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Sunday 25 May, 2014

Real Madrid achieve immortality, right at the death
# Analysis
# Analysis

Real Madrid achieve immortality, right at the death

May 25th 2014, 9:38 AM 4,814 Views 6 Comments

When the champagne bubbles settle, the reality is another trophy for a European superpower.

Saturday 24 May, 2014

Wee hours bring belated Champions League excitement with Lisbon braced for Madrid invasion
# Letter From Lisbon
# Letter From Lisbon

Wee hours bring belated Champions League excitement with Lisbon braced for Madrid invasion

May 24th 2014, 2:01 PM 1,841 Views 0 Comments

Miguel Delaney braved the hostelries of Lisbon last night to get a taster of the atmosphere to come in the Champions League final.

Champions League final preview: Atletico Madrid players think Diego Simeone is 'God'
# Countdown
# Countdown

Champions League final preview: Atletico Madrid players think Diego Simeone is 'God'

May 24th 2014, 9:23 AM 2,276 Views 0 Comments

Portuguese midfielder Tiago says himself and his teammates could not think any more highly of their manager.

Friday 23 May, 2014

Champions League build-up: familiarity may breed contempt as Madrid neighbours keep eyes on prize
# Preview
# Preview

Champions League build-up: familiarity may breed contempt as Madrid neighbours keep eyes on prize

May 23rd 2014, 5:31 PM 6,785 Views 10 Comments

Miguel Delaney is in Lisbon ahead of tomorrow’s unique Madrid derby.

Wednesday 12 June, 2013

Euro ’88 revisited: behind the scenes at Ireland’s major tournament debut
# Memories
# Memories

Euro ’88 revisited: behind the scenes at Ireland’s major tournament debut

Jun 12th 2013, 12:00 PM 16,545 Views 17 Comments

Miguel Delaney talks to the players, the fans and other figures involved to provide the ultimate oral history of the tournament.

Thursday 30 May, 2013

Letter from London: No political football as Irish fans feel at home
# Mind The Gap
# Mind The Gap

Letter from London: No political football as Irish fans feel at home

May 30th 2013, 3:50 PM 3,265 Views 0 Comments

After all the hype, it was all about the game for the supporters in north London last night.

England v Ireland: what we learned from the Wembley stalemate
# ENGIRE
# ENGIRE

England v Ireland: what we learned from the Wembley stalemate

May 30th 2013, 3:00 PM 12,766 Views 35 Comments

The score may have been level at Wembley but, for Ireland, the positives outweighed the negatives, writes Miguel Delaney.

Wednesday 29 May, 2013

Out of 10: How we rated the Boys in Green tonight
# COYBIG
# COYBIG

Out of 10: How we rated the Boys in Green tonight

May 29th 2013, 11:23 PM 6,799 Views 24 Comments

On a scale of 1-10, how much do you disagree?

It's not like watching Brazil, admits Hodgson after Irish draw
# ENGIRE
# ENGIRE

It's not like watching Brazil, admits Hodgson after Irish draw

May 29th 2013, 10:55 PM 3,354 Views 0 Comments

But the England boss had praise for Ireland’s players and fans.

Trapattoni’s delight as young Irish stars answer London calling
# ENGIRE
# ENGIRE

Trapattoni’s delight as young Irish stars answer London calling

May 29th 2013, 10:07 PM 14,724 Views 63 Comments

The Ireland manager praised Coleman, McCarthy and Long after the draw at Wembley.

England v Ireland: What the Boys in Green will learn from tonight
# COYBIG
# COYBIG

England v Ireland: What the Boys in Green will learn from tonight

May 29th 2013, 3:00 PM 8,655 Views 30 Comments

Giovanni Trapattoni will lead his side into an almost-full Wembley tonight.

Tuesday 28 May, 2013

Irish players must stay calm tomorrow night - Trapattoni
# Preparations
# Preparations

Irish players must stay calm tomorrow night - Trapattoni

May 28th 2013, 8:00 PM 1,163 Views 1 Comment

Ireland are set to play England for the first time in 18 years on Wednesday.

Robbie: England rematch should have happened 'years and years ago'
# ENGIRE
# ENGIRE

Robbie: England rematch should have happened 'years and years ago'

May 28th 2013, 6:47 PM 1,457 Views 2 Comments

Ireland skipper Robbie Keane hopes tomorrow’s friendly can breathe new life into the footballing rivalry between the neighbours.

Saturday 25 May, 2013

Analysis: Bayern wash away their European woes at Wembley
# Post-Match
# Post-Match

Analysis: Bayern wash away their European woes at Wembley

May 25th 2013, 10:23 PM 9,507 Views 28 Comments

After last season’s heartbreak, the Bavarians won a fifth European Cup title to confirm their status as the continent’s best side.

