Ireland manager Martin O’Neill joins the BBC panel during their coverage of Super Bowl 50 between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers. Photo: BBC

What do international management teams do in their spare time a few months before leading their team to the European Championships? Attend Super Bowl(...)

Shane Long of Southampton scores his team’s first goal during the Barclays Premier League match against Watford at St. Mary’s Stadium. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

“No, no, no, no, no.” Danny Murphy’s reaction on TalkSport to reports that Liverpool are interested in signing Shane Long could not have been clearer.(...)

Robbie Keane voted for Cristiano Ronaldo to win the Ball d’Or ahead of Lionel Messi. Photo: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Robbie Keane voted for Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of Lionel Messi in the Ballon d’Or vote with Neymar third on the Dubliner’s ballot paper. Martin O’Neil(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill: As fourth seeds, Ireland could be assigned any one of 18  schedules when the draw for Euro 2016 takes place in Paris. Photograph:  INPHO/Donall Farmer

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill says he is far more relaxed about this evening’s draw in Paris for the finals of the European Championship (...)

The inclusion of James McClean was the fairytale of the Giovanni Trapattoni’s selection for the 2012 tournament. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

When Giovanni Trapattoni announced his squad to travel to Poland for the Euro 2012 finals, among the players left hoping for a miracle or an injury(...)

 Bosnia’s Asmir Begovic is unable to prevent Jonathan Walters scoring Ireland’s second goal. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

A special night in Dublin. This was a throwback to Jack’s days, almost, not unlike the Belgium or Spain games before we qualified in ’88 and ’90. It w(...)

 Ireland manager Martin O’Neill  celebrates with two-goal hero Jon Walters.   Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Well, isn’t life just grand? You know, if Liveline had a poll today on replacing Amhrán na bhFiann with ‘Super Jonny Walters’, it might be the first 1(...)

Ireland’s Ciaran Clark in action against  Bosnia’s Milan Djuric in Zenica on Friday night. Photograph:  Dado Ruvic/Reuters

The presence of Ciaran Clark alongside Martin O’Neill at Ireland’s final press conference was a fitting emblem for the finale of this gruelling campai(...)

 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(...)

Martin O’Neill: “You can’t win these ties in the first leg but you can certainly lose them.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Having been fortunate on each of the previous occasions that the team has qualified for a tournament via the playoffs, the Republic of Ireland, it see(...)