Category: Ireland

From West Brom and Ireland to the USA, spreading the love of soccer

When Gavin Carlin, a promising young goalkeeper for West Bromwich Albion and the Republic of Ireland U-17 team, made the long journey to southern Turkey to prepare for the U17 UEFA European Championship in 2008, little did he know that his life would be turned upside down after he picked up an unfortunate injury on a rocky pitch. Prior to that, Carlin was one of the lucky ones. He was in the one percent of footballers who were able to get away from Ireland to England and land a professional contract. After trials at Chelsea, Charlton Athletic and Manchester City, ... Read more

USA vs. Ireland match preview: Young squad faces tougher challenge

So far, so good USMNT coach Dave Sarachan ran out a very youthful lineup and they impressed with a resounding 3-0 over an overmatched Bolivia side. But now the test gets more difficult. A home game against an understrength side that didn’t qualify for the World Cup is one thing. A road game against a team that made it to the Round of 16 at Euro 2016 is quite another. The opponent: Ireland. The display that the young players put on against Bolivia was quite impressive. Three players scored their first international goal: Walker Zimmerman, Josh Sargent and Tim Weah. ... Read more

Where to find Ireland vs. Denmark 2nd Leg World Cup playoff on US TV and streaming

If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Ireland vs. Denmark in the World Cup playoff second leg, you’ve come to the right place. In the first leg, Denmark and Ireland battled to a nil-nil draw, so it’s all left to play for in the second leg. The winner will advance to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The loser will be watching the tournament on television next summer. Match: Ireland vs. Denmark Kickoff: Tuesday, 2:45pm ET Looking to watch Ireland vs. Denmark online from your work, home or on the go? If you live in the USA, there ... Read more

Where to find Denmark vs. Ireland World Cup playoff 1st leg on US TV and streaming

If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Denmark vs. Ireland in the World Cup playoff first leg, you’ve come to the right place. Both the Danish and Irish fans must be dreaming about the possibility of playing in the World Cup next summer, but the two-leg playoff series is in front of them first. Match: Denmark vs. Ireland Kickoff: Saturday, 2:45pm ET Looking to watch Denmark vs. Ireland online from your work, home or on the go? If you live in the USA, there are several options to catch all the action. We Recommend: US Only. Here ... Read more

Where to find Wales vs. Ireland World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Wales vs. Ireland World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place. A playoff position is on the cards for either Wales or Ireland in a huge match for both countries. Playing at home in Cardiff, Wales needs a win and a Serbia defeat to finish in first place in the group. But a win or a draw would be enough to earn a playoff spot (unless they finish with the worst playoff points and goal difference out of the nine groups). Meanwhile, Ireland needs a win to seal a ... Read more

Confidence boosting friendly wins for Dutch, Ireland

Paris (AFP) – The Netherlands warmed up for a vital 2018 World Cup qualifier next week with an emphatic 5-0 friendly win against Ivory Coast on Sunday. The Dutch are struggling to make it to Russia next year, placed only fourth in Group A on seven points behind leaders France (13) Sweden (10) and Bulgaria (9). With Dick Advocaat officially becoming their new manager on Tuesday it was assistant Fred Grim in charge for the Rotterdam encounter against an Ivory Coast side now coached by former Belgium boss Marc Wilmots. Capitalising on defensive errors Holland went into the break three ... Read more

Irish footballer avoids jail for Elvis impersonator assault: reports

Dublin (AFP) – Irish international footballer Anthony Stokes received a two-year suspended prison sentence Wednesday for head-butting an Elvis Presley impersonator at a Dublin nightclub, according to Irish media reports. Stokes, 28, who comes from Dublin but has lived in Britain for more than a decade, had previously admitted assaulting Anthony Bradley in the VIP lounge of the former Buck Whaley’s nightclub in the city centre on June 8, 2013. In a victim impact statement to the court Bradley said the blow delivered by Stokes had forced him to undergo extensive dental work and surgery to his nose.  He had also ... Read more

Irish FA seeks ‘urgent’ FIFA meeting over fine

London (AFP) – The Irish FA on Wednesday sought an “urgent” meeting with FIFA president Gianni Infantino to protest over a 15,000 Swiss franc fine imposed for Northern Ireland’s tribute to Britain’s war dead. The Irish FA board expressed “severe disappoiment” at the fine (14,000 euros/$14,600) imposed by FIFA’s disciplinary commission on Monday. The English FA has already said it would try to appeal against a 45,000 Swiss franc fine imposed for wearing poppy armbands as a tribute in their November 11 Armistice Day game against Scotland. Scotland were fined 20,000 Swiss francs for making the same gesture while Wales ... Read more