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Republic Of Ireland Players Enjoy Good Old Fashioned Sing-Song In Dublin Pub After Making It To Euro 2016 (Video)

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Shortly after securing themselves a spot at Euro 2016, a few of the Republic of Ireland lads Robbie Keane, Shane Long, Robbie Brady and Wes Hoolahan to be specific ventured on down to the Auld Dubliner pub for a few celebratory ales.

As is usually the case in Irish pubs, the well-greased quartet also treated the regularsto a good old fashioned sing-song.

On This Day In 2009: Thierry Henry Single-Handedly Destroys Republic Of Ireland’s World Cup Dreams

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On this very day in 2009, Thierry Henry became public enemy No.1 in theRepublic of Ireland after acontroversial incident that marred the closing stages of the second leg of their World Cup qualifying play-off against France in Paris.

Deep into extra-time, with the tie all-square, Henry flapped an errant hand at the ball not once but twice before squaring it forWilliam Gallas to nod homeand send the Republic crashing out of the reckoning.

The Best Bits: England 2-0 France (Photos & Highlights)

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On an emotional night at Wembley, a youthful England side produced a fine performance in an entertaining clash with France, with the hosts running out 2-0 winners.

England started brightly, with Dele Alli catching the eye in midfield and Wayne Rooney impressing on the right of a front three.

Euro 2016: Zlatan Ibrahmovic Fires Sweden To Finals With Outstanding Free-Kick vs Denmark (Video)

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At 34 years of age, Zlatan Ibrahimovic may not getting many more chances (if any) of appearing in a major finals. But courtesy of Sweden's 4-3 aggregate win against neighbours Denmark in the play-offs, Euro 2016 will be graced by the great man's presence. In the second-leg of the play-offs on Tuesday night in Copehagen, the PSG superstar once again produced the goods, conjuring up an outstanding long-range free-kick which gaveKasper Schmeichel no chance in the Danish goal.

Retro Football: San Marino Take Just 8.3 Seconds To Score Fastest Ever World Cup Qualification Goal Against England, 1993 (Video)

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While we're not presentingthis as an official On This Day... post, Pies would like to thank Emil Navarro for giving us a nudge via email that it was on this very day in 1993 that England suffered the humiliation of conceding against part-time perma-minnows San Marino after just 8.3 seconds.

After muddling through a fairly dire campaign, England went into their final 1994 World Cup qualifier in Bologna needing to beat San Marino by at least seven clear goals to move above the Netherlands on goal difference.

Euro 2016: James McClean Politely Shifts Out Of The Way So Ireland Fan Can See Jon Walter’s Penalty (Video)

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Here's a lovely little moment captured from the terraces during the first half of the Republic of Ireland's play-off win over Bosnia & Herzegovina last night, which begins just as Jonathan Walters was preparing to dispatch his 24th-minute penalty.

With the Ireland subs temporarily stopping their warm-up to watch the spot-kick from the corner of the pitch, it just so happened that James McClean was blocking a supporter's view of the Bosnian goal.

Euro 2016 – The Best Bits: Rep of Ireland 2-0 Bosnia & Herzegovina (agg: 3-1) (Photos & Highlights)

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At an electric Aviva Stadium on Monday night, the Republic of Ireland produced an outstanding display to beat Bosnia & Herzegovina 2-0 on the night and register a 3-1 aggregate scoreline, a result which sees the Boys in Green take their place in next summer's Euro 2016 finals in France.

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England U19 Scamps Tammy Abraham And Patrick Roberts Play ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ Over Penalty Duties (Video)

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England's U19 string cruised to a comprehensive 5-1 win over their Japanese counterparts atthe Man City academy on Sunday evening, with City young'n Patrick Roberts among the goals on his home patch.

Having already gone1-0 up during the early knockings, England had the chance to double the lead from the spot with just 20 minutes on the clock.

Euro 2016: Former Watford And Ipswich Striker Tamas Priskin Bags Cracker For Hungary vs Norway (Video)

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Between 2003 and 2012, striker Tamas Priskin plied his trade (with varying degrees of success) with a whole host of Championshipsides, including Watford, Preston, Ipswich, QPR, Swansea and Derby. However, on Sunday night, the Czech-born forward netted arguably the most important goal of his career for Hungary, in their Euro 2016 play-off 2nd leg against Norway.

Epic Star Wars Theme Played Ahead Of Poland vs Iceland Friendly in Warsaw (Video)

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I'm not sure if there is a more epic way to start a game of football than by playing the Star Wars theme. That's exactly what happened on Friday night when Poland hosted Iceland in a friendly game at the Warsaw National Stadium.