Letter From London: Klopp remains a lesson in how to make friends and enamour people
# Clowning Around
# Clowning Around

Letter From London: Klopp remains a lesson in how to make friends and enamour people

May 25th 2013, 6:10 PM 2,226 Views 1 Comment

But between the jokes, the German’s desire to win is very clear.

No argument over favourites tag in chase for 'greatest cup of all'
# Preview
# Preview

No argument over favourites tag in chase for 'greatest cup of all'

May 25th 2013, 2:24 PM 5,401 Views 9 Comments

The Champions League finalists have had contrasting journeys to this point, writes Miguel Delaney.

Saturday 23 March, 2013

Analysis: New approach brings new hope for Ireland on rocky road to Rio
# SWEIRE
# SWEIRE

Analysis: New approach brings new hope for Ireland on rocky road to Rio

Mar 23rd 2013, 12:31 AM 12,335 Views 36 Comments

More of the same against Austria, Trap.

Friday 22 March, 2013

We can win in Dublin, insists Sweden boss Hamren
# SWEIRE
# SWEIRE

We can win in Dublin, insists Sweden boss Hamren

Mar 22nd 2013, 10:11 PM 1,691 Views 4 Comments

“Of course we are disappointed with one point at home but, if we win away, we are OK.”

Sweden v Ireland: Stockholm slowly building up to crunch fixture
# Letter
# Letter

Sweden v Ireland: Stockholm slowly building up to crunch fixture

Mar 22nd 2013, 6:37 PM 3,043 Views 2 Comments

There has been a low-key prelude to tonight’s action in the Friends Arena.

Ireland on guard as Ibrahimovic threatens to have another big say in Trap's career
# Sweden V Ireland
# Sweden V Ireland

Ireland on guard as Ibrahimovic threatens to have another big say in Trap's career

Mar 22nd 2013, 7:15 AM 5,864 Views 14 Comments

“It’s difficult to think of a single individual that has completely dominated the context of an Irish fixture since Roy Keane.”

Thursday 21 March, 2013

‘I said, are you sure?’ – Trap throws doubt over Brady ‘psychological’ fitness
# COYBIG
# COYBIG

‘I said, are you sure?’ – Trap throws doubt over Brady ‘psychological’ fitness

Mar 21st 2013, 7:31 PM 2,137 Views 9 Comments

The Italian suggested placing ‘TBC’ on the team-sheet is an effort to motivate the midfielder.

Sweden v Ireland: Robbie Keane out to make a point for Boys in Green
# COYBIG
# COYBIG

Sweden v Ireland: Robbie Keane out to make a point for Boys in Green

Mar 21st 2013, 6:08 PM 5,601 Views 19 Comments

The skipper says the visitors have to get something out of tomorrow’s tie at the Friends Arena.

Close the roof! Sweden boss Hamren doesn't want to wear long-stockings tomorrow
# Sweden V Ireland
# Sweden V Ireland

Close the roof! Sweden boss Hamren doesn't want to wear long-stockings tomorrow

Mar 21st 2013, 2:07 PM 6,456 Views 4 Comments

Sweden manager Erik Hamren is “full of respect” for Ireland ahead of tomorrow’s World Cup qualifier in Stockholm.

'Keane is a great player' -- respect from Ibra for Robbie ahead of Stockholm showdown
# SWEIRE
# SWEIRE

'Keane is a great player' -- respect from Ibra for Robbie ahead of Stockholm showdown

Mar 21st 2013, 1:28 PM 3,681 Views 13 Comments

The talismanic striker says he’s ready for anything, Trap’s side throw at him.

Tuesday 3 July, 2012

Night of history: behind the scenes on Spain's moment of crowning glory
# Euro 2012
# Euro 2012

Night of history: behind the scenes on Spain's moment of crowning glory

Jul 3rd 2012, 1:24 PM 6,584 Views 1 Comment

As the sun came up over Kiev following Sunday’s Euro 2012 final, Miguel Delaney met Spain’s history boys.

Monday 2 July, 2012

Euro 2012: The good, the bad and the frustratingly inconsistent
# Said And Done
# Said And Done

Euro 2012: The good, the bad and the frustratingly inconsistent

Jul 2nd 2012, 4:38 PM 1,312 Views 3 Comments

Miguel Delaney lists the the stand-out performers as well as the biggest flops at this summer’s finals.

