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Conor Heffernan

Conor is a recent graduate History and Political Science graduate with an interest in health and football. He has been a long-suffering Leeds United fan since the late 1990s but as always remains optimistic for next season!

Money, Money, Money: The Birth Of The Premier League

The birth of the Premier League back in 1992 heralded a new era for football in England. Conor Heffernan looks back at this pivotal period of transition. When English football entered the 1990s, the game was in crisis. The golden days of the 1950s and 1960s had become a hazy memory, replaced by the three H’s: Heysel, Hillsborough and Hooliganism. …

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Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers & The Balotelli Problem

The red half of Merseyside has been inundated this week with newspaper columns criticizing wayward Italian striker, Mario Ballotelli  Since moving to Liverpool in the summer, Ballotelli has failed to settle. There’s no denying that. He has been lambasted for his inability to score, for not contributing enough to the team and most recently for not knowing when is the …

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British Footballers in Apartheid South Africa

Conor Heffernan looks back at the promotion of ‘whites-only’ football in Apartheid South Africa. In 1976 South Africa was formally expelled from FIFA due to a government policy of racial segregation known as Apartheid. FIFA had been relatively late to expel South Africa, a point of contention for many African States. The CAF had expelled South Africa as early as …

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O’Connor Shakes Things up For Leinster Game

News emerged from the Leinster camp earlier in the week that Irish winger Luke Fitzgerald will finally return for the Boys in Blue against Castres in this weekend’s European Champions Cup enounter. Fitzgerald has been out of action since last March’s 22-18 Pro 12 win over Munster at the Aviva Stadium. His return will be welcomed by Leinster and Irish …

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Jordanian Prince to Challenge Sepp Blatter

Rumours are emerging that Jordanian Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein has been persuaded to enter the race to become FIFA’s next President. Al-Hussein, who is currently Asia’s FIFA Vice-President would be the third candidate to step forward to challenge current FIFA Boss Sepp Blatter. Blatter is hoping to secure a fifth term as head of world football’s governing body but is …

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Match Preview: Ulster Versus Toulon

Ulster face off against reigning European Champions Toulon on Saturday hoping to put last weekend’s defeat to Leicester behind them. The defeat to Leicester was the first time Ulster have lost their opening game in Europe since 2008 and Head Coach Neil Doak is keen to get the Ulstermen back to winning ways. Doak has made two changes to his …

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The Magic Of The Unofficial World Cup

Everyone has heard of the FIFA World Cup but here Conor Heffernan gives us his insight into how it’s predecessor, the Unofficial World Cup came about. When Germany lifted the World Cup for the 4th time last summer, it was the twentieth time a team had done so. Since 1930, the FIFA World Cup has been a fixture in the international footballing calendar. …

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Munster Vs Saracens: Five Talking Points

Ahead of Friday night’s European Champions Cup game between Munster and Saracens, Conor Heffernan looks at five of the key talking points going into the match.  Last weekend Anthony Foley’s men had to wait until the 81st minute for drop goal from Ian Keatley to secure a much needed win away at Sale. This Friday night sees Axel’s men face off against …

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Where Are PSG Making Their Millions?

Conor Heffernan discusses PSG’s attempts to circumvent UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules by funneling cash into the club through other means. Figures released recently by French Football’s Licensing Authority, DNCG, have revealed that French giants Paris Saint-Germain make almost €233.6 million from ‘other products’. This means that PSG have made more money from miscellaneous sales this season than they have …

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The Rise & Fall of The Iconic ‘This is Football’

Conor Heffernan gets all nostalgic and remembers the iconic PlayStation classic, This Is Football. Imagine a football game where you could dive, two foot the goalkeeper and play a classic Manchester United team featuring George Best, Bobby Charlton and Dennis Law. Yes such a game did indeed exist in the form of This is Football. For one brief moment in …

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COYBIG! Ireland Through to Group Stage of the HWC

How often to we get to support an Irish team in the latter stages of a World Cup? It’s only happened twice in the last three decades for the Senior Irish team, but Sean Kavanagh’s Irish Team made it to the Second Round of the Homeless World Cup on Tuesday. October 21st was a tense time for all those involved …

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Suriname: The Greatest Team You’ve Never Heard Of

Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard, Patrick Kluivert, Clarence Seedorf. The list of players that hail from Suriname is quite astonishing. Conor Heffernan discusses. Ranked 147th by FIFA, Suriname are rarely the focus of any real media attention. Why would they be? After all, South America’s smallest nation has never qualified for a World Cup, never qualified for the Olympics and has …

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QPR, Harry Redknapp & The Taarabt Saga

Conor Heffernan examines the volatile situation between QPR boss Harry Redknapp and midfielder Adel Taarabt, a player that the manager has lambasted publicly.  When asked about Adel Taarabt’s absence from his side in the aftermath of QPR’s defeat to Liverpool at the weekend, R’s boss Harry Redknapp claimed the midfielder was struggling with fitness issues and was three stone overweight. It …

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Mixed Fortunes For Irish At Homeless World Cup

With the Homeless World Cup in full swing at the moment in Chile, the Republic of Ireland squad are hoping to make a strong impression at the games. Before flying out to Chile, Irish Manager Sean Kavanagh had high hopes for Ireland at the games and initially, the Boys in Green didn’t disappoint. Sean Kavanagh’s men made headlines in Ireland …

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How Ajax Created Lionel Messi

Tonight’s Champions League match between Barcelona and Ajax is as much about success on the field as it is about success in the academies. Both teams are celebrated for their renowned youth academies, and combined they have produced many of the world’s greatest players but it is Barcelona who can lay claim to having produced the greatest footballer ever in …

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CSKA Moscow & The Racism Problem In Russia

Conor Heffernan discusses the outrageous behaviour of certain elements in Russian football regarding racism, namely CSKA Moscow. Manchester City travel to Russia tonight to face CSKA Moscow in a Champions League Group match. In what will be an eerie affair, the game will be played behind closed doors as punishment for the racist behaviour of CSKA fans following incidents in Rome …

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Rogério Ceni & The Lost Art Of Goalscoring Goalkeepers

Last weekend, Rogério Ceni scored his 123rd league goal in professional football. For a career spanning over 20 years, 123 goals has been a fine return for the São Paulo dead ball specialist. For the 42-year-old man it was business as usual on Saturday night when he coolly dispatched a 25 yard free kick into the back of the net against Bahia …

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A New Dawn For Leinster Rugby?

Following Leinster’s close 25-20 win over Wasps, Conor Heffernan explores how there could be a new dawn beckoning at Leinster under Matt O’Connor.  In an interview with the Irish Independent last week, Leinster head coach Matt O’Connor claimed Leinster had every chance of winning this year’s European Champions Cup. It was a bold statement from a man who went into an opening European match …

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