A Future Irish Soccer Stars

A Future Irish Soccer Stars

Future Irish Soccer Stars

Remember the hype of the 1980s? Could new kids on the block League of Ireland players, who are now household names, be on their way to rivaling the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo?


The Tipperary native grew up playing with Carrick-On-Suir RFC and has repeatedly shown her versatility and superb finishing prowess as a winger and full-back, racking up a series of tries for her club. Back in 2018, she played for the Irish sevens at the U18 European Championship. With Blackrock College, she’s turned in many impressive displays this season, helping them to third in the AIL regular-season standings, with cup action ahead in January before the league round-robin kicks into gear later in the month. With Munster, Boylan made her mark during their successful Interprovincial Championship in August and September, coming off the bench against Ulster and showing great pace on the wing, and then earning a start for their subsequent victory over Connacht.

There’s always a danger in reading too much into one moment, one goal, and extrapolating all sorts of projections about future potential. However, anyone who watched 16-year-old Jamie Mullins become the youngest ever scorer for Bohemians in the League of Ireland over the summer knew they’d seen a truly precocious talent. Neatly controlling a pass about 10 yards outside the box, Mullins dinked it past one challenger, fended off a second, then beat a third before firing a bullet into the bottom left corner, leaving the keeper with no chance. (Source: www.irishexaminer.com)


This week, FIFA released a report laying out some of the data from the last ten years of international football transfers in the men's game. The report highlights how $48.5 billion was spent (mostly by European teams) on transfer fees in that period and how a further $3.5 billion was paid to agents. One figure buried deep within the report stood out when it comes to the future of Irish football; the Republic Of Ireland was the country with the most players under 18 years of age transferred abroad from 2011 to 2020.

However, looking at historic data, we can take a very good guess that most of the young Irish players transferring abroad transferred to English clubs. They followed a well-worn path where the most talented Irish players transferred at young ages in the hope of one day 'making it' at an English club. Most of these players returned home without having been perceived to have 'made it’ – and many of them received minimal levels of education whilst at English clubs. (Source: www.rte.ie)



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