Richard Dunne

English Premier League

Manchester City is dangerously close to losing its soul as a playing club

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Manchester City is veering dangerously close to completely losing its soul as a playing club despite the stated "holistic" approach of management. An English club that once upon a time fielded players almost entirely from the British Isles, the Blues are close to completing a transition to an entirely foreign squad.

Manchester City is dangerously close to losing its soul as a playing club

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Manchester City is veering dangerously close to completely losing its soul as a playing club despite the stated "holistic" approach of management. An English club that once upon a time fielded players almost entirely from the British Isles, the Blues are close to completing a transition to an entirely foreign squad.

Why Promotion is the Only Option for QPR This Season

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Queens Park Rangers have one of the largest and deepest squads in Europe. Yet they are not in a European competition of any kind and have one goal: to secure a quick return to the Premier League. Otherwise, they could potentially face financial armageddon.

Chairman Tony Fernandes has been more than generous in backing three successive managers in the transfer market, but this season after relegation to the Championship, the stakes are higher than ever for the side currently managed by Harry Redknapp.

Aston Villa's Travel Roster Announced for US Tour

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Regardless of your stance on international friendlies, it would be pretty hard to deny that the upcoming Aston Villa game is exciting. After all, they would be the highest profile team to visit Portland since Manchester City came in 2010 (I rank them a bit higher than West Bromwich Albion, although not as exciting as Ajax).

Aston Villa Fire Alex McLeish

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Alex McLeish has been sacked as Aston Villa manager after just one season in charge of the Premier League club.

A vocal minority of Villa fans did not want McLeish, who used to manage bitter rivals Birmingham City, in the first place and they got their wish as today he was terminated "with immediate effect" because "the club has been disappointed with this season's results, performances and the general message these have sent to our fans.

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Premier League Tactics Corner: Aston Villa-Newcastle United & Tottenham Hotspur-QPR

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In this week's edition of Premier League Tactics Corner, we dive into Newcastle's use of Emmanuel Riviere and Queens Park Rangers' three-back system.

Holding It Up

Aston Villa did not put a shot on target in Saturday's early game against Newcastle United, and the Magpies should have walked away victorious had their finishing been clinical.

Hull City and West Ham in the market for Richard Dunne

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Hull City and West Ham in the market for Richard Dunne - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Republic of Ireland centreback Richard Dunne is the subject of interest from West Ham United and newly-promoted Hull City.

The 33-year old was released by Aston Villa this summer, following an injury-hit season which saw the defender sidelined for the entire duration of the 2012/13 Premier League campaign.

The decline of Aston Villa.

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Aston Villa manager
Paul Lambert
I've chosen to write a piece for the people that ask: "What's happened to Aston Villa in recent seasons?" The answer is this, they've lost their entire midfield in the space of two years without replacing them with players anywhere near their quality or playing style.

Summing up the summer: Aston Villa

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Arguably the biggest shake up at Villa Park over the summer was the sacking of Alex McLeish and hiring of new boss and ex Norwich manager Paul Lambert . Lambert's goal: to return the villains to the heights of European qualification that they reached under Martin O'Neill not so long ago.

Villa's transfer dealings have seen them restructure their entire defense.

Richard Dunne considering Ireland international future

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Ireland international defender Richard Dunne has consulted Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert for advice about whether to retire from international football to focus on his club career.


Asked if he'd considered retirement, Dunne, who is entering the final year of his Villa contract, replied: "Yes, it has a few times.

Lichaj, Guzan among players on Aston Villa roster for U.S. tour

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Aston Villa have announced their traveling roster for their upcoming U.S. tour, and it includes most of their key players as well as the two U.S. men's national team players.

Eric Lichaj and recently re-signed Brad Guzan are just two of the players on Aston Villa's 25-man roster for their tour of the United States, which starts off with a friendly match against the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday and then has matches against the Chicago Fire and Portland Timbers on July 21 and 24, respectively.

