Hello Y’all – and welcome to Hold the BackPage no.8!
They’re back again, it’s Ciarán Ó Raghallaigh of the Sunday Mirror and Neil Ahern of the Irish Indo, with a trans-continental mix of glitz and glamour for your aural pleasure.
This week, as FIFA’s large-toupeés shacked up in Qatar at the end of a worldwide Technical Inspection tour, we are joined by Fox Sports’ Keith Costigan, who tells us why U-S-A, U-S-A, should host the World Cup in 2018.
We also have a chat about how New York Red Bull’s honorary Irishman Thierry Henry, and David Beckham, are changing the face of the MLS.
Then we come back a little closer to home and, as promised last time out, we delve into the dark arts of financial accounting at the top of European Football. AC Milan’s hunger to win silverware saw them snap up Robinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer – but how on earth will they get Ibra for €46m LESS than Barca paid last year? On the line to explain it all, in layman’s terms (mostly!) is Kieron O’Connor, from the Swiss Ramble blog.
As usual, we’re joined by the ever generous Chris McWilliams from PaddyPower.com, who hopes to add to the winning tips handed out last week.
All that, and plenty of banter featuring OJ Simpson, the Irl u-17 girls, Shamrock Rovers and much more.
It simply has to be HTBP #8.