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This month
May 2023
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This Man City side won't be remembered as fondly as United's treble winners
Pep Guardiola’s side remain on course to win three trophies this season.
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Is the Premier League becoming Ligue 1?
Treble hopefuls Man City look set to claim a fifth title in six seasons after Arsenal’s slip up against Brighton today.
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Frustrating times for Ireland's great Premier League hopes
Gavin Bazunu and Nathan Collins have had spells out of their respective first teams recently
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Big Sam's return the latest episode in the dumbest Premier League season ever
Allardyce’s return exposes Leeds as having no plan, one of many clubs to have completely lost their way this season.
Last month
April 2023
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Season of triumph and woe a reminder of football's fickle nature for Ireland's shining lights
Evan Ferguson and Nathan Collins have experienced contrasting fortunes following managerial changes.
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Evan Ferguson better off ignoring Man United advances for now
The 18-year-old Irish striker has enjoyed a hugely impressive season with Brighton.
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Shades of Brentford debacle as Man United implode again
A disappointing display saw the Red Devils knocked out of Europe by Sevilla.
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Toothless Chelsea's €350 million worth of benchwarmers says it all
A season of chaos and excess for the English side effectively ended on a fitting note tonight.
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The unsung hero of Man United's renaissance
Christian Eriksen has made a timely return as Man United bid to secure Champions League football.
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The astonishing ineptitude of Premier League giants
Several high-profile English clubs have had poor seasons on and off the field.
This year
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The biggest myth of the Stephen Kenny era was exposed last night
Ireland can no longer be considered all style and no substance, writes Paul Fennessy.
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Duff's Shelbourne impress with Mourinho-esque display
Stephen Bradley’s Shamrock Rovers were left frustrated at Tolka Park on Friday night.
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Are Manchester United back?
The Red Devils won the first trophy of the Erik ten Hag era last weekend and face another big test at Liverpool today.
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Real Madrid deliver the final, brutal blow to Liverpool's broken team
A 5-2 hammering from their nightmare opponents marked a shattering end for a once-great Liverpool team.
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Guardiola rescues City from his own tactical fumble in huge win over Arsenal
A 3-1 win at the Emirates returned City to the top of the Premier League.
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Liverpool must prove Everton win is not just another false dawn
A 2-0 win at Anfield marked Liverpool’s first win of 2023.
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What has happened to Liverpool?
Jurgen Klopp’s men will be desperate for three points against Chelsea today after hitting new lows away to Brighton last weekend.
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Is another Premier League club set to become a sportswashing project?
Qatar Sports Investments reportedly met with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy last week.
Last year
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Difficult spell for Gavin Bazunu but he has the temperament to come through it
The Irish international has had an uncertain start to his career at Southampton.
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The bittersweet feeling of watching Lionel Messi
The 35-year-old fulfilled a lifelong ambition by winning the World Cup on Sunday, but some will have felt conflicted when observing the star in action.
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Why England's latest World Cup exit feels at once familiar and unprecedented
Harry Kane’s penalty miss summed up a night in which France enjoyed the better fortune.
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The big decision facing Gareth Southgate ahead of France showdown
England are aiming to win the World Cup for the first time since 1966.
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The simple reason why Southgate is succeeding where past England managers failed
The Three Lions’ most successful coach since Alf Ramsey has received some recent criticism for his selections.
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Watching English media cover their team through Irish eyes can be baffling - but it's far from an anomaly
Gareth Southgate has endured strong criticism of late for his approach to games.
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Ronaldo only has himself to blame for ignominious Man United departure
The Red Devils confirmed the star’s departure on Tuesday evening.
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Groundhog day at the Aviva
It was another disappointing night for Stephen Kenny as Ireland suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Norway.
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Has Cristiano Ronaldo changed or is it football that has moved on?
The Portuguese star has come under fire recently after refusing to come on against Tottenham.
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Is the old Matt Doherty back?
The Irish star has started the last two Premier League matches for Tottenham.
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Amber Barrett interview epitomises why sport matters
The Ireland striker paid an emotional tribute to the victimes of the Creeslough tragedy after the game.
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For the first time, Liverpool will face Man City more in hope than expectation
Jurgen Klopp has been forced to reformat his side to deal with their depleted energy levels – the visit of City may come too soon for them.
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Why Man City's beautiful brilliance is bad for football
Pep Guardiola’s side were far too good for their biggest rivals last weekend.
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Man United's tactical dilemma ahead of City showdown
Is it too big a risk for Erik ten Hag to play both Christian Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes against the reigning champions?
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Contrasting treatment of Kenny and Southgate shows football is more than just a results business
The reactions to the two managers are a window into their respective national team’s psyches, writes Paul Fennessy.
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Is too much made of Ireland's lack of Premier League starters?
There were just two top-flight regulars in Stephen Kenny’s team to face Scotland.
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Erling Haaland battle will be the latest test of Nathan Collins' true potential
As one of Ireland’s brightest hopes faces the most devastating striker in the Premier League, just how high is the Leixlip native’s glass ceiling?
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Premier League fails to grasp football's true purpose with decision to postpone games
All of the weekend’s football in England has been called off, but other sports will play on.
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Crazy summer spending exposes the Premier League for the TV show that it is
Premier League clubs spent almost £2 billion between them over the summer.
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Perception matters as Brendan Rodgers finds passing of time could soon leave him behind
With Leicester City in a rut, games against Manchester United and Brighton this week provide stark reminder of how quickly tide can turn.
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Cristiano Ronaldo dilemma contains echoes of Roy Keane's infamous Old Trafford exit
The Man United star was dropped for last Monday’s match with Liverpool.
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Erik ten Hag already showing signs of struggle amid the Man United omnishambles
Can the former Ajax manager find success in a dysfunctional sporting strucutre?