Posts Tagged ‘ Team GB ’

G-Mac To Represent Ireland In Olympics

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Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell has revealed he expects to play for Ireland at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio if he is selected. McDowell represented Ireland in November’s World Cup in Melbourne, ruling out the option of playing for Team GB in Brazil. Jason Day’s final round 70 secured the win for Australia – who had been favourites with Betfair to win the tournament going into the weekend.

Olympic rules state that he could only play for Team GB if three years have passed since representing Ireland. So while athletes born in Northern  Ireland are eligible to represent Great Britain or Ireland at Olympic Games, McDowell has now pledged his allegiance to the Irish in Brazil. Continue reading

Salvation For Domestic Celtic Nation Football In League Unification

celticnationsMark Pitman offers a Welsh football perspective to the potential of a Celtic nation amalgamation.

This month the Champions League once again dominated the football headlines as the knock-out stage of UEFA’s flagship competition matched the biggest, best and richest of the European game against each other. Such is the attention and interest demanded by what is now considered football’s leading competition, the Champions League has grown from strength to strength since ditching its European Cup title for a new image and format, while maintaining the silverware traditions of past glorious with what Jose Mourinho refers to as ‘the cup with the big ears’. The escalating profile and riches now associated with the Champions League justify its revamp, but its new-found status was created out of necessity in order to prevent the creation of the European Super League and the breakaway of Europe’s leading clubs. The idea has since been muted, but it remains an underlying threat to the current establishment, and raises its head whenever there is unrest between UEFA and its clubs.  Continue reading