As the economic crisis affects all areas of daily life in the Republic of Ireland, Lee Daly looks at how the football league has suffered and discovers that not everything can be blamed on the politicians.
It should be noted that the trend for Polish players to look to Turkey to further their career is not a new one - they're merely following in the footsteps of a midfielder who blazed a trail over 15 years ago. Over to you Michal Zachodny
Dehistoricization. Dilution of cultural influence. Football genocide. Not phrases that tend to roll from the tongue of your average pundit. But do they apply? Read this by Robin Cowan and have a think.
There's something of a buzz in European football around a batch a starlets coming through for Belgium. The 2012 European Championships may come a little early, but exciting times await. Chris Mayer looks at a Belgian club harnessing the best of youth.
Turkish club Beşiktaş surprised many with how close they came to landing Brazilian superstar Robinho during the summer. Rather than a vain attempt at publicity, this move was a signal of intent. Thomas Wood looks at ambition on the banks of the Bosphorus.
Ok, so he wasn’t Harry Hampton, Tom Waring, Billy Walker or even Gary Shaw, but Aston Villa signed a fine player in 2000 that had all the attributes to become a legend at Villa Park. Reflecting on a sad anniversary, IBWM welcomes Chris Mayer.
An interesting weekend in qualification for the 2012 European Championships. Normal service resumed for Holland but for France, well, normal service appears to have resumed there too. John Dobson reports.