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Juventus Want Top Flight Portuguese Club, Here’s Why…

Juventus are in the market for a particular bankrupt Portuguese club, Conor Heffernan explains why. Things are looking up for the Old Lady. Serie A winners last season and currently top of the League having gone six games unbeaten. It’s a good time to support the Black and White. Recent rumours of match fixing have been the only sour note …

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Premier League Preview: Five Talking Points

The Premier League kicks off once more this weekend following the mid-week international fixtures. Ireland’s heroics, Sterling’s tiredness and Holland’s defeat are now in the past. Focus now returns to England’s top flight. Will Alan Pardew’s fortunes improve against Leicester? Can Chelsea maintain their unbeaten streak in a London derby against Palace? Who will come out on top between City …

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Guardiola Reveals Startling Manchester United Revelation

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has revealed that he would like to be Manchester United manager one day. The revelation appears in his new book, Pep Confidential: The Inside Story of Pep Guardiola’s First Season at Bayern Munich, written by his close friend and journalist Marti Perarnau. In an extract from the book the Spaniard admits he see’s himself as …

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Arsenal Receive Good News On Injury Front

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil could be back to action in six weeks Arsene Wenger has confirmed, along with the news that Aaron Ramsey is set to return next week. The Arenal manager has confirmed to reporters in this morning’s press conference that the influential German playmaker could return to action in six weeks. Arsenal have deemed the injury not to …

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What Liverpool Must Learn From Fergie

Following last week’s ‘tiredgate’ involving Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling, it’s clear that it has become unacceptable for young players to be tired, no matter how many games they’ve played. Newspapers, radio phone-ins and football forums were ablaze this week with people criticizing England’s decision to rest Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling against Estonia. Did Sterling ask Hodgson for a rest or did Hodgson …

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Where Are They Now? – Portsmouth’s 2008 FA Cup Winning Side

We all remember the Hollywood story of Portsmouth. Winning the FA Cup was a dream for this small, south coast club in 2008 under Harry Redknapp. They made a meteoric rise to success after being promoted from Division One, including a UEFA Cup run. Their demise has been just as spectacular however. Administrations, new owners, relegations have now seen the …

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Qatar: A Footballing Powerhouse?

Despite the negative publicity surrounding the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, the national team continue to make strides, beating opponents at will. When the words Qatar and football are brought together, one can’t help but think of the controversial FIFA 2022 World Cup bidding process. Qatar’s reputation in football has been tainted due to the alleged bribery …

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Hodgson’s Unprofessionalism Will Affect England

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Sarah Fitzpatrick lambastes Roy Hodgson’s decision to publicly “hang Raheem Sterling out to dry”. There is an unnecessary debate amongst England fans this week to whether they should support or criticise Raheem Sterling over his confession that he has felt tired while on international duty which is also the reason to why he didn’t feature for his country against Estonia. …

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Newcastle To Make Move For Dutch ‘Thierry Henry’

Newcastle United are ready to turn their attention to FC Twente striker Luc Castaignos in January, the striker has been previously dubbed the Dutch Thierry Henry. According to reports in the Newcastle Chronicle, scouts in the North East are monitoring the FC Twente striker who has scored five goals so far this season. The 22-year-old Netherlands all-time record goalscorer at …

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Breaking Free from Eamon Dunphy’s Spell?

Last night Ireland drew with World Cup Champions, Germany. Away from home. A team ranked 62nd in the world held the team ranked 1st. Take a deep breath, smile and let that sink in. This morning’s papers, forums and water cooler conversations (do those still happen?), should be brimming with joy at last night’s heroics. Instead, we’re left talking once …

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The Problem Facing England & Roy Hodgson

The role of England manager has never been more of a poisoned chalice. Roy Hodgson faces a situation where he simply cannot win. England’s so called golden generation limped out of the World Cup in Brazil with a whimper. A nationwide post-mortem declared a gulf in class and a gulf within the squad. The elder statesmen had peaked and the …

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The Uncomfortable Case of Ched Evans

Ched Evans will be released from prison shortly and there’s a queue of clubs lining up sign the former Sheffield United man. Conor Heffernan has his say. In April 2012, Welsh footballer Chedwyn Evans was convicted of raping a 19-year-old woman and sentenced to five years in prison. It was a tragic story that destroyed the lives of all those …

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Scholes: Arsenal Midfielder ‘Is England’s Best Player’

Paul Scholes has claimed that Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere is now England’s best player after a string of impressive performances from the 22-year-old in an England shirt. The former Manchester United midfielder has stated that Wilshere impressed him in England’s recent Euro 2016 qualifying games against San Marino and Estonia. Scholes wrote in The Independent about the Arsenal midfielder’s contribution to Roy Hodgsons’s …

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Time For Everton To Shake Off Poor Form

Following Roberto Martinez’s magnificent debut season on Merseyside, the manager is in danger of suffering second season syndrome at Everton. The added demands of European football already seem to be taking their toll on his ambitious side, but is it really all bad news at Everton? With the international break, it’s a good time to asses how the Toffees’ season is …

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Liverpool: Henderson – Gerrard Is The Best Captain ‘In The Game’

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has hailed the influence of the Reds’ captain Steven Gerrard, claiming he is the best captain in the game. The 24-year-old was appointed vice-captain last month and many are expecting the former Sunderland midfielder to succeed the inspirational Gerrard. “Stevie’s probably not only the best captain for Liverpool and before with England, but in the game itself,” …

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Manchester United & Munich ’58 – Forgetting the Past?

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Conor Heffernan discusses the ill-treatment of Manchester United towards survivors of the Munich Air Disaster in the years that followed the tragedy. On February 7th 1958 the footballing world was in a state of shock. The previous evening, a charter plane carrying 44 people crashed after refuelling at Munich Airport. Any accident is a tragedy but this one proved particularly poignant …

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Chelsea Doctor Did Well – Thibaut Courtois

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has defended Chelsea’s handling of his head injury during the Barclays Premier League game against Arsenal. The Belgium international suffered the blow in a collision with Alexis Sanchez during the 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge last Sunday, which left him dizzy and bleeding from one ear. Courtois was initially cleared to continue by Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro, …

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Sullivan: West Ham Boss Deserves Credit

West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan has praised manager Sam Allardyce for re-introducing the ‘West Ham way’ at Upton Park. The Hammers sit seventh in the Barclays Premier League, having won three of their opening seven fixtures, and Allardyce was backed in the transfer market over the summer – with a change in approach earning plaudits in recent weeks. It is …

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