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Opinion: Is The Right O’Neill In Charge Of The Republic Of Ireland?

Northern Ireland guaranteed themselves a second placed finish in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying group after victory over the Czech Republic on Monday night. It was another memorable night at Windsor Park and another example of the outstanding job that manager Michael O’Neill has done with this Northern Irish side. He really has worked wonders since he took over as the national team manager. …

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Opinion: Expanding The World Cup Further Would Be A Disaster

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - MARCH 18: FIFA president Gianni Infantino speaks during a press conference after the FIFA executive committee meeting at the FIFA headquarters on March 18, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Valeriano Di Domenico/Getty Images)

Fifa president Gianni Infantino has proposed expanding the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams. According to the BBC, Mr Infantino has suggested that 16 of these countries would be eliminated after a preliminary knockout round. This would ruin the World Cup. 32 teams at a World Cup finals is more than enough. As far as the beautiful game is concerned, the …

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FIFA Candidate Gianni Infantino Wants Regionalised World Cup

FIFA presidential candidate Gianni Infantino has stated his belief that the World Cup should be spread across whole regions as opposed to just one country every four years. On the back of UEFA’S decision to stage EURO 2020 in 13 different countries, Infantino believes the prospect gives more countries the hope that they can one day host matches at the …

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Arsenal Star Mesut Ozil Has Saved The Lives Of 34 Children

Last year it was reported that Arsenal play maker Mesut Ozil had funded life saving surgery for 23 dying children in Brazil. Today, new reports have confirmed that the German World Cup winner has saved the lives of yet another 11 children.  Mesut Ozil has already won the Laureus award for his incredible charity work, but the Arsenal man has no intention …

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VIDEO: Pirlo’s Panenka & 9 Other Great Penalties

There’s always one penalty that every football fans remembers in particular and then there are those which are celebrated the world over.  You may not remember all the goals in this top ten video but we are sure there are a few that take you back in time to some of football’s most dramatic moments. From the downright cheekiest to …

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The Key Things You Need To Know About The FIFA Arrests

This morning several FIFA officials were arrested in Zurich by Swiss authorities who also opened criminal proceedings relating to the awarding of the upcoming World Cups in Russia and Qatar. Officers carried out  an early morning raid on the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich (a five star facility) and arrested a number of FIFA officials on corruption charges. The …

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How The Functioning Left-Back Has Developed Over Time

It was once thought that the full-back was the least important position in football. Caught between not being an out-and-out centre back and unsure over its attacking possibilities, the full-back was marginalised and labelled as insignificant. Players with technical skill were upgraded to central midfield, those with strength and presence were edged slightly sideways to centre back, while players with …

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The FIFA Fiasco: It’s Time For A Revolution

Today, it was announced that a FIFA task force had recommended that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar should be played in November and December due to excessive summer temperatures. In light of the latest twist, John Murphy analyses all that is wrong with the Qatar fiasco beginning with the very day it all began. It was Thursday the 2nd of December 2010. …

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FIFA Award 2026 World Cup To Fox Without Taking Any Bids

The most corrupt organisation in sport have done it again. FIFA have awarded the rights to the 2026 World Cup 11 years in advance without even consulting ESPN or NBC. Fox have previously outbid ESPN and NBC for World Cups in 2018 and 2022 so the fact that they will air the 2026 World Cup is not a surprise. However, …

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The Magic Of The Unofficial World Cup

Everyone has heard of the FIFA World Cup but here Conor Heffernan gives us his insight into how it’s predecessor, the Unofficial World Cup came about. When Germany lifted the World Cup for the 4th time last summer, it was the twentieth time a team had done so. Since 1930, the FIFA World Cup has been a fixture in the international footballing calendar. …

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FIFA Told Yet Again To Reform Its Ways

FIFA bashing is becoming an art form in the media these days and unfortunately wanton pot-shots often obscure the importance of reform to football’s top body. This week, Michael Garcia, FIFA’s Chief Independent Ethics Officer, has warned his employers of the drastic need to reform. Garcia’s comments follow his investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process, possibly …

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The Great Green Hope: Northern Ireland & The 1958 World Cup

“If you don’t believe you can win, there is no point in getting out of bed at the end of the day”- Neville ‘Big Nev’  Southall Irish football, as we have seen in this series, is a complicated affair often dominated by politics. Interspersed with the drama however is joy, ecstasy and delight. This comes most spectacularly in the form of tournament …

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The Growing Importance Of Pre-Season Performances

Michael Laverty discusses the growing importance of pre-season tournaments, with increasing revenues and exposure from around the world available to clubs. This year may have highlighted how pre-season is producing more pressure for big teams, with distractions to go along with preparing for the new season. Distractions come in the form of money for the club, players or companies and …

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Best XI Never To Play In A World Cup

As the curtain comes down on an exceptional World Cup tournament, we decided to look back at the Best XI to never win a World Cup. Would this side challenge for top honours?  Goalkeeper – Ray Clemence – England Clemence was one of the best players ever to put himself between the sticks for Liverpool and Tottenham. He played a combined …

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