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Captain’s dream finish

Dundalk captain Stephen O’Donnell hailed his comeback as a "fairytale" after his goal set the Louth men on their way to their first league title in 19 years against Cork City at Oriel Park last night.

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Mourinho reluctant to risk Costa

Jose Mourinho will assess how Diego Costa trains today before deciding whether he can play at Manchester United tomorrow, but insisted the forward must be fully ready as Old Trafford is "not a place to protect players".

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Wenger: Turn up the heat

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger remains confident his side can reach boiling point over the next 10 games and force their way back into the Premier League title race.

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Mario antics hide Reds’ real problem

Under-fire striker Mario Balotelli’s spell in the headlines has helped deflect attention from Liverpool’s real problem but manager Brendan Rodgers knows that is something which cannot be ignored.

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UCC title furore rumbles on

University College Cork (UCC) may have been awarded last year’s Munster Senior League (MSL) title at arbitration but the controversy is set to rumble on, with the aggrieved parties meeting next week to consider their next steps.

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Resurgent Fulham climb out of bottom three

Fulham 3 Charlton 0

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Ferdinand to retire at end of season

Former England captain and QPR defender Rio Ferdinand plans to retire from football at the end of the season.

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Galway set up play-off with UCD

Shelbourne 1 Galway FC 2(Galway FC win 4-1 on agg)

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Cannon fires up UCD

UCD 1 Drogheda United 0

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O’Donnell lifts Dundalk over the line

They called him ‘Captain Fantastic’ and the black and white hordes sung his praises when he was named over the public address man of the match.

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Defiant Van Gaal vows to put up ‘iron shield’ to deal with critics

Louis van Gaal will put up his "iron shield" and do battle with those who criticise his methods at Manchester United.

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A special leap of faith for United

As Jose Mourinho eased himself into the dugout at Old Trafford, acknowledging his opposite number as he did so, he briefly and pointedly caught the eye of Chelsea’s captain as the defender walked past; it was a look of mutual respect, of shared history, of shared memories.

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Pellegrini: Aguero can be world’s best

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini believes striker Sergio Aguero has the potential to become the best player in the world.

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We won’t lie down, warns Hughes

Stoke manager Mark Hughes has warned Southampton counterpart Ronald Koeman to expect a far rougher ride this weekend compared to their recent stroll against Sunderland.

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England call-up next on wish list for Spurs hero Kane

Harry Kane is eyeing an England call-up after continuing his impressive rise with a hat-trick for boyhood club Tottenham.

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Classy Coleman will only get better, gushes Martinez

Roberto Martinez has hailed Seamus Coleman as "one of the most consistent full-backs in the league" and has insisted there is better to come from the Donegal man.

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Enrique: Suarez will feature in El Clasico

Head coach Luis Enrique has confirmed that Luis Suarez will make his Barcelona debut during today’s El Clasico showdown at the Bernabeu.

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Pantomime villain Luis back on stage

There is never a dull moment with Luis Suarez.

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Cork City v Dundalk: No place to hide in title showdown

Lights, camera, action — the stage is set for a blockbuster finale to the SSE Airtricity League season at Oriel Park.

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City bank on Buckley’s northside grit

When attempting to outline differences between people who reside on the southern side of the River Lee and those who live on its northern slopes, one would always be best advised to tread carefully.

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Healy primed to pitch in for City

Colin Healy is prepared to put his aversion to Dundalk’s artificial pitch aside tonight for the sake of hunting his first league winners’ medal at the age of 34.

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Dundalk determined to put Cherrie on top

Peter Cherrie hopes to emulate fellow Scot Tom McNulty and help Dundalk secure a league title.

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Misfit Mario ‘doing his best’

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits Mario Balotelli has plenty of work to do to prove he is good enough to be at the club, with the Italian star’s future at the club again plunged into doubt.

