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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.

A Very Promising Irish Youngster Made His Bow For Leeds Today

Promising Irishman Conor O’Shaughnessy made his debut off the bench as Leeds United began the season in style by defeating Bolton Wanderers 3-2. Leeds were 2-0 up after just half an hour following goals from Kalvin Phillips and Chris Wood before Gary Madine pulled one back. Phillips added his second just minutes later before former Premier League super sub Adam …

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An XI Of Active Footballers Who Have Played For Two Nations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JULY 22: Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic (4) during the first half of the International Champions Cup soccer game between Barcelona and Juventus on July 22, 2017, at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

In the past, footballers have jumped nationality on a couple of occasions. Ireland have a long tradition of turning to players with underage caps for England and, more recently, Northern Ireland. However, Ireland is certainly not the only country which avails of eligibility rules. At one time, players could switch quite freely between national teams, with the likes of Alfredo …

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This Potential Ireland Star Sixes Squad Would Put It Up To Anyone

Republic of Ireland's Damien Duff (C) and Richard Dunne (R) celebrate after defeating Cyprus on October 15, 2008 during their 2010 World Cup qualifying football match at Croke Park in Dublin. AFP PHOTO/Peter Muhly (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

Last week, France were crowned Star Sixes champions in London. The six-a-side indoor competition saw legends of their national teams clash in a tournament full of nostalgia and entertainment. However, there was one surprising absentee from the teams on show. The Republic of Ireland were not included in the twelve-team tournament, which is surprising considering the strength of the team that …

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Darren Randolph Linked With Premier League Move

With Joe Hart looking likely to sign for West Ham on loan in the coming days, the Irish Examiner have linked Ireland number one Darren Randolph with a move to Newcastle United. Rafa Benitez has reportedly been given the chance to sign the 30-year-old who has been at the London club since 2015. The former Charlton, Motherwell and Birmingham City man was …

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An Ireland Under-23 Squad Made Up Of League Of Ireland Stars

Cork , Ireland - 16 June 2017; Sean Maguire of Cork City celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Cork City and Limerick FC at Turner's Cross in Cork. (Photo By Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

The League of Ireland season has seen a number of youngsters emerge or further establish themselves. Sean Maguire and Kevin O’Connor are the latest in a line of Ireland-based players to make the move to England. Ireland’s current squad is made up of a number of former League of Ireland players with this trend likely to continue with the improved …

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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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