Brazil legend Sócrates confronts Alain Giresse in the quarter-final of the 1986 World Cup in Guadalaraja, Mexico, which France won in a penalty shoutout. Photograph: AFP/Getty

In the tunnel in Guadalajara, Sócrates stopped. One of the giants of Brazilian football turned around. He wanted to shake the hand of someone a few(...)

Liverpool’s Emre Can  chases Aston Villa  midfielder Jack Grealish during the FA Cup semi-final between Aston Villa and Liverpool at Wembley stadium in London on Sunday. Photograph: Ben Stansall/Getty Images

Kevin Grealish, father of Republic of Ireland under-21 international winger Jack, has quelled concerns that his son might defect to England by confir(...)

Niamh Fahey wants a crack at playing the game full time and Chelsea are more than happy to help make that dream come true. Photograph: AP

Close your eyes and imagine for a moment the type of south London suburb where a club like Chelsea might choose to have their training ground and you (...)

 Dylan Connolly celebrates scoring the winner for the Republic of Ireland U-21s against Andorra at RSC,Waterford. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Republic of Ireland 1 Andorra 0  Dylan Connolly’s first-half winner earned the Republic of Ireland’s U-21s victory over Andorra in their o(...)

 Last year’s Cool Projects event at DCU which included 250 projects from children aged seven to 17. Photograph: Conor McCabe

The call for Ireland’s best and brightest young coders is set to go out next week as CoderDojo’s Coolest Projects opens for registration. The event, w(...)

Bolton Wanderers striker Conor Wilkinson: “I wouldn’t play for England, no way.” Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

It should be music to the ears of Kevin Kilbane to hear English-born Conor Wilkinson declare his undivided commitment to the Republic of Ireland ahead(...)

Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish: was named under-21 player of the year at the 3-sponsored FAI International awards. Photograph: Reuters

Jack Grealish has signalled his intention to make himself available for the Republic of Ireland at the start of next season. Asked about his positi(...)

Niall Keown, son of Arsenal defender Martin, is on the Ireland Under 21 squad. Photograph: David Price/Getty Images

Niall Keown heads the list of newcomers to Noel King’s Irish under-21 squad for the team’s first qualifying game of the new European Championship camp(...)

 Colorado Rapids defender Shane O’Neill is being lined up by Jurgen Klinsmann for the US Olympic team. Photograph: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

For years Irish soccer fans have rued the game’s drain of talent to the perpetual lure of the GAA, yet now they face losing a descendant of Gaelic (...)

Republic of Ireland under-21 manager Noel King. Photograph:  Noel Geraghty/Inpho

The Irish under-21s will kick-off their European Championship qualifying campaign with a home game against Andorra next month but the real challenge i(...)