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A League of Ireland Anecdote by Lewis Kenny

Lewis Kenny. Most of you reading may not know who this guy is. But to a League of Ireland fan, he is better known as the Bohemians resident poet. His latest piece about the #GreatestLeagueintheWorld is gaining alot of traction online. Back in February of this year, Bohemians celebrated their 125th year in existence. Some feat by a League of …

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Chris Shields Column: 2014 Was An Unforgettable Year

2015 is going to be a big year at Pundit Arena HQ and we’re delighted to announce that Dundalk FC’s Chris Shields, 2014 league and cup winner, has joined the PA Team. In his first column, Chris reflects on what was a historic title win for all at Oriel Park. Last year was an incredible success. Finishing second the year …

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Ireland Continue To Waste Jonathan Walters’ Talents

Following on from our piece on Patrick Bamford yesterday, Brian Barry is of the belief that Jonathan Walters is the answer to Ireland’ s striking problems. Jonathan Walters now has 100 career goals to his name, as his form continues to rise with Stoke City. With four goals in the Premier League this season, many are beginning to take note …

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AUDIO: We Look At The Delaney Decade

John Delaney celebrates his ten year anniversary as the FAI Chief Executive this month. We take a look at the Delaney Decade. Sean Curtin narrates. Check it out on our Pundit Arena YouTube channel: Or listen to it on SoundCloud: The Delaney Decade was scripted and produced by Richard Barrett, Sean Curtin and Rob Lyons.

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Ireland Vs USA: Three Key Players For The USA

With Ireland hosting the USA at the Aviva Stadium tonight, Brian Barry looks at three key players for the Americans heading into the friendly clash.  Jozy Altidore Fans will be familiar with the Sunderland striker, who was a spectator for the United States’ World Cup odyssey having suffered a hamstring injury against Ghana to end his tournament. This was a …

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Five Ireland Players Who Should Feature Against USA

Following Ireland’s 1-0 defeat to Scotland at Celtic Park last Friday, we pick out five players who should feature against the USA in an effort to give Martin O’Neill something different to think about heading into Ireland’s next round of competitive fixtures. Robbie Brady  The Dubliner came on in the 68th minute to replace Shane Long on Friday and provided much …

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Ex-Shelbourne Player McDonnell Could Make U19 Debut Tonight

Former Shelbourne player Adam McDonnell could make his first appearance for the Republic of Ireland’s under 19 team tonight as the Boys in Green host Malta at the RSC, Waterford in what is the first game of their UEFA Under 19 Championships qualifying campaign. Kick-off tonight is 7:45pm. Mcdonnell joined Ipswich Town from Shelbourne over the summer following a trial …

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VIDEO: O’Neill Speaks About Roy Keane Incident

Martin O’Neill has released a video statement in the wake of an incident involving Roy Keane at the Irish squad’s hotel last night. O’Neill is quoted as saying in the video, “The FAI and I have been fully briefed about the circumstances of what happened at the team hotel last night. “Roy asked that the Gardaí be called and he has …

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Peamount’s Stephanie Roche Nominated For FIFA Puskás Award

Peamount United striker Stephanie Roche’s stunning strike from the edge of the area against Wexford Youths has been selected as a candidate for FIFA’s Puskás Award for the best goal of the year. This spectacular goal is one of just ten other strikes nominated for the prize of the world’s best goal. Roche is in some high quality company with world-famous footballers such as Robin …

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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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Scotland Vs Ireland: Previous Encounters

This Friday Scotland host the Republic of Ireland at Celtic Park in an important game for both sides’ chances of qualifying for EURO 2016 in France. We look at the most recent encounters between the sides. Ireland 1 – 0 Scotland Carling Nations Cup, Aviva Stadium, 29th May 2011. The inaugural (and so far only) Carling Nations Cup between the …

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Sunday League’s ‘Winter Break’ Is Fast Approaching

David Rusk discusses the consequences of pitches being unplayable throughout the winter period of Sunday League football and the implications this presents. We wait patiently, every member of the team from number one to sixteen. (Assuming your team has sixteen players.) The cold snap is about to come upon us, after only five league matches. Now, the big question on everyone’s …

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Euro 2016: 3 Players Ireland Should Be Wary Of Against Scotland

Ireland face Scotland in the next of their Euro 2016 qualifiers at Celtic Park on the 14th of November. From what we’ve seen so far from both sides this should be a close game. Here we look at three players Ireland should be wary of going into this clash following today’s announcement of the Scottish squad for the Irish game …

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Sky Is No Limit For Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish

As the interest continues surrounding Aston Villa youngster Jack Grealish’s international future, a bizarre story has emerged; it is now understood that Grelaish and his whole family have been offered free flights by Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary should Grealish decide to play for Ireland, according to the Irish Daily Star. Apparently O’Leary made this unusual enticement to Grealish’s father and agent, Kevin, following Aston …

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World Cup Bound: The Irish Homeless Team

With just over two weeks to go before the beginning of the Homeless World Cup, the Irish Homeless team have flown to Chile to acclimatise, train and see the sights. It promises to be an exciting time for those involved and a time to finally put their training to the test. Ireland has a good reputation amongst the other nations at …

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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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International Ignorance Towards League Of Ireland Is Wrong

Rob Lyons discusses the importance of a successful national league to improve Ireland’s international side. He argues that one must look at the domestic game first before following the tradition of looking to England for international stars. A quick skim through the full Irish international squad  sees many players that made their name in the League of Ireland before progressing to bigger leagues across Europe …

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The Obscure Irish XI: A Team Of Cult Heroes

The Republic of Ireland senior football team has enjoyed (and endured) a storied past. From the high points of Italia ’90 to the embarrassment of Euro 2012, there have been many ups and downs. Central to this fluctuating past was the ’emergence’ of certain obscurities. Names like Lapira,  Branagan and O’Cearuill left lasting impressions. The PA Team decided to sit down and create a team …

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