Maccabi Tel Aviv winger Tal Ben Chaim in action against  Zenit’s  Domenico Criscito during the Europa League Group D  match  at Netanya Stadium. Photograph:  Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

Lilywhites hopeful of full house in Tallaght for first home Europa League group game

Ciaran Kilduff’s equaliser against AZ Alkmaar earned Dundalk €120,000 as well as a priceless point away from home. Photograph: Inpho/Karel Delvoije

Around half of Lilywhite’s €6 million windfall will be accounted for by club’s costs

Dundalk’s Daryl Horgan in action against  Conor McDermott of Derry City during the SSE Aitrtricity League Premier Division match at Oriel Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Derry City boss Kenny Shiels believes winger is ready for international football

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill: “I can’t take my eye off us trying to qualify for the competition. That’s my job and that’s where I derive the pleasure from.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Squad determined to make it to Russia after solid Euro performance, says manager

Brentford’s Scott Hogan, seen here in action against Aston Villa, has scored six goals in nine league and cup games this season. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

Brentford striker wants to concentrate on club career after serious knee injuries

Dundalk’s David McMillan and Daryl Horgan celebrate scoring their team’s third goal of the game. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Winger dazzles to raise questions over Martin O’Neill’s decision to omit him from squad

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and assistant manager Roy Keane have committed their future to Ireland by signing new contracts. Photo: inpho

Management team will stay on until after the 2018 World Cup after drawn out process

Derry City manager Kenny Shiels has said hsi team are more fatigued than Dundalk despite the latter’s Europa League adventure. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The Candystripes are chasing a European spot and want to avenge early season 5-0 loss

Republic of Ireland international Niamh Fahey. Photograph:  Gary Carr/Inpho

Ireland international says more resources are needed to do ourselves justice

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny

Cup replay or postponements for Dundalk could also lead to later finish this season

Dundalk’s Robbie Benson with David Webster and Stephen McPhail of Rovers. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Champions respond as they face frantic run of fixtures with a five point lead at top

Limerick manager Martin Russell: “The reason we have come out of the division is that we were the best-resourced side with the best crop of players.” Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

EA Sports Cup final: Martin Russell’s side seek to wrap up outstanding season

Cork City manager  John Caulfield: “We did very well, but I would expect a massive reaction from them and a totally different game.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

John Caulfield expects reaction from Shamrock Rovers to heavy defeat

Shamrock Rovers were beaten 5-0 by Cork City in the FA Cup quarter-finals, but investment into the club is forthcoming. Photograph: Inpho

Sydney-based businessman says first team won’t be sacrificed as developments begin

Stephen Kenny: the Dundalk manager has done well, given the team’s fixtures pile-up. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Confident Kenny sets the bar higher as Dundalk prepare for AZ on Dutch home ground

Stephen Kenny’s Dundalk will play Derry in the semi-finals of the FAI Cup. Photograph: Inpho

Derry will travel to Oriel Park and Cork travel to play St Pat’s in FAI Cup semis

Dundalk’s Patrick McEleney celebrates scoring the first goal of the game in their clash with Finn Harps. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Pat McEleney and Daryl Horgan were on the scoresheet for the Lilywhites at Oriel Park

Seán Maguire celebrates scoring his hat-trick and Cork City’s fifth goal with Gearoid Morrissey in the FAI Cup quarter-final against Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Stephen Bradley faces tough job to raise his team for league trip to Leeside

Robbie Brady’s set-pieces were Ireland’s most potent weapon in Serbia on Monday night. Photograph: Getty

Away draw a good start but long campaign beckons unless Ireland retain ball better

FAI officials are said to have searched Ireland fans in Sebia for banners voicing dissent towards John Delaney. Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

Officials said to have searched fans for banners voicing dissent towards John Delaney

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill “It might have looked like we tried to sit in but it was only because we couldn’t get the ball. Photo: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Predictably, his opposite number Slavoljub Muslin, saw things a little differently.

 Daryl Murphy  scores the Republic of Ireland’s second goal. Photo: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Bogged down Irish performance full of errors but O’Neill’s side come away with a point

Dundalk Manager Stephen Kenny is not happy with the league for not moving the upcoming Finn Harps fixture. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kenny unhappy club made to play league game against Finn Harps next Monday

 Martin O’Neill:  ‘No one will run away with this group. Every point will be valuable.’ Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Keeping the momentum going from France is key against Serbia, says Martin O’Neill

Serbian captain Branislav Ivanovic at a press conference in Stara Pazova yesterday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Red Star stadium only expected to be half full despite Serbian FA giving out 10,000 tickets

Ireland boss Martin O’Neill has confirmed both Seamus Coleman and John O’Shea are fit and available for Monday night’s opening World Cup qualifier in Serbia. Photograph: AP

