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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.

German Fourth Tier May Feature A National Team Next Season

Spectators pull a big German flag over them prior the WC 2018 qualification match between Germany and San Marino in the stadium in Nuremberg, southern Germany, on June 10, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Christof STACHE (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

BBC Sport has reported that the China under-20 national team could potentially play in the fourth tier of German football next season.  Germany’s regional south-west league has one allocation left after only 19 teams were included for the 2017/18 campaign. Somehow this has opened the door for the Chinese youth team to participate. There will be a financial incentive for teams …

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FIFA Charge McClean & O’Neill Following Criticism Of Referee

31 August 2015; Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill shakes hands with James McClean, during squad training. Republic of Ireland Squad Training, Abbotstown, Co. Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE (Photo by Sportsfile/Corbis via Getty Images)

Martin O’Neill and James McClean have been charged by FIFA over comments relating to the referee following Ireland’s 1-1 draw with Austria last week, according to RTÉ.  David Fernández Borbalán was heavily criticised by the duo following Shane Duffy’s disallowed goal that would have seen Ireland go clear at the top of their World Cup qualifying group, with Wales having also drawn …

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Could Zachary Elbouzedi Benefit From League of Ireland Move?

Last week, Irish starlet Zachary Elbouzedi was released by West Bromwich Albion after failing to break into the first team at the Hawthorns. Elbouzedi has often been described as one of the most exciting prospects at development level in England but somehow did not seem to fit into the midland club’s plans. Having joined the club in 2014 from Malahide …

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The Pros And Cons To The Continued Selection Of Glenn Whelan

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau, Moldova 9/10/2016 Moldova vs Republic of Ireland Ireland's Glenn Whelan

Ireland’s 1-1 draw with Austria on Sunday brought with it many criticisms of Martin O’Neill’s team selection. One of the individuals in question yet again was Glenn Whelan. Whelan did not necessarily have a bad game on Sunday and did produce some good defensive play and anchored the midfield. However, he was anonymous at times and and offered Ireland very …

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Five Things We Learned From Ireland’s Draw With Austria

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 11/6/2017 Ireland vs Austria Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane speaks to Cyrus Christie, Shane Du

As Ireland rescued a pint at home against Austria, we examine five key talking points as Ireland’s World Cup dream stays firmly on track. A negative selection for what should have been a positive approach Martin O’Neill hinted during the week that Ireland would approach this game looking for a win. Before a ball had been kicked, the team screamed …

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Six Talking Points Ahead Of Crucial Ireland v Austria Qualifier

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria 12/11/2016 Austria vs Republic of Ireland Ireland's James McClean celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Following Ireland’s 3-1 defeat to Mexico, the more experienced head racked up an impressive reverse score against South American heavyweights Uruguay.  This will have Ireland is fantastic spirits as they approach another critical game. Austria come to Dublin following a crushing 1-0 defeat at the hand’s of Martin O’Neill’s men and expectations are high for the home side. Ireland look …

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Ethan Ampadu: Wales’ Gain Could Be The Republic Of Ireland’s Loss

EXETER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 18: Ethan Ampadu of Exeter City celebrates at the final whistle during the Sky Bet League Two Play off Semi Final Second Leg match between Exeter City and Carlisle United at St James Park on May 18, 2017 in Exeter, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Ireland’s World Cup qualifying rivals Wales assemble for their crunch tie against Serbia in what could be a make or break game for last summer’s Euros semi-finalists. Like Ireland, Wales trimmed an extended squad with one of the men departing looking like a real prospect. Ethan Ampadu is a 16-year-old midfielder from Exeter who broke into the first XI of …

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Five Talking Points As Ireland Downed By Mexico

New York , United States - 1 June 2017; Jesus Corona of Mexico scores his side's first goal during the International Friendly match between Republic of Ireland and Mexico at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, USA. (Photo By David Maher/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

As Ireland went down 3-1 to Mexico, we take a look at some of the talking points from the friendly match in New Jersey. Stephen Gleeson’s consolation goal was not enough as Ireland suffered a crushing defeat to the Gold Cup champions. Important to see context of match It is very hard to take many positives from the game but …

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Sean St. Ledger Reveals Approach By League Of Ireland Club

FAI Announce Parternship With Benetti, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 30/5/2017 Benetti football ambassadors Sean St. Ledger Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

As Ireland embark on yet another friendly in the United States, one Irishman who was based in the MLS has not given up hope on resurrecting his Ireland career. Following a torrid time with injury, Sean St. Ledger has managed just 27 appearances in just under four years, all of them coming in the MLS with Orlando City and Kevin …

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