By Mark Lynch Following the unsuccessful bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup as an individual country, there were sighs of relief aplenty around the island of Ireland, with many sceptical about our capability of hosting such a tournament. Those breathing sighs of relief then will now be breathing sighs of exasperation, after it’s emerged a home nation bid, including the … [Read more...] about Is football finally coming home?
By Mark Lynch At the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on 10 April this year, heavy underdogs Roma played host to the Lionel Messi - led Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League quarter - final clash. Roma were underdogs because of the supposed gap in quality between the two teams. Also, in the first leg, two own goals plus one each from Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez … [Read more...] about Take your home goals and the away goals will come
By Mark Lynch The year is 2028. Another season of the SkyBet Premier League sponsored by Betfair is just days away from beginning. Manchester United manager Wayne Rooney yesterday gave his first press conference since being unveiled as the boss at the Ladbrokes Old Trafford stadium, during which he broke the world record for most number of “ehm”s in a 15 minute … [Read more...] about The future of soccer looks bright, or perhaps that’s the shine off of this crystal ball
Pictured: Jacob Stockdale In the wake of just our third Grand Slam ever, it may be slightly easier than usual to get dragged aboard the hype train and suddenly declare ourselves World Champions of 2019 already. The fact that the World Cup in Japan is still a year and a half away doesn’t concern the bandwagoners who have apparently just witnessed the greatest rugby team of all … [Read more...] about The crystal ball of Irish Rugby reflects a bright and exciting future
With Manchester United’s underwhelming exit from the Champions League after their 2-1 aggregate loss to Sevilla in the last 16, the club and the fans have been re-evaluating the kind of expectations they hold for the team. In the intervening period manager Jose Mourinho has been seen making some bizarre outbursts in his press conferences, while many supporters are wondering if … [Read more...] about Mourinho says he won’t quit – but maybe he won’t get the chance to