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Wedon't know exactlywhy the famous John Williams-penned music was chosen by the Polish powers-that-be.

The Best Bits: Wales 2-3 Netherlands (Photos & Highlights)

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An Arjen Robben brace gave Dutch fans something to cheer about again, against a Welsh side without star men Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.

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Wwelsh boss Chris Coleman handed Leicester attackerTom Lawrence his first start while Dutch boss Danny Blind left out Robin van Persie as he looks to rebuild after a disastrous Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

Euro 2016 – The Best Bits: Bosnia & Herzegovina 1-1 Rep Of Ireland (Photos & Highlights)

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The Republic of Ireland's hopes of making it to France 2016 remain in a healthy state after a hard-fought draw in a very foggyBilino Polje Stadium on Friday night.

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Ireland boss Martin O'Neill had to do without a whole host of first-choice players, including the injured Shane Long and suspended captain John O'Shea.

The Best Bits: Spain 2-0 England (Photos & Highlights)

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Spain gave Roy Hodgson's England side a bit of a lesson in Alicante on Friday night, with the classy hosts' possession football ultimately earning them a deserved 2-0 win.

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The Three Lions started with Michael Carrick back in midfield alongside Fabian Delph, with Phil Jones partnering Chris Smalling in the centre of defence.

Spain’s Mario Gaspar Tucks Away Audacious Volley To Open Scoring Against England (Video)

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Rock the Gaspar!

Despite some admirable huff and puff from England in the face of an acute class deficit, Spain cantered to a 2-0 friendly victory over Roy Hodgson's mob in Alicante on Friday night.

The opening goal took 72 minutes to arrive but bloody hell firewas it worth the wait Villarreal right-back Mario Gaspar scoring his second international goal on his second internationalappearance with an absolutely inspired volley on the turn.

Goalscoring Goalie: Netherlands U20 ‘Keeper Indy Groothuizen Heads Home 90th-Minute Equaliser Against Czech Republic (Video)

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'Twas a proud moment for Mr and Mrs Groothuizen last night as they watched their 19-year-oldson join the Ancient Masonic Order of the Goalscoring Goalkeepers© with a 90th minute equaliser in an U20 international friendly.

Trailing 2-1 against the Czech Republic and with the clock ticking over into stoppage time, Ajax youth team stopper Indy Groothuizen came lolloping up for a corner and promptly stuck a header past his opposite number to equalise at the death.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Reunited With Starstruck Mascots At Swedish Player Of The Year Award Event (Video)

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Mondaynight saw the annual Guldbollen (i.e, the Swedish Player of the Year) award gala take place in Stockholm, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic taking home the gong for the ninthconsecutive year and the tenth time overall.

While the award itself was little more than a foregone conclusion, there was a sweet moment when Ibrahimovic was reunited with two young fans who melted everybody's cold, cynical hearts back in June with their starstruck reaction to the Sweden striker ahead of a Euro 2016 qualifier against Montenegro.

On This Day In 1969: The Late, Great Emlyn Hughes Makes His England Debut

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Three years removed from the triumphant World Cup success of '66, Sir Alf Ramsey was in the process of gradually reappointing his England side when he handed 22-year-old defender Emlyn Hughes his international debut in Amsterdam on 5th November, 1969.

Playing for Liverpool at the time, Hughes was a versatileyoungster who had already proven to be equally adept playing in midfield and/or anywhere across the back four.

On This Day In 1997: Gianluigi Buffon Makes His Debut For Italy, Aged Just 19

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He's now the most capped goalkeeper in the history of Italian international football with 152 caps to his name, but on 29th October, 1997, fresh-faced 19-year-old Parma goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon lined up for his country for the very first time.

Italy were playing away in snow-blitzed Moscowfor a 1998 World Cup qualifier play-off against Russia, a match they drew 1-1.

On This Day In 1963: FA Centenary Match Sees England Beat Everyone Else In The World At The Same Time

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England captain Jimmy Armfield greets the Rest of the World captain Alfredo di Stefano as referee R. Davidson (of Scotland) looks on (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

To celebrate the centenary of the Football Association, a team made up of the best eleven players from all over the world was invited to play against the Three Lions in a special exhibition match atWembley Stadium on 23rd October, 1963.

On This Day In 1973: Cheers Of A Clown As Jan Tomaszewski Puts Paid To England’s World Cup Qualification

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It may have been the day that England finally came to terms with the fact it had become just another football nation.

