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Episode 59 - The 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup
I'm joined again by Mark Kennedy of Hawkeye Sidekick to discuss Group B in the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup - what can Ireland expect in the three group games against co-hosts Australia, Olympic champions Canada, and African Cup of Nations semi finalists Nigeria? We make our predictions for each group, and how we expect the tournament to go.
(Note this was recorded after the abandoned friendly against Colombia, but before the extent of Denise O'Sullivan's injury was known)
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Episode 68 - The 2024 UEFA Nations League and January 2024 Transfer Window48:12Myself, Mark Kennedy of Hawkeye Sidekick, and Philip Flanagan of The Bottomless Pit of Football discuss the draw for the 2024 Nations League. With the Republic set to face England, Finland, and Greece, what can fans expect to see when the competition kicks off in September. The search for Stephen Kenny's successor continues, and we talk about the pros and cons for the current favourites, and who we'd like to see take the job.There were more than 30 transfers of Irish players in the January 2024 transfer window, along with 28 loans, but which moves caught our eye?
Episode 67 - 2023 Women's World Cup, UEFA Nations League, and the U17 European Championships48:59In the second part of our review of 2023, myself and Mark Kennedy of Hawkeye Sidekick review the Republic of Ireland Women's year, the build up to their first World Cup appearance, performance at the tournament itself, and the Nations League. We also take a look at the performance of the U17 Mens Team in the UEFA Under-17 Championships in Hungary, and discuss what the experience could mean to a highly talented squad, some of which have already gone on to play first team football
Episode 66 - The Year That Was 2023 In Irish Men's Football01:16:13I'm joined by Mark Kennedy of Hawkeye Sidekick and Philip Flanagan of The Bottomless Pit of Football to review the performances of the Republic of Ireland Senior Men's team in 2023, from the opening friendly against Latvia in March, through the qualification campaign for Euro 2024, to the final game of Stephen Kenny's time in charge against New Zealand in November.What were the highs and lows, and that, if anything, was learned from each game?
Episode 65 - The End Of The Road53:14I'm joined again by Mark Kennedy of Hawkeye Sidekick and Philip Flanagan of The Bottomless Pit of Football to discuss the Republic of Ireland Men's Team's final Euro 2024 qualifier against the Netherlands, and the final game of 2023 against New Zealand, which became the final two games of Stephen Kenny's reign following the FAI's announcement that his contract would not be extended. With the recruitment process for a new manager already in progress, what are we looking for in the new manager, and who are the favourites for the position?
Episode 64 - On The Road To Acceptance01:01:18I'm joined by Mark Kennedy of Hawkeye Sidekick and Philip Flanagan of The Bottomless Pit of Football to discuss two games we really don't want to talk about. There was an element of denial about qualifying for the European Championships in Germany next year when the group draw was made. We've been angry with the results, the most losses in a single campaign since the 1972 European Championships, and despite numerous bargaining efforts with whatever god would listen, it's all left us pretty depressed with the current state of the national side men's team. to the point where we have all accepted the manager's time in charge is ending soon.
Episode 63 - A Game Of Two Hearts01:12:27I'm joined on the show by Mark O'Brien to discuss his life in football, from moving to Derby at 15, winning Ireland U16 Player of the Year, making his senior debut, and being diagnosed with a leaking aorta (all in the space of 12 months!) the recovery from that, and another serious injury, to playing in Scotland, non-league, and scoring one of the most important goals in Newport County history.You can order Mark's book, A Game Of Two Hearts from Morgan Lawrence here: https://www.morganlawrence.co.uk/product/game-of-two-hearts-mark-obrien/
Episode 62 - Nearing The End Of The Road01:01:31I'm joined by Mark Kennedy of Hawkeye Sidekick, Philip Flanagan of The Bottomless Pit of Football, and James Carew of pogmogoal to discuss the two Euro 2024 qualifiers against France and the Netherlands, and what the results mean for the manager Stephen Kenny - how close are we now to the end of his reign, and who will take over after him?Also, James learns the forfeit he has to pay after guaranteeing that Josh Cullen would be sold by Burnley in the summer transfer window...
Episode 61 - Two Top Ten Teams43:14I'm joined by Philip Flanagan of The Bottomless Pit of Football to discuss the senior mens squad announced by Stephen Kenny to face France and the Netherlands, both ranked in the top ten in the world by FIFA, and the U21 squad announced by Jim Crawford to face Turkiye and San MarinoAnd we haven't forgotten what James Carew said when he joined us in June...
Episode 60 - 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup Group B52:24I'm joined by Mark Kennedy of Hawkeye Sidekick to review the performances of the Republic of Ireland's Women's team in the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup. What did we think of how the side played against co-hosts Australia, Olympic Champions Canada, and African Cup of Nations semi finalists Nigeria, and who did we think excelled from the squad? We also review the group stage as a whole and look forward to the round of 16(note this was recorded before the final fixtures of the group stages, and contains speculation on Germany's performance in the knock out stages)