Irelad captain Roy Keane in action against Portugal at Lansdowne Road. ,  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.The Irish times.

Time to draw on a selection of excellent Ireland performances from the archives.June 2001Republic of Ireland 1 Portugal 1Most Irish soccer fans will r(...)

Patrick O’Connell (centre) sits on the bench during his time with Barcelona. He lead an exhibition tour to Mexico in 1937 which helped save the club.   Photograph: FCB

Johan Cruyff wants you to read this. So do Oliver Kahn, Martin O’Neill and Luis Figo. They are just some of the luminaries who have expressed their(...)

  Leinster’s Brian O’Driscoll   scroing a try against Munster. The two sides meet this weekend but the retired O’Driscoll will be hoping to be still involved in the Dunhill Links. Photograph:   Billy Stickland/Inpho

Brian O’Driscoll becomes the latest Irishman to tee it up at the Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland starting on Thursday over the St Andrews, Ca(...)

 Vicente del Bosque  celebrates as he lifts the World Cup with his team during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11th, 2010. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Vicente del Bosque is inscrutable. It’s difficult to know what goes on behind that flowerbox moustache he sports. He never betrays emotion during a ga(...)

Barcelona’s Dani Alves at yesterday’s press conference where he defended team-mate and compatriot Neymar.

Barcelona defender Dani Alves has defended his team-mate and compatriot Neymar, claiming the forward has only been criticised in recent weeks f(...)

Gareth Bale (L) of Wales hold his new Real Madrid soccer club jersey accompanied by president Florentino Perezat the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. Photograph:  Paul Hanna/Reuters

Gareth Bale has been presented as a Real Madrid player after completing his record-breaking move from Tottenham.Bale flew to the Spanish capital on Mo(...)

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed that Gareth Bale will join Real Madrid. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

Gareth Bale thanked Tottenham for making his dream world-record €100 million move to Real Madrid happen after the deal was finally agreed on Sunday ni(...)