William Gallas

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A videograb of Thierry Henry’s handball that led to William Gallas’s goal during the World Cup playoff, second leg against the Republic of Ireland at the Stade de France in November 2009. Photograph: Sky Sports

Something was wrong. Something more than the fact that Ireland had just conceded a goal that threatened to end their hopes of making it to the World C(...)

2009: Thierry Henry and Richard Dunne. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Paris, November 10th, 1965 – Spain 1 Ireland 0 1965: Irish goalkeeper Pat Dunne can only watch as Jose Antonio Ufarte scores. Photograph: C(...)

Hats off to The Daily Mail reporter tasked with working out how far every single one of the 32 nations in the World Cup will have to travel within Ru(...)

 Zinedine Zidane  after head-butting Italian defender Marco Materazzi.  Photograph: Getty Images

The crowd are whistling. Something has happened. Marco Materazzi is on the ground. The match commentators are confused. They think David Trezeguet has(...)

Republic of Ireland players celebrate after beating Bosnia and Herzegovina to qualify for the 2016 European Championships. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Over the years playoff second legs have been as cruel to Ireland as they have been kind with three proving successful in sending Ireland through while(...)

Jose Mourinho has insisted his players were happy to travel to Haifa ahead of tonight’s Champions League fixture against Maccabi Tel-Aviv. Photograph: Afp

José Mourinho has claimed he had no “Graeme Le Saux” in his Chelsea squad as he confirmed none of his players had expressed reluctance to travel to (...)

 Robbie Keane celebrates after qualifying for Euro 2012 in the Aviva. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Belgium 2 Rep of Ireland 1 1998 World Cup, France Brussels, November 11th, 1997 After one-legged playoffs in 1965 and 1995, Ireland’s fir(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Robbie Keane applauds the fans after losing the European Championship Qualifying match at the National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland. Photograph:  Tony Marshall/PA Wire

The Republic of Ireland will face Bosnia-Herzegovina in the Euro 2016 play-offs. Martin O’Neill’s men missed the chance of automatic qualificat(...)

FAI Chief Executive John Delaney  with Paschal Donohoe TD Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, at the Republic of Ireland V England International Friendly. Photo: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

FAI chief executive, John Delaney, will not face Oireachtas questioning about the five million euro pay-off from Fifa for a Thierry Henry handball whi(...)

The late Jerry Collins in action for New Zealand during the 2007 World Cup. Photograph: William West/Getty Images

Two major stories from the world of sport dominated the headlines all day yesterday. One was genuinely tragic. The other was merely sad – in the small(...)

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