Celtic will play Ajax in their Europa League group. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reutes

Celtic have the prospect of facing Robin van Persie and Nani’s new side Fenerbahce plus Dutch giants Ajax in their Europa League group. Friday’(...)

 Steven Naismith during Scotland training at  Mar Hall Hotel in  Bishopton ahead of next Saturday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against the Republic of Ireland. Photo:  Russell Cheyne/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Steven Naismith has warned the Republic of Ireland their hopes of reaching Euro 2016 will be left hanging by a thread if they fail to beat his Scotlan(...)

 Thomas Müller drills the ball home through a crowded Georgian box to score Germany’s second goal in the Group D qualifier   at Boris Paichadze Stadium on March 29, 2015 in Tbilisi, Georgia. Photograph:  Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images

Georgia 0 Germany 2World Cup winners Germany eased past hosts Georgia 2-0 in their Euro 2016 qualifier on Sunday with two goals in five minutes from M(...)

Bastian Schweinsteiger will make his first start for Germany since last summer’s World Cup final in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Georgia in Tbilisi on Sunday. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger will make his first start for Germany since the World Cup final last year when his team take on Georgia in a E(...)

Republic of Ireland internationals   Stephen Quinn and Kevin Doyle during  training  at Gannon Park in  Malahide. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

Stephen Quinn has warned the Republic of Ireland not to be fooled into believing they only have to shackle lethal striker Robert Lewandowski to get th(...)

 Republic of Ireland’s John O’Shea (left) celebrates with (r-l) Jeff Hendrick, James McClean and Jon Walters after his  equaliser in Gelsenkirchen. Photograph: Donall Farmer / Inpho

There were echoes of Ibaraki, 2002, about Ireland’s draw in Gelsenkirchen but just about everything about October’s late equaliser seemed somehow mor(...)

A late Toni Kroos goal gave Germany a 1-0 victory away to Spain tonight
Spain sunk by Kroos missile

Spain 0 Germany 0Between them, they have won international football’s last four major tournaments but for eighty-nine minutes Spain and Germany could (...)

  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(...)

 Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and Joachim Löw of Germany before the 1-1 draw in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday.  Photograph: Donall Farmer / Inpho

Martin O’Neill has dismissed suggestions that his Republic of Ireland side can now target top spot in their Euro 2016 qualifying group after nicking (...)

Martin O’Neill during the game in Gelsenkirchen: “The exhilaration is something for us to carry that into that [Scotland] game.” Photograph: Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images

Martin O’Neill says that he will weigh up during the next week or two how to approach Ireland’s next European Championship qualifying game next month (...)