Football and politics are inextricably linked. World Cup qualifiers played a role in the 1969 Soccer War between El Salvador and Honduras.
On the other side, Italian Communist Antonio Gramsci praised the sport as the “open air kingdom of human loyalty”.
Galway politics and football are also linked. Fianna Fáil Cllr Michael J Crowe is chairman of Renmore AFC. Cllr Declan McDonnell is the secretary of Mervue United AFC. Cllr John Connolly is passionate about Arsenal, while Cllr Billy Cameron regularly attends games by both Galway Utd and Celtic.
Galway politicians will get a chance to show off their soccer skills tonight during half-time in Galway United’s match against Derry City.
This evening, Galway United are hosting a five-a-side competition at half-time in their match with Derry City, involving candidates for the forthcoming Local Elections.
The latest team news is that AJ Cahill, Billy Cameron, John Connolly, Ollie Crowe, Mike Cubbard, Mike Geraghty, Niall McNelis and Niall Ó Brolcháin have all signed up to play. Mayor Padraig Conneely will have a fitness test on the day. .