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Will Barcelona Get A Trouncing In El Clasico?

The first Clasico of the season takes place this weekend, but are Barcelona up against it? Ian O’Cuinneagain dicusses. Real Madrid are flying lately. New signings James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos are adapting their characteristic attacking instincts to include defensive duties. It’s compelling to see how Carlo Ancelotti is honing his superstars to think collectively and play as a group, a …

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Alonso Proving To Be A Bayern Munich Bargain

With Xabi Alonso settling into his new surroundings at Bayern Munich with ease, Sarah Fitzpatrick looks at just how much of a bargain the 32-year-old is.  Bayern were hit by a massive blow in the summer when key midfielder Javi Martinez suffered a cruciate ligament injury and were left without options to fill in the midfielder’s position after selling Toni …

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Tottenham Boss Insists Defender Is Happy At White Hart Lane

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has rejected talk of an issue with Jan Vertonghen, insisting the Belgium defender remains happy at White Hart Lane. The 27-year-old had been one of the first names on the team sheet ever since arriving from Ajax in 2012, yet has found it hard to pin down a regular first-team berth this term. Vertonghen’s place …

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Local Based Players Key To Cork City Success

At his unveiling as Cork City boss last November John Caulfield declared that his new look team would be made up of local based players, Michael Dorgan takes a look at the make-up of the Cork City squad John Caulfield is Cork City through and through. Although born in New York in 1964, the current Cork City manager returned to …

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Where Are PSG Making Their Millions?

Conor Heffernan discusses PSG’s attempts to circumvent UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules by funneling cash into the club through other means. Figures released recently by French Football’s Licensing Authority, DNCG, have revealed that French giants Paris Saint-Germain make almost €233.6 million from ‘other products’. This means that PSG have made more money from miscellaneous sales this season than they have …

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The Rise & Fall of The Iconic ‘This is Football’

Conor Heffernan gets all nostalgic and remembers the iconic PlayStation classic, This Is Football. Imagine a football game where you could dive, two foot the goalkeeper and play a classic Manchester United team featuring George Best, Bobby Charlton and Dennis Law. Yes such a game did indeed exist in the form of This is Football. For one brief moment in …

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Champions League Round Up

Damien Morris is here with your Champions Legaue roundup from Wednesday night’s action. Atletico Madrid won in style for the first time in the Champions League this season by beating Malmo FF 5-0 in their Group A clash. Koke opened the scoring for the Madrid side just after half time. Further goals were added in the second half by summer …

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COYBIG! Ireland Through to Group Stage of the HWC

How often to we get to support an Irish team in the latter stages of a World Cup? It’s only happened twice in the last three decades for the Senior Irish team, but Sean Kavanagh’s Irish Team made it to the Second Round of the Homeless World Cup on Tuesday. October 21st was a tense time for all those involved …

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Suriname: The Greatest Team You’ve Never Heard Of

Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard, Patrick Kluivert, Clarence Seedorf. The list of players that hail from Suriname is quite astonishing. Conor Heffernan discusses. Ranked 147th by FIFA, Suriname are rarely the focus of any real media attention. Why would they be? After all, South America’s smallest nation has never qualified for a World Cup, never qualified for the Olympics and has …

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Insight: Arsene Before Arsenal

Arsene Wenger turns 65 today. He now defines Arsenal as much as it defines him. But where did Arsene learn the ideals that helped him revolutionise the club? Sean Curtin investigates. When you look back on Arsene Wenger’s life, it’s easy to imagine his rise through management was some sort of manifest destiny. Looking back at what is known of …

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Paul Devlin Blog: Liverpool & Arsenal Chances In CL Tonight

Tonight’s a big night for the English teams in Europe. Chelsea may have beaten Maribor convincingly last night, but I doubt Liverpool or Arsenal will have it so easy. Brendan Rodgers’ men face off against possibly the greatest club side in Europe at the moment in the form of Real Madrid. Madrid have been impressive home and away this season …

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Avondale’s Mulconry: Should Be Decided On Pitch, Not Courtrooms

Avondale’s Micheál Mulconry spoke to Pundit Arena on Wednesday morning on behalf of the Avondale players, following the announcement that UCC had been awarded the 2013/14 MSL Premier Division title at an arbitration hearing in Dublin. Micheál Mulconry, Avondale United The blame has to fall at UCC’s door and the league’s door. It is the league’s job to organise the registration of players and ensure …

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Bayern Munich Meet Pope, Donate €1 Million

Fresh from their 7-1 annihilation of AS Roma on Tuesday night, Bayern Munich had a private audience with Pope Francis, where they donated €1 million to charitable causes. Images of Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer presenting the Pope with a Bayern Munich jersey have been tweeted by the official Bayern Munich Twitter account. Philipp #Lahm and @Manuel_Neuer present …

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PL Heroes: Manchester United’s Ruud Van Nistelrooy

Today’s Premier League hero is former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy. The Dutch striker was one of the most gifted and prolific goal scorers in Premier League history. The Dutch striker managed to score 95 times in the Premier League in only five seasons at Manchester United while he is also currently the 4th highest goal scorer in the Champions …

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CL Group Qualification A Must For Arsenal & Wenger

The flurry of facts and statistics gracing the world of the English Premier League in recent days congregate to highlight a regrettable truth in the world of Arsene Wenger. 12-0, in the 12 games he has been pitted against the ingenious Mourinho, he has never emerged victorious, an abysmal record that undoubtedly draws a wry smile to the face of …

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QPR, Harry Redknapp & The Taarabt Saga

Conor Heffernan examines the volatile situation between QPR boss Harry Redknapp and midfielder Adel Taarabt, a player that the manager has lambasted publicly.  When asked about Adel Taarabt’s absence from his side in the aftermath of QPR’s defeat to Liverpool at the weekend, R’s boss Harry Redknapp claimed the midfielder was struggling with fitness issues and was three stone overweight. It …

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Tottenham Ship Criticism From Former Players

Tottenham Hotspur’s performances have attracted criticism from pundit Jamie Redknapp and former boss Tim Sherwood, meanwhile it has emerged that the club elected not to buy Liverpool starlet Raheem Sterling when the had the chance.  Tottenham Hotspur have endured a miserable start to the season with no shortage of pundits willing to offer helpful advice to the under pressure boss …

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BREAKING: UCC Win Appeal, Named Munster Senior League Champs

University College Cork have won their appeal against Leeds’ fielding of an ineligible player and, as a result, been crowned Munster Senior League champions for the 2013/14 season.   Summary Of The Decision – Leeds fielded an ineligible player against UCC. Leeds forfeit the match and UCC are awarded a 3-0 victory. – Total points awarded to each team be …

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