Bale to miss Wales camp
Gareth Bale has been confirmed as an absentee for Wales' pre-Euro 2016 training camp in Portugal.
Gareth Bale has been confirmed as an absentee for Wales' pre-Euro 2016 training camp in Portugal.
Portugal midfielder Danny will miss the European Championship finals after suffering a season-ending knee injury while playing for Zenit St Petersburg.
If you've been worried about where Richard Dunne has disappeared to then relax. There is no need to worry.
Wayne Rooney is expected to undergo another scan this week, with the Manchester United and England captain having an outside chance of making his comeback from injury against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
Michael O'Neill's focus may not extend beyond ensuring his team are fully prepared for the European Championship finals in June but his Northern Ireland players continue to make history en route to France.
Wayne Rooney is likely to have less than a month to prove his fitness to Roy Hodgson with the England captain targeting Manchester United's game against Aston Villa a fortnight on Saturday as his comeback from injury.
Euro 2016 will be available on both RTE and TV3 after the national broadcaster reached an agreement to sub-let 22 of the 51 games.
If you thought 2015 was good, wait until you see next year. That's the message from Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill ahead of the Euro 2016 finals.
Wales boss Chris Coleman admits he must embrace their Euro 2016 clash with England. The former defender insisted before the draw on yesterday evening he did not want to face Roy Hodgson's men in France next year, but they were both drawn in Group B.
There will be familiar faces - and familiar places - for England at Euro 2016. In the draw at the Palais de Congres, there was always a 50/50 chance that they would be up against one of the 'home' nations and they duly were as Wales joined them in Group B. But the odds are...
Ukraine were consigned to the Euro 2016 play-offs after losing 1-0 at home to reigning champions Spain in their final Group C qualifying match.
Robin van Persie was involved in a training-ground row with Manchester United's Memphis Depay before being dropped for Holland's Euro 2016 qualifier against Kazakhstan last Saturday.
Robin van Persie dutifully acknowledged the "honour" bestowed on him.
Three-times European champions Germany needed a 79th-minute goal from substitute Max Kruse to beat Georgia 2-1 and book their place in the Euro 2016 finals after another wasteful performance in their final Group D match.
As soon as he was appointed, I thought O'Neill would guide Ireland to the European Championships. And they have - Michael O'Neill and Northern Ireland that is.
Poland hotshot Robert Lewandowski served a Euro 2016 warning to Ireland with a stunning, record-breaking five-goal burst in the space of nine minutes for Bayern Munich last night.
Veteran Netherlands coach Guus Hiddink insisted his side would qualify for next year's European Championship as questions over his tenure re-emerged in the wake of a last-gasp 1-1 home draw with Turkey.
Robert Lewandowski is predicting Sunday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Ireland to be the most difficult game of the campaign for Group D leaders Poland
THE French Football Federation has opened disciplinary proceedings against players Samir Nasri,Hatem Ben Arfa, Jeremy Menez and Yann Mvila for misbehaving at Euro 2012, the FFF said on Tuesday.
SPAIN’S captain Iker Casillas is not just a great goalkeeper and multiple champion, he is also a man with a heart and a sense of sportsmanship, it seems. He saw Italy were suffering at the end of the Euro 2012 final, and was moved to ask the referee to spare them.
CESC Fabregas insists there is no chance of Spain easing off now they are record breakers.
EURO 2012 is over and, as visitors from across the continent checked out of Ukraine yesterday, it's hard to remember a more satisfactory conclusion to a major tournament.
Spanish football was everything you wanted it to be in Kiev on Sunday night.
There was nowhere near the amount of problems many feared following Panorama's 'Stadiums of Hate' programme, but Euro 2012 was still marred by several episodes of racism.
The bad news for the rest of the world's elite international sides was that even as the Spanish players were leaving the Olympic Stadium in Kiev as European champions on Sunday night, they were already discussing the prospect of going to Brazil in 2014 to win their fourth tournament in a row.