Aston Villa Name Squad For US Tour

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Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has named his squad for the club's pre-season tour of the U.S. where Villa will play the Philadelphia Union, Chicago Fire and Portland Timbers.

Headlining the Villa squad are Republic of Ireland internationals Richard Dunne and Shay Given as well as England striker Darren Bent.

Aston Villa Announce US Tour Squad Roster

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The Philadelphia Union host Aston Villa on July 18 and the English club finally released its squad list for a three day American tour this summer.

7500 to Holte, SB Nation's Aston Villa site, noted that the list showed that American goalkeeper Brad Guzan was re-signed by the Birmingham located side.

Ten-men Spurs held at Villa

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Emmanuel Adebayor scored from the penalty spot at the stroke of the hour but that was not enough for 10-men Tottenham Hotspur to claim all three points at Villa Park.

Aston Villa, who have been dragged into an unlikely relegation battle in recent weeks, took the lead through Ciaran Clark in the 35th minute a goal that drew just as much cheer from Arsenal and Newcastle fans as it did from those in attendance.

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Richard Dunne returns as Trapattoni names Ireland squad

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Richard Dunne has been included in the provisional Ireland squad for the crucial World Cup double header with Sweden and Austria next month.

Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni watched yesterday as Dunne helped his new club QPR to a 1-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

Dunne, who enjoyed a solid pre-season, played the full 90 minutes for QPR and showed no sign of the groin problems that caused him to miss all of last season.

Euro 2012: Spain 4-0 Republic Of Ireland

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Like they needed the help. Spain were only ever going to be denied victory over Ireland by the sort of rearguard action Giovanni Trapattoni's men produced in the qualifying group game against Russia in Moscow. But whereas in Moscow the ball usually ended up rebounding off centre-back Richard Dunne's arse, in Poznan, centre-back Sean St.

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Reaction to Union draw with TFC, HCI wins 2 on the road, USA Sunday funday, more

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Recaps and reaction to the Union's ugly draw in Toronto. Harrisburg in second place after two-win weekend with Union loanees all over the score sheet. USA celebrates Centennial with two wins. More news.

Trapattoni names 23 man squad for Serbia friendly

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Giovanni Trapattoni has announced his squad for the upcoming friendly against Serbia.

Skipper Robbie Keane, keeper Shay Given, central defender Richard Dunne and midfielder Stephen Hunt have been left out of the squad for next month's friendly clash with Serbia in Belgrade.

Stoke's Marc Wilson, Everton's Seamus Coleman and Wigan midfielder James McCarthy all come into the squad.

Italia 2 Irlanda 0 Grupo C Eurocopa 2012

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Ficha técnica: Italia: Gianluigi Buffon, Ignazio Abate, Andrea Barzagli, Giorgio Chiellini (Leonardo Bonucci, m.57), Federico Balzaretti, Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio, Thiago Motta, Daniele De Rossi, Antonio Di Natale (Mario Balotelli, m.75) y Antonio Cassano (Alessandro Diamanti, m.

Euro 2012: Croatia 3-1 Republic Of Ireland

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If only Robbie Keane's singing voice had been the low point of the evening. The lyricism of the Irish language is not exactly enhanced by the Dublin accent. When you add Keane's atonality – and the dirge which is Amhran na Bhfiann, Ireland's national anthem you are in a form of hell. And there Ireland's followers stayed.

QPR Report Tuesday: Some 120 Hours to Go...Eight Years Ago Today: QPR Win Promotion at Hillsbrough...4 Years Ago De Canio Departs...Remembering Peter Springett

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- PETER SPRINGETT, RIP. Would Have Been Sixty-Six Today


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- Flashback: On This Day Eight Years Ago: Ian Holloway's QPR Win Promotion at Hillsbrough: The 2003/04 Season





- Flashback Four Years Ago Today: Luigi De Canio Departs QPR "By Mutual Consent"





- TWO YEARS AGO: QPR WIN THE YOUTH CUP

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- Deepest Condolences to Cardiff City on Failing to Reach the Playoff Final!

