Stephanie Roche has been invited to spend the day at the White House by US president Barack Obama for St Patrick’s Day this year. File Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Stephanie Roche has been invited to spend the day at the White House by US president Barack Obama for St Patrick’s Day this year. The 25-year-old mad(...)

Stephanie Roche: “I’m the first Irish woman to ever go over and play there. I’ve been given a huge opportunity by Houston Dash and I’m hoping I’ll be able to go over and do well and hopefully be successful over there.” Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times 1:47

Fifa Puskas Award runner-up Stephanie Roche has announced she has signed a two-year contract with the Texas-based Houston Dash soccer team to play (...)

Carlo Ancelotti: ‘Atletico were better than us in everything’ in Madrid derby. Photograph: Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images

Real Madrid scored twice against Deportivo La Coruña on Saturday evening, but the loudest noise heard at the Santiago Bernabéu was not the cheers that(...)

Real Madrid’s Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo held his birthday party after 4-0 loss against Atletico Madrid during their Spanish Primera Division league soccer match. Photograph: Javier Lizon/EPA

Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent has defended the FIFA Ballon d’Or winner after he was criticised for throwing a lavish 30th birthday party on Saturday hours(...)

Gareth Bale has fallen from grace as Real Madrid go through a sticky patch since the start of the year. Photograph: Reuters.

A strange thing has been happening recently at Real Madrid, who have started 2015 with only five wins in nine games. Considering they had won the pre(...)

James Rodriguez scored Real Madrid’s opening goal against Sevilla but was later forced off with a broken metatarsal. (Phorograph: REUTERS/Susana Vera)

Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez is facing a spell on the sidelines after breaking a metatarsal during Wednesday night’s 2-1 win over Sevilla. Madr(...)

In-form Neymar is challenged by Villarreal’s Sergio Asenjo. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Lionel Messi struck the winner for Barcelona as they twice came from behind to beat Villarreal 3-2 at home and move a point behind leaders Real Madrid(...)

Chelsea have signed Fiorentina’s Colombia forward Juan Cuadrado according to the Italian club. Photograph:  Maurizio Degl’Innocenti/EPA

Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella has confirmed that Juan Cuadrado will not play for the Viola on Saturday, with the Colombian winger finalising his(...)

Fiorentina’s Juan Cuadrado in action against AS Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Fiorentina and AS Roma. Photograph: Maurizio Degl’ Innocenti

Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle is hopeful that Chelsea target Juan Guillermo Cuadrado will not leave the Serie A club in January.The Colombia(...)

 Fiorentina forward Juan Cuadrado scores from the penalty spot in Wednesday’s Coppa Italia match against   Atalanta  at Artemio Franchi Stadium in Florence. Photograph: Maurizio Degl’ innocenti/EPA

Chelsea have entered into talks with Fiorentina over the purchase of Juan Cuadrado as the Premier League leaders prepare for the possible departure of(...)