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Jim Gavin leaves Dublin: What happens next?

Jim Gavin has resigned as Dublin GAA football manager in a move that has shocked the GAA community. The man who managed arguably the greatest team in Gaelic football history, Mr Gavin leaves a legacy that many will equally adore and envy. Chairman of the County Committee, Seán Shanley said in a statement on the inter-county side’s website that he …


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Crisis? What crisis? An analysis of Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich and crisis – these words are ever-present in articles concerning the state of the Bavarian giants this season, but they are very misleading. Bayern are nowhere near a crisis, in contrast to what the media will tell you. Former boss Niko Kovač left by mutual agreement on November 3, a day after a 5-1 defeat to his former …


“This year is our year!” – Can Liverpool go all the way?

After 13 games, the Premier League is comfortably underway and nearing its frantic winter schedule. Liverpool are currently on top, with many tipping them to go all the way, but can they hold on? The question on many rival fans and eager Liverpool fans’ minds might be answered in this period. Firstly, to grasp the strength of this Liverpool team, …

Santo to be an early Christmas present for Arsenal fans

Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt has all but confirmed that the end is nigh for Unai Emery in north London. The Athletic are reporting this morning that Arsenal will part ways with the Spaniard this morning, but this has not been confirmed at time of going to press. he Gunners are now without a win in seven for the …

The Dammed Spurs: How it ended in tears for Pochettino

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone….. The events that have unfolded over the past week has shocked the footballing world, but let’s rewinds back to the start in order to gage some context. It’s May, 2014. Gerrard’s slipped, City are champions, Jose Mourinho is the manager of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspurs have just hired their 10th manager of …

How Chelsea’s investment in youth paid off

If you follow football long enough you are bound to hear at some stage some of these unanswerable debates that are now older than most football fans. Who’s better? Messi or Ronaldo? Why couldn’t Lampard and Gerrard play together for England? And could Real Madrid do it on a cold, wet Tuesday night in Stoke? But for the last decade …

UL see off Athlone IT to banish relegation fears

Rustlers CUFL Men’s Premier Division South University of Limerick 3-1 Athlone IT UL recorded a vital win over Athlone IT on Wednesday, November 13th, to banish their relegation worries and lifted them into contention to reach the quarter-final stage of the competition. The visitors got off to a dream start when their first attack resulted in a goal. A long …

Paris 10 Years On: Henry handball heartbreak revisited

By: Mike Finnerty Wednesday, November 18th, 2009, Stade De France. Reigning World Cup runners-up France and two-time competition entrants Ireland are duking it out in the European qualifiers. France, after a torrid Euro 2008 and a spotty qualification campaign that led to them finishing behind Serbia, are forced to a play-off with an unbeaten Ireland, who have managed to hold …

An Focal’s Football XI of the 2010’s

Between 2010 and today we have had the luxury of witnessing some of the best players to ever play football ply their trade and produce jaw-dropping performances and moments that will live on forever.Honours achieved before 2010 are not included in our choice, so sorry Xavi and Iniesta. Without any further ado, here’s An Focal’s Team of The Decade. Manuel …

Julian Nagelsmann: The future of German football

To many fans of the premier league the name of Julian Nagelsmann is one they’re not too familiar with, even fewer know the circumstances that allowed him to become a coach in the first place. Just as the German national team went through ‘Das Reboot’ in the mid to late 2000’s, through completely replacing the methods of training in all …