Ken Early

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German fans react as they watch their team get knocked out of the World Cup in the group stages. Photo: Omer Messinger/EPA

So, after a crazy day of World Cup action Germany bowed out at the opening stage of the competition for the first time since 1938 yesterday when they (...)

Paulinho of Brazil scores his team’s first goal during their 2018 World Cup Group E win over Serbia at Spartak Stadium. Photo: Simon Hofmann - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

Serbia 0 Brazil 2 World Cup press boxes are usually positioned to give journalists the same sort of view of the match that you are used to seeing on (...)

Alcohol sales in glass bottles are banned as English fans descend on the city of Volgograd ahead of their 2018 World Cup Group G clash with Tunisia. Photo: Mark Rolston/Getty Images

It’s another packed day of World Cup action today with England among those getting their campaigns underway. Gareth Southgate’s side meet Tunisia in V(...)

Nigeria Alex Iwobi poses with fans. Photograph: Pius Utomi Ekei/AFP/Getty

What is it? The World Cup is the greatest sporting tournament on the planet - trumping even the Olympics. In its current guise it brings together 32 (...)

Hats off to The Daily Mail reporter tasked with working out how far every single one of the 32 nations in the World Cup will have to travel within Ru(...)

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola  shows his despair after Roberto Firmino ended his side’s hopes in this season’s Champions League at the Etihad Stadium. Photograph: EPA

Is Pep Guardiola a bald fraud? Before Manchester City’s three consecutive high-stakes defeats in the last nine days, this seemed to be one of the more(...)

When was the last time you cried? Ken: A Thursday. Bad hangover, very tired, after going from Lisbon to Copenhagen. I was by myself listening to the (...)

Protesters and counter-protesters argue during a demonstration in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Saturday. Photograph: Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

When is it better to laugh at Nazis, and when is it better to punch them? When white supremacist Richard Spencer was punched in the face after Donald (...)

Jenny Greene and Nicky Byrne hosts of 2FM’s ‘The Nicky Byrne Show with Jenny Greene’

Young people these days, what are they like? Health conscious and diet aware is the perhaps surprising and definitely disappointing answer, at least i(...)

Irish Times journalists covered a wide range of subjects and topics in what was a very busy year in news.   Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

1. Fintan O’Toole had two pieces written depending on the outcome of the US election. He was ready to publish one within milliseconds of the official (...)

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