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Dáire O'Driscoll

German and Economics graduate from Trinity College Dublin. Former underage Irish swimming champion. Interested in all things sport. Once held a top ten time worldwide for Luigi Circuit on Mario Kart Wii.
NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Wayne Rooney (2nd R) of England walk to his team mates to console after the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Wayne Rooney (2nd R) of England walk to his team mates to console after the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Don’t Blame Foreigners – England’s Problems Are English

Even before Damir Skomina blew the full-time whistle, the jokes had begun. “Only England could manage to leave Europe twice in one week,” was the gag of choice on Monday night.  By now it’s tired. In many ways however, the frustration of Brexit has mirrored that of ‘Björkxit’. Ricky Gervais was perhaps the most succinct in his summary of the …

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Vardy Feels Ire Of England Supporters After Scoreless Draw

Scoring with one of his first touches against Wales last week amplified calls for Jamie Vardy to be included in Roy Hodgson’s starting team against Slovakia. However, the Leicester City striker’s general performance against England’s nearest neighbours wasn’t, perhaps, as decisive as many thought. The Premier League Player of the Year managed just one shot in that game, with which …

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Slovakian Winger Breaks Euros Record

Slovakia’s 2-1 defeat of Russia on Wednesday propelled Ján Kozák’s side to the top of Group B. The victory reignites their chances of progressing following their loss to Wales in their opening game. A point against England in their final game should be sufficient to progress to the round of 16. Despite taking a 2-0 lead before half-time, Slovakia were …

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Euro 2016: Graphic Gives Germany Cause For Optimism

Germany entered Euro 2016 as some people’s favourites. Despite losses to both Poland and Ireland in qualifying, many still fancied the world champions to leave France with the Henri Delaunay Trophy. The losses against Ireland and Poland were not the only cause for concern, however. The retirement of Philipp Lahm and Miroslav Klose meant quality in front of both goals was in …

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KNUTSFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 17: In this photo illustration, the European Union and the Union flag sit together on bunting on March 17, 2016 in Knutsford, United Kingdom. The United Kingdom will hold a referendum on June 23, 2016 to decide whether or not to remain a member of the European Union (EU), an economic and political partnership involving 28 European countries which allows members to trade together in a single market and free movement across its borders for citizens. (Photo by illustration by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

What Would Brexit Mean For The Premier League?

Dáire O’Driscoll looks at the potential implications on the UK’s most prestigious division, the Premier League, should voters decide to leave the European Union.  Two weeks before voters in the UK cast their votes on their future in Europe, there is little between Remain and Leave. The latest poll of polls, which ran from May 31st to June 9th, shows Leave …

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Admission of UEFA’s Newest Member Could Lead To Unprecedented International Transfers

For the Kosovo National football team the process of gaining admission to UEFA has been a long one. The country declared independence from Serbia in 2008, yet the Serbians dispute it. The football team, founded in 1993 after the break up of Yugoslavia, was prohibited from playing even friendly games against FIFA members the same year. The reason behind this ban was that …

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BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Aston Villa supporters are seen in protests on the stand prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Newcastle United at Villa Park on May 7, 2016 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Two Pivotal Football Games Interrupted by Fan Protests

It has been a season marked by the incredible. If Leicester’s title win wasn’t enough, the appearance of Andrea Bocelli prior to their final home game should satisfy those with a passion for the peculiar. Another theme that has marked this season is fan protest. The reasons for the protest have been varied. In October, Bayern Munich fans boycotted the …

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Statistically Comparing The 2014 And 2016 Champions League Finalists

This years Champions League season has, to a large extent, mirrored that of 2013/2014. Despite another poor showing, an English team progressed as far as the semi-finals. Arsenal lost their nerve in the first leg, yet produced a brave, albeit fruitless, second leg against a European giant. Atletico Madrid under Diego Simeone knocked out a fancied Barcelona side. Two teams from Spain faced …

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 25: Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Gareth Bale (R) listen to Zinedine Zidane manager of Real Madrid during a Real Madrid training session on the eve of their UEFA Champions League semi final first leg match against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on April 25, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)

Statistically Comparing Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo

The last five times that the world football transfer record has been broken, it has been done so by Real Madrid. In 2000 they took Luis Figo from Barcelona for €62 million. A year later current Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane arrived from Juventus for €75 million. In 2009 Madrid broke the record twice in one year with the arrival of …

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MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 04: Gareth Bale of Real Madrid celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League semi final, second leg match between Real Madrid and Manchester City FC at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 4, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images )

Stunning Statistic Shows The Dominance Of Spanish Clubs In Europe

The final whistle in the Santiago Bernebeu stadium on Wednesday confirmed another all-Madrid final of Europe’s top competition.  Real Madrid stuttered past a lacklustre Manchester City, thanks to a fortunate Gareth Bale strike, or unfortunate Fernando deflection, depending on which team you support. The Madrid defence lived up to its austere reputation as they kept yet another clean sheet. The …

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 24: A general view of the ground ahead of the Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Inverness Caley Thistle at Celtic Park on May 24, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff Holmes/Getty Images)

Celtic To Become First British Club To Introduce Safe Standing

Celtic are to become the first club in Britain to introduce safe standing areas in their stadium. Following the Hillsborough disaster, the British Home Secretary introduced the Football Spectators Act 1989. Contained in the legislation was a regulation which required football grounds to become all-seated. In 1992 this regulation was relaxed for the two lower leagues, League 1 and League 2. Both the …

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