The Beira Rio Stadium: With huge financial shortfalls around temporary media structures, the city's mayor, Jose Fortunati, said unless tax exemptions were given to companies building those structures, there'd be no games there. Picture: Lucas Uebel

50 days to go to the World Cup

It’s 50 days to the World Cup and here are 50 of the biggest talking points. This story is enriched with multi-media content


Van Gaal eyes Keane as United sidekick

Louis Van Gaal’s prospective appointment as the new Manchester United manager this summer could spell bad news for the FAI as the Dutchman is looking towards having Roy Keane as his assistant, the Irish Examiner understands.


Poor David quickly slips into past – now it’s all about the future

It is fitting, in this period surrounding Holy Week, that as I write these words at teatime on Tuesday, I feel in cosmic communion with United fans across the world.

Ryan Giggs takes charge against Norwich this weekend after David Moyes' time as Alex Ferguson's successor ended. Picture: Martin Rickett

Giggs at ease with United expectation

Ryan Giggs produced the defining moment of Manchester United’s greatest season, 15 years later he finds himself tasked with lifting the Red Devils from their lowest ebb for a generation.

Michael Keane: Says Moyes didn't see his sacking  coming.

Axed boss was ready to bring in five top stars

Former Ireland U21 international Michael Keane is adamant his long-time friend David Moyes will bounce back from his ‘harsh’ sacking by Manchester United.

Alex Ferguson: May have reduced role in selecting new manager.

United simply can’t afford to get it wrong again

Now the dust is beginning to settle on Manchester United’s sacking of David Moyes, and as critics root through the reasons for his departure and the list of possible replacements, there remains another hugely important question to answer: Where does Alex Ferguson fit into it all?


Next manager must have the personality and CV to convince

The questions Manchester United must ask their managerial candidates:


Media reflect on a ‘failed experiment’

“The end of a totally failed experiment,” says Germany’s main football paper Kicker and their verdict more or less sums up the European reaction to Manchester United’s decision to part company with David Moyes.

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Blues’ resilience comes at cost

Atletico Madrid 0-0 Chelsea
It was a match many had been waiting to see, but few will want to re-watch. The single engaging element is that it is at least difficult to know how to look on the final result, and who this 0-0 favours more.


Flannery changes tune on soccer millionaires

Former Ireland rugby star Jerry Flannery said he doesn’t begrudge millionaire soccer players a penny of their pay packet since joining the coaching staff at Arsenal.


Pep not interested in switch to United

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has ruled himself out of the running to replace David Moyes but says Manchester United’s decision to sack the embattled the Scot came as no surprise.


Mjallby to leave Celtic at end of season

Celtic have announced the surprise departure of assistant manager Johan Mjallby.


Everton blow as Mirallas out for season

Everton’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League have been dealt a blow with the news Kevin Mirallas will miss the rest of the season.


Should Manchester United have persevered with Moyes?

Soccer writers Miguel Delaney and Tim Abraham address the big sporting question of the day. This story is enriched with multi-media content


City keep Liverpool sweating

Man City 3 West Brom 1
It seems inspiration rather than perspiration that will ensure Manchester City keep Liverpool sweating in the Premier League title race.


Poor David not the only failure

It’s supposedly bad form to quote one’s own work.


United should be above hasty sackings

Former Manchester United star Gary Neville feels his former club should stand apart from the culture of firing managers when things don’t go well immediately.


Jose keeps his counsel

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was in a curt mood on the eve of his team’s Champions League semi-final first leg with Atletico Madrid and refused to discuss Saturday’s controversial Premier League loss to Sunderland.


Courtois backed to rise to challenge posed by parent club

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone insists Thibaut Courtois has the same single-minded focus as his team-mates as the Belgium goalkeeper prepares to face his parent club Chelsea in tonight’s Champions League semi-final first leg at the Vicente Calderon Stadium.


Atletico bank on Simeone’s tactical nous

Anyone expecting a feast of attacking football in tonight’s Champions League semi-final first leg between Atletico Madrid and Chelsea will be disappointed, says Atletico midfielder Gabi Fernandez.


Should United have persevered with Moyes

Manchester United is a club associated with dignity and class, but those values look to be consigned to the history books with an appalling and short-sighted decision to sack David Moyes as manager.


Positive Pool fired up for final charge

Norwich City 2 Liverpool 3
“You’ve seen all the characteristics of our team today,” said Brendan Rodgers after watching his Liverpool side withstand a late Norwich barrage to go five points clear.


Toffees give Moyes food for thought

Everton 2 Manchester United 0
David Moyes claimed his Manchester United team were the better side and pleaded for patience as he suffered another painful defeat, the champions’ 11th league loss of the season.


Ramsey return fires up Gunners

Hull 0 Arsenal 3
Aaron Ramsey inspired Arsenal as they kept control of their top-four fate with a comfortable victory at Hull City.


Underdog spirit crucial for Poyet

Chelsea 1 Sunderland 2
First Sunderland derailed Manchester City’s title dream and then Chelsea’s hopes of reclaiming the trophy were all but ended – along with Jose Mourinho’s 77 match-unbeaten Premier League home run – but manager Gus Poyet feels his side will struggle to beat Cardiff on Sunday because they will lose their underdog spirit.


I discovered Eriksen

Tottenham 3 Fulham 1
Daniel Levy likes a bargain, and if he had taken Tim Sherwood’s advice he could have saved himself millions.


Business as usual for Villa

Aston Villa 0 Southampton 0
Aston Villa chairman Randy Lerner has insisted he will not address rumours that he is ready to sell the club until the end of the season.


O’Donnell injury blow for Dundalk

Dundalk’s excellent start to the season has received a major blow with the news that their captain Stephen O’Donnell’s campaign is over.


TERRACE TALK: Reaction from the weekend's top Premier League action

Liverpool: This latest heart murmur just wasn’t necessary


Bayern the acid test for Ancelotti’s philosophy

Last week’s Copa del Rey final showed the progress made by Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti in the evolution of the team he inherited last summer from Jose Mourinho.


Mourinho turns sardonic on Dean and Riley

Jose Mourinho made a sardonic speech against referee Mike Dean and refereeing chief Mike Riley after Chelsea were beaten by Sunderland thanks to a late controversial penalty.


Allardyce feels pain of fans

West Ham United 0 Crystal Palace 1
Sam Allardyce has sympathy with the West Ham fans who booed the team off after their defeat at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday but insists it was difficult for the Hammers to break down their resilient opponents.


Solskjaer’s seal of approval for Daehli

Cardiff City 1 Stoke City 1
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hailed the impact of his fellow Norwegian Mats Daehli as Cardiff continue their fight for Barclays Premier League survival.


Pellegrini backs Brom boss Mel to be Premier League hit

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has backed his West Brom counterpart Pepe Mel to be a success in English football.


Magpies united to turn it around, insists Ameobi

Newcastle 1 Swansea 2
Striker Shola Ameobi has insisted the Newcastle dressing room remains strong despite a disastrous run of results.