Croatia’s players crowd around referee Yuichi Nishimura of Japan after he awarded a penalty against them for a foul on Fred. Photograph: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters

And we’re off. “Is it not over yet?” asked a heathen yesterday, but to be honest, it did feel like the build-up to it all began when Methuselah was a (...)

“I had gone on the tour to play against Brazil – I hadn’t played against Brazil ever – and that’s what I did,” said Liam Brady. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The news came through on a Friday afternoon that Argentinean troops had landed on the Falklands. Nobody knew it then but over the 10 weeks or so th(...)

New Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and his assistant Roy Keane working for ITV last night in San Sebastian. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane have signed two-year contracts with the FAI who have an option to renew in the event the pair successfully guide the Iri(...)

Soon to be World Cup winning England manager Alf Ramsey issues instructions as internationals Ray Wilson and Alan Ball (centre) toy with the ball while captain Bobby Moore listens attentively; The Irish Times eulogises the famous victory. photograph: pa

Before his untimely death in 1993, Ronnie Whelan snr was apt to recall that growing up in Cabra on Dublin’s north side, he was never regarded as the b(...)

Liverpool and Celtic in the Dublin Decider which filled the  Aviva Stadium in  Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It will not have escaped the attention of sports fans in Ireland that the fastest-selling football match since the Aviva Stadium opened in 2010 did no(...)

While Irish clubs received no compensation from Uefa for the release of players, Shamrock Rovers were paid €1.3 million in respect of their participation in the 2011/12 Europa League.

The scale of the task Airtricity League outfits face on the international stage has been highlighted by figures contained in Uefa’s accounts which sho(...)

Noel O’Mahony

Noel O’Mahony, who has died aged 73, was a schoolboy soccer star who went on to manage Cork City and famously steered the club to a memorable draw wit(...)

Giovanni Trapattoni ahead of the game against the Faroe Islands. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tonight’s game is a strange one for me. A friend described it as my first ever personal derby. Two teams playing each other that I never dreamed of ma(...)

Serbian David Savic: was banned for life on match-fixing charges.

It’s the in-your-face, “ker-chinging” pokie in the room that for now is being steadfastly ignored: gambling sponsorship in sport. Fags? W(...)

The Oxford crew get ready for a training session  ahead of the University  Boat Race against Cambridge. Photograph: Tom Dulat/Getty Images

A sport’s sponsor can say a lot about its place on the social ladder. The League of Ireland for instance still carries the rather greasy tang o(...)