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#Editor's picks

# editors-picks - Sunday 20 July, 2014

Louis Van Gaal’s personality already gives him an advantage at Manchester United

The Dutchman’s first press conference gave an early indication of his arrogance & self-assurance.

Slow-mo replays, place-kicking and the World Cup; the week’s best sportswriting

There are also pieces on rugby coaching and Scottish travails.


# editors-picks - Saturday 19 July, 2014

Uncaged: Breaking down the Irish challenge at UFC Fight Night Dublin

Thousands of Irish MMA fans will pack out Dublin’s O2 tonight. Resident UFC man Brian Kirk takes a close look at the men the home crowd will be cheering on.

Why was Sean O’Brien in the Wexford dressing room last week? That’s just Liam Dunne’s way

They were Dancing at the Crossroads after beating Clare – but how will Wexford fare against Waterford tonight?

# editors-picks - Friday 18 July, 2014

Opinion: Why Philipp Lahm is one of the greatest players of his generation

Pep Guardiola has described him as “the most intelligent footballer I have ever managed.”

The former Irish football referee who’s running the show at UFC Dublin MMA

The former Irish football referee who’s running the show at UFC Dublin

We sat down with UFC director of brand, communications and events David Allen to talk about fight week and his past in the League of Ireland.

# editors-picks - Wednesday 16 July, 2014

McGregor the star attraction at packed-out UFC Dublin fan day

Irish MMA supporters turned up in their droves to the Royal Hospital Kilmainham today.

5 issues new Man United manager Louis van Gaal needs to address

Today was the Dutchman’s first official day in the job.

Here’s what Ireland’s team for the 2018 World Cup might look like

A number of the current squad are likely to still be eligible should the Irish team reach Russia in four years’ time.

# editors-picks - Tuesday 15 July, 2014

Check out this class video of all the World Cup goals in flip book form

This will hopefully help cure your burgeoning thirst for football in the tournament’s absence.

A tactical breakdown of where the 2014 World Cup final was won and lost

A patient game from Germany eventually yielded its rewards, as they beat Argentina 1-0.

Power ranking the 17 best moments of the 2014 World Cup

Featuring Christ the Redeemer, Lionel Messi, James Rodriguez and more.

Analysis: The best young players at the 2014 World Cup

It’s a highly competitive field but who makes our special XI?

5 things Martin O’Neill and Ireland can learn from the 2014 World Cup

Squad depth is more important than ever and other noteworthy points.

# editors-picks - Friday 11 July, 2014

Here’s everything you need to know about the RDS redevelopment

Leinster’s home ground will see its capacity increased to 25,000 by 2017.

# editors-picks - Wednesday 2 July, 2014

World Cup party moves on from Recife leaving calm after the storm

Mikey Stafford checks in from the northern Brazilian city, where the action is now finished.

# editors-picks - Monday 30 June, 2014

Why THAT James Rodriguez strike is the greatest goal I’ve ever seen

From his off-the-ball movement to his rocket of a left foot volley. The Colombian provided the most thrilling version of perfection.

# editors-picks - Friday 27 June, 2014

Tour de France marks World War I centennial

100 years after the start of the Great War, the peloton will remember the millions who fought and died in Europe.

# editors-picks - Thursday 26 June, 2014

Analysis: New Zealand show clinical edge with tries from line-out platform

Julian ‘The Bus’ Savea finished one move superbly, while Ben Smith’s forward pass spoiled another.

# editors-picks - Wednesday 25 June, 2014

Bags packed with ice cubes and beer cans as Colombia’s convenient invasion keeps going strong

Mikey Stafford was in a fan fest in Recife, pondering the ramifications of an All-Ireland final on Good Friday.

# editors-picks - Monday 23 June, 2014

The Late Joe Show from Galway and 7 other great hurling comebacks

Where does Galway’s stunning revival yesterday rank in the list of great hurling comebacks?

