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What Does it Mean to Play Attractive Football?

By Phil Bourke September 22, 2017 (No)
I’m a Liverpool fan, and as a Liverpool fan I want them to play attractive football and I want them to win games. However, I’m not the stereotypical fan that thinks this will be our year, that Klopp can do no wrong and, because of our history, we deserve something today. Re-read that last paragraph, does anything stand out as odd to you? “I want Liverpool to play attractive football and I want them to win games”, contains two oddities in my mind. Firstly, what is “attractive football”? Surely, winning football matches is attractive. Attractive Football – Pick Your Favourite The ball on the ground, starting with the keeper, moving […]

The Premier League Team You Could Buy Instead Of Neymar

By Ryan Grace August 18, 2017 (No)
After 4 years, 186 appearances, 105 goals, and 80 assists, Brazilian winger Neymar has left Barcelona to join PSG in Ligue 1 for a world-record transfer fee worth £200 million (€222 million). The 25 year-old joins Les Parisiens on a five year contract, securing his place in the world’s most expensive signing in football history. Just to put this extravagant deal into perspective, here’s a list of things that PSG could have bought for the same amount that they spent on Neymar; 137 properties in London’s most expensive borough (Kensington). 1,004 four-year degrees for students at MIT. One Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Six Greek Islands. 6.5 metric tonnes of pure gold. […]

La Liga 2017…Who’s Taking Top 4

By Andy Leech April 7, 2017 (No)
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 […]

The Perfect European Getaway Guide

By Aidan Clarke March 16, 2017 (No)
As heat and light begin to bathe the continent again after the rigours of winter and those pesky festive bills are almost a thing of the past why not treat yourself to a European weekend away? The last/first season of the year is hard going. Feck all day light, getting overly intimate with random sources of heat, seventeen layers of clothes just to get to the chemist for something to relieve the man-flu. It’s a slog, winter is a slog. But it’s adios to that and on the regular mish-mash of seasons due to Ireland’s climatic goldilocks psychosis. You know, not too much of one thing or the other but […]

Champions League Last 16 – What Have We Learned So Far

By Dean Fitzgerald March 7, 2017 (No)
Heading into the knockout stages of this year’s Champions League, there had been a lot of strong performances and results from the usual teams and players. Barcelona and Atlético Madrid both topped their groups, and Lionel Messi scored a near unbelievable 10 goals in the group stages (if it wasn’t Messi that is). Even so, the 2016/17 edition of the Champions League has thrown in some big surprises. Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Porto finished behind Borussia Dortmund, Atlético and Leicester City respectively in their groups. Even Arsenal won their group ahead of PSG! It seemed like the year where anything could happen would come in the knockout stages. Despite […]

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