13 June 2018

2026 FIFA World Cup

The 2026 World Cup will be jointly hosted by the USA, Mexico and Canada, the first time the tournament will be hosted by three countries under the title "United 2026". The tournament will also be expanded with 48 teams competing, 16 from UEFA.

16 May 2018

2018 Central American Tour

Irish FA

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill has unveiled his 22-man squad for the forthcoming international friendlies against World Cup-bound Panama and Costa Rica. 

New faces in his panel for the games in Panama City on 29 May and San Jose on 3 June include Crusaders winger Gavin Whyte and Scunthorpe United midfielder Cameron McGeehan, who is on loan from Barnsley. Both players have previously played for Northern Ireland at youth and under-21 level.

29/05/2018 vs Panama ... A D 0-0
03/06/2018 vs Costa Rica A L 0-3
PAN
CRC
-
St
Sb
Gl
St
Sb
Gl
St
Sb
Gl
1
G
Trevor Carson
Motherwell
X
X
2
0
0
2
D
Conor.McLaughlin
Millwall
x
x
0
2
0
3
M
Shane Ferguson
Millwall
X
1
0
0
4
D
Gareth McAuley
West Brom 
X
X
2
0
0
5
D
Jonny Evans
West Brom
X
X
2
0
0
6
D
Lee Hodson
Rangers
x
X
1
1
0
7
M
Gavin Whyte
Crusaders
0
0
0
8
F
Paul Smyth
QPR
x
0
1
0
9
F
Shay McCartan
Bradford C.
x
0
1
0
10
F
Liam Boyce
Burton Alb.
X
X
2
0
0
11
F
Shayne Lavery
Everton
x
0
1
0
12
G
Bailey.Peacock-Farrell
Leeds Utd
x
0
1
0
13
M
Corry Evans
Blackburn R.
X
X
2
0
0
14
M
Stuart Dallas
Leeds United
X
X
2
0
0
15
D
Luke McCullough
Doncaster R.
x
0
1
0
16
M
Jordan Thompson
unattached
x
x
0
2
0
17
M
Paddy McNair
Sunderland
X
X
2
0
0
18
D
Aaron Hughes
Hearts
X
X
2
0
0
19
D
Ryan McLaughlin
Oldham Ath.
x
0
1
0
20
D
Craig Cathcart
Watford
X
X
2
0
0
21
F
Josh Magennis
Charlton Ath.
X
X
2
0
0
23
G
Conor Hazard
Celtic
x
0
1
0
W
M
George Saville
Millwall
-
-
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
W
M
Cameron McGeehan
Barnsley
-
-
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
W
M
Oliver Norwood
Brighton.&HA
-
-
-
-
-
-
0
0
0


Withdrawals: Cameron McGeehan, Ollie Norwood, George Saville
Replacements: Jordan Thompson, Shayne Lavery, Ryan McLaughlin








Photos courtesy of Colin McGiffert

5 May 2018

Cups, Ups & Downs 2017/18

ENGLAND
Premier League

Championship
Play-Off qualification: Jamie Ward (Cardiff City, on loan from Nottingham Forest), Oliver Norwood (Fulham, on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion)
Relegated: Paddy McNair (Sunderland), Lee Camp (Sunderland, on loan from Cardiff City)

League One
Promoted: Will Grigg, Alex Bruce (Wigan Athletic), Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers)
Play-Off qualification: Caolan Lavery (Rotherham United, on loan from Sheffield United), Rory McArdle (Scunthorpe United)
Relegated: Adam Thompson (Bury)

League Two
Champions: Billy Kee, Liam Nolan (Accrington Stanley)
Play-Off qualification: Michael O'Connor (Notts County)
Relegated: Robbie Weir (Chesterfield)

National League
Play-Off qualification: Jeff Hughes (Tranmere Rovers, joining Larne for 2018/19), Matt McClure, Josh McQuoid (Aldershot Town), Sean Shields (Ebbsfleet United)

SCOTLAND
Premiership
Champions: Brendan Rodgers (manager) (Celtic)

Championship
Play-Off qualification: Jordan Thompson (Livingston, on loan from Rangers), Dean Shiels (Dunfermline Athletic)

Scottish Cup
Finalists: Trevor Carson, Stephen Robinson (manager) (Motherwell), Brendan Rodgers (manager) (Celtic)

League Cup
Winners: Brendan Rodgers (manager) (Celtic)
Runners-Up: Trevor Carson, Stephen Robinson (manager) (Motherwell)

NORTHERN IRELAND
Premiership
Champions: Colin Coates, Michael Carvill, Mark McChrystal, Sean O'Neill, Jordan Owens, Sean Ward, Gavin Whyte, Philip Lowry (Crusaders)
Runners-Up: Josh Carson, Chris Johns, Jamie McGonigle (Coleraine)
Automatic Europa League qualification: Jonny Tuffey, Bobby Burns, Rhys Marshall, Mark Sykes, Sammy Clingan, Gary Hamilton, Kris Lindsay, James Singleton (Glenavon)

Irish Cup
Winners: Chris Johns, Jamie McGonigle (Coleraine)
Runners-Up: Liam Bagnall, Rory Donnelly, Jamie Harney (Cliftonville)

League Cup
Winners: Chris Hegarty, David Armstrong, Paul McElroy, Seanan Clucas (Dungannon Swifts)
Runners-Up: Ross Glendinning, Tony Kane, Jim Ervin

County Antrim Shield
Winners: Mark McChrystal, Philip Lowry, Sean Ward, Jordan Owens, Gavin Whyte (Crusaders)

Mid-Ulster Cup Final
Winners: Kris Lindsay, Gary Hamilton (Glenavon)

27 March 2018

Bobby Burns

Name: Robert Burns
Born: 7 October 1999, Belfast
Height: 5.09 ft / 1.73 m
Weight: 11.04 st / 72kg
Position: Forward / Midfielder / Left-Back

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: Under-21, Under-19, Under-18, Under-17, Under-15.

Club Career:
Team ..... --Seasons-- Signed -Fee- 
Lisburn Youth ............... Youth
Cliftonville ................ Youth
Glenavon .................... Youth
Knockbreda 16/17 ............. Loan
Hearts ... 18/19- date May-18 Undis

Biography:
Bobby Burns came through the Northern Ireland schools and youth set-ups playing largely as a holding midfielder and occasionally as a winger. He captained the Under-18 side to the Centenary Shield in 2017. At the same time he was enjoying a successful spell at Knockbreda where he played regularly as a forward for the first time in his career. The following season he established himself the Glenavon forward line, despite having the squad number three. He was still just 18 when awarded his first Under-21 cap. In May 2018 he agreed to join Hearts on a three year contract for an undisclosed free.

Northern Ireland Under-21 Cap Details:
26-03-2018 Iceland H D 0-0 ECQ
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