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May 29, 2017 (No Comments) by Felipe Wasserstein
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The Championship play-off final is often referred to as the richest game in football, and for good reason! The winning team will not only earn promotion to the Premier League, but they’ll also receive a guaranteed £170 million piece of the TV broadcast rights pie. So, on May 29th in a jam-packed Wembley Stadium, the pressure will be on Huddersfield Town and Reading FC as they battle it out to see who’ll join already promoted Newcastle and Brighton in the top flight, next season. Below, we’ll remember how Huddersfield and Reading both got through their difficult semi-finals, and look ahead to what we can expect from the final on Monday. […]

May 24, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech
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The Europa League was once a competition that was treated with disdain by managers across European football’s biggest leagues. Long journeys, Thursday night matches, and a lack of quality all contributing to the general indifference to the competition.  However, with Champions League qualification as the carrot on the stick, it’s no wonder that we are seeing high profile clubs battle it out at the business end of the competition in the past couple of seasons. On Wednesday, Manchester United will attempt to clinch a place in next year’s Champions League, when they contest the Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm. The importance of the game cannot be stressed enough, […]

May 13, 2017 (No Comments) by Felipe Wasserstein
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The 2016–2017 season of the EFL Championship will conclude on May 29th. Newcastle United were awarded the Championship last Sunday, denying Brighton their first ever title. Now, beginning this Saturday it’s time for the EFL Championship League play–offs between the teams who finished in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th in the EFL table. Those teams are Reading, Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield Town and Fulham, respectively. The play–offs first leg begins with Fulham hosting Reading on Saturday, May 13th at 5:30pm. On Sunday May 14th at 12pm, Huddersfield hosts Sheffield. The second legs start on Tuesday May 16th at 7:45pm with Reading playing Fulham at the Madejski Stadium, followed by Sheffield Wednesday […]

May 6, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech
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For the past four seasons, the Parisians have been the only show in town in the French League. Their financial capabilities enabled them to appear from a relative wilderness at the beginning of the decade, and become one of the trendiest teams on the continent. Such was their dominance, many questioned the overall standard of the French league. Their national achievements were not valued, especially when they often struggled to reproduce their form on the European stage. For a player, leaving the Spanish, German or English leagues to join PSG, was often met with distain. A cop out, of sorts. “I’m sure the wife is only mad to go shopping […]

April 22, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech
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There is little doubt that the oldest competition in world football, has become a little stale in recent years. The trend probably began in 1999, when a recent treble-winning Manchester United team withdrew from that year’s edition of the competition, to concentrate on the newly formed Club World Cup in São Paulo. Of course, this is not the only factor which contributed to the demise in popularity of the FA Cup. The glamour of European football, the importance of league standings, and the “resting” of players, all being cited as reasons for the irrelevance of the once revered trophy. However, this year’s competition has gone a long way in recapturing the […]

April 10, 2017 (No Comments) by Ryan Corry
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26:  Arsene Wenger, manager of Arsenal looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park on October 26, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Renowned philosophers, The Pussycat Dolls, once sang “Be careful what you wish for ‘coz you just might get it“, and that has never been truer than in the case of the Arsenal supporters at this moment. If you, like all of us non-Gooners, turn to Arsenal FanTV after every game these days just for entertainment, then you know that supporters are split on whether the club’s greatest ever manager should be let stay in his position or let go. While many are calling for the head of Wenger right now, others are happy for him to see out his contract until the end of the season while the loyalists are […]

April 7, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech
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There are certain things we like to associate with the style of football that we play here on the islands hanging off the edge of Europe. We relish the so-called “blood and thunder” environment that exists here, a place where a big tackle is more appreciated than a cross-field pass. This is particularly true of this side of the world’s most prestigious competition, the Premier League (sorry League of Ireland, maybe someday). Another label that is often attached to England’s first division, is the “fact” that it is the best league in the world. Yes, one might hear this and scratch their heads as they picture Marc Albrighton sitting in […]

March 27, 2017 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald
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The classic lyrics from The Clash must be running through Wayne Rooney’s mind all this season. Let’s not forget, this man is going to be a legend of Manchester United, winning everything that is there to be won for the club, and breaking Bobby Charlton’s goal-scoring record in the process. He has been a leader for United for years, and yet at the ripe old age of 31, Rooney has been consistently linked with moves away to China, the US, and just about every other place players go to watch their careers die. When Wayne gets a chance to sit back and think long and hard about where he is […]

March 24, 2017 (No Comments) by Ryan Corry
FAI Top 5 Prospects For The Republic Of Ireland In 2016

There appears to be a pretty limited amount of potential in the Irish footballing pool at the moment. Each and every time a new messiah comes along, it’s only a matter of time before they are found wallowing about as a squad player in an underachieving championship team. This is most evident in the fact that there was only one player under the age of 21 in the squad for the recent WCQ against Austria. It’s not all bad though, here are some of the uncapped players who could make an impact in the next few years. Daryl Horgan – (Preston North End) So not exactly a child at 24 […]

March 23, 2017 (No Comments) by Ryan Corry
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As it stands, Ireland are in a very healthy position in Group D, sitting top of the table, unbeaten in four games including a tough trip to Serbia. However, the worst is still yet to come, with Wales in the Aviva Stadium our next port of call on Friday, while being in the middle of the worst injury crisis we’ve seen in years. At this stage, the mind games between the two sides have been strictly corporate with the FAI offering an ‘insulting’ amount of tickets to Welsh supporters, who expected 10% of the allocation but were in fact offered a mere 6%. This might be a masterstroke and give the makeshift […]

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