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Opinion: Ireland Must Go Wide To Overcome Serbia

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi, Georgia 2/9/2017 Georgia vs Republic of Ireland Ireland's James McClean and Shane Long with Referee Ivan Kruzliak

Martin O’Neill has come in for some sharp but generally constructive criticism following Ireland’s abject display against Georgia at the weekend. The first half was the worst 45 minutes from an Ireland side many will remember. There were many problems on the night, the bulk of them originating from a central midfield trio unable to effect the game with or …

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Watch: Shane Long Makes Young Fan’s Day With Some Surprise News

The Irish team’s focus at the moment will, of course, be solely directed on overcoming a tough Serbian outfit on Tuesday night, but there was one fantastic moment of distraction for Shane Long ahead of the game. As part of Three’s #TheCallUp campaign, the Southampton striker surprised Chloe, the young supporter featured in the video, with an Ireland jersey and …

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Quiz: Can You Name Ireland’s Starting XI From When They Last Played Austria?

Vienna , Austria - 12 November 2016; Republic of Ireland and Austria supporters prior to the FIFA World Cup Group D Qualifier match between Austria and Republic of Ireland at the Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna, Austria. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

The Republic of Ireland go into this weekend’s crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier versus Austria knowing that a victory would propel them towards Russia next summer. Currently joint top of group D with Serbia on eleven points, Martin O’Neill’s men have the chance to seriously dent Austria’s hopes of qualifying with a win whilst potentially simultaneously moving clear of both …

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Seamus Coleman On The Exact Moment He Knew His Injury Was Serious

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 24: Players react as Neil Taylor of Wales (3) is shown a red card by referee Nicola Rizzoli and is sent off after a challenge on Seamus Coleman of the Republic of Ireland (2) during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Wales at Aviva Stadium on March 24, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Seamus Coleman has begun the long road to recovery following the horrific leg-breaking tackle he suffered in last month’s World Cup qualifier against Wales in Dublin. The Ireland captain has expressed his intention to return to fitness as the same player he was and has dismissed talk that an injury such as the one he has suffered means a player can …

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International Star But Club Flop: The Kyle Lafferty Enigma

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 11: Kyle Lafferty of Northern Ireland celebrates after he opens the scoring during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan at Windsor Park on November 11, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

When Northern Ireland entertain Norway at Windsor Park on Sunday night in World Cup qualifying Michael O’Neill’s men may again look to Kyle Lafferty for goalscoring inspiration. The 29-year-old continues to lead the way for his country and has netted 20 times in 59 international appearances. Indeed, his form in helping Northern Ireland qualify for last summer’s European Championships was quite fantastic. …

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Martin O’Neill Has Responded To Those Worrying Leicester Rumours

Martin O'Neill Republic of Ireland Press Conference, FAI National Training Centre, Abbotstown, Dublin 2/11/2016

Following Claudio Ranieri’s controversial sacking on Thursday, Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill was one of the first names tipped to replace him. The Derry native enjoyed a very successful five-year period with the Foxes in the late 1990’s. With the side dropping into the relegation zone yesterday, fans were begging for the club to go after a proven coach …

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Republic Of Ireland Extremely Well Poised In The Race To Russia

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria 12/11/2016 Austria vs Republic of Ireland Ireland's James McClean celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

It was yet another eventful and successful weekend for Irish sport with victory for Conor McGregor over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 while the Irish rugby team followed up that historic win against the All Blacks by dispatching of Canada. However, Irish sport’s performance of the week has to go to the international football team, who delivered yet another golden …

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Ireland: McCarthy’s Replacement Will Indicate O’Neill’s Intent

Republic of Ireland Training, Gannon Park, Malahide 6/6/2015 Manager Martin O'Neill with James McCarthy Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Martin O’Neill’s Ireland travel to Vienna on Saturday to take on Austria in a vital World Cup qualifier at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion. Ireland are nicely placed at joint-top in the group with Serbia. Having steadily improved the team’s performances since his appointment, Saturday’s team selection will be a key indicator of O’Neill’s belief in this group of players. Austria really flattered …

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Opinion: Early Signs Suggest That Brazilian Football Is Finding Itself Once Again

Brazil, by their lofty standards, have had a barren run in international football in recent years, but the signs are that this great football nation is ready to bounce back. Brazil may be synonymous with football, but since the 2007 Copa America victory, the Seleção have often been rudderless, struggling to find a philosophy – let alone their distinct version of o …

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