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Opinion: Is Stephen Ward Ireland’s Most Improved Player Of 2016?

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 6/10/2016 Republic of Ireland vs Georgia Ireland's Stephen Ward

Stephen Ward has been a much maligned figure by Ireland fans in recent years. However the past eighteen months have marked a huge improvement for the Burnley fullback. Although he is far from the complete package, he has made many positive changes to his overall game. Ward endured much criticism in the later stages of Giovanni Trappatoni’s reign as Ireland …

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In Pictures: A Look Back At Some Of The Biggest Football Moments Of 2016

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2016 saw one of the biggest surprises in football history as Leicester City won the Premier League title. From starting odds of 5,000-1 Claudio Ranieri’s unfancied Foxes defied the bookmakers (and all logical thinking) through a combination of solid tactics from the manager, a hard-working defence and the brilliance of N’Golo Kanté, Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, lifting the title …

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How Martin O’Neill Has Turned Around Ireland’s Fortunes

LILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 22: Robbie Brady (C) of Republic of Ireland is congratulated by Martin O'Neill (R) manager of Republic of Ireland after their team's 1-0 win in the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E match between Italy and Republic of Ireland at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on June 22, 2016 in Lille, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Sitting at their lowest ranking since the system was incorporated in 1993, Ireland football seemed dull, depressing and doomed. Five years under Giovanni Trapattoni had its highs such as qualifying for Euro 2012 and his side possibly deserving of a place at he 2010 World Cup but it was a downward spiral thereafter. Trapattoni was a national hero of sorts …

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Wes Hoolahan: A Case Of The Grass Always Being Greener?

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 13: Wes Hoolahan (L) of Republic of Ireland celebrates scoring his team's first goal with his team mate Glenn Whelan (R) during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E match between Republic of Ireland and Sweden at Stade de France on June 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

With Ireland set to face Austria in a pivotal clash in Vienna on November 12, the public are guaranteed to hear either Eamon Dunphy lament to exclusion of Wes Hoolahan from the starting line-up or quiver with excitement in the wake of his favourite Irish player starting in a crunch game. Hoolahan is by far Ireland’s most creative player and has …

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Exclusive: We Speak With Gareth Bale’s High School PE Teacher

CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 09: Gareth Bale of Wales is tracked by Giorgi Navalovski (L), Jano Ananidze (2L) and Murtaz Daushvili (R) of Georgia during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Wales and Georgia at Cardiff City Stadium on October 9, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

At a time when Gareth Bale’s name is being splashed across headlines regarding his new contract negotiations with Real Madrid, we caught up with the Wales international’s former PE teacher, Gwyn Morris, who taught Bale at Whitchurch High School in Cardiff, from 2002-2005. In an exclusive interview with Pundit Arena, Morris discusses subjects such as Bale’s innate talent, unique personality and the other …

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Crowd Troubles Overnight Turn The Beautiful Game Into An Ugly Disgrace

Fan violence and hooliganism has once again reared its ugly head in English football as troubles flared at both Old Trafford and the London Stadium overnight. Crowd troubles have blighted English football for decades, with some factions within rival fan bases seemingly unwilling or unable to coexist in the same space at the same time. Following the Heysel Stadium disaster …

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Leicester’s Success Acknowledged As Vardy And Mahrez Named On Ballon D’Or Shortlist

Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez were both named in the 30-man Ballon d’Or shortlist after a stellar season last year saw the duo score 42 goals and provide 17 assists between them. Other standout performers in Leicester’s title-winning season miss out, such as N’Golo Kanté, Christian Fuchs and Wes Morgan, with only three defenders making the shortlist. Vardy …

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