Northern Ireland’s Kyle Lafferty attempts an overhead kick on goal during the Euro 2016 Group C match against Poland at the Stade  de Nice. Photograph:  Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Poland 1 Northern Ireland 0 Michael O’Neill stood rigid in his technical area. The final whistle had just blown and the Northern Ireland manager was (...)

Northern Ireland’s coach Michael O’Neill directs his team during a training session at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice. Photo: Getty Images

The Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill sounded motivated and confident as he led his squad into the Riviera stadium in Nice this afternoon. “We (...)

Northern Ireland’s Corry Evans on his debut against Italy in 2009. “There’s a picture where I’m getting smashed by [Gennaro] Gattuso.” Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

When the Northern Ireland players arrived at their chateau of a hotel in the lush Beaujolais countryside north of Lyon at the start of this week, they(...)

 Northern Ireland fans Eddie McCullough and Ian Thompson at a bakery in Saint-Georges de Reneins, France ahead of their Euro 2016 opener. Photograph: William Cherry/Inpho/Presseye

We flew from Dublin into Nice, on the Côte d’Azur in France, on an Aer Lingus Airbus, the St Fergal, a saint who, back in 753 AD or thereabouts, made(...)

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill checks on injured player Kyle Lafferty who later limped out of the training session at the Parc de Montchervet, Saint-Georges-de-Reneins in France. Photograph:  Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Conor Washington is recollecting. While many other players at Euro 2016 will be able to recall deeds performed at Euro 2012, Washington’s memories fr(...)

Northern Ireland’s Conor McLaughlin: “Crewe, then Lewandowski? It’ll be a big difference won’t it? Mad.”

As footnotes go, perhaps only Conor McLaughlin, his family and the Northern Ireland manager of the time, Nigel Worthington, will have jotted down this(...)

Manager Michael O’Neill speaking during the Northern Ireland squad announcement at the Titanic Museum, Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The rosy cheeks of Martin O’Neill appeared on screen in Belfast on Saturday. O’Neill was part of an impressive montage of Northern Ireland’s football (...)

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone   celebrates in front of the Spanish team’s supporters at the Allianz Arena after they claimed a place in the Champions League final by knocking out Bayern Munich. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone hailed the “huge mettle” of his team as they booked a place in the Champions League final at the expense of Bayern (...)

 Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid  shoots past goalkeeper Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer  to score during the Champions League semi-final second leg match  at Allianz Arena. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images

Bayern Munich 2 Atletico Madrid 1 (2-2 on agg; Atletico go through on away goal) Diego Simeone has won everything at Atlético Madrid during four-and-(...)

Bayern Munich are in talks to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels. Photograph: Afp

Bayern Munich have said they are in talks with the Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels about joining the club in the summer. The German champions’(...)

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