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Cult Heroes: Arsenal’s John Jensen

 In the first of a new series entitled ‘Cult Heroes’, Conor Heffernan remembers the career of Arsenal’s John Jensen. Every fan has a hero. Some of us prefer the bulky, powerful centre forward to the small pacey striker. Others a midfield general as opposed to a passing genius. Differences drive the game. Where fans do come together however is in …

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German Fans Continue Digs At England Following World Cup Success

German supporters continue to revel in their World Cup success, while taking pops at England at the same time. As we all know, there’s no love lost between Germany and England. The two nations have had some titanic battles on the pitch, and games between the sides have always been feisty affairs. Germany’s supporters teased England fans throughout the World …

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Three Conclusions From League Of Ireland Gameweek 27

In the fallout of League of Ireland Gameweek 27 there has been goals, drama and heartache from all across the country. Conor Hayes discusses the main issues of the past week. _____ 1. Cork Refuse To Go Quietly It’s happened twice now. On two occasions the title race looked dead and buried and both times Cork City somehow claimed vital late winners at …

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Van Persie: Manchester United Must Adapt

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Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie has told his fellow teammates that they must adapt to Louis Van Gaal’s tactics and that they should have no excuses. Much has been made of the 3-5-2 formation that has been deployed by the Dutchman. United so far have failed to win a Premier League game despite facing supposedly weaker sides in Swansea, Sunderland & newly …

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Manchester City Striker Injury Worries

Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic is an injury doubt ahead of Manchester City’s clash with Arsenal at the weekend. The 24-year-old suffered a hamstring injury while on duty with Montenegro and looks as though he may not be fit in time for the Arsenal tie. With Alvaro Negrado and John Guidetti already out on loan to Valencia and Celtic respectively, …

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Celtic Linked With Highly Rated Striker

Scotland’s goalscorer against Germany, Ikechi Anya, in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier looks to be on Celtic’s radar. According to the Daily Mail he would be ‘keen’ to move to Glasgow, the city where he is from. Anya currently plays for Championship side Watford, where he has already played four games this season. But Scotland manager Gordon Strachan, quoted in the …

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Juventus Interested In Liverpool Full-Back

Liverpool full-back Glen Johnson has been earmarked as a January transfer target for Serie A champions, Juventus. Liverpool have not yet agreed a new contract with Johnson who is set to become a free agent next summer and Juventus are now in line to snap him up in January, according to the Mirror. The 30-year-old was a major part of Liverpool’s defence …

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Arsenal Preparing £9.6m Deal For Spanish Wonderkid

Arsenal are lining up a £9.6 million January deal for highly rated Barcelona youngster Sergi Samper, according to reports in Spain. The 19-year-old is a deep lying midfield player in the same mould as a young Cesc Fabregas and Wenger is looking at the possibility of acquiring the highly rated Spaniard in January. Samper was promoted to Barcelona B last …

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Ex-England Captain: Manchester United Will Regret Selling Striker

Former England captain Terry Butcher has claimed that Manchester United will regret selling Danny Welbeck to rivals Arsenal. Welbeck sealed a deadline day move to the Gunners in a deal worth £16 million and Butcher feels that United will miss the 23-year-old striker who scored twice as England beat beat Switzerland 2-0 last night. Speaking to TalkSport, Butcher said the …

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International Ignorance Towards League Of Ireland Is Wrong

Rob Lyons discusses the importance of a successful national league to improve Ireland’s international side. He argues that one must look at the domestic game first before following the tradition of looking to England for international stars. A quick skim through the full Irish international squad  sees many players that made their name in the League of Ireland before progressing to bigger leagues across Europe …

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Chelsea Keen On Young Ireland Prospect

Aston Villa youngster Jack Grealish is being watched by Chelsea with the London giants interested in the Irish under 21 international. Grealish is a Birmingham born player but qualifies for Ireland and has played for the Republic all the way up from under 17 level. The Daily Star reports that Villa have offered the eighteen-year-old a long term deal as his contract …

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Controversial Pundit Condemns Martin O’Neill For Behaviour

RTE pundit Eamonn Dunphy has criticized Martin O’Neill, following the Irish manager’s strong reaction to a post match interview with RTE. RTE’s Tony O ‘Donoghue had suggested that Ireland had won despite a disjointed performance, and the question did not impress the former Sunderland manager who suggested that O’Donoghue should be happy that Ireland won their opening qualification game. Dunphy …

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Premier League New Boys – How Have They Fared So Far?

Jason Coulter assesses the Premier League campaigns of Leicester, Burnley and QPR thus far and discusses what to expect for the rest of the year. As we enjoy our first international break of the season, it’s a good opportunity to look at how the three promoted sides have adapted to life in England’s top division. Unlike previous years, where all three sides have been …

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Sligo Rovers Edge Bohemians Thriller

In a thrilling encounter this Monday night it was John Coleman’s Sligo Rovers team that came out on top after beating Bohemians 3-2 thanks to goals from David Cawley, Eamon Zayed and Bit O’ Red top scorer Danny North. In an evenly contested first half it was David Cawley who eventually broke the deadlock as half time approached. Sligo had keeper …

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£37m Manchester United Midfielder Reportedly Set For January Departure

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata could be surplus to requirements at Manchester United with Juventus lining up a move for the Spaniard in January. The 26-year-old only joined United from rivals Chelsea in a deal worth £37 million but there is speculation that the Spanish player could struggle to establish himself in Louis Van Gaal’s side following the arrivals of …

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England Expected Starting XI Vs Switzerland

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England face arguably their toughest qualification game tonight as they go up against Switzerland who reached the last sixteen of this year’s World Cup. We look at the starting XI that Hodgson is likely to go with in tonight’s crucial match. GK: Joe Hart There is no doubt that the Manchester City stopper is Roy Hodgson’s number one option and the …

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Ireland v Georgia – Five Talking Points

Ireland got their European Championships qualification campaign off to a perfect start with a 2-1 win in Tbilisi on Sunday. While the overall performance was heavily criticized by the RTE panel it is a positive start for the Boys In Green. Here are the main talking points from the game. 1.McGeady Magic Aiden McGeady has been criticized in the past …

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