Stephanie Roche: “I’m happy. It’s been great. I’m not nervous. People tell me I’m in with a good shot and it’s the best goal. I’d love to go to the ceremony.”

By next Monday, the denizens at world soccer body Fifa will be down to the top three goals scored in the past 12 months. Thousands of strikes t(...)

Stephanie Roche’s stunning goal for  Peamount United against Wexford Youths has been shortlisted for Fifa’s  Puskás Award for the best goal of the year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Republic of Ireland women’s international Stephanie Roche has been named alongside world football superstars such as Diego Costa, Zlatan Ibrahimovi(...)

David Villa flicks the ball past Australian goalkeeper Mathew Ryan. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Spain 3 Australia 0A strange day that felt meaningful in a meaningless way; a day of farewells in which a long shadow was cast by those Spanish player(...)

Memphis Depay: could be rewarded with a start after his goal against Australia.

When the World Cup draw was made back in December, Group B was one of the candidates for the dreaded ‘group of death’ tag. But rather than finding (...)

Australia’s Tim Cahill fires home a left-footed volley in the World Cup Group B clash against the Netherlands at  Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Netherlands 3 Australia 2Louis van Gaal had complained beforehand about his view from the dugout but for much of this extraordinary game the Dutch man(...)

Jean Beausejour   celebrates scoring Chile’s third goal with Mauricio Pinilla during the World Cup Group B match against Australia at Arena Pantanal  in Cuiaba, Brazil. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Chile 3 Australia 1Chile held off an Australia fightback to open their World Cup campaign with a 3-1 win over the battling Socceroos in Cuiaba.The Sou(...)

Australian player Tim Cahill (front) and teammates during a training session at earlier this week. Photograph: EPA

If Australia’s World Cup warm-up against Ecuador in London in March is anything to go by, their opening Group B clash with Chile at the Pantanal Arena(...)

Australia’s Tim Cahill holds the hopes of a nation on his shoulders.  Photograph: Jason Reed / Reuters

Manager: Ange Postecoglou Best finish: Second Round (2006) World Cup record: P 13, W 2, D 3, L 8 History By far the most inexperien(...)

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