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Rafael Nadal starts 2014 in great form

Tina McCarthy discusses Rafael Nadal’s promising start to the 2014 tennis season. The world number one has been in action at the Qatar Open in Doha this week in the lead up to the Australian Open which starts on January 13. Nadal will be pleased with his efforts so far as he has had to fight to earn wins against …

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Only A ‘Mata’ Of Time

It is only a matter of time before Juan Mata says goodbye to Jose Mourinho and Stamford Bridge, writes Eoin Lyons. At the end of last season, Juan Mata was being placed aside the €100m Gareth Bale as one of the top players in the Premiership, and had received his honour as Chelsea’s Player of the Year for the second …

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Is it time for the English Premier League to take a Winter Break?

The English Premier League remains the only major European league not to have a winter break, Donnacha Curtin questions whether the time has come to bite the bullet and follow its counterparts on the continent. Questions have been asked for a number of years now, as to why the English Premier League has not followed its European partners in taking …

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TBT: Ronan O’ Gara – A True Great

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, Dave Gantly looks back at the illustrious career of Ireland great Ronan O’Gara. Arguably Ireland’s all time greatest fly half, Ronan O’ Gara’s time in an Irish shirt was filled with highs and lows. From winning the Grand Slam for Ireland with a last minute drop goal to cruelly being dropped from the Irish squad, …

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Aikido? What Price is a Pint in there?!

In the heart of Dublin city’s social life lies a club that offers a different kind of lock-in; the Whitefriar St Aikido club in Cuffe St. Brendan Dowling runs the club and he explained it was founded 25 years ago, shortly after he started practising Aikido. The club had its home on Baggott St until May of this year when …

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Modern Full Backs: Wingers or Utility Players?

The duties of a full back have changed considerably in recent times, writes Gavin Nolan. In football these days, any width in matches is usually provided by the full backs. It is now common to see full backs scoring and getting assists. For example, Leighton Baines has created the most scoring chances and made the most crosses than any player …

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The battle of the football pundits

James Clancy rates British and Irish TV’s football pundits; who measures up, and who’s letting the side down? For me, it is as a pundit that Gary Neville has found his real calling.  I was never his biggest fan as a player, although his stellar career included four hundred Premier League appearances, as well as eight Premier League titles, two …

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PA Premier League Team of the Week – Gameweek 20

A Happy New to all from Pundit Arena, we hope you have enjoyed the first day of fixtures in 2014. All twenty teams played today and our Team of the Week line out at 3-5-2.   GK – David Marshall: Maybe not the most obvious choice, but the Cardiff defence will be devastated to have conceded two goals so late …

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Are the Bassett days back? A closer look at 4-4-2

David Rusk takes a look at the return of the 4-4-2 formation in the Premier League. For years Premier League teams have stuck by their traditional 4-4-2 formation.  Yet during the past few seasons managers have approached it in a different way, trying out new formations.  Does it work, though? Andre Villas Boas (AVB) found out the hard way.  He …

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