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Turkish fans let off flares during the last friendly between the sides in 2014. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The FAI is at advanced stage of negotiations with the Turkish FA about a friendly game to be played in March. No final agreement has been reached bu(...)

Peru striker Paolo Guerrero: cocaine was found in his system after Peru’s 0-0 draw away to Argentina in a World Cup qualifier in October. Photograph: Getty Images

Peru’s hopes at next year’s World Cup finals were dealt a huge blow when captain and all-time record goalscorer Paolo Guerrero was banned for one year(...)

General view after the draw for the 2018 World Cup was completed. Photo: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

An opening game between what are ostensibly the two weakest sides at the tournament may not have been quite what the organisers of next summer’s World(...)

In 2018 the men play in the World Cup in India at the end of the year and will have a number of warm up events in preparation for that. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images for FIH

The grant of €21,000 per year for the Olympic cycle to Tokyo given to men’s hockey this week by the Olympic Council of Ireland was extremely welcome. (...)

The Irish management team look on during the second leg of the Republic's playoff against Denmark. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It is likely to be at least a month and possibly the new year before it is confirmed that Martin O’Neill has signed a new contract but it is all but c(...)

Rathnew players celebrate after beating St Vincents  in the AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Football Championship quarter-final. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Ah, we didn’t want to go to the stupid World Cup anyway. And as for hosting the rugby version, having a rag-tag collection of old British colonies dro(...)

Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen and Ireland’s Stephen Ward vie for the ball in Saturday’s World Cup first leg play-off at Parken stadium in Copenhagen. Photograph: Lars Moeller/Reuters

Denmark 0 Republic of Ireland 0 If, perchance, you have been struggling to get your head around the Danish concept of “hygge”, then Saturday’s game a(...)

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane speaks at a press conference on Tuesday: “If players don’t know by now how big the game is, we’re all in trouble.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Roy Keane talks about relishing the pressure that comes with games like these and if his mood five days before the first of Ireland’s World Cup play-o(...)

Shane Duffy at Republic of Ireland squad training in  Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Shane Duffy’s wish when he sat down to watch the draw for the World Cup qualifying playoffs was simple enough: “Don’t be Italy!” Wish granted. Not th(...)

 Denmark manager Age Hareide during a friendly against Germany in June. He points to the match as a turning point. Photograph:  Getty Images

In football, Age Hareide suggests, the pain of defeat lingers much longer than the joy of victory. And as the 64 year-old prepares his Denmark side fo(...)

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