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December 9, 2015 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
October 21, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
ireland-euro-2016-heros

Some cynics would look at Ireland’s EURO 2016 campaign and ask what was won or where is the trophy but it has to be said that it was a very successful campaign for the boys in green. Ireland is not a major footballing nation by any stretch of the imagination which is evident when you consider how big it is just to qualify for a tournament. Some of that team went over to France with doubters and as bit part players in the team and have come home as heroes. Jeff Hendrick was the standout player for Ireland while Robbie Brady stole hearts with his goal against Italy followed by […]

October 18, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
champions-league

With this weeks Champions League well underway we’re looking to refresh your memory about who had a great round last time out and was pure muck! Let’s get into it right away. Winner – Celtic  For years these guys have been stealing a living at the top table of European football. Let’s face it, they’re not the Celtic of old that would regularly and deservedly compete at the latter stages of Europe’s top competitions. The Scottish league has just fallen by the wayside due to the money being pumped around other leagues. We thought we were finally being proven right when Barcelona stuffed them a fortnight ago but low and […]

October 17, 2016 (No Comments) by Darren Bates
Liverpool VS Man United

Is there any game, in English Football, more anticipated than Liverpool v Man United? We at TheSharpe don’t think so. A fixture that’s produced more highlights than ‘Reeling in the Years’, football fans will no doubt be tuning in in their droves come Monday night. Well, you may put a hold on that diet, ‘cause the fact that Liverpool v Man Utd is on Monday night can only mean one thing… Monday pints! It’s never advisable to go too mental of a Monday, but if you do decide to go out for “just the one”, here are a few places we’d recommend: Dicey’s (Harcourt Street) Ah Dicey’s! ‘Tis a great […]

September 15, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
Who'll The Premier League Breakout Superstar This Year?

Last year, nobody would have tipped early on that Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez would be the stars of the campaign but I think we’ll be going back to the norm this year with the big spending mega rich clubs heading back to the top of the pile and Leicester sliding back down to mid table obscurity. Hopefully they can hold their own and even shake up the Champions League a little bit now that they know who they will be playing and got a nice little group. However, I’m going to go away from Leicester with my tip for who I think will be the big dog of the […]

September 9, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
champions league

It’s no secret that the big clubs in England have failed to perform in the Champions League in recent years. After much talk of England losing out on a top four spot, we ask ourselves what do the big clubs need to do to compete in the champions league this year? For all the million upon millions that’s been spent amongst English clubs they just can’t seem to perform when put up against Europe’s elite. Why is this? Well there’s numerous reasons, a lot come with finances. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter who you sign or how much you spend on a team, without investing in […]

September 2, 2016 (No Comments) by Geoff Dorrity
deadline day

What a summer of Premier League spending it has been, the records have been completely unhinged with the window totalling a staggering £1.16bn. Each of the 20 BPL teams averaged a spend of around £60m with both sides of Manchester throwing caution to the wind and laying down over £150m each. With all that money, many would expect one of the most interesting and highly competitive seasons that English football has ever seen. We have seen the top guns arrive like the most expensive footballer in the world Paul Pogba, Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, new City winger Leroy Sané and the Swiss stronghold who has been dubbed as a “young […]

August 31, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
the-league-of-ireland

The League of Ireland needs a lot of work and a lot of luck if it wants to get up to the level of some of the other leagues in countries of similar stature to Ireland. There are a couple of little tweaks that need to be made and one big stroke of luck that they might get soon. The first big change needs to be at ground level. There are too many of the top clubs in the League of Ireland that are so uncompetitive that players will stay with local clubs until they are ready to go and play u19 in the League of Ireland. The top league […]

July 29, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
FAI Top 5 Prospects For The Republic Of Ireland In 2016

A productive, but not excellent, EURO 2016 is behind us and all roads lead to Russia for the 2018 World Cup. It’s almost inevitable that the core of the Irish team for the last 10 years is about to be ripped apart with retirements. As the news breaks on the confirmed departure of Shay Given and both John O’Shea and Robbie Keane looking destined to exit international football sooner rather than later. But all hope is not lost because Ireland do have a couple of tricks up there sleeve. Here are some of the players I think can make their mark on this qualifying campaign. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) The central midfielder is just […]

July 24, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
glenn whelan

For years now Glenn Whelan has been a mainstay in the Irish team. Both Giovanni Trappatoni and Martin O ‘Neill have trusted Whelan to anchor their midfield. It’s fair to say that Whelan has not always been a fan favourite with many questioning what he brings to the team and if his perceived conservative play is hindering the national side. Whelan has often been the go to man for criticism after defeats, with the media and fans questioning his talent and effectiveness in a vital position on the field. For a man often maligned he is picked often for the national side and has been playing in the Premier League […]

July 17, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
premier league

It’s hard to remember a season which has promised to be as intriguing as the 2016/17 season. With both Manchester clubs bringing in high profile managers who happen to be bitter rivals along with Antonio Conte taking over at Chelsea and the fact that Jurgen Klopp will have had a pre season at Liverpool makes it interesting times for a number of clubs. And that is without mentioning reigning champions Leicester and an improving Spurs. Throw into the mix an Arsenal team desperate to win the league along with clubs like Everton, West Ham and Crystal Palace looking to spend big money and it makes it a season to look […]

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