Republic of Ireland goalkeeper  Shay Given  fails to stop the first goal from Mario Mandzukic of Croatia during the Euro 2012 group C game  at The Municipal Stadium on June 10th, 2012. Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

The Republic of Ireland will return to the scene of two of their three defeats at last year’s European Championships after the FAI announced a friendl(...)

Croatia have sacked  coach Igor Stimac following the 2-0 defeat to Scotland, replacing him with another former international in Niko Kovac. Photograph: Antonio Bronic/Reuters

Former international midfielder Niko Kovac has replaced Igor Stimac as Croatia’s coach, the country’s Football Association (HNS) president Davor Suke(...)