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UEFA Champions League Rewind: Arsenal Gun Down the Galaticos

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Adam Davern relives a wondrful moment in Champions League history. Beckham, Ronaldo, Zidane, Raùl, Roberto Carlos…..the list goes on and on. Back in 2006 Real Madrid had managed to assemble an incredible squad of football’s biggest names. With this sort of talent available to head coach Juan Ramón López Caro, Madrid were expected to brush aside a young Arsenal team …

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PA Issues: Homosexuality in Football

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In the first of a new series title ‘PA Issues’, Eddie Stack speaks about homosexuality in football. Robbie Rodgers has played for one of Britain’s biggest clubs in Leeds United, appeared in the 2008 Olympic Games, was selected in the 2008 MLS Team of the Year, appeared 18 times for his country and was selected for the United States 2010 …

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PA Goals of the Week: Dec 16th – 23rd

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Vincent O’ Shea is back with the best goals from a superb weekend of footballing action. 1. Eliseu vs Osasuna. The swerve on this ball is sensational (skip to 01:40). Copa del Rey Osasuna 1 Málaga 1 by acosart 2. Ashley Young vs Stoke. Astonishing Strike from Ashley Young. Ashley Young goal vs. Stoke – Soccerlust.com by soccerlustcom 3. Yaya …

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French Football Five: 19e Journée

Edinson Cavani

Kevin Galvin brings us the top five talking points from this weekend’s French football action in 19e Journée. 5. Istres A Miracle! Putting a disappointing draw behind them last week, FC Istres caused the upset of the round, beating second placed Lens 2-1 away. The Provence outfit were expected to suffer badly at the hands of the former Champions League …

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Oleguer – Not your typical footballer


Oleguer Presas was not a typical football superstar. As a defender he featured in a star-studded Barcelona side that won two league titles and a Champions League, paving the way for the Guardiola dynasty, but the defender’s thoughts concerned more than just football. Oleguer was born in Catalunya and began his senior playing career in 2002 after coming through the ranks of the famous Barcelona youth …

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Is the era of the tough tackling midfielder dead?

Patrick Vieira

Donnacha Curtin ponders if there will ever be room in football for an old-school centre midfielder again. Recently, a documentary aired on ITV about the rivalry between former Arsenal and Manchester United captains Patrick Viera and Roy Keane, highlighted here: http://punditarena.com/2013/12/16/roy-keane-patrick-vieira-best-enemies/ What was notable about these two giants of English football was the intensity at which they played. Tough tackling, …

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Who will win this year’s Ballon d’Or?

Conor Bray previews January’s Ballon d’Or and believes one man in particular is a shoe-in for the most coveted individual award in football. Who will win the Ballon D’or?  Perhaps the fairer question is: who should win the Ballon D’or?  In recent years it must be said that the best player has consistently won.  I don’t think a single person …

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PA Goals of the Week: Dec 9th – 16th

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Welcome to the first instalment of ‘PA Goals of the Week’ where Vincent O’ Shea will be delivering the ten best goals from across Europe each week. We have ten crackers and here they are in no particular order: 1. Luka Modric vs Copenhagen. A sweet strike by the Croatian maestro to put Real Madrid 1-0 up. LUKA Modrić, amazing …

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The Rise of Atletico Madrid

Diego Costa

Vincent O’ Shea talks about the rise of Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid, a side that continues to cause waves on the continent. Spanish Football has always been about two great clubs: Barcelona and Real Madrid. Both clubs have long been unchallenged as Spain’s elite. As two giants of world football they are steeped in tradition, silverware, great players, a global …

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French Football Five from 18e Journée


Kevin Galvin brings us the top five talking points from this weekend’s French football action in 18e Journée. 5. A Right ‘Metz’ Up Ligue 2’s leaders Metz dropped points on Friday night for the first time since September. With play winding down at the end of an already entertaining clash away to well-placed Tours, Christian Kouakou fired the home side …

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