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Dublin: 12 °C Saturday 28 February, 2015

Soccer - Thursday 19 February, 2015

Gareth Bale is too nice, according to Frank Lampard

The experienced midfielder believes the former Tottenham star’s character may be hampering his game.

Messi: I went through a lot of problems in 2014

The Barcelona star has admitted to having struggled on and off the field last year.

Valbuena: I moved to Dinamo Moscow for the money

French midfielder had offers from AC Milan and Sevilla last summer but opted for Russia.

Luis Figo will expand the World Cup to over 40 teams if he becomes FIFA president

So Ireland might well be the 33rd team some day.

Paris Metro racism victim wants perpetrators ‘locked up’

‘You know, I live with racism; I wasn’t really surprised at what happened to me, even if it was the first time in the Metro.’

Stephanie Roche off to the US as she agrees to join Houston Dash

The Puskas Award finalist has been signed by the Texas-based NWSL club.

Ex-England footballer David Bentley scored 3 points on his Crossmaglen debut

It seems the former Tottenham winger is a natural.

Soccer - Wednesday 18 February, 2015

League of Ireland refs won’t be using the vanishing free-kick spray this season

FAI “wish to carry out more research into its effectiveness.”

Cristiano Ronaldo ends goal drought* as Real Madrid seize last 16 advantage

*It was three games, which is roughly ten for a normal footballer.

Robbie Keane and the LA Galaxy got suited and booted for a reception with President Higgins today

The Ireland captain and his team-mates were welcomed to the Aras with fitting speech from President Higgins.

Did Wayne Rooney apologise for his FA Cup dive?

Thorsten Stuckmann has claimed the striker apologised to him afterwards.

We’ll Leave It There So: Clarke is Ryder Cup captain, Keano and Fergie reunited and all today’s sport

Meanwhile, the other Keane (Robbie) was in Dublin ahead of LA Galaxy’s friendly with Shamrock Rovers.

Robbie Keane and the LA Galaxy have made a generous donation to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital

Keane was joined by some of his Galaxy team-mates for a visit to Crumlin today.

How many of these Irish international footballers from the 00s can you remember?

How well do you know your Joseph Lapiras from your Joey O’Briens?

Keane and Fergie were stuck on the same flight back to Manchester earlier

Both these legends of the game attended the PSG-Chelsea match on Tuesday.

You could create an unreal 5-a-side team made up of footballers whose birthday is today

A surprisingly large number of footballers share their birthday today.

Madrid should be worried about Ronaldo’s form – Capello

The Italian suspects that injuries are taking their toll on the Portuguese attacker.

Former United misfit Anderson requires oxygen after being subbed before half time

In fairness, playing in La Paz is never easy.

LVG makes no apologies for using Fellaini as Plan B

However, the United manager is happy to use the Belgian as an alternative option when they need him.

Chelsea fans in Paris sing ‘we’re racist and that’s the way we like it’

A group of supporters stopped a man getting on a Metro, proclaiming how proud they were to be racist.

Gary Neville turns 40 today, so here’s a clip of Paul Scholes and him doing media training

The Sky pundit was not always a consummate pro in front of the cameras.

Soccer - Tuesday 17 February, 2015

‘Bayern Munich are a one-man team’ – Didi Hamann

The ex-Liverpool midfielder criticised the over-reliance on one particular player.

Jose Mourinho had one player to thank after escaping with PSG draw

The manager was pleased following the UEFA Champions League clash in Paris.

Courtois saves help Chelsea hold PSG, David Luiz has no time for vanishing spray

It was a cagey affair in the French capital.

As it happened: PSG v Chelsea, Champions League

PSG took on Chelsea in the first leg of this last-16 encounter at the Parc des Princes.

We’ll Leave It There So: Munster’s Varley retires, Keano’s back on the box and all today’s sport

We’ll also have news on more big names for the 2015 Irish Open.

16 Airtricity League clubs awarded licences for 2015, while three left to wait

Clubs have five working days to lodge an appeal on the decision.

Limerick must find a ground to play at before the LOI season starts in 3 weeks

Markets Field won’t be ready for the opening month due to concerns over health and safety.

The Champions League returns tonight and here’s 4 things to look out for

Chelsea are away to PSG, Bayern Munich travel to Ukraine while the holders Real Madrid are in Germany.

Barcelona face punishment for ‘Ronaldo is a drunk’ chants

The Catalan club and their fans have been reported by Spain’s Football League authority.

9 reasons why we’re excited about Roy Keane’s return to punditry

The Ireland assistant boss is set to be part of ITV’s coverage of Chelsea v PSG.

Jackie Tyrell is to get a taste for Major League Baseball with the Miami Marlins

But Kilkenny fans need not worry. He’ll be back again.

Tommy Martin column: Vainglorious, thuggish, mercenary – why I love Zlatan

Ahead of tonight’s PSG v Chelsea Champions League tie, Tommy Martin looks at how the controversial Swedish striker has managed to make himself likeable, for all his many flaws.

Lazar Markovic has been punished heavily for the controversial red card he got against Basel

The Serb saw red in the crucial Champions League group stage clash that saw Liverpool eliminated.

A two-time European Cup winning manager thinks there are ‘too many blacks’ in Italian football

Arrigo Sacchi worked wonders with AC Milan in the 80s and 90s but these latest comments have attracted heavy criticism.

Tim Sherwood has a new twist on his ‘supply teacher’ analogy now that he’s Villa boss

“Perversely I like the pressure of it,” Sherwood says.

Perth Glory fine Andy Keogh the maximum possible amount for nightclub arrest

Keogh and a team-mate were taken into custody by police outside a nightclub.