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Sunday 25 May, 2014

Real Madrid achieve immortality, right at the death

When the champagne bubbles settle, the reality is another trophy for a European superpower.

Saturday 24 May, 2014

Wee hours bring belated Champions League excitement with Lisbon braced for Madrid invasion

Miguel Delaney braved the hostelries of Lisbon last night to get a taster of the atmosphere to come in the Champions League final.

Champions League final preview: Atletico Madrid players think Diego Simeone is ‘God’

Portuguese midfielder Tiago says himself and his teammates could not think any more highly of their manager.

Friday 23 May, 2014

Champions League build-up: familiarity may breed contempt as Madrid neighbours keep eyes on prize

Miguel Delaney is in Lisbon ahead of tomorrow’s unique Madrid derby.

Wednesday 12 June, 2013

Euro ’88 revisited: behind the scenes at Ireland’s major tournament debut

Miguel Delaney talks to the players, the fans and other figures involved to provide the ultimate oral history of the tournament.

Thursday 30 May, 2013

Letter from London: No political football as Irish fans feel at home

After all the hype, it was all about the game for the supporters in north London last night.

England v Ireland: what we learned from the Wembley stalemate

The score may have been level at Wembley but, for Ireland, the positives outweighed the negatives, writes Miguel Delaney.

Wednesday 29 May, 2013

Out of 10: How we rated the Boys in Green tonight

On a scale of 1-10, how much do you disagree?

It’s not like watching Brazil, admits Hodgson after Irish draw

But the England boss had praise for Ireland’s players and fans.

Trapattoni’s delight as young Irish stars answer London calling

The Ireland manager praised Coleman, McCarthy and Long after the draw at Wembley.

England v Ireland: What the Boys in Green will learn from tonight

Giovanni Trapattoni will lead his side into an almost-full Wembley tonight.

Tuesday 28 May, 2013

Irish players must stay calm tomorrow night – Trapattoni

Ireland are set to play England for the first time in 18 years on Wednesday.

Robbie: England rematch should have happened ‘years and years ago’

Ireland skipper Robbie Keane hopes tomorrow’s friendly can breathe new life into the footballing rivalry between the neighbours.

Saturday 25 May, 2013

Analysis: Bayern wash away their European woes at Wembley

After last season’s heartbreak, the Bavarians won a fifth European Cup title to confirm their status as the continent’s best side.

Letter From London: Klopp remains a lesson in how to make friends and enamour people

But between the jokes, the German’s desire to win is very clear.

No argument over favourites tag in chase for ‘greatest cup of all’

The Champions League finalists have had contrasting journeys to this point, writes Miguel Delaney.

Saturday 23 March, 2013

Analysis: New approach brings new hope for Ireland on rocky road to Rio

More of the same against Austria, Trap.

Friday 22 March, 2013

We can win in Dublin, insists Sweden boss Hamren

“Of course we are disappointed with one point at home but, if we win away, we are OK.”

Sweden v Ireland: Stockholm slowly building up to crunch fixture

There has been a low-key prelude to tonight’s action in the Friends Arena.

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Ireland on guard as Ibrahimovic threatens to have another big say in Trap’s career

“It’s difficult to think of a single individual that has completely dominated the context of an Irish fixture since Roy Keane.”

Thursday 21 March, 2013

‘I said, are you sure?’ – Trap throws doubt over Brady ‘psychological’ fitness

The Italian suggested placing ‘TBC’ on the team-sheet is an effort to motivate the midfielder.

Sweden v Ireland: Robbie Keane out to make a point for Boys in Green

The skipper says the visitors have to get something out of tomorrow’s tie at the Friends Arena.

Close the roof! Sweden boss Hamren doesn’t want to wear long-stockings tomorrow

Sweden manager Erik Hamren is “full of respect” for Ireland ahead of tomorrow’s World Cup qualifier in Stockholm.

‘Keane is a great player’ — respect from Ibra for Robbie ahead of Stockholm showdown

The talismanic striker says he’s ready for anything, Trap’s side throw at him.

Tuesday 3 July, 2012

Night of history: behind the scenes on Spain’s moment of crowning glory

As the sun came up over Kiev following Sunday’s Euro 2012 final, Miguel Delaney met Spain’s history boys.

Monday 2 July, 2012

Euro 2012: The good, the bad and the frustratingly inconsistent

Miguel Delaney lists the the stand-out performers as well as the biggest flops at this summer’s finals.

Sunday 1 July, 2012

Euro 2012 analysis: undeniably the greatest of all time

After so much debate, Spain ended up only dominating. In every sense. After producing the biggest final win in a major international tournament, there can be no doubt about their status, writes Miguel Delaney

Letter from Kiev: Great expectations as city awaits climactic showdown

Miguel Delaney describes the significant sense of anticipation throughout the Ukrainian capital ahead of tonight’s big game.

Preview: Modern Italians stand in way of historic Spanish win

Miguel Delaney is in Kiev examining what makes the Euro 2012 finalists tick.

Saturday 30 June, 2012

‘Boring? We’re making history’ – Xavi

The Barcelona midfielder says he has no regrets over Spain’s style of play at Euro 2012.

Euro 2012: Buffon not ready to alter prediction

Miguel Delaney is in Kiev finding the Italian captain quite happy to let Spain carry a favourite’s burden.

Euro 2012: Prandelli full of respect for defending champs

The Italian boss says, ‘Spain are not boring in any shape or form.’

Thursday 28 June, 2012

Euro 2012 analysis: excellent Italy expose German flaws

Cesare Prandelli pulled off another tactical masterclass against a very disappointing German team

Preview: all you need to know ahead of the Germany v Italy game tonight

It’s the Mannschaft versus the Azzurri with a place in the decider up for grabs. Something’s got to give, writes Miguel Delaney.

Euro 2012 analysis: Tired Spain live to fight another day

Suddenly, they’re on the verge of the greatest victory in international football history. writes Miguel Delaney in Poland.

Wednesday 27 June, 2012

Germany on the edge of glory, says Loew

The in-form Germans reckon they can beat Italy for the first time in a knock-out, writes Miguel Delaney in Poland.

Preview: all you need to know ahead of Spain’s showdown with Portugal tonight

Can Ronaldo banish the criticisms for good by dominating this last-four clash in Ukraine?

Euro e-mail from Warsaw: The party’s gone on without the Irish

Miguel Delaney returns to Gdansk to find a very different city to the one which hosted Ireland’s travelling supporters.

Tuesday 26 June, 2012

‘The only thing I strive for is success’ — Jogi Loew keeping his eyes on the prize

The German coach gave a masterclass in setting the tone ahead of the clash with Italy, writes Miguel Delaney in Poland.

Stereotyping: Lazio striker Klose acting as German spy

As Miguel Delaney found out, the Germans don’t consider Italians to be lazy. Perish the thought. Very laid back, perhaps, but definitely not lazy.

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