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Steve Neville

Coming from a family of footballers more talented than himself, Steve Neville gave up and decided to write about it instead. A journalist from Cork, he hopes to see Ireland win a World Cup in his lifetime. He’s not holding his breath. Follow him on Twitter @SteveNeville_

Look Forward, Not Backwards – Shay Should Not Be A Given

Steve Neville slams the decision to bring Shay Given back into the Ireland squad following his retirement. Toward the end of Giovanni Trapattoni’s reign as Ireland manager, there was a cloud of negativity surrounding Irish football unlike any seen before. The turnstiles turned a little less, the press slammed Il Trap and only Liam Brady seemed to have a good word to …

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Di Maria Won’t Be Manchester United’s Angel

After watching Manchester United struggle to draw with Sunderland and then crash and burn against MK Dons, it doesn’t take a genius to see that serious investment is needed. £59.7 million later, Angel Di Maria had been brought in and handed the legendary number 7 shirt with the expectation of changing the team’s fortunes. But Di Maria, while a wonderful …

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World Cup – Week 1: Pundits & Shaving Cream

Now that every team has played at least once, we are in a good position to look back at the World Cup so far, and look forward with the biggest of smiles on our faces. Brazil opened the tournament with a bang and dodgy World Cup song aside, the opening night was a good one. Marcelo scored the first goal …

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Rickie Lambert and Liverpool – The Perfect Match

April 27th, the Battle of Anfield saw Chelsea launching an assault on Liverpool in a quest to derail the Reds’ title quest. With the sides tied, and Chelsea proving impossible to break down, Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard fell and his slip proved fatal as the Kop faithful were forced to wait another year for Premier League glory. Liverpool tried and tried …

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Reasons To Be Cheerful – Cool Carlo Ancelotti

As Real Madrid claimed the historic La Decima, many will point toward the likes of Sergio Ramos, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale for bringing home the gold. And while Bale’s header in the final put a final nail in the coffin for Atletico and Ronaldo’s 17 goals in 11 games smashed the history books on the road to Lisbon, one …

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Five World Cup Strikers For Jose Mourinho to watch

Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to add some much needed firepower to his Chelsea side this summer. There’s no better opportunity to catch the eye than at a World Cup. Here are five strikers who may very well interest the Special One at the World Cup.   1) Fred (Brazil): At the ripe age of 30, and considering Mourinho’s …

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Five World Cup Goalkeepers for Diego Simeone to Watch

Everyone can agree that Atletico Madrid’s now famed La Liga triumph was one of many highlights in this year’s season. A team full of players not playing for themselves, but for the team. One of their key players was Thibaut Courtois, who had an outstanding year, and at 22 is already one of the best shot stoppers in Europe. With …

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RTBC – Joe Brolly blunt in battle against SKY

When I sat down to write the week’s Reason to be Cheerful, I had every intention of writing about the new Manchester ticket of Louis Van Gaal and Ryan Giggs and how they should be by no means written off. And then Joe Brolly started tweeting. Joe Brolly is one of the many reasons people are excited about the GAA. As a self-confessed …

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Five World Cup Midfielders For Louis Van Gaal To Watch

With Louis Van Gaal set to begin his reign as Manchester United coach after the World Cup, the one position he is in desperate need of sorting out is midfield. With Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick seemingly in the twilight of their careers, and Tom Cleverley not living up to his potential, a new man in the middle of the park is needed. …

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Five World Cup Defenders For Brendan Rodgers To Watch

Liverpool’s turnaround under Brendan Rodgers was nothing short of amazing. However, one glaring hole in their team was at the back. They have four established central defenders on their books, but in reality only Daniel Agger looks good enough for a title-chasing side. The fact is that with a leader in their defence, a Vincent Kompany or a John Terry, …

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PA Premier League Team of the Year

WHAT a season. Remember it fondly as it’s unlikely there’ll be another one like it. The Chosen One failed and The Special One stumbled as Man City and Liverpool left us drooling at the mouth and desperate for more right up until the last minute. There were thrills and spills, and slips and tears as it took Man City until the …

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PA Team of the Week – Gameweek 38

There was one final throw of the dice from Liverpool in their attempt to claim their first Premier League title, but it was Manchester City who ultimately came up trumps securing a second title in three years. For one last time in the 2013/14 season, it’s the PA Team of the Week, lining out at 3-5-2.   GK – Simon Mignolet: It may …

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RTBC – Connacht Rugby On The Up

For the past couple of years Connacht have spent their seasons with many highs, but considerably more lows.  However, the tide at the Sportsgrounds may be about to turn. Connacht announced the signing of New Zealander Mils Muliaina during the week, in what is a true marquee signing for the Western club. The Westerners have shown tremendous spirit in seasons gone by but they always seemed …

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PA Team of the Week – Gameweek 37

A weekend of shocks and drops as Man United, Chelsea and Liverpool all dropped points and Man City are left on course for a title. At the other end, Cardiff and Fulham had their faith sealed as they are left facing life in the Championship. See who starred in the PA Team of the Week.   GK – Joe Hart: …

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RTBC – Keep Parking That Bus Jose Mourinho

According to Brendan Rodgers, his former mentor Jose Mourinho “parked two buses” in front of the free flowing Liverpool attack over the weekend. It was clear from Rodgers’ comments that he was not impressed with Jose’s tactics. “We were the better team with the ball. We just could not unlock them.” Well unfortunately Brendan, merely being impressive with the ball does …

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PA Team of the Week – Gameweek 36

This week Jose Mourinho “parked two buses” at Anfield as Chelsea upset the odds of the Premier League title going to Merseyside and at the other end Sunderland managed to claw their way out of the relegation zone. See who made an impact on Gameweek 36 with the PA Team of the Week taking a 4-3-1-2 formation.   GK – Ben Foster: …

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RTBC – A Munster Win Will Be A Win For True Rugby

As Munster prepare for their biggest game of the season Paul O’ Connell has made comparisons between this week’s preparations and preparations similar to a game against against New Zealand. There is no doubting the enormity of the task that is currently facing the Red Army. They head to the South of France to take on Toulon, the reigning Heineken Cup …

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PA Team of the Week – Gameweek 35

It’s Gameweek 35 and Liverpool continue at the top of the table but Chelsea slipped up against the most unlikely of teams. There was more misery for David Moyes (who has subsequently been sacked) as he returned to Goodison Park to be haunted by his old side. See who starred in the PA Team of the Week, lining out at …

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