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Fixation on 'next tournament' hurting Irish football

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 18:11:26 +0000

As Irish football fans confront World Cup summer with their noses pressed against the window, tourists in other people's joy, one thought stands out above all. Namely, that all those Italia 90 documentaries have a lot to answer for.



Arsenal march on to knockout stages despite defeat

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 21:32:49 +0000

Arsenal fell to a narrow defeat at Cologne on Thursday night but will still progress into the knockout stages of the Europa League as Group H winners.



Everton's slump continues with heavy Europa League loss

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 22:48:26 +0000

Everton's season - like their search for a manager - continues to drift apparently rudderless after an insipid display in the 5-1 defeat against Atalanta which put the Serie A side through to the last 32 of the Europa League.



Former Man City forward given prison sentence for rape

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 20:52:18 +0000

An Italian court sentenced former Man City and AC Milan forward Robinho in absentia to nine years in prison after convicting him of taking part in a gang rape of an Albanian woman in 2013.



Mata keen to follow in Ryan Giggs' footsteps at Man Utd

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 14:30:53 +0000

Juan Mata would like to extend his Old Trafford stay and go on to play into his forties like Manchester United great Ryan Giggs.



Dementia study in football set to begin in 2018

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 16:06:08 +0000

An English study into whether heading a football can cause brain trauma will begin in January, investigating an issue that has been widely debated since the activity was blamed for contributing to a former star striker's dementia.



Ireland drop six spots as England hit 17-year low

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:00:29 +0000

The World Cup play-off defeat to Denmark has seen Martin O'Neill's team drop to 32nd in the FIFA world rankings.



Chelsea prepare for Liverpool on flight home from Baku

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 07:56:36 +0000

Head coach Antonio Conte had a sleepless night despite Chelsea securing their Champions League qualification in Baku on Wednesday.



Frustrated Mourinho refuses to blame players

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:23:43 +0000

Jose Mourinho was left frustrated after Manchester United were caught cold by Basel and forced to wait to secure their place in the Champions League last-16 stage.



Juve and Barca play out grim scoreless draw in Turin

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 21:50:03 +0000

Barcelona allowed themselves the luxury of starting with Lionel Messi on the bench and still held out comfortably for a 0-0 draw at Juventus to reach the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday.



Faulty finishing in Basel costs Man United

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 22:13:00 +0000

Manchester United missed a chance to reach the Champions League knockout stages with a match to spare for the first time since 2014 after a conceding a late goal in a 1-0 defeat at Basel in a pulsating Group A clash on Wednesday.



Celtic score first but are hammered in Paris

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 22:03:46 +0000

Neymar scored a double as Paris St Germain extended their perfect Champions League record with a 7-1 home demolition of Celtic.



Just Willian - winger scores two and wins two penalties

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:13:33 +0000

Willian scored twice and was fouled for two penalties as Chelsea cruised into the Champions League knockout stages with a 4-0 win over 10-man Qarabag at the Olympic Stadium in Baku.



No defence for naive Liverpool's poor game management

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:16:31 +0000

Liverpool's Tuesday night collapse against Sevilla produced a six-goal thriller, but for manager Jurgen Klopp it represented another worrying reminder that he's failing to address fatal flaws within his team.



Champions League round-up: Wins for Atletico and Bayern

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 22:28:01 +0000

Antoine Griezmann's stunning goal kept Atletico Madrid's Champions League hopes alive as they grabbed a vital victory over Roma.



Niasse will serve suspension for diving as appeal fails

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:22:32 +0000

Everton striker Oumar Niasse will serve a two-match ban after his appeal against a diving charge was rejected by the Football Association.



Rodgers backing Celtic strike-force to trouble PSG

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:22:23 +0000

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers claims to have a "perfect" striking dilemma ahead of the Champions League clash with Paris St Germain tonight.



Carvajal charged by UEFA for 'deliberate booking'

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:12:22 +0000

Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal has been charged by UEFA for getting booked on purpose during their 6-0 win at Apoel Nicosia in Champions League Group H on Tuesday to wipe his disciplinary slate clean for the knockout stage.



Liverpool capitulation 'not a good sign'

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:33:42 +0000

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson admits his team-mates let themselves down by throwing away a tangible victory at Sevilla to squander the chance of early Champions League progression.



Aussie coach Postecoglou steps down ahead of WC

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:02:10 +0000

Australia will be looking for a new coach to take them to the World Cup after Ange Postecoglou announced his resignation.