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Author Archives: Eamonn Rushe

Portugal vs Czech Republic, Euro 2012 Quarterfinal: Open Thread

Posted on by Eamonn Rushe

Portugal vs Czech Republic: 2:45pm ET TV schedule Buy Portugal and Czech Republic shirts Sixteen years ago, Czech Republic and Portugal met in the Quarterfinals of Euro ’96. Czech Republic emerged from that game with a 1-0 victory, courtesy of a Karel Poborsky goal. They … Continue reading

Ireland Needs to Look On Its Own Doorstep To Improve Its International Soccer Aspirations

Posted on by Eamonn Rushe

Had anyone chosen to watch the Ireland-Croatia game in a pub, there was hardly enough time for someone to wet their lips before the first goal was scored. Sean St. Ledger offered a brief moment of hope that was soon … Continue reading

The Problems In Irish Football

Posted on by Eamonn Rushe

I overheard a conversation between two football fans today; the gist of it was that Roy Keane had forgotten that the fans paid his wages as a player. They concluded that Roy was an idiot for suggesting that Irish fans … Continue reading

Trapattoni Gives Ireland A Chance to Forget the Decline Of Recent Times

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Nineteen eighty eight. The year Ireland first qualified for a major tournament. Jack Charlton, a World Cup winning Englishman, was at the helm. The tournament was the European Championships. The team, largely looking like misfits, held an unquenchable amount of … Continue reading

Bayern Munich and Chelsea Plan On Wrecking Dreams of El Clasico Champions League Final

Posted on by Eamonn Rushe

The Champions League has entered the twilight zone of football. Bayern Munich, who’s ground will host the final in May, are out to “wreck the dream final” and Chelsea are the underdogs—the filthy rich, billionaire fuelled vanity team of underdogs … Continue reading

What It’s Like to Follow the Premier League From Ireland

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The allure of the multi-million pound dealings and media accessibility has seen the EPL remain the focus for the majority of Irish soccer fans. The national league in Ireland is predominately semi-professional, and it struggles to gain focus over the … Continue reading

Clint Dempsey is Having An American’s Best Season Ever in the Premier League

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It is easy to get lost amongst the labyrinth of media and hyped egos that is the Premier League. So often it is the case that the side issues — claims of racist acts. off field endeavours of eccentricity, and … Continue reading

Could Your Premier League Club Be the Next Rangers or Portsmouth?

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The recent financial struggles of Portsmouth and Rangers have been the subject of debate amongst fans. The worry is that maybe your club is not the invincible landmark of history that it once seemed. The overall financial climate in today’s … Continue reading

Barcelona 7-1 Leverkusen: Messi Carves New Chapter Into His Legacy

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Another chapter of the Lionel Messi legacy was last night etched into history. The mercurial Argentine became the first player to score five goals in a Champions League match, helping Barcelona to a 7-1 second leg victory over a less … Continue reading

Arsenal Exits Champions League Despite World-Class Performance On A Tight Budget

Posted on by Eamonn Rushe

Anyone partial to a football fairytale would have been holding their breath on every intricate movement of the ball at the Emirates Stadium last night. Arsenal, part libertine poet, part philosopher, played with all the verve and reason of old. … Continue reading