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Football on TV: Horrible and Repulsive, Bill

Real Madrid won their tenth European Cup over the weekend, beating city rivals Atletico Madrid 4-1 after extra-time and, as you would expect, there was plenty of comment on the matter from ever-knowing pundits. Johnny Giles on RTE believed that Atletico were the architects of their own downfall after conceding ground to Real in the second half. Eamon Dunphy finally …

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Cristiano Ronaldo – The Portuguese Enigma

Any Real Madrid game arrives with the hushed excitement of seeing Cristiano Ronaldo play. The Champions League Final was no different, with the 2013 Ballon d’Or winner the undisputed player of the tournament with 17 goals. Despite this, the final led us to question how much we really know about the Portuguese wonder? With past labels such as ‘diver’ and …

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World Cup Heroes: Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane, the world football icon from the rough Marseille suburb of La Castellane needs no introduction to anyone with even the slightest knowledge of football. Sarah Fitzpatrick takes a look at the footballing life of the man known to multitudes of fans and admirers as Zizou. Zidane found his love for football while playing on the streets of La …

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Top Five Greatest European Cup Winning Teams

After getting a severe fright by their neighbours, Real Madrid went on to finally claim their elusive 10th European Cup. One has to feel sorry for Atleti as they were desperately close to their greatest moment, but it has been a great season for the club and winning the La Liga title is a good consolation prize.Real Madrid have been the best …

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Will Real Madrid finally claim the elusive Décima?

Two  bitter  city  rivals  contesting  the  greatest  club  prize  is  a  fitting  way  for  the  2013/14  Champions  League  campaign  to  end. Atletico  Madrid’s  hostilities  with  Real  Madrid  have  been  renewed  with  full  intensity  in  recent  years , thanks  to  the  former’s  ascendancy  into  a  trophy-winning  outfit. Atletico Madrid’s  La  Liga  triumph , secured  at  the  weekend  with  a  draw  at …

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Greatest Football Upsets: Cardiff City 1-0 Real Madrid

Yes, your eyes have not deceived you. Cardiff City 1-0 Real Madrid. You may very well take a second look at the above score line. The game was the first leg of the European Cup Winners Quarter-final in 1971. The game was played at Ninian Park, Cardiff on the 10th March 1971. Almost 50,000 were packed into the ground, on …

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Tiki-Taka is still alive and well

Bayern Munich were unceremoniously dumped out of the Champions League by Real Madrid last week and the obituaries of Pep Guardiola’s “tiki-taka” style of football have been pouring in ever since; but to write-off a method that has enjoyed such success seems rash, to say the least. There are many people involved with the emergence of this style of football but …

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The Death of Tiki-Taka

On Tuesday night, the Allianz Arena witnessed Real Madrid’s progression to the Champions League final with the awesome destruction of holders Bayern Munich. Real Madrid are on the brink of the promised ‘la decima’ and it will be the first time that two teams from the same city will compete in the final. Prior to the 7.45 kick off, Bayern …

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Five Reasons Bayern Munich Have Lost Their Pep

In mid-January 2013 Bayern Munich proudly made the announcement that Pep Guardiola was to replace Jupp Heynckes as manager, a perceived match made in football heaven. After almost a year out of the game, Guardiola was in high demand. Every major club in Europe were monitoring the situation closely. After 13 trophies in 4 seasons at the helm of Barcelona, his appointment guaranteed …

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Tactics: Bayern Munich 0-4 Real Madrid

Three set pieces and a counter attack settled an amazingly easy semi-final second leg at the Allianz Arena as Bayern Munich were shredded by a Real Madrid side carrying out a gameplan to perfection. Real qualified for the Champions League final for the first time since last winning the tournament in 2002 after annihilating the German champions over two legs thanks to an …

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Roberto Carlos: Golazo King

Roberto Carlos was the proverbial “scorer of great goals, as opposed to a great goalscorer”.  Although one or two may been unintentional, anyone that knows Roberto Carlos will agree that anything is possible when it comes to the Brazilian’s cultured left foot. Here are his Top Five Golazos. Sit back and enjoy: 5. Was it a mix of measured skill …

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South American Football Gaining on Europe

South America has given birth to some of the greatest footballers in history: Pele, Maradona, Messi etc. However, many of today’s stars are refusing to leave their respective homelands and continue to snub the so-called ‘elite’ leagues of Europe. Ganso and Neymar are two stars that have the world at their feet and although they have been subject to much …

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LeBron and Ronaldo: Not So Different

“I don’t know any other way to lead but by example” Don Shula Motivated. Strong-willed. Mentally tough. Leaders amongst men.  The above terms aptly describe two of the greatest superstars in the sporting world today. Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveira and LeBron Raymone James may live thousands of miles apart, yet both are aware of each other and the daily …

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