LIAM MACKEY: Time to be less ABE and more Lincoln in World Cup

The Anyone-But-England brigade will be up bright and early tomorrow, whistling a merry tune and flexing the brims of their Panama hats.

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LIAM MACKEY: Fifa counting the cash as ‘Unified’ bid lands lucrative game of three-and-in

The 2018 World Cup is barely up and running but already we know that the 2026 edition will be jointly hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico, writes Liam Mackey

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LIAM MACKEY: The World Cup: Memories will be made of this

“It won’t be long now…”
In the run-up to Italia ’90, my good friend and former colleague Arthur Mathews would arrive into the Hot Press office each day and offer the same salutation. 

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LIAM MACKEY: Boys in green search for a cure for summertime blues

At least we know that the Aviva crowd will definitely have something to cheer about tonight. With the friendly against the USA doubling as a John O’Shea tribute gig, the feelgood factor is already in place.

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LIAM MACKEY: Liverpool fans are champing at the bit

If you can’t get yourself up for a match like this, then you shouldn’t be playing football, writes Liam Mackey

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LIAM MACKEY: Giving Motty top billing ahead of Consolation Cup final

Is it a product of my age or of the age we live in?

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LIAM MACKEY: From choppers to stoppers - the evolution of football talk

A sore, itchy eye sent me into the local chemist this week to find out what ailed me, determine the nefarious nature of the exotic ‘itis’ which was doubtless at work and — no need to break it to me gently, madam, I can take it — find out how long I had left to live.

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LIAM MACKEY: The girls in green gunning for glory on Wembley stage

There will be a crowd in excess of 40,000 at Wembley today to see Arsenal and Chelsea contest the 2018 Women’s FA Cup final, writes Liam Mackey.

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LIAM MACKEY: Hard life in the Three Lions’ den

Interviewing Michael Owen, in Dublin last Sunday, the talk was always going to be dominated by his old club, Liverpool, and their latest quest for European glory, writes Liam Mackey.

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LIAM MACKEY: So near and yet so VAR

The announcement of Arsene Wenger’s imminent departure from Arsenal may have come as a surprise/shock/relief/inevitability – dilute according to taste – but I don’t mind saying that it came as a personal hammer blow to me, writes Liam Mackey.

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LIAM MACKEY: Man in the middle faces becoming hostage to fortune

In football, as in the world about us, the whistle-blower is never too far from the headlines.

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LIAM MACKEY: Battling for hearts and minds... and points

Our household’s resident young footballer found some rewarding consolation in defeat after the Irish women’s team lost 2-0 to the Netherlands in Tallaght last Tuesday night.

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LIAM MACKEY: Man City: Fabulous but flawed

Manchester City haven’t become a bad team on the back of one bad night at the office, writes Liam Mackey

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LIAM MACKEY: Green shoots offer World Cup consolation

My attention was caught t’other day by a piece in the paper headlined ‘World Cup: Ten Talking Points From The Midweek Friendlies’.

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