Stoke City keeps hold of Ireland despite his season ending injury

For the 1st time in the entire playing career of Stephen Ireland, he failed to make a single competitive appearance for his club during the 2016-17 English Premier League season due to an injury that the Irish midfielder sustained back on April.


Even though the 30 year old footballer could not make a single league appearance for Stoke City during the season of 2016-17, the English club still opted to offer the experienced player a contract which will be keeping him in Stoke City at least for 6 more months.

¨Stephen has been forced to put his career on hold after suffering a very serious injury in training through no fault of his own.He’s working incredibly hard to get himself back to full fitness and we felt that it was only right to offer him a short-term contract to give him peace of mind while he continues with that process¨the chief executive of Stoke City, Tony Scholes said.

With the 2017-18 season of the English Premier League edging nearer, it was initially expected that Stephen Ireland would be released by Stoke City but surprisingly enough, the 30 year old player was offered a contract renewal and he decided to accept it.

Ireland arrived to Stoke City back on 2014 as he joined the English outfit on a loan deal and his contract was converted into a permanent deal.

Stoke City had to settle with the 13th spot of the English Premier League during the previous season of 2016-17 with 44 points collected after having lost 16 matches, tied 11 and won 11.

Stephen Ireland would have wanted to help his out and snatch a higher spot in the English Premier League but his injury made it impossible to get in the pitch, it still remains uncertain as to when exactly he will be fully recovered but Ireland is eager and motivated to make a return and help Stoke City, especially now with the contract renewal that he was given.

O’NEILL RETAINS INTEREST IN WES HOOLAHAN

Coach Martin O’Neill remains focused on Wes Hoolahan as he plays to the strength of players in the squad.


The manager has recognized the ability of the player so he would keep him close though he prefers to play with the midfield options he has.

Hoolahan is the man where the other options are down or limited. He is known to change the way players around him play even though he knows just the front foot approach. The crowd are always excited and expectant when he is on the pitch.

When they played Austria, Hoolahan would have helped the team with the approach as the choices in midfield failed to deliver. Robbie Brady was flat out in the game as he seemed exhausted after a busy year; Jeff Hendrick did not live up to the billing as he did back at the Euros; Glenn Whelen did the usual which is to play just to instructions and not to the live event. On the other hand Harry Arter was just running while failing to achieve the desired expectations.

James McClean was the only one who attempted to follow Roy Keane’s approach. The aerial bombardment approached failed as the opposition quickly mopped up the ball and the follow up from the Ireland side was weak.

Giovanni Trapattoni ignored Stephen Ireland, while disciplining Andy Reid from the team. Hoolahan was also a victim but O’Neill recognizes the work of the player in the team.

When the result between Serbia and Wales was announced, the team knew they had lost a chance. O’Neill said in the first 15 minutes, the team failed to do anything regarding getting a front foot in the match. He added that the sloppy play allowed the Austrians get into the game and they could only grow comfortable.

REMEMBERING THE YOUNG STEPHEN IRELAND

Once upon a time a decade ago, there was a youngster called Stephen Ireland.


The Republic of Ireland played Wales in a Euro qualifier in Dublin. Bale was then with Southampton as a youngster but he showed potential of growing into something extraordinary. He was just 17 year old.

There was another youngster Stephen Ireland who was three years older than Bale and was much more developed. He stole the show that day. He was already a breakthrough attacking prospects at Manchester City.

Young Ireland had scored in games against Cyprus and San Marino and in his fourth cap for Ireland he showed his capabilities. At Croke Park, he showed the promise of being the next Roy Keane, scoring the only goal of the game to end Wales’ chances at the European event. Ireland rounded up Welsh keeper Danny Coyne before netting.

Ireland are set to face Wales a decade later but that young rising star is nowhere to be found. Now with Stoke City, Ireland – bearing the same name as his country – failed to live anywhere close to the hype.

After that game, he played two international games before getting on the wrong side of the fans for dishonestly opting out. His action led to his gradual disappearance in Irish football. He had claimed his grandmother died and wanted compassionated leave but he returned to ask for forgiveness after the falsehood was uncovered.

His nine-goal contribution to City in 2009 earned him the Man City Player of the Year award but upon exiting the City squad, his career fizzled out. Roberto Mancini took over from Mark Hughes and with Ireland at Aston Villa, nobody heard from him anymore. Injuries blighted his career no doubt but his fall from grace was epic. Today he is just the regular Premier League cautionary tale.

Is Al Jazira still interested in signing Stephen Ireland?

In the early stages of 2016, the Irish midfielder Stephen Ireland was believed to be nearing a move to the Arab Emirates as rumors were linking him with Al Jazira as the club was attempting to replace the Brazilian midfielder ThiagoNeves.


