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 Scotland manager Steve Clarke celebrates the World Cup qualifier victory over Denmark with  Calum McGregor  at Hampden Park. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Confidence arrives in many forms. Steve Clarke, never one for wild proclamations, did not break stride when it was pointed out Italy and Portugal will(...)

Ireland’s Andrew Omobamidele has made quite an impression since coming into the senior Ireland ranks. Photo: Ben Brady/Inpho

All the Paul McGrath mentions sail slightly over Andrew Omobamidele’s head. It’s like asking a young Roy Keane how he feels about Johnny Giles. Or qui(...)

Cristiano Ronaldo’s brace denied Ireland a famous win in Portugal in September. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Thursday’s result means nothing to Ireland, yet the game means everything to Irish soccer. For Cristiano Ronaldo it is another night under the bright (...)

Mohamed Salah slides the ball into the net for Liverpool against title rivals Manchester City earlier this month. File photograph: EPA

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah insists winning is what keeps him happy. Over the last month there has been a lot of debate about Salah’s contract si(...)

Ireland’s Jamie McGrath is challenged by Qatar’s Assim Madabo during the international friendly at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ben Brady/Inpho

Jamie McGrath would have laughed had he been told at the start of the year that he would be playing senior international football for the Republic of (...)

Callum Robinson has twice contracted Covid-19 but refuses to be vaccinated. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Despite the Irish camp being severely disrupted by Covid-19 since Stephen Kenny took over in September 2020, and despite Callum Robinson only recoveri(...)

Wednesday night in Portugal was a clear vision that there is another future for Irish football. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Stephen Kenny cannot stop being a football man. It was late on Wednesday night when he sat down before the television cameras and the microphones to t(...)

Stephen Kenny: ‘We have to carry an attacking threat and we can’t afford to defend for 90 minutes, it’s not workable.’ Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Portugal v Republic of Ireland, Estádio Algarve 7.45pm – Live RTÉ Two and Sky Sports Expectations are at historically low levels that the Republic o(...)

England manager Gareth Southgate  applauds the fans after beating Ukraine in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals.  Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire

In the space of 13 second-half minutes against Ukraine, England butted in three headers – a feat never achieved in a single match by any other team in(...)

France’s manager Didier Deschamps at  a press conference in Bucharest, Romania,  ahead of the match against Switzerland.  Photograph: UEFA/ AFP

World champions France are facing mounting injuries ahead of their Euro Round-of-16 match against Switzerland on Monday, with coach Didier Deschamps s(...)

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