# editors-picks - Wednesday 18 June, 2014

When men became Giants: an oral history of Ireland 1-0 Italy, USA World Cup 1994 The Jersey Boys This post contains videos

When men became Giants: an oral history of Ireland 1-0 Italy, USA World Cup 1994

On the 20th anniversary of one of Irish football’s most famous days, we revisit the story with the people who made it happen.

‘They’d only gone to the bar to support the Irish team, yet they died for their love of the sport’ chats to Trevor Birney — the producer behind the ESPN ‘30 for 30′ doc on the Loughinisland tragedy.

# editors-picks - Friday 13 June, 2014

Letter from Brazil: I’ll buy FIFA-branded water but not locals’ World Cup conspiracy theories

The tournament isn’t going to paper over the cracks, writes our man in Brazil, Mikey Stafford.

# editors-picks - Thursday 12 June, 2014

The greatest World Cup tragedies: Diego Maradona, USA 1994 El Diez This post contains videos

The greatest World Cup tragedies: Diego Maradona, USA 1994

South American football specialist Marcela Mora y Araujo tells us about the traumatic scandal that still reverberates through Argentinian football.

Martin O’Neill confirms Roy Keane’s in Aston Villa job talks

The Ireland manager addressed the decision his assistant will have to make this summer.

# editors-picks - Monday 9 June, 2014

Johnny Doyle: ‘When the Kildare team ran out onto Croke Park, I must admit I was a bit emotional’’s new Gaelic football columnist on watching Kildare in action for the first time since retiring.

John Gardiner: Cork and Kilkenny issue statements of intent while Offaly hit rock bottom’s columnist was hugely impressed by the Rebels and the Cats over the weekend.

Analysis: Ireland’s new-look midfield shows promise in Argentina

The trio of Jonny Sexton, Luke Marshall and Darren Cave provided a strong attacking performance.

Letter from Brazil: ‘Standing over me in his underpants’ the face of the World Cup, Neymar

Our man in Brazil, Mikey Stafford reports from Salvador where the Brazil playmaker is on every street corner.

# editors-picks - Thursday 5 June, 2014

Download your office sweepstakes kit here, World Cup fans

Get behind a team AND take money off your workmates.

# editors-picks - Tuesday 3 June, 2014

The greatest World Cup tragedies: Roberto Baggio, USA 1994 Man On The Edge This post contains videos

The greatest World Cup tragedies: Roberto Baggio, USA 1994

Though an enigmatic figure, the attacker almost carried his side to glory. But he’s best-remembered for a missed penalty.

# editors-picks - Monday 2 June, 2014

The day one of the best teams of the 1980s put on a show at Lansdowne Road

Michael Laudup’s Denmark were on their way to the World Cup in Mexico when they laced up in Dublin in 1985.

# editors-picks - Wednesday 28 May, 2014

Analysis: Added line speed moves Leinster’s defence in positive direction

Using GIFs and screenshots, we examine how Matt O’Connor has gone about changing the Leinster ‘D’.

‘The greatest day of my club career’ – Fifth time lucky for junior soccer legend ‘Chalky’ Walsh

Ireland’s record caps holder finally got his hands on the FAI Junior Cup over the weekend after losing out in four finals.

# editors-picks - Monday 26 May, 2014

Analysis: How Alan Cadogan and Austin Gleeson made their senior hurling mark

The Cork and Waterford debutants starred and we take a closer look at how they managed it.

John Gardiner: Cork off the early pace, Cadogan just like Deane and Waterford’s tactics’s new hurling columnist looks back at yesterday’s thrilling draw in Thurles.

# editors-picks - Sunday 25 May, 2014

O Canarinho – Brazil’s iconic jersey that epitomises football and the World Cup

How the yellow jersey came to represent so much.

# editors-picks - Saturday 24 May, 2014

‘You have to be realistic’: how Brian Murphy helped QPR’s promotion push from the bench

QPR’s number two will be ready if he’s thrust into today’s play-off final against Derby County.

Analysis: Nine years on, we ask how Liverpool won THAT Champions League final

We outline just how Rafa Benitez’s side pulled off one of the most famous sporting comebacks ever.