PSG’s David Luiz was an interesting inclusion on Fifa’s 2014 team of the year. (Photograph: Xavier Laine/Getty Images)

The Paris St Germain and Brazil defender David Luiz was the surprise inclusion on Fifa’s 2014 Team of the Year announced at Monday’s Ballon d’Or cerem(...)

 Republic of Ireland International Stephanie Roche walks past Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi at the Fifa Ballon d’Or awards in Zurich. Photograph: Valeriano Di Domenico / Inpho 1:47

As Stephanie Roche turns her attention to making something like a living from the game she plays so well, Real Madrid star Ronaldo has signalled hi(...)

Stephanie Roche: up against Manchester United’s Robin Van Persie and Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez as she battles for top Fifa award. Photo:Cathal Noonan/Inpho 1:08

She has a rather better case for success than 1999’s Time Person of the Century nominee Ronnie O’Brien, but Stephanie Roche may need every last vot(...)

 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

‘It’ll be fine,’ he said. ‘My team-mates have got it covered,’ he said. ‘I have full faith in them,’ he said.Poor Neymar, how wrong he was. Days after(...)

Roche with her team-mates at French club ASPTT Albi.  Photograph: Remy Gabalda/AFP/Getty Images)

“I’d love people just to vote for the goal itself.” Sweeping everything else aside; her gender, her nationality, her then-amateur status, all S(...)

  Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini will have to plan for a Champions League meeting with Barcelona.  Photograph:  Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Manchester City’s reward for securing progress from their Champions League group is another meeting with Barcelona, who beat them last season, also i(...)

The match fixtures are shown on a panel following the draw of the round of 16 soccer matches of the UEFA Champions League 2014/15 in Nyon, Switzerland, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. The final is scheduled for June 6 at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. (AP Photo/Keystone,Jean-Christophe Bott)

This year’s draw for the knockout stage has thrown up some tantalising games, including Manchester City’s clash with Barcelona and a tough encounter (...)

Soccer player Stephanie Roche of Peamount United, who is shortlisted for Fifa’s Puskas Goal of the Year Award,  was joint winner of the Sportswoman of the Month Award for November. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

It’s hard to believe that we’re already approaching the end of 2014 when it seems like a wet week since it started. But it’s trickier still to accept(...)

Jose Mourinho: Chelsea are not at the top because of an easy run, they are there because their rounded squad has been improved due to  astute buys by a  superb manager.

On August 16th Alexis Sanchez, all €40 million of him, made his Arsenal debut in a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace. Twelve weeks later, the man who bo(...)

Shakhtar Donetsk’s Luiz Adriano scored five against BATE Borisov in Minsk. Photograph: Vasily Fedosenko / Reuters

Group FNeymar and Lionel Messi maintained their lethal partnership with a goal apiece as Barcelona swept aside Ajax 3-1 in Champions League Group F on(...)