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John O'Connor

John O'Connor
A DIT journalism graduate and a Man United fan who, this season, finally feels like he’s paying his dues. Keen five-a-sider with a tendency towards ridiculous back heels despite uselessness. Agree/argue on Twitter @JohnO_Connor

Football on TV: Best World Cup Ever

With over a week of this World Cup already over, many pundits and fans alike are all in agreement about the entertainment values of this year’s competition. The first 0-0 draw didn’t come until 13 games into the tournament, there have been 73 goals in 25 games and the goal per game average is 2.92 at the time of writing. …

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Spain Downfall Could Pave Way for Strikers’ World Cup

In a World Cup with an unusual dearth of talented top-class strikers, the remaining few could prove the vital difference in the top nations’ quest for glory. The last decade of international football has been dominated by the midfield generation, epitomised by the likes of Spain’s Andres Iniesta, Xabi Alonso and Xavi Hernandez. The writing does seem to be on …

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Football On TV: The Bumper Sepp Blatter Edition

The build up to the World Cup is dominating our screens – preview show here, predictions there – but the real entertainment is happening away from the excited clamour ahead of the tournament. The head honcho of FIFA, Sepp Blatter, is coming in for some well-timed criticism following The Sunday Times’ revelations about the alleged bribery of FIFA officials in …

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Brazil Represents Swansong For Italy’s Architect Andrea Pirlo

“I don’t feel pressure … I don’t give a toss about it. I spent the afternoon of Sunday, 9 July, 2006 in Berlin sleeping and playing the PlayStation. In the evening, I went out and won the World Cup.” Andrea Pirlo’s biography ‘I Think Therefore I Play’, reads like a love letter for fans of the beautiful game. His prose …

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Success Is A Double-Edged Sword For Overachieving Clubs

Rickie Lambert looks set to join Liverpool from Southampton this summer in a deal reportedly worth around £4.5m. With speculation about Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren also making the move to Anfield, and manager Mauricio Pochettino having already been appointed at Tottenham, Pundit Arena takes a look at the problems facing over-achieving teams. Ateltico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and now, Southampton; …

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Football on TV: Horrible and Repulsive, Bill

Real Madrid won their tenth European Cup over the weekend, beating city rivals Atletico Madrid 4-1 after extra-time and, as you would expect, there was plenty of comment on the matter from ever-knowing pundits. Johnny Giles on RTE believed that Atletico were the architects of their own downfall after conceding ground to Real in the second half. Eamon Dunphy finally …

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Why Was Patrice Evra Given A New Manchester United Contract?

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The Champions League final was the talk of the town on Friday evening when Manchester United announced Patrice Evra has signed a one-year contract extension. Pundit Arena asks the question; is this the equivalent of brushing bad news under the rug when all eyes are elsewhere? One of the most decorated and accomplished left-backs of his era; Evra was a …

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Football on TV: Arsenal win sweet FA Cup

Another year, another season of domestic football around Europe over as Atletico Madrid won the Spanish League title at the Nou Camp and Arsenal ended their nine-year trophy drought after an extra-time winner in the FA Cup against Hull at Wembley. Aaron Ramsey was the hero for the Gunners with his late goal but they were made work for their …

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Football on TV: Farewell Premier League

As another season drew to a close over the weekend, the climax was somewhat of a damp squib in terms of final day drama. Manchester City went in front against West Ham at the Etihad in the 39th minute while Liverpool fell behind at home to Newcastle in the first half. While Liverpool eventually overcame Newcastle 2-1 at Anfield, the …

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