Posts Tagged ‘ Aston Villa ’

Grealish Rejects Call Up For Crucial Games

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Martin O’Neill has named a provisional 33 man squad for Ireland’s upcoming Three International Friendly against England in Aviva Stadium on Sunday, June 7, and UEFA Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Scotland in Aviva Stadium on Saturday, June 13.

Today’s provisional squad announcement sees the inclusion of Brentford’s Alan Judge and Aberdeen’s Adam Rooney however Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish has opted to remain omitted from the squad until further notice. Continue reading

O’Neill Names Ireland Squad For Upcoming Games

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Martin O’Neill has named a provisional 36 man squad for Ireland’s upcoming games against Scotland and USA.

Starting away, Scotland host Ireland in a EURO 2016 qualifier on Friday, November 14 at 7.45pm, before Ireland take on the USA in Aviva Stadium in a Three International Friendly on November 18.

The squad will be shortened ahead of meeting up on November 10. Continue reading

Premier League: Costa Powers Chelsea Past Everton As City Slip Up

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An eventful last weekend before the transfer deadline as Premier League champions stumble at Stoke, Newcastle and Crystal Palace play out a thriller and hapless Manchester United only manage a point at Turf Moor.

The Premier League finished its third week with only Chelsea and Swansea holding 100% records at this early stage. Swansea stormed to a 3-0 win over West Brom with Nathan Dyer scoring one either side of Wayne Routledge’s impressive volley at the Liberty Stadium. The win gives Garry Monk the perfect start to the season. Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United career continues without a win, as a rather uneventful goalless draw was played out against Burnley. Record signing Angel Di Maria made his United debut, but his introduction wasn’t enough to spark the lacklustre side back to life. The reigning league champions Man City were blue in more than name as well, with a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Stoke. Ex-United striker Mame Biram Diouf scored the only goal in a surprising victory for Mark Hughes’ Potters. Charlie Austin found the net as QPR recorded their first win of the campaign beating Sunderland in the only other 1-0 over the weekend. Continue reading

World Cup 2014: Best XI Of The Tournament

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The sun has now set on the 2014 World Cup finals, with Germany trotting off back to the heart of Europe with the trophy tucked neatly under their collective arm. It threatened to be a World Cup for the underdogs, until the established powers of Brazil, Argentina, the Netherlands and Germany used their nous to edge out the likes of Costa Rica and Colombia in the quarter-finals. But it was undoubtedly entertaining from start to finish, and here we will look back and celebrate the best performers on this grand stage, with our best eleven players from the World Cup.

Goalkeeper:
Keylor Navas (Costa Rica)

A key part of Costa Rica’s surprising drive into the last eight of the competition, Navas was a reliable pair of hands behind his defence, when called upon. The Costa Rican defence was very strong throughout, but Navas still had to make twenty-one saves over the course of five games, and that was before taking part in two penalty shootouts. Predictably, his exploits have led to plenty of rumours of big clubs trying to sign the Levante man, with the word now that he is off to Bayern Munich. A well-earned reward for the stalwart custodian between the Costa Rican sticks. Continue reading

World Cup 2014: The Dark Horses

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Yesterday, we had a good look at the four teams most likely to win the upcoming World Cup. What we have yet to touch on is one of the most lively debates before any international tournament. Who will be the team who emerges from nowhere to thrill the crowds and cause a few upsets along the way? Is there a team from lower down the international pecking order who can surprise us all and go all the way? Usually there is at least one team who overachieves in these competitions, and calling them right is often the difference between winning and losing the fantasy football wars, so here we will look at four teams who could potentially go from dark horses to World Cup champions in the space of a few weeks in June. Continue reading

Ireland Praises Stoke For Rescuing His Career

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Stephen Ireland has paid credit to Stoke City for saving his career as he prepares to sign a new long-term contract at the Britannia Stadium.

The midfielder admits he was going nowhere after becoming stuck in a rut at Aston Villa, where he struggled to produce his best form following a 2010 move from Manchester City. Continue reading

Former Premier League Star Reveals He Is Gay

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Former Germany midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has announced in a newspaper interview that he is gay.

“I’m making my homosexuality public because I would like to advance the discussion of homosexuality among professional athletes,” he told Die Zeit in an interview to be published on Thursday.

The 31-year-old is the first high-profile German player to publicly reveal that he is homosexual. Continue reading

Villa Confirm Tribute For Kildare Native Jody O’Reilly

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Aston Villa have confirmed that a minute’s applause will be held for Kildare native Jody O’Reilly during the St Stephen’s Day clash with Crystal Palace.  .

The news comes following a large social media campaign after Leixlip man O’Reilly was the victim of a hit and run in Birmingham hours before Villa lost to Manchester United on December 15th.

The 22-year-old student moved to the West Midlands in 2010 just to be close to the club he loved and was killed just hours before the match he was due to attend.

And while strict rules meant a silence would not be possible before Thursday’s match, Villa officials proposed a minute’s applause which was granted by the FA in tribute of Jody.

The large social media campaign initiated by his friends has received extraordinary backing from Villa heroes such as Stilian Petrov and Stan Collymore while fans of Villa’s arch rivals Birmingham City have also offered their support.

An official club statement released today reads

“The Club extends its sincerest condolences to the O’Reilly family and to Jody’s many friends following this tragic loss of life in the hours leading up to our game against Manchester United”.

Jody had tickets for the game and in the three years since he first came over from Ireland – having selected his university course in 2010 so he could be as close as possible to Villa Park – he had become a regular attender at Villa games.

“We will be holding a minute’s applause prior to kick-off against Crystal Palace on Boxing Day in respect of his passing and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.”

 

Sunderland Sack Paulo Di Canio

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Sunderland have sacked manager Paolo Di Canio after the controversial manager was involved in a spat with his players following Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at the hands of West Brom.

The Wearsiders sit bottom of the Barclay’s Premier League and clearly felt a change was needed. Paolo, himself, was in charge for all of seven months. Sunderland released a statement to the press notifying them of Di Canio’s sacking on Sunday evening. In the statement came also the news that Kevin Ball will take charge of the first team affairs until a new manager comes in. Continue reading

King Forced To Replace Duo For German Clash

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REPUBLIC of Ireland U21 Head Coach Noel King has been forced to make two changes to his squad for Monday’s UEFA U21 Championships qualifying round clash with Germany in Sligo.

QPR’s Frankie Sutherland and Bristol City defender Derrick Williams both suffered injuries on club duty in midweek and King has drafted in Derry City’s Barry McNamee and Aston Villa’s Graham Burke.

“It’s unfortunate to lose Frankie and Derrick but Barry and Graham have been in with us before and are very good players whose versatility is important,” said King.  Continue reading