Ireland boss Martin O’Neill confirms defenders available for opening qualifier

Predrag Rajkovic of Serbia holds up the under-20 World Cup trophy following Serbia’s victory inthe final against Brazil in Auckland,New Zealand, in June.Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Serbia have invested heavily in fostering talent and the youth teams are beginning to make waves

 Roy Keane at Republic of Ireland squad training in Abbotstown: believes players such as  Jeff Hendrick and Harry Arter are heading into big seasons in the Premier League. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

World Cup qualifier: Séamus Coleman remains a doubt for match against Serbia

Dundalk’s Brian Gartland celebrates his goal in their Airtricity League clash with Bohemians at Dalymount Park. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Goals from John Mountney and Brian Gartland were enough for al three points

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane at a press conference ahead of thr 2018 World Cup qualifying game with Serbia. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Assistant manager not too concerned about doubts surrounding O’Shea and Coleman

 Robbie Brady scores Ireland’s  first goal from a free-kick against Oman. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Ireland manager says player’s displays at Euros merited a return to Premier League

Robbie Keane scores the Republic of Ireland’s second goal in the friendly international against Oman at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Striker scores his 68th international goal on his 146th and final Irish appearance

Jeff Hendrick looks set to leave Derby County for a Premier League club but his destination is unknown with Burnley and Hull City both in the race. Photo: Gary Carr/Inpho

Dublin midfielder’s destination not yet known as close of transfer window looms

Robbie Keane, Richard Keogh and Jeff Hendrick enjoy a lighthearted moment at Ireland’s training session at Abbotstown. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Martin O’Neill stresses importance of Oman game as ideal preparation for visit to Serbia

 Dundalk’s goalkeeper Gary Rogers has been included in the Ireland squad. Photograph: EPA

Ireland boss has no problem with allowing players out of camp to complete medicals

Jeff Hendrick is set to be a Premier League player by Tuesday evening’s deadline with Hull City having apparently made considerable progress in their bid to sign the Dubliner. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Sunderland defender set to be rested for Oman friendly - but will be back for Monday night

Republic of Ireland’s Robbie Keane during the press conference at the National Sports Campus at Abbotstown. Photograph: Caroline Quinn/PA Wire

Dubliner talks with candour about his 18-year international career ahead of final outing

Séamus Coleman is in line to play for the Republic of Ireland in the opening World Cup qualifier against Serbia in Belgrade. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Jeff Hendrick may miss Oman game to complete €11.5m Hull switch

 Robbie Keane during a press conference at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown on Monday. Photograph:  Caroline Quinn/PA Wire

Record goalscorer expresses gratitude to everybody who has wished him well after announcing his international retirement

James McCarthy: Everton manager Ronald Koeman revealed on Saturday  the Irish midfielder may require surgery to sort out a groin injury. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Midfielder could need surgery, as O’Shea, Hendrick and Coleman expected in Irish squad

The Iceland players celebrate after they defeated England 2-1 in the Euro 2016 last 16 match in Nice. Photograph: Tibor Illyes/EPA

International team has reaped benefit from strong financial support given to clubs

FC Zenit’s Stadion Petrovski in St Petersburg. Photograph:   Alexander Fedorov/EuroFootball/Getty Images

Irish champions to face Zenit St Petersburg, AZ Alkmaar and Maccabi Tel Aviv in Group D

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny  and player Andy Boyle. Photograph: Leszek Szymanski/EPA

Dundalk officials will be hoping to draw big team like United or Inter in Europa League

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny has a number of injury concerns as his side travel to play Wexford Youths. Photograph: Inpho.

New manager Alan Mathews hoping to start with win to catch up on Wexford Youths

Robbie Keane, Ireland’s record goalscorer, celebrates hitting the net against Macedonia in 2011. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Striker never stopped giving during an exemplary 18-year international career

Dundalk supporters go ballistic after Robert Benson’s screamer in Warsaw. Their European journey is far from over. Photograph: Inpho

Manchester United among potential Europa League opponents

Brentford and Ireland midfielder Alan Judge is set to undergo a medical at Newcastle United. Photograph: Getty

Midfielder recovering from serious leg injury but swapping Brentford for St James’ Park

Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny believes his side can turn around their two goal deficit when they travel to play Legia Warsaw. Photograph: Epa

Lilywhites two goals down in playoff tie with Legia Warsaw

John Delaney: The fact that THG and Pro10 both have such strong links to football and/or the FAI makes the association’s chief executive an obvious person to field questions about them. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It is not surprising Brazil police feel John Delaney can help throw light on Rio tickets row

Dundalk manger Stephen Kenny is positive ahead of the Champions League qualifying round second-leg game against Legia Warsaw. Photograph: Getty.

