Kerry’s  James O’Donoghue is capable of causing Mayo’s defence serious problems on Sunday. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kingdom boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice will have left nothing to chance and his players are coming into form at the right time

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody urges on his charges during last Sunday’s memorable victory over Limerick. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

His team’s never-say-die display against Limerick further evidence of the spirit instilled by their long-serving manager

Within squads, there’s huge enjoyment and huge competition going on side by side

Cork’s Eoin Cadogan attempts a block on and Paul Geaney of Kerry during this year’s  Munster final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

We’ll know more about the destiny of Sam Maguire after this weekend

Donegal’s Ryan Bradley and Michael Darragh MacAuley of Dublin during the sides’ All-Ireland football semi-final at Croke Park in August 2011. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

Jim McGuinness’s team aren’t just bodies behind the ball – they’re organised, clinical and totally in sync

Armagh and Tyrone players confront each other early on in last weekend’s qualifier clash at Omagh. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Presseye/Inpho

Last week was Armagh’s chance to set the tone and bully a team with a load of young lads on it

Cork’s Fintan Goold goes low to collect the ball ahead of Kerry’s Declan O’Sullivan in last weekend’s Munster final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When the euphoria abates, Eamonn Fitzmaurice would have liked a closer game

Dublin’s Stephen Cluxton: has helped transform  the goalkeeper’s traditional role  into something much more fundamental to how the team operates. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Goalkeepers used to be the worst footballer in the team but now they’re among the best

Clare’s David Tubridy and Ciaran Russell in action against Kerry goalkeeper Brian Kelly. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kerry and Galway both have a bunch of footballers with potential but that’s all it is so far

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