QPR Report Tuesday: Some 120 Hours to Go...Eight Years Ago Today: QPR Win Promotion at Hillsbrough...4 Years Ago De Canio Departs...Remembering Peter Springett

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- PETER SPRINGETT, RIP. Would Have Been Sixty-Six Today


- Follow QPR REPORT on TWITTER!
- QPR REPORT MESSAGEBOARD - Visit the cutting-edge, football-only, QPR Report messageboard (and see items you won't usually read elsewhere
- For QPR History in Photos: Visit the truly-fascinating Bushman QPR Photo Archives_______________________________________________________________________________
- NEXT: Manchester City - "Shared" Players, Past Results, Photos & Video & Past Match Reports - Match Previews

- QPR COUNTDOWN CLOCK
QPR 37 37
Bolton 37 35
Blackburn 37 31
Wolves 37 25




- Flashback: On This Day Eight Years Ago: Ian Holloway's QPR Win Promotion at Hillsbrough: The 2003/04 Season





- Flashback Four Years Ago Today: Luigi De Canio Departs QPR "By Mutual Consent"





- TWO YEARS AGO: QPR WIN THE YOUTH CUP

- One Year Ago: Yesterday - QPR PROMOTED - FA Issues Its Verdict on QPR and Faurlingate - Fine but No Points

- Deepest Condolences to Cardiff City on Failing to Reach the Playoff Final!

Republic of Ireland Euro 2012 Squad Named

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Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trappatoni has named his Euro 2012 Finals squad and as hoped and expected Sunderland's James McClean was named in the squad.

However there was sad news as Wigan midfielder James McCarthy made himself unavailable for the squad following his Dad's fight with Cancer.

Euro 2012

Trap Door for Ireland Greats

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Ireland's manager, Giovanni Trapattoni, made a huge decision this week, in announcing his squad for the nation's upcoming friendly match against Serbia in August, which excludes Ireland legends, Shay Given and Robbie Keane.

Accompanying the felled duo out of the national set-up are Richard Dunne – the hero of Ireland's qualifying campaign – and Stephen Hunt.

Euro 2012: Group Stage Worst XI

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By Chris Wright

Taking into account both pre-tournament expectations and performances therein, here's our XI of the biggest flops, bumberclarts and turgid let-downs from the group stages of Euro 2012...

Shay Given (Rep. of Ireland): Poor Shay.

Euro 2012 Qualifier results – Euro 2012: Dunne down about Irish slump

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Richard Dunne has admitted his heartbreak at Ireland's former Euro 2012 issue. We have all the info ,so come back soon

Top 10 Euro 2012 conclusions: Croatia 0-1 Spain

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1. Spain delivered the ultimate 'up yours' to us all. After 87 minutes of sniping about their lack of penetration and subsequent lack of a striker, they literally walked it into the net. 2. The reigning champions did look precarious at one point. Fortunately, they had Jesus (Navas) to be their saviour.

Spain Hammer Ireland While Italy Struggle Again

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The Republic of Ireland's Euro 2012 dreams came to an end last night as they were soundly beaten 4-0 by Spain, while Italy's progression to the knockout stages is in doubt after drawing 1-1 with Croatia.

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque went with a more orthodox line-up against the Irish, inserting Fernando Torres into his starting line-up and Torres repaid his coach by scoring two goals, and giving the type of performance that made Chelsea spend all that money on him 18 months ago.

Euro 2012: Fernando Torres calls time on Ireland as Spain’s real No9

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This article titled "Euro 2012: Fernando Torres calls time on Ireland as Spain's real No9″ was written by Sid Lowe in Gdansk, for The Guardian on Thursday 14th June 2012 21.05 UTC

He was gone before Richard Dunne could even react. Before anyone could. Fernando Torres accelerated past the Ireland centre-back, cruised beyond Stephen Ward and sent the ball screeching into the top corner, taking all the doubts and the debates with it.

