Conor Kelly


Conor is a freelance football and pop culture writer from Dublin, Ireland. As well as writing a weekly column for uMaxit, his has contributed to Four Four Two, Squawka and Sabotage Times amongst others. He co-hosts the Final Third podcast.
  • Antonio Cassano’s Retirement U-Turn The Latest Chapter In Maddening, Occasionally Brilliant Career

    Life is never boring in the world of Antonio Cassano and the past fortnight has proved as eventful as ever. Last week, the striker - now 35 and in the twilight of his playing days - joined newly promoted Serie A side Hellas Verona. Eight days later, Cassano announced his retirement to the surprise of many including his new employer. He informed teammates that he was missing his family too much and wanted to quit. The plot thickened though and four hours after the initial news broke, he reversed his decision. At a hastily convened press conference, Cassano explained that his wife convinced him to reconsider. ...

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  • Stephen Ireland’s Career May Always Be A Case of More Questions Than Answers

    In 2007, Croke Park opened their doors to football and rugby internationals for the first time. The home of the Gaelic Athletic Association - the organisation running Ireland’s national sports who forbid members from participating in so called ‘foreign games’ for much of its existence - voted to allow the national sides play fixtures in the 80,000 capacity stadium when Lansdowne Road was undergoing redevelopments. It was a landmark decision at the time given the embittered history between the GAA and other codes dating back to the War of Independence with Great Britain in the early 1920s. In the four years at Croke Park, Ireland’s rugby team thrived and were involved in many special occasions, including England’s first visit to the ground in 2007 which ended in the most rousing and resounding of home victories. ...

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  • A Move To Atletico Madrid – And A Six Month Rest – Suits Diego Costa

    At the beginning of June when on international duty, Diego Costa spoke to the Spanish media and was typically forthcoming. When he revealed that Antonio Conte had informed him he wasn’t in the Italian’s plans for next season, few were surprised. That he was informed via text message seemed unusual, but Costa and Chelsea parting of ways has felt inevitable for months. ...

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  • Gigi Donnarumma Fiasco Once Again Calls Into Question Mino Raiola’s Influence

    On Tuesday evening, Italy were eliminated by Spain in the semi-finals of the European under-21 Championships. The 3-1 defeat brought to an end a turbulent few weeks for Gigi Donnarumma, the prodigious Azzurrini goalkeeper. ...

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  • Dani Alves Would Represent A Coup For Manchester City

    Ahead of this year’s Champions League final, Dani Alves participated in a feature for The Players' Tribune - the sports website established by former New York Yankee Derek Jeter which publishes articles written exclusively by professional athletes - and regaled the story of his career to date. The least surprising passage of the piece involved his thoughts on Pep Guardiola, whom he worked alongside at Barcelona. ...

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