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Robbie Keane – Time to Say Goodbye

At 34, Robbie Keane has kicked off what is likely to be his final campaign in an Irish jersey. 135 caps and 62 goals; his record speaks for itself. But the Tallaght native is no longer the force he used to be, and judging by the Georgia game, his name does not inspire fear amongst the defences of Europe. Moving …

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Manchester United Vs QPR: 5 Talking Points

Manchester United finally got their opening Premier League win of the season with a convincing 4-0 win against QPR. Dan Dalton discusses the the main talking points from Sunday’s encounter. _____ 1. Angel Di Maria provided much needed pace and penetration The former Real Madrid midfielder was outstanding on his home debut for the Red Devils. The 26-year-old scored the opener …

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Congo’s Lost Footballing Generation

“Only the dead have seen the end of the war.”- George Santayana Since 1997 over eight million people have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a result of warfare and strife. 1997 had the potential to be a year of change for Congo, a year of improvement. 1997 was the year when Congolese dictator, Mobutu Sese Seko, was ousted …

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PA Fantasy Premier League Week 4: Potential Outside Picks

After the relative monotony of the international break, the Premier League finally returns to our screens this weekend after what felt like a lot longer than two weeks. Fantasy football is also back with a host of new faces that we will be trying to squeeze into our squads over the coming weeks. Here we look at how some of …

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Argentine Legend Assesses Liverpool’s Star Striker

Hernan Crespo, the Argentine striker who played most of his career in Italy gives his opinion on Liverpool new boy Mario Balotelli, while the Anfield outfit have to contend with a spate of injuries in the wake of the international matches. Argentine legend Hernan Crespo has shared his views on Liverpool new signing Mario Balotelli in Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello …

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LVG: Player Not Good Enough For Manchester United

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has stated Danny Welbeck was sold as he is not up to Manchester United standards, but former club stalwart Gary Neville disagrees. The fallout from  sale of Danny Welbeck to Arsenal rumbles on with Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal bluntly stating the England international is not good for Old Trafford. The Dutchman is …

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Eight Man Drogheda Settle For Replay

Eight man Drogheda United will feel disappointed to be going to a replay on Tuesday night, writes Michael Kerrigan. Derry made nine changes from their 5-0 defeat to Dundalk on Monday and this showed with them bossing the game from the start with striker Rory Patterson going close on 10 minutes when his shot bounced back off the post. This didn’t …

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Premier League Preview: Arsenal v Manchester City

Arsenal host champions Manchester City on Saturday at 12.45 in what looks to be the standout game of this weekend’s Premier League encounters.Dan Dalton previews the eagerly awaited match. Form Arsenal remain undefeated in their three opening Premier League games, but it has not been a hugely impressive start to the Premier League for the Gunners who have only five points …

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Liverpool Looking To Sign £24m Italy International

Liverpool have identified Lazio midfielder Antonio Candreva as their top target in January and are set to make a £23.8 million offer to sign the 27-year-old. According to reports in Italy, Liverpool are hoping to sign the Italian international in January. The 27-year-old impressed against England at the World Cup providing a sublime cross for Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli to head …

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Manchester United Midfielder Admits ‘No. 10’ Is His Favoured Role

Manchester United midfielder Adnan Januzaj has admitted that the No.10 role is his favoured position but that he is happy to play in any position that the manager decides. The 19-year-old has primarily featured as a winger for Manchester United last season, but Louis Van Gaal did introduce the talented teenager in a central position in a disappointing 1-1 draw …

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Preview: St. Patrick’s Athletic V Bohemians

On Friday two of the League’s most famous sides, St. Patrick’s Athletic and Bohemians, will face each other and renew one of the League’s oldest rivalries. The rivalry itself, is more than meets the eye. Aside from the fact that these sides are victims of the infamous Liffey divide, both have been powers of the Airtricity League in recent decades. …

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FAI Ford Cup Preview: Drogheda United vs Derry City

Drogheda United welcome Peter Hutton and his Derry City team to United Park this Friday night for the FAI Ford Cup quarter-final. Hosts Drogheda come into this game following a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Athlone last Friday night while Derry come into it following a heavy 5-0 defeat against high flying Dundalk. Drogheda manager Damien Richardson must plan …

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Liverpool Boss: Not Resting Striker Led To Injury

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has claimed the thigh injury that Daniel Sturridge suffered during England training could have been prevented and admitted he was disappointed with the management of the 25-year-old’s training schedule. Rodgers spoke to talkSPORT and admitted he was frustrated that the striker suffered what he deemed to be a preventable injury. “The only disappointment for us was …

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John Delaney Feature Is A Disgrace To Irish Football

Eoin Hallissey blasts the decision by one of Ireland’s media houses to run a multi-page spread and documentary about FAI CEO John Delaney. The Sunday Independent’s entertainment section has been elevated to a strangely prominent spot in the Irish sporting mind this week. A video feature, coupled with a multi-page spread in Life magazine has seen celebrity features writer Barry …

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Star Striker Keen On Lengthy Stay At Manchester United

Radamel Falcao has been speaking about his move to England, as the star striker was unveiled along with fellow new signing Daley Blind. The Colombian superstar stated that he is hoping for a lengthy stay at Old Trafford beyond his one-year loan. The 28-year-old surprisingly spoke in English as he was unveiled to the press and the Colombian stated that …

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Top Five Players Making Premier League Debuts This Weekend

With so many incomings and outgoing on transfer deadline day a number of players are set to make their Premier League debuts. It is set to be an exciting weekend of Premier League football and we look at five players who are set to be unveiled this weekend and get their first taste of the greatest league in the world. 1.Radamel …

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The Big Year Part Two: Northern Ireland and the 1986 World Cup

Conor Heffernan continues our journey into the history of football in Ireland. This week we remember Northern Ireland’s venture into the 1986 World Cup. 1986 was a fine vintage for Irish football both North and South of the border. Jackie Charlton was appointed Republic of Ireland manager and was about to herald in a new era of success for the …

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