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  • 07.29.14
    What next for Ronaldinho? Mavericks, Superstars | Comments Off
    Living legend Ronaldinho and Atlético Mineiro have parted company this week after agreeing to terminate the Brazilian playmaker's contract with immediate effect. A decade ago, Ronaldinho was one of the most talked about players on the planet, in the same way the football-loving public rave about Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronnie won the Libertadores Cup with Alético Mineiro - the first time he or the club lifted the continent's most biggest club prize. The Brazilian international wowed audiences for his magical displays for PSG, Barcelona and Milan, the three clubs he turned out for when widely considered to be at his peak. Ronaldinho done things ...
  • 05.07.14
    Footy travels #11: Buenos Aires Footy travels | Comments Off
    The blog is bringing you a travel guide from outside of Europe for the first time, and where better than one of South America's most beautiful and cultural places. A real mecca for the beautiful game and home to some of the most passionate and extreme fans - this is a guide to the wonderful Buenos Aires. How do I get in? This is quite a trek, but the easiest way from Dublin is by using British Airways, who fly to Ezeiza Airport, one of the city's two major airports located around 25 kilometres outside the city itself. It's not the ...
  • 04.03.12
    The joy of six: More You Tube classics YouTube gold | Comments Off
    Six more footie-related classics spotted recently via the World wide web. Everything from Zlatan Ibrahimovic's man-crush to the the Russian striker that wants to take every one of his fans on. 1.  George Best in the MLS. This goal wasn't exactly played in a World Cup final. But it sure was a lot better than the vast majority of Pelé's 1281 goals. I don't know when we'll see Keano do this stateside. [jwplayer mediaid="1850"] 2. Ibra loves Ronaldo. The not-so-modest Zlatan Ibrahimovic can't resist but to be star-struck when he faces his hero Ronaldo during the Milan derby. And I thought Ibra only ...
  • 11.24.11
    Boca 'til I die….and after then also! Footballers' mad moments, North/South America | Comments Off
    In this day and age, most (if not all) major and minor clubs around the world flog merchandise such as replica jerseys, tracksuits, posters, eveningwear, underwear and dog-collars to generate revenue. It was only a matter of time before Argentine giants Boca Juniors catered for their departed fans. For the equivalent of €165, one can have a tailor made coffin with the club's yellow and blue colours and a silk interior. Fans can even have the club's crest engraved on the coffin's lid. Boca have notorious passionate fans (including a certain Diego Maradona), so it's no surprise to learn that the ...
  • 02.21.11
    Football's greatest rivalries: Boca Juniors v River Plate Football's greatest rivalries | Comments Off
    Hello one and all and welcome to a new feature to the blog which, as the title will tell you, will focus on the greatest rivalries in world football. Today we'll have a look at Argentina's big one - Boca Juniors vs. River Plate. The game, known locally as 'el superclásico', was described by Diego Maradona as "unequalled". This is quite the statement coming from a man who played for some great clubs with huge rivalries in their respective leagues. He has a strong argument however as on matchday in either clubs' stadia, all that can be seen amongst the hugely ...
  • 11.05.10
    The Return of Riquelme Mavericks, Superstars | Comments Off
    [caption id="attachment_32" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Riquelme has an eye for creating brilliance"][/caption] Argentine midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme will make his long awaited return from injury this weekend as his side Boca Juniors take on Argentinos Juniors in the intimidating La Bonbonera stadium in the colourful La Boca neighbourhood in Buenos Aires. No doubt one Diego Maradona will keep his eye on this fixture as he famously played for both sides in the late 70's and early 80's. Riquelme's return is absolutely good news for Boca coach Claudio Borghi, as the 32-year old is easily one of the most influential playmakers in the Argentine Primera División - possibly of all ...