Republic of Ireland International Stephanie Roche walks past Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi at the Fifa Ballon d’Or awards in Zurich. Photograph: Valeriano Di Domenico / Inpho 1:47

As Stephanie Roche turns her attention to making something like a living from the game she plays so well, Real Madrid star Ronaldo has signalled hi(...)

Karim Benzema of Real Madrid reacts during the La Liga match against Valencia  at Estadi de Mestalla. Photograph: Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images

Real Madrid’s Spanish record 22-match winning streak ended in a 2-1 defeat at Valencia with Nicolas Otamendi heading in the second-half winner.Real to(...)

Gareth Bale  celebrates after scoring Real Madrid’s third goal during their 4-0 Club World Cup victory over Mexico’s Cruz Azul in Marrakech

European champions Real Madrid turned on the party tricks as they sailed into the Club World Cup final by crushing Cruz Azul 4-0 on Tuesday.The Mexic(...)

 Republic of Ireland’s John O’Shea (left) celebrates with (r-l) Jeff Hendrick, James McClean and Jon Walters after his  equaliser in Gelsenkirchen. Photograph: Donall Farmer / Inpho

There were echoes of Ibaraki, 2002, about Ireland’s draw in Gelsenkirchen but just about everything about October’s late equaliser seemed somehow mor(...)

A late Toni Kroos goal gave Germany a 1-0 victory away to Spain tonight
Spain sunk by Kroos missile

Spain 0 Germany 0Between them, they have won international football’s last four major tournaments but for eighty-nine minutes Spain and Germany could (...)

It was the “unity generation”, of Thomas Müller and Toni Kroos that brought home the World Cup for a party at the Brandenburg Gate.

When Raphael Moser and Julia Wenzel say “I do” on December 12th, they’ll be doing their bit for German unification – not that the young couple have re(...)

  Luis Suárez of Barcelona did not make hte 23-man Ballon d’Or list. Photograph:  Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Barcelona striker Luis Suárez has been omitted from Fifa’s 23-man list of contenders for the Ballon d’Or award.The list, which will be whittled down t(...)

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo (2nd right) scores the opening goal against Liverpool   at Anfield. Photograph: Phil Noble / Reuters

Liverpool 0 Real Madrid 3 Sometimes, in football, there is nothing for it but to accept that the other team are vastly superior. Liverpool have(...)

Aiden McGeady takes on Germany’s Jerome Boateng during their Uefa Euro 2016 qualifier at Arena Auf Schalke in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Photograph: EPA

The forgotten man in the precious goal Ireland manufactured in the Ruhr on Tuesday evening was Aiden McGeady. The Glaswegian-born kid has been a delig(...)

 Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and Joachim Löw of Germany before the 1-1 draw in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday.  Photograph: Donall Farmer / Inpho

Martin O’Neill has dismissed suggestions that his Republic of Ireland side can now target top spot in their Euro 2016 qualifying group after nicking (...)