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New Dawn Beckons For Ireland As FAI Bid Ciao To Trap

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The Football Association of Ireland have confirmed that Giovanni Trapattoni has left his role as national team manager following last night’s 1-0 defeat to Austria which ended any hopes Ireland had of reaching next year’s World Cup .

The 74-year-old and assistant manager Marco Tardelli have both departed by “mutual consent” after meeting with the FAI this morning.

Trapattoni was appointed manager in 2008 and came close to guiding the team to the 2010 World Cup finals, losing out to France in a tense qualifying play-off with many begrudging Thierry Henry’s infamous Hand Of Gaul. Continue reading

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O’Connor Enjoying Life In Orlando

Many footballers see America as a lucrative move to see out their career but not Dublin born Orlando City star James ‘Connor.

James has enjoyed an impressive career to date since leaving Ireland at the tender age of 16 playing for clubs such as Stoke City, West Brom, Burnley and Sheffield Wednesday before opting to head stateside.

32 year old James recalls his debut with fondness “As a 16 yr old to leave home  it was tough, but it made me grow up fast. I was really excited to get going and looking forward to it. I made my first appearance as a sub and I was really pleased to get onto the pitch.” Continue reading

Irish Star Earls Content With MLS Departure

Earls evades former Arsenal star Ljungberg

Robbie Keane’s move to LA Galaxy ignited Irish interest in Major League Soccer with few having little or no interest in the league prior to the Irish captain’s arrival. For some the MLS posed an opportunity to look at how modern day stars such as Thierry Henry and David Beckham would fare off against lesser opponents. For others it was simply a chance to poke fun at any footballer with a resemblance to one time Irish cap Joe Lapira. 

The media attention that heralded Keane’s arrival in the States would leave one to think he is the first Irish export to the MLS yet many have gone before him. One time Irish striker Caleb Folan pitched up in Colorado, Bryan Byrne in New England while lesser known names such as Ronnie O’Brien enjoyed a six year stint in the league representing Dallas, Toronto and San Jose. 

Such is the newfound acclaim of the league that the FAI are now targeting players who can represent the national team as can be seen by Red Bull New York’s shot stopper Ryan Meara recent declaration for Ireland. But one man has gone relatively unnoticed despite his success in America. That man is Wicklow native Danny Earls. 

23 year old Earls was once seen as the rising star of the Aston Villa reserve side after a three year spell in the English midlands. However after failing to make the break through into the first team he opted for pastures new and signed with New York based Rochester Rhinos. His performances for the USL Division 1 side immediately caught the eye of some MLS club’s and it wasn’t long before he inked a move to the Colorado Rapids in 2010. 

Danny’s first season in the MLS saw him earn both an Eastern Conference Championship winners medal and an MLS Cup winners medal, the later which was the highlight of his career to date. 

But after just one season in Colorado things changed and Earls’ MLS career was plunged into uncertainty. Earls was traded to Seattle Sounders at the end of the 2010 season but never played a game for the club. Seattle ended Earls stay in March 2011. After returning to Colorado to train with his former team he was offered a new contract and made limited appearances during the following MLS season. 

However faith would have it that having been let go by Colorado in January this year Danny would return to his “home away from home”. Explaining his reasoning behind returning to the Rochester Rhinos, Danny said “The main reason was to get playing games again. After the positive 2010 season with 22 appearances and an MLS Cup the second season with Colorado I didn’t play as many games as I would have liked. So far this season I’ve played every minute of every game and it feels great to be back on the pitch again.” 

After leaving Colorado the thought of turning home initially entered Earls head. With limited opportunities to find another MLS team few would have thought the Wicklow native would stay stateside. However his memories of Rochester convinced him to do so and it wasn’t long before he began to enjoy his football again. “With the decision to stay in the states there was only one place I wanted to go and that was back to Rochester. It really is a home away from home. Playing in front of passionate fans week in week out is a great thing. I came back here two months before the season to get in the best shape I possibly could. The manager called me and wanted me to play for him. It was a simple decision. From the off he’s been great and gave me great confidence so really there was never any other place I wanted to play.” 

