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The Magic Of The Unofficial World Cup

Everyone has heard of the FIFA World Cup but here Conor Heffernan gives us his insight into how it’s predecessor, the Unofficial World Cup came about. When Germany lifted the World Cup for the 4th time last summer, it was the twentieth time a team had done so. Since 1930, the FIFA World Cup has been a fixture in the international footballing calendar. …

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Crystal Palace Boss Warnock In Trouble After Outburst At Referee

Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has been charged with misconduct by the FA for his post-match comments following the home defeat by Chelsea on Saturday. Warnock appeared to infer that referee Craig Pawson was using double standards by not booking John Terry yet cautioning a Palace player for a similar offence. The FA said in a statement: “It is alleged that …

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Chelsea Boss Assesses Striking Options Ahead Of Old Trafford Visit

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho may have strike options for Sunday’s trip to Manchester United after all following Loic Remy’s declaration that he hopes to be fit for the Barclays Premier League leaders’ clash at Old Trafford. Remy scored the opening goal in Tuesday night’s 6-0 Champions League Group G win over Maribor before departing with a groin injury which saw …

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French International Free Agent Signs For Sunderland

Former France international Anthony Reveillere has joined Sunderland for the remainder of the season, the club have confirmed. The 34-year-old full-back, who has been training with the Black Cats in recent weeks, is a free agent after being released by Italian side Napoli during the summer. Reveillere began his career at Rennes, but enjoyed his most successful spell with Lyon, …

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Big Sam Not Worried About Contract Situation At West Ham

Sam Allardyce insists he is not worried about being offered a new contract at West Ham despite his current deal expiring at the end of the season. Allardyce led the Hammers to promotion from the Championship two years ago and the team have enjoyed an excellent start to their third campaign in the top flight, sitting fourth in the Barclays …

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Sunderland skipper Looks For Redemption Against Arsenal

Sunderland skipper John O’Shea has urged his team-mate to pay back the club’s fans in the best way possible – by beating Arsenal on Saturday. The Black Cats players this week offered to refund the cost of tickets for supporters who made the trip to Southampton last weekend and witnessed a humiliating 8-0 Barclays Premier League defeat. However, the 33-year-old …

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Will Barcelona Get A Trouncing In El Clasico?

The first Clasico of the season takes place this weekend, but are Barcelona up against it? Ian O’Cuinneagain dicusses. Real Madrid are flying lately. New signings James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos are adapting their characteristic attacking instincts to include defensive duties. It’s compelling to see how Carlo Ancelotti is honing his superstars to think collectively and play as a group, a …

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Alonso Proving To Be A Bayern Munich Bargain

With Xabi Alonso settling into his new surroundings at Bayern Munich with ease, Sarah Fitzpatrick looks at just how much of a bargain the 32-year-old is.  Bayern were hit by a massive blow in the summer when key midfielder Javi Martinez suffered a cruciate ligament injury and were left without options to fill in the midfielder’s position after selling Toni …

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Tottenham Boss Insists Defender Is Happy At White Hart Lane

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has rejected talk of an issue with Jan Vertonghen, insisting the Belgium defender remains happy at White Hart Lane. The 27-year-old had been one of the first names on the team sheet ever since arriving from Ajax in 2012, yet has found it hard to pin down a regular first-team berth this term. Vertonghen’s place …

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Local Based Players Key To Cork City Success

At his unveiling as Cork City boss last November John Caulfield declared that his new look team would be made up of local based players, Michael Dorgan takes a look at the make-up of the Cork City squad John Caulfield is Cork City through and through. Although born in New York in 1964, the current Cork City manager returned to …

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Where Are PSG Making Their Millions?

Conor Heffernan discusses PSG’s attempts to circumvent UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules by funneling cash into the club through other means. Figures released recently by French Football’s Licensing Authority, DNCG, have revealed that French giants Paris Saint-Germain make almost €233.6 million from ‘other products’. This means that PSG have made more money from miscellaneous sales this season than they have …

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The Rise & Fall of The Iconic ‘This is Football’

Conor Heffernan gets all nostalgic and remembers the iconic PlayStation classic, This Is Football. Imagine a football game where you could dive, two foot the goalkeeper and play a classic Manchester United team featuring George Best, Bobby Charlton and Dennis Law. Yes such a game did indeed exist in the form of This is Football. For one brief moment in …

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Champions League Round Up

Damien Morris is here with your Champions Legaue roundup from Wednesday night’s action. Atletico Madrid won in style for the first time in the Champions League this season by beating Malmo FF 5-0 in their Group A clash. Koke opened the scoring for the Madrid side just after half time. Further goals were added in the second half by summer …

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COYBIG! Ireland Through to Group Stage of the HWC

How often to we get to support an Irish team in the latter stages of a World Cup? It’s only happened twice in the last three decades for the Senior Irish team, but Sean Kavanagh’s Irish Team made it to the Second Round of the Homeless World Cup on Tuesday. October 21st was a tense time for all those involved …

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Suriname: The Greatest Team You’ve Never Heard Of

Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard, Patrick Kluivert, Clarence Seedorf. The list of players that hail from Suriname is quite astonishing. Conor Heffernan discusses. Ranked 147th by FIFA, Suriname are rarely the focus of any real media attention. Why would they be? After all, South America’s smallest nation has never qualified for a World Cup, never qualified for the Olympics and has …

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Insight: Arsene Before Arsenal

Arsene Wenger turns 65 today. He now defines Arsenal as much as it defines him. But where did Arsene learn the ideals that helped him revolutionise the club? Sean Curtin investigates. When you look back on Arsene Wenger’s life, it’s easy to imagine his rise through management was some sort of manifest destiny. Looking back at what is known of …

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Paul Devlin Blog: Liverpool & Arsenal Chances In CL Tonight

Tonight’s a big night for the English teams in Europe. Chelsea may have beaten Maribor convincingly last night, but I doubt Liverpool or Arsenal will have it so easy. Brendan Rodgers’ men face off against possibly the greatest club side in Europe at the moment in the form of Real Madrid. Madrid have been impressive home and away this season …

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Avondale’s Mulconry: Should Be Decided On Pitch, Not Courtrooms

Avondale’s Micheál Mulconry spoke to Pundit Arena on Wednesday morning on behalf of the Avondale players, following the announcement that UCC had been awarded the 2013/14 MSL Premier Division title at an arbitration hearing in Dublin. Micheál Mulconry, Avondale United The blame has to fall at UCC’s door and the league’s door. It is the league’s job to organise the registration of players and ensure …

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