Republic of Ireland’s Jonathan Walters out-jumps David Kvirkvelia of Georgia European Championship Qualifier, Boris Paichadze National Arena, Tbilisi, Georgia. Photograph: Inpho

One of the reasons Giovanni Trapattoni used to give for picking Robbie Keane in every game, regardless of the fluctuations of his form, was that he co(...)

At the Urlingford Arms in Urlingford, Co  Kilkenny, yesterday, from left:  Shauna Cleere, Thomas Broderick (Kilkenny fan) and his son Conor (Tipp fan)  watch  the game. Photograph:  Dylan Vaughan

And. . . breathe.The neutrals may welcome another shot at an All-Ireland hurling final but can the locals in Kilkenny and Tipperary bear it? Will the(...)

 Aiden McGeady opens the scoring the Republic of Ireland in their  Euro 2016 qualifying, Group D match at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

Georgia 1 Republic of Ireland 2More than a decade after they last came to Tbilisi and broke the locals’ hearts with a late winner, Ireland did it agai(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill: “You have to remember what the object is, which is to try and break in and score some goals.” Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

As a journalist you often find yourself standing in a group with other journalists, taking turns to ask questions of a football manager. Martin O’Neil(...)

The Republic of Ireland’s   David Meyler hold off Ali Al-Busaidi of Oman during the friendly international played at the the Aviva Satdium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho 2:56

If life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans, friendlies like this are what happens while everyone else is exploring life. A sleepy nig(...)

Republic of Ireland striker Kevin Doyle heads home a goal during the friendly international against Oman at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho 2:56

Republic of Ireland 2 Oman 0The win must be welcome but it would be interesting to know how much Martin O’Neill really feels he learned from this low-(...)

 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,(...)

Everyone agrees Mario Balotelli would be a hell of a player if only he would take the game more seriously. But to do that, he would have to be a different person. Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA Wire

This week last year, Sports Illustrated featured a foreign soccer player on their cover for only the sixth time in their 60-year history. The man they(...)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal waves to the Old Trafford crowd. Photograph: Peter Powell / EPA

We were informed how he walked and where he walked. How he stood and where he stood. We had his facial expressions and the language of his body interp(...)

  Danny Welbeck (right) in action against Real Madrid during pre-season in Michigan. Photograph:  Duane Burleson/Getty Images

Danny Welbeck has been told by Louis van Gaal he can leave Manchester United, with the decision ultimately up to the striker as there are two years re(...)