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Eamonn Sweeney: ‘Our league is football’s Eurotrash’

Eamonn Sweeney: ‘Our league is football’s Eurotrash’

The League of Ireland is my Frankie. When I write about it I know what Joe means when he says, "when it's your brother sometimes you look the other way." I agree with him that when "a man turns his back on his family he ain't no friend of mine." All the same, I know…
Champions League Round-Up: Ajax Draw Blank, Olympiakos Take Healthy Lead & Other First Leg Results

Champions League Round-Up: Ajax Draw Blank, Olympiakos Take Healthy Lead & Other First Leg...

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Football: Spurs midfielder Nkoudou seals Besiktas move

Football: Spurs midfielder Nkoudou seals Besiktas move

Sport FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - October 22, 2017 Tottenham's Georges-Kevin Nkoudou before the match Action Images via Reuters/Matthew
Lilywhites manager concedes his side ‘deserved’ to lose

Lilywhites manager concedes his side ‘deserved’ to lose

Perth: ‘We will bounce back’. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile Down, but not out. After management said their piece in the Dundalk dressing room, senior players chimed into the post-mortem that followed a draining experience for the League of Ireland champions. "They see it as half-time in their European adventure," said Dundalk boss Vinny Perth, a…
Qarabag – from wartime exile to the Champions League

Qarabag – from wartime exile to the Champions League

Dundalk are in Azerbaijan for the second leg of their second round Champions League qualifier with Qarabag, a side that has gone from losing their home to war, to becoming regulars in the group stages of European soccer. The Lilywhites' opponents are now the dominant force in the Azerbaijani Premier League, having won six successive…
Dundalk boss Perth upbeat ahead of €1.7m showdown

Dundalk boss Perth upbeat ahead of €1.7m showdown

Dundalk head coach Vinny Perth. Photo: Ben McShane/Sportsfile Dundalk boss Vinny Perth says that his group are dreaming big and have no interest in moral victories ahead of a massive €1.7m challenge in Azerbaijan. The League of Ireland champions are locked at 1-1 with Qarabag ahead of their Champions League second-round qualifier in Baku. Qarabag…
Jamie McGrath has become key figure in Dundalk’s European odyssey

Jamie McGrath has become key figure in Dundalk’s European odyssey

Jamie McGrath, here trying his luck against Qarabað FK during the first leg, is hopeful Dundalk can prosper in Azerbaijan. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile Jamie McGrath is breaking new ground by preparing to play a competitive Champions League qualifier in Azerbaijan. As a professional footballer from Meath, he's already used to taking unfamiliar journeys. McGrath is…
Europa League draw: Wolves could play Pyunik or Jablonec in third qualifying round

Europa League draw: Wolves could play Pyunik or Jablonec in third qualifying round

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo's side won the pre-season Premier League Asia Trophy in ChinaWolves will play Pyunik of Armenia or Czech Republic side Jablonec in the Europa League third qualifying round if they beat Northern Ireland's Crusaders.Wolves host Crusaders in their second round qualifier on Thursday before the return leg on 1 August.Rangers will…
McGrath has become key figure in Dundalk’s European odyssey

McGrath has become key figure in Dundalk’s European odyssey

Jamie McGrath, here trying his luck against Qarabað FK during the first leg, is hopeful Dundalk can prosper in Azerbaijan. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile Jamie McGrath is breaking new ground by preparing to play a competitive Champions League qualifier in Azerbaijan. As a professional footballer from Meath, he's already used to taking unfamiliar journeys. McGrath is…
‘They are one of the best sides we’ve ever faced’ – Dundalk boss Perth praises Qarabag

‘They are one of the best sides we’ve ever faced’ – Dundalk boss Perth...

Perth: ‘We will bounce back’. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile Down, but not out. After management said their piece in the Dundalk dressing room, senior players chimed into the post-mortem that followed a draining experience for the League of Ireland champions. "They see it as half-time in their European adventure," said Dundalk boss Vinny Perth, a…

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