Ireland’s James McClean and manager Mick McCarthy during training ahead of their Euro 2020 qualifier clash with  Denmark. Photograph: Lee Smith/Reuters

The Irish team slipped pretty much unnoticed in and out of the Parken Stadium on Thursday evening with more local interest, it seemed, in registering (...)

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(...)

 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(...)