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James Clancy

A qualified Irish journalist and photographer with an interest in an eclectic mix of sports. James Clancy has written for a variety of sports media outlets.His knowledge is dominated by (but certainly not limited to) Irish and British football issues, rugby, and GAA; contemporary, nostalgic, current affairs and quirky.

16 Years On: Remembering That Famous Robbie Keane Goal

On the 16th anniversary of one of the most famous goals in Irish history, we revisit Robbie Keane’s last-minute strike versus Germany at the 2002 World Cup. Every football fan has their first World Cup, their favourite World Cup and the last World Cup of their innocence (the last World Cup before adult commitments mean the time to focus on …

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PA Sporting Week: Who’s Hot & WHo’s Not?

Who’s Hot? Munster Rugby: Munster ran in six tries for a superb 47-23 victory over French giants Toulouse, with Dave Kilcoyne, man-of-the-match CJ Stander, Casey Laulala, Simon Zebo and Paul O’Connell adding to a lone first-half effort from Keith Earls. Head coach Rob Penney explained his charges were determined to show their class in booking a semi-final place – amazingly the province’s 11th …

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PA Sporting Week: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

Who’s hot? McClaren Formula One  Briton’s Lewis Hamilton won the Malaysian Grand Prix with a pole-to-flag victory ahead of Nico Rosberg on Sunday in a first Mercedes one-two since they returned to Formula One as a works team in 2010. It was Mercedes’ first one-two since 1955, their last year as a works team before 2010. Liverpool FC Appear to be …

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PA Sporting Week: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

James Clancy is here to discuss the winners and losers from an action-packed sporting weekend. Who’s Hot? John Joe Nevin  Olympic silver medallist John Joe Nevin claimed a unanimous decision in his debut as a professional as he beat Puerto Rico’s Alberto Candelaria over six rounds in Boston on St Patrick’s Day. The Irish boxer had to hold off a rally from his …

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VIDEO: Beckham or Rooney – What goal was better?

Wayne Rooney scored a solo golazo this weekend against West Ham. It was a goal that evoked memories of that David Beckham wondergoal all those years ago. James Clancy asks; whose goal was better? Wayne Rooney’s lob from just inside West Ham’s half was reminiscent to a similar goal scored by David Beckham for Manchester United against Wimbledon back in 1996. When asked …

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Much to excite ahead of El Clasico

Real madrid and Barcelona go head-to-head at the Bernabeu today in one of the most eagerly anticipated clashes in recent years. Recently for Barcelona it seems as if Lionel Messi has been switching off in games, frustrated by a team that hasn’t been working as it should. However, when he feels at the hub of things – as he was …

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Five Things That Decided This Year’s Six Nations

5. Italy’s decline at home Italy have struggled since joining the tournament in 2000, but after beating Ireland and France last year, there were hopes for a top half finish. They ended up however being whitewashed – home and away – this year. A number of their warriors are looking battle weary and they could not keep up with the pace …

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Five reasons to watch Formula One this year

This year features a number of changes in Formula One rules and regulations, which could well be the signal for one of the most exciting seasons seen for many years. Here are the top five reasons to tune in starting in Melbourne on the eve of Paddy’s Day. 5th. Races at new venues: We have the excitement of two new …

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PA Sporting Week: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

WHO’S HOT Brian O’Driscoll Hailed in tributes as “the northern hemisphere’s best ever player,” there aren’t many players that can match BOD’s feats. The tribute to him at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday for his final appearance in an Ireland shirt in Dublin was quite fitting. Many great sportsmen do not get the chance to say goodbye to their fans …

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Boxing’s Top 5 Greatest Rivalries

Following the announcement of a Froch – Groves rematch, Pundit Arena’s James Clancy looks at the top five rivalries in boxing history. Following an epic fight last November which was finished too soon by the referee, Carl Froch and George Groves are set to square off again, this time at Wembley Stadium on 31st May. The first fight really was a …

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PA Sporting Week: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

WHO’S HOT David Meyler:   In what was surely the most controversial football story of the weekend, the Cork man kept his head (pardon the pun) whilst faced by Newcastle manager Alan Pardew who certainly didn’t keep his. With Newcastle leading 3-1 at the KC Stadium, the ball went out of play and Meyler, in a rush to collect the …

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Will Chelsea’s lack of striking options cost them in title hunt?

Jose Mourinho believes he is missing a leading striker and when one looks at his current forwards’ statistics – particularly those of Fernando Torres – the ‘Special One’ may just have a point. Torres does have six goals from his last five Champions League games which suggests that his confidence is none too shabby. However the Spaniard, who turns thirty in …

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PA Sporting Week: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

James Clancy discusses the heroes and zeros from an action-packed weekend  in the world of sort. WHO’S HOT Zlatan Ibrahimovic:   The Swede’s ridiculous season continued on Sunday at Toulouse. The 32 year-old took his tally to 44 goals in 42 appearances for club and country this season with a match-winning hat-trick at Toulouse. He opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 33rd minute  then headed home his second …

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Five Players To Star At The World Cup

The likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are of course world superstars and don’t need a World Cup to confirm that, though an exceptional performance in Brazil could help elevate their status amongst the all-time greats. Players such as Neymar, Luis Suarez, Wayne Rooney, Andres Iniesta and Andrea Pirlo to name but a few are also well established names. As …

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Top five Irish tries from clashes with England

Ireland versus England is always an exciting affair. Ahead of this week’s clash, James Clancy looks at the best displays of try scoring in this age old rivalry. 5th. Brian O’Driscoll breaks Six Nations try record (2011) Valued more for its context and prestige more than actual quality, Brian O’Driscoll’s 2011 touching down of the ball against England ensured that …

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PA Sporting Week: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

WHO’S HOT: Bernard Jackman:  Grenoble forwards coach Jackman lauded his team’s defensive commitment as the French minnows shocked Top 14 leaders Clermont 16-13. Grenoble, who were only promoted to the top tier of French rugby in 2012, are now up to fourth in the league after winger Alipate Ratini ran in a stunning try with 12 minutes left on the clock. Irish scrum-half James …

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Why is Mesut Özil’s influence at Arsenal waning?

Mesut Özil’s fitness and stamina may have a lot to do with the Gunners’ loss of form, writes James Clancy. “Where is Mesut Özil?” is becoming a popular chant from Arsenal fans. If one were to look at the statistics from his last nine matches for the Gunners compared to his first nine, then they probably have a point. The £42.5million …

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Would Manchester United settle for seventh?

Manchester United’s hopes of finishing in the top four appeared pretty slim before the weekend; those chances now appear non-existent, writes James Clancy. Many observers have warned of a late charge from Manchester United up the Premier League table.  If the evidence of Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Fulham is anything to go by, then that charge looks highly unlikely this …

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