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Ireland is a pretend football country

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,978 ✭✭✭Did you smash it


    Seems a far more viable concept for the GAA counties that make up the numbers in all irelands year in and year out to join up than Irish clubs.



  • Registered Users Posts: 15,154 ✭✭✭✭Fr Tod Umptious


    It's been mentioned over the years in conjunction with the idea of a European Super League.

    The idea that the best of the rest would create some second tier European league rather than continuing to play in diminished national leagues.

    But a club or clubs from Ireland would only be part of it if it was four or five levels deep, because that's where they are quality wise.



  • Registered Users Posts: 25,411 ✭✭✭✭breezy1985


    Joining up leagues from different associations can't really be done due to access to European competitions.

    Also the Scandinavian and Scottish leagues would not want us anywhere near it.



  • Registered Users Posts: 16,594 ✭✭✭✭osarusan


    Existing Irish clubs would get nowhere near any pan-national league. It would end up being new clubs like Munster Leinster, etc, like the rubgy.

    And even then, those clubs might start of providing a platform for Irish players but if their place in the league was in jeopardy, they'd have no chocie to sign anybody who could help them survive - central contracts not really an option like they are in the rugby.

    It would destroy the clubs left behind in the LOI.

    And that's before we get to the fact that for some kind of Atlantic League to get off the ground, it would have to be good for the biggest clubs in it, good enough for them to leave their own leagues. For clubs like Ajax or Benfica to leave their leagues, they'd want to be up against a higher calibre of team than Munster United.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 14,059 ✭✭✭✭Thelonious Monk


    Just back from Bohs. Hadn't been in a while. Fantastic evening out. Amazing free kick. The bars are hopping. Nice beers on tap. What more would you want?

    Have to say I enjoy it far more than Crystal Palace and Fulham games which I'm more used to. Oh and it was sold out. Also top of the league 😍😍



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,978 ✭✭✭Did you smash it


    Watching it back here, Jesus Stevie Odonnell is some man for gesticulating



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,331 ✭✭✭landofthetree


    Man city do the treble.

    Awkward. Man U,Arsenal and Torypool are finished long term without oil money. Glorious.

    Hopefully Newcastle can pull ahead as well. Virtually no City or Newcastle fans in Ireland. What will happen long term? Will plastic irish fans lose interest?



  • Registered Users Posts: 10,675 ✭✭✭✭EmmetSpiceland


    Isn’t United on the verge of being “bought out” with oil money? If that happens, and they get back on top, it will be a disaster for the LoI.

    All the ex-fan who stopped following them when they went shít will jump back on the bandwagon, saw a few of them walking around with the jerseys on for the FA cup final. This was while the match was on, they weren’t watching it, just wanted to be ready to “celebrate” after in case they won.

    FIFA and the Saudis will get their “Super League” before too long anyway, that will change the landscape for real supporters.

    “It is not blood that makes you Irish but a willingness to be part of the Irish nation” - Thomas Davis



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,118 ✭✭✭pgj2015


    No, because all premier league clubs will eventually be bought with oil money.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,118 ✭✭✭pgj2015




  • Registered Users Posts: 25,180 ✭✭✭✭Strumms


    the GAA tell us that over €21m in state funding and supports were received during the year 2022.

    over 20-25 year period well over 100 million… the government even give clubs abroad direct funding like New York to upgrade their facilities.

    meanwhile, soccer, cricket, athletics, tennis and more besides here, get chump change.

    GAA have access to seriously lucrative revenue streams. But still want to and are allowed to have their cake and eat it, the taxpayers slice too.



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