# opposition view
Mbappe: 'Ireland have a reputation for playing a physical style but they play a lot of good football'
Mbappe and Didier Deschamps also recognised the potential of Evan Ferguson ahead of tomorrow night’s game.
# Injury Update
Robbie Brady called up with doubts over O'Dowda and Coleman for France clash
Stephen Kenny has insisted his Irish squad will attack France and not just ‘accept a slow death.’
25th March 2023
# evan decrees
Analysis: Why Evan Ferguson is asked to bring more than just goals to Ireland
A look at the impressive tactical strengths to Ferguson’s game.
# Political Football
'As long as they win, it’s okay. If they start to lose, there will be controversy'
French film-maker Sonia Dauger talks about the true political significance of the French football team, and the myth of the black-blanc-beur team of 98.
Last week
19th March 2023 - 25th March 2023
# Sharp Minds
O'Shea: Concentration and experience key for Ireland in massive France clash
The West Brom defender wants Ireland to ‘write their own history’ against the back-to-back World Cup finalists on Monday night.
# opposition eye
Kenny sends his scouts to Paris as virus-hit Netherlands face France in Ireland's qualifying group
Ireland’s group gets underway tonight.
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We’ve teamed up with An Post to help you plan your trip to the US.
# from downtown
Analysis: Why do Ireland concede so many long-range goals?
Latvia scored two goals from outside the box at the Aviva last night – why does this keep happening?
# Reaction
Kenny pleased but 'not euphoric' with Latvia win
Ireland squandered an early two-goal lead but rescued a 3-2 win at the Aviva Stadium.
# Evan sent
Ogbene goal rescues Ireland in rollercoaster Latvia win
Chiedozie Ogbene scored the winning goal after Ireland again contrived to blow a two-goal lead at home.
# Preview
Ferguson's full debut to bring life to low-key Latvia friendly at start of Ireland's defining year
Evan Ferguson will make his full debut as Ireland tune up for their massive challenge against France.
# earned his spurs
Matt Doherty defends Antonio Conte over post-game rant at players
Doherty has also spoken about his experiences under Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid.
# evan almighty
Evan Ferguson to earn first Irish start against Latvia
The teenager will make his full senior debut at the Aviva Stadium tomorrow night.
# back from a bad back
'I’d love a foot race, see how quick I am' - Returning Omobamidele eager for Mbappe test
Andrew Omobamidele has recovered from a lengthy lay-off, and is hoping he gets the chance to face off against France next Monday.
# Mark Sykes
'An Irish player playing for Ireland - I don’t see the problem'
Mark Sykes last year became the first Belfast-born player to play for the Republic of Ireland in 76 years, and is hoping to add more caps against Latvia and France.
# Raymond Domenech
'We see what happened at the World Cup: it would have been better if Ireland qualified'
Ex-France manager Raymond Domenech speaks to The42 about Zidane’s headbutt, Henry’s handball, and how he might have been Ireland boss instead.
This month
March 2023
# Championship
Carrick's 'Boro maintain promotion push, McClean nets brilliant equaliser for Wigan
Rotherham and Cardiff’s clash was abandoned after a second-half deluge.
# Talking Points
Smallbone sparkles, Doherty's lack of minutes, and no worries about Bazunu
Some of the talking points from Stephen Kenny’s squad announcement for the Euro 2024 qualifier against France.
Dublin aim for promotion and Waterford-Kilkenny showdown: Allianz League talking points
There are plenty key matches to look forward to this weekend.
# Squad Selection
O'Dowda's form sees off Brady and Manning, Kenny coy on Ferguson starting against France
Stephen Kenny announced his squad for this month’s qualifier against France earlier today.
# Selection
Johnston receives first call-up as Kenny names Irish squad for France qualifier
France have also announced their squad for the game.
# Injury issues
Duffy and Stevens ruled out of France clash
Stephen Kenny names his squad for games with Latvia and France later today.