WHILE Euro 2012 was a high-quality tournament, certain individuals showed consistent excellence..Here, Simon Stone selects his team of the tournament.
THE European Championship has again witnessed some superb goals. Ben Rumsby looks at five of the best from Poland and Ukraine.
EURO 2012 has largely succeeded in allaying fears about the fitness of Poland and Ukraine to co-host the tournament, but it has not been without its controversies. Ben Rumsby looks at five of them.
CONTROVERSIAL ItaIian footballer Mario Balotelli was told he was to become a father hours before scoring twice against Germany in the semi-finals of Euro 2012.
SPAIN’S Andres Iniesta named the player of Euro 2012 with Steven Gerrard the only England player to be named in UEFA's 23-man squad.
THE Italian press expressed a mixture of pride and disappointment after their national team's heavy defeat to Spain in yesterday's European Championship final in Kiev.
MARCO van Basten insists he has no interest in returning to manage Holland after the departure of Bert van Marwijk following the team's woeful performance at the European Championship.
ITALY’S Euro 2012 campaign ended in a tired humiliation at the hands of Spain, with the Azzurri suffering the worst defeat of any team in a final, but coach Cesare Prandelli was justified in placing the conclusion to the tournament in some context.
Andrés Iniesta last night claimed that Spain’s feat in retaining the European Championship, while also being the reigning world champions, is "something that will never be repeated".
COMETH the hour, cometh the pundit. Eamon Dunphy has had a poor tournament ("by his standards", as he himself might put it) but, like all the greats, he delivered when it mattered.
THIS was so much more than a stunning scoreline conjured up by one of the most magical collection of footballers in history. This was a statement by Spain, a thrilling 90-minute advertisement to the world over how the game should be played, with skill, movement, bursts...
COME on, be serious: if you are going to field half a dozen midfielders they might as well be Xabi Alonso, Sergio Busquets, Xavi, Andrés Iniesta, Cesc Fàbregas and David Silva. There are several strikers inside that silky six, fighting to get out.
Spain tonight retained their crown as champions of Europe, to add to their World Cup success in 2010.
Spain - the Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010 champions - tonight became the first team in history to win three major international tournaments in a row, including a World Cup, following their 4-0 victory over Italy in the final of Euro 2012.
Superb Spain trampled all over those boring jibes and marched straight into the history books with a magnificent Euro 2012 final victory over Italy in Kiev.
UEFA president Michel Platini has dropped a bombshell by claiming Euro 2020 could be held in up to 32 cities across Europe.
Euro 2012 has been a success in many ways but is still waiting for its first classic match in the knockout stages, and, if a good tournament wants to be remembered as a great one, a lot depends on what happens in the Olympic Stadium here tonight and whether the two finalists can conjure up the occasion the competition probably deserves.
The image of the night in Warsaw on Thursday was not Mario Balotelli ripping off his shirt and, despite his best efforts, failing to keep an ice-cool straight face after he scored the goal of the tournament to take Italy into the final of Euro 2012.
With Cesare Prandelli, the Italians say, what you see is what you get -- like his hairdo, slicked back in a style that belongs to a generation of Italian men that pre-dates him.
THERE are many ways to get to the Ukraine. Few of them are straightforward.
AS the Italian players danced a huddle of joy in front of their fans in Warsaw on Thursday evening, there was one notable absentee from the post-match celebrations.
AFTER the final whistle of Spain's semi-final win over Portugal, Vicente del Bosque exchanged a quick handshake with the fourth official and opposing coach before heading straight down the tunnel without so much as a single on-the-pitch embrace or a fist raised in victory.
THE threat of Italy striker Mario Balotelli and the propsect of an unprecedented treble occupied Spain's Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Ramos before Sunday's Euro 2012 final but neither thought those obstacles too big to overcome.
ITALY coach Cesare Prandelli has dismissed talk of his future and insists he is only interested in Sunday's Euro 2012 final showdown with Spain.
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