Insular arrogance had been punctured once before when the Magical Magyars of Gustav Sebes' majestic Hungary side had run rings around Walter Winterbottom's Englandoutfitin 1953, beating them 6-3 and becoming the first country to win at Wembley since 1863.

On This Day In 2002: David Seaman Calls Time On 14-Year England Career In Unfitting Style

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Safe hands

It wasn't the way he would have wanted it to end – in fact, David Seaman will be very disappointed about the manner in which his long and largely unblemished internationalcareer came to an end.

After 75 caps won between the sticks for his country, the Arsenal and England goalkeeper bowed out by letting a goal in straight from a corner against Macedonia.

Netherlands Fail To Qualify For Euro 2016 As Robin Van Persie Scores Dreadful Own-Goal In Czech Defeat (Video)

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"Yep, buggered that one up"

With their fate already in other people'shands, thesilly old Netherlands lost 3-2 against the Czech Republic last night to miss out on a place at Euro 2016.

The Dutch needed to beat the Czechs and forIceland to beat Turkey in order to wash up in third place in Group A and therefore snag a play-off spot.

Euro 2016 – The Best Bits: Lithuania 0-3 England (Photos & Highlights)

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A much-changed England coasted to victory in Vilnius on Monday night, a result which sees the Three Lions become only the sixth side in history to register a 100% record in their Euro qualifying campaign.

Starting with Jonjo Shelvey in a deep midfield role and Jamie Vardy on the left, the English dominated the game although the plastic pitch did make for some misjudged passes.


L’Equipe See Fit To Include Alan Hutton In Their ‘Great Britain XI’ Dream Team

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"I know Raheem, it makes no sense to me either"

Ahead ofthe friendly against England on Tuesday evening, French magazine L'Equipe whetted their whistle by concocting a "dream" Great Britain XI a composite team made up of their pick of the home nations' (excluding both Irish sides for reasons unbeknownst) finest talent.

Karim Benzema Charged With ‘Complicity In An Attempt To Blackmail’ In Ongoing Mathieu Valbuena Sex Tape Case

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Karim Benzema leaves the court house in Versailles, near Paris, after appearing before a judge

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has got himself embroiled in the ongoing court case centred around an alleged plot to blackmail Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape involving the wee French midfielder.

EURO 2016

‘I Sent Their Whole Nation Into Retirement’ – Zlatan Ibrahimovic Typically Humble After Sweden Knock Denmark Out Of Euro 2016 Contention

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With typical unassuming humility, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has honked that he single-handedly sent Denmark "into retirement" after scoring two goals in Sweden's Euro 2016 play-off second leg in Copenhagen last night.

The quip comes after the Danes had their pre-match merriment with the rumours that Ibrahimovic was to quit international football should Sweden fail to qualify for next summer's tournament.

‘I Put France On The Map’ – Super Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic Stays Humble Ahead Of Euro Play-Offs

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Forget Jules Rimet, Michel Platini, Euro 1984, Zinedine Zidane and the 1998 World Cup, it is the one and only Zlatan Ibrahimovic himself who has put France on the footballing map. Well, that'saccording to the modest man himself.

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Ahead of Sweden's European Championship play-off against Denmark at the weekend, the PSG striker spoke of his desire to take part in next year's finals in France, saying;

I would love to play at the European Championship in France.

‘Paella Vomit’ – Spain’s Outlandish New Euro 2016 Away Kit Is Certain To Divide Opinion (Photos)

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While the home kitis a fairly standard and sedate Roja-themed effort, Adidas have slapped their balls out of the bath in designing Spain's change strip for Euro 2016.

Described in various quarters as a"waking nightmare" and looking like "paella vomit", the predominantly white shirt features a tessellating cascade of coloured triangles over the chest, ranging from 'Charred Habanero' to 'Dreamy Blancmange' (approximately) on the Dulux colour chart.

Adidas Ensure Wales Will Look All Fancy At Euro 2016 With Stylish New Home And Away Kits (Photos)

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Adidas have today unveiled thenew kit that Gareth Bale and the rest of his Wales cohorts will be wearing come Euro 2016.

This coming after the Welsh ended their 58-year major tournament exile by securing their spot at next summer's European Championships with a 2-0 win over Andorra last month.

Leicester City: Jamie Vardy Reschedules Summer Wedding In Hope Of Euro 2016 Call-Up

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Currently nine goals into a sustained tilt at the Premier League's consecutive scoring record, Jamie Vardy has reason to feel optimistic about his international aspirations.

