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Statistical Review Of The Euro 2020 Qualifiers

Ryan Giggs Wales

Qualifiers for the UEFA European Championship started last Thursday week with 55 teams in 10 groups vying for the 24 available slots in the finals. Matchday One had 17 matchups produce goals, except for the Portugal tie – as the reigning champions were held to a goalless draw. The hosts were favourites to take the day but all their efforts …

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Greenlight: Sean Murray: Watford’s Former Wonderkid Refinding His Feet At Dundalk

During the off-season, League of Ireland champions Dundalk sprung a surprise when they announced the signing of former Watford midfielder and ex-Irish U21 international Sean Murray. A name familiar to many thanks to his promising start in the game with the Hornets seven years ago, Murray found himself struggling for game time at Danish club Vejle Boldklub, when the call …

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Under Mick McCarthy Conor Hourihane Can Be Ireland’s Newest Talisman

Over the last two international qualifying campaigns, a talisman in green has stepped up for Ireland when they have required one most. In 2014/2015 as Martin O’Neill’s side clamoured towards Euro 2016 it was striker Jon Walters whose goals, endeavour and work rate helped Ireland reach the tournament finals in France. In 2016/2017, although Ireland didn’t reach the World Cup …

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Neil Warnock: “It’s The Best League In World With The Worst Officials”

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock was left fuming on Sunday following his side’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea as they continue to battle for their Premier League lives. Warnock was irate after Cesar Azpilicueta equalised for Chelsea despite clearly standing in an offside position. His misery was further compounded when Antonio Rudiger was only shown a yellow card despite pulling down Kenneth Zohore …

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FAI Board Release Statement, Intend To ‘Fully Address” Recent Issues

UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying Round Group D, Victoria Stadium, Gibraltar 23/3/2019 Gibraltar vs Republic of Ireland FAI Chief Executive John Delaney during the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

The FAI board have released a statement outlining that it is fully committed to addressing recent issues of concern surrounding the Association. Following Ireland’s victory over Gibraltar last Saturday the FAI announced that Chief Executive John Delaney would be stepping aside from his role to become the new Executive Vice President of the organisation. The news came after it was …

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Seamus Coleman Opens Up On Homesickness After Move To Everton

Everton and Ireland captain Seamus Coleman has opened up on his battle with homesickness following his move to Everton from Sligo Rovers ten years ago. Coleman has been an integral part of the Toffees’ side for the past number of years and is currently the eighth longest serving one club player in the Premier League having made the move to …

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Ten Absent Players Capable Of Injecting Quality Into Ireland’s Setup

Ireland recorded six points out of six in their Euro 2020 Qualifying Campaign as Mick McCarthy returned to the helm as Irish boss. For the first time in many years, arguably since McCarthy’s last tenure, Ireland deployed a structured system that offered the perfect balance of a high pressed, energetic defence and a purposeful and more imaginative attack. Among those …

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Ireland Charged By UEFA For ‘Tennis Ball Protest’

UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying Round Group D, Victoria Stadium, Gibraltar 23/3/2019 Gibraltar vs Republic of Ireland FAI Chief Executive John Delaney during the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

UEFA have officially opened disciplinary proceedings against the FAI following a fan protest during Ireland’s 1-0 victory over Georgia.  Ireland’s win over the Georgians and the performance that came with it saw the nation’s support come away with quite a lot to be happy about. Despite the narrow margin of their wins over both Georgia and Gibraltar, the first two …

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Breaking: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Confirmed As Permanent United Boss

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has officially been confirmed as the new Manchester United manager following a statement released by the club this morning. The official Twitter account of Manchester United confirmed the news this morning with a statement from executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. Ole’s at the wheel! We can confirm that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed as #MUFC manager. — …

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The Winners & Losers Following Ireland’s International Break

Mick McCarthy’s return as Ireland boss has heralded two wins and two clean sheets as Ireland top their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign. In what has been an eventful week on and off the pitch, spirits have been raised with the collection of maximum points and a clear change in approach. As the international break draws to a close, we examine …

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