Clare Shine, left,  celebrates after scoring the Republic of Ireland’s first goal with team-mate Katie McCabe at the Uefa Women’s U19 Championship Finals in Norway. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Rep of Ireland 1 Spain 0 The Republic of Ireland Under-19 women opened their European Championship finals campaign with a stunning victory over (...)

Joachim Löw has lasted this long because his team has spent eight years roaming in the gloaming between success and failure. 1:50

In an age when professionalism and TV have caused the different styles of football around the world to converge, World Cup dugouts at least remain ple(...)

Brazils’ Fred, a favourite of the RTÉ panel,  celebrates scoring his team’s third goal during against Cameroon at Estadio Nacional. Photograph: Reuters

Day Whatever It Is and the real challenge began: trying to watch two matches at the same time. Granted, you could view one on the telly and the other (...)

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(...)

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque will wait until after the final group game against Australia to decide his future. Photograph:  David Ramos/Getty Images

Vicente del Bosque insists he does not want to be a “hindrance” and has offered to step down as Spain coach due to the team’s early exit from the Worl(...)

Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas was culpable for Chile’s second goal in the World Cup Group B match at the Maracana on Wednesday. Photograph: Getty Images.

In their great years, Spain made winning look easy. It was never easy. Their victories were flowed from an unprecedented intensity and control that in(...)

Chile fans celebrate victory over Spain  at a public screening in Santiago. Photograph: Eliseo Fernandez/Reuters

In Chile the press had no doubt their country’s national side had made history with its elimination of Spain thanks to its 2-0 defeat of the world cha(...)

Spain’s Andres Iniesta  during the  match against Chile. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

We’ll have no more talk of temperatures, telly people, it was most probably hotter in Mullingar yesterday than the Maracana, half the nation (this (...)

Spain’s Sergio Ramos shows his despair after defending champions Spain had lost for the second time in World Cup Group B, against Chile at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, and thus exited the competition.  Photograph: Jorge Silva/Reuters

Would everybody please get off the carousel – this ride is now shut. Okay, so technically it was Barcelona Alex Ferguson was comparing to a fai(...)

Charles Aranguiz of Chile (centre) celebrates with his team-mates after scoring to put his side 2-0 up against Spain in the  Group B  match at the  Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Antonio Lacerda/ EPA 0:52

Chile 2 Spain 0Spain’s football empire has fallen.The European and defending world champions were sent packing from the World Cup tonight, dumped out (...)