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Ireland’s Michael Obafemi and Andreas Bjelland of Denmark in action in Aarhus. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Denmark 0 Ireland 0 This was the sort of game that the Nations League was supposed to spare us - with one team manifestly much better than the other (...)

James McClean at the Republic of Ireland squad training in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Republic of Ireland v Denmark, Aviva Stadium, Saturday, 7.45pm (Live on Sky Sports Football) Martin O’Neill says that he feels some of his players ha(...)

Joshua Kimmich  and Arjen Robben of Bayern Munich warm up ahead of their game   against Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League on Tuesday. Photograph: Alexandra Beier/Bongarts/Getty Images

Arjen Robben rejected any suggestion of a mini crisis at German champions Bayern Munich after they dropped points in their last two Bundesliga matches(...)

Real Madrid’s French coach Zinedine Zidane gestures the number three and holds the trophy as he celebrates winning the UEFA Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty

“We are Real Madrid, ” Marcelo said boldly after Real Madrid had – just – held off Juventus’s fightback in the quarter-final. The reference was clear:(...)

Bayern Munich’s Benjamin Ballis in action against Ajax’s  Julian Rijkhoff. All the talk prior to the final was about the latter a 13-year-old striker. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

There is an irresistible urge at events like the Friendship Cup to try to spot the stars of tomorrow and everyone, you soon realise, is at it. As the(...)

 Mauricio Pochettino watches his team lose their FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Getty Images

It feels as though Mauricio Pochettino’s career at Tottenham has been a battle with the club’s essential nature, with the need to end the curse of Spu(...)

 Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen in action with Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne earlier this month. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Reuters

Jan Vertonghen believes Tottenham can benefit from their familiarity with Wembley in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United. The Lond(...)

The Republic of Ireland’s  Denise O’Sullivan tries to get away from  Luica Suskova of Slovakia in the recent World Cup qualifier at Tallaght. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Women's World Cup Qualifier: Republic of Ireland v Netherlands, Talaght Stadium, Tuesday, 7pm (Live Eir Sport) Having reached the midway point of the(...)

Mauricio Pochettino: “My focus is to win games with Tottenham. I cannot be kind with every single manager.” Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty

Mauricio Pochettino will not change his defensive system to accommodate the fit-again Toby Alderweireld and has made it plain the centre-half is behin(...)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho leaves the pitch alongside Paul Pogba after the FA Cup quarter-final win over Brighton at Old Trafford. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA

Why are Manchester United usually outplayed in the big matches, and why are some of their most talented players failing to shine? There is one unusual(...)

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