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Darren Kelly

Seeing as Darren's friends have stopped listening to him when he rambles on about football, the good readers of Pundit Arena can now read his ramblings. Darren is particularly interested in the history of football in Ireland.

Landon Donovan’s Retirement – A Galaxy Loses A Star

This Sunday’s MLS Cup Final between LA Galaxy and New England Revolution will be Landon Donovan’s final career game. Darren Kelly looks back at the career highs and lows of the all time top goal scorer for LA Galaxy, the MLS and USA national team. The MLS was still in its infancy and soccer was still primarily a game for …

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Assistant Managers: A Look At Roy Keane’s Irish Predecessors

It wasn’t even an international week but Roy Keane was in the headlines again after his departure from Aston Villa. Surely no other assistant manager in the international game generates the same column inches as Keano. Let’s take a look back at some of his memorable and not-so-memorable recent predecessors as Ireland’s assistant manager.   Manager: Giovanni Trapattoni Assistants: Marco Tardelli and …

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Republic of Ireland vs USA: Previous Encounters

USA are favourites on paper to win this Tuesday’s friendly with Ireland in the AVIVA stadium, sitting 38 places higher in the FIFA World Rankings and achieving an impressive last 16 finish in the World Cup. This will be Martin O’Neill’s last chance to experiment before the important qualifier at home to Poland next June. We look at the five …

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