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December 9, 2015 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
January 21, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech
using-your-second-fantasy-football-wildcard-wisely

Talking from a personal point of view, Fantasy Football is a funny one. Every year without fail, I spend hours doing research and crafting a team that I think can compete with the best of them. Just as I’m drifting off into an uneasy sleep on the eve of the opening weekend of Premier League action, a brainwave will hit me and I’ll be wide awake. “This is Shane Long’s year. 20 goals, no bother.” And before I know it, I’m slapping him in the team. Twenty-four hours later, I’ll wonder why I went with a striker that doesn’t get his game, let alone score goals. This has happened every […]

January 18, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech
the-best-of-the-january-transfer-window-part-1

The January transfer window can be a strange one. It’s often said that it’s near impossible to sign real quality during this window, but this isn’t always the case. Players like Nemanja Vidic, Gary Cahill, Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez were all signed in January, and they didn’t do too badly. Oh and Andy Carroll. Big Andy. Did you see his goal the other day? Outrageous. Can I just write about Andy Carroll? No? Okay, moving on so. January can be a time when struggling sides look to re-ignite their seasons with some fresh faces. It can also be a good time for teams that are riding high, to further […]

January 8, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech
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Francesco Guidolin, Alan Pardew, Bob Bradley and Mike Phelan have already been tossed to the managerial scrap yard this season. It’s a very cruel business, and given the frequency of sackings and appointments, while flicking through the channels it can be hard to distinguish between Sky Sports News and a soap opera. There is one thing for certain, we will see more managerial sackings before the season has ended. But who is next to be axed? Side note: Do unemployed managers go on the dole? Imagine Mike Phelan heading down to the Post Office and signing on. He’d probably pick up a chicken fillet roll on the way home. Watch […]

January 7, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech
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Oh, haven’t we been spoiled? So hectic and packed was the festive footballing schedule, we were all easily able to ignore our families and loved ones for the entire Christmas period. What did we learn? All scorpions aside, Arsenal are still Arsenal. Chelsea aren’t unbeatable. Pep Guardiola is a bit of a dick. And Mike Dean is, ahem, still Mike Dean. A bit like that old, divorced uncle of yours who only calls around once in a while, but always seems to show up when you’re watching something good on the telly, the FA Cup returns with a thud this weekend. While it may have lost some of its respect […]

December 15, 2016 (No Comments) by Darren Bates
we-will-be-back

Who doesn’t love a good old fashioned relegation dog fight? Every game’s just more exciting when there’s a proverbial 6 points on the line, and although we’ve not even opened our Christmas presents yet, some Premier League teams are already making strong cases as to why they’ll be relegated this season. Although it’s by no means a foregone conclusion, here’s who we at TheSharpe believe will be playing in the English Championship come August 2017. Hull Newly promoted teams are always favourites for relegation, so the fact that we’ve picked Hull City out here won’t come as a huge surprise to anyone. Hull have only managed to bulge the net […]

December 4, 2016 (No Comments) by Geoff Dorrity
rb-leipzig

This weekend marked the 9th consecutive win for newly promoted Bundesliga side RB Leipzig, a record which no team in the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 or the Eredivisie has been able to match this season. Die Roten Bullen, also known as the Red Bulls, beat Schalke in an exciting encounter at the Red Bull Arena on Saturday evening to go top of the table; they now stand 3 points clear of last year’s champions Bayern Munich. So Who Are RB Leipzig? The club was founded on the 19th of May 2009 following a partnership between global energy drinks company Red Bull GmbH and SSV Markranstädt, a small […]

November 16, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
The O’Donovan Brothers

It truly has been an exceptional week for Irish sport. The Irish rugby team produced a heroic effort and tamed the mighty All Blacks for the first time in 111 years, the national soccer team conquered Austria for the first time since 1963 to move top of their World Cup qualification group and our very own Conor McGregor became the first man in UFC history to be crowned a dual-weight world champion. With all of that it would be quite easy to forget about the rest of the stars that helped put Irish sport on the map in 2016. Worry not, as we at thesharpe.com have put together our top […]

November 13, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
Where have all the World Class Footballers Gone?

The simple answer, Spain. To find the very best players in the world, you simply have to look at the front three of the respective Spanish giants, Real Madrid and Barcelona. While Barcelona is built on skill and speed, Real Madrid is more focused on power and speed but equally as deadly all the same. What is World Class? That begs the question, what qualifies as World Class these days. Do you have to have more goals beside games in your stats? Do you need to be a solid 8/10 performer every single week? As you can imagine, it’s a little bit more complicated than that. Here’s what I think […]

November 6, 2016 (No Comments) by Geoff Dorrity
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The North London derby is a classic in English football that always delivers on thrills, spills, controversy, big decisions and cards, oh how we love a few cards between these cockney heavyweights. History Of The North London Derby The derby has been in existence for 120 years, with Arsenal first winning the contest one nil way back in 1896. Some say the rivalry really started when Arsenal moved to Highbury, a stadium which was only a stone’s throw from White Hart Lane (albeit a fine 4 mile throw!) Looking back at some of the classics there aren’t many pictures that capture the derby moreso than Thierry Henry sliding towards the […]

November 1, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
champions-league-week-3-refresher

With the Champions League back in swing this week we look at the major winners and losers in the last round of fixtures again. Here’s our roundup of who we think came off best and worst in Gameweek 3 of the Champions League. Arsenal I know, it was ‘only’ Ludogorets but still, you can only beat what’s in front of you. Arsenal’s 6-0 trouncing of the minnows was a real statement of intent from a team who are in an excellent run of form and with every game are just looking more and more dangerous. The reason Arsenal are one of my big winners this week is because of the […]

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