Good job . . . Germany’s Miroslav Klose is congratulated by coach Joachim Löw after their victory over France at the Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Whenever Joachim Löw is asked at a press conference about some episode from the past, he answers that his Germany team pays no attention to history(...)

When the ball was at Wes Hoolahan’s feet against Portugal in the recent friendly at Meadowlands, one could relax and hope that just maybe, something thrilling and special was going to happen. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The sight of Wes Hoolahan out there on the field in Meadowlands said it all. There were few green shirts on the trains leaving Penn Station for Mead(...)

Former Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni not heading to the Ivory Coast. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Sources close to former Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni have rubbished reports claiming the veteran coach has signed a contract with World (...)

Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte and rapper Pitbull: another balls-up for FIFA.   Photograph:  Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

It would be desperately unfair to all involved to pre-judge the Brazil World Cup 2014 Official Song Anthem before it is released in March. But it will(...)

Former Northern Ireland international Martin O’Neill tops a list of early contenders to replace Trapattoni. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Martin O’Neill is apparently keen to speak with the FAI about a certain vacancy in their coaching department. But the former Northern Ireland interna(...)

Giovanni Trapattoni makes a rare appearance at a Premier League ground to take in Norwich City’s clash against Arsenal at Carrow Road last season. Photograph: Ian Kington/Getty Images

The overdue removal of Giovanni Trapattoni from his post yesterday morning will have an immediate impact this Saturday when the Premier League and Cha(...)

James McCarthy (right) hard at work during yesterday’s Republic of Ireland squad training session at  Gannon Park in Malahide, Co Dublin. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Marco Tardelli says there is something a little different about James McCarthy since he became an Everton player: “Something changed in his mood,” sai(...)

Ireland players rest after training in Malahide. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Marco Tardelli has insisted there will be no specific plan to counteract Paris Saint Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic when the Republic of Ireland m(...)

A happy James McCarthy with his new Everton team-mate Seamus Coleman at the Republic of Ireland training session in Malahide yesterday.  Photograph: Inpho.

After years of moaning about both the transfer window closing two weeks after the season starts and the endless interruptions caused by international (...)

Paddy Madden called into Republic of Ireland squad for game against Wales

When Marco Tardelli hailed Paddy Madden as “the future” yesterday it seemed safe to assume that he was thinking in terms of the medium or long term. A(...)