TOMMY MARTIN: Echoes of Lisbon in inspiring rise of Anfield everyman

In the tunnel underneath the Estadio Nacional in Lisbon moments before the 1967 European Cup final, Celtic’s players lined up alongside their opposition, Inter Milan.

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TOMMY MARTIN: The football season’s big lesson? Have a plan and stick to it

If there is one lesson to be taken from the football season almost gone, it’s that plans are not just for workshy scholars, writes Tommy Martin.

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TOMMY MARTIN: In Donegal, we know all about darkness before the dawn

Abandon hope all ye who enter here. This is the football championship. Thirty-two counties chase a ball around for four months and at the end, the Dubs always win.

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TOMMY MARTIN: Football’s persistent darkness reflects the human condition

Much like the persistence of racism, to be still talking about a problem that existed in the days when Graeme Souness had a moustache and a perm feels like a depressing indictment of humanity’s inability to change for the better, writes Tommy Martin.

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TOMMY MARTIN: Life on a sporting sofa about to get a lot more complicated

For a certain type of Irish sports fan,European Champions Cup rugby weekends like the one just gone will always be a reminder of when life got that bit more awkward, writes Tommy Martin.

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TOMMY MARTIN: When some human rights are more equal than others

Little has been mentioned of the continued human rights abuses which have taken place under the regime of the club’s paymasters in Abu Dhabi, writes Tommy Martin

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TOMMY MARTIN: Jurgen Klopp makes everyone’s day feel a little bit better

Let me tell you about the time I met Jurgen Klopp. I don’t mean this in a lame, I-saw-David-Bowie-buying-fish-fingers-in-Tesco sort of way. I just think it’s instructive.

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TOMMY MARTIN: Ronaldo the elite king of a two-tier football society

In many ways it was the perfect Champions League moment, writes Tommy Martin.

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TOMMY MARTIN: Rugby heroes have shaken off a national inferiority complex

As they disembarked the team bus at the Shelbourne Hotel on their return to Dublin last Sunday, the heroes of Ireland’s Six Nations success were manhandled into the waiting embrace of Minister for Sport, Shane Ross.

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