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A-League Round 3 Review – Farewell David Villa, We Barely Knew You

Gavin Bergin is here with a round up of round three in the A-League. The biggest story this week is that David Villa will be leaving Melbourne City but there is also plenty of other action to discuss. There’s a quote in ‘The Usual Suspects’ from Kevin Spacey’s character Verbal, where he is talking about the legendary bad guy Kaiser Soze when he says: “The greatest …

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Does Mike Ashley Have A Master Plan?

Yesterday the Scottish FA wrote to Mike Ashley, seeking to clarify his intentions for Rangers who he now owns 9% of. And really, it’s quite a good question. Just what could Mr Ashley have in mind? Before we delve into some of the reasons Mike Ashley might want to own rangers let’s first understand what’s going on. Ashley owns around …

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The Love/Hate Dream XI

Ireland’s most famous television show is at the height of discussion right now. As a result Brian Barry has put together a Love Hate XI. Would Nidge be as erratic on the touchline as he is on the streets of Dublin? Would Fran’s combative style make him an effective target man? Would this team break a record for the highest number of …

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Premier League Heroes: Arsenal’s Patrick Vieira

Today’s Premier League hero is one of Arsenal’s most revered midfielders Patrick Vieira.  Patrick Vieira was an influential Premier League midfielder that was at the heart of Arsene Wenger’s greatest Arsenal side. Vieira redefined what it meant to be a modern midfielder and was the engine of Arsenal’s invincibles as he managed to fit in from day one and right …

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Bertrand Looking To Stay With Southampton

Ryan Bertrand has already seen enough at Southampton to make him keen to join the club permanently from Chelsea. The 25-year-old was one of a clutch of players parachuted in during a summer of upheaval at St Mary’s, penning a season-long deal with a view to a permanent transfer. The England left-back has slotted in seamlessly and helped Ronald Koeman’s …

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Money, Money, Money: The Birth Of The Premier League

The birth of the Premier League back in 1992 heralded a new era for football in England. Conor Heffernan looks back at this pivotal period of transition. When English football entered the 1990s, the game was in crisis. The golden days of the 1950s and 1960s had become a hazy memory, replaced by the three H’s: Heysel, Hillsborough and Hooliganism. …

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Manchester United Defender: We’re Still In Title Race

Luke Shaw thinks it would be foolish to write Manchester United’s title chances off just yet. With nine games gone, United are eighth in the Barclays Premier League, some 10 points off the summit. Shaw has been encouraged by the team’s performance in the 1-1 draw against leaders Chelsea though, and he believes he and his team-mates are still playing …

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Chelsea Boss Blames Del Bosque For Costa Injury Woes

Jose Mourinho thinks Spain coach Vicente del Bosque is the man to blame for Diego Costa’s recent injury troubles. Costa began the season in prolific fashion, scoring nine goals in seven matches, but he has missed Chelsea’s last three fixtures because of a persistent hamstring injury. The former Atletico Madrid man had also been suffering from a cold in the …

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QPR Boss Has High Hopes For Charlie Austin

Harry Redknapp has backed Charlie Austin to score the goals that will keep QPR in the Premier League after his match-winning brace against Aston Villa. The 25-year-old scored in either half to secure a valuable three points which moves Rangers off the foot of the table and leaves Villa winless and goalless in their last five games. Austin hit a …

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It’s Been A Good/Bad Week For…

Sport can be a rollercoaster of highs and lows from week to week. Here’s a quick look back at who had a good/bad week in sport this week. Good Week Dundalk After stuttering to two draws the week before last, Dundalk needed to win at home to Cork City on Friday to win the league. They did just that finishing …

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Winter Will Test West Ham Heroes

Manager Sam Allardyce knows the biggest test of whether West Ham’s new boys Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia can last the distance in the Barclays Premier League is fast approaching. Senegal forward Sakho netted for the sixth Barclays Premier League match in a row as the Hammers beat champions Manchester City 2-1 at Upton Park on Saturday. Ecuador frontman Valencia …

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The Future of Merseyside: Liverpool & Everton Compared

It has not been a great start to the season for either of Liverpool’s two clubs. But do the blue or red half of the city have the upper-hand in the long-run? Sean Curtin investigates.  For two teams who promised so much in the run up to the end of last season, the current season has been a bit of a …

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Fergie Angered By Manchester United Squad Claims

Sir Alex Ferguson has branded claims he left David Moyes an “ageing” Manchester United squad as “an insult”. The former United manager hit back at critics of the make-up of the Old Trafford squad Moyes inherited when he succeeded Ferguson in 2013. Former Everton boss Moyes was removed from the United post after just one season at the helm, prompting …

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Souness: Liverpool Too Reliant On Sterling

Liverpool and England are too reliant on Raheem Sterling, according to former Reds captain Graeme Souness. The 19-year-old has been the best player at Anfield this season and he has become an increasingly effective player for the national team. Against Real Madrid in the Champions League last week Liverpool’s game plan appeared to consist of just getting the ball to …

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Manchester United Boss Blasts ‘Stupid’ RVP

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie was labelled “stupid” by his manager Louis van Gaal after removing his shirt as he celebrated his last-gasp equaliser against Chelsea. Van Persie, whose form had been questioned ahead of Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash at Old Trafford, secured a 1-1 draw for his side by slamming home in the 94th minute. Lost in …

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The Ultimate XI of FIFA Personalities

FIFA is proof that a video-game can take over lives. Garbh Madigan categorises the various types of FIFA Football players and how they hilariously react when their world crumbles down. Here is ‘The Ultimate XI of FIFA Personalities’.   1. Guys Who Play With One Star Teams These guys are the hipsters of the FIFA World. Characteristically they spend all their time …

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Liverpool Boss Backs Under-Fire Frontman

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers vowed to stick with Mario Balotelli after another goalless but encouraging display against Hull. Balotelli is still to score in the Barclays Premier League since moving to Anfield after the Reds were shut out by the Tigers in a 0-0 home draw. But after some underwhelming performances, and controversy in midweek after exchanging shirts at half-time …

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Shoulder Worry For West Ham Goalscoring Hero

Sam Allardyce saw serial goalscorer Diafra Sakho shoot down Manchester City but fears the striker may be set for a spell on the sidelines. The reigning Barclays Premier League champions fell to a 2-1 defeat at Upton Park as Allardyce’s West Ham moved to within a point of the visitors. Morgan Amalfitano, who opened his Hammers account in the recent …

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