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Premier League Preview: Jose’s Blues Are The Boys To Beat

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With the new Premier League season fast approaching, it’s hard to look beyond an old foe of many managers and fans alike from stealing the limelight once the season gets underway.

This summer’s transfer window and indeed all of the summer’s talk has been shaped around three men, Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Arsenal’s pursuit of the Uruguayan, Wayne Rooney and his transfer request and Spur’s Gareth Bale who is being courted by Real Madrid.

One team, with the exception of a handful of Rooney rumours, has slipped under the radar as they plan to wrestle back a title that they won back to back in 2005 and 2006, and they have Jose Mourinho back to steer them there. Continue reading

Five Irish Players Who Need A Move This August

kdAs all football fans know, the summer transfer window is a time of upheaval with fresh starts, new challenges and last chances for managers and players alike. However, sometimes there is a select few players that may be in need of a move to rekindle or enhance their international career.

Here we take a look at five Irish stars who all need a move before the transfer window slams shut at the end of August. Continue reading

Brave Hibs lose another Scottish Cup Final

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Two first half goals from Gary Hooper and a late Joe Ledley strike secured the double for Celtic although Hibs put on a brave performance and left the field to cheers from their own fans.

 Pat Fenlon’s aim to become the first manager since Dan McMichael on 26 April 1902 to bring the Scottish Cup back to Easter Road got off to a bad start with the news that influential skipper James McPake would miss the game with a back injury.

 Pre match scares over Scotland’s Player of the Year Leigh Griffiths who had reportedly suffered a calf injury were lifted when the on-form striker ran out with his team-mates to warm up, earning a fantastic reception from the large travelling support.

 Since that famous day, 111 years ago, Hibs have only beaten Celtic once in the Cup, a 4-3 victory in the quarter-final in 1985, and have lost to them in four finals, the last being twelve years ago, when Martin O’Neill’s side beat Alex McLeish’s side 3-0.

Hibs went into the game as massive outsiders, with bookmakers quoting 15/2 for the Easter Road side to win the trophy. Continue reading