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The New FIFA World Rankings Make For Interesting Reading

NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Iceland players celebrate their team's 2-1 win in the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

The first FIFA world rankings since Euro 2016 and the Copa America have been released and they make for some interesting reading. After an astonishing final win over France, Portugal have moved from eight in the rankings up to sixth while France themselves have jumped all the way from 17th to seventh. Surprisingly Belgium still remain as Europe’s highest ranked team in second place …

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Watch: Ten Of The Most Memorable Moments From Euro 2016

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 10: Dimitri Payet of France celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Euro 2016 Group A match between France and Romania at Stade de France on June 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

It may not have been the most memorable of tournaments but Euro 2016 still provided us with some unbelievable moments. Here we look back at the stories that captured the imagination of the football world during June and July. _____ 10) Dimitri Payet’s late strike versus Romania The scoreboard reads 1-1 in the Stade de France, this is not how the …

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It’s Complicated: Sports Stars & The Media Rarely Have A Smooth Relationship

Detective Sgt. Dignam once said in Martin Scorsese’s 2006 crime classic The Departed that “my theory on Feds is that they’re like mushrooms. Feed ’em s**t and keep ’em in the dark.” Sgt. Dignam was a straight shooter. A witty, hard-ass detective who called it how he saw it and a police sergeant that thrived on instinct, but his theory on Federal police officers can also be applied to …

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Ireland’s Soldiers Fall To France With Their Heads Held High

“All changed, changed utterly. A terrible beauty is born.” – W.B Yeats, Easter, 1916. Same country, different heroes. 100 years on from our most historic battle, and O’Neill’s men had written themselves into the history books. The COYBIG-natories read aloud the proclamation on the steps of the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, cast aside the Italians and established a new footballing republic. “Having organised and …

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Opinion: Ireland Shouldn’t View France Tie As Revenge Mission

French forward Thierry Henry (L) and Irish defender Richard Dunne are pictured at the end of the World Cup 2010 qualifying football match France vs. Republic of Ireland on November 18, 2009 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, northern Paris. Former champions France secured their World Cup spot after a 1-1 draw with the Republic of Ireland at the Stade de France. France won the two-legged tie 2-1. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

The events of 18th November 2009 are well known to those who consider themselves fans of the French or, more pertinently, the Republic of Ireland national team. Sunday’s rematch between these two sides in the second round of the European Championships has been billed in most quarters as a chance for the Irish to finally exact their revenge upon their …

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