Aiden McGeady is 29 but many still hope he will start to thrill on a regular basis. Photograph: Inpho

If you wanted to get scientific about it, you could hook yourself up to a machine that records your rate of swearing in matches and check which player(...)

Set for the Airtricity League? Damien Duff at the Beacon Hospital,   Dublin, on Sunday at the launch of a sports medicine initiative by    the hospital in association with First Ireland. Photograph: David Maher/Sportsfile

Damien Duff reckons he is about two months away from being fit enough to play competitively again, and is still hoping to feature for an Airtricity Le(...)

The FA Cup semi final win against Liverpool at Wembley Stadium was a breakthrough moment for Given  and Villa. Photo: Ian Walton/Getty Images

In the car from the train station, it starts. Unintentionally, it’s a bit heavy. How was Saturday, then? It is a standard question to put to a footbal(...)

“It’s not nice and you feel like you’ve let people down . . . it is terrible to go through and you just have to accept it,” says Wolves striker Kevin Doyle, who has been relegated three times in his career. Photograph: Getty. 1:11

Preparing to leave Burnley’s Gawthorpe Hall training ground after another morning workout, Stephen Ward flashes a wide grin having shared a joke with (...)

 Rory McIlroy:  victories and  sponsorship deal  make him Ireland’s richest sportsman. Photograph: Ezra Shaw/Getty

He’s got the world number-one spot, four Majors and counting, and now Rory McIlroy can add the title of Ireland’s richest sportsman to his burgeoning (...)

Damien Duff will be playing in the League of Ireland this summer. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

He’d said it before, but not like this - Damien Duff will be joining a League of Ireland team, and he’ll be doing so within two months. The former Bla(...)

  Damien Duff’s (right) Melbourne City career in doubt after injury.  Photograph:  Graham Denholm/Getty Images

Damien Duff’s brief career in Australian football looks to be over after the Dubliner picked up a serious injury in Melbourne City’s game at the week(...)

Damien Duff and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in 2005. The Dubliner says the Portuguese coach is the best in the business. Photograph: Reuters

Damien Duff has hailed Jose Mourinho as the best coach he worked with over the course of his career, insisting that he is the sort of manager “you’d r(...)

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I understand that the French rugby coach, Philippe Saint Andre and Italian -born, current Greek soccer coach Claudio Ranieri have something in comm(...)

Brian McCarthy has worked with the Ireland team since 2003, but has decided to pursue a new challenge in Sydney. Photograph: David Maher/SPORTSFILE

It started simply enough. Brian McCarthy was a school teacher and volunteer coach in Kerry who, inspired in his own youth by the genius of players lik(...)