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Rob Lyons

Rob Lyons
Rob Lyons is Pundit Arena's manager of quality control and works closely with the website's remote writer base. He also regularly contributes to print and broadcast media, including PA's Irish football podcast, The Mixer, which he produces and presents. If you'd like to discuss writing for PA, you can contact Rob at [email protected]

Champions League & Europa League Finals To Be Broadcast Live On YouTube

MILAN, ITALY - MAY 28: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates with head coach Zinedine Zidane after victory in the UEFA Champions League Final match between Real Madrid and Club Atletico de Madrid at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 28, 2016 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

BT Sport have announced that they will be broadcasting the Champions League and Europa League finals for free to ‘absolutely anyone’ in the UK.  In what is an unprecedented event in broadcasting history, both tiers of European football will have their finals broadcast on BT’s traditional formats as well as YouTube, opening the showpiece events up to a huge audience. The …

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Video: Johnny McDonnell Hits The Nail On The Head During Sean Maguire Debate

Trepidation still surrounds including any player from the League of Ireland in Ireland’s senior international set-up, but over the last number of months in particular calls have grown stronger for Cork City’s Sean Maguire to be included in Martin O’Neill’s squad.  With Ireland suffering from somewhat of a post-Robbie Keane era slump in terms of talent in and around the …

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Watford Win Puts Chelsea On The Brink Of Overtaking Mid-Noughties Era Teams

during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Watford at Stamford Bridge on May 15, 2017 in London, England.

Antonio Conte’s Chelsea are now just one game away from breaking a staggering Premier League record and in the process overtaking Jose Mourinho’s mid-noughties sides.  Having made his name at Porto, Mourinho’s arrival at Chelsea proved an almost instantaneous success notching two Premier League titles in succession in 2004/05 and 2005/06. During these historic seasons, the Blues boss managed 29 …

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Andy Lee Expertly Sums Up Just What McGregor Is Up Against In Mayweather

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 18: Andy Lee punches KeAndre Leatherwood during their middleweight bout at Madison Square Garden on March 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Andy Lee has honed his craft over the years to earn a reputation as one of the most talented boxers ever to emerge from Ireland.  Having made his way through the amateur ranks, the 32-year-old had his professional debut, a unanimous decision win, in 2006 against American Anthony Cannon. Since then he has had 38 more fights, which have brought about honours …

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Leinster’s Garry Ringrose Responds To Namecheck By Warren Gatland

Garry Ringrose's season to date has been one any young player could only dream of.

Garry Ringrose’s season to date has been one any young player could only dream of.  Having grown up ten minutes from Lansdowne Road the Blackrock native has already, at just 22, realised the dream of playing for his country after debuting versus Canada late last year. In addition to this accolade, the centre helped his home province make it all the …

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Liverpool: Philippe Coutinho ‘Happy’ To Hear Barcelona Are Interested

STRATFORD, ENGLAND - MAY 14: Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool celebrates scoring his sides second goal with Adam Lallana of Liverpool during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool at London Stadium on May 14, 2017 in Stratford, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho is unsurprisingly a player being watched closely by some of Europe’s biggest clubs due to his undeniable talent.  This season alone he has scored 13 times in all competitions from midfield and provided nine assists for his teammates, which together have helped in putting Liverpool on the brink of qualification for the Champions League next term. …

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Watch: Jedrzejczyk Brought To Tears By Ariel Helwani Question About Coach

As one of the most respected MMA journalists in the world, Ariel Helwani, unsurprisingly, knows how to draw a myriad of information out of any interviewee.  And it was this very talent which unintentionally led to Joanna Jedrzejczyk coming to tears in her post-fight press conference following UFC 211. Jedrzejczyk recorded a comprehensive victory over Jessica Andrade in their strawweight bout on Saturday …

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Watch: Cillian Sheridan Proves Once Again Why He Deserves An Ireland Call-Up

NICOSIA, CYPRUS - AUGUST 26: Cillian Sheridan from Apoel Nicosia in action during the match between Aalborg BK and Apoel Nicosia in the Second Round of the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Play-Offs on August 26, 2014 in Nicosia, Cyprus. (Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Getty Images)

Speaking to Pundit Arena’s Irish football podcast, The Mixer, a couple of weeks ago Jagiellonia Bialystok striker Cillian Sheridan put his brilliant form in Poland’s top flight down to the momentum he had carried through from playing in Cyprus.  Looking at his form in Poland in isolation, though, it is clear the Cavan native has adapted particularly well to the Ekstraklasa, having …

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