Euro 2016

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French  police officers, military personnel and rescue helpers attend an exercise simulating a chemical terrorist attack in view of the Uefa Euro 2016 soccer championship  in Toulouse, southern France. Photograph: Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA

In the wake of jihadist attacks that killed 148 people in France last year, and in the run-up to the Euro 2016 football championship that will bring m(...)

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Rob Elliot clutches his injured knee as Slovakia open the scoring against Martin O’Neill’s side on Tuesday night. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

With only two friendlies to go before Ireland’s first game at Euro 2016, the temptation is to start mentally ticking off the names of the 23 players w(...)

Martin O’Neill: close proximity to fans at 1982 World Cup was ‘really fantastic’. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

With all the briefings and workshops in the run-up to Euro 2016, you’d think some might be fluent in the local language by the time the tournament fin(...)

The Republic of Ireland are set to play the Netherlands in their final home warm-up game ahead of Euro 2016. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

The Netherlands are to provide the opposition in the Republic of Ireland’s farewell friendly in Dublin ahead of the Euro 2016. Details of the fixtu(...)

Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Italy coach Antonio Conte  knows his “spark of creativity” will  be a threat. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

They may have beaten Germany on the way to qualifying, but the Republic of Ireland’s record of just one win in 20 previous competitive games against E(...)

 Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France. The French capital is one of the 10 host cities for the Euro 2016 tournament. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Getting Ireland to France next summer is likely to earn Martin O’Neill a significant increase on his current €900,000 a year salary when he and his e(...)

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill is hoping to sign a new four-year contract. Photograph: Getty Images.

Certainty regarding Northern Ireland’s return to a major tournament is not reflected in their manager’s future. Contrary to the usual scenario, specu(...)

France have already been given the top slot in the best-positioned group for progress in Euro 2016. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

In spring the chief executive of World Rugby said he hoped England would not exit the Rugby World Cup at the pool stage. Some took umbrage: even the p(...)

The inclusion of James McClean was the fairytale of the Giovanni Trapattoni’s selection for the 2012 tournament. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

When Giovanni Trapattoni announced his squad to travel to Poland for the Euro 2012 finals, among the players left hoping for a miracle or an injury(...)

The Aviva Stadium ahead of  Ireland’s second leg play-off against Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a 2-0 win sealing Ireland’s passage to Euro 2016  on a 3-1 aggregate scoreline. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Uefa has confirmed that the 2016 European Championships will take place in France despite the deadly attacks that struck Paris. “The Euro final draw w(...)

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