French comedian Dieudonne M’bala who has been sentenced to  two months in jail for incitement to hatred during a show in Belgium. Photograph:   Loic Venanceloic/Getty Images

A Belgian court sentenced controversial French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala on Wednesday to two months in prison and a €9,000 fine for making anti(...)

 Robbie Keane celebrates after qualifying for Euro 2012 in the Aviva. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Belgium 2 Rep of Ireland 1 1998 World Cup, France Brussels, November 11th, 1997 After one-legged playoffs in 1965 and 1995, Ireland’s fir(...)

David de Gea: will remain at Old Trafford after his expected move to Real Madrid fell through. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP

The fall-out over the failed David De Gea transfer continued late on Tuesday night, with Manchester United and Real Madrid blaming each other for t(...)

Neil Lennon has struggled this season at Bolton Wanderers. The club are bottom of the Championship and the prospects of a revival look bleak, with £160m owed to silent owner Eddie Davies. Photograph: Clint Hughes/Getty Images

‘I take full responsibility,” he said. “I apologise to the supporters,” he said. “Middlesbrough won the 50/50s,” he said. And on he went: “We were off(...)

Nicolas Anelka has been named player-manager of ISL side Mumbai City. Photograph: Getty

Indian side Mumbai City have named Nicolas Anelka as their player-manager. The Indian Super League club announced the 36-year-old into the role on Fri(...)

Emile Heskey is back in English football with Bolton having spent two season playing with Newcastle Jets in Australia. Photograph: Paul Thomas/Getty Images

The framed jerseys on the walls of the basement den in Emile Heskey’s Cheshire home provide a reminder their owner is in the twilight of a fine caree(...)

 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(...)

 Valencia  announced they have reached an agreement to sign striker Alvaro Negredo on loan from Manchester City with a clause making the deal permanent at the end of the season.  Photograph: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire.

ArsenalPlayers in: Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona, £30m), Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle, £12m), David Ospina (Nice, undisclosed), Calum Chambers (Southampton,(...)

France’s Karim Benzema scores against Honduras during the opening game in Group E.

The history of France in the World Cup is a story of dramatic oscillation. In 1982 and 1986, they reached the semi-finals, then in 1990 and 1994 th(...)

Republic of Ireland soccer supporters, such as Mr O’Fliorpál, could well be on their way to Brazil in June.

The Republic of Ireland looks set for a dramatic late call-up to the Fifa World Cup finals in Brazil after France’s participation in the tourna(...)