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The Holy Grail That Was The European Cup: Pt. 1 – 1955 – ’74

Eoin O’Neill takes us back to the very beginnings of the European Cup and some of the most successful sides in the first 19 years of the tournament.  Wolverhampton and the Black Country wouldn’t immediately strike you as the forerunner for a tournament we now know as The Champions League. On a cold December night in 1954, 55,000 supporters crammed into Molineux, to see …

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Why Do Europeans Not Care About The Club World Cup?

For the countries competing outside of Europe, making it to the quarter or semi-final stage of the FIFA Club World Cup is usually considered a major achievement but Europeans often appear quite ambivalent or dismissive about the competition. Here we take a look at why that may be. This year’s tournament takes place in Morocco and includes the teams Moghreb Tetouan (the …

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The Sad Story Of Hereford United

The FA yesterday announced that Hereford United and majority shareholder of the club Alan McCarthy are ‘suspended from football and all footballing activity.’ Hereford are a club now competing in the Southern League Premier Division having been expelled from the Conference due to ‘non-payment of debts’ as well as being served a winding-up order by various creditors, being led by Revenue and Customs and …

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Football At The 1908 Olympics: Goals, Gold & Great Britain

1896 saw the Modern Olympic games officially kick-off in Greece. The games were a seminal moment in international sporting history and their legacy lives on. Imagine if Pierre de Coubertin had given up on his Olympic dream? Imagine a world without stars such as Muhammad Ali or Usain Bolt? It’s an unsettling thought. The first Olympic games were a landmark …

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Liverpool & The Need For Instant Success In Modern Football

Eoin O’Neill looks at the complex situation at Liverpool where manager Brendan Rodgers is coming under increasing pressure with every negative result and how modern football clubs are displaying an ever-increasing need for instant success.  Christmas 1981 and the English Football League 1st Division took on an unfamiliar look. The reigning European Champions, Liverpool, were languishing in 12th position. On St. …

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Top 5 Irish Performers From England’s Lower Leagues

Here Rob Lyons takes a look at some of the standout Irish performances from last weekend’s lower league action in England.  5. Cyrus Christie (Derby County – Championship) The full-back started for the Championship’s table-toppers Derby County in a convincing 3-0 win. 22-year-old Christie put in a solid display recently for Ireland against the USA, showing good positional sense and calmness on the …

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PL Heroes: Manchester United Legend Edwin Van Der Sar

This week’s Premier League hero is Fulham and Manchester United legend Edwin Van der Sar.  Van der Sar was one of the most consistent and talented goalkeepers ever seen in the Premier League. The Dutch keeper has a fantastic record of 134 clean sheets in 313 Premier League appearances. The 6ft 5 inch ‘keeper is the most capped player for …

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Jason Koumas: Back Where It All Began At Tranmere

It may come as a surprise to many that Jason Koumas is back playing football regularly, now plying his trade in League Two with Tranmere Rovers. Tranmere is also the club where it all started for Koumas back in the late 1990s before going onto make over 90 appearances in the Premier League with Wigan and West Brom. Koumas came out of …

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Sunderland vs Man City: What’s Changed Since The LC Final?

Sunderland host second placed Manchester City at the Stadium of Light tonight. Although the sides did meet after the final in a 2-2 draw midway through April last season we take a look at how both teams have changed since the 2nd of March at Wembley.  Firstly we begin with Sunderland. The North East club had a tough time of it …

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Noel Hunt To Join Irish Takeover At Ipswich Town

Mick McCarthy is seemingly on a mission to bring all average Irish footballers to Portman Road to play for Ipswich. Sean St Ledger confirmed on his twitter feed that he will be joining the Blues on a short contract. Absolutely buzzing to have signed for @Official_ITFC it’s been a long time coming but I’m eventually here! pic.twitter.com/QlZZaQ74Mi — Sean St …

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FIFA World Rankings: Republic Of Ireland Stay At 61

The latest FIFA World rankings are out and the Republic of Ireland stick at number 61, now sandwiched by Egypt at 60 and Zambia at 62.  This may not sound very good but Ireland had risen to 61 last month from 66 in August and 62 in September, following a drop from 42 down to 67 between 2012 and 2013. …

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Malcolm Allison And The Revolution Of English Football

Malcolm Allison revolutionised football in the way he approached new training methods, not only in his playing days but also as a manager, Conor Heffernan takes a look back at the changes Allison made to the game. Playboy, character or revolutionary? Rarely are such terms used to describe the same person but that is what made Malcolm Alexander Allison such an …

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Groundhoppers: Are You One?

Here we take a look at the phenomenon of groundhopping which has swept across Europe in recent decades. This is the pastime of visiting as many stadia as possible, particularly football grounds. Are you a groundhopper? Or maybe there’s a groundhopper in all of us? For the hardcore groundhoppers of the world however, this is certainly a hobby that takes a …

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English Football During WW2

Conor Heffernan takes an in depth look back at how English football was structured during World War Two.   “We shall play on the beaches, we shall play on the landing grounds, we shall play in the fields and in the streets, we shall play in the hills…” Winston Churchill…Kind of The years 1939 to 1945 were a time of great …

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UEFA Clear Path For Home-Nations & ROI To Reach Euro 2016

With England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland all currently experiencing good starts to their respective Euro 2016 qualifying campaigns, the dream that all nations could reach the finals has a distinct possibility of becoming a reality. If all Home-Nations and the ROI were to arrive in France in 20 months time it would be an inaugural …

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Arsenal Defender: ‘We Have To Play Simple, Even If We Are 1-0 Up’

Per Mertesacker says Arsenal must heed the lessons of back-to-back collapses against Anderlecht and Swansea and start playing “serious football” to get their season back on track. It was groundhog day for Arsenal and their supporters at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday afternoon following Alexis Sanchez’s 63rd minute goal – the Chilean’s 12th of the season and sixth in his …

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Top Ten Clips Of Fans Getting Hit Right In The Kisser

Following Manchester City star Yaya Touré’s wayward shot at the weekend, which unfortunately caught an unsuspecting little girl in the head, we have selected some of the most unfortunate instances of fans and reporters getting hit with an assortment of stray balls.  10. The Tamworth thunderbolt This tackle caused an absolute thunderbolt of a shot to fly into the crowd. Beware …

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European Football – The Constantly Evolving Enigma

When one looks at Serie A, one would instantly think of a decrepit stagnating league light years away from its former past glory of the ’80s and early ’90s; a continental league where at the time the greats of the game packed their bags and headed to the Italian peninsula, commanding top dollar on the wages front. It’s easy to …

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