Barcelona’s Lionel Messi speaks to the audience after receiving the Ballon d’Or from acting Fifa president Issa Hayatou during the Fifa Ballon d’Or Gala 2015 at the Kongresshaus in Zurich. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Even Fifa gets it right sometimes. In front of the usual Zurich crowd of power brokers, buffet-lurkers, desiccated legends and appallingly-tuxedoed s(...)

The Sport and Sponsorship Sentiment Index: the research was carried out between December 10th and 15th. Presumably, this accounts for Conor McGregor’s one-punch knockout of Jose Aldo not making it into the top-five most memorable moments of the year

In the end, the biggest surprise in the annual the PSG Sport and Sponsorship Sentiment Index announced on Thursday was that Shane Long’s goal against (...)

Republic of Ireland’s Shane Long scores against Germany. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Several managers came and went without guiding Ireland to a competitive win over a qualification rival and it sometimes seemed as though we might fore(...)

Bayern  Munich’s Rafinha exchanges words with Arturo Vidal after their defeat at between Borussia Moenchengladbach. Photo: Reuters

In-form Borussia Moenchengladbach struck three times in 14 minutes in the second-half to floor champions Bayern Munich 3-1 and inflict their first Bu(...)

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp: “I am absolutely satisfied with our goalkeeping situation. I am sorry to kill your stories about German goalkeepers and goalkeepers from Stoke.” Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Jürgen Klopp has said Liverpool are not in the market for a new goalkeeper after being linked with Stoke’s Jack Butland and the Belgium Under-21 inte(...)

Jürgen Klopp has insister he is happy with Liverpool’s number one Simon Mignolet. Photograph: Reuters

Jürgen Klopp has said Liverpool are not in the market for a new goalkeeper after being linked with Stoke’s Jack Butland and the Belgium Under-21 inter(...)

Aiden McGeady’s late winner against Georgia in Ireland’s opening Euro 2016 qualifier proved to be a crucial goal. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Aiden McGeady v Georgia – Boris Paichadze National Stadium, Tbilisi, September 7th, 2014 The fact that it’s way back as far as Ireland’s very f(...)

Will Ireland get a favourable draw for the Euro 2016 finals? Photo: Getty Images

Paris, December 12th: the group stage draw for Euro 2016 will take place. And Ireland will be there. Who would have thought it back in June? Or back i(...)

Bayern Munich fans hold a banner as they protest in the stands against the cost of tickets. Photograph: Getty Images

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has promised Arsenal fans they will pay a “good price” for tickets in November’s Champions League return in Bavaria. (...)

Olivier Giroud scores Arsenal’s winner against Bayern Munich at the Emirates. Photograph: Reuters

Arsenal 2 Bayern Munich 0 After all the post-mortems, the punishing headlines and the scrutiny that has fallen on Arsene Wenger, Arsenal are su(...)