Wes Hoolahan came off the bench during Ireland’s 1-1 World Cup qualifier draw with Austria. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

For quite some time now triangles have been football’s favourite geometric shape but to judge by Sunday’s frenetic World Cup qualifier, the Irish team(...)

RB Leipzig have qualified for the Champions League but may not be able to take part. Photo: Oliver Hardt/Bongarts/Getty Images

German Bundesliga side RB Leipzig may miss out on playing in next season’s Champions League, despite qualifying for the competition by finishing secon(...)

Barry Hearn: “Do you want to see a draw between all Chinese players? The system is there, if they are good enough.”Photograph:  Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Last year Ding Junhui’s run to the final of the World Snooker Championship brought TV audiences in China to 210 million. Ding became the first Asian (...)

Stephen Ireland of Ireland celebrates after scoring during the Euro 2008 qualifier against Wales at Croke Park. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

He is injured, of course, so the question does not really arise but just for the sake argument, how many more than 39 players would Martin O’Neill hav(...)

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny has been named the Philips Manager of the Year for 2016. Photo: Inpho

Stephen Kenny has become just the third League of Ireland manager in the event’s 35 year history to win the Philips sponsored Manager of the Year awa(...)

Republic of Ireland goalscorer James McClean battles with Austria’s Marko Arnautovic at the Ernst-Happel Stadium, Vienna, Austria, during their World Cup Qualifying Group D encounter on Saturday night. Photograph: leonhard foeger/reuters

It’s a reasonable bet that if you were to conduct a poll to discover which Republic of Ireland player was the current favourite of the Ireland fans, t(...)

Séamus Coleman scores the Republic of Ireland’s goal during the World Cup qualifier Group D match against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Republic of Ireland 1 Georgia 0 Vladimir Weiss said before this game that when he had taken over as Georgian coach he had shown his players reruns of(...)

There is a one in five chance that Dundalk fans could be making the trip to Celtic Park. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

The draw for the Champions League’s final qualifying round takes place in Monaco on Friday. There are five teams Dundalk can come up against. As an u(...)

Republic of Ireland Manager Martin O'Neill

For all the encouragement that Martin O’Neill says he has taken from the Irish team’s performances here in France, the northerner faces major challeng(...)

Former Ireland boss  Giovanni Trapattoni with his assistant Marco Tardelli. Photograph: Getty

Marco Tardelli has said that he did not mean to come across as insulting towards the Irish players in an interview he did last week with the Italian (...)

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