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(...)

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(...)

Stephanie Roche has made it to a shortlist of three for the Fifa Puskás Award for the best goal of the year with Robin van persie and James Rodriguez. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ireland’s Stephanie Roche has been shortlisted for Fifa’s Goal of the Year award alongside Colombia’s James Rodriguez and Robin van Persie of the N(...)

Stephanie Roche: “I’m happy. It’s been great. I’m not nervous. People tell me I’m in with a good shot and it’s the best goal. I’d love to go to the ceremony.”

By next Monday, the denizens at world soccer body Fifa will be down to the top three goals scored in the past 12 months. Thousands of strikes t(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Stephanie Roche: will be up against some of the top stars in the game for Fifa’s Goal of the Year award. Photograph: Inpho

As you browsed through the list of nominees announced this week for Fifa’s Puskas Award, granted to the scorer of world football’s finest goal in t(...)

Stephanie Roche: “It’s great for women’s football”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

So, how did Stephanie Roche find out she was one of the 10 nominees for Fifa’s Puskas Award, the gong granted to the player deemed to have scored t(...)

Stephanie Roche’s stunning goal for  Peamount United against Wexford Youths has been shortlisted for Fifa’s  Puskás Award for the best goal of the year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Republic of Ireland women’s international Stephanie Roche has been named alongside world football superstars such as Diego Costa, Zlatan Ibrahimovi(...)

 Real Madrid’s French striker Karim Benzema celebrates his goal against Liverpool during their Champions League   match  at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Photograph: Javier Lizon / EPA

Real Madrid 1 Liverpool 0By the end, at least Brendan Rodgers could make a credible argument that he could have started with his best men and there wa(...)

  Luis Suárez of Barcelona did not make hte 23-man Ballon d’Or list. Photograph:  Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Barcelona striker Luis Suárez has been omitted from Fifa’s 23-man list of contenders for the Ballon d’Or award.The list, which will be whittled down t(...)

Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema tries to nick the ball past Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo. Photograph:
EPA/Juan Hidalgo

Madrid City was in jubilant mood on Saturday night, as Real Madrid swept aside Barcelona 3-1 in an absorbing La Liga contest. As the front cover of Ma(...)