Sunday 1 July, 2012

Euro 2012 analysis: undeniably the greatest of all time
# Pinnacle
# Pinnacle

Euro 2012 analysis: undeniably the greatest of all time

Jul 1st 2012, 10:37 PM 8,639 Views 47 Comments

After so much debate, Spain ended up only dominating. In every sense. After producing the biggest final win in a major international tournament, there can be no doubt about their status, writes Miguel Delaney

Letter from Kiev: Great expectations as city awaits climactic showdown
# Final Countdown
# Final Countdown

Letter from Kiev: Great expectations as city awaits climactic showdown

Jul 1st 2012, 6:30 PM 2,460 Views 0 Comments

Miguel Delaney describes the significant sense of anticipation throughout the Ukrainian capital ahead of tonight’s big game.

Preview: Modern Italians stand in way of historic Spanish win
# Carpe Diem
# Carpe Diem

Preview: Modern Italians stand in way of historic Spanish win

Jul 1st 2012, 4:55 PM 2,629 Views 2 Comments

Miguel Delaney is in Kiev examining what makes the Euro 2012 finalists tick.

Saturday 30 June, 2012

'Boring? We're making history' - Xavi
# Conviction
# Conviction

'Boring? We're making history' - Xavi

Jun 30th 2012, 8:40 PM 808 Views 0 Comments

The Barcelona midfielder says he has no regrets over Spain’s style of play at Euro 2012.

Euro 2012: Buffon not ready to alter prediction
# Mind Games
# Mind Games

Euro 2012: Buffon not ready to alter prediction

Jun 30th 2012, 8:00 PM 677 Views 0 Comments

Miguel Delaney is in Kiev finding the Italian captain quite happy to let Spain carry a favourite’s burden.

Euro 2012: Prandelli full of respect for defending champs
# Final Countdown
# Final Countdown

Euro 2012: Prandelli full of respect for defending champs

Jun 30th 2012, 5:14 PM 335 Views 0 Comments

The Italian boss says, ‘Spain are not boring in any shape or form.’

Thursday 28 June, 2012

Euro 2012 analysis: excellent Italy expose German flaws
# Analysis
# Analysis

Euro 2012 analysis: excellent Italy expose German flaws

Jun 28th 2012, 11:42 PM 4,333 Views 19 Comments

Cesare Prandelli pulled off another tactical masterclass against a very disappointing German team

Preview: all you need to know ahead of the Germany v Italy game tonight
# Euro 2012
# Euro 2012

Preview: all you need to know ahead of the Germany v Italy game tonight

Jun 28th 2012, 6:41 PM 2,120 Views 5 Comments

It’s the Mannschaft versus the Azzurri with a place in the decider up for grabs. Something’s got to give, writes Miguel Delaney.

Euro 2012 analysis: Tired Spain live to fight another day
# Euro 2012
# Euro 2012

Euro 2012 analysis: Tired Spain live to fight another day

Jun 28th 2012, 12:02 AM 3,732 Views 15 Comments

Suddenly, they’re on the verge of the greatest victory in international football history. writes Miguel Delaney in Poland.

Wednesday 27 June, 2012

Germany on the edge of glory, says Loew
# Euro 2012
# Euro 2012

Germany on the edge of glory, says Loew

Jun 27th 2012, 7:48 PM 3,543 Views 10 Comments

The in-form Germans reckon they can beat Italy for the first time in a knock-out, writes Miguel Delaney in Poland.

Preview: all you need to know ahead of Spain's showdown with Portugal tonight
# Crunch
# Crunch

Preview: all you need to know ahead of Spain's showdown with Portugal tonight

Jun 27th 2012, 4:00 PM 2,873 Views 9 Comments

Can Ronaldo banish the criticisms for good by dominating this last-four clash in Ukraine?

Euro e-mail from Warsaw: The party's gone on without the Irish
# Euro 2012
# Euro 2012

Euro e-mail from Warsaw: The party's gone on without the Irish

Jun 27th 2012, 1:21 PM 8,475 Views 47 Comments

Miguel Delaney returns to Gdansk to find a very different city to the one which hosted Ireland’s travelling supporters.

Tuesday 26 June, 2012

'The only thing I strive for is success' -- Jogi Loew keeping his eyes on the prize
# Euro 2012
# Euro 2012

'The only thing I strive for is success' -- Jogi Loew keeping his eyes on the prize

Jun 26th 2012, 4:45 PM 2,675 Views 1 Comment

The German coach gave a masterclass in setting the tone ahead of the clash with Italy, writes Miguel Delaney in Poland.

Stereotyping: Lazio striker Klose acting as German spy
# Bring On Italy
# Bring On Italy

Stereotyping: Lazio striker Klose acting as German spy

Jun 26th 2012, 1:19 PM 798 Views 0 Comments

As Miguel Delaney found out, the Germans don’t consider Italians to be lazy. Perish the thought. Very laid back, perhaps, but definitely not lazy.

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