# from downtown
Analysis: Why do Ireland concede so many long-range goals?
Latvia scored two goals from outside the box at the Avivia last night – why does this keep happening?
# Caso Negreira
Uefa starts investigation into Barcelona referee payments scandal
Reports last month claimed the Spanish club made payments to a former vice-president of Spain’s referees’ committee.
# Hollywood FC
Non-league Wrexham lure veteran goalkeeper Ben Foster out of retirement
Wrexham, owned by actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, are three points clear at the top of the National League.
# Setback
Bad news for Ireland's rivals as Dutch lose several players for France clash
Liverpool’s Cody Gakpo and Bayern Munich defender Matthijs de Ligt are among the individuals ruled out.
# difference of opinion
Declan Rice responds to Graeme Souness and Roy Keane criticisms
The 24-year-old has come under the spotlight in recent months as the Hammers battle to stay in the Premier League.
# Positivity
'The league is getting better... As Irish people, we have a tendency to underrate it'
Ireland U21 international Ollie O’Neill is enjoying life at Derry City.
# Land down under
Bath coach joins Eddie Jones' Wallabies ahead of World Cup
Neal Hatley was part of Jones’ coaching set-up when he was England manager.
# Take a Bow
Ferguson nonchalant as ever after becoming Ireland's youngest scorer since Keane
The Meath teenager gave his thoughts after scoring against Latvia on his full debut.
# purchase
Jim Ratcliffe and Sheikh Jassim make improved bids for Manchester United
A cut-off of 9pm on Wednesday had initially been set for parties to submit revised offers.
# Looking Back
'You're thinking, 'This is where Michael Collins was interned. I felt I could hear the echoes'
A new sports documentary on TG4 will take a look at different sports stadiums around the world.
# Admission
'I should be hitting the heights of my ability. I am 27 years old'
Ireland’s Callum O’Dowda celebrated his first international goal on his 26th cap last night.
22nd March 2023
# 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.
# player focus
Evan Ferguson the perfect symbol for Stephen Kenny’s youthful revolution
The Brighton teenager became Ireland’s youngest scorer since Robbie Keane after finding the net against Latvia this evening.
# 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.
# big step
Chelsea close in on Champions League semi-finals after first leg win
Guro Reiten was on target to secure a 1-0 win for her side against Lyon.
# Up and Running
WATCH: Ferguson scores first Ireland goal in Latvia friendly
Stephen Kenny’s side are currently level at 2-2 in the Aviva Stadium.
# Moving On
'I am a better man after bad phase at Man United' - Ronaldo
The Portugal veteran says he has no regrets over his time at Old Trafford.
# Tough Start
Ireland U19 side lose Euro opener to Slovakia in Wexford
Slovakia took the lead entering the last ten minutes in their first game of the Elite Phase of the Uefa Euro U19 qualifiers.
# Influence
The former Ireland international guiding a potential future one
Sean Roughan on how Mark Kennedy has helped shape his career.
# End of an era
Soccer AM to be axed after 30 years
The programme started back in 1995 but will finish up at the end of the current season.
# Calling Time
Germany World Cup winner and former Arsenal star Ozil retires aged 34
The attacking midfielder also shone for Real Madrid.
# 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.
# hot prospect
The Dublin teenager at Brighton with a Premier League debut under his belt
Andrew Moran on being a late developer and playing with Evan Ferguson.
21st March 2023
# women's champions league
McCabe and Arsenal suffer battling defeat to Bayern in quarter-final first leg
The Gunners will fancy their chances of overturning the 1-0 deficit in next week’s home return.
# Setback
Arsenal suffer injury blow as Takehiro Tomiyasu is ruled out for the season
The defender picked up a knee injury against Sporting Lisbon last week.
# 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.
# like a fine wine
41-year-old Ibrahimovic set to make history
The veteran striker will likely break Italian goalkeeper Dino Zoff’s age record in a Euro qualifier of 40 years and 90 days, set in 1983.
# Exit
'I am an honest player' - Hojbjerg calls on Conte to 'elaborate' after Spurs rant
Tottenham appear set to sack their head coach following his furious outburst after Saturday’s 3-3 draw at Southampton.
# Development
Qataris to make second bid for Manchester United
Meetings held last week were described as positive and constructive by sources close to Sheikh Jassim.
# Leader
Mbappe named new France captain ahead of Euro qualifier with Ireland
Lloris had been skipper for more than a decade.
# Premier League
Hodgson returns as Crystal Palace boss, Dubliner McCarthy stays as assistant
The 75-year-old former England boss replaces the sacked Patrick Vieira.
# Conundrum
‘One year, I played 7 games for Ireland and 3 for Sunderland… That was new to me’
Keiren Westwood on Irish memories, future plans, and the challenges of balancing club with international form.
20th March 2023
# 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.
# Punishment
Aleksandar Mitrovic, Marco Silva and Fulham charged after FA Cup meltdown
The FA said the standard three-match ban for violent conduct would be ‘clearly insufficient’ for striker Mitrovic.
# Opinion
Do you agree with our Ireland team to face Latvia?
Stephen Kenny has some tough calls to make amid a crucial international window.
# misfortune
Ireland's rivals France and Netherlands suffer blows ahead of clash
Frenkie de Jong and Steven Bergwijn are among the players ruled out, while Mike Maignan has been confirmed as Les Bleus’ new number one
# Additions
Is there room for a home-based bolter in Vera Pauw's World Cup squad?
Shamrock Rovers youngster Jaime Thompson impressed at Tolka Park on Saturday.
What do you think of the new Ireland soccer jersey?
It will be worn for the first time in Wednesday’s friendly against Latvia.
# 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.