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Top 50 League Of Ireland Performances In Europe: 50-41

While Irish interest in European competition has ended for another season, Pundit Arena looks back at the 50 best performances from League of Ireland clubs in Europe, starting with numbers 50 to 41. ______ 50. Juventus 1-0 SHAMROCK ROVERS, Europa League, 2010/11 One of just four defeats to feature in our top 50, we feel this result more than warrants its place, considering …

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The Greatest Irish XI To Play In The Premier League

It’s Paddy’s Day. We’re wearing our green socks, singing ditties and doing a bit of a jig in the office. We got the cans of Guinness out this morning and given the day in question, we started shouting at each other about the greatest Irish players ever to play in the Premier League.  So, after much debate (and just a …

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The League Of Ireland’s Christmas Past

Rob Lyons looks back at a time when the League of Ireland regularly played games around the festive period and discusses how much the league has changed since those wintery days of football concluded. At this nostalgic time of year we often remember how things used to be, and for this writer, in particular how domestic football used to be. Festive …

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5 Players Who Could Replace Robbie Keane

The day looms ever closer when Robbie Keane must inevitably end his international career. The world’s highest scoring international player currently playing the game has been a great servant to Ireland but we must, at some stage, find a replacement.  It is difficult to select any member of the current Ireland squad who could replace Keane but here we take a look at …

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How Does Martin O’Neill Compare To Staunton & Trapattoni So Far?

Ireland’s away defeat to Scotland marks the twelfth game of Martin O’Neill’s tenure. How are the current management team stacking up in comparison to the first twelve games of O’Neill’s last two predecessors; Steve Staunton and Giovanni Trappatoni? The abiding memories of Staunton and Trapattoni’s tenures at Ireland are sour. For Staunton, he was simply a man out of his depth …

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Top 3 Greatest Irish Goalkeepers

Top 5 lists rarely feature Irish goalkeepers…..and for good reason because after an extensive search we are stuck on three. Legends Shay Given and Packie Bonner are automatic choices for the list, but in the dark old days before Ireland’s first glorious foray into a major tournament  – Euro ’88 – there are few stand-out performers that demand inclusion. Outside …

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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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Liverpool’s Gerrard & The Top 5 Ruthless Career Endings

Inspired by Steven Gerrard’s recent poor form for Liverpool, David Sheehan focuses on some of the ruthless football career endings which have occurred over the years.  “Everything ends badly, otherwise, it would never end”  – Tom Cruise as Brian Flanagan in the film Cocktail. Rubbernecking. We’ve all done it. Straining your neck muscles to view the aftermath of a fender bender. Filled …

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Cobh: Rambling To Oblivion

In this week’s edition of ‘Hendo Blog’, Stephen Henderson looks back at a match he played against Cobh Ramblers as a youth in the Intermediate Cup and how the connection the club had with the community back in 1984 has since dissipated.  I had just turned 18 when I recieved a phone call from LOI legend the late Eric Barber asking …

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Has He Blown The Final Whistle Yet? Jackie’s Army – Euro ‘88

This week, as Conor Heffernan continues his series on the history of football in Ireland it’s time to take a look back at Euro ’88 and the Republic of Ireland’s first ever taste of tournament football, under manager Jack Charlton.  Republic of Ireland fans have had to content themselves over the last few weeks with reading of Northern Ireland’s great achievements …

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The Big Year (Part One): 1986 & Big Jack Charlton’s Appointment

Conor Heffernan discusses the historic appointment of Jack Charlton as the first non-Irish manager of the Republic of Ireland football team. “Basically it’s all football.” –Jack Charlton Fans of Irish football take notice, for 1986 was perhaps the most important year in the recent footballing history of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. During this year two momentous events …

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Will The Real Ireland Please Stand Up?

Our historical and insightful look into the history of football on the island of Ireland continues this week as we examine the squabbling between the FAI and IFA as they battled to attract players. “It’s not that you shouldn’t be neutral. It’s that you won’t be able to stay neutral.” – Christopher Hitchens. In last week’s article we detailed the aftermath of the …

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