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Season Could Go Either Way For West Ham

West Ham have bought in a number of new faces during the transfer window to stave off a relegation fight this season. Rob Lyons looks at how the Hammers’ summer dealings will shape the season ahead.  So far West Ham are in midtable and this looks to be where they will stay for the majority of the season when looking at …

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Manchester United Legend Says Rooney Should Play Midfield

Former Manchester United player Paul Scholes has stated that England should use Wayne Rooney in midfield in their qualifier against Switzerland. Scholes revealed his opinion on his column in the Independent. “It is a radical solution and one I would propose just for the Switzerland qualifier on Monday, but I would play Wayne Rooney in midfield. “This is a not …

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Roy Hodgson Unleashes Attack On Critics

Following England’s recent 1-0 win over Norway, Roy Hodgson’s side have come under a lot of criticism for a tepid display  and Hodgson has not held back in his most recent response to the critics in an interview with the Telegraph. England managed just two shots on target against Norway but Hodgson has hit back at the critics who have …

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Arsenal To Sign Defender As Wenger Eyes Deal For Free Agent

Arsenal are considering a move for Colombian defender Mario Yepes, according to the Metro. The 38-year-old would be free to join the Gunners immediately as he is a free agent. Arsenal had been expected to purchase a centre half on transfer deadline day but a deal to bring extra quality in defense failed to materialize and now Arsene Wenger is …

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The Big Year (Part One): 1986 & Big Jack Charlton’s Appointment

Conor Heffernan discusses the historic appointment of Jack Charlton as the first non-Irish manager of the Republic of Ireland football team. “Basically it’s all football.” –Jack Charlton Fans of Irish football take notice, for 1986 was perhaps the most important year in the recent footballing history of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. During this year two momentous events …

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Republic Of Ireland’s Expected Starting XI Against Georgia

With the Republic of Ireland having started a second string side against Oman, we look at the possible starting eleven that Martin O’ Neill will deploy for the important European Championship Qualifier away to Georgia on Sunday. GK: David Forde Shay Given’s pedigree is undisputed but, as he just back in the International set-up following retirement, it would be unfair to …

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Cork City v Shamrock Rovers Match Preview

Cork City host Shamrock Rovers for the final time this season at Turner’s Cross. The visitors are currently unbeaten under new manager Pat Fenlon, while the hosts haven’t won in four games since their 1-0 win at The Brandywell. Cork are desperately trying to close the gap to runaway leaders Dundalk who are quietly increasing their lead at the top …

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UCD Vs Limerick Match Preview

Limerick travel to UCD on Friday night looking for three important points as they try to stop the rot that has seen them concede seven without reply at home. After an excellent win away to defending champions St Patricks three weeks ago Limerick looked set to climb up the table. This win was credited in part to excellent additions made to the squad …

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FAI Seek Expression Of Interest For National U17 League

The Football Association of Ireland announced on Thursday that it was seeking preliminary expressions of interest from non SSE Airtricity League clubs or entities to participate in a new National Under 17 League which has been in the pipeline for a while now. “The new national league will start in August 2015 and is intended to strengthen the elite player pathway, …

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Cobh Ramblers v Finn Harps: Match Preview

Finn Harps make one of the longest journeys in Irish football this Saturday with the 854km round trip to Cobh Ramblers. To make matters worse, this is the first of two trips to Cork in a week for the Donegal side as they face non-league Avondale United in the FAI Cup quarter-finals next weekend. Bottom club Cobh Ramblers drew 2-2 …

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Pride At Stake For Derry City against Sligo

Derry City entertain Northwest rivals Sligo Rovers this Friday night at the Brandywell. With only three points separating both teams bragging rights are at stake in this encounter. Sligo Rovers will be hoping to bounce back from last weekend’s narrow defeat to Shamrock Rovers. Speaking about that defeat Sligo manager John Coleman said the following: “I was disappointed with how …

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League of Ireland Match Officials Appointed for Gameweek 27 / 28

Match officials have been appointed for this weekend’s SSE Airtricity League Premier and First Division matches. There are games on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, with all clashes kicking off  at 7.45pm unless stated.   Date Comp Home Club Away Club Venue Referee Assistant 1 Assistant 2 Fourth Official 05/09/14 Premier Bohemians Bray Wanderers Dalymount Park Kevin O’Regan Ciaran Delaney Lee Bevans Ben …

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Widespread Press Interest In Arsenal’s English Players

The press reaction to Danny Welbeck’s transfer to Arsenal continues as Lukas Podolski readies himself to fight for a starting place. The arrival of Danny Welbeck at Arsenal is good news for fans of the English national team who will be delighted to see a young English player get the chance to develop his game as the front line striker …

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Liverpool Signing Puts Horror Debut Behind Him

Alberto Moreno has acknowledged that he is keen to show Liverpool fans what is capable of and that he had a point to prove after his Liverpool debut against Manchester City. The 22-year-old Spanish defender was at fault for Stevan Jovetic’s opening goal on his debut but followed up this display with a spectacular performance against Tottenham, scoring a stunning …

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Cristiano Ronaldo To Finish Career At Manchester United?

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that he would like to return to Old Trafford and with the 29-year-old under contract until 2o16 the prospect of Ronaldo finishing his career at Old Trafford looks a distinct possibility. Ronaldo admitted that Manchester is still in his heart and that he envisages a return to England when speaking to the Telegraph.. …

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Everton – An Enviable Attack?

Everton have invested wisely during this summer’s transfer window and talented forward options are now plentiful at Goodison. The deals are done, the cash has been spent and Roberto Martinez now has a forward dilemma the envy of many a Premier League manager on his hands. The obvious major signing of the transfer window has been Samuel Eto’o. The Cameroon international …

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Welbeck Will Connect Well With Arsenal Midfield

Danny Welbeck has joined Arsenal with a degree of pressure on his shoulders to prove he can perform as one of the key figures in Arsenal’s attack.  Welbeck’s move has been one of the more surprising transfers to the Gunners, not just because he is coming from arch rivals Manchester United, but also because he isn’t exactly the calibre of …

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