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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

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 […]

March 22, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech

I don’t like to be a promoter of stereotypes, but there are certain things that spring to mind when we think of China. Chop sticks. Jackie Chan. Three-in-ones. That place that you wouldn’t willingly bring your dog. But, football? Nah, no way. I couldn’t think of anything less Chinese than the beautiful game, could you? Well maybe, I dunno, unpolluted air? (OK, I have realised that not only am I a promoter of stereotypes, I am also quite a racist.) The Green Eyed Monster But recently, China is one of the hottest topics amongst football fans. Astronomical money is being pumped into Chinese football, meaning that some of the best […]

March 16, 2017 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald

The Europa League this year has been unusual to say the least. In the past couple of years, a big-named team has emerged as winners in the form of Sevilla, Chelsea, Atlético Madrid and FC Porto. However, in the 2016/17 edition of the Europa League it’s difficult to say that there are multiple teams of real pedigree remaining. Manchester United are obviously an exception as a big team, but with the other ‘big names’ being Roma, Lyon and possibly Schalke 04, it’s hard to argue for the prestige of the competition. Nevertheless, a guaranteed place in next year’s Champions League is up for grabs and each of the last 16 […]

March 7, 2017 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald

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 […]

March 3, 2017 (No Comments) by Ryan Corry

For every single Ibrahimović, Kanté or Gabriel Jesus that gets brought into the Premier League, you’ll also find 4 or 5 Eric Djemba-Djembas or Djimi Traores. The most infamous of all was Ali Dia who blagged his way into the Southampton squad in the ‘90s but nobody here is quite on that level. Here are our top 11 underperformers in the Premier League so far this season. Goalkeeper – Liverpool Before I proceed, yes I will be choosing just one player for every position but when it comes to the Liverpool goalkeeping conundrum, like Jurgen Klopp, I just couldn’t decide who was worse. It’s not often that sections of fans […]

February 28, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech

Every now and then, something happens that makes us believe in the beautiful game again. In a world where football seems to be dominated by boardrooms, sponsorship deals and stupidly rich absentee owners, once in a while something happens that makes us hark back to a simpler time. A more innocent, and purer time. When money didn’t matter and football was about community. A time that maybe never existed like we remember it, in truth. Last year, we allowed ourselves to be brought on a journey. We dared not pinch ourselves, for the feeling that this was but a dream and we would soon experience the piercing howl of reality, […]

February 25, 2017 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald

The EFL League Cup, formerly known as the Carling Cup or Capital One Cup to most people, reaches its exciting conclusion on February 26th (4.30pm, Sky Sports) when Southampton and Manchester United face-off in Wembley Stadium. In recent years, this trophy has been won by English club powerhouses such as Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, and ahem, Swansea City and Birmingham City… but this year plans to be a cracker. Who’s In the 2017 Final? Southampton Southampton have been baffling in the last few seasons. Despite selling basically their entire squad to Liverpool, along with Luke Shaw, Morgan Schneiderlin, Victor Wanyama and Calum Chambers to various ‘top-six’ clubs, they have stayed […]

February 21, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech

There has been much debate about the relevance of the FA Cup in recent times. The “magic of the cup” is being shoved down our throats regularly by media outlets such as the BBC. But replays, player rotation, and designated weekends are really beginning to irk a generation that has grown up with the sex-appeal of Sky Sports. Nevertheless, as the competition progresses, excitement and interest levels grow. While the FA Cup may not have been the objective of a club at the dawning of the season, it could now be the only realistic chance of silverware. In a competition that is known for its upsets and shocks, we take […]

February 14, 2017 (No Comments) by Evan Coughlan

THE CHAMPIONS! Ah the Champions League last 16, the round where the competition finally gets interesting after the somewhat predictable group stage of the tournament. In saying that, one team nobody thought would get this far are the Premier League Champions Leicester City. The Foxes have defied everyone’s expectations (well expect Gary Lineker’s) and have qualified for the last 16 of the competition along with fellow English clubs, and regular visitors to this stage of the competition, Arsenal and Manchester City. While it’s been years since two English sides have contested the Champions League Final, nowadays it’s at least somewhat more likely, but can an English club actually win the Champions League […]

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