Monday 20 February 2017

Dubs are the Germans of Gaelic football

Published 18/07/2014 | 02:30

Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton parades the Sam Maguire Cup in Merrion Square last September
Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton parades the Sam Maguire Cup in Merrion Square last September

Welcome to the future. They're young, hungry and demand our attention. They boast a 'keeper who doesn't want to be kept in his box. And a midfield machine. Plus super subs to make you salivate. Same with their style – there's a copycat clamour. Admit it, you like them. So are Dublin the Germans of Gaelic football?

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They're going to dominate, they tell us – 32 teams in the World Cup, it's Germany who have Das Ding locked up. This golden generation also have the future locked up – or so they tell us.

Not quite the full 32-county complement (no Kilkenny), it was Dublin who left with the football bling last summer. Golden generation. Future locked up. Or so they tell us. Are the Dubs a prototype of the German operation? Have they also cracked the code on what you need to not just win, but become a superpower for years to come?

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