John Joe Patrick Finn Benoa is the youngest Getafe player to feature in La Liga Primera División. Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Jim Crawford’s Republic of Ireland under-21 panel includes talent from German and Spanish clubs with the geographical balance evened out by UCD strike(...)

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(...)

Stephen Ireland in action for the Republic against Slovakia in 2007. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

More than two years after his last competitive game of professional football, former international Stephen Ireland says he is planning to return to th(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Stephen Ireland scores against Wales in 2007. Photograph: Tom Honan/Inpho

Former Republic of Ireland midfielder Stephen Ireland has said that his short international career became a case of having to choose between his kids (...)

“Basically,” Fernando Nuno LaFuente told Seán O’Rourke on Wednesday morning, “I’m not dead.”

So, all those minutes of silence, expressions of grief and offers of condolences were for nothing. “Basically,” Fernando Nuno LaFuente told Seán O’Ro(...)

Pep Guardiola: there has been a clarity to City’s project, aided by his arrival,  in  contrast with United’s own wildly oscillating progress post-Ferguson. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

Oh, what happened to me, whatever happened to you? What became of Robinho – and Benjani? If the rise of Manchester City is anything to go by, all it (...)

Empty seats appeared pretty quickly during last year’s World Cup playoff defeat to Denmark at the Aviva stadium. Photo: Gary Carr/Inpho

The current level of popularity enjoyed by the Irish soccer team was highlighted by a message that I received in the aftermath of their abject 4-1 sur(...)

 Ashley Barnes celebrates scoring Burnley’s equaliser in  the Premier League match against  Stoke City  at the Bet365 Stadium. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Stoke 1 Burnley 1 Paul Lambert had made no bones about it: Stoke had to take three points from this match to retain any hope of paying their arrears (...)

 Anthony Martial scores  Manchester United’s  second goal during the Premier League match against Stoke City at Old Trafford. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Manchester United 3 Stoke City 0 Manchester United took advantage of Manchester City’s defeat at Liverpool to close the deficit to 12 points with thi(...)

Alan Judge of Brentford during the FA Cup third round match between Brentford and Notts Country at Griffin Park. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Alan Judge hopes he can help Brentford mount a big push for promotion over the second half of the season and the midfielder is intent on resuming his (...)

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