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Dáire O'Driscoll

German and Economics graduate from Trinity College Dublin. Former underage Irish swimming champion. Interested in all things sport. Once held a top ten time worldwide for Luigi Circuit on Mario Kart Wii.

Don’t Blame Foreigners – England’s Problems Are English

NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Wayne Rooney (2nd R) of England walk to his team mates to console after the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Wayne Rooney (2nd R) of England walk to his team mates to console after the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Even before Damir Skomina blew the full-time whistle, the jokes had begun. “Only England could manage to leave Europe twice in one week,” was the gag of choice on Monday night.  By now it’s tired. In many ways however, the frustration of Brexit has mirrored that of ‘Björkxit’. Ricky Gervais was perhaps the most succinct in his summary of the …

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Vardy Feels Ire Of England Supporters After Scoreless Draw

Scoring with one of his first touches against Wales last week amplified calls for Jamie Vardy to be included in Roy Hodgson’s starting team against Slovakia. However, the Leicester City striker’s general performance against England’s nearest neighbours wasn’t, perhaps, as decisive as many thought. The Premier League Player of the Year managed just one shot in that game, with which …

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Slovakian Winger Breaks Euros Record

Slovakia’s 2-1 defeat of Russia on Wednesday propelled Ján Kozák’s side to the top of Group B. The victory reignites their chances of progressing following their loss to Wales in their opening game. A point against England in their final game should be sufficient to progress to the round of 16. Despite taking a 2-0 lead before half-time, Slovakia were …

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Euro 2016: Graphic Gives Germany Cause For Optimism

Germany entered Euro 2016 as some people’s favourites. Despite losses to both Poland and Ireland in qualifying, many still fancied the world champions to leave France with the Henri Delaunay Trophy. The losses against Ireland and Poland were not the only cause for concern, however. The retirement of Philipp Lahm and Miroslav Klose meant quality in front of both goals was in …

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What Would Brexit Mean For The Premier League?

KNUTSFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 17: In this photo illustration, the European Union and the Union flag sit together on bunting on March 17, 2016 in Knutsford, United Kingdom. The United Kingdom will hold a referendum on June 23, 2016 to decide whether or not to remain a member of the European Union (EU), an economic and political partnership involving 28 European countries which allows members to trade together in a single market and free movement across its borders for citizens. (Photo by illustration by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Dáire O’Driscoll looks at the potential implications on the UK’s most prestigious division, the Premier League, should voters decide to leave the European Union.  Two weeks before voters in the UK cast their votes on their future in Europe, there is little between Remain and Leave. The latest poll of polls, which ran from May 31st to June 9th, shows Leave …

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Germany’s Euro Preparations Blighted By Criticism From Far Right

It has been ten years since Germany hosted the FIFA World Cup. At the time many feared that the tournament would prompt overt displays of nationalism. The practices of flying German flags in the streets or singing the national anthem are particularly contentious. When the national team are playing some fans struggle with the dissonance of supporting the team and …

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Admission of UEFA’s Newest Member Could Lead To Unprecedented International Transfers

For the Kosovo National football team the process of gaining admission to UEFA has been a long one. The country declared independence from Serbia in 2008, yet the Serbians dispute it. The football team, founded in 1993 after the break up of Yugoslavia, was prohibited from playing even friendly games against FIFA members the same year. The reason behind this ban was that …

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Two Pivotal Football Games Interrupted by Fan Protests

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Aston Villa supporters are seen in protests on the stand prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Newcastle United at Villa Park on May 7, 2016 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

It has been a season marked by the incredible. If Leicester’s title win wasn’t enough, the appearance of Andrea Bocelli prior to their final home game should satisfy those with a passion for the peculiar. Another theme that has marked this season is fan protest. The reasons for the protest have been varied. In October, Bayern Munich fans boycotted the …

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Statistically Comparing The 2014 And 2016 Champions League Finalists

This years Champions League season has, to a large extent, mirrored that of 2013/2014. Despite another poor showing, an English team progressed as far as the semi-finals. Arsenal lost their nerve in the first leg, yet produced a brave, albeit fruitless, second leg against a European giant. Atletico Madrid under Diego Simeone knocked out a fancied Barcelona side. Two teams from Spain faced …

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