“The marketplace is an important part of every economy but when it is driven by greed then it must be called to account.” Photograph:  James Gill/Getty Images

When the millionaire owners of some of Europe’s leading football clubs decided to form a super league to make more money, they unleashed a furious rea(...)

Jack Charlton with his assistant manager Maurice Setters after the 1990 World Cup quarter-final. Both men died in 2020. File photograph: Inpho

The two men could hardly have been more different, other than, in their own way, each became footballing deity. Diego Maradona’s death, at the age of(...)

Ireland meet Slovakia in Bratislava on Thursday evening. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

When the European Championships began 60 years ago the organisers faced one early problem. Seventeen countries entered, a mathematically challenging n(...)

Kitman Lab client Chelsea in action against Arsenal earlier this month

Irish sports tech company Kitman Labs has made its first acquisition, snapping up English athlete data management company The Sports Office for an und(...)

Shamrock Rovers’ Joey O’Brien holds off the challenge of Dundalk’s Sean Murray during the FAI Cup final at the Aviva.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Such is the scale of some of the occasions that Joey O’Brien has been a part of over the course of his club career that it was not entirely clear wher(...)

Bolton Wanderers are facing liquidation this week unless a late takeover bid comes to fruition. Photograph: Nathan Stirk/Getty

Bolton face liquidation later this week unless a deal to buy the club which collapsed over the weekend can be resurrected at the 11th hour. Wanderers(...)

 Sheffield United’s John Lundstram celebrates with George Baldockin after scoring against Crystal Palace in their  Premier League game at  Bramall Lane, Sheffield, on August 18th. Photograph:  Reuters/Lee Smith

There was a time when reporters would get overexcited at a game, particularly a feisty derby, and we would whip out the old line that the match had a (...)

Jimmy Hogan during his first spell at Aston Villa, circa 1936. Photograph: Courtesy of the Aston Villa Archives

When the “Mighty Magyars” of Hungary beat England 6-3 at Wembley in 1953, they humbled the team from the self-declared home of football. It was an ear(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy was at the Spar FAI Primary School 5s National Finals pictured with from left, Sarah Fitzgerald, 12, from Kerry, Cahir McDaid, aged 12, from Donegal, Orlandas Jakas, aged 12, from Offaly and Adara Salvo, aged 12, from Galway. Photo: am Barnes/Sportsfile

A week ago Luca Connell’s exit from the Republic of Ireland squad due to injury would not have been headline news; losing a player a great many of the(...)

Luca Connell (centre) at Republic of Ireland squad training in Quinto do Lago,  Portugal, with   Seamus Coleman, Callum O’Dowda, Shane Duffy and Ronan Curtis. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Declan Rice and Jack Grealish have ensured a health warning accompanies dual-eligible players emerging through the Irish ranks, but his grandmother Ma(...)

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