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(...)

   Robbie Keane of Los Angeles Galaxy and Ireland in action against New York Red Bulls at the   StubHub Center on Sunday. Photograph:  Jeff Gross/Getty Images

Robbie Keane was among the goals for LA Galaxy again last night, scoring two in a 4-0 win over New York Red Bulls, and afterwards spoke of how his (...)

FIFA President Sepp Blatter addresses a news conference after a meeting of the FIFA executive committee in Zurich on Friday. Photograph: Reuters

The Republic of Ireland’s chances of being third seeds in their qualifying group for the 2018 World Cup would be dented should Fifa succeed in exclud(...)

Martin O’Neill: “You might say ‘it’s only Gibraltar’, but for me I have to really focus on that game before Germany. Take your eye off it and you find yourself in a bit of trouble.” Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

A month ago he named a 36-man provisional squad for the games against Oman and Georgia. Yesterday at Abbotstown Martin O’Neill raised the number by on(...)

Conor Sammon scored Ipswich Town’s second against Wigan Athletic on Monday night. Photograph; Donall Farmer / Inpho

Republic of Ireland international striker Conor Sammon ended his goal drought last night just in time to be named in Martin O’Neill’s squad this morn(...)

Martin O’Neill: “I am looking forward to meeting up with the squad in two weeks-time and preparing for two very important matches.”

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has named a 37-man provisional squad for next month’s Euro 2016 qualification matches against Gibraltar (...)

Jan O’Sullivan: ‘What happened with the introduction of free fees is that it has increased participation in general but it hasn’t got rid of the inequality in terms of participation levels.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

As managerial appointments go, Jan O’Sullivan’s was a popular one. Like Martin O’Neill to Ruairi Quinn’s Trapattoni, O’Sullivan was taking over from a(...)

Gibraltar’s goalkeeper Jordan Perez reacts after a goal scored by Poland in  Faro last week. Photograph:
Rafael Marchante/Reuters

The Gibraltar FA is to decide “well before Christmas,” whether it will move its three home qualifying games in 2015, including the one against the Re(...)

Aiden McGeady can have the best season of his career at Everton this year, says cluyb manager Roberto Martinez.  Photograph:  Sascha Steinbach/Bongarts/Getty Images

Everton manager Roberto Martinez took up today where Martin O’Neill had left off by hailing Aiden McGeady’s form and suggesting that the 28 year-old (...)

IJack Grealish celebrates scoring Ireland under-21’s third goal against the  Faroe Islands in a European Championships qualifying group game  last November.    Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Having acceded to Jack Grealish’s request to sideline his international future, Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill will unlikely be able to ca(...)