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(...)

Martin O’Neill has said he is pleased with ireland’s World Cup 2018 qualification group. Photograph: Reuters

Though dutifully respectful to top seeds Wales, Martin O’Neill admitted in the aftermath of this afternoon’s World Cup draw that he was worried midway(...)

Bayern Munich manager Pep Gurdoila says Lionel Messi is the best player of all time. Photograph: Reuters

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is the best player ever, Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola said on Tuesday after Barca eliminated his side 5-3 on aggregate t(...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi in action with Bayern Munich’s Thiago, Xabi Alonso, Juan Bernat and Mehdi Benatia all in pursuit. Photo: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

Bayern will need a Munich miracle to retain their dream of reaching the Champions League final on home soil after the five-time champions slumped to a(...)

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique first met Guardiola when they both played on Spain’s gold-medal winning football team at the Barcelona ’92 Olympics. Photograph: Alejandro Garcia/EPA

Barça beat Córdoba 8-0 at the weekend. The team is humming, and its coach knows it. When Luis Enrique spoke about the draw for tonight’s Champions Lea(...)

 Bayern Munich’s Thomas Müller scores his side’s goal in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final against FC Porto at the Allianz Arena in Munich. Photo: Andreas Gebert/EPA

Bayern Munich 6 FC Porto 1 (Bayern win 7-4 on agg) As you were, then, Pep. This was an extraordinary Champions League quarter-final second leg (...)

Paris Saint-Germain’s Blaise Matuidi  and  Zlatan Ibrahimovic talk before a training session at  the Nou Camp  ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Barcelona. Photo: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

Paris St Germain coach Laurent Blanc accepts his side face an almost impossible mission trying to turn around their Champions League quarter-final ag(...)

Bayern Munich’s long-time team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt has surprisingly resigned following their Champions League loss to Porto, saying (...)

Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer leave their news conference in Porto ahead of their Champions League quarter-final first leg. Photo: Rafael Marchante/Reuters

Bayern Munich will not repeat the mistakes they made last season when they face Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday night, according to Thomas (...)

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola warns his side not to fall asleep against Porto. Photograph: Rafael Marchante/Reuters

Bayern Munich may be missing some of their biggest names when they meet Porto but the Germans are confident they have enough firepower to defend their(...)