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Sky Bet Championship – Matchday 5 Review

Matchday Five in the Sky Bet Championship is over and a few teams are standing out with some great early showings, while others are standing out for the wrong reasons with some second-rate performances. With this round of fixtures over the Championship is taking a two week break due to the International Break which is accommodating friendlies and European Championship …

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Another Lacklustre Arsenal Performance – What Went Wrong?

The start of this season has been a tough one for Arsenal fans. The excitement of signing Alexis Sanchez has quickly been replaced by the usual frustration in the direction of Arsene Wenger’s transfer dealings. After five below par performances, Jack Cairns takes a look at what went wrong at the King Power stadium. Yaya Sanogo.  Without being overly harsh, …

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League of Ireland – First Division Roundup

With only five games left in this season’s League of Ireland First Division, things are hotting up as Longford and Shelbourne battle it out to be crowned champions and avoid the playoffs, while Galway FC and Wexford Youths battle it out for the final playoff spot and  the chance of promotion to the Premier Division.  The tie of the weekend …

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PA Explains: Third Party Ownership In Football & Doyen Sports

Alex Kirwan discusses the controversial issue of third-party ownership in football, and in particular the actions of Doyen Sports. Marcos Rojo and Carlos Tevez – what do they have in common?  Both hail from Argentina and both are or were Manchester United players. However, they also have something in common that is seldom an issue in English football or, if …

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Signing Of Daley Blind Could See Manchester United Change System

Manchester United have been active in the transfer market, recently adding Daley Blind to their ranks. But will the investment be enough for United to secure Champions League football for next season and how will Louis Van Gaal set up his United side with the arrival of new high profile signings? Manchester United’s potential strongest XI in the 3-5-2 system that Louis Van …

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Brian Lenihan Signs For Hull City

Cork City have officially announced that Brian Lenihan has signed for Premier League side Hull City. Lenihan joins the likes of David Meyler, Paul McShane and Robbie Brady who make up a sizeable Irish contingent at Hull even with the recent loss of Shane Long to Southampton. Lenihan has been in exceptional form all season for the Rebel Army and …

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Burnley v Manchester United: Talking Points

Manchester United failed to secure their first win of the Premier League season with newly promoted Burnley securing an unlikely 0-0 draw against Louis Van Gaal’s side. We reflect on the major talking points from the game. 1. Burnley deserved their point. Sean Dyche deserves a lot of credit for setting up his Burnley side as a well organized and …

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Cillian Sheridan – Ireland’s sole representative in the UCL

Following Celtic’s shock, but deserved, exit from the Champions League the number of Irish players in the Europe’s premier competition has dropped to a lowly one. That man is Cillian Sheridan. With it always being highly unlikely that a League of Ireland team will make it through the Champions League qualifiers and the fact that there aren’t really any Irish players playing …

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LIverpool Defender Seals Shock Cut Price Move

Experienced Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has joined Brondby for a fee of around £3 million according to the Liverpool Echo ending an eight-year stay at Anfield. Agger had been expected to leave Liverpool with a Athletico Madrid and Napoli reportedly interested but a move to Brondby is a surprise. Agger spoke to Liverpool’s official website after the club confirmed his …

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Chelsea Set To Replace Torres With French International

Fernando Torres is set to join AC Milan on a two-year-loan subject to the Spanish striker completing his medical. Chelsea are eying a move for French striker Loic Remy and according to the Mail are set to meet the striker’s £8m buy-out clause. Torres ends his spell with Chelsea scoring just 20 goals in 110 appearances. Jose Mourinho spoke about …

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Manchester United Set To Sign Dutch International For £14m

Manchester United have announced that they have reached an agreement to sign Daley Blind for a reported fee of £14m according to the Daily Mail. Ajax and Manchester United have agreed a fee for the Dutch international and are now set to discuss personal terms. Manchester United have been linked with the 24-year-old all summer and are now set to …

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PA Fantasy Football Week 3: Potential Outside Picks

Colm Hayes is here with your weekly fix of Fantasy Football tips and insider information. With Gameweek 2 done and dusted, we move on to the last round of fixtures before the impending international break. If you are determined to play your wildcard, the two week gap between gameweek 3 and 4 can be an excellent time to do it. …

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Arsenal Look To Bag A Striker Before Deadline Day

With the last few days of the transfer window upon us Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger’s dealings are far from done with injury forcing him back in to the market for a striker. Arsene Wenger has remained tight lipped on possible last minute deals in the face of an unrelenting press corps desperate for information. In the wake of Olivier Giroud’s injury …

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Manchester United Sign Exciting Prospect

Manchester United have completed their fifth signing of the summer, getting 16-year-old Dutch prospect Timothy Fosu Mensah from Ajax Amsterdam in a £300,000 deal with the possibility of additional payments down the line, according to The Express. The youngster, who can play at centre back, left back or defensive midfield, was landed in the face of competition from Manchester City and …

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League of Ireland Preview – Athlone Town vs Cork City

Stephen Walsh previews Friday night’s League of Ireland clash between Athlone Town and Cork City. Athlone Town Athlone Town will be hoping to build on their improving recent good form this Friday night when they entertain second-placed Cork City. Athlone earned two draws against Shamrock Rovers and UCD in recent weeks to keep the dream of Premier Division survival still alive. Keith …

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Top 10 Traits Of A League of Ireland Fan

Stephen Walsh, a self-proclaimed League of Ireland fanatic, discusses the Top 10 Traits of every Irish domestic football fan. League of Ireland fans are a breed apart; travelling up and down the country in the best and worst of weather to support a league which is treated with total disdain by the rest of the public. Who else would travel from …

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