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Ireland Continue To Waste Jonathan Walters’ Talents

Following on from our piece on Patrick Bamford yesterday, Brian Barry is of the belief that Jonathan Walters is the answer to Ireland’ s striking problems. Jonathan Walters now has 100 career goals to his name, as his form continues to rise with Stoke City. With four goals in the Premier League this season, many are beginning to take note …

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A-League Roundup Week 10 – Big Blue Produces A Classic

Gavin Bergin delivers this week’s A-League Roundup, a week in which the ‘Big Blue’ dominated headlines. For the second time this season, the “Big Blue” between Melbourne Victory and Sydney ended in a draw. Unlike the first meeting which ended in an entertaining nil-all draw, this one produced six goals with a hat-trick for Archie Thompson along the way. An …

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10 Goals That Define Thierry Henry’s Career

 Thierry Henry has finally announced his retirement, thanks for the memories Titi.    1. Unhappy at Juventus & still capable of beauty He only scored three solitary goals in his unhappy and short-lived tenure at Juventus. Played on the wing he was rather ineffective against disciplined Itlalian defences but the talent was still there for all to see. He lasted just …

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4 Players Chelsea Should Be Weary Of Against Derby County

21 League positions separate Derby County and Chelsea when they face each other in the Capital One Cup tonight. But Derby Pack a punch and Chelsea should be weary.    1. Will Hughes – Midfielder Anyone familiar with Football Manager will know of Will Hughes. Destined for greatness, the guys at Sports Interactive have dubbed Hughes a wonderkid. At only …

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Graham Cummins Column: Diving Is An Art Form

In this week’s column Exeter City striker Graham Cummins defends diving in football, referring to it as a necessary evil. Diving is an art in football. Players risk receiving a booking from the referee and a fine by their club if caught. The art of diving is when a player does it to win a match. Turning slight contact into a …

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Match Preview: Everton vs QPR

Everton play host to QPR tonight at Goodison Park in what is surprisingly a clash near the lower reaches of the Premier League table. Few would have predicted Everton’s 2014/15 season plight, which sees them face Harry Redknapp’s up and down QPR side with just four points separating the teams. Everton have struggled of late, winning just one game in their last five. …

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6 Best Players This Season-So-Far In The Premier League

As we near the half way mark of the Premier League season, who are the contenders for the player of the mid-way-mark?  1. David De Gea – Manchester United – Goalkeeper With Manchester United finally back to winning ways, the Spaniard between the posts has been a consistent performer when others have not. Granted, Courtois has conceded less goals but De Gea …

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Champions League Draw: Arsenal & Chelsea Delight

The draw for the last 16 of the Champions League has been made. Arsenal have been awarded a favourable draw against Ligue 1 side Monaco whilst Chelsea have a tough test against Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City have received no luck with a draw against Barcelona for the Premier League champions to contend with. The current champions Real Madrid face Schalke while last year’s runners-up …

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The Holy Grail That Was The European Cup: Pt. 1 – 1955 – ’74

Eoin O’Neill takes us back to the very beginnings of the European Cup and some of the most successful sides in the first 19 years of the tournament.  Wolverhampton and the Black Country wouldn’t immediately strike you as the forerunner for a tournament we now know as The Champions League. On a cold December night in 1954, 55,000 supporters crammed into Molineux, to see …

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Why Do Europeans Not Care About The Club World Cup?

For the countries competing outside of Europe, making it to the quarter or semi-final stage of the FIFA Club World Cup is usually considered a major achievement but Europeans often appear quite ambivalent or dismissive about the competition. Here we take a look at why that may be. This year’s tournament takes place in Morocco and includes the teams Moghreb Tetouan (the …

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Castlebar Topple Cork City WFC In Bishopstown

Cork City W.F.C. 0 – Castlebar Celtic 3     (Herbert 10, Melly 42, Kearns 53)   Cork City fell to defeat in Bishopstown over the weekend after an even game between the Leesiders and Mayo outfit Castlebar Celtic. The Cork club started brightly but conceded two first half goals which put Castlebar into a commanding position at the break before Rachel Kearns …

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Ian Baraclough Named New Motherwell Manager

Former Sligo Rovers manager Ian Baraclough has been appointed as the new manager of Scottish side Motherwell. The 44-year-old had led Sligo Rovers to their fist league title in 35 years. This experience certainly would have helped him in getting the job over Fir Park legend  Mitchell van der Gaag who was firm favourite for the job. Baraclough, who is currently …

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Liverpool & The Need For Instant Success In Modern Football

Eoin O’Neill, a Liverpool fan, discusses the realisation that his beloved Reds will in all likelihood not qualify for the Champions League, as instant success just isn’t a reality in modern football.   Christmas 1981 and the English Football League 1st Division took on an unfamiliar look. The reigning European Champions, Liverpool, were languishing in 12th position. On Stephen’s Day …

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Hands Off, He’s Ours – Pelé & The Brazilian Government

Ever wondered why Pelé never left Brazil in his prime? Conor Heffernan gives us a fascinating insight into Brazilian politics’ hold on the country’s star footballer.  Edson Arantes do Nascimento, or Pelé to you and me, is perhaps the greatest known name in world soccer. And for good reason too. During the course of a career that spanned over two …

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Sunderland: All I Want For Christmas…

Sunderland aren’t in a terrible position in the Premier League table but improvements will be needed if they wish to have a less dramatic climax to their season this time out.  1. More goals Sunderland are currently the second worst attacking side in the Premier League with 13 goals, just three more than Burnley and Aston Villa with ten apiece after …

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Serie A Review: Week 14

Ciarán Murphy is here with a round-up of some of the biggest results and stories from Serie A week 14, including Roma’s clash with Juventus, transfer rumours making the rounds as well as everything else in between from Italy’s top flight. 1. Roma leave it late On Saturday evening in the Stadio Olimpico Roma had the chance to move within a …

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