Irish football is currently a tale of two O’Neills. North of the border, Michael O’Neill is rightly praised from every quarter for the incredible job that he’s done with Northern Ireland. Things are a little different south of the border with Martin O’Neill though. The praise for the Republic of Ireland manager is much less fulsome than his Northern Irish counterpart even though the Republic were equally competitive at Euro 2016 and are also just two games away from booking their place at the 2018 World Cup. Whether it’s because of his prickly demeanour in press conferences or the rather dour football that his Ireland team have played over the past few years, it feels as though the jury is very much our for Martin O’Neill. Will he be able to silence the doubters and prove himself to be among the elite of football managers by getting a huge performance out of his Republic of Ireland team in the first leg of their playoff on Saturday night?
England versus Germany is one of those special international fixtures that resonates with fans around the world. The history of this footballing rivalry includes the 1966 World Cup final at the old Wembley, that heart breaking encounter in Euro 1996 and Germany’s 4-1 humbling of the Three Lions at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The two teams have also played out some very entertaining friendly matches in recent years with the latest instalment coming on Friday night at Wembley Stadium.
Slaven Bilic became the fourth Premier League manager to lose his job this week. The constant churn of managers at the top level is nothing new and neither are the names perennially linked with the biggest jobs.
It’s going to be a late night on Saturday for European horse racing fans as one of the biggest meetings of the year, the finals of the Breeders’ Cup, is taking place in Southern California. Known as the 2017 World Championships in America, the two days of action includes some massive races with the biggest names in racing taking part. But, the most valuable race of the lot is the one and one-quarter mile, Breeders’ Cup Classic with its prize fund of $6 million.
It’s not often that the attentions of horse racing fans all around the world are turned to one track but that’s what we’ll get this weekend. Everybody in racing will be keenly following the action from Del Mar, Southern California as the Breeders’ Cup World Championships take place. European racing fans will be especially keen to watch the Breeders’ Cup Turf, a one-and-a-half mile race for three-year-olds and above.