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Steve Neville

Steve Neville
Coming from a family of footballers more talented than himself, Steve Neville gave up and decided to write about it instead. A journalist from Cork, he hopes to see Ireland win a World Cup in his lifetime. He’s not holding his breath. Follow him on Twitter @SteveNeville_

Look Forward, Not Backwards – Shay Should Not Be A Given

Steve Neville slams the decision to bring Shay Given back into the Ireland squad following his retirement. Toward the end of Giovanni Trapattoni’s reign as Ireland manager, there was a cloud of negativity surrounding Irish football unlike any seen before. The turnstiles turned a little less, the press slammed Il Trap and only Liam Brady seemed to have a good word to …

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Di Maria Won’t Be Manchester United’s Angel

After watching Manchester United struggle to draw with Sunderland and then crash and burn against MK Dons, it doesn’t take a genius to see that serious investment is needed. £59.7 million later, Angel Di Maria had been brought in and handed the legendary number 7 shirt with the expectation of changing the team’s fortunes. But Di Maria, while a wonderful …

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World Cup – Week 1: Pundits & Shaving Cream

Now that every team has played at least once, we are in a good position to look back at the World Cup so far, and look forward with the biggest of smiles on our faces. Brazil opened the tournament with a bang and dodgy World Cup song aside, the opening night was a good one. Marcelo scored the first goal …

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Rickie Lambert and Liverpool – The Perfect Match

April 27th, the Battle of Anfield saw Chelsea launching an assault on Liverpool in a quest to derail the Reds’ title quest. With the sides tied, and Chelsea proving impossible to break down, Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard fell and his slip proved fatal as the Kop faithful were forced to wait another year for Premier League glory. Liverpool tried and tried …

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Reasons To Be Cheerful – Cool Carlo Ancelotti

As Real Madrid claimed the historic La Decima, many will point toward the likes of Sergio Ramos, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale for bringing home the gold. And while Bale’s header in the final put a final nail in the coffin for Atletico and Ronaldo’s 17 goals in 11 games smashed the history books on the road to Lisbon, one …

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Five World Cup Strikers For Jose Mourinho to watch

Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to add some much needed firepower to his Chelsea side this summer. There’s no better opportunity to catch the eye than at a World Cup. Here are five strikers who may very well interest the Special One at the World Cup.   1) Fred (Brazil): At the ripe age of 30, and considering Mourinho’s …

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Five World Cup Goalkeepers for Diego Simeone to Watch

Everyone can agree that Atletico Madrid’s now famed La Liga triumph was one of many highlights in this year’s season. A team full of players not playing for themselves, but for the team. One of their key players was Thibaut Courtois, who had an outstanding year, and at 22 is already one of the best shot stoppers in Europe. With …

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RTBC – Joe Brolly blunt in battle against SKY

When I sat down to write the week’s Reason to be Cheerful, I had every intention of writing about the new Manchester ticket of Louis Van Gaal and Ryan Giggs and how they should be by no means written off. And then Joe Brolly started tweeting. Joe Brolly is one of the many reasons people are excited about the GAA. As a self-confessed …

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Five World Cup Midfielders For Louis Van Gaal To Watch

With Louis Van Gaal set to begin his reign as Manchester United coach after the World Cup, the one position he is in desperate need of sorting out is midfield. With Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick seemingly in the twilight of their careers, and Tom Cleverley not living up to his potential, a new man in the middle of the park is needed. …

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Five World Cup Defenders For Brendan Rodgers To Watch

Liverpool’s turnaround under Brendan Rodgers was nothing short of amazing. However, one glaring hole in their team was at the back. They have four established central defenders on their books, but in reality only Daniel Agger looks good enough for a title-chasing side. The fact is that with a leader in their defence, a Vincent Kompany or a John Terry, …

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