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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!

Top Five Champions League Group Stage Upsets

With the Champions League once more about to grace our television screens this week, memories of past years have flooded the senses. With this in mind, it seems only fitting to look back on some of the greatest Group Stage upsets in recent memory.   5) Barcelona 1-2 Rubin Kazan, 2009-2010 Season Going into the match Rubin Kazan were rank …

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English Football, Saido Berahino & The Saviour Complex

Conor Heffernan discusses the hype surrounding Saido Berahino and the potential dangers of the pressure placed upon him by the English media. In the build up to last night’s Manchester United-West Brom match, one English website compared West Brom and England Under-21 Striker Saido Berahino, who scored during the 2-2 draw, to Manchester United’s Falcao. The conclusion drawn was that Berahino …

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Mohun Bagan & The Fight For Indian Nationalism

“Mohun Bagan is not a football team. It is a tortured country, rolling in the dust, which has just started to raise its head.”- Achintya Kumar Sengupta With the ISL now in full effect, the eyes of the world are cast on Indian football for the first time in decades. Long derided as a footballing backwater, time will tell whether the …

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Tó Madeira: The Greatest Player in the World

With the exciting news that Football Manager 2015 is less than one month away, I got thinking about my own relationship with the famous football game. As a Leeds fan, my time playing Football Manager has been bitter-sweet at best. The odd cup victory was often the best I could muster in seasons often characterised by a relegation dogfight but …

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Homophobia Still Exists In Modern Football

Conor Heffernan talks about homophobia in football, and the fact that not a whole lot has changed in the past 25 years. In 1990, the Sun Newspaper ran an exclusive story with English footballer Justin Fashanu in which the young man revealed he was gay. Displaying its usual sensitivity to personal matters, the Sun ran with the headline “1m Football …

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Manchester United, LVG & The Importance Of PR

When Manchester United face off against West Brom this coming Monday, fans of the Red Devils will be hoping the club can continue a run of form that has seen two wins in their last three matches. In a season that has seen Louis van Gaal lead United back into the top four, it now appears that the dark days of …

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African Cup of Nations In Crisis Due To Ebola Virus

Spare a thought this weekend for fans of African football. Following the mid-week internationals, rumours have emerged that next year’s African Cup of Nations host, Morocco, has withdrawn from hosting the tournament due to fears over the Ebola virus that is currently running rampant in parts of Africa. The news came two months after Libya withdrew from hosting the 2017 …

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Will Liverpool Be The End Of Old ‘Arry?

A big performance is needed from QPR against Liverpool on Sunday, as another defeat could leave manager Harry Redknapp facing the chop. Bottom of the league after seven games, QPR’s start to the season couldn’t have been any worse. The newly promoted side have suffered defeat, after humiliating defeat. New signings such as Rio Ferdinand have failed to live up …

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Incredible Goals From Russian Third Division

When most of us think about Russian football, cold weather or outlandish racism springs to mind. We tend not to associate the Russian Leagues with outlandishly good football. Thanks to the magic of the Internet however, fans of the beautiful game now have the opportunity to see the all the goals and highlights from every division in every far flung …

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The Price Of Football In England – 5 Talking Points

Following a report by the BBC this week into the price of football in England, fans of the game are being asked to re-evaluate how much they spend following their beloved Team. Some feel angry, others betrayed and some don’t care. The English press have spent the last week going to town on those clubs deemed to be ripping off …

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Leeds United & The Massimo Cellino Affair

Conor Heffernan discusses the bizzare world of Leeds United owner Massimo Cellini, and his hatred for the number seventeen. In 2010, Massimo Cellino attempted to buy West Ham United for a rumoured £68 million. It was big money from the Italian tycoon and when it became apparent that West Ham had refused the offer, it seemed that English football missed …

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Arsenal’s Injury Crisis…Who Is To Blame?

Arsenal’s injury crisis has caused Arsene Wenger yet more headaches as the season has progressed, Conor Heffernan looks at who is to blame for the injury problems at Arsenal. Earlier this month a report by PhysioRoom.com showed that Arsenal are strong contenders as the unluckiest club in English football. Since August 2002, Arsenal players have sustained 889 injuries, more than …

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BREAKING: Women Now Allowed To Watch Football!

Since the early 1900s women have desperately fought the patriarchy of modern society. It’s been a long process but achievements have been made along the way. Women are free to leave the domestic sphere, there is greater equality in wages and women in the workforce are no longer an oddity. In the latest move towards equality, women are now allowed …

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Top Five Premier League Defeats

Here we look at five of the biggest Premier League defeats in recent history. The highlights are as entertaining as they are uncomfortable. But who doesn’t love a high-scoring game? Football is built on highlight reels and there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing goal after goal go in. Unfortunately some teams take things a little too far. _____ 5) Tottenham …

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Juventus Want Top Flight Portuguese Club, Here’s Why…

Juventus are in the market for a particular bankrupt Portuguese club, Conor Heffernan explains why. Things are looking up for the Old Lady. Serie A winners last season and currently top of the League having gone six games unbeaten. It’s a good time to support the Black and White. Recent rumours of match fixing have been the only sour note …

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Premier League Preview: Five Talking Points

The Premier League kicks off once more this weekend following the mid-week international fixtures. Ireland’s heroics, Sterling’s tiredness and Holland’s defeat are now in the past. Focus now returns to England’s top flight. Will Alan Pardew’s fortunes improve against Leicester? Can Chelsea maintain their unbeaten streak in a London derby against Palace? Who will come out on top between City …

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What Liverpool Must Learn From Fergie

Following last week’s ‘tiredgate’ involving Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling, it’s clear that it has become unacceptable for young players to be tired, no matter how many games they’ve played. Newspapers, radio phone-ins and football forums were ablaze this week with people criticizing England’s decision to rest Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling against Estonia. Did Sterling ask Hodgson for a rest or did Hodgson …

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Match Preview: Leicester Vs Ulster

With the European Rugby Champions Cup about to begin in earnest, Conor Heffernan previews the clash of Leicester and Ulster on Saturday night. Ulster’s preparations for this weekend’s tie against Leicester at Welford Road have been set back with the news that Andrew Trimble is a doubt for the European Champions Cup opener. Unfortunately for Ulster, Trimble joins Ruan Pienaar …

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