# Championship
Luckless Idah forced off in Norwich draw, Burnley win yet again
Idah was forced off injured on the eve of Stephen Kenny’s squad announcement.
# unopposed
Gianni Infantino set to be re-elected Fifa president without formal vote
Infantino will be re-elected by acclimation as he is the only candidate.
3 best bets for Thursday's card at Cheltenham
Three to follow on the third day of the 2023 festival.
Bohs double down on community work with launch of new five-year strategy document
The Phibsborough club have employed the League of Ireland’s first full-time Football Social Responsibility Manager.
# Tee to green
Lowry, McIlroy and Power have issues to solve as the Masters hovers into view
Only Lowry made the cut at the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.
# in the medals
Rising star Rhasidat Adeleke takes home silver at NCAA Championships in Albuquerque
It took a sensational run from Britton Wilson to deny Adeleke gold.
# On the box
TV Wrap: A farcical Match of the Day broadcast reflects terribly on the BBC
The iconic show was cut to 20 minutes last night, and was shown without commentary, punditry or interviews.
# in the medals
Rising star Rhasidat Adeleke forced to settle for silver at NCAA Championships
It took a sensational run from Britton Wilson to deny Adeleke gold.
Five great storylines to look forward to at Cheltenham next week
The Cheltenham Festival takes place from 14-17 March.
# Homeward Bound
Done deal: Katie Taylor to face Chantelle Cameron in homecoming fight at 3Arena
Taylor will step up in weight to face English-born Cameron on 20 May.
# Homeward Bound
Done deal: Katie Taylor to face Chantelle Cameron in homecoming fight at 3Arena
Taylor will step up in weight to face English-born Cameron on 20 May.
# Championship wrap
Burnley continue promotion stroll, Irish underage striker helps Preston to win
Kevin Long also got a rare goal in an important win for Birmingham.
# Battling Back
Gutsy Lowry makes cut at Players Championship but McIlroy goes home
Seamus Power also missed the cut as the second round was belatedly finished today.
# Reaction
Tim Clancy: Jeering Pat's fans 'well within their rights to express their opinions'
Pat’s were booed off after a 2-0 loss at home to Bohemians, a third defeat in a week.
# Runners and Riders
Who is best-placed to finish in the Premier League's top four?
Who is most likely to qualify for next season’s Champions League? And are Brighton true contenders?
# moving on up
Bohs go top of the league and complete a horror week for Pat's
Pat’s fell to a third-straight defeat with a 2-0 loss to Declan Devine’s Bohemians.
Five great storylines to look forward to at Cheltenham next week
The Cheltenham Festival takes place from 14-17 March.
# mason builds a lead
15-year-old Melia hits hat-trick as Irish U17s take step closer to Euros qualification
A 3-0 win over Ukraine leaves the Irish U17s on the cusp of qualification.
# poor fan turnout
Irish athletes to turn up their heating to prepare for Paris Olympics without air conditioning
The Games’ commitment to sustainability means there will be no air con in the athlete’s village.
# shrouded in doubt
Boxing likely to remain on schedule for 2024 Olympics but in serious peril for 2028
There are also concerns that lightweight rowing – in which Ireland have won medals in Rio and in Tokyo – will be removed from the 2028 Games.
# new ground
FAI and IFA announce new cross-border women's football competition
The 16-team competition will take place during the break for the Women’s World Cup.
# globetrotting
Praise for Festy Ebosele after making full Serie A debut
The Wexford defender started Udinese’s 0-0 draw away to Atalanta.
Tyrone come good and Mayo's big step: Allianz Football League talking points
We review the main talking points from round five of the Allianz Football League, including Mayo’s big step towards the Division 1 final and Tyrone finding form to defeat Kerry.
# Cutting The Mustard
Seamus Coleman wins Match of the Day's Goal of the Month award
Coleman’s tight-angled volley against Leeds made him the seventh Irish winner of the BBC award.