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Posts Tagged ‘ Manchester City ’

News In Brief: Keith Barry Predicts Mary-Lou May Join The Jam Tarters

The only surviving picture from earlier this year when Mary-Lou and Gerry got stuck on a fence (Image:belfasttelegraph.co.uk)

The only surviving picture from earlier this year when Mary-Lou and Gerry got stuck on a fence (Image:belfasttelegraph.co.uk)

 

NIB opens this week by wondering if Mary-Lou is still in the Dáil? What craic! Staging a sit in (if you didn’t see it, where were you?) so everyone else could have a long weekend, good girl Mary Lou! It’s not the first time she’s got stuck somewhere though, on a press outing with her Dear Leader Gerry she previously got stuck on a fence. Then there was the “swing incident”, the Henry Street Penneys Protest and the reports this time last year she’d positioned herself on a seat in an industrial estate in Swords, although strangely Sinn Fein deny that one. Most recent reports in the popular press have hinted Martin O’Neill is eyeing Mary-Lou for Ireland’s upcoming match, that’s if she’ll leave Leinster House. Continue reading

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Martinez Denies Coleman Transfer Reports

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez has refuted claims that Manchester United are in advanced talks to sign Ireland defender Seamus Coleman.

The former Sligo Rovers right back has enjoyed a great season, scoring seven goals in the process.

Former Blues manager David Moyes is reportedly interested in bringing the 25-year-old to Old Trafford in the summer but Martinez revealed that he has never discussed the player’s availability with anyone. Continue reading

A Look At The Premier League Title Race

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This past weekend was relatively quiet on the Irish football front, with the only significant headline being that Linfield were eliminated from Irish Cup contention by Ballymena in a 2-1 match (you can read the match report at the Belfast Newsletter). But looking across the water it was a very busy and very significant weekend for the English Premier League. A few unexpected results have potentially shaken up the race at the top, so here’s a quick review of the impact matches from Week 25. Continue reading

Premier League Fixtures Released

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From Wikicommons, user: russavia.

With just 59 days to go until first kick-off, the fixture list for the 2013/14 season of the Barclays Premier League has been released, and whatever computer the League uses to draw the fixtures clearly hasn’t lost its mischievous side. Manchester United’s new manager David Moyes looks to have his work cut out for him; his side will face Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City in their first five games. The clash with Chelsea will be the Scotsman’s first game in charge at Old Trafford and is a mouth-watering prospect considering it will be José Mourinho’s first return to Manchester as a Premier League manager, and Moyes’ first real test at United’s helm.

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Ronaldo Uncertainty Continues

Ronaldo vs Chelsea 2006. Source: Ray Booysen, Flickr

The saga of Cristiano Ronaldo has continued to rumble on, the latest ‘development’ being that the forward has confirmed on Facebook that any currently circulating news regarding his signing of an extension to his current contract is untrue. “All the news about my renewal with Real Madrid are false,” he said via the social networking site.

Many media outlets have taken this as a sign that Manchester United are once more in the running to secure the Portuguese star’s signature for the second time. Apparently the money is there (if not in United’s coffers then certainly in Nike’s, who would be undoubtedly happy to see one of the world’s most marketable players in their shirt), the history is is there and of course, the need is certainly there too.

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German Football Announces Itself With A Bang

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What have they been putting in the water in Germany this week, and where can we get our hands on some of that clearly magical substance?

It’s been another funny old week in European football. During Bayern Munich’s 4-0 humbling of Barcelona on Tuesday night, one of the commentators on TV3 said something to the effect that of all those who would be delighted with the Catalan’s rude awakening, chief amongst them would surely be Real Madrid. Fast forward 24 hours and Los Blancos and their supporters are undoubtedly a little quieter, having been on the receiving end of a 4-1 hiding of their own. It’s hard to believe that the two defeated Spanish sides are home to the top two players in the world.

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Bale Fighting To Face Manchester City

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas will certainly be considering playing Welsh winger Gareth Bale in Sunday’s big face off against Manchester City.

Bale has been out of the team since he was injured 15 days ago playing against Basle in the Europa League. Though initially feared he could have to sit out the rest of the season sitting on the sideline, the 23-year old has been back training with the first team for the past few days and could be fit again for the game on Sunday. “I am pretty confident [that Bale will be fit],” said AVB. “He’s made good progress from the beginning of the week to be training with the team so I think he will [be] definitely up for selection.”

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