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# Editor's picks

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December 2022
# Dual Nationality
‘Football was my language’ - The Morocco-born player who came of age in Ireland
Yassine En-Neyah on growing up in Dublin and watching his country of birth from afar.
# the perfect farewell
Messi on cusp of World Cup dream as he inspires Argentina to semi-final victory
Julian Alvarez scored twice as Argentina eased to a 3-0 win over Croatia.
# Preview
World Cup semi-finals: Dreams of Messi and Morocco on the line amid prospect of repeat final pairing
We look ahead to the World Cup semi-finals.
# column
Donn McClean: Icy weather wreaks havoc as Energumene’s talent shows
Several big events were called off owing to adverse conditions.
# talking point
Why England's latest World Cup exit feels at once familiar and unprecedented
Harry Kane’s penalty miss summed up a night in which France enjoyed the better fortune.
# striking gold
'You'd lose yourself in the ball alley. There’d be an hour gone and you wouldn’t even notice'
From racquetballs that popped off the wall to countless hours spent in contented repetition, John Fenton explains how he managed to strike the ball like he did.
# The Right Hook
RTÉ have Champions Cup rugby back but can it ever be the same as it was?
As Champions Cup rugby returns to the channel after a seven-year absence former pundit George Hook relives an era when it was one of the biggest shows in town.
# Hurling strongholds
A novel hurling final: How Bray and Trim overcame indifference and Kilkenny dominance
Both clubs’ rise is built on innovative and tireless work at underage grades.
# The Lowdown
Champions Cup: Why Leinster aren't Racing certainties as Munster have nothing to lose
The42′s rugby writers separate the contenders from the pretenders as European rugby’s showpiece event returns for another year.
# come on eileen
From Perth to Croke Park and back again - a Monaghan bid for more All-Ireland glory
Eileen McElroy reflects on a ‘very special journey’ with Donaghmoyne. It’s not over yet.
# capital loss
Fighting fires on and off the pitch, Lyndsey Davey encapsulated all that is good about the game
The Dublin great announced her inter-county retirement over the weekend.
# Review
Donn McClean: Honeysuckle to bounce back after falling short of unprecedented win
The Henry de Bromhead mare was chasing a fourth victory in the Bar One Racing Hatton’s Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse.
# trailblazer
The ex-Ireland international who refuses to watch the 2022 World Cup
Jackie McCarthy-O’Brien on a career spent battling prejudice.
# ups and downs
The community that wouldn't die - 90 years without a home, 60 minutes from a Leinster title
No one gives The Downs a chance against Dublin giants Kilamcud Crokes today but this rural club has been defying the odds throughout their history.
Last year
2022
# rivalry renewed
For Naas, the road to Croker had to go through Kilkenny
The Kildare side beat a talented Ballyhale Shamrocks team as U16s, but they know they face an altogether more daunting prospect on Sunday.
# the evolution continues
Darwin Nunez outshines Son but fluffs his lines in Uruguay's draw with Korea
The Liverpool star missed his side’s best chance in a 0-0 draw.
# a messi end
Saudi Arabia expose another collective Argentina failure in upset for the ages
Saudi Arabia shocked the world in beating Argentina 2-1 in Qatar today.
# Analysis
Donn McClean: State Man not quite at Hurricane Fly's level yet but has serious potential
Five-year-old won well at Punchestown yesterday.
# fluffing their lines
Qatar freeze in front of the world and flop on their big opening night
The hosts were beaten 2-0 by Ecuador in the first game of the 2022 World Cup.
# New Canada
'Fear Nothing': Alphonso Davies, and Canada's changing relationship with football
Football’s place in the Canadian sporting landscape is changing as the country prepares for its second appearance at the Fifa World Cup.
# Crystal Ball Gazing
'If they get some luck, then absolutely you can see Ireland progressing'
Three wise men of Irish rugby tell Garry Doyle to be cautiously optimistic ahead of a World Cup year.
Preview: A World Cup in Qatar is not an aberration - It is football's logical end
The Qatar World Cup distills the essence of what the sport has become.
# next chapter
'I struggled when I didn't have much of a purpose' - Scott Fardy on life after rugby
The former Leinster and Australia forward on retirement, family, and why he hopes to return to Ireland some day.
# ACHIEVEMENT
The remarkable rise of multicultural Belgium GAA to an All-Ireland quarter-final
Marla Candon tells the team’s story as all roads lead to Maastricht in Holland for tomorrow’s showdown against Monaghan side Castleblaney.
# Political Football
Why Qatar wanted to host the World Cup - It's not just about sportswashing
The most controversial World Cup ever is a result of the sport being used as a political tool – one which shows both the power and vulnerability of its hosts.
# Champions
How Galway's hurling kings rose up - 'I’ll admire St Thomas’ every day of the week'
St Thomas are back in the Galway senior hurling final tomorrow, bidding for five-in-a-row.
# talking point
Groundhog day at the Aviva
It was another disappointing night for Stephen Kenny as Ireland suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Norway.
# punished
Disjointed and timid performance on a night when failure to do basics cost dear
The nature of this haphazard defeat is a reminder that Ireland have yet to emerge from the Jekyll and Hyde phase of Stephen Kenny’s tenure.
# one on one
'I'm feeling good. But it's been a mad few years' - Life with Robbie Brady
The Ireland international sits down for an exclusive interview to discuss grief, anxiety, football, family and how he has finally found happiness.
# Data in Rugby
'More people are creating livings from commentating on rugby now'
Stats Perform hosted an event in Limerick last week to look at data innovation in rugby.
# Honour
Remembering Izzy Dezu – A gentle giant still loved by all
Ahead of the fifth anniversary of the promising Shelbourne striker’s tragic death during a match at the age of 16, The42 finds out how his legacy lives on.
# Know Your Enemy
Egotists, never-weres and safe bets - how things stand a year out from the World Cup
With the November Series ready to heat up, we run our eye over the leading challengers for next year’s tournament.
# The Dooleys
'It was important to knock that myth on the head. We wanted to have our say' - Offaly hurling's golden age
Joe, Johnny and Billy Dooley on what drove Offaly’s golden age.
# opposition view
What do Ireland's World Cup group rivals think of Vera Pauw's side?
The Girls In Green will face Australia, Canada and Nigeria next summer.
# Kilruane MacDonaghs
'The first man that came over and shook my hand was Dan, Dillon’s father' - Hurling emotion in Tipp
Victorious Kilruane manager remembers the tragedy in their opening game of the 2022 season when Dillon Quirke passed away.
# Marnie
The Irish international who quit to become a priest and anti-Apartheid protestor
Marnie Cunningham’s fascinating story is told in a new book called ‘Rugby’s Greatest Mavericks.’
# My Little Flower
'Joe said, 'Put that bottle of Buckfast down, you're coming into Ireland camp!''
Matt Healy has opened a coffee shop after retiring as Connacht’s all-time top try-scorer.
Katie Taylor outguns Karen Elizabeth Carabajal to stay undisputed and undefeated
The lightweight queen cruised to victory in London.
# Dramatic
Demise of 'God' - How Robbie Fowler's Anfield exit was death by a thousand cuts
Ahead of Liverpool v Leeds United tonight, The42 charts the controversies and bad fortune which led to David O’Leary signing the Kop idol.
# fervour she wrote
Ireland's World Cup history-makers give us a reason to get carried away all over again
Amber Barrett provided one of the most famous moments in Irish sporting history in sending Ireland to the 2023 Women’s World Cup.