Former German striker Oliver Bierhoff shows the name of Wales during the preliminary draw for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Photograph: Getty Images

‘Wales?” George Hamilton’s exclamation was disbelieving, as though a little part of him suspected Oliver Bierhoff and Jérôme Valcke were playing some (...)

Austria’s David Alaba caused the Republic of Ireland all sorts of problems during the the World Cup 2014 qualification match at the Ernst Happel Stadium. Photograph: Christian Hofer/Getty Images.

WALES World Ranking: 10. Ireland’s record against them: P13 W5 D3 L5 F16 A13 The Welsh certainly lack the pedigree of most other top seeds with just o(...)

Paddy Barnes: his opponent for the April 18th clash has yet to be confirmed, but Finol Segundo looks likely. Photograph: Inpho

A win by either a unanimous or split decision, KO or TKO will qualify Paddy Barnes for his third successive Olympics from his last World Series of Box(...)

  Jérôme Garcès, who sent off Jared Payne in last year’s Heineken Cup, will referee Ireland’s match with Scotland. Photograph: Darren Kidd/INPHO/Presseye

“Not rolling away”, “off his feet”, “in from the side”, “crooked-in”, “forward”, “not releasing”, “dropping his bind” and “boring in”, represent a tin(...)

Daniel Sturridge is expected to return to the Liverpool team for the first time since August for their Premier League meeting with West Ham at Anfield. Photograph:   Alex Livesey/Getty Images

SATURDAY Hull (18) v Newcastle (11), 12.45pm - Live BT Sports 1 Hull should welcome back strikers Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez. The duo (...)

Adam Lallana scores Liverpool’s third goal against Swansea in their English Premier League game at Anfield. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA.

  Liverpool 4 Swansea 1 Liverpool ended 2014 as they opened it. Their defence can still cause palpitations from the most harmless (...)

Sadio Mane of Southampton evades Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni  to score their first goal during the  Premier League match  at Selhurst Park. Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Premier League round-up: Southampton’s resurgence continued in style with a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on an afternoon when the (...)

Wales are three points clear of Belgium in Group B after hanging on to draw 0-0 in the Euro 2016 qualifier in Brussels

Wales survived a late onslaught to force a goalless draw against Belgium in their Euro 2016 qualifying match in Brussels on Sunday, with their key man(...)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal and Swansea City manager Gary Monk, during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford. Monk has signed Federico Fernandez from Napoli. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Swansea have announced the signing of Argentina defender Federico Fernandez from Napoli. The Swans stated on their website that Fernandez has signed a(...)

Chelsea’s Demba Ba celebrates scoring the winner  against Swansea City. Photograph: Rebecca Naden / Reuters

Swansea City 0 Chelsea 1 The forgotten man of Chelsea is doing a dec(...)