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Graham Cummins Column: The Heart Can Rule The Head

Exeter City’s Graham Cummins believes Liverpool need to rule with the head, rather than their heart when it comes to Steven Gerrard. Why were so many Liverpool fans angry with manager Brendan Rodger’s decision to name Steven Gerrard amongst the Liverpool substitutes against Stoke last Saturday? Fans must realise that Gerrard is no longer the untouchable figure he once was …

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A-League Round-Up Week 8: Victory Make Statement Of Intent

Gavin Bergin is here with a round-up of all the A-League action from week eight, including Melbourne Victory’s win over Adelaide United. It’s never easy to admit when you get something wrong, and when it comes to Kevin Muscat it’s even more difficult. Not so much that people had any inclination as to exactly how he would adapt to the …

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Serie A Review: Week 13

Ciarán Murphy is here to round-up all the Serie A action from week 13, including Andrea Pirlo’s winner in the Turin derby, Inter’s loss at the hands of Roma as well as all the other big results from this week’s fixtures.  1. Inter fall at the Stadio Olimpico  On Sunday night Roma played host to Roberto Mancini’s improving Inter side. Inter …

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3 Stats To Prove Why Liverpool Should Snap Up Wilfred Bony

Sturridge is still injured and Lambert, Borini and Balotelli have one premier goal between them. Bony is the answer and this is why.  1. Liverpool Don’t Convert Enough Chances. Bony Does.  In the Premier League this season Liverpool have taken 130 shots on goal so far. Just 16 of those have found the back of the net. This gives them …

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Is Paul Lambert’s Time At Aston Villa Up?

Paul Lambert aims to find a win for the first time in nine games as the Aston Villa travel to London tonight to face Crystal Palace. A loss tonight and the Villa manager will come under even more pressure. Or worse, become the first Premier League manager this season to be relieved of his position. Looking at the results it’s hard …

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The Current Liverpool Team Are Rubbish & This Is Why

Yeah the title is harsh, but come on, they are pretty rubbish. Compared to their Champions League squad of 2005, it’s a sad state of affairs. It almost feels wrong to laugh. Emphasis on ALMOST. But Liverpool have let not just themselves down this season but also poor local lad Owen, who must now be questioning his ability to predict …

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Manchester United Vs Stoke: LVG Magic Will Continue

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Manchester United take on Stoke City at Old Trafford tonight in a match that pits one of the Premier League’s most in-form sides against one the league’s most out of form teams.  Manchester United come into the game on the back of three wins against Crystal Palace, Arsenal and Hull City whilst Stoke have lost to both Burnley and Liverpool …

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Ginger Mourinho Will Look To Tame Newcastle Backlash

Newcastle travel to Burnley tonight in what is arguably one of the toughest times for any Premier League side to face the Clarets this season.  Sean Dyche has managed to stop Burnley from sinking into the unredeemable depts in which the bottom of the Premier League has often trapped newly-promoted sides before. Having failed to win a game between the …

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Transfer News: Arsenal Linked With Midfielders Galore

The transfer window is almost upon us. Prepare yourself for A flurry of Arsenal transfer stories in the run up to January 1st. Arsenal fans might not be so happy with this one. Reports out of Italy say that Lazio midfielder Christian Ledesma could be headed to Arsenal as his agent has said talks are under way. The 32 year old …

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Bundesliga Review: Matchday 13

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Callum Connolly reviews matchday 13 of the Bundesliga in a week where Borussia Dortmund drop to bottom of the table while Bayern Munich continue their dominance at the top.  Jürgen Klopp must be feeling the warm breath of the Dortmund board on the back of his neck after Sunday’s 2-0 loss in Frankfurt. Qualification to the last 16 of the …

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The Decimation of Borussia Dortmund: CL Final XI vs Current XI

In just over 18 months, Broussia Dortmund have gone from Champions league finalists to dead last in the Bundesliga. The team from May 2013 and that which played yesterday are very different indeed. Sean Curtin investigates.   Borussia Dortmund Champions League Final 2013 Starting XI   _____ Borussia Dortmund XI That Lost 2-0 Eintracht & Sit Bottom of The Bundesliga …

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Transfer News: Manchester United Gearing Up

The transfer window is creeping up on us so here’s a quick round-up of the absurd, the plausible and the likely deals Manchester United are being linked with. Unsurprisingly it’s a defender frenzy. Manchester United fans awoke this morning to news they were in the market for two potential centre backs. The Telegraph say Manchester United are considering a bid …

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Transfer News: Liverpool On Goalkeeper Watch

It’s just 31 days until the start of the transfer window. We get the transfer frenzy rolling with a round-up of Liverpool’s latest targets. Liverpool have gone goalkeeper mad according to reports across the media today. Oblivious to the fact that Simon Mignolet actually kept a clean sheet and had a pretty solid game overall, goalkeepers across Europe are now being …

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Manchester United One Of PL Trio Linked With Benzema

Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool are all being linked with a move for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema. The Daily Express reports that Carlo Ancelotti does not necessarily want to let go of the France international but if a good enough offer should present itself, he would be willing to let Benzema go. A fee of in and around £40 …

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Gerrard Offered New Deal At Liverpool

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has been offered a new one-year deal with slightly adjusted terms, according to reports.  The Mirror reports that Gerrard’s agent will push for a two-year agreement if the terms are to be reduced. 16 years on from his Liverpool debut, Gerrard was on the bench against Stoke City at the weekend as Liverpool recorded a narrow …

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Manchester United & How Football Moves In Cycles

The arrival last summer at Manchester United of Louis Van Gaal brought with it a fresh debate surrounding the use of tactics and formations, writes Eoin O’Neill. Van Gaal’s favored 3-5-2 system, incorporating ‘wing backs’ went against the very grain of United’s fabric. A club famed for its roll call of wingers and wide midfield players had never before (from …

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Assistant Managers: A Look At Roy Keane’s Irish Predecessors

It wasn’t even an international week but Roy Keane was in the headlines again after his departure from Aston Villa. Surely no other assistant manager in the international game generates the same column inches as Keano. Let’s take a look back at some of his memorable and not-so-memorable recent predecessors as Ireland’s assistant manager.   Manager: Giovanni Trapattoni Assistants: Marco Tardelli and …

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Women’s Football: Galway Trounce Cork City

Galway WFC record a big victory in a battle at the bottom in a cold Eamonn Deacy Park against Cork City. On the last day in November, Cork City suffered a big defeat to Galway WFC as the Galwegians put five goals past the Leesiders. Lynsey McKey opened the scoring for Galway when after good work, the ball was played …

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