IRFU needs a new sponsor for the title of All Ireland League since the existing title sponsor; Ulster Bank has decided to step down. It is unlikely that the Union would be able to attract a sponsor in time before the 2018-19 season commences. The Ulster Bank has taken the decision to step down after being the title sponsor for nine years. This is the final year for the current format of the league that is split into divisions 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B and 2C. The fixtures are already announced.
Ulster Bank had taken over sponsorship position for All Ireland League since 2010 when they succeeded AIB who had held that position for the previous timeline of 13 years. The original sponsors of the tournament had been an Insurance Corporation of Ireland.
Manchester City and Liverpool have taken proactive steps in ensuring their players are back in camp in one piece.
Both top Premier League clubs reportedly flew the Brazilian stars on international duty back from South America to England ahead of their clash over the weekend.
Pep Guardiola and his boys would play host to the highly attacking Jurgen Klopp side on Saturday at the Etihad. Victory for either side would make them temporary log leaders before Manchester United play later in the day.
Neither of both managers would want to lose further ground to Jose Mourinho, who has been touted as the real threat in the league this term. Liverpool’s 4-0 thrashing for Arsenal before the international break would serve as a warning to City that havestruggled to win games so far.
City would still not have IlkayGundogan available as the player continues to work on his fitness levels following a serious knee injury last term. The team would have Kyle Walker after he served his one-match ban.
Apart from an underwhelming display against the Tartan Army of Scotland in the 6th round of the European World Cup qualifications the England national team prior to their opponents had a lot on their plates as supposed team captain Wayne Rooney was not seen with the squad as a result of coach Gareth Southgate’s decision not to invite the Manchester United skipper.
It is an open that Rooney althoughat the twilight of his career will love nothing more than to be at next year’s World Cup in Russia at least to have a well one last hurrah and the chance to win one major trophywith his nation.
The Three Lions have had their own fair share of controversies over the years and although the current coach has done a great job since taking over from Sam Allardyce this one last mudsling with the highest goal scorer in ManchesterUnited’s history appear to be something that might trigger off issues the last thing the nation of England deserve from this team that has specialized in the art of failing to add up to their individual talented sums.
Former Brazil international Cafu has selected his all-time pick at the national level. He admitted that it was a tough one and some players would be left out as there was a limit. He started with the notion of keeping possession so he went with Paulo Roberto Falcao, Zico and Rivellino in the heart of his all-time Brazil XI.
In the choice of goalkeepers, despite the lot that the South American side has used over the years, he opted for Claudio Taffarel. Cafu explained that it was because of the “calm, smooth and peaceful” nature. The fact that the keeper played in three World Cups also helped.