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Kilbane welcome addition to FAI coaching team

Former Ireland international Kevin Kilbane is in advanced negotiations with the FAI about taking up a coaching role with the Ireland’s youth teams.

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Flurry of friendlies before Euro showdown

Martin O’Neill will have five friendly games in which to fine-tune Ireland’s preparations for the start of their European Championship qualifying campaign in September.

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McPhail: Duff would light up League of Ireland

Stephen McPhail has urged his fellow former Irish international Damien Duff to join him at Shamrock Rovers.

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Is City’s title race run?

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Manchester City looked anything like Premier League champions in the making as they only just avoided an embarrassing defeat to bottom club Sunderland and allowed Liverpool to tighten their grip on the title race.

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Toffees lose advantage in race for fourth

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Whether it was nerves, or a rare off-day, Everton are back to playing catch-up in the battle to qualify for the Champions League.

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Bale brilliance seals cup glory for Real

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Gareth Bale showed just what €100 million gets you these days with a stunning solo goal to decide last night’s Copa del Rey final.

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Liverpool unites to remember the 96

The world of soccer joined in unison with the people of Liverpool yesterday at a memorial service at Anfield to mark 25 years since the Hillsborough disaster claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool football fans.

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Gunners back in the top four

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Arsenal’s Faustian pact to give up a place in the Champions League in order to win a trophy this season may not, after all, be signed in blood following a crucial victory over West Ham that moved them back into the top four and above nearest rivals Everton.

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Wilson ready to become central figure for Potters and Ireland

Marc Wilson breezes into the media room at Stoke City’s plush Clayton Wood training ground sporting an Easy Rider T-shirt and feeling every bit the man with a lot of road to travel and time to do it.

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First-year coaches in need of some Copa clasico consolation

Tonight’s Copa del Rey decider between Barcelona and Real Madrid in Valencia will be very different from their last final meeting.

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Costa future up in the air

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has admitted he may be powerless to stop star striker Diego Costa joining Chelsea in the summer.

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Stokes eyes Ireland spot

Celtic striker Anthony Stokes feels he has brought new elements to his game beyond goals this season — and is hopeful it will improve his Republic of Ireland chances.

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Pellegrini not ready to throw in title towel

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is convinced his side are still firmly in the Premier League title race.

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Gibson in ‘phenomenal’ return

Republic of Ireland midfielder Darron Gibson is set to be available for this summer’s friendly internationals after Everton manager Roberto Martinez labelled his recovery from knee surgery as “remarkable.”

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Martinez wary as boss Pulis puts pluck into Eagles

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is all too aware of the threat Crystal Palace pose to his side’s top-four dreams.

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Given fills Villa coaching void

Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given has been temporarily promoted to Aston Villa’s coaching staff in a shake-up at the troubled Premier League club.

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Ireland agrees new Stoke deal

The prospects of Stephen Ireland returning to the international fold would appear to have improved further after the player’s immediate future at club level was settled.

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Meyler says Bruce was between heaven and Hull

David Meyler has admitted Hull City nearly gave manager Steve Bruce a heart attack in Sunday’s topsy-turvy FA Cup semi-final before the Cork man’s goal put the icing on the cake of a 5-3 win over Sheffield United.

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Wenger targets five wins for top four spot

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Arsenal v West Ham
Tonight: Emirates Stadium 7.45
Referee: K Friend
TV: Sky Sports 1

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City and PSG among 76 clubs in financial fair play rules sweat

Manchester City and Paris St Germain will learn this week whether they are deemed to be in serious breach of UEFA’s financial fair play rules.

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Respecting the past, Reds look to the future

Today, the city of Liverpool will fall temporarily silent.

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