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Gavin Nolan

Gavin Nolan
A second-year journalism student in Dublin City University, Gavin Nolan hails from Santry in Dublin. A passionate writer, Gavin's articles are never boring and always stimulate debate.

The Curious Case Of Barcelona’s Pedro Rodriguez

Favoured by Pep Guardiola once upon a time and now castaway to the sidelines, Gavin Nolan discusses what made Barcelona’s Pedro go from first team regular to bench frequenter.  The Barcelona team managed by Guardiola between 2008 and 2012 is seen by many as arguably the best team in the modern era of professional football. The mixture of their tika-taka style, …

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Will The Copa America Destroy This Year’s Champions League Final?

With the Champions League entering its later stages, the remaining eight teams in the competition all harbour genuine hopes of lifting the trophy in Berlin in June. Unfortunately, there is a real chance that some players will be missing on the big day, regardless of whether their team reaches the final or not. Gavin Nolan discusses.   This year the final of …

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Mayweather vs Pacquiao – Six Years Too Late

It’s the fight boxing fans have craved for years. But the as both fighters age and boxing wanes, is Mayweather – Pacquiao coming too late?    The boxing world went into frenzy last week when the long awaited superfight between the two best pound-for-pound fighters of the last ten years was finally announced. Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather will fight Manny ‘Pacman’ …

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CM Punk Falls Out With WWE, Signs For UFC

Former World Wrestling Entertainment Superstar CM Punk has signed a multi fight deal with mixed martial arts company the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Punk, who’s real name is Phil Brooks, walked out on the WWE back in January but was not formally fired until June. Punk claimed he walked out over health reasons. The longest reigning WWE champion of the last …

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Teams’ Playing Styles: Southampton

In the first of a series looking at Premier League teams’ playing styles, Gavin Nolan takes us through the style of play which Ronald Koeman has got his Southampton side playing this season. In 2007 Southampton were in fear of relegation to League Two. Last Saturday, they solidified their second place position in the Premier League with a 1-0 victory over …

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Rankings Are Meaningless In Euro 2016 Qualifiers

Following the recent international break, Gavin Nolan discusses how the importance of rankings during the qualifying campaign for Euro 2016 is becoming meaningless when looking at the current group positions.  When organising the groups for most international tournaments, the governing body running the tournament will usually use the FIFA Ranking system to separate the teams. The use of this is …

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Manchester City Keeper Being Dropped Is No Surprise

Joe Hart being left on the bench for Manchester City’s recent game against Hull City should not be seen as that much of a shock, writes Gavin Nolan. After inconsistent displays for the previous 18 months, Manuel Pellegrini dropped Joe Hart last season and replaced him with the relatively unknown Costel Pantilimon, who has since moved on to Sunderland. After …

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Premier League: European Hangovers in Full Swing

‘You can have three bacon butties in a row but the first one won’t taste as nice as the first.’ The above is a quote by former Manchester United defender and current Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville speaking on an episode of Monday Night Football in late 2012. Proving that there is method to his madness, Neville uses the bacon …

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The Formation Dilemma in Premier League Football

4-3-1-2? 4-1-2-1-2? 4-4-2 diamond? Gavin Nolan discusses the current dilemma surrounding Premier League tacticians at present. Look through the Premier League now, or any of the teams in top European leagues and you will struggle to find the team that predominantly plays 4-4-2. For so long it was the default system that teams used. Growing up, kids were introduced to 11-aside …

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