Former basketball player Yao Ming of China and actor Bill Murray at the start of the 2015 Laureus World Sports Awards show at the Shanghai Grand Theatre. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Novak Djokovic beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Lewis Hamilton to be named sportsman of the year at the Laureus Sports Awards in Shanghai, the first time (...)

 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(...)

German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Here is a flavour of the German newspapers’ reaction to last night’s 1-1 draw against the Republic of Ireland in Gelsenkirchen. Nonsense. This is only(...)

The German media savoured last night’s unprecedented 7-1 semi-final victory over World Cup hosts Brazil this morning, describing the rout as a sensati(...)

After the perfect start to the World Cup, Germany are hoping that they can go the whole way and win the competition. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

German media was full of praise on Tuesday for a sterling performance by Joachim Loew’s team in their opening 4-0 World Cup win over Portugal that ins(...)

Germany’s Mesut Ozil, right, and Sami Khedira at yesterday’s  press conference  in Cologne. Photograph: Martin Meissner/AP

Dwarfed a little by the set-up at a Mercedes dealership in Cologne which appeared to have been inspired by New York’s Guggenheim, Mesut Özil seemed re(...)

Republic of Ireland interim manager Noel King shares a laugh with midfielder Andy Reid during training at Gannon park in Malahide on Tuesday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Noel King will send his side out against Germany under orders to do whatever it takes to secure a famous victory.The interim Republic of Ireland mana(...)

Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff believes  the goalscoring form of players like Thomas Mueller can offset the lack of strikers in the squad for the game against the Republic of Ireland. Photograph:   Michael Dalder/Reuters

Team manager Oliver Bierhoff expects Germany to qualify for the World Cup with a victory over the Republic of Ireland in Cologne this Friday despite a(...)

Bayer Leverkusen’s Stefan Kiessling in action against Manchester United’s Chris Smalling during their recent Champions League  match at Old Trafford. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Out-of-favour forward Stefan Kiessling could earn a surprise recall to the Germany squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against the Republic o(...)

Bastian Schweinsteiger has been named in the Germany squad for the games against Austria and the Faroe Islands. Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has shaken off a minor ankle injury and has been included in the 24-man Germany squad for next month’s World Cup qua(...)