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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!

Qatar: A Footballing Powerhouse?

Despite the negative publicity surrounding the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, the national team continue to make strides, beating opponents at will. When the words Qatar and football are brought together, one can’t help but think of the controversial FIFA 2022 World Cup bidding process. Qatar’s reputation in football has been tainted due to the alleged bribery …

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Match Preview: Leinster vs Wasps

Leinster’s European campaign gets underway this weekend when they face Wasps in the newly branded European Champions Cup. News emerged this week from the Leinster camp that prop Martin Moore will be joining fellow forwards Cian Healy and Sean O’Brien, as well as winger Fergus McFadden on the injured list for Leinster. One can’t help but feel for Leinster coach Matt O’Connor. Last …

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Breaking Free from Eamon Dunphy’s Spell?

Last night Ireland drew with World Cup Champions, Germany. Away from home. A team ranked 62nd in the world held the team ranked 1st. Take a deep breath, smile and let that sink in. This morning’s papers, forums and water cooler conversations (do those still happen?), should be brimming with joy at last night’s heroics. Instead, we’re left talking once …

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The Uncomfortable Case of Ched Evans

Ched Evans will be released from prison shortly and there’s a queue of clubs lining up sign the former Sheffield United man. Conor Heffernan has his say. In April 2012, Welsh footballer Chedwyn Evans was convicted of raping a 19-year-old woman and sentenced to five years in prison. It was a tragic story that destroyed the lives of all those …

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Manchester United & Munich ’58 – Forgetting the Past?

Conor Heffernan discusses the ill-treatment of Manchester United towards survivors of the Munich Air Disaster in the years that followed the tragedy. On February 7th 1958 the footballing world was in a state of shock. The previous evening, a charter plane carrying 44 people crashed after refuelling at Munich Airport. Any accident is a tragedy but this one proved particularly poignant …

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FIFA Told Yet Again To Reform Its Ways

FIFA bashing is becoming an art form in the media these days and unfortunately wanton pot-shots often obscure the importance of reform to football’s top body. This week, Michael Garcia, FIFA’s Chief Independent Ethics Officer, has warned his employers of the drastic need to reform. Garcia’s comments follow his investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process, possibly …

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Lars Lagerbäck’s Icelandic Job

When Lars Lagerbäck took over the reins at Iceland in 2011, the team was languishing in 134th in the FIFA World Rankings. Today the team sits comfortably in 34th position, ahead of Hungary, Austria and the Republic of Ireland. Last night, Iceland defeated Holland 2-0 at home and are currently top of their group with three wins from three matches, having …

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The Irish Media & The Germany Game – Why So Negative?

‘It could be a long night for Ireland against Germany’ The Irish Times sports pages this morning leave the reader feeling anything but optimistic. We’re told that Ireland must pull something special out of the bag or else Germany will dismantle the Irish once more. Not the best accompaniment to your morning’s cereal and certainly not one for the soul. …

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Top Five European Qualifier Upsets

As we prepare for Ireland to do battle with world champions Germany, Conor Heffernan looks back on the top five European qualifier upsets. Let’s hope we’ll be adding another upset tonight. Last night Iceland beat Holland 2-0 at home. Limiting the Dutch to just four shots on target, the Icelandic team reminded us that football can be a fickle game. …

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The Strange Story of Harvey Esajas

Harvey Esajas is a name not many of us know, but he has a story that needs to be told, writes Conor Heffernan. Born in Amsterdam in 1973, Esajas’ footballing career began at an early age when he was snapped up by the famed Ajax youth academy. There the promising defender rubbed shoulders with some of Ajax’s greatest ever players, …

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Match Preview: Munster vs Sale Sharks

Conor Heffernan previews Munster maiden European Rugby Champions Cup game this weekend against Sale Sharks. The time has finally come for the opening weekend of the inaugural European Rugby Champion Cup. The tournament formerly known as the Heineken Cup, has been the subject of much talk in the media but thankfully debates about whether or not British and French sides …

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Today I Learned: Ali Daei is the World’s Greatest Goalscorer

All the talk in the media about Robbie Keane becoming the highest goalscorer in the history of the European Championship Qualifying Rounds has set off my interest into the greatest international goalscorer of all time. Puskás was the first name that came to mind, so imagine the shock when none other than Iran’s Ali Daei emerged top of the all …

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Five Talking Points From The Indian Super League

The Indian Super league kicked off last night with Peter Reid’s Mumbai City losing 3-0 to Atletico de Kolkata. The ten-week, eight-team tournament is a new venture in Indian football designed to kick-start an Indian Football Revolution. Key players from yesteryear such as Del Piero, Robert Pires and Elano have been brought in. Money is in the air and financiers …

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The Premier League’s War on Vine

Everyone’s done it at some point or another. In a desperate search for match highlights we trawl through the Internet in a vain attempt to see our beloved team play. Finally we give up and go onto Vine to try to piece together match highlights in six-second segments. For some of us it’s a funny ritual and for others a …

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Why Ireland Will Outscore The Germans

Ireland can be quietly confident heading into tomorrow night’s crunch clash with Germany, writes Conor Heffernan. Germany is struggling and Joachim Loew knows it. The defeat to Poland confirmed a German weakness that Loew had hoped desperately was in the past. It haunted Germany during the initial stages of the World Cup and is rearing its ugly head once more. …

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Smaller Teams, Smaller Hopes: The Race Against The Euro 2016 Wooden Spoon

Conor Heffernan assesses the race against the Euro 2016 Wooden Spoon, following comprehensive defeats for some of the qualification phase’s minnows. Qualification for the European Championships can be cruel and unusual punishment for some of the smaller footballing nations. Forced to face off against much stronger teams with better resources, it’s little wonder we see high scoring matches. Ireland’s 7-0 victory over Gibraltar …

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One Night in Hannover…

Conor Heffernan looks back at the time Ireland faced up to the world champions prior to the 1994 World Cup. This coming Tuesday will see the Republic of Ireland face off against the mighty Germans once more and hopes for an Irish victory are well…non-existent. This time two years ago saw Germany humiliate Ireland with a 6-1 defeat in Dublin …

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Football, Dr Kwame Nkrumah & The Quest For African Unity

Conor Heffernan tells the story of Dr Kwame Nkrumah, an influential Ghanaian that had a dream of one day uniting Africa as one state. “The masses of the people of Africa are crying for unity…”- Kwame Nkrumah, Ghanaian Leader from 1951 to 1966 Dr Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president, ruled his country with a dream in mind. Some men dream …

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