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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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‘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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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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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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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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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

Finn Harps 4 Avondale United 1
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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Vincent Kompany at a press conference on the eve of Manchester City's Champions League tie with Bayern Munich. Of City's prospects in the competition, he said: 'The club is asking us to win now.'

Kompany: Our time will come

Champions League Group E
Bayern Munich v Man City
Tonight: 7.45pm

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Pierre Emerick Aubameyang

Arsenal get Dortmund lesson

Champions League Group D
Borussia Dortmund 2 Arsenal 0

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Globe-trotting Falvey having a blast with star names in India

Colin Falvey used to scrape by on meagre wages at Cobh Ramblers. Now, he is being paid to stop World Cup winners like Alessandro Del Piero and David Trezeguet.

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Jose Mourinho

Mourinho eyeing ‘unique’ treble

Champions League Group G
Chelsea v FC Schalke 04
Tonight: Stamford Bridge, 7.45pm

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Late drama as Gerrard gets Liverpool up and running

Champions League Group B
Liverpool 2 Ludogorets 1

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Michael Mulconry: Back from suspension for Avondale.

Avondale go long route in search of history

Avondale United’s players wake up in Sligo today, having broken the back of one of the longest journeys in Irish football as they head for Ballybofey and an FAI Ford Cup quarter-final replay against Finn Harps.

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