Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers took a chance on the controversial striker Mario Balotelli and it has not paid off so far. Photograph: Getty Images.

Brendan Rodgers must have know the Italian striker was no replacement for Luis Suarez

Diarmuid Connolly: “It was in the second half, when the home crowd was in a state of shock, that he had arguably his best spell in a Dublin jersey, bringing the fight to Donegal  at Croke Park.” Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

This week’s All Star award seems an overdue recognition for the gifted Dublin and St Vincent’s forward

Aiden McGeady takes on Germany’s Jerome Boateng during their Uefa Euro 2016 qualifier at Arena Auf Schalke in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Photograph: EPA

Dunphy, Giles and Brady should rediscover innocent pride for Martin O’Neill’s side

Ireland’s Marc Wilson clashes with Thomas Mueller of Germany during the Group D qualifier at the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday night. Photograph: Getty Images

O’Shea goal turns usual story of another gutsy defeat to a rush of pure Irish elation

John O’Shea scores a stoppage time equaliser against Germany  in Gelsenkirchen. Photograph: Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images

Take that, Angela Merkel! Payback as Germans stunned by Irish recovery

No signs of vulnerability: Germany coach Joachim Löw answers  questions at a press conference  in Essen. Photograph: Roland Weihrauch/EPA

Joachim Löw will give his new defence time, and seems unfazed by defeat to Poland

Clare All Star  Conor McGrath and Sean Collins celebrate after last week’s hurling final victory  over Crusheen. Both players will be in action in the football final against Éire Óg as Cratloe aim to complet the double. Photo: James Crombie /Inpho

Following their senior hurling final win last week, club bid to add football title to complete a feat last achieved in 1914

Dynamic duo: Roy Keane and Alex Ferguson after his testimonial match between Manchester United and Glasgow Celtic at Old Trafford on May 9th, 2006. Photograph:  Matthew Peters/Getty Images

It is time to either shake hands or close the door on what has become an unedifying row

im McGuinness with his son Jim Jr after the 2012 All-Ireland success. Photograph: Inpho

Remains to be seen if momentum can stay fired after McGuinness’s departure

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