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Niall Farrell
Niall Farrell

Niall is a freelance reporter currently writing for and can also be found on

Welliton (R) of Spartak Moscow battles for the ball with Radek Sirl of Zenit Saint Petersburg during the Russian Premier League match between FC Spartak Moscow and FC Zenit Saint Petersburg at the Luzhniki Stadium on March 15, 2009 in Moscow, Russia.  (Photo by Dmitry Korotayev/Epsilon/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Radek Sirl;Welliton 0

Russian Premier League Roulette

by Niall Farrell

Niall Farrell returns to BPF to talk about the state of the Russian football league, where due to the diminishing lack of funding from wealthy oil merchants teams like FC Moscow are folding regularly. Last Sunday was what would be, in the English media, a Russian version of “Super Sunday”. Four of the biggest Russian […]

Sports News - February 17, 2009 0

Arsenal outclass Celtic in Emirates encounter

by Niall Farrell

Celtic will have to look forward to playing in the Europa League this year as Arsenal knocked them out with a comprehensive 3-1 victory at the Emirates stadium, to give the Londoners a 5-1 aggregate victory. Nearly 60,000 fans turned out to see what was always going to be an uphill struggle for Celtic after […]

SOCCER 2009: Bayern Munichn Beat VfB Stuttgart 2-1 3

An Eye On Germany #2

by Niall Farrell

The Bundesliga has begun. Three matches in to the 2009/10 season and already we can see the league shaping up to be a good one. At the start of the season, I said that the only predictable thing about the Bundesliga is that it will be unpredictable. At the moment the top two are Bayer […]


Arsenal take 2-0 lead at Celtic Park

by Niall Farrell

Celtic 0-2 Arsenal You’d have to wonder what it felt like for Cesc Fabregas being the first in his Arsenal team to walk out onto Parkhead. There are only a handful of stadia worldwide that could be said to generate the same atmosphere when full of fans. Much of the pre-game chatter from pundits centred […]