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EURO 2016

Euro 2016: Germany 1-1 Rep Of Ireland – Centurion O’Shea Saves Day For Boys In Green (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Germany 1-1 Republic Of Ireland Euro 2016 Qualifying Group D

On his 100th appearance for the Boys In Green, veteran defender John O'Shea secured a superb point for Ireland away to the world champions.

O'Shea's goal at the death came after the Germans had, unsurprisingly, dominated the game.

Young Fan Snubs Paul Pogba After Asking For His Shirt Only To Be Offered Sweaty Shorts As An Alternative Souvenir (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Seems everybody's keen to get their hands on Pogba's shirt these days

While the rest of the continent continues to fuddle around with qualifying, Euro 2016 hostsFrance wallopedArmenia 3-0 in a friendly inHrazdan last night courtesy of goals from Loic Remy, Andre-Pierre Gignac and Antoine Griezmann.

Euro 2016 Vine & Photos: Serbia Vs Albania Abandoned After Drone Flies Contentious Flag Over Pitch

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By Alan Duffy

Ahead of the draw for the qualifying rounds of EURO 2016, UEFA rather sensibly decided to keep Gibraltar and Spain apart and do the same for Armenia and Azerbaijan. However, the powers-that-be did allow Serbia and Albania to be drawn in the same group, a decision which was always asking for trouble in light of the Kosovo issue.

Euro 2016: Serbia vs Albania Abandoned After Drone Flies Contentious Flag Over Pitch (Vine & Photos)

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By Alan Duffy

Ahead of the draw for the qualifying rounds of EURO 2016, UEFA rather sensibly decided to keep Gibraltar and Spain apart and do the same for Armenia and Azerbaijan. However, the powers-that-be did allow Serbia and Albania to be drawn in the same group, a decision which was always asking for trouble in light of the Kosovo issue.

Euro 2016: Poland 2-2 Scotland – Slick Scots Push Poles All The Way In Warsaw (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Poland 2-2 Scotland Euro 2016 Qualifying Group D 14th October

On a good night for the Home Nation sides, Scotland pulled off a fine 2-2 draw in Warsaw against Poland, a side on a high after beating world champs Germany at the weekend.

The hosts did open the scoring on 11 minutes, courtesy of a fine finish from Krzysztof Maczynski.

Euro 2016: Greece 0-2 Northern Ireland – The Odyssey Continues For O’Neill & Co After Victory In Piraeus (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Greece 0-2 Northern Ireland Euro 2016 Qualifying Group F 14th October 2014

Northern Ireland pulled off a superb win in Greece on Tuesday night to make it three wins out of their first three games for the first time in their history.

Michael O'Neill's charges took the lead after just nine minutes, courtesy ofJamie Ward's effort whichdeflected off Loukas Vyntra and into the Greek net.

Euro 2016: Wales 2-1 Cyprus – Cotterill And Robson-Kanu Fire 10-Man Welsh To Victory In Cardiff (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Wales 2-1 Cyprus Euro 2016 Qualifying Group B 13th October 2014

Wales continued their impressive start to their Euro 2016 campaign on Monday night, albeit courtesy of a nervy home victory over Cyprus.

The hosts started the game superbly and were 2-0 up by the 23rd minute, with goals fromDavid Cotterill and Hal Robson-Kanu putting Chris Coleman's side in the driving seat.

Euro 2016: Norway’s Stefan Johansen Wipes Out Bulgaria Coach With Superb Tackle (Video)

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By Chris Wright

In the same game that saw Norwegian prodigy Martin Odegaard become the youngest ever player to feature in a European Championshipmatch at the tender age of 15 years and 300 days old, Norway (and Celtic) midfielder Stefan Johansen did his level best not to get overshadowed displaying his tough-tackling prowess with a textbook slide tackle on Bulgarian coachLyuboslav Penev's standing leg.

Estonia Left-Back Artur Pikk Made His International Debut Against England Then Reported For National Service Immediately After Full-Time (Photo)

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By Chris Wright

Granted we're a bitlate on the uptake here, but this is the benefit for the minuscule gaggleof Pies fansout there who haven't seen it yet.

