Category Archives: Football teams

Can Ireland return to international competition at Euro 2024?

For anyone who grew up during the 1990s watching the Irish national team, it must have seemed like they belonged at the top table of international competition. Unlucky not to make the semi-finals at Euro ‘88, they then qualified for two World Cups on the bounce, and racked up some significant scalps on their way. At the beginning of the new millennium, there they were again, one penalty shoot-out away from a quarter-final berth. For a good 14 years, Irish…
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Five football clubs with betting & casino company sponsorship

With football’s huge influence and followership, it is no surprise that the big betting corporations are struggling to be involved, one way or another. A feature that has become common sight is these famous gambling companies reach a sponsorship agreement with a soccer club. The story is the same, from the Premier League in England to La Liga in Spain. Most clubs competing in the EPL are backed by an internet casino, proudly adorning the logo on the jersey’s fronts.…
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Centre backs and strikers: Why are these the main focus of transfer rumours for Manchester United?

Manchester United endured a difficult spell in the just concluded campaign, a sharp contrast to the previous season, when they finished in second place. Olé Gunner Solksjær had a poor run of games before being replaced by Ralf Rangnick, who struggled to get the team in decent playing shape. Overall, the 21/22 season was rife with inconsistencies and backroom drama comparable to a telenovela. However, Manchester United looks set to change the narrative in the new season, having commenced a…
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EPL rivalries – Manchester United

Old Trafford has been the scene of some terrific rivalries Rivalries in football are what make the game special. They add that extra bit of spice to a game, a tournament, even a season. It gives fans bragging rights over and above temporary league position and status. Derbies are famous for upsetting the odds, so conversely are ideal games to use free bets, where teams struggling at the bottom of the league are able to get one over their biggest…
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England vs Ivory Coast preview & team news

Wembley Stadium will play host to the first-ever encounter between England and Ivory Coast. Tuesday's fixture in London will serve to drop the curtain on the Three Lions' international break. Gareth Southgate's side came from behind to beat Switzerland 2-1 on Saturday as goals from Luke Shaw and Harry Kane either side of half-time cancelled out Breel Embolo's opener. If you are betting on the Ivory Coast game, make sure you use the freetips.com NEWBONUS promo code to help you…
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Harry Kane future in doubt as he closes in on international goalscoring record

Once again, the future of Harry Kane is a subject of discussion and the striker has refused to rule out a move away from Tottenham Hotspur. Kane was heavily linked with a switch to Manchester City last summer, but a move failed to materialise as the English champions were unable to reach an agreement with Spurs.Manchester City are currently the favourites with bookmakers to complete a treble this season as they lead the betting odds for the Premier League, Champions…
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England vs Switzerland preview & potential line-ups

Saturday's encounter between England and Switzerland at the Wembley Stadium will serve to get both nations' warm-up campaigns for Qatar 2022 underway. The Three Lions cruised to a top-place finish in 2022 World Cup qualifying Group I, going unbeaten in all ten qualifying fixtures (W8, D2) to lock an automatic berth at December's showpiece event with a game to spare. Despite suffering a heartbreaking Euro 2022 grand final defeat to Italy, 2021 proved successful for Gareth Southgate's team as they…
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England’s one-cap wonders

Scoring a goal for England is what most schoolchildren dream of when they're emulating their heroes on the playground. For those lucky enough to become professional footballers, representing their nation is the pinnacle of their career. But unfortunately for some players, running out in the white of the Three Lions doesn’t always go to plan. With the European Championships just a few months away, some players are already guaranteed to be in Gareth Southgate's squad. There are still plenty of…
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Can Southgate convince Vardy of Three Lions return?

The clamour for Jamie Vardy to return to the England set-up is growing and it looks like it will only get louder based on the Leicester City striker’s current form. The Foxes star has made an electric start to the campaign and was once again prolific as he helped Leicester secure a 4-1 win against Leeds United at Elland Road at the start of the month. Following that win in West Yorkshire, Vardy had been involved directly in 13 goals…
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Norway’s Golden Era: Inspired by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer?

Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer established a reputation for being one of the era’s most prolific impact substitutes. Having been the face of Norwegian football for a decade during his spell at Old Trafford, the now 47-year-old was the catalyst in bringing the second striker role to the forefront of football.   Following his match-winning goal in the 1998-99 Champions League final against Bayern Munich, Solskjaer has inspired numerous players in Norway’s existing golden generation, including Erling…
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