Euro 2012: Spain 4-0 Ireland – Super Spanish Helped To Victory By Dismal Irish Defending (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

In Gdansk against Spain, Ireland's fans were superb once again, but alas, the 11 men on the pitch failed to perform to the level that had got them to Poland in the first place.

The 4-0 scoreline didn't flatter the Spanish at all, with Fernando Torres opening the scoring after just four minutes, courtesy of some dreadful Irish defending.

Euro 2012 Qualification – Euro 2012: Richard Dunne and Darron Gibson train in countdown to vital Spain clash

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RICHARD Dunne was back in preparation today as the Republic of Ireland kept their formulations for Thursday dark's Euro 2012 showdown with Spain.

The road to Euro 12 series – Doing the Poznan (Part 2)

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Continuing on from our first part of the Euro previews, here were are with a look into another group

Group B is just too glamorous to be analyzed this early in the process and so in today's edition of "Doing the Poznan" we will be invoking the Carlton Palmer in me and analyzing Group C.

Euro 2012 – SPAIN, IRELAND, CROATIA Rosters – Know Thy Enemy, Azzurri Fans!

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As all squad rosters for Euro 2012 have been made official to UEFA, so have Italy's Group C adversaries: SPAIN, IRELAND, and CROATIA. If you want to find out who Del Bosque, Trapattoni, and Bilic have selected to feature in this Summer's tournament, look no further!

Euro 2012 – SPAIN, IRELAND, CROATIA Rosters – Know Thy Enemy, Azzurri Fans!

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As all squad rosters for Euro 2012 have been made official to UEFA, so have Italy's Group C adversaries: SPAIN, IRELAND, and CROATIA. If you want to find out who Del Bosque, Trapattoni, and Bilic have selected to feature in this Summer's tournament, look no further!

Dunne can't wait for Euro's to begin

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Richard Dunne has spoken of his excitement at making the trip to Poland for the Euro 2012 finals next month, and going head to head against some of the world's best teams.

Ireland kick-off their Euro 2012 campaign against Croatia on Sunday June 10th in Poznan.They will then meet Spain – the tournament favourites and reigning world and European champions - in Gdansk on June 14th before meeting Italy in Poznan on June 18th.

Sunderland Winger James McClean Receives Death Threats After Call Up To Ireland’s EURO 2012 Squad

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By Alan Duffy

Young wideman James McClean has enjoyed a superb breakthrough season with Sunderland, with his surging left wing runs even earning him a place in the Republic of Ireland's preliminary squad for EURO 2012. However, not everyone is happy with the midfielder's success in securing a berth with the Boys In Green.

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Post Newcastle thinking

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This at Viva El Fulham all seems quite sensible so not much for me to say, tactically.

When I saw our lineup I was pleased I thought we'd got things just about right, and probably it was the team I'd have gone with, less Riise.

But turns out they didn't turn up.

It's too early to start shouting "Jol Out!

Redknapp eyes former City defender

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QPR boss Harry Redknapp is reportedly keen on adding more experience to his squad, with the club having confirmed their interest in former Manchester City defender Richard Dunne. The Irishman is currently available on a free transfer, and Redknapp is interested in having Dunne help the club get back into the Premier League following a calamitous season last year.

Again with the Valdes rumors, Blatter blathers, more news

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Reports out of Colombia say Carlos Valdes will begin preseason training with Santa Fe on Jan. 3. Blatter says MLS "still struggling." Best goals of the year videos. More news.

Luis Suarez- Hitman or Wing-man?

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There has been much debate about where the little Uruguayan should be deployed, up front or down the wings. Suarez has played on the wings before, in fact, he started his career down the right flank, he impressed at FC Groningen from this position, notching up 10 goals in 29 games, impressive, to say the least for a winger.