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November 29, 2015 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
June 5, 2018 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald
world cup 2018 guide for dummies

The FIFA World Cup is upon us once again, as the four year cycle reverts to its most exciting position. This year’s edition, hosted by Russia (thanks to Sepp Blatter perhaps?), is sure to be another affair of the grandest scale. Despite being the biggest single sport competition in the world outside of the Olympics, it is common for many to be unfamiliar with the events that will transpire. For those interested in investing a month of the summer into soccer, here are a few pieces of knowledge for you: Dates The first game, Russia v Saudi Arabia, begins on June 14th at 4 o’clock Irish time. Games will occur […]

June 2, 2018 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald
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With no Boys In Green to discuss we decided to look at how the home of the Premier League will shape up this summer at the World Cup. A major turn of events took place right under most people’s noses between October 8th 2017 and now. The over-hyping of the England national team by its media was silenced, replaced by a trepidation and fear of humiliation stemming from a combination of a mediocre squad and multiple embarrassing exits in major competitions. Since the World Cup Quarter-Final exit at the hands of Portugal in 2006, England have: Failed to qualify for Euro 2008 Lost 4-1 to Germany at the 2010 World Cup […]

May 27, 2018 (No Comments) by Emmet Switzer
the-minifootball-association-of-ireland-the-2018-european-championships-where-it-all-began

It was 9 years ago when Emmet Switzer entered the board room of the FAI, in Abbotstown, to meet Packie Bonner of the Football Association of Ireland and Peter Doyle of the Leinster Football Association. They met that day to discuss potential opportunities between minifootball, known then as 5 a side, and the FAI. During the meeting, Peter slid a thick document across the table to Emmet, which turned out to be the general association rules. The Development Challenge Emmet was asked to review its content and come up with some ideas on how minifootball could integrate with the FAI, whilst complying with the UEFA/FIFA guidelines. No small task by […]

May 23, 2018 (No Comments) by Evan Coughlan
a-summer-of-irish-sport

So with the World Cup a damp squib for Irish fans, what events can we support our country in this summer? Well, we at The Sharpe are here to take you through all the events and competitions that you can see Ireland take part in this summer. Irish Rugby Tour of Australia (9th – 21st June) After the success of the Grand Slam winning Six Nations Irish rugby will be looking to continue this winning run of form with a series victory over Australia in the land down under this June. Ireland will face off against the Wallabies in a three-test series with Joe Schmidt’s side looking for their first win in […]

May 13, 2018 (No Comments) by Aidan Raftery
injury-avoidance-in-rugby-lower-body-injuries-solutions

Well, that was some weekend of rugby! Leinster and Racing 92 put on a technical clinic and left absolutely nothing on the table with the boys in blue clinching the Champions Cup trophy after a late dramatic win over the French in Bilbao! As always though, there were injuries before and during the game. Maxime Machenaud picked up ligament injury in April, legendary All Black Dan Carter was ruled out of the squad after triggering a hamstring problem and then, first-choice out-half Pat Lambie went down with a knee injury after just 2 minutes of the game. These are areas which are often injured and we will look at them […]

April 29, 2018 (No Comments) by Aidan Raftery
injury-avoidance-in-rugby-part-1

There is a misconception that Rugby is a dangerous game. It is of course a physical game, but when the right skills are used properly, it is safe. With that in mind, like any other sport most players are at different stages, be it Underage, Junior, Professional, Club or International level. However, one common factor is that the vast majority will get injured at some point in their career. As a Sports Injuries Therapist, I worked with a local Rugby team in Bristol and treated various injuries when working for the club. We are going to take a detailed look at the best methods of preparation, before and after a […]

April 2, 2018 (No Comments) by Evan Coughlan
jacob-stockdale

Phew, well that was an exciting few weeks wasn’t it! Ever since Johnny Sexton kicked that drop goal against France back in early February, we were all looking towards March 17th as D-Day for this current crop of Irish rugby players. Could they become only the third Irish team to secure a Grand Slam in the 135 year history of the Six Nations? The answer as we all know was a resounding yes! With expectations now sky high due to the current success and relative youth of this Irish team, people are already beginning to talk about the 2019 World Cup in Japan like it’s something we’ve already won. After […]

March 15, 2018 (No Comments) by Evan Coughlan
the-best-ireland-v-england-rugby-clashes-of-the-last-15-years

With the Six Nations Championship in the bag, the Irish rugby team now travel to Twickenham on St. Patrick’s Day in search of their first Grand Slam since 2009. Standing in their way are Eddie Jones’s England, who after winning back to back Six Nations titles have flattered to deceive in this year’s championship. Originally this game was supposed to be the Grand Slam shootout and show who was the best team in the Northern hemisphere, 18 months out from the World Cup. Now, all going well it will be the crowing of Ireland as second to only New Zealand in International rugby, but enough about Saturday’s match for now. […]

February 21, 2018 (No Comments) by Evan Coughlan
jose-mourinho

After Manchester United’s defeat to Newcastle, in there last Premier League outing, José Mourinho looked fed up. In fact, ever since taking the reins at Manchester United in 2016 José’s seemed fatigued by the day to day scrutiny of being a Premier League manager. So, is the hype train that started chugging along at speed, all those years ago, about to derail? Well, to find out, we really must go back to where it all began for José. A Whirlwind Arrival On March 9th 2004, Porto scored a last minute equaliser against Manchester United knocking them out of the last 16 of the Champions League. Football fans still fondly remember […]

February 18, 2018 (No Comments) by Stephen Kierans
kieran-ohara

For the last few years, the Ireland national squad has been crying out for a revamp. The introduction of fresh, hungry, young new talent is something that we are in dire need of. With such an ageing squad , it is still baffling that the wide array of talent is being overlooked. Trapattoni was long criticised for this as he tended to stick with his experienced players whilst disregarding young talent coming through. Players like James McCarthy, Robbie Brady and Séamus Coleman were just a few of those victims, some of our best players now. Trapattoni’s blindness to this as well as poor campaigns inevitably ended in him losing the […]

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