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Donal Lucey

Donal is currently doing a MA in Journalism, as well as working as a freelance writer for a media company based in Dublin. He loves sport and is an avid Liverpool fan. You can reach him at @donaltlucey or doluc8@gmail.com

Louis Van Gaal’s first mistake

Manchester United announced on Monday that Louis Van Gaal has signed a three-year contract at Old Trafford. United’s fans, usually so loud and obnoxious at this time of year, have been relatively silent the last few weeks of the season. But Van Gaal’s appointment has drawn them out and the reaction on social media has been very positive, with the …

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2014 is the year for Conor McGregor & Irish MMA

When the UFC first held an event in Ireland back in January 2009, CEO Dana White described it as “pound-for-pound, the best place we’ve ever played. The Irish are crazy!” Five years later and they are finally returning. So why has it taken so long? White summed it up best himself during a visit to Trinity College last year. Answering …

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A Defensive Leader – The Missing Piece of the Liverpool Puzzle

“The back four and defensive side of this team have shown they can’t cope with pressure. They’re not leaders” Those were the words of former centre-back and club legend Jamie Carragher after Liverpool surrendered a 3-goal lead against Crystal Palace on Monday. He went on to surmise that it was their lack of leadership at the back that led to …

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Steven Gerrard Deserves The Title More Than Anyone

“I don’t believe he needs the medal to cement his legacy but if you are a genuine football fan, for everything he has done over the past 15 years, you should want to see him complete his collection.” – Jamie Carragher speaking about Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard. The fact of the matter is, if there is anyone who deserves to …

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Premier League Rewind – Kevin Keegan’s Greatest Day

Newcastle 5-0 Man United, 20/10/1996 Given recent performances against Manchester City and Liverpool, it seemed only right to go back to the 20th of October 1996 for this week’s Premier League Rewind. Manchester United were on the wrong end of a 5-0 scoreline at St. James’ Park that day. Although it did not make up for how they had capitulated …

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The reality behind UEFA’s Nations League

With the World Cup and European Championship already in place, European football now has a third major tournament to look forward to. UEFA have announced that they have approved the launch of a Nations League from 2018. The exact format of the league is yet to be announced but it is expected to feature 54 countries split into several divisions …

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How has Brendan Rodgers transformed Liverpool?

Brendan Rodgers can do no wrong at the moment. He has transformed Liverpool from a side that trailed champions Manchester United by 28 points in May to genuine title contenders. In less than two seasons, Rodgers has all but secured a return to Champions League football, but how exactly has he done it? Donal Lucey gives us his answers. Style …

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World’s Weirdest Sports: Part Three

The third instalment of World’s Weirdest Sports is all about Finland. When it comes to wacky and ridiculous competitions, the Finns are not afraid. It seems like they will turn almost anything into a competition and Donal Lucey is going to take us through three of the weirdest this week. 1. Wife Carrying This week’s first sport, and most popular, …

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Premier League Rewind – Pompey in Seventh Heaven

Portsmouth 7 – 4 Reading 29/09/2007 This match between Portsmouth and Reading set a record as the highest scoring match in Premier League history. Eleven goals were scored that day at Fratton Park, with Pompey coming out on the right end of the 7-4 scoreline. All the pre-match signs pointed to a scrappy home win. Harry Redknapp’s team was currently …

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Premier League Rewind – “Kanu Believe it!”

Week 3 of Premier League Rewind remembers one of the most skilful big men to ever ply their trade in England’s top tier; Nwankwo Kanu. On the 23rd of October 1999 Kanu’s Arsenal travelled to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea, who had not lost at home in eight months. They hadn’t even conceded a goal at home so far …

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World’s Weirdest Sports: Part Two

Welcome to week two of Donal Lucey’s look at the weirdest sports from around the world. There are a lot of weird people out there and as a result, even weirder ideas for sport. This week we are going to look at a very popular annual event in England, where people travel from around the world to throw themselves down …

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VIDEO: Premier League Rewind – Arsene Wenger’s French revolution

Donal Lucey looks back on the match that triggered one of the fiercest rivalries in Premiership history.   Arsenal 3-2 Man United, 09/11/1997 For the second week of Premier League Rewind, we are going to look at a crucial match from the 1997/98 season. Arsenal hosted Manchester United at Highbury, knowing that victory would bring them within one point of …

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Victor Dubuisson – Europe’s Next Star?

There’s a new star on the rise in European golf, and his name is Victor Dubuisson. Sometimes when you lose, you really win. That must be how Victor Dubuisson feels this morning. Even though he fell short in his battle with Aussie Jason Day for the WGC Matchplay title, all anybody has been talking about is his miraculous escapes from …

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The World’s Weirdest Sports: Part One

Do you ever find yourself growing tired of everyday sports like Soccer, Rugby and Golf? Luckily for you, people can, and will, find competition in almost anything. Whether out of boredom or pure insanity, numerous weird sports have been created over the years. Some of these games trace their roots back hundreds of years but remain unregulated. Others, however, have been …

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Premier League Rewind: Van Nistelrooy’s 100th

For the first edition of Premier League Rewind Donal Lucey takes us back ten years to a classic match at Goodison Park. Goodison Park, February 7th, 2004. It is significant for many reasons. First and foremost, it was the day Ruud Van Nistelrooy reached a century of goals for Manchester United. He had reached the milestone in only two and …

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