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Opinion: It’s Now Or Never For Liverpool And Jurgen Klopp

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The international break isn’t welcomed by many Premier League fans, let alone this most recent one.  The anticipation has this week been building ahead of the return of the Premier League and the meeting of old rivals Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield. While the game is being built up as a must win for both sides, nothing will be decided …

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Rugby Championship Team Of The Season

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Beauden Barrett of New Zealand runs the ball during the Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the South Africa Springboks at AMI Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

The All Black stats for the Rugby Championship don’t lie: six bonus point wins, 38 tries scored and just five conceded, with an average scoreline of 44-14. The All Blacks are on a 17-win world record-equalling streak and sit at the highest total (96.57) in IRB history. From these incredible statistics, you’d expect a complete blackwash of a Rugby Championship …

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Ireland: The Myth That Martin O’Neill Doesn’t Trust Wes Hoolahan

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau, Moldova 9/10/2016 Moldova vs Republic of Ireland Ireland's Wes Hoolahan Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Criticism when he’s out of the team and no praise when he’s in it. Martin O’Neill is getting hammered for a perceived lack of trust in playmaker Wes Hoolahan. But, the stats don’t back it up. Can we really summarise the Irish manager’s philosophy in the treatment of one player? Proof that Ireland are more than brute-strength and aggression, diminutive Hoolahan …

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The Secret And Essential Ingredient For Success In Football Today Is Charisma

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Think of the best managers in the world and what unites them? Tactical understanding? A boring answer but probably correct. Passion? No more so than many fans. Charisma? Absolutely. Charisma comes in many guises but it is the one characteristic that all great managers share. Jurgen Klopp walked into Anfield last year and the whole feeling in Liverpool, both the club and the city, …

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Analysis: Why Are Many Irish UFC Fans Only Interested In Conor McGregor?

Before I even write this article I can already imagine some of the comments and reaction that will follow. “I’ve been watching UFC since the first Ultimate Fighter.” “I was watching UFC long before McGregor came along.” “What are you talking about? We support all the Irish fighters!” Ireland has some of the best fans in world sport. That’s a fact. …

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Analysis: To Improve Ireland’s Style Of Play, Stephen Kenny Should Be Their Next Manager

The Republic of Ireland’s win against Georgia was not easy on the eye, Seamus Coleman’s scrappy winning goal summed the contest up but it was a case of job done. The Irish performance, particularly in the first half, drew widespread criticism from both fans and pundits alike. However, some context is needed when analysing the game. Georgia are very familiar …

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One Year On: How Jürgen Klopp Has Transformed Liverpool

SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 01: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool looks on during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Jürgen Klopp strode into the Anfield press room one year ago with one simple objective for his new club’s fans – “to turn doubters into believers.” Within minutes of his first press conference getting underway, he had every journalist and photographer in that room in the palm of his hand – as well as the thousands watching live at home. Liverpool …

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Opinion: This Is England, Eddie Jones

Everything seemed to be going so well for Eddie Jones and his England team, before the same old problems that have blighted English rugby for so long began to rear their ugly heads once more. The Red Rose has had plenty of new dawns in the last 13 years since the glorious times of 2003, but the golden aura that …

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The Cross-Channel Conundrum – It’s Complicated

1971: Arsenal Football Club player Charlie George stands between George Graham and a fellow player who are holding the FA Cup on his head. (Photo by A. Jones/Express/Getty Images)

In this strange paradoxical little island of ours, it is a curious fact that you can make a pretty educated guess at an Irishman’s age by the English soccer team that he supports. For instance, there exists a thriving community of fifty-something Irish Leeds United fans, for the simple reason that they were at an impressionable age around the time …

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