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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.

Sutton Keeper Wayne Shaw Resigns From Club Following Betting Allegations

Sutton Shaw

Sutton United have accepted reserve goalkeeper and coach Wayne Shaw’s resignation following alleged breaches of betting rules. A betting company which sponsors Sutton had published odds of 8-1 that the goalkeeper would eat a pie during the non-league side’s FA Cup tie with Arsenal last night. Shaw was then captured on screen biting into a pie which gained widespread attention …

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Exciting Young Striker Deemed Eligible To Play For The Republic Of Ireland

PRESTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07: Callum Robinson (C) of Preston North End celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Preston North End and Arsenal at Deepdale on January 7, 2017 in Preston, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Preston have been hot on the lips of Ireland fans of late given their strong contingent of current and potential internationals. Between Daryl Horgan’s quick transition and Aiden McGeady’s resurrection at Deepdale, Preston North End has become a sanctuary for the Irish. The number of Irish internationals could be set to increase too, with Kilburn Times journalist Rob Brennan (via Balls.ie) …

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2017 League Of Ireland Premier Division Season Preview: Part One

2017 President's Cup, Turner's Cross, Cork 17/2/2017 Cork City vs Dundalk The two teams line up ahead of the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

With the League of Ireland due to kick off this coming Friday, we take a look at each side as part of the eagerly anticipated season ahead. With a busy transfer window and some impressive overseass signings, a number of teams will be hoping to stop Dundalk’s attempts at claiming a fourth successive league title. Shamrock Rovers and Cork City look …

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Giovanni Trapattoni Could Be Set For New National Team Role

CARDIFF, WALES - AUGUST 14: Ireland national team manager Giovanni Trapattoni looks on during the International Friendly match between Wales v Ireland at the Cardiff City Stadium on August 14, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

Former Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni could be set for an international management comeback after applying for a new position. The Irish Independent have reported that the veteran tactician has applied for the vacant South Africa post. The Bafana Bafana are without a manager since the departure of Ephraim Mashaba who was sacked before Christmas. Roberto Mancini is also said to be in …

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Watch: Roy Keane Wasn’t Impressed With ‘Over the Top’ Pogba Brothers

Keane Pogba

Roy Keane vented his frustration at the Pogba brothers following Manchester United’s victory over St. Etienne at Old Trafford. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the game’s star man with a hat-trick, against a side he was prolific against whilst at PSG (that’s now 17 goals in 14 matches against Thursday night’s opponents). However, it was Paul and Florentin Pogba who stole the …

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England Hoping To Secure The Services Of Irish Underage Star Conor Ronan

Conor Ronan

Ireland youth international Conor Ronan has reportedly drawn interest from the English FA fuelling speculation about his international future. The Irish Independent claim that the 18-year-old Wolves player is on the radar of the England underage set up with representatives hoping that he will change his allegiances. The youngster has broken into Wolves first team under manager Paul Lambert and has …

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The Ireland Form XI Going Into The World Cup Qualifier Against Wales

Martin O'Neill Roy Keane Ireland

With the countdown to the crunch tie with Wales well underway, we look at Ireland’s form team going into the Dublin clash. It has been a good few months for Irish football. Some Irishmen are enjoying their most productive seasons to date, and there has been a surge in the amount of young Irish players coming through in the Championship. This following …

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It’s A Family Affair: Pogba Brothers Set To Face Off In Europa League

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 01: Paul Pogba of Manchester United in action guring the Premier League match between Manchester United and Hull City at Old Trafford on February 1, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Manchester United’s Europa League tie against St. Etienne will be a family affair as Paul Pogba goes to battle against his brother, Florentin.  The Irish Times has reported how Thursday’s tie will see the pair thrown against each other in the round of 32. 26-year-old Florentin joined St. Etienne in 2012 from Sedan and represents Guinea internationally. His twin, Mathias, is …

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Has Aiden McGeady’s Club Form Put Him In Line To Start Against Wales?

DUBLIN, IRELAND - JUNE 03: Aiden McGeady (2nd L) is tackled by Glenn Whelan (L) of the Republic of Ireland during a training session at Aviva Stadium on June 3, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. The Republic of Ireland play England in a friendly game this coming Sunday, the first meeting between the two sides in Dublin since the abandonment of a game in 1995 due to hooliganism. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Over the weekend Preston, a club with a substantial Irish contingent, recorded a 4-2 victory over Brentford. Daryl Horgan scored his first goal for the Lilywhites since joining from Dundalk, but it was Aiden McGeady who grabbed all the headlines. McGeady’s place was said to be under threat by the Galwegian following his Europa League heroics. Horgan is a tremendous talent …

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Five Potential Appointments That Could Positively Impact The FAI

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 20: Former Liverpool Captain Steven Gerrard with Steve Heighway at The Academy on January 20, 2017 in Liverpool, England. Steven Gerrard has today been announced as a coach in the Liverpool Academy. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

The FAI pulled off a major coup by appointing Englishman Colin Bell to the Republic of Ireland Women’s team. A Champions League-winning coach, Bell represents a signal of intent.  However, some appointments by the organisation in the past have been questionable. Signing up Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane has been a masterstroke so far, but many Irish fans have divided opinions on …

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