Ireland

Ireland Top League Dropping to 10 Teams Doesn’t Solve Larger Issues

The FA of Ireland announced last week that 2017 will be the final year of the top professional division having 12 teams. At the end of the next season, three teams will be relegated from the SSE Aitricity League (Premeir League)┬áto the First Division, and only the First Division champion will be promoted. Thus, beginning…

dublin

Guide to a City’s Soccer Clubs: Dublin, Ireland

The first and most important thing to note about Dublin is that it is not a soccer city. Soccer falls below rugby and Gaelic football on the priority list and many local soccer fans tend to follow the out of town clubs. That said, there is a great soccer scene in Dublin and the city…

champions league

FC Rostov Surprises Ajax, and Other Champions League Playoff Results

Leg one of the Champions League playoffs is in the books and save one result the favorites all got positive results. Of the three match-ups we identified as possible minnow upsets, only one tie realistically could in the end result in an upset. The biggest surprise result was Ajax drawing 1-1 with Russia’s FC Rostov.…

champions league

Which Minnow Could Pull the Upset in Champions League Playoff

On Friday, UEFA held the draw for the Champions League playoff, the final round before the famous group stage. The draw was divided into two pots – one for league champions and one for teams who qualified through other routes. While many people start paying attention to the Champions League after this round, the playoffs…

Dundalk

Irish Champ Dundalk Advances to Champions League Playoff

In what instantly becomes the feel good story of the tournament, Irish Premier Division champion Dundalk advanced to the playoff stage of the UEFA Champions League. The Lilywhites defeated Bate Borisov of Belarus 3-1 on aggregate and have secured at a minimum a place in the Europa League. Dundalk entered the match trailing 1-0 on aggregate…

Welcome to Soccer Minnows

Welcome to the safe space of soccer fandom. Over the past few decades, soccer has made major inroads in the United States. With the expansion of soccer media in the States, it has become easier than ever to find a club to follow. The days of scrambling to find soccer news in random overseas magazines…

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