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Simon Bracken

Cork based Journalism student who writes about sport in order to make some use of the pointlessly good memory he has for sporting knowledge. Liverpool fan who can't believe what's happening this season. Huge armchair rugby fan and an avid follower of tennis.

Linfield V Celtic: A Match 50 Years In The Making

Someone at UEFA appeared to be having a laugh when they pulled the club set up for Catholic immigrants out of the hat to be the opponents of a historically Protestant club at Windsor Park. In Belfast. On July 12. The PSNI intervened to prevent that potential catastrophe from happening, so instead Linfield will host Celtic Friday in the Northern …

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Brad Jones of Feyenoord during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord Rotterdam at the Phillips stadium on September 18, 2016 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

Ex-Liverpool Goalkeeper Brad Jones Enjoying Rebirth At Feyenoord

Feyenoord defeated NEC 2-1 at the weekend to extend their perfect start to the Eredivisie season and put themselves five points clear after nine games. Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men’s lightning start has been led by seven-goal Nicolai Jorgensen and club legend Dirk Kuyt and built on a solid defence that has conceded just three so far. The man in goal …

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Tiago Ilori: What Was The Point?

With the news that Liverpool have signed Joe Gomez from Charlton for roughly £3.5 million it seems the club are intent on continuing their extremely questionable policy of bringing in young centre-backs with no intention of playing them. Liverpool have made many similar signings over the years but the one that stands out is the transfer of Tiago Ilori from …

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Luca Toni: The Renaissance Man

One of the most underplayed stories of the last two years has been the remarkable goalscoring of former Italy striker Luca Toni. But that would seem appropriate for a man who has been underrated for virtually his entire career. The 37-year-old has quietly gone about banging in 40 goals in 72 games for Serie A strugglers Hellas Verona in the …

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Carpi’s astonishing ascent to Serie A

Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth sealed the Championship title on Saturday against Charlton to finish off a glorious season of over-achievement that has rightly earned them numerous plaudits. However, in Italy a tiny provincial club by the name of Carpi are producing a fairytale that eclipses even the Cherries heroics. If the Biancorossa avoid defeat against local rivals Modena on Sunday they …

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Villains XI – A Team Of Players That Have Broken Irish Hearts

Thankfully, John O’Shea’s fairytale equaliser prevented Ireland’s latest footballing villain from deciding the outcome of last night’s match. However, we have a history of villains popping up to break our hearts so here’s a team of players who have caused Irish fans untold suffering over the years.   Goalkeeper Dudu Aouate – Israel The ultimate pantomime villain, Aouate is the …

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Liverpool Captain Steven Gerrard Needs To Be Managed Correctly

Simon Bracken argues that effective management of Steven Gerrard is key if Liverpool are to get the best out of their ageing captain. Outside of the badly needed three points, one of the most pleasing aspects of the 2-1 victory over West Brom for Liverpool fans was seeing Steven Gerrard playing further forward for the last 20 minutes. After Lucas came …

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VIDEO: 30 Years of Cork City F.C.

Cork City F.C. celebrate the 30th anniversary of their 1984 foundation this year and in this short video, manager John Caulfield and club administrator Éanna Buckley speak about their memories and experiences of the club. The club has seen some remarkable highs and lows over the years veering from domestic titles and big European nights to financial crisis and fan …

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Liverpool’s 5 Best Champions League Nights At Anfield

On the eve of Liverpool’s return to Europe’s elite competition, Simon Bracken looks back on some of  the most memorable Champions League nights at Anfield. After a five year absence Liverpool are back in the European elite much to the delight of their supporters. A European night at Anfield holds a special allure for any football fan with the crowd often …

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LOI Roundup: Late winner Sees Dundalk Six Clear

There was late drama at Turner’s Cross on Friday with a potentially decisive influence on the title race. An 85th minute equaliser from Darren Dennehy saw a massive home crowd of 5,650 go wild before just a minute later Brian Gartland scrambled home a winner for Dundalk. Dundalk had taken the lead in the 15th minute through Richie Towell after a …

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League Of Ireland Roundup: Cork Slip Up Ahead Of Crucial Clash

The biggest result of the weekend saw Cork City lose vital ground in the title race with a 2-0 defeat at Dalymount Park as Bohemians finally picked up their first home win of the season. Steven Beattie opened the scoring after six minutes and the Dublin side dominated proceedings from there on. With twenty minutes to go Brian Lenihan suffered …

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John Caulfield Interview: 30 years of Cork City F.C.

Nobody knows Cork City F.C. better than John Caulfield. He is the record appearance holder and joint top goalscorer. He has been a part of the club for most of his adult life. Caulfield is a club legend and now in his capacity as manager there is a vibrancy about Turner’s Cross that had been largely absent for years. This weekend …

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League of Ireland Round-Up: Dundalk Seal Valuable Win

A second-half strike from Pat Hoban saw Dundalk pick up a significant win over Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght on Sunday. It was a largely disappointing game, with the hosts struggling to find the creativity necessary to trouble the leaders. The win caps an excellent week for Dundalk who comfortably came through their European tie last Thursday. The Lilywhites have now …

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League Of Ireland Roundup: Rovers Leapfrog St. Pats

After considerable success in Europe midweek, the Airtricity League clubs returned to domestic action at the weekend, where the biggest result saw Shamrock Rovers overcome St. Pats 2-1 at Tallaght Stadium to further condense the battle at the top. Just four points separate the top four. Dean Kelly gave the hosts the lead after just two minutes, before the league’s …

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Germany: Löw’s Midfield Dilemma

Germany snuck through an unexpectedly tight match with Algeria on Monday night thanks to extra time goals from Andre Schürrle and Mesut Özil, but in truth they could easily have become the biggest casualty yet of this unpredictable World Cup. Germany won their group but went completely untested against Portugal,  and were very unconvincing against Ghana before an encouraging midfield …

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Airtricity League Roundup: Dundalk Rescue Point At Derry

The World Cup took a day off on Friday much to the disappointment of fans but the Airtricity Premier Division stepped in to pick up the slack, returning after a two-week break. Leaders Dundalk came within seconds of suffering their first defeat in eight games but a 95th minute equaliser from Richie Towell saved a point for the Lilywhites at …

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Airtricity League Roundup: Cork City Stay In Touch

While the World Cup throws up surprises everyday, the Airtricity Premier Division continues to do likewise. Cork City moved to within three points of leaders Dundalk with an unexpected win at Shamrock Rovers, while Athlone demolished Drogheda for just their second win of the season. Cork City laid down a marker against one of their title rivals by holding out …

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