Stephen Ireland is performing with Stoke City and has been with the Premier League club since 2014 but he has failed to make a real impact with the club despite being in the English outfit for over 2 years.

In his debut season with Stoke City, Ireland made 25 appearances which is a very good number as the Irish midfielder was a regular starter but his amount of appearances started to drop after that season.

In the 2nd season of Ireland with the English club, he made 17 appearances and it was later dropped to 13. Stephen Ireland is currently struggling with a knee injury that he sustained back in May of 2016 and this injury has kept the Irish player out of the playing grounds ever since then.

Taking into consideration the fact that Ireland has been making fewer appearances with Stoke City and his knee injury, it remains uncertain if he will become a regular starter for the Premier League club anytime soon and it might be better off for him to simply join another club and Al Jazira was one of the teams that were linked with Stephen Ireland but a transfer was never done.

Whether or not Stephen Ireland makes a move to Al Jazira or to another club is something that remains to be seen but it does look like he has fallen out of favor in Stoke City and this knee injury will only makes things even harder for him to get back into the first team and be a regular starter like he used to be during his debut season.

STEPHEN IRELAND’S CAREER SEEM TO BE OVER

Thirty-year old Stephen Ireland’s career seems to be over as he has failed to live up to the hype when he started his career.


The Corkman seemed to be on the path to being a legend but all of that has failed to happen. The veteran has shared the dressing room with numerous players who have gone on to become stars in their own right.

The Ireland international – while wearing his green jersey – was the first person to get an Irish goal at Croke Park, aside other goals in competitive games as a young player. Ireland was nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year before he retired from international football at 22 years.

The player is yet to feature this term after his broken leg incident on the training ground last May. Stoke City manager Mark Hughes disclosed that Ireland was already building strength by running at the club’s stadium.

Noel King gave the impression that Ireland could return to the national team, forcing Martin O’Neill to answer questions about the player but all that is history. Though Stephen played for top sides – Man City, Aston Villa and Newcastle – during his career, he also suffered the trappings of being a soccer star.

After City sent him away, it was O’Neill that started the process that eventually led to his arrival at Villa Park but the coach was gone before he arrived. Stiliyan Petrov praised Ireland’s work ethics on the training ground but Gerard Houlier felt his hard work was below par on the pitch and it led to his exit. Under Hughes, he has played just 18 times in three years in the league. He started all of his league games from the bench last term and the injury seems to be the beginning of the end.

PLAYERS WITH SAME SURNAME AS THEIR COUNTRIES

Some players share the same names as their countries.


One common example is Irish professional footballer who plays for Premier League side Stoke City, Stephen Ireland. The player’s surname is the same as his nationality. Another is ex-Hellas Verona midfielder, Vincenzo Italiano whose surname is his nationality in his native language.

Close examples are Arsenal shot stopper Petr Cech whose surname is almost the same as his country – Czech and Sligo Rovers goalkeeper, Michéal Schlingermann from County Mayo but with a German dad. At least Schlingermann has ‘german’ as part of his surname.

There many other examples in world football. For Turkish players, numerous surnames contain the word: ‘Türk.’ ‘Öztürk’ is one of the most popular surnames in the country, and there are several football players of Turkish origin with that name. The Guardian compiled a list of Turkish players that can form a squad but have ‘Türk’ in their surname.

There’s Fatih Öztürk who would be the shot stopper. Left back and right back would be Mehmet Türkmehmet and Alpaslan Öztürk. Central defenders are Engin Aktürk and İbrahim Öztürk. For the player above the defenders, there is the option of Kemalettin Şentürk, while Yıldıray Baştürk and Sezer Öztürk could be the central midfielder dictating the pace of the game. At the wings, Kubilay Türkyılmaz could play the left wing and Göksu Türkdoğan would terrorize defenses from the right wing. Semih Şentürk would striker and the manager would be none other than Yılmaz Yücetürk.

There are several players that fit into the squad, and it can be expanded further to form a full team with regulars and reserves.

There are other players’ names that share the same nationalities as their countries. Some countries would definitely have more players with the same names as their nationalities. Imagine how many are in North America or the United Kingdom.

Mark Hughes Still Confident of Top 10 Finish at Stoke City

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes believes that he is still capable of delivering a top ten finish this season despite having no victories even after five games into the campaign.

The home match against West Brom on Saturday was a great opportunity for the club to get the first league win under way. However, it was not to be as the two teams could only manage a 1-1 draw. As a result, the club remain just one place above the bottom of the table and are fast being pulled into a relegation battle even at this early stage in the campaign.

