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Irish Pair Coleman & Idah Nominated For PL & PL 2 Monthly Awards

Irish pair Seamus Coleman and Adam Idah have both been nominated for monthly Premier League awards following their exploits in March. Idah has been nominated for his performances in the Premier League 2 for Norwich, while Everton’s Seamus Coleman is in contention for the Premier League version of the award. Coleman, who has spent much of the season in and out …

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Michael Obafemi On Kenny & 21s: I Think We’ll Be Working Together Soon

Ireland and Southampton striker Michael Obafemi has outlined that his immediate international future may lie with Stephen Kenny’s U21s when the 18-year-old returns from injury. Obafemi is eligible to play for Stephen Kenny’s side as well as Tom Mohan’s exciting U19s who have reached the this summer’s European Championships in Armenia. The striker, however, has also been capped at senior …

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Ireland Climb Five Spots In Latest FIFA Rankings Update

Ireland’s recent pair of wins in the Euro 2020 qualifiers has seen them rise five spots in the latest update to FIFA’s national team rankings. Mick McCarthy’s men, of course, have some creases to iron out following back-to-back 1-0 victories over Gibraltar and Georgia but all in all, maximum points is nothing to complain about and as a result, the …

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Michael Obafemi: “I Lost The Ball & He Screamed At Me For Five Minutes”

Southampton and Ireland striker Michael Obafemi has opened up on his experience working under former assistant manager Roy Keane during his first international call-up last November. Obafemi, one of Irish football’s brightest talents, was included in Martin O’Neill’s senior squad for the games against Northern Ireland and Denmark last year. The 18-year old made his debut during the last 10 …

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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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