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Heading for change? Should the ball stay on the carpet to prevent concussion?
17:01 Saturday 7th March 2020

After NFL star Aaron Hernandez died in a Massachusetts prison, researchers at Boston University found his brain severely damaged. Repeated head traumas over the course of his sporting career had rendered his grey matter withered and warped. The…

Is Michael O'Neill the hero Stoke City needs?
12:01 Thursday 14th November 2019

When Stoke City fired manager Nathan Jones nine months into his tenure, questions were asked about who should take the vacant position. Since the departure of Mark Hughes in 2018, the situation in Staffordshire has gone from bad to worse, a…

Is Donyell Malen a Netherlands first-choice for Ronald Koeman?
12:01 Sunday 13th October 2019

The Netherlands freefall in the wake of the 2014 World Cup in South Africa has been arrested. While both Bertie van Marwicjk and Louis van Gaal espoused defensive philosophies that clashed with the Dutch reputation for enterprising Total Football,…

European Championships
Can Northern Ireland qualify for Euro 2020?
12:01 Thursday 10th October 2019

Euro Qualifying has gone about as well as could be expected for Northern Ireland. In their first four games, they took maximum points, largely thanks to a tight defence led by Jonny Evans. A quartet of wins, two each against Estonia and Belarus,…

Can Germany reinstate its fearsome reputation?
12:00 Friday 6th September 2019

The short international break offers clubs time to reflect on their current situation. For international teams, their resting period is over. Germany return to action tonight. Joachim Low will hope his side pick up from where they…

Crusaders struggle with increased training schedule
12:00 Sunday 9th September 2018

Crusaders made summer headlines when they announced most of their squad signed new contracts to train five days a week. Heady expectations followed as the club looked to build on their position as Northern Ireland's best team over…

Crusaders consolidate their position at the summit with a five day week
15:00 Tuesday 17th July 2018

Crusaders Football Club have made an unprecedented move, by confirming 22 members of their first team squad have signed new contracts, along with their manager. That will see the North Belfast club train on Monday, Wednesday and Friday…

European Football
Grandstand finish approaching in Northern Ireland Football League
09:30 Friday 27th April 2018

The Danske Bank Premiership, which is Northern Ireland's top flight in club football, doesn't get much publicity outside the country. Yes, Sky Sports will show the very odd game during an international break but it's generally just…

Northern Ireland welcome South Korea on Saturday
09:00 Friday 23rd March 2018

Northern Ireland return to action on Saturday for the first time since narrowly missing out on this summer's World Cup. They host South Korea at the National Stadium.  A lot of water has passed under the bridge since Switzerland beat…

Republic Of Ireland
St Patrick's Days Special: Ireland's greatest XI
09:30 Saturday 17th March 2018

Over the years the island of Ireland has produced some excellent footballers including European Cup winners, league champions and FA Cup winners. To mark St Patrick's Day here is an eleven of some of the best from both sides of the…

Is it time for summer football in Northern Ireland?
12:00 Monday 5th March 2018

Football in Northern Ireland suffered a near wipe out this weekend as the "Beast from the East" and "Storm Emma" combined to cause havoc across the country; which led to all but one match at senior level being postponed. …

Larne : The small club making a big noise in Northern Ireland
10:30 Sunday 11th February 2018

Northern Irish football's second tier doesn’t get much coverage. In recent months, though, there has been one smalltown club making noise about plans to make the top division and, when there, provide the big hitters serious…

Another World Cup, another Home nations failure
16:00 Thursday 23rd November 2017

With Euro 2016 consisting of four home nations, things were looking up, especially as both the Irish and Northern Irish progressed to the playoffs. Wales were pipped by the Greens and Scotland improved but still look short of the sufficient…

World Cup Playoffs: European predictions
08:00 Tuesday 7th November 2017

The World Cup Playoffs are edging closer; the battle lines are drawn. We've got four ties to look forward to, each with its own uniqueness. Expect heartache, drama and, as always, one controversial moment which will change a game. Between the…

Will Irish eyes be smiling after the World Cup Playoffs?
18:00 Saturday 21st October 2017

On Tuesday afternoon the whole island of Ireland stopped what it was doing for a few minutes to turn its attention to Zurich, Switzerland to see what the draw for the 2018 World Cup Playoffs had in store for both the Republic of Ireland and…