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Eoin Lyons

A recent graduate of Law, Media and Cultural Studies from University of Limerick, Eoin Lyons has been writing for many years. He was Comment Section editor for An Focal in UL and was also involved in the creation of Between The Lines magazine in Waterford. Eoin is a Man United fan, and yes, one of those annoying ones. He is also a massive tennis fan, and one of the best table tennis players in the universe.

Top 5 Irish Soccer Victories of All Time

As it’s St. Patrick’s Day, Pundit Arena HQ has gone all green, white and gold, unearthing Irish gem after gem. Here, Eoin Lyons takes us back to the five best victories* for Ireland over the years, in the hope that there are more to follow this year. Note:Despite protests in the office, we weren’t allowed to include Ireland’s 1-1 draw with world …

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What A Perfect Summer Looks Like for Manchester United

Manchester United need another summer of financial excess. Here’s what breaking the piggy bank could get them.    Although Manchester United have been hovering around the automatic Champions League places this year, holding 3rd or 4th position since match day 11, it is clear that there is still something missing from the team. The fans want to push for the …

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WATCH: Happy Anniversary Happy Gilmore

On this date in 1996, every young sports fan’s favourite comedy arrived on our screens; Happy Gilmore. Adam Sandler starred as Happy Gilmore, the unorthodox people’s favourite on the golfing pro tour. It was a film we could all relate to: achieving our dreams in sport, helping the ones we love, and that eternal dilemma of what to do when …

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Then Vs Now: Harry Kane & Gareth Bale – Stars at Spurs

The tabloids haven’t hung around in linking Harry Kane with Real Madrid. Perhaps the similarities run deep between Kane and Bale after all.    It was most certainly Harry Kane’s week, both goals in the North London Derby followed by a goal and assis against Liverpool. Inevitably the media took to the possibility that the young starlet may follow in the footsteps …

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Why Have Ronaldo & Bale When You Can Have These XI?

Eoin Lyons compiles a group of eleven players, who together would cost close to the fees paid for just three of Real Madrid’s star players.  Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez cost Real Madrid €265 million altogether. Although this money has undeniably helped Real Madrid strengthen their position as possibly the best team in football, €265 million is a hell of …

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The Hard As Nails Classic XI

Here, Eoin Lyons brings you the ‘Hard As Nails Classic XI’; a team made up of football’s most notorious hard men.  With Diego Costa recently grabbing the headlines after being given a three match ban for stamping on Liverpool’s Emre Can, the dirtiness of the modern game has again come to the forefront of discussion. Arguably, football has seemingly lost …

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Rory McIlroy and Horizon’s Epic Court Battle Lasts Two Days

Billed as an eight-week mammoth legal battle. Just 48 hours in to proceedings Rory McIlroy and Horizon have settled the case.    So what was the issue? For anyone who is not familiar with the ins and outs of the case, it centres upon a contract drawn up in 2011 between Rory McIlroy and Horizon Sports, which detailed an agreement …

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The January Transfer Window’s Hidden Gems

As the January transfer window draws to a close with some of the usual big names being thrown around, Eoin Lyons discusses some of the young, hidden gems that the big clubs may have regrettably overlooked this January. Florian Thauvin (Marseille) Although the 22-year-old French attacking midfielder has had a tough start to 2015, with many possibly recognising the name for …

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Teenage Wonder-kids; The Good, The Bad & The Anderson

With Real Madrid announcing last week that they have signed Norwegian wonder-kid, Martin Odegaard, on an €80,000 a week contract, much debate has surrounded the effects of offering teenage players such valuable contracts. In light of this, Eoin Lyons takes a look back at some of the biggest teenage transfers from recent years, and discusses how those players have fared in the meantime. The …

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Then vs Now: Liddell & McGregor – The UFC Poster Boys

Despite their different weight classes and different eras of stardom, Chuck ‘The Iceman’ Liddell and Conor ‘The Notorious’ McGregor have one thing in common, they are both poster boys for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Chuck Liddell was the first UFC superstar, and now our very own Conor McGregor is becoming the most talked-about fighter in the business. So let’s compare …

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Exciting Times For Irish Tennis

Irish tennis has come a long way in recent years. Amidst the successes of Irish rugby, golf, boxing and so on, and with GAA being our own beloved sporting industry, sports like tennis have to achieve astounding levels of success to make the headlines. However, it has been a newsworthy opening to 2015 for Irish tennis, and there is certainly much …

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American Soccer: Foreign Imports Classic XI

Regardless of what you think of North-American Soccer, the MLS and NASL have seen some of the game’s greatest grace their pitches.    Yesterday, news broke that Brazilian legend, Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima has come out of retirement to sign for NASL side Fort Lauderdale Strikers. The goal-scoring icon, more commonly known simply as Ronaldo, took the football world …

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Is this the year Federer says goodbye?

This weekend saw undoubtedly one of the greats of the modern era, Roger Federer join an elite club of only two other players by defeating Milos Raonic in Brisbane and cementing himself in the annals of tennis history by claiming his 1000th career win. Federer is now third only to Ivan Lendl in 2nd place, and Jimmy Connors in 1st. …

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Then vs Now: A Ballon D’Or Special

In a new weekly column, Eoin Lyons will be taking some of the greats of sporting history and pitting them against our current stars with the hope of solving who is the better of the two. The duels will be across all sports, with suggestions happily welcome from you, the readers. The first instalment however, will take a special twist. …

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Sergio Ramos Hints At PL Move, What Club Would He Suit?

“’The only thing I will say is that, with every passing day, I prefer the English Premier League.” These were the words of Real Madrid centre-back Sergio Ramos midweek after being found to concede a penalty against Atletico Madrid’s Raul Garcia in the recent Copa Del Rey clash between the two bitter rivals. Sergio Ramos hinted that in the English …

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The Future Of David De Gea

This week, Manchester United signed the much esteemed goalkeeper, Victor Valdes. With three Champions League medals and a World Cup win under his belt, there is no denying the elite status of Valdes. So what does this mean for David De Gea? David De Gea has consistently shown promise in recent years. Almost inevitably this season, he has become undoubtedly …

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Transfer Analysis 2013/14: The Successful Arrivals

As part of a two-week instalment, we will take a look at the impact of transfers in Europe’s top flight clubs, firstly looking at the most successful transfers made both last summer and this January, which have reaped rewards for the clubs they have joined this season. As transfers are made, both big and small, much hype and expectation surrounds …

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Unsung Hero of the week: Michael Schumacher

Our first instalment of ‘Unsung Hero of the Week’ back in January gave attention to the wife of Michael Schumacher, Corinna Betsch, as she showed great strength in reaction to the F1 star’s near fatal accident. 3 months on it is time to award the honour to her husband, as this week, he has shown the most positive signs of …

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