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The Villarreal Connection: How Celtic fans inspired a heartbroken man and created a fantastic friendship

When the La Liga fixtures for the 2015/16 season were released the entirety of my school football team were praying that our trip to Valencia would fall on the weekend that Barcelona or Real Madrid paid their annual visit to the Mestalla. So, I think it would be fair to say that when we discovered…

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Big Ears Gets a New Suit: How the European Cup got less classy as it dressed up

‘The Big Cup’ is the best moniker for what we now know as the Champions League trophy and what was, once upon a time, simply the European Cup. It’s simple and pointedly at odds with the eye-roll inducing, grandiose over-dramaticism that accompanies everything about the modern incarnation of the competition. As much as the pomp…

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When the Students Won the Cup; The Incredible Story of University College Dublin’s Class of 1984

In a regular column, Ryan Clarke will look at all the different aspect of Irish football; from history to current developments, interviews and league reviews. In this first edition he tells the story of one of the most remarkable domestic cup triumphs in modern football history. UCD and the Class of ‘84 University College Dublin Association…

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