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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!

Summertime Madness: The Story Behind The Bosman Rule

This week’s edition of Summertime Madness centres around a man whose name would go down in football history, but his career would not. This is, of course,  Jean-Marc Bosman. With the news that Ashley Cole and Samuel Eto’o will be joining big names like Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba in becoming free agents this summer it seems only right to …

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This Time for Africa: Best Naturalized ‘African’ XI

This week’s insight into African football looks at the Best African XI that could have played for an African country but chose not to. Following Nigeria’s defeat to France on Monday night, the dream of an African team winning the World Cup has once again ended. I think we can all agree it is a sad day for fans of …

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This Time for Africa: Remembering the Leopards Part Two

With three African teams out of this year’s World Cup, and one in the last 16 it seems only fitting that we once more cast our minds back…way back to 1974 when Zaire made history by becoming the first Sub-Saharan African team to qualify for a World Cup. In last week’s instalment we looked at the incredible success of the Leopards …

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Summertime Madness: Cantona Signs For Manchester United

This week’s examination into the weird and wacky world of the footballing transfer market is one close to this writer’s heart. This transfer involves my beloved club, Leeds United, their fierce rivals Manchester United, and a certain Frenchman called Eric Cantona. It is a tale of success, celebrity and financial difficulty. As a Leeds fan, it’s a familiar tale and …

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Qatari Aspire Academy: Helping or Headhunting?

Heralded as one the world’s best soccer academies, the Qatari Aspire Academy seeks to improve the standard of Qatar’s footballing pool through top class coaching and competitive matches. In pursuit of its aims the Academy provides full scholarships to foreign footballers with the intention that such foreign imports can improve the standard of Qatari football. It is this aspect of …

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Summertime Madness: How Qatar Attracted The Big Names

In the previous two instalments of this look into the strange and wonderful world of the summer transfer window we looked at the bizarre transfers of world class players to not so world class clubs (no disrespect intended to Charlton or Waterford United). However, it is time to mix things up, variety being the spice of life and all that. …

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Summertime Madness: Bobby Charlton Signs For Waterford United

In last week’s article we examined the strange and wonderful story of Alan Simonsen’s all too brief career at Charlton. This week we shall be looking inward, specifically the League of Ireland in the 1970s. It may seem a strange destination. Indeed when many of us think about weird transfers in the 1970s, the North American Soccer League comes to mind. …

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This Time for Africa: The 1966 World Cup Boycott

Following last week’s article on the first African team at the World Cup , it seems only right to follow it by examining another momentous occasion for African football, namely England 1966. While many football fans associate ’66 with Bobby Moore lifting the Jules Rimet trophy, ’66 was equally as important for African teams. You might be wondering why, considering …

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This Time For Africa: African Teams At The World Cup

The World Cup is undoubtedly a time of wonder, and for most fans, a time to choose a second team to support. Many of us have not resisted the allure of cheering on Ghana or the Ivory Coast in tournaments past. Indeed, the last few World Cups have seen a great progression in the success of African teams in the …

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Can Twitter Predict The World Cup Team Of The Tournament?

It has been used to predict everything from political outcomes to X-factor winners but can Twitter be used to predict the World Cup Team of the Tournament? The folks down at Sopitas.com have complied a World Cup team based on Twitter mentions. How accurate will it be? What players have been given the nod? And importantly, how many English players …

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Summertime Madness: Allan Simonsen’s Move To The PL

In the first of a new series, Conor Heffernan will look back on some of the most ridiculous summer transfers in football history. First under the spotlight is the talented Danish international Allan Simonsen. The summer provides all football fans with a chance to dream, to dream of unearthed footballing gems and big name stars being bought by their club. Who …

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