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Six Talking Points Ahead Of Crucial Ireland v Austria Qualifier

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria 12/11/2016 Austria vs Republic of Ireland Ireland's James McClean celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Following Ireland’s 3-1 defeat to Mexico, the more experienced head racked up an impressive reverse score against South American heavyweights Uruguay.  This will have Ireland is fantastic spirits as they approach another critical game. Austria come to Dublin following a crushing 1-0 defeat at the hand’s of Martin O’Neill’s men and expectations are high for the home side. Ireland look …

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Paul Pogba: It’s Time To Separate The Man From The Marketing

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When Paul Pogba and his Manchester United teammates were lifting the Europa Leauge trophy aloft last week, few people seemed as genuinely apoplectic as Graeme Souness. The TV3 pundit had just watched the Premier League side brush aside a somewhat listless Ajax side, and yet he was like a dog with a bone regarding his criticism of Pogba, as he …

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‘Lack Of Experience’ Is Not A Good Enough Reason To Leave Maguire And Sheridan Out Of The Ireland Squad

May 31st, 2016 was a special night for Republic of Ireland under-21 international Callum O’Dowda. The then-Oxford United midfielder, not long turned 21, had surprisingly been drafted into the senior squad by manager Martin O’Neill on the same night he was due to finalise his squad for the upcoming European Championships, and while there was never any realistic prospect of …

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UFC 211 Preview Part Two: Joanna Juggernaut To Continue

UFC 211 is finally upon us, with some huge fights set to take place in Dallas. Colin Keane is back with Part II of our UFC 211 Preview. _____ UFC 211 Preview Part 1: Alvarez To Punish Poirier, Edgar To Excel _____ The UFC has had a rough few weeks; chaos in the middleweight ranks, Al Iaquinta becoming possessed by …

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