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croke park

If you pick up a newspaper these days and turn to the back page chances are you will see some reference to player welfare, the demands put on the modern inter-county player or how difficult it is for smaller counties to remain competitive in the G.A.A. These are pressing issues for the G.A.A. and every week it seems like there is a different solution. The inter-county scene has changed a lot over the past 10 years, the introduction of a more professional attitude coupled with increased use of tactics means players are required to spend an awful lot more time on the training ground nowadays than they were in the […]

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 23, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser

“Rugby is a thug’s game played by gentleman while soccer is a gentleman’s game played by thugs.” A common phrase uttered when comparing the two sports, mostly by the pro-rugby troupe when you consider the ideology being expressed. But aside from the on field matters, let’s take a look and what many consider to be the heart and soul of any sport. It’s not the multi-millionaire stars, it’s not the sponsors and it’s certainly not the owners and bigwig board members. The fans.. Soccer fans in Ireland, even without the absence of a major league (that’s an issue for another day), will follow teams religiously from August to May every […]

July 23, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
What Next The County Player?

The GAA, the amateur organisation with the professional attitude. The time for having a fag while you were getting your half time team talk is long behind us. Not only will you be kept away from the pub the night before a match, you might be kept away from it for six months at a time. It’s not a game anymore, it’s a lifestyle. Follow any county player on twitter, Instagram or snapchat and you’ll see posts about meal prep, gym programs etc. But what’s next for this, the first generation of players who have been robbed of the social side of the game. Once upon a time, teams were […]

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 […]

July 16, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
conor mcgregor

On August 20th at Ufc 202 Conor McGregor will get a shot at redemption against the man who took his unbeaten record. Nate Diaz, who came in as a late replacement for Rafael Dos Anjos stunned the Ufc world by beating McGregor when the two last met. And as the two prepare to meet again many are wondering whether this revenge mission is a smart decision from McGregor’s point of view. The fact that the fight is at 170lbs again makes it all the more difficult for McGregor and only time will tell if he has bitten off more than he can chew. The ultra confident McGregor sees only a […]

July 10, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
world cup 2018

It seems like we are always willing to accept a day out. ‘Ah sure, we gave it a lash’ is an all too common attitude in Irish sport. The Euro 2016 journey wasn’t a bad one but it wasn’t a great one. So we beat the Italians on an amazing night to qualify for the last 16 but then got beaten by a superior French team. A French team that could have been avoided had we merely beaten the Swedes in the first game when we were the dominant force. Oh well, we’ll move on and next is the World Cup in 2018. Ireland line out against Serbia away from […]

July 10, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
Fantasy Football

That time of year is creeping up on us again. The Premier League is nearly upon us which means that we are all going to become expert managers for a few weeks and then completely lose interest before October. Here are five players that you should keep an eye on when you decide to pick your team. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) Zlatan is one that will most definitely attract a massive price tag and lots of supports but he’s the only player in my top 5 list that I am going to warn you to stay clear of. That massive chunk of money could be put to better use in […]

June 6, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
Jurgen Klopp

Apart from the capture of Luis Suarez, there are many observers who believe that Liverpool’s’ capture of Jurgen Klopp will turn out to be the best piece of business they have done in their recent history. Klopp has come to the Premier League with a reputation for being one of the best and most progressive coaches in world football. In fact, apart from Pep Guardiola, Klopp was the most sought after manager in Europe. What Klopp did at Dortmund and more importantly the style which he did it in has seen him gain many admirers in the footballing community. It was seen as a real coup when Liverpool managed to […]

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