# hosts

Last year
# hosts
Ireland and UK formally submit joint Euro 2028 bid to Uefa as Russia declare interest
Uefa is expected to make a formal decision on 7 April.
All time
# hosts
Neymar, Marquinhos and Gabigol send Brazil to victory in Copa America opener
Colombia also claimed a 1-0 win over Ecuador as the South American championships got underway.
# 7s
IRFU opts against hosting Olympic 7s qualifying competition in Ireland
The union had concerns over the costs of bringing the crucial repechage onto home soil.
# In the clear
Euro 2020 excluded from proposed Wada ban on hosts Russia
Russia are clear to host next year’s tournament despite the ban
# Nervy
Japan warm-up for Ireland with stuttering win over Russia in World Cup opener
Wing Kotaro Matsushima scored a hat-trick as the hosts started with a bonus-point victory.
# acknowledgement
Uefa admit scheduling of Ireland-France game was problematic
Acting general secretary Theodore Theodoridis has discussed the pros and cons of the 24-team format.
# master blasters
World Twenty 20 Final: Flamboyant Windies aim to blast past tricky Sri Lankans
While the tournament hosts have fought tenaciously to reach the final, the West Indies’ flair has certainly won over the neutrals.
# whoops
VIDEO: Andriy Voronin's shocking miss
Oleh Blokhin can only turn his face away in disgust.