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La Liga Is Broken And This Is Why

Saturday’s El Clasico was the most expensive game in world football. Ever. The two clubs continue to take a massive cut of the TV revenue from La Liga. The system is broken and unfair. Sean Curtin explains why.  €1.3 Billion was the figure media outlets reported this weekend. That figure represents the combined transfer fees paid for the 22 players …

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A Premier League Draft Is Perfect And Impossible

The NBA has begun State-side and it got us thinking. What impact would a draft system have on the Premier League and what possible form could it take? First things first, just allow your imagination to run wild during the duration of this article. We know it sounds silly and it probably is. But a draft system could be a …

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The Dwindling Status Of The English Premier League

The Premier League is so often simply described as “The Best League in the World”. Niall McIntyre is here to question this opinion. The success, or lack of success, for the powerhouses of English football in European competition in recent times should be looked at more seriously. People think that the Premier League is the best, but this lack of …

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Safe Standing – Will The Days Of The Terrace Ever Return?

In almost all football debate, as soon as the words ‘safe standing’ are uttered, there is a very clear line; some are in favour of the option, and others are not. The reality is that, safe standing at football matches is only as dangerous as the security that is available. The tragic and harrowing events of Hillsborough and Heysel, as …

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Manchester City Boss Unfazed By Rooney Injury Speculation

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini insists uncertainty over Wayne Rooney’s fitness will have no bearing on his plan for this weekend’s Manchester derby. Doubt has been cast over United striker Rooney’s availability for Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash against rivals City following a report that he has suffered a foot injury. It was claimed the United and England captain was …

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Tottenham Boss Insists Striker Will Stay ‘For A Long Time’

Mauricio Pochettino has warned off any suitors for Harry Kane, insisting the striker will be at Tottenham “for a long time”. The England Under-21 international is the club’s top scorer this season, netting six times, but has yet to start a game in the Barclays Premier League. So far he has excelled when given the chance in the Europa League, …

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Swansea City In Talks With Potential Investors

Swansea City have held talks with potential investors who could buy a minority share interest in the club. The Barclays Premier League club said in a statement they had spoken to “a number of parties” as they seek financing for planned expansion of the Liberty Stadium and a new training ground. However, the club – which is 21 per cent …

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Premier League Referee Clattenburg Dropped This Weekend

Mark Clattenburg has been dropped for this weekend’s Premier League fixtures after breaking protocol so he could watch an Ed Sheeran concert. Press Association Sport understands Clattenburg drove home alone after officiating West Brom’s home game against Crystal Palace so he could get back to Newcastle to watch Sheeran perform at the Metro Radio Arena. The rules of the Professional …

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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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