Much like Leicester themselves, the nippy forward has (quite literally) come flying out of the traps this season, sitting pretty at the top of the goalscorer's chart with his teamjust one point off the top of the table going into the mid-November international break.

Thousands Of Northern Ireland Fans Sign Petition To Change ‘Monstrous’ New Euro 2016 Kit

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It seems that many Northern Ireland fans were revolted at the sight of the new kit they're team will be wearing at Euro 2016 after it was unveiled a few days ago.

Indeed, the strip hasn't been well received at all, with unimpressed supporterslabelling it a "monstrosity", "hideous" and a "perfect storm of rubbish".

Germany’s Slightly Weird New Reversible Euro 2016 Away Kit Features Built-In Training Bib (Leaked Photos)

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Once again, Todos Sobre Camisetas have managed to get their hands on a fresh batch of leaked images of the new Euro 2016 Germany kits, and while the white home strip (above) is a relatively classy and sober affair, the away kit is definitely worthy of closer examination.

As previously revealed, the away kit is a slightly odd grey and green affair though admittedly this fresh batch of images have the shirt looking entirelyless grotesque than the original dodgy leaked photo.

Police May Investigate Robert Lewandowski For ‘Drinking Champagne In Public’ After Poland’s Euro 2016 Qualification

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In what is hard to see as anything other than a flagrant waste of time and money, it's being reported that Robert Lewandowski may find himself at the centre of a police investigation after he brazenly swigged from a champagne bottle following Poland's recent qualification for Euro 2016.

Lewandowski scored what proved to be the winning goal as Poland beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1 to seal their place at next summer's tournament, with the Bayern Munich striker enjoying a gulp or two of bolly on the pitch as the players celebrated.

World Cup

Rare First Edition Panini 1970 World Cup Sticker Album Sells For Record €2,400 At Auction

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Last night saw a rare Panini World Cup sticker album flogged at auction for seriousspondoolicks.

According to online auction site Catawiki, who were responsible for overseeing the sale, the first edition album eventually went for a hefty€2,400(approx£1,700), which is believed to be a world record amount for a football sticker album.

Argentina’s World Cup Qualifier Against Brazil Postponed As Things Get Torrentially Damp In Buenos Aires (Photos)

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Last night's2018 World Cup qualifier between Argentina in Brazil had to be called off less than an hour before kick-off after Buenos Aires was engulfed in a torrential rainstorm and it's not hard to see why looking at the photos.

The pitch became increasingly waterlogged as the flood water rose to shin height outside El Monumental stadium, leaving thousands of fans stuck in traffic and/or unable to reach the turnstiles.


On This Day In 1987: England Beat Yugoslavia For The Last Time With Victory Inspired By Cliff Richard

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Goals from Peter Beardsley, John Barnes, Bryan Robson and Tony Adams – all in the first 25 minutes – saw England run out eventual 4-1 winners over Yugoslavia in Belgrade in this qualifier for the 1988 European Championships.

It was the 13th time the two nations had met, and it would prove to be the last.

Eric Dier Gets First Senior Nod As England Squad For Spain And France Friendlies Announced

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Roy Hodgson has announced his England squad for the forthcoming friendly fixtures against Spain and France, with Tottenham's young utility man Eric Dier getting his first international call-up as a result.

Spain are first up in Alicante on Friday 13th November, before France come to Wembley for the second game on Tuesday 17th November.

On This Day In 1974: Don Revie Takes Charge Of England For The First Time

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England manager Don Revie poses for photographers with captain Emlyn Hughes, at a training session for the national team at Wembley, 1974

Don Revie had established himself as one of the most successful managers in football with Leeds United, and now he was given charge of England's national side.

The Rest

Reports: Holland, Ajax And Barcelona Legend Johan Cruyff ‘Diagnosed With Lung Cancer’

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According to widespread reports emanating in the Spanish press this morning, Johan Cruyff has been diagnosed with lung cancer.

As reported by Catalunya Radio and RAC1, Cruyff reportedly discovered on Tuesday that he was suffering from the disease.

As such, the 68-year-old Ajax, Barcelona and Holland legend and is now set to undergo further tests to ascertain how advanced his cancer is.

Memphis Depay Criticised For ‘Dressing Like A Peruvian Pan Flute Player’ To Report For International Duty

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Having gone off the boil for Manchester United of late, Memphis Depay is also facing criticism for his recent performances at international level too.

Depay, who has something of a reputation for his suspect attitude in his native country, failed to provide any kind of creative catalyst as the Netherlands' Euro 2016 qualification campaign went tits up last week, with ex-Twente manager Co Adriaanse sticking his oar in in the aftermath.