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Michael Cole

MA Journalism graduate of NUI Galway. Big interest in all things sport. Twitter: @TheMickCole

5 Players Whose Value Could Explode Following The World Cup

This summer’s World Cup has generated feelings of excitement and expectation from football fans around the globe. Many nations will be hoping to get their hands on the coveted trophy, but only one can emerge triumphant. As Fabio Grosso proved with his World Cup-winning goal in 2006, victory can come from an unlikely source. Here are five players that can become …

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RSC Anderlecht Inspection – A Look at Man United’s Europa League Opponents

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - NOVEMBER 03: RSC Anderlecht players celebrate in front of the fans after the UEFA Europa League Group C match between RSC Anderlecht and 1. FSV Mainz 05 at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium on November 3, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

RSC Anderlecht stand between Manchester United and the Europa League semi-final, but what sort of a threat do the Belgians pos to Jose Mourinho’s side? With a place in the Premier League top four far from certain, Manchester United’s best hope at qualifying for next season’s Champion’s League looks set to be winning the continent’s secondary competition, the Europa League. …

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Assessing What’s Gone Wrong In A Season To Forget At West Ham

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: West Ham players look dejected as James Ward-Prowse of Southampton scores their third goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Southampton at London Stadium on September 25, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Andy Carroll said last December that West Ham would not be involved in a relegation battle. “We’ve got too many good players and staff,” the Gateshead native told Talksport. This is the same man who opined in December 2015 that Chelsea could be relegated, so it’s safe to say his ability to predict who will be playing Championship football next season …

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Leicester’s Success Acknowledged As Vardy And Mahrez Named On Ballon D’Or Shortlist

Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez were both named in the 30-man Ballon d’Or shortlist after a stellar season last year saw the duo score 42 goals and provide 17 assists between them. Other standout performers in Leicester’s title-winning season miss out, such as N’Golo Kanté, Christian Fuchs and Wes Morgan, with only three defenders making the shortlist. Vardy …

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