Stephen Kenny still believes despite two-goal deficit before travelling to Warsaw

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny can’t hide his disappointment at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday night. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Two penalty decisions go the way of Polish champions in Champions League play-off

Dundalk goalkeeper Gary Rogers during training at the Aviva Stadium ahead of the Champions League qualifier first leg against Legia Warsaw.  Photograph:  Gary Carr/Inpho

Goalkeeper who considered Gaelic football looks forward to Champions League clash

 David McMillan scores Dundalk’s first goal in the shock win over Bate Borisov. Photograph: Ciaran Culligan/Inph

Champions League group stages await victors of tie against Legia Warsaw

Brian Gartland is in line to play for Dundalk in their Champions League qualifier first leg against Legia Warsaw at the Aviva stadium on Wednesday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Brian Gartland in line to return for Champions League qualifier against Legia Warsaw

 Ciarán Kilduff: “Obviously it’s frustrating on a personal level because you’re thinking, ‘God, I want to score, I want the goals’.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dundalk striker’s recovery from injury puts him in contention for Legia Warsaw game

Marc Wilson has joined Bournemouth from Stoke on a two-year deal. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

‘I am excited now to start a new chapter in my career’

Liam Tuohy receives a Hall of Fame Award from Brian Kerr in 2003. Tuohy passed away on Saturday. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Former Republic of Ireland manager passed away on Saturday

Ireland’s Seamus Coleman is unlikely to be fit for the start of World Cup qualifying campaign.

Ankle injury likely to rule Republic of Ireland defender out of Serbia qualifier

Can Leicester City defend their Premier League title in 2016/17. Photograph: Getty Images

The race for the title may well come down to the two Manchester clubs - City versus United

Cork City manager John Caulfield: “It is our biggest game of the season and we have to go out and win the match.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

John Caulfield says victory over Bohemians essential to maintain pressure on champions

 Mark Salmon celebrates after scoring Bray Wanderers’ first goal in the Airtricity League Premier Division game against Dundalk at the Carlisle Grounds. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Champions suffer back-to-back league losses for first time in three years

Dundalk’s David McMillan has been named SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Player of the Month. Photo: Inpho

Striker was the hero as Dundalk beat BATE Borisov to advance in Champions League

Portugal’s  Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates were welcomed home to Lisbon by thousands of supporters following their Euro 2016 final win over France. Photograph: Patricial De Melo/AFP/Getty

Financial realities inevitably trump the decline of quality in the football itself

Portugal were crowned kings of Europe after beating France 1-0 after extra time at the Stade de France. Photograph: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach

Valiant Portugese defy Ronaldo injury to stun hosts France and win Euro 2016

Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe warm up ahead of Portugal’s training session at Centre National de Rugby in Marcoussis ahead of Sunday’s European Championship final against France in Paris. Photograph:  Regis Devignau/Reuters/Livepic

Defender takes full part in training after missing Wales game with thigh strain

France’s captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris ducks down as he leaves a helicopter before  a press conference at the Stade de France ahead of the European Championship final against Portugal on Sunday night. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Hugo Lloris believes victory in Paris would complete rehabilitation with French public

Scorer of both goals against Germany in the semi-final, Antoine Griezmann (number seven), celebrates with his France team-mates in Marseilles. Photograph: Getty.

Ronaldo key to unlocking hosts’ defence in what should be a tight affair in Paris

French striker was hailed by fans for his super strike and outstanding performance

France midfielder Paul Pogba celebrates after the victory over   Germany in the Euro 2016 semi-final  at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

French midfielder’s proposed big-money transfer is really a statement of intent

The fan zone in Paris early in the evening before Antoine Griezmann’s two goals saw France through to Sunday’s European Championship final. Photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

‘In 1998 people were freer in their minds but now nobody knows for sure that a bomb won’t go off’

Antoine Griezmann celebrates after he scored the fourth goal for France during the Euro 2016 quarter-final against Iceland. Photo: Getty Images

Two historic rivals meet in Marseille for the chance to take on Portugal in the final

Portugal celebrate Nani’s goal in their 2-0 win over Wales in Lyon. Photograph: AP

Quickfire goals from Portuguese captain and Nani bring Welsh fairytale to abrupt finish

Face-off: Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo meet each other as Wales take on Portugal in the first Euro 2016 semi-final in Paris. Photographs: Patricia De Melo Moreira/Emmanuel Dunand/AFP Photo/Getty Images

Wales-Portugal semi-final at Euro 2016 should be about more than the superstars

Irish supporters: the best fans at Euro 2016 may have had the worst “fans embassies”. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Football Supporters Europe replaced Irish association with YBIG after breach of rules

Portugal’s Renato Sanches keeps Poland’s Robert Lewandowski at arm’s length during their quarter-final tie at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

Former Auxerre coach Guy Roux has questioned whether midfielder is really 18

Gareth Bale at a press conference ahead of the semi-final clash between Wales and Portugal. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Real Madrid star says it is not about himself and Cristiano Ronaldo but about both sides

Wales’ players celebrate at the end of their Euro 2016 quarter-final defeat of Belgium at the Pierre-Mauroy Stadium in Lille on Friday. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty.

