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‘Historic day’ as Euro 20 dream becomes a reality

FAI chief executive John Delaney has described the success of Dublin’s bid to host games at the Euro 2020 finals as "a holy grail" for Irish football.

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Van Gaal admits interest in Ronaldo

Louis van Gaal would be interested in bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, but the Manchester United manager does not think Real Madrid are willing to sell him.

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Mourinho ready to risk Costa

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted he is taking a risk in selecting Diego Costa for tomorrow’s Premier League clash at Manchester City, but that the Blues cannot do without their star striker.

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10-man Saints sink the Seagulls

Bray Wanderers 2 St Patrick’s Athletic 4
St Patrick’s Athletic, down to 10 men for 77 minutes, made it six wins in a row in all competitions, to keep very much alive their European ambitions with a comprehensive Premier Division victory over relegation-threatened Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds.

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Win crucial for Cork

Cork City will be hoping to use their game in hand to cut Dundalk’s lead at the top to three points when they travel to Thomond Park tomorrow to face Limerick in a Premier Division Munster derby.

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Wenger defends Ozil

Mesut Ozil must not be used as a "scapegoat" for Arsenal’s shortcomings, manager Arsene Wenger has insisted.

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Tonev charged over alleged racism

Celtic winger Aleksandar Tonev has been hit with a Scottish Football Association charge over alleged racist abuse.

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Pellegrini: Toure’s heart is in the club

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has no concerns about the form or commitment of key midfielder Yaya Toure.

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Eto’o poised for Everton promotion

Roberto Martinez believes Samuel Eto’o is ready to make the transition from super sub to starting striker after being convinced of the 33-year-old’s quality in his short time at Goodison Park.

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Partizan facing Uefa sanctions

Partizan Belgrade are facing Uefa sanctions after the governing body opened disciplinary proceedings for the anti-Semitic banner displayed by some of their fans against Tottenham.

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Rodgers wants his old guard to step up

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is looking to his established players to take up some of the slack while his summer signings bed in properly.

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How to make Lansdowne roar again

So now we know that there’ll be some proper viva in the Aviva come the summer of 2020, when Dublin will, for the first time in its history, play host to international tournament football at the highest level.

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Delaney sees new Dalymount as Ireland’s Euro 2020 legacy

A redeveloped Dalymount Park being shared by Bohemians and Shelbourne — that’s John Delaney’s vision of what would constitute part of the legacy of Dublin’s hosting of games at the Euro 2020 finals.

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Dublin gets Euro boost, Wembley to host final

UEFA president Michel Platini’s vision of a European Championship spread across the continent came to fruition in Geneva yesterday, as Wembley Stadium was chosen to host the climax of Euro 2020 with 12 other cities — including Dublin — joining the party.

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‘Volcanic’ Keane adds fire to the mix at Villa

Alan Hutton insists Roy Keane’s "volcanic" personality has been key to Aston Villa’s impressive start.

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Caulfield confident in back-up troops

Cork City manager John Caulfield is hopeful the absence of Darren Dennehy and Garry Buckley from Sunday’s trip to face Limerick will prove an opportunity for other squad members.

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Pochettino angered by Partizan slur

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was angered by the "unacceptable" anti-Semitic banner displayed by Partizan Belgrade fans in their Europa League opener.

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Solskjaer says he made call to leave Cardiff

Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he left the Sky Bet Championship club because of a "difference in philosophy" with owner Vincent Tan.

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Irish confident as Euro 2020 D-Day dawns

There is quiet confidence but no certainty of success on the part of the Irish delegation in Geneva ahead of Uefa’s long-awaited announcement this lunchtime of the host nations for the European Championship finals of 2020.

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Gutierrez cancer torment revelation piles pressure on Pardew

Jonas Gutierrez paid his own medical bills to treat his testicular cancer and has revealed that when he returned to Newcastle United after his initial surgery, he was asked to find a new club.

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FA wants English kids to replace ‘mediocre’ overseas players

Mediocre players from overseas are taking places in club squads that should be going to young English players, Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has claimed.

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Roma turn on the style as CSKA Moscow humiliated

Roma opened their Champions League Group E campaign in style with a 5-1 mauling of Russian side CSKA Moscow at the Stadio Olimpico.

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Avondale’s fine run over as Harps hit four to reach semi-finals

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Avondale United’s FAI Cup fairytale turned into a nightmare at Finn Park last night as they were swept aside by First Division Finn Harps.

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Germany end Irish hopes

Germany 2 Ireland 0
There was no dream conclusion to the World Cup qualifying campaign for Ireland’s women yesterday against European champions Germany.

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No Costa so costly for Chelsea

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Chelsea, riding high at the top of the Premier League and awaiting a trip to Manchester City on Sunday, saw their remarkable start to the new season brought into perspective as they were held 1-1 by Schalke in the opening round of the Champions League in match which perhaps gave an insight into what life would be like without Diego Costa at Stamford Bridge.

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Aleksandar Tonev: Allegedly racially abused Aberdeen full-back Shay Logan.

Tonev race row won’t worry Celts, says Collins

John Collins has no worries over race row Celtic player Aleksandar Tonev ahead of their opening Europa League clash with Salzburg in Austria tonight (6pm, live on Setanta Ireland).

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Jagielka: Martinez will get best out of McGeady

Everton captain Phil Jagielka has admitted the environment and the style of football played by Roberto Martinez’s side can continue to get the best out of Aiden McGeady.

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Henderson: Pool on learning curve

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson admits the Champions League will be a learning curve for most of the players this season but he is confident they will adapt quickly.

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Gunners will bounce back, insists Wilshere

Jack Wilshere insists Arsenal will recover after being outclassed by Borussia Dortmund in a disturbing start to their Champions League group campaign.

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Bayern's Arjen Robben, left, and Manchester City's James Milner challenge for the ball during the Champions League game in Munich last night. Picture: AP

Boateng’s late strike gives City the blues

Bayern Munich 1 Manchester City 0
Manchester City are learning the hard way how slim the margins are in the Champions League.

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