Northern Ireland manager Ian Baraclough: ‘To get to the Euros would be an unbelievable achievement for the group of players who started this two years ago.’ Photograph: Fredrikh Hagen/PA Wire

Euro 2020 playoff final: Northern Ireland v Slovakia Kick-off: 7.45pm, Thursday. Venue: Windsor Park. On TV: Live on Sky Sports Premier League. Ian (...)

 Paddy McNair during a  training session at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park ahead of Thursday’s UEFA Euro 2020 play-off final against Slovakia. Photograph:  William Cherry/Presseye

Paddy McNair believes Northern Ireland will benefit from ever-increasing big-game experience within the squad when they take on Slovakia in Thursday’s(...)

Stephen Kenny: his Republic of Ireland side looked the better team for long periods but over 120 minutes they could not find the net. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Thirty years after the penalty shootout that transformed the country into a state of delirium, the Republic of Ireland soccer team endured a ghost ver(...)

Steven Davis during a Northern Ireland training session at Windsor Park on Tuesday ahead of the Euro 2020 playoff against Bosnia and  and Herzegovina on Thursday night. Photograph: William Cherry/Inpho/Presseye

Euro 2020 playoff semi-final: Bosnia and Herzegovina v Northern Ireland, Stadion Grbavica, Sarajevo, 7.45pm – Virgin Media Sport and Sky Sports Premie(...)

Spurs manager José Mourinho walking off the pitch after his team’s defeat at home  to Everton. Photograph: Alex Pantling/AFP

It took about 10 minutes for the shine to go off the new season for Spurs. Everton midfielders who had only been introduced to each other last week we(...)

Republic of Ireland goalkeeping coach Jan Willem van Ede: he and head coach Vera Pauw are  desperate to repeat the success they kick-started more than a decade ago with the Dutch national team. Photograph: Brian Reilly-Troy/Inpho

With the Republic of Ireland’s vital group games at home to Greece next Thursday at Tallaght and then away to Montenegro looming, goalkeeping coach Ja(...)

Name: Marie Hourihan DOB: March 3rd, 1988 Club: SC Braga Country: Portugal Hometown: Arigna, Roscommon* Position: Goalkeeper *Marie Hourihan was(...)

PFAI general secretary Stephen McGuinness: “As things stand we don’t have a full-time academy; not a single one that mirrors anything of that nature in the UK.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Fifa says the exception to its rules that allows the transfer of 16- and 17-year-olds between EU states will apply to Britain until the end of the yea(...)

 Sheffield United striker David McGoldrick has a   0 per cent conversion rate from 35 shots this season. Photograph:   Getty Images

Of all the special relationships in the Premier League, the one between Sheffield United and David McGoldrick may just be the most beautiful. The club(...)

Which four of the 16 countries currently in the play-offs will end up qualifying will not been known until late March just weeks before the tournament itself kicks off in Rome in mid-June.

In the 1980s it was said that the only thing harder than getting onto the Irish rugby team was getting left off it. One could say the same thing about(...)

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