Rafael Capote of Qatar  is blocked by Markus Wagesreiter and Janko Bozovic of Austria during the ‘round of 16’ match at the 24th men’s handball World Championship in Doha. Photograph: Fadi Al-Assaad/Reuters

Dr Andrea Ongaro knows he faces a tough challenge to have a strong international side

 Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has   announced he is to leave his boyhood club at the end of the season. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Captain’s decision to announce he will leave the club at the end of the season allows Brendan Rodgers the chance to plan ahead

 A Brazil fan   after watching his side beingbeaten   7-1 by Germany in the World Cupsemi-final  at Estadio Mineirao  in Belo Horizonte. Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

‘Germany spent most of the second half gently and quizically toeing the lifeless carcass of a nation’s dreams’

Katie Taylor made it five world titles in a row in South Korea

Carl O’Malley salutes Katie Taylor as she makes it five world titles on the bounce

Iker Casillas of Spain  after his mistake led to the fourth Netherlands  goal  at Arena Fonte Nova  in Salvador, Brazil. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Carl O’Malley looks back on the match that shook the World Cup into action

Robbie Keane of Los Angeles Galaxy may have piqued   the interest of  Premier League manager with doubt over his future in MLS.  Photograph:   Harry How/Getty Images

QPR manager and Aston Villa boss effusive in their praise of the MLS star and Ireland captain

Ireland’s  Darren O’Dea has joined blackpool on a month-long loan deal. Photograph: Reuters

Ireland international was a free agent having left Ukrainian club Metalurh Donetsk in August

Robbie Brady (second left) of Ireland scores the fourth goal against USA in front of the South Stand at the Aviva Stadium.  Photograph:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

YBIG online forum members protested against FAI’s ticketing policy and CEO John Delaney

Three International Friendly, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 18/11/2014Republic of Ireland vs USAIreland's David McGoldrick assists the first goal of the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

David McGoldrick assisted two of Ireland’s four goals, Cyrus Christie grew into game

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