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Joseph McBrien

Student Journalist at NUIG. I have a passion for sports journalism, especially football. @joseph_mcbrien

What Will Coleman’s Return Mean For Doherty & Christie?

The return of Seamus Coleman to the Ireland squad could give Martin O’Neill a dilemma over incorporating Matt Doherty and Cyrus Christie into the side.  Coleman has been struggling with a foot injury so far this season after only recovering from a broken leg early last year. The Everton full-back says that he is feeling fit and ready to come back into …

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O’Brien On Debut Goal: I Haven’t Gone To Sleep Without Thinking About It

Republic of Ireland forward Aiden O’Brien has said that he hasn’t stopped thinking about his debut goal against Poland in October.  The Millwall striker was speaking to the media alongside fellow forward Callum Robinson ahead of Ireland’s friendly fixture against Northern Ireland on Thursday. O’Brien and an inexperienced Ireland side put in a solid performance away from home against Poland …

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Real Reward Interim Boss Solari With Permanent Contract

Interim Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari was appointed permanent coach on Monday after overseeing a startling upturn in the European champions’ fortunes since he stepped in to replace Julen Lopetegui. “Everything is in order. Real Madrid have worked out his contract and there are no problems,” the Spanish football federation stated. Solari has led Real to four wins out of …

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Report: Samir Nasri To Undergo Medical At West Ham

Former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri will undergo a medical at West Ham on Monday, it has been reported by Sky Sports. Nasri was given an 18-month ban after receiving an intravenous treatment at a Los Angeles clinic in December 2016 in breach of World Anti-Doping Agency rules. However, Nasri will be free to resume his playing career …

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Five Things To Know About Ireland’s Latest Senior Call-Up Lee O’Connor

Martin O’Neill has called up Manchester United youngster Lee O’Connor to the Ireland senior squad to face Northern Ireland and Denmark. Here are five things you need to know about the latest addition to Ireland’s squad. ___ 1) O’Connor is a composed central defender who demonstrates astute reading of the game and superb technical skills. José Mourinho was in attendance …

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Ten Quickfire Conclusions As Excellent City Beat United To Go Top

Pep Guardiola’s men played some stunning football as they beat arch-rivals Manchester United 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday to go top of the league. Here are ten quickfire conclusions as Manchester City again staked their claim to retain the Premier League title. 1) City moved the ball too fast for United. Their one and two touch football is …

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Love Him Or Loathe Him, José Mourinho Is A Winner

José Mourinho is one of the most successful managers ever but has divided opinion ever since his extraordinary Champions League success with Porto in 2003.  Chelsea fans loved him when he led them to consecutive Premier League titles in 2004/05 and 05/06, backed him when he was sacked by owner Roman Abramovich, rejoiced at his return in 2013 and then …

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Ten Quickfire Conclusions As Arsenal Advance To EL Knockout Stage

There were no goals but plenty of talking points as Arsenal booked their place in the last 32 of the Europa League with a draw against Sporting Lisbon.  1) Unai Emery seems to have chosen his first-choice goalkeeper.  Arsenal have a tradition of playing their second-choice goalkeeper in cup competitions and saving their first-choice for the league. An injury to Petr …

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Rangers Defeated In Seven Goal Europa League Thriller

Steven Gerrard’s Rangers have fallen to a 4-3 defeat away to Spartak Moscow in the Europa League on Thursday in an extraordinary game.  Rangers were looking to reach the knockout stages of a European tournament for the first time since 2010/11. Before tonight, they were 11 games unbeaten in Europe and six consecutive away European matches unbeaten. They went into …

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FIFA Puskas Award Nominee Stephanie Roche Joins Florentia

Republic of Ireland international Stephanie Roche is to resume her club career after signing with Serie A side Florentia. Roche had been at Sunderland since 2015 but her final season on Wearside was spent recovering from injury. The 29-year-old broke her leg during a World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland in September 2017 and has been out of contract since the summer. …

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Southgate Defends Decision to Honour Rooney As Wilson Called Up

Gareth Southgate defended the decision to honour Wayne Rooney by fielding England’s top international goalscorer in a friendly against the USA at Wembley next week. The Football Association announced on Sunday that Rooney would be awarded his 120th cap as a tribute to his England career which appeared to have come to an end when he retired from international football …

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Infantino Plays Down Hopes Of Expanded World Cup In Qatar

FIFA president Gianni Infantino all but wrote off the chances of an expanded 48-team competition at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar on Wednesday. Last month Infantino told the Asian Football Confederation’s annual congress in Kuala Lumpur that increasing the number of teams from the 32 that made up the tournament in Russia this year was “feasible”. However he appeared …

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Malcom Finally Delivers After Difficult Barcelona Start

Malcom cried tears of joy after scoring against Inter Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday but his emotions must have marked relief too after a difficult start at Barcelona. Signed from Bordeaux for €41 million in the summer, the 21-year-old was always circled as a player for the future but his lack of involvement this season has been a …

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Overcrowded Football Broadcasting Market Making Fans Pay The Price

Competition is supposed to make products and services cheaper, but instead, the competition between the likes of Sky Sports and BT Sport is only driving up the prices of watching football for fans.  From 1992 to 2007, Sky had exclusive rights to broadcasting all the live Premier League matches and the Champions League action was shown on terrestrial television on …

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