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Oh, Claudio...

So it’s been a few days now since the shock news that was that Claudio Ranieri lost his job as Leicester City manager and now the dust has settled, I thought it was my time to write a small post on the man that led a team to do the impossible. 1,543 more words

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James McClean and a lifelong indifference to political conventions

The boy has wisdom beyond his years. “You learn more about yourself in the tough times than you do in the good times,” says James McClean. 2,298 more words

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An Irishman of pity and intelligence: Eamon Dunphy and a life on the warpath

Ireland has always had a challenging relationship with football and a laborious course of acceptance of it. Once encompassing of all that was alien and English, those who supported it, played it and defended its right of existence as a beautiful game were treated as betrayers of the Republic and the independence it had fought and spilt blood for over hundreds of years. 2,992 more words

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Brian Kerr and the revolution of a problem child

It was blatantly uncomfortable, but we simply could not take our eyes off our television screens. This was the battle that we had waited for, a moment in time for Irish football: David vs. 2,641 more words

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How Miroslav Klose became a German treasure

It is frightening the rate at which our childhood heroes are retiring from football – slowly descending away from the turf, slipping out from the present and into a deep-sea of nostalgia that is as lucid as it is warm in our abiding memories of them. 2,265 more words

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Iker Casillas: the reserved prince of diplomacy

The art of diplomacy, it is said, is to recognise the beliefs, opinions and feelings of other people and to balance them accordingly with those of their opponents – breeding it itself an air of open communication based on mutual respect and rational understanding. 2,394 more words

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John Giles and the true meaning of ‘a football man’

“There will be no past tense here,” Eamon Dunphy begins, as the mood turns sad and nostalgic. The date is 10 July 2016 and John Giles is appearing for the final time on Irish television’s state broadcaster RTÉ in his role as senior analyst for the station’s football coverage. 2,578 more words

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