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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.

Five Ireland Players Linked With January Moves

NORWICH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Robbie Brady of Norwich City during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Everton at Carrow Road stadium on December 12, 2015 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

With the January transfer window less than a week away, a number of Ireland players will come under the spotlight. While some will be looking to move up divisions, others will be looking for a route out of their clubs for more game time. Here is a list of players linked with moves in recent weeks. Conor Hourihane Conor Hourihane has …

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Opinion: Is Stephen Ward Ireland’s Most Improved Player Of 2016?

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 6/10/2016 Republic of Ireland vs Georgia Ireland's Stephen Ward

Stephen Ward has been a much maligned figure by Ireland fans in recent years. However the past eighteen months have marked a huge improvement for the Burnley fullback. Although he is far from the complete package, he has made many positive changes to his overall game. Ward endured much criticism in the later stages of Giovanni Trappatoni’s reign as Ireland …

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A Football XI For Each Irish Province

Republic of Ireland Squad Training, FAI National Training Centre, Dublin 23/5/2016 Shane Long, Jeff Hendrick and Callum O'Dowda Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Gary Carr

With Munster set to tackle Leinster in Thomond Park on Monday and with Ulster having beaten Connacht on Friday, we look at what Ireland’s provinces might look like when it comes to football.  Ireland is a country that thrives on provincial and inter-county rivalry. This hasn’t always transferred to football, but these lineups could certainly make for some interesting games. _______ …

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Martin O’Neill Targeting Another Irish-Qualified Striker

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND-DECEMBER 17: Lukas Jutkiewicz of Birmingham City and Dale Stephens of Brighton & Hove Albion in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Brighton & Hove Albion at St Andrews Stadium on December 17, 2016 in Birmingham, England (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images).

Martin O’Neill’s search for a striker has led him to an unlikely source. The Ireland manager has spoken of his eagerness to find more options up front following the retirement of Robbie Keane. The Irish Daily Star (via the Irish Independent) have reported that O’Neill will attempt to encourage Lukas Jutkiewicz to switch allegiances to Ireland. The striker’s inclusion could soften …

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Daryl Horgan And Andy Boyle Set For Dream FA Cup Debuts

DUNDALK, IRELAND - JULY 22: Daryl Horgan of Dundalk (R) applauds the supporters during the Champions League 2nd round qualifying game at Oriel Park on July 22, 2015 in Dundalk, Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle could be set for debuts against high profile opposition. Preston North End welcome Arsenal to Deepdale in their third round FA Cup tie and Simon Grayson has hinted that the duo could be in contention to feature. Newstalk reported that the Preston boss will run the rule over the former Dundalk duo in the coming weeks. …

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Has Everton’s James McCarthy Finally Won Over Ronald Koeman?

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 13: James McCarthy of Everton is pursued by Francis Coquelin (L) and Mesut Ozil (C) of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on December 13, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

James McCarthy seems to be firmly back in Everton boss Ronald Koeman’s plans. After an injury-plagued season, the Irish midfielder put in an impressive performance in Everton’s 2-1 win over Arsenal on Tuesday night. Although it will take more than one game to win the full backing of his manager, Tuesday can certainly allow the Glasweigen to gather some momentum. …

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The What-Might-Have-Been Jamaica Football XI Has The Makings Of A Modern Day Cool Runnings

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 23: Raheem Sterling of Manchester City in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Manchester City on August 23, 2015 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

With Christmas just around the corner, living rooms worldwide will play host to a showing of the Disney classic Cool Runnings. If the Jamaica national FA had their way, Disney could certainly be contemplating a soccer sequel. Jamaica is a country renowned for its success in athletics rather than soccer. A solitary World Cup appearance, not to mention last year’s …

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A Current Premier League XI Of Manchester United Academy Graduates

Manchester United LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Danny Drinkwater of Leicester City kisses the Premier League Trophy as players and staffs celebrate the season champions after the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Between rumours linking Michael Keane with a return to Manchester United and Paul Pogba’s sensational comeback to Old Trafford over the summer, could the Red Devils have let some of their academy players leave too early? In the past, some Manchester United academy graduates have gone onto great success in other European leagues. Examples include Gerard Pique, Giuseppe Rossi and …

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Opinion: Could Three At The Back Be The Perfect Fit For Ireland?

DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 06: Seamus Coleman of Ireland in action during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group D Qualifier between Republic of Ireland Georgia at the Aviva Stadium on October 6, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

With another year drawing to a close, Martin O’Neill oversaw eighteen international games and deployed several different formations in 2016. However one personal favourite of the Derryman has yet to feature in his three years in charge. With three months until Ireland’s next game, he has plenty of time to mull over a potentially exciting system. The ‘three at the back’ …

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