A dejected Shay Given and Mick McCarthy after Ireland’s 2-1 defeat to Belgium in Brussels. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland’s 5-1 defeat to Denmark on Tuesday night was galling for a number of reasons. Most obviously - it means there will be no World Cup appearance(...)

Denmark’s Christian Eriksen in action in Saturday’s World Cup play-off first leg match against Ireland in Copenhagen. Photograph: Lars Moeller/Reuters

It’s not that long ago that Irish hackles used to rise when a foreign manager – usually Germany’s Joachim Löw – was asked to analyse the Ireland team (...)

Christian Eriksen  celebrates after scoring in a friendly against Germany  in Brondby, Denmark, on June 6th, 2017. Photograph:  Getty Images

In February 2011, the advance billing for England’s friendly against Denmark in Copenhagen revolved around the full international debut of 19-year-old(...)

Former Swansea striker Michu has been forced to quit football at the age of 31. Photo: Getty Images

Former Swansea striker Michu has been forced to quit football at the age of 31. The once-capped Spanish international has suffered from a persistent (...)

Kim Vilfort of Denmark is mobbed by team-mates after scoring the second and winning goal during the Euro 1992 final against Germany. Photograph: Getty

Euro 1992: Denmark 2 Germany 0 June 26th, 1992 Long before Greece would shock Europe and win Euro 2004, Denmark defied the odds in Sweden despite a (...)

A fan  poses with a  jersey of late football legend Johan Cruyff outside the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona yesterday following the death of the Dutch footballer. Photograph: Lluis Genelluis/AFP/Getty

“Johan Cruyff was not scared of anything,” Txiki Begiristain recalls. The Dutchman’s players, on the other hand, were. At least to begin with, before(...)

Johan (Hendrik Johannes) Cruyff, footballer, born 25 April 1947; died 24 March 2016

Johan Cruyff, who has died aged 68 of cancer, once said his qualities as a footballer were undetectable by a computer. It was surely true that a comp(...)

Garry Monk’s assistant manager and two Swansea City coaches have left the club following his sacking. Photograph: PA

Swansea have confirmed that assistant manager Pep Clotet and coaches James Beattie and Kristian O’Leary have left the club following the departure of (...)

 Slaven Bilic has been named as the new West Ham manager on a three-year deal. Photo:   Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

West Ham have confirmed Slaven Bilic as their new manager to replace Sam Allardyce on a three-year deal. The former defender spent 18 months as a pla(...)

Carlo Ancelotti is expected to be fired by Real Madrid this week, with the Italian to take a year out in order to have an operation on his back. Photograph: Afp

West Ham United’s faint hopes of convincing Carlo Ancelotti to be their new manager appear to have been dashed after the Italian, who is expected to b(...)

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