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Dan O'Mahony

Trying to find a use for the huge chunk of memory in my head taken up with sports has led me to Pundit Arena. My greatest interests are in football and rugby. I enjoyed a fruitless career in the latter which spanned the eras of the 4 point and 5 point tries although I can't remember scoring many of either. I love all sports with the possible exception of dressage.

Rugby: Ireland’s Top 5 Home Victories Over England

As the build up to Sunday’s big game against the old enemy continues we take a look at some of Ireland’s most memorable home wins against England. There is a bias towards more recent encounters, with 1875-1984 not featuring. Anyone out there whose memory stretches back further may be able to enlighten us as to any glaring omissions. 5. 1985 …

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Under Fire Liverpool Boss May Struggle to Hang On To Star Player

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is facing a chorus of criticism as he struggles to get superstar winger Raheem Sterling to sign a new deal. Things are not looking good for Brendan Rodger as the press are turning on the man that they feted last season as a footballing visionary. Tony Cascarino has added his voice to the  growing chorus of …

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Manchester United Rumours: Powerhouse Midfielder On Radar

 Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is keen to sign compatriot Kevin Strootman from Roma, meanwhile the reports linking  Nemanja Vidic with a move back to Old Trafford are now being dismissed as fiction. Manchester United fans will have to brace themselves again for a repeat  the ceaseless transfer rumours that ruined their summers’ in the run up to this …

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Five Famous Footballing Philanderers

Sometimes afternoons at work can be a struggle, so to help you shut the game down for the final half hour we have the perfect wind down…..a tabloid style countdown of football’s most notorious love rats. Soccer players are known for their dissolute lifestyles and while they are often found wanting in the heat of battle their pursuit of sexual conquests …

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Top 3 Greatest Irish Goalkeepers

Top 5 lists rarely feature Irish goalkeepers…..and for good reason because after an extensive search we are stuck on three. Legends Shay Given and Packie Bonner are automatic choices for the list, but in the dark old days before Ireland’s first glorious foray into a major tournament  – Euro ’88 – there are few stand-out performers that demand inclusion. Outside …

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Chelsea Chief Executive Quits Stamford Bridge

Chelsea have announced Ron Gourlay is to leave his role as chief executive of the Stamford Bridge club. The Scot, who previously worked with Manchester United and sportswear manufacturer Umbro, departs on amicable terms to seek new opportunities. A statement on chelseafc.com read: “Chelsea Football Club announces that Ron Gourlay, after 10 successful years at the club including five as …

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Souness: Liverpool’s Balotelli Needs Attitude Adjustment

Former Liverpool captain Graeme Souness believes misfiring striker Mario Balotelli has to undergo a personality change to survive at Anfield. The Italy international was hauled off at half-time against Real Madrid after another lacklustre performance and with his side 3-0 down in their Champions League tie. He may have compounded the criticism coming his way by swapping shirts with opposing …

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Crystal Palace Boss Warnock In Trouble After Outburst At Referee

Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has been charged with misconduct by the FA for his post-match comments following the home defeat by Chelsea on Saturday. Warnock appeared to infer that referee Craig Pawson was using double standards by not booking John Terry yet cautioning a Palace player for a similar offence. The FA said in a statement: “It is alleged that …

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French International Free Agent Signs For Sunderland

Former France international Anthony Reveillere has joined Sunderland for the remainder of the season, the club have confirmed. The 34-year-old full-back, who has been training with the Black Cats in recent weeks, is a free agent after being released by Italian side Napoli during the summer. Reveillere began his career at Rennes, but enjoyed his most successful spell with Lyon, …

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Big Sam Not Worried About Contract Situation At West Ham

Sam Allardyce insists he is not worried about being offered a new contract at West Ham despite his current deal expiring at the end of the season. Allardyce led the Hammers to promotion from the Championship two years ago and the team have enjoyed an excellent start to their third campaign in the top flight, sitting fourth in the Barclays …

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Sunderland skipper Looks For Redemption Against Arsenal

Sunderland skipper John O’Shea has urged his team-mate to pay back the club’s fans in the best way possible – by beating Arsenal on Saturday. The Black Cats players this week offered to refund the cost of tickets for supporters who made the trip to Southampton last weekend and witnessed a humiliating 8-0 Barclays Premier League defeat. However, the 33-year-old …

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Tottenham Boss Insists Defender Is Happy At White Hart Lane

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has rejected talk of an issue with Jan Vertonghen, insisting the Belgium defender remains happy at White Hart Lane. The 27-year-old had been one of the first names on the team sheet ever since arriving from Ajax in 2012, yet has found it hard to pin down a regular first-team berth this term. Vertonghen’s place …

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Tottenham Ship Criticism From Former Players

Tottenham Hotspur’s performances have attracted criticism from pundit Jamie Redknapp and former boss Tim Sherwood, meanwhile it has emerged that the club elected not to buy Liverpool starlet Raheem Sterling when the had the chance.  Tottenham Hotspur have endured a miserable start to the season with no shortage of pundits willing to offer helpful advice to the under pressure boss …

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Arsenal Linked With French Striker, Losing Race For Khedira

Press rumours indicate that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is looking to bring French player André-Pierre Gignac to the Emirates but may lose out to Manchester United in his long running pursuit of Sami Khedira. Arsenal are interested in signing French striker André-Pierre Gignac from Marseille according to French media outlet  Le 10 Sport. The 28-year-old, who plays primarily as striker but can also operate on …

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PA Preview: West Brom vs Manchester United

We take a look at tonight’s Premier League clash between West Brom and Manchester United at The Hawthorns. West Bromwich Albion host Manchester United in tonight’s Premier League fixture at the Hawthorns at 8pm. Louis van Gaal, when he arrived at Old Trafford, asked the fans not to cast judgement on his reign until after 3 months, however now that …

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Anything But Balls: The Football Book History Forgot

Dan O’Mahony remembers the iconic Irish football publication, Anything But Balls. Anything But Balls is a football book from the 90s…. actually it’s a fairly insubstantial publication that might be better described as a booklet and most copies would have ended up in landfill years ago. However, we at Pundit Arena have gotten our mitts on one of the few …

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Top 5 Ridiculous Refeering Decisions

We at Pundit Arena have trawled through the internet to bring you an eclectic selection of dodgy football refereeing decisions. Not sure if they can be branded the five worst, but they have to be contenders. We particularly think no.5 in this collection represents a nadir for the refereeing profession. 1. Penalty awarded to Ireland vs Georgia (2009) When it …

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Arsenal Boss: I Don’t Regret Not Taking Cesc

Arsene Wenger has apologised for his touchline spat with Jose Mourinho and defended his decision not to resign Cesc Fabregas. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has belatedly apologised for his touch line confrontation with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in their recent meeting at Stamford Bridge, a game the Blues won on a 2-0 scoreline. With 20 minutes gone in the ill …

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