Financial windfall of European Championship also set to be big benefit to Iceland

France’s Olivier Giroud scores the fifth goal against Iceland in their Euro 2016 quarter-final clash. Photo: Charles Platiau /Reuters

The hosts burst out of the blocks to put any Icelandic resistance to bed early on in Paris

Iceland players during training ahead of their Euro 2016 quarter-final clash with France. Photo: Robert Pratta/Reuters

“To do the simple things well is genius,” said Lars Lagerback ahead of clash with France

Germany’s Joshua Kimmich battles with Slovakia midfielder Marek Hamsik in the side’s last-16 clash, which the world champions won 3-0. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

Bayern Munich players have had very different experiences at the tournament so far

Blaise Matuidi: The French international is the son of an Angolan migrant and  was raised in the Parisian suburb of Fontenay-sous-Bois.  Photograph: Robert Prata/Livepic

Europe’s social problems are seen in microcosm around its busiest train station

Wales celebrate Sam Vokes’ goal in their famous 3-1 win over Belgium in Lille. Photograph: Reuters

Chris Coleman’s side make history as they dispatch sorry Belgium to reach semi-finals

Poland’s Jakub Blaszczykowski celebrates opening the scoring against Switzerland in the last 16 of the competition.Photograph: Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images

Winger has regained form that made him such a key man for Klopp’s Dortmund

 Aron Gunnarsson celebrates after Iceland knock England out of the tournament. Photograph: Michael Dalder/Reuters

The decision to increase the number of participants to 24 nations has simply not worked

Roy Hodgson has said he did not see his side’s infamous defeat to Iceland coming. Photograph: Reuters

The task of finding a new England manager will be far from straightforward

 Robbie Brady poses for a picture with Dylan Stears from Rathcoole at Dublin Airport when the Republic of Ireland team arrived home from France. Photo: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Younger players established as key players in squad, says O’Neill

Republic of Ireland Manager Martin O'Neill

The Ireland squad will look very different when it’s World Cup qualifying time

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill at a press conference in Versailles after his team were knocked out of Euro 2016 by France. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The manager confirmed that he will sign a two-year contract extension with Ireland

Robbie Brady: “We didn’t have that time to rest up. But you can’t blame anything. If you switch off for a second in these games, the quality of the French team, they can go and hurt us. We’re very disappointed but we’ll go on.” Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Pain will linger for Irish goal scorer but Brady already looking forward to World Cup campaign

 Robbie Brady celebrates with Republic of Ireland team-mate Stephen Ward  after scoring from the penalty spot in the    European Championship Round Of 16 match at  Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Robbie Brady had given Martin O’Neill’s side a dream start with second-minute penalty

Séamus Coleman and James McClean challenge for the ball during a Republic of Ireland squad training session at Stade de Montbauron in Versaille. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Manager faces critical question of whether veterans should be recalled

Former Ireland boss  Giovanni Trapattoni with his assistant Marco Tardelli. Photograph: Getty

Former assistant boss: ‘I have fond memories of Ireland, they were fantastic years’

Jonathan Walters stretches ahead of the Republic of Ireland squad training session at  Parc Olympique Lyonnais in  Lyon on Saturday ahead of Sunday’s meeting with France in the Euro 2016 Round of 16. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill had positive news ahead of France after training in Lyon

France  coach Didier Deschamps arrives at the team’s hotel in Lyon ahead of the match against the Republic of Ireland on Sunday afternoon. Photograph:  Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Extra days off between end of group has allowed host nation’s players to rest up

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane during Friday’s press conference in Versailles. Photograph:Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Republic of Ireland assistant manager a believer in putting them under pressure

Ireland’s Shane Long during a press conference ahead of the Euro 2016 second round clash with France. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

“It’s forgotten about now. We were obviously devastated at the time because it cost us a place in the World Cup finals but we are (...)

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane during a press conference ahead of Sunday’s Euro 2016 second round clash with France. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

“Now there is a big challenge for teams like us as we come up against very good sides”

Thierry Henry’s handball that led to France’s goal against the Republic of Ireland in the World Cup playoff in 2009.

French media begin to focus on Irish team’s efforts to get revenge for 2009

Shane Duffy and James McClean celebrates Ireland’s victory over Italy on Wednesday night. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Fitness concerns still loom over Jon Walters and Stephen Ward ahead of France game

Ireland coach Martin O’Neill holds a press conference at the Montbauron stadium in Versailles the morning after Ireland’s 1-0 win over Italy at Euro 2016. Photo: Miguel Medina/Getty Images

The Ireland squad enjoyed a day off with families after memorable win over Italy

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