THAT moment in the   World Cup  qualifying football match between France and the Republic of Ireland at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis in Paris on November 18th, 2009 when Thierry Henry handled the ball. 1:00

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Ireland lived up to the RTE panel’s expectations with the final score. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

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Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring the opening goal against West Ham  at Old Trafford. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

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Cork’s Alan Cadogan and Paddy Stapleton of Tipperary clash in yesterday’s All-Ireland hurling semi-final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

A testing Sunday, that. From Croke Park to Stade Jean Bouin to Croke Park to Stade Jean Bouin and back again, and as ever you end up addled, half hear(...)

A Brazil fan reacts while watching a broadcast of the  World Cup semi-final against Germany at the Fan Fest in Brasilia. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Brazil v Germany. A World Cup pairing of gargantuan, historical proportions, just the eight titles between them, endless epic encounters, and this, su(...)

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England manager Roy Hodgson looks on during the World Cup Brazil Group D match between Uruguay and England. Photograph: by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

England manager Roy Hodgson’s position is unlikely to come under too much threat and if it does, Redknapp, along with former striker Alan Shearer, wan(...)

Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates his side’s victory against Norwich with Craig Bellamy. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

If Cardiff City stay in the Premier League this year their supporters should probably write a song for Norwich striker Gary Hooper. On Saturday, they (...)

David Moyes insisted after yesterday’s game that the only difference between the sides was a couple of set-pieces, but the near-unanimous pre-match consensus that Chelsea would win handsomely suggested otherwise.

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