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Nick Menezes

Nick Menezes
Nick is a soccer, GAA and rugby fanatic who has a worrying obsession with the Irish football team. His articles focus on Irish football and he also writes some light-hearted pieces, particularly quirky starting XIs.

The Exciting XI Martin O’Neill Should Deploy Against Wales

Ireland’s 0-0 draw with Denmark was admirable but did not capture the imagination of the home faithful.  In a match that should have been a revenge mission for Martin O’Neill’s side, a dull and conservative approach sucked the life out of the game as Ireland abandoned any real structure of ambition. Another revenge mission approaches on Tuesday night as Wales …

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Issues That Ireland Need To Address Before Wales Game

Ireland pulled off an uninspiring 0-0 draw with a Danish side who inflicted a 5-1 humiliation on them in the same venue just under twelve months ago. The Boys in Green should have been out for blood in a revenge mission but the mission from the offset was to stop the flow of goals rather than exert revenge. Martin O’Neill’s …

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Four Ways Ireland Could Line Up Against Denmark

Ireland face back-to-back grudge matches against Denmark and Wales in what could be a defining week in Martin O’Neill’s Ireland career. The former Aston Villa boss has come under fire in the last year and will be hoping to regain Ireland’s competitive form in the Aviva Stadium this Saturday. Last month’s friendly against Poland saw the likes of Enda Stevens, …

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Five Fresh Outsiders Who Could Shake-Up The Irish Squad

Just when it seemed as though the dust had settled on a September to forget for Irish football, another international break is again on the horizon. Fresh from fall-outs, hammerings and uncertainty, Martin O’Neill is tasked with selecting his side to enter the battle of two back-to-back grudge matches. Denmark and Wales have inflicted two hammering on Ireland in the …

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Five Areas Martin O’Neill Must Address To Keep His Job

Martin O’Neill has reached arguably the lowest point in his five-year tenure as Irish boss with a 4-1 defeat to Wales coming after a week of fallout. The Derryman has come under fire in the last eighteen months after Ireland surrendered their lead in their World Cup qualifying group, eventually reaching the playoffs the hard way. The 5-1 thrashing by …

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Five Talking Points As Ireland Are Humiliated By Wales

A difficult week for Irish football went from bad to worse as a depleted Ireland squad were humiliated 4-1 by Ryan Giggs’ new-look youthful Wales side. Here are five talking points from a night to forget in the Martin O’Neill era. _____ 1. Another Embarrassing Night Under Martin O’Neill Martin O’Neill has overseen some amazing nights in Irish football and …

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Five Ways Ireland Could Line-up For Wales Clash

Ireland takes on Wales on Thursday with a depleted squad. We look at five lineups Martin O’Neill could deploy against the Welsh. Martin O’Neill is unlikely to go experimental although the likes of Darragh Lenihan, Graham Burke and Alan Judge’s summer outings in green certainly made them worthy of further caps against the Welsh. Alan Browne is another who could …

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