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50 years of football champions: O’Connor must ensure this Kerry crop don’t become one-hit flops

Achieving a two in-a-row is a huge target after failures in 2005 and 2010, while Donegal’s 2012 win was inspired by Jim McGuinness

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Kerry manager Jack O'Connor is lifted by players as they celebrate with the Sam Maguire Cup after this year's win over Galway at Croke Park. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Kerry manager Jack O'Connor is lifted by players as they celebrate with the Sam Maguire Cup after this year's win over Galway at Croke Park. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Kerry manager Jack O'Connor is lifted by players as they celebrate with the Sam Maguire Cup after this year's win over Galway at Croke Park. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Who were the best All-Ireland football champions over the last 50 years? How do the champions rank against each other? Our series rates them all from 1972 up to this year.

Teams that won more than one title in a short space of time are classed as one unit, as is the Kerry team that dominated so much of the 1970s/’80s and Dublin’s super-squad since 2011.


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