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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.

Who is Kevin Long? A Closer Look At Ireland’s Newest Call Up

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17: Kevin Long (L) of Burnley in action with James Hayter of Yeovil during the Sky Bet Championship match between Burnley and Yeovil Town at Turf Moor on August 17, 2013 in Burnley, England (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)

On Monday, Martin O’Neill named his provisional Ireland squad for the internationals against Mexico, Uruguay and Austria with one lesser known name making the cut. Many Ireland fans will already be familiar with Kevin Long and in recent weeks his name has been exposed even more after breaking into the Burnley starting eleven. This has come after a torrid time …

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Five Talking Points From Another Unsurprising Martin O’Neill Squad Announcement

Three International Friendly, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 28/3/2017 Republic of Ireland vs Iceland Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill

Martin O’Neill unveiled his 37-man squad for the upcoming friendlies with Mexico, Uruguay and Austria on Monday morning. Nick Menezes dissects the main talking points from another unsurprising selection. 1. Unsurprising Selection Martin O’Neill tends to refrain from shocking the Irish footballing public with his squad announcements and today was no different. The two friendlies come before the lead up …

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Aiden McGeady Set For Preston Stay After Everton Set Reasonable Asking Price

CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 31: Preston North End's Aidan McGeady under pressure from Cardiff City's Lee Peltier during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Preston North End at Cardiff City Stadium on January 31, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Kevin Barnes - CameraSport via Getty Images)

Aiden McGeady could be set for a permanent move to Preston, as the Liverpool Echo are reporting that Everton have requested just £2million pounds for the winger. A return to his parent club looks highly unlikely despite an exceptional season in the Championship for the Irish international. McGeady scored eight goals and created 8 assists for Preston, in what was a renaissance …

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It’s Clear What Martin O’Neill Should Do With Ireland’s Two Friendlies Next Month

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With Martin O’Neill due to announce his Ireland squad for the upcoming summer ties against Mexico, Uruguay and most importantly Austria, picking form players should be on his agenda. O’Neill has a fondness to loyalty with his squads largely consistent and reliable. However, there could be an argument that this loyalty is inhibiting other players to make an impact despite …

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Five Sunderland Players Who Could Secure Premier League Moves In The Summer

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 19: Jordan Pickford of Sunderland celebrates his side's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Hull City at the Stadium of Light on November 19, 2016 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)

Having been relegated Sunderland will begin to focus on rebuilding for next season’s Championship campaign immediately.  The north east club’s players did not cover themselves in glory in what was far from a spirited battle to the end. However, some did themselves plenty of favours with their efforts in what was essentially a poorly organised team with low morale. As …

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FAI Chasing Celtic’s Irish-Eligible Wonder Kid

Celtic DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 28: Martin O'Neill, coach of Republic of Ireland gives instructions during the International Friendly match between Republic of Ireland and Iceland at Aviva Stadium on March 28, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

The Irish Sun have claimed that the FAI have approached Irish eligible Scottish winger Michael Johnston. The highly rated player qualifies under his grandparents and has already been involved in the Scotish underage set up. Fresh from securing a new deal with the Hoops, the 18-year-old will hope to kick on and win some international honours in the near future. The …

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Watch: Clontarf Winger’s Massive Bosh In All-Ireland League Final

Ulster Bank League Division 1A Final, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 7/05/2017 Clontarf vs Cork Constitution Clontarf's Mick McGrath with Jason Higgins of Cork Con Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Yesterday in the Aviva Stadium, Cork Con overcame Clontarf 25-21 to be crowned AIL Champions. However, it was a player on the losing side that caught the eye on several occasions. Mick McGrath was outstanding on the day and was arguably the most influential player on the pitch in the first half. Capped 7 times for Leinster, the former CUS Senior Cup …

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Martin O’Neill Will Not Involve New Players In Summer Friendlies

Celtic DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 28: Martin O'Neill, coach of Republic of Ireland gives instructions during the International Friendly match between Republic of Ireland and Iceland at Aviva Stadium on March 28, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

The Irish Independent has reported that Martin O’Neill will not blood any new talent in the upcoming summer friendlies against Uruguay and Mexico. The matches will mainly be used to give his first choice options some game time with the World Cup qualifier against Austria the main priority. Ireland play Mexico in the United States and Uruguay in the Aviva Stadium. “We …

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