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Average former goalkeeper, averager current writer/talker of unfounded nonsense.

Robbie Keane: The Retirement Of A Legend Should Be Celebrated

Robbie Keane

Robbie Keane, as expected, announced his retirement from international football today. In a lengthy and emotional statement, Keane said “Today, I am announcing my decision to retire from International football following the upcoming game with Oman on 31st August in the Aviva Stadium”. The end of an unforgettable period in Irish history. I, like the vast majority of Irish football fans, …

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Arsene Wenger: Arsenal’s Dark Knight

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 14: Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on August 14, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

“You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” Harvey Dent’s immortal words from The Dark Knight. And they apply perfectly to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. Arsenal’s initial second-half capitulation against Liverpool on Sunday was only mildly recovered, and the final score of 4-3 flattered Arsenal somewhat. For the third time in four attempts, …

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Seven Of The Main Problems With Modern Football

MARSEILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 15: Antoine Griezmann of France celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group A match between France and Albania at Stade Velodrome on June 15, 2016 in Marseille, France. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

I don’t think that anyone can deny that the face of football has changed irrevocably in the past 25 years. The advent of Sky Sports, the increased commercialisation of the game and the now ludicrous amounts of money spent in the industry was always going to have some effect on the sport. But, below are some of the things that …

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FIFA World Rankings Review: Wales, England, Northern Ireland & Rep Of Ireland

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 25: (L to R) Neil Taylor, Aaron Ramsey, Chris Gunter, Jonathan Williams and Gareth Bale of Wales celebrate their win after the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Wales and Northern Ireland at Parc des Princes on June 25, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

The FIFA world rankings were announced today, taking into consideration Euro 2016 and the Copa America Centenary finals. With three of the home nations and the Republic of Ireland taking part in this year’s championships, Pundit Arena looks at how they fared, particularly compared to the July 2012 (post-Euro 2012) rankings. Considering how much has changed in these teams, it …

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Euro 2016: Five Of The Biggest Underperformers

In the pressure-cooker situation of a major tournament, particularly in one of a recently-expanded format, plenty of players add a few zeroes to their price tags. Players such as Antoine Griezmann and our own Jeff Hendrick and Robbie Brady have both excited fans and placed themselves firmly in the shop window in the past month. But, Euro 2016 was also …

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Cristiano Ronaldo v Lionel Messi – An Unfair Battle

Before you stop reading this article, it’s not another arbitrary comparison of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. I’m not going to give you my opinion on who I think is the better footballer. Comparing two of the greatest footballers of all time is a bit like higher level maths at this stage; boring, worn-out and you’re never going to get …

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A Starting XI Made Up Of This Summer’s Best Premier League Buys

<> at Aon Training Complex on July 1, 2016 in Manchester, England.

The transfer window is a period of uncertainty, insecurity, exaggeration, procrastination, exorbitant transfer valuations and, inevitably, panic. I find that the further into the summer you go, the more money a team is willing to part with in order to get the player they so desperately ‘need’. A glance at David Moyes’ farcical delving into the transfer window, the Fernando …

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