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Rafa Benitez Discusses Half-Time Consternation During ‘Miracle In Istanbul’

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Rafa Benitez was the special guest on last night’s episode of Monday Night Football alongside Jamie Carragher and the pair did not disappoint when discussing their time together at Liverpool. The most famous moment from their spell together at Anfield was Liverpool’s miraculous recovery in the 2005 Champions League final when they trailed a star-studded AC Milan side 3-0 at …

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FAI “Unable To Accept” Invitation To Attend Oireachtas Committee

The Football Association of Ireland have confirmed that they will not be accepting the invitation to attend Wednesday’s Oireachtas Committee. Minister for Sport Shane Ross, the FAI and Sport Ireland had all been invited by The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport Tourism and Sport to attend Wednesday’s meeting to discuss the financial trouble that the Association finds itself in. Ross …

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England Reportedly Keen To Persuade Irish Prospect To Switch Allegiance

England are reportedly interested in persuading Celtic’s Irish U19 international Armstrong Okoflex to switch international allegiances. Okoflex was born in Dublin and is an Irish underage international most recently featuring in three games for Tom Mohan’s U19s but he has also represented England at U16 and U17 level. According to a report in The Telegraph, England are keen on persuading …

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Darren Randolph Could Be Set For Premier League Return In January

Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph could be set for a return to the Premier League with West Ham reportedly considering a bid for the Middlesbrough stopper. According to various reports, Boro may need to sell Randolph in order to raise much needed funds in January, with the Hammers said to be interested in bringing him back to the club. Randolph spent …

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Roy Keane Reportedly Gave Man United Players Secret Pep Talk

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane reportedly gave the club’s current players a “stirring” team talk recently, however one player was left unimpressed by the Irish man’s words of wisdom. According to a report from The Mirror, Keane was invited into United’s Carrington training facility by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to talk to the club’s young stars. Keane and Solskjaer …

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Jose Mourinho Explains Decision To Hand Match Ball To Troy Parrott

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Troy Parrott made his much-anticipated Premier League debut on Saturday, coming on as an 85th-minute substitute for Tottenham in their 5-0 win over Burnley. Following the end of the game, manager Jose Mourinho sought out Parrott and handed him the match ball as the 17-year-old became the youngest player to make a Premier League appearance this season. Mourinho also hinted, …

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Troy Parrott Set For Champions League Debut Against Bayern Munich

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Troy Parrott looks set to make his Champions League debut next week when Tottenham take on Bayern Munich. With both teams having already qualified for the knockout stages of the tournament, Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he intends to field a youthful team against the German giants. Mourinho has confirmed that Parrott will be part of a line-up that will …

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Mick McCarthy Praises Parrott But Details Dilemma Over Ryan Manning

Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has been keeping tabs on a host of his players as the English divisions approach the extremely busy Christmas period. In the Premier League, Aaron Connolly has returned to full fitness and is impressing at Brighton, while Southampton’s Shane Long and Burnley’s Robbie Brady have been finding more regular game time as of late. In the …

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FAI Accounts Reveal John Delaney Received €462,000 Severance Package

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The Football Association of Ireland published their accounts for 2017 and 2018 with the latter report revealing the severance package paid out to former CEO John Delaney. Delaney resigned from the Association in September following controversy surrounding The Sunday Times’ investigation into a €100,000 bridging loan the former CEO paid to the FAI in 2017. The accounts revealed that Delaney …

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FAI President Donal Conway To Step Down From Role In January

The Football Association of Ireland have confirmed that President Donal Conway will step down from his role as President of the FAI at the EGM in January. The EGM will take place on the 25 January 2020 and will be convened for the purpose of electing Conway’s successor in the role of President of the association. The FAI also confirmed …

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“Expensive Rubbish” – Eamon Dunphy Slams Everton After Liverpool Humbling

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Unsurprisingly, Eamon Dunphy didn’t mince his words on his return to TV punditry as he ran the rule over Everton’s performance in which they fell to a 5-2 defeat to Merseyside rivals Liverpool at Anfield.  A brace from Divock Origi and goals from Xherdan Shaqiri, Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum gave the Premier League leaders a comfortable, straight-forward victory over …

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Talented Irish U19 Defender Rewarded By Norwich With First Pro Contract

Irish U19 international defender Andrew Omobamidele has signed his first professional contract with Premier League club Norwich City. The 17-year-old, who was born in Dublin, has been with The Canaries since July 2018 featuring for both the U18 and U23s at the club this season. Omobamidele also featured for Ireland’s U17s in the European Championships in Dublin earlier this summer …

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Klopp: “I Think It’s Normal That A Lot Of People See It Slightly Differently”

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Jurgen Klopp feels Virgil van Dijk would have been a worthy winner of the Ballon d’Or but understands why Lionel Messi was rewarded for a record sixth time.  The Dutch international was in stellar form last season as Liverpool added to their European legacy by winning another Champions League crown. Many thought the towering central defender deserved the award for …

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FAI Name Paul Cooke New Interim Executive Lead Of Association

FAI Senior Council Press Conference, FAI HQ, Abbotstown, Dublin 25/10/2019 FAI Vice-President Paul Cooke Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

The FAI have confirmed that Vice-President Paul Cooke has been appointed the Executive Lead of the Association on a temporary basis following John Foley’s decision not to take the role of interim CEO on Monday. Foley, who had been the Chief Executive of Athletics Ireland, was due to replace the outgoing Noel Mooney in the role, but chose not to …

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