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Lamela lights up Lane while hat-trick hero Kane ends in goal

Erik Lamela scored one of the finest goals ever seen at White Hart Lane on a night in which Tottenham’s hat-trick hero Harry Kane ended the thrashing of Asteras Tripolis in goal.

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Whelan and Hoolahan likely to miss qualifier in Scotland

No sooner had he experienced the relief of seeing Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy back in action for Everton, than Martin O’Neill has suffered the double whammy of learning that Glenn Whelan and Wes Hoolahan look set to miss next month’s Euro qualifier away to Scotland.

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Sporting complain over Schalke loss

Sporting Lisbon have lodged a complaint with Uefa following their 4-3 loss to Schalke in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

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Students and Athlone battle for survival

It won’t be just at the top of the table that there will be last night nerves tonight.

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1991 defeat not playing on Caulfield’s mind

Despite being little over 30 years old, tonight’s SSE Airtricity League Premier Division decider against Dundalk will be the fourth time that Cork City have taken part in a final-day battle for a title.

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REBEL YELL: Danny Murphy and John O'Flynn celebrate victory over NEC Nijmegen in the Intertoto Cup  at Turner's Cross in July 2004. Picture: David Maher/Sportsfile

Cork City working on a dream

In an edited extract from his new book about the club, the Cork City stalwart Neal Horgan recalls the thrills and spills of European football which helped shape the celebrated title-winning team of 2005.

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Wenger’s perfect birthday present

Anderlecht 1 Arsenal 2
Substitute Lukas Podolski netted a dramatic late winner as Arsenal came from behind with two goals in the final two minutes to beat Anderlecht 2-1 and hand manager Arsene Wenger a 65th birthday to remember at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium last night.

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Keane wants feelgood factor back for Ireland

Roy Keane is relishing a return to Celtic Park next month for a Euro qualifier against Scotland which he reckons will be an uncompromising, no-holds-barred battle.

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Lilywhites looking for a fairytale finish

Had you predicted a few years back that the 2014 SSE Airtricity League Premier Division title race would be a straight shootout between Dundalk and Cork City, you’d have to forgive people for giving you a few strange looks.

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Lille attempt to take focus off Origi

Lille boss Rene Girard has attempted to ease the pressure on Liverpool’s Divock Origi ahead of tonight’s Europa League Group H clash with Everton (6pm, live on Setanta Ireland).

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Spurs having a ‘tough period’

Head coach Mauricio Pochettino accepts Tottenham are going through a "tough period", but believes something special is in the offing — with silverware not too far away.

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Celtic putting the emphasis on attack

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has urged his players to take their league form into the European scene tonight against Astra Giurgiu (8.05pm, live on 3e).

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Atletico turn on style to crush Malmo

Atletico Madrid produced a storming second half to hammer Malmo 5-0 at the Vicente Calderon in Group A last night.

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Pope Francis welcomes Bayern to Vatican after Roma rout

Pope Francis welcomed the victorious Bayern Munich team to the Vatican after their 7-1 Champions League rout of Roma, telling them they "played a wonderful game" and receiving a signed jersey and ball in return.

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COMMENT: Balotelli’s half-time antics puts Anfield future in doubt

Mario Balotelli gave away his Liverpool shirt at half-time against Real Madrid in a moment that symbolised the gaping gap between the two sides; and there will be now be inevitable speculation over whether he will ever get it back again.

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Reality bites as Madrid put Reds in their place

Liverpool 0 Real Madrid 3
Expected it may have been but Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid still delivered a brutal and demoralising reminder of where Liverpool stand amongst Europe’s elite.

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Low-key approach key, says O’Flynn

When Cork City won what was then known as the eircom League in 2005, John O’Flynn and Liam Kearney got the vital goals in the final game against Derry City.

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Boyle feels vindicated by Dundalk resurrection

As he stands 90 minutes away from the ultimate achievement as a footballer, Andy Boyle understandably has no regrets about joining Dundalk, after they’d just survived relegation.

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