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Rory Murphy

Rory Murphy
Lover of all sports with a particular interest in golf, football and rugby union. Very mild obsessions with Ji-Sung Park and Patrice Evra.

Watch: Robbie Brady And David Luiz Butt Heads During Chelsea’s Opening Day Capitulation

Chelsea

Reigning Premier League champions Chelsea were stunned by Sean Dyche’s Burnley in the very first half of their title defence. Following an early red card for Gary Cahill, the Clarets began to tear Antonio Conte’s side apart at will. Sam Vokes bagged two either side of an absolutely outrageous volley from Stephen Ward. Soon later, another Irishman was involved in …

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Quiz: How Well Do You Remember The Opening Weekend Of Last Season?

Season Manchester United

The Premier League finally gets back underway this evening as Arsenal host Leicester City in the first game of the new season. The action continues tomorrow morning when Liverpool travel to Watford in what could be a very tricky assignment for the Philippe Coutinho-less Reds. In the afternoon, Chelsea begin their title defence with a home fixture against Burnley before …

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Sky Sports Claim Philippe Coutinho Has Handed In A Transfer Request

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)

News is breaking this afternoon that Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho has handed in a transfer request in the midst of interest from Barcelona. The Reds have rejected two bids from the Spanish giants in recent weeks and it was revealed last week he would be interested in making the switch if a deal could be reached amicably between the two clubs. …

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Five Causes For Hope For Manchester United Ahead Of The New Season

Manchester United POGBA

Following Manchester United’s sobering defeat to Real Madrid in the UEFA Super this week, there was a somewhat understandable over-reaction. The Champions League winners appeared to be on a different level to Jose Mourinho’s side for much of the game and it took a couple of phenomenal David De Gea saves to prevent Los Blancos running away with it shortly …

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Sky Sports Have Again Rubbished The Latest Coutinho Rumours

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool in action during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield on April 23, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Considering the sparkling season Philippe Coutinho enjoyed at Liverpool in 2016/17, it’s no surprise he’s attracted interest from Europe’s best. With Barcelona now desperately looking for a major signing to both appease fans and replace Neymar, La Blaugrana is trying anything to get some signings over the line. Reports have swirled in Spain today that representatives from Barcelona are on …

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Five Talking Points Ahead Of Tonight’s UEFA Super Cup

SKOPJE, MACEDONIA - AUGUST 07: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United looks on during a training session ahead of the UEFA Super Cup at the National Arena Filip II Macedonian on August 7, 2017 in Skopje, Macedonia. (Photo by Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images) SUPER CUP

Manchester United will tonight take on Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup in Skopje’s Phillip II Arena. While it’s not quite a “major honour”, it is a prestigious trophy and both sides will want to get their season off to the best possible start. Los Blancos will compete for more silverware next week as they take on Barcelona in …

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The IRFU Could Soon Be Drug Testing Schools Players

10 May 2014; Jordi Murphy, Leinster, wins a lineout against Edinburgh. Celtic League 2013/14, Round 22, Leinster v Edinburgh, RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE (Photo by Sportsfile/Corbis via Getty Images)

The IRFU look set to follow in New Zealand Rugby’s footsteps by drug testing schools rugby players as young as 16 and 17. The schools game is now considered a high-risk area by anti-doping agencies and a Sport Ireland spokesperson has said the testing of the young players is, understandably, viewed as a crucial matter to deal with. Per The …

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It Looks Like Barcelona’s Pursuit Of Philippe Coutinho May Be Over

BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 29: Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool competes with Fabian Lustenberger of Hertha BSC during the preseason friendly match between Hertha BSC and FC Liverpool at Olympiastadion on July 29, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images) BARCELONA

Having lost Neymar to PSG last week, Barcelona have been on the lookout for a star name to replace him in their famed front line. Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho has been linked with a move Catalonia all summer and the speculation intensified rapidly when his compatriot completed his switch to Paris. He was, however, one of a handful of names mooted to be on La …

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Watch: VAR Reviews Goal At One End, Awards Penalty At The Other

VAR

Feyenoord and Vitesse played out an entertaining Super Cup final today and were only separated by penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw. Jens Toornsta gave Feyenoord the lead after just seven minutes with a thumping volley following some fine work by Jean-Paul Boëtius on the left wing.  The Rotterdam side thought that they had doubled the lead shortly before the hour mark when …

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