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Stephanie Roche: “I’m happy. It’s been great. I’m not nervous. People tell me I’m in with a good shot and it’s the best goal. I’d love to go to the ceremony.”

By next Monday, the denizens at world soccer body Fifa will be down to the top three goals scored in the past 12 months. Thousands of strikes t(...)

Danny Welbeck warned that he may have to move to the flank if he is to be a starter at Arsenal. Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty

Louis van Gaal has said that Danny Welbeck was sold to Arsenal despite doubts over the ability of Radamel Falcao, his replacement at Manchester United(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Stephanie Roche: will be up against some of the top stars in the game for Fifa’s Goal of the Year award. Photograph: Inpho

As you browsed through the list of nominees announced this week for Fifa’s Puskas Award, granted to the scorer of world football’s finest goal in t(...)

Stephanie Roche: “It’s great for women’s football”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

So, how did Stephanie Roche find out she was one of the 10 nominees for Fifa’s Puskas Award, the gong granted to the player deemed to have scored t(...)

Stephanie Roche’s stunning goal for  Peamount United against Wexford Youths has been shortlisted for Fifa’s  Puskás Award for the best goal of the year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Republic of Ireland women’s international Stephanie Roche has been named alongside world football superstars such as Diego Costa, Zlatan Ibrahimovi(...)

Manchester City’s Sergio Agüero fires home a goal during the Premier League match against Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

Manchester City 1 Manchester United 0It was a derby that left Manchester United a long way back in Manchester City’s wing-mirrors and, in the worst mo(...)

Wayne Rooney was due to return against Manchester City this Sunday having completed a three-match suspension. Photograph: Nigel French

Wayne Rooney’s participation in Sunday’s Manchester derby is in the balance after he was reportedly seen limping at a sponsors’ promotional event at O(...)

 Chelsea Manager José Mourinho: ‘Shrewsbury is not a friendly. We have to play matches with respect and the best way to respect Shrewsbury is to go there with a good team.’ Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

José Mourinho admits Chelsea are “in trouble” because of mounting injury problems. He hopes to have Diego Costa back for Saturday’s Premier League h(...)

Marouane Fellaini competes with Gary Cahill during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday. Photograph: Getty Images

Louis van Gaal was only a few days out regarding his plea for time. Judge his team and his philosophy after three months, he said, when becoming the (...)

 Manchester United’s Chris Smalling  pulls Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic  to the ground in the Manchester United penalty area during the  Premier League soccer match  at Old Trafford. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

Chelsea captain John Terry claims he and fellow defender Branislav Ivanovic were “double headlocked at every corner” during the Premier League leaders(...)

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