Hughes managed to get the club into ninth place last season and it was seen as a commendable achievement given that there was a transition period at the club. They had expected to build on the success of last season, but so far it has been a very poor start to the campaign. It puts a lot of pressure on manager Hughes, as Stoke City would want to build on their Premier League status and not be involved in a relegation fight. One of the major worries for the club this season has been the defence, which has already conceded 15 goals in just six games.

“We’re not bottom of the league and we won’t be at the end of the season. We’ll be where we hope we’re going to be and we’ve still got time to hit the targets we set ourselves.Does that mean finishing in the top 10 again? Yes. It’s still very early. It’s a long old season. I think you’ll see at some point the teams where you expect them to be. We don’t expect to be in the bottom three. We are at the moment but we’ll address it,” said Hughes after the draw with West Brom.

The Premier League won’t be starting anytime soon for Stephen Ireland

The 2016-17 season of the Premier League is kicking off on August 13 and players along with managers are getting ready for what is expected to be the most difficult but at the same time most exciting season in the top tier English League.

A slew of highly rated managers and players have recently been joining English clubs and this is one of the main reasons of why the approaching season is predicted to be as one of the most thrilling ones, unfortunately for Stoke City’s Stephen Ireland he will not be taking part of this new season for around 9 months due to a broken leg.

According to the medical staff of Stoke City, Stephen Ireland will be out of action for the upcoming 3-6 months as the Irish midfielder broke his leg during a training session with Stoke City.

This injury was originally sustained on May of the ongoing year and this injury is a huge blow for Stephen Ireland as the player has a contract with Stoke City which extends until the next year and he has to perform well in order to have any realistic chance of getting a consistent spot in the first team and maybe even earn a contract extension that could keep him in Stoke City for a further extended period of time.

Mark Hughes has a tendency of overlooking Stephen Ireland and this is why the Irish player has had to settle with a place on the sidelines for the majority of the 2015-16 season with almost all of his appearances arriving from the bench.

Ever since Ireland joined Stoke City in September of 2013, he has been slipping down in the ranks as each season that passes by, the Irish player has made fewer appearances and now with this recent injury it will make things even more difficult for Ireland to snatch a spot in the main team.

Martin O’Neill believes Time Gap was responsible for better Playing from his Team

Martin O’Neill believes what got the better of his team in the Round of 16 is the fact that his players were on the pitch playing second game in a space of 5 days in comparison to the French team which had a week’s gap ahead of the encounter.

According to O’ Neill, having bigger recovery time means you would have more gas in the tank walking into the game and that, in the latter stages, makes a difference as you can beat the opposition in pace which France did.

The Green army were struggling to keep up with the pace of France after the break which helped the latter snatch the advantage and score the leveller and the equaliser back to back to turn the situation on its head.

O’Neill though did not just keep stressing on the lack of energy being the only reason for the game to change like that. The coach also talked about the mistakes of his players and suggested that there were flaws in the execution of his defenders too which led to the scoring of the leveller and the winner.

O’Neill also disagreed that the pre quarter final round was perhaps the farthest the Republic of Ireland could have gone anyway and so, it was not a matter of regret to lose at that stage to a side which was better skilled.

While, he acknowledged the superiority of France and the likeliness of them even coming out as the Champions later, O’Neill said he thought the match was there to be won for Ireland as the pressure had almost begun to build on the Les Blues and they just had to be held for a little while more for the panic to creep into them.

Stephen Ireland may be out for around 9 months due to injury

Stoke City’s midfielder Stephen Ireland might be sidelined for up to 9 months after having broken his leg in training.

It is thought that the incident happened while Stoke City were training ahead of the final game of the season.

The announcement came on the Stoke’s Twitter profile where the club confirmed that Ireland will be out of action for quite some time. Stoke wish him all the best for his recovery and hope that he will be back to action as soon as possible.
The midfielder joined Stoke after previous stints with Manchester City and Aston Villa and is under contract since 2017.

So far he has made 16 appearances for Stoke and has established himself as a valuable member of the team. He will be hoping that he could come back stronger next season and help his team.

Stephen Ireland has had a turbulent career so far. He first came in the Premier League when he played for Manchester City. He managed to make 176 appearances for the club and scored 23 goals for them during this period. However, his career will be marred by several injuries and with the arrival of players such as Nigel de Jong and Patrick Viera, he will find it hard to get playing time.

He will then be transferred to Aston Villa where he will remain for 3 seasons. He will manage to make 57 appearances for them and score one goal during the process. Again his career will be hindered by injuries and by the end of the 2012-2013 season he was training with the reserves.

Afterward, he then moved to Stoke City where he has managed 65 appearances so far and scored 6 goals for them. He will be hoping that he can add more goals to his tally after his returned from injury.