For now Earls is quite content with his surroundings but a future return to the MLS may well be on the cards for the aspiring star.

The Top Ten Most Hated Men In Ireland

We have in recent years grown accustomed to hating those who have inflicted pain upon us. Sadly given the current state the country is in most of these hate figures stem from past and current governments who have sold us down the river. But among this batch of hate figures lies more than political greed and ignorance as infamous sports stars and circus clowns who pose as singers also feature in our list of the top ten most hated men in Ireland.

1)Phil Hogan-Ireland’s very own Mr. Fix It has become a forlorn figure in recent weeks after his disastrous attempts to persuade 2 million people to pay the household charge failed miserably. As of the March 31st deadline less than half of those eligible had yet to pay the €100 charge. Cracks are also beginning to emerge in the coalition such is the ferocity of the argument against paying the tax.

2)Bertie Ahern-A man of many friends who has become the face of the recession. The former Irish Taoiseach used his many bank accounts to swindle money from left, right and centre. Rumour has it the Oxford dictionary are redefining the meaning of corruption. Expect a picture of Bertie to feature beside it. The disgraced former Fianna Fàil leader is also available for promotional work, if you would like to contact him simply hashtag #willdoanythingformoney or open a cupboard near you. He may be lurking nearby.

3)Sean Fitzpatrick-The wanker banker is a cult hate figure amongst the Irish people having been at the forefront of the banking crash. The ex Anglo Irish chief hammered out loan after loan and will never be accountable for his actions. Prosecution should befall him sometime soon if there is any justice in this world.

4)Brian Cowen-hardly surprising that the iconic alcoholic and legendary Irish ballad singer features on this list. Far be it from me to mention in the first sentence that he succeeded his comrade Bertie, such was his lack of leadership and constant failings. Biffo will forever be remembered as nothing more than an incompetent and senseless moron whose main claim to fame is a drunken television appearance.

5)Enda Kenny-One year into his tenure as Irish Taoiseach the man viewed by many as our very own problem solver is drawing the ire of those who elected him. Pre election promises have failed to materialise but then again what’s new. Has “tried” his best to be seen to be repressing the urgencies of the European Union on many issues, imparticular our low corporation tax. Expect the act to fall sometime soon and Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy will get their way. Big changes are required if Kenny is to return to popularity amongst the Irish public.

6)Gerry Adams-Vile, deceiving, inept just few of the words that could critique the life and times of the Sinn Fèin leader. The republican has more secrets than Pandora’s box. His chequered history is common knowledge amongst the people of Ireland. Adams tested the waters last year when he put forward his comrade Martin McGuinness in the presidential election. He will no doubt have been surprised by the reception McGuinness got and expect Adams to run for the Àras in the future.

7)Jedward-Love them or loathe them you can’t ignore them. Despite not having a musical note between them the Lucan duo have gone on to achieve great success following their stint on X-factor. After a solid turnout at last year’s Eurovision, one would expect Jedwardmania to propel Ireland further up the ranks this year.

8) Ajai Chopra-The deputy director of the IMF’s European department has been a regular visitor to these shores in recent months following the decision by the Irish government to sell our economic sovereignty to the powers that be in Brussels and Berlin. “Chopper” is a 20 year veteran with the IMF and shoulders some of the blame for the burden of debt placed on the Irish people. Had it not been for the economic ineptitude of repetitive Irish government’s he would not have become the notorious celebrity he is today.

9)Brian Kennedy-The Voice of Ireland himself. Self proclaimed media whore, once wrote a song or two and continues to publicise his less than popular book by making ridiculous insinuations. Irish rugby captain Brian O’Driscoll has yet to clarify whether or not he is in fact Kennedy’s sweetheart.

10)Thierry Henry-Irish people certainly know how to hold a grudge and no one will ever forget the France striker’s handball that effectively ended Irish hopes of making it to the 2010 World Cup.

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