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December 9, 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
5-interesting-bets-for-irelands-final-world-cup-qualifiers

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 […]

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 […]

January 22, 2018 (No Comments) by Ryan Corry
jose mourinho

A short-term answer. That was the phrase used wide and large by pundits, writers and fans alike when ‘The manager formerly known as the Special One’ was announced as the successor to Louis Van Gaal at Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson had departed. David Moyes had been pushed out while Louis Van Gaal was simply nudged off the winner’s podium in Wembley following his 2016 FA Cup win. José Mourinho’s arrival was another one of football’s very poorly kept secrets, a lot of which seem to come from Old Trafford these days. Since the announcement of Ferguson’s retirement and Moyes’ imminent arrival right up to the present day, there seems […]

January 12, 2018 (No Comments) by Evan Coughlan
transfer-window

Over the past couple of years, the January transfer window has lost some of its charm. Even Sky Sports don’t really seem to care that much about it until Deadline Day itself. However, the January transfer window can really change a side’s season for the better, or for the worse. A team can end up selling their best player to a rival club, Fernando Torres to Chelsea comes to mind here, but in fairness his best days were behind him! Or you could end up buying a player who completely transforms the fortunes of your team, the likes of Luis Suárez, Gabriel Jesus, Gary Cahill… the list goes on. So what clubs have splashed […]

January 5, 2018 (No Comments) by Evan Coughlan
fa-cup

So after weeks of being spoiled with game after game of Premier League action, we now find ourselves with even more football to tuck into this weekend, with the return of the FA Cup. ACCAs at the ready lads! Yes, the world’s oldest cup competition has lost some of its lustre over the last decade or so, but traditionally the 3rd round of the cup is the most exciting round of the competition due to the chance of a famous cup upset potentially taking place. What you’ll most likely find before every FA Cup game on the telly, this weekend, is various ex-players recounting their favourite FA Cup memories. But some of […]

December 13, 2017 (No Comments) by Ryan Corry
the-future-premier-league-stars-who-are-shining-already

It’s coming up to Christmas time meaning that there is going to be all sorts of comparisons made with years gone by and how Man City are doing compared to Chelsea last year and who got better Christmas presents and all manner of other useless statistics. Here at The Sharpe, we prefer to stay in the now and keep emphasis on the talent. So, we’ve decided to compile the best team of players u23(ish) so far in this Premier League season. Yes, I did say u23(ish) and that is with good reason. No regular goalkeeper u23 has featured in any team yet this season except Jordan Pickford so I’ve left […]

December 5, 2017 (No Comments) by Evan Coughlan
which-premier-league-side-will-go-the-furthest-in-the-champions-league

About eight years ago, English teams were the belle of the ball in the Champions League. For a five year period an English team featured in every Champions League final, and semi-finals were regularly contested between English sides. However, in the last few years that dominance has somewhat deserted English teams, with the only English side reaching the quarter finals last season being Leicester City. This year however, the English sides have been on somewhat of a roll in Europe’s elite competition with dominant performances from the likes of Man City and Tottenham impressing fans, and making pundits sit up and take note. Working off the assumption that all five […]

November 10, 2017 (No Comments) by Evan Coughlan
james_mcclean

In November 2015, Jonathan Walters wrote himself into Irish footballing folklore after scoring two goals in the Euro 2016 play-off against Bosnia to send the Irish team to France. We placed that moment pretty highly on our list of Ireland’s most memorable play-offs! Now in November 2017 Ireland find themselves in a play-off yet again, this time against Denmark, and you know what, we fancy our chances! Martin O’Neill has announced the squad that will try and take Ireland to its first World Cup since Korea/Japan in 2002, but who from O’Neill’s squad will make the difference. Well, we here at The Sharpe think these three men will be key […]

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