead of this, let’s assess the Irish provinces’ pre-tournament chances. Armed with the returning internationals, all sides will be ready for the weekend ahead. First up for the Irish are Ulster. A quarter-final exit to Leinster spelled the end of last year’s hopes for the Ulstermen, …

Pep Lijnders vs Mikel Arteta: A tale of two assistants waiting in the wings

In the history of football, the footballing gods have tended to shine their light on teams that plan their managers ahead. The continuing of philosophy across the tenure of a manager is deemed as one of the riskiest decisions a club can make. Rarely taken due to the fact that managers often times refuse to relinquish their control of the …

How Ireland can qualify for Euro 2020

After a torrid Nations League campaign, Irish football was in crisis. Step up, Mick McCarthy. The former defender’s second reign in the Irish hot seat started better than he could have imagined. 10 points from a possible 12 had us all dreaming of summer 2020 at the European Championships. We could almost see the demand for campervans on the rise …

BREAKING: UL to host 2020 FIBA Men’s European Championships

Basketball Ireland has been awarded the hosting rights for the 2020 FIBA Men’s European Championship for Small Countries, and the tournament will be held at the University of Limerick. The announcement was made at the FIBA board meeting in Cologne today. The announcement comes off the back of the successful hosting of the Under 18 and Senior Women’s European Championships …

Racism in football: A blight on the beautiful game

By: Joseph Saunders We all love football. That’s not up for debate. However the beautiful game has been tarnished over recent months by inhumane acts of racism from the stands at football matches worldwide. England beat Bulgaria by six goals to nil last month, but you wouldn’t hear much about the result as some of the players were subject to …

UL Arena to host Badminton International to support Limerick Suicide Watch

If you have been out and about in Limerick and walked around the banks of the River, you’ll have seen the Orange Angels of the night patrolling the city’s river banks. Limerick Suicide Watch, as well as other volunteer groups have no doubt played their part in reducing the number of deaths by suicide in Limerick. The volunteer groups are …

Rugby World Cup 2019: South Africa see off England to clinch 3rd title

The 2019 Rugby World Cup (RWC) final was played out in Yokohama. A repeat of 2007, England was out for revenge while South Africa looked to remind England of it with another final win. Both teams were fully deserving of reaching the final, with England being seen as the favourites. Handre Pollard kicked off his final with a missed kick …