THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND have ended 2010 with their third successive defeat, falling 2-1 at home to Norway in an international friendly at the Aviva Stadium. Giovanni Trapattoni’s side had gone 1-0 up inside five minutes, after Shane Long was felled in the box and converted the penalty himself, but a free kick from Morten Gamst Pedersen after 34 minutes and a late strike from Erik Huseklepp gave the visitors victory.
# soccer - Wednesday 24 November, 2010
Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos sent off in bizarre late stages of comfortable 4-o win over Ajax.
Paul Ring sends one more dispatch from the bottom of the football pyramid. This week his Division Three side are involved in a goal-fest.
# soccer - Tuesday 23 November, 2010
Scottish football chiefs look to Irish refs as SPL whistlers set to strike this weekend.
If he keeps this up at Bolton, Owen Coyle might be lucky enough to succeed Giovanni Trapattoni. Not that the Italian is as negative as Gary Megson, of course.
# soccer - Monday 22 November, 2010
Michael Maher casts an eye over the performances from the Irish in the top flights of England and Scotland.
Scotland’s top football referees are set to bring the SPL schedule to a standstill after they vote to strike next week.
# soccer - Friday 19 November, 2010
Onetime Manchester United netminder Peter Schmeichel reckons his compatriot Anders Lindegaard isn’t up to standard.
Every Friday our Fantasy Football boffins will study the stats so you don’t have to. Here’s who to buy, drop and appoint captain this weekend. You’re welcome.
# soccer - Thursday 18 November, 2010
Look who the Manchester United manager relaxed with at the Argentina versus Brazil game.
Former Taoiseach lands plum sports body job in Europe.
# soccer - Wednesday 17 November, 2010
Get to know Ireland’s opponents ahead of kick-off at Lansdowne Road tonight.
In the first of Paul Ring’s weekly diary pieces, we’re introduced to the ‘mighty Buttevant AFC second team’ for the first time. It’s going to be a long season.
# soccer - Tuesday 16 November, 2010
A document prepared by a FIFA committee says the South is willing to move some 2022 matches north of the DMZ.
In Pictures: Manchester United’s American owners say they’ll settle up on Monday. After years of colourful protest however, the Stretford End wants more answers.
As Giovanni Trapattoni flicks through a New York-area phonebook in search of ‘Irish-sounding names’, American soccer blogger Elliott Turner asks ‘where will all this recruitment business end?’
# soccer - Monday 15 November, 2010
A raft of withdrawals ahead of the Norway friendly means the Ireland manager is about to shuffle his deck.
Watch the penalty shoot-out heroics that won the cup.
# soccer - Saturday 13 November, 2010
It’ll be a good day for Rovers tomorrow – whoever wins the cup final.
# soccer - Friday 12 November, 2010
Bohemians bosses make appeal for funds.
# soccer - Thursday 11 November, 2010
Newcastle midfielder thumped Blackburn’s Morten Gamst Pedersen last night.
Blackpool boss threatens to quit if he’s fined for making 10 changes to team.
# soccer - Wednesday 10 November, 2010
Central characters have plenty to say ahead of crunch derby in Manchester.
Match-fitness the priority warns former Liverpool striker.
Former France coach in Thailand for poker tournament training camp. Like Blood Sport with cards.
# soccer - Tuesday 9 November, 2010
It was a long night in Bray as the Seagulls and Monaghan United met to decide promotion and relegation.
# soccer - Monday 8 November, 2010
The Portuguese footballer settles over claims he was damaging an ankle injury by partying in an LA nightclub.
Liverpool fans and legend alike think the old Fernando is back.
The former Britpop star and Man City season ticket holder on duetting with Tevez.
# soccer - Friday 5 November, 2010
Hunt and Folan return to international fold – and there’s one new face.
The Anfield captain hit a quick-fire treble against Napoli last night. What are your favourite Steve G moments?
Former Ireland boss has an interesting take on the media talk surrounding him recently.
# soccer - Wednesday 3 November, 2010
Chelsea, Bayern and Arsenal could secure qualification for second round while Milan and Madrid prepare to duke it out.
All the reaction after the Gareth Bale show in London last night.
# soccer - Tuesday 2 November, 2010
Renowned Spanish magazine Don Balon has predicted the stars of tomorrow.
# soccer - Monday 1 November, 2010
Stephen Ireland has to pull up his socks if he’s to get back in the Aston Villa side, says Gerard Houllier.
Chris Hughton wants his former boss Brian Kerr to give him a hand in England’s north-east.