In stark contrast tothe news that little diddums Raheem Sterling was too plum-tuckeredto start against Estonia on Sunday evening, not only did Estonia left-back Artur Pikk play the full 90 minutes against England, he was also under strict instructions to return to the barracksimmediately after the game in order to report for national service!

Euro 2016: Sweden’s Jimmy Durmaz Pounces After Lichtenstein ‘Keeper Drops Almighty Clanger (GIF)

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By Chris Wright

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic sitting out once again due to a pesky Achilles injury, Sweden picked up their first win of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign on Sunday evening with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Lichtenstein though Erik Hamren's side had to rely heavily on outrageous fortune to get the job done.

Euro 2016: Estonia 0-1 England – Rooney On Target As Three Lions Fail To Roar In Tallinn (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Estonia 0-1 England Euro 2016 Qualifying Group E 12th October 2014

England produced a rather uninspiring performance away to Estonia on Sunday night. However, courtesy of a second-half Wayner Rooney free-kick, the Three Lions' kept alive their 100% start to the Euro 2016 qualifying campaing which sees them atop Group E.

Euro 2016: Northern Ireland 2-0 Faroe Islands – O’Neill’s Men Top Group F After Routine Win At Windsor Park (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

NorthernIreland 2-0 Faroe Islands- Euro 2016 Qualifiers Group F 11th October 2014

Northern Ireland made it two wins out of two in their Euro 2016 campaign after comfortably beating the Faroe Islands at Windsor Park.

Gareth McAuley opened the scoring on six minutes when he fired home after a flick-on from Chris Baird after a corner.

Euro 2016: Scotland 1-0 Georgia – Scots Struggle To Ibrox Victory (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Scotland 1-0 Georgia Euro 2016 Qualifiers Group D 11th October 2014

Despite dominating for large periods of this game at Ibrox, Scotland needed an own-goal fromAkaki Khubutia to earn them all three points against a resilient Georgian side.

Euro 2016: Republic Of Ireland 7-0 Gibraltar – Keane Makes History As Boys In Green Batter Minnows (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Republic Of Ireland 7-0 Gibraltar Euro 2016 Qualifiers Group D 11th October 2014

As expected, Ireland coasted to a big win at home to Gibralatar on Saturday evening. Robbie Keane filled his boots against this team of (actual) amateurs, bagging a hat-trick within the first 18 minutes.

Euro 2016: Wales 0-0 Bosnia-Herzegovina – Bale And Co. Make Their Point In Cardiff (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Wales 0-0 Bosnia Herzegovina Euro 2016 Qualifiers Group B 10th October 2014

Inside a noisy Cardiff City Stadium, Wales produced a decent display to secure a good point against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Neither side created too many good chances in the first half although in the second period Gareth Bale and Ashley Williams both went close for the hosts while Manchester City Edin Dzeko also went close.

Euro 2016: England 5-0 San Marino – No Surprises As Three Lions Stroll Past Minnows (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

England 5-0 San Marino Euro 2016 Qualifiers 8th October 2014

Roy Hodsgon's England side had little to gain from this game with perennial Euro-minnows San Marino. But ultimately, a 5-0 win was decent enough reward for a decent enough display.

Euro 2016 Snapshot: San Marino Get The ‘Day Jobs’ Team Sheet Treatment…

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By Chris Wright

We always find these "day job" team-sheets a little patronising but, with absolutely no FIFA ranking points to their name and with just one professional footballer among their number, if England emerge from tonight's Euro 2016 qualifier with San Marino with anything less than a resounding victory (and a clean sheet) then the national team should just be disbanded with immediate effect.

Vlad Chiriches Rams 100mph Clearance Directly Into Dorin Goian’s Face From Point-Blank Range (Video)

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By Chris Wright

With his fondness for alast-ditch defensive meltdown every once in a while, Vlad Chiriches has cultivatedhimself a bit of a reputation as an error-prone loose cannon at Tottenham.

Here is, reinforcing his image by almost turning Romanian teammate Dorin Goian's face into an "innie" by twatting (if you'll excuse the technical jargon)a rocket-propelled clearancedirectly into his cranium at point-blank range during a training game last night.

Euro 2016: England Limber Up At St. George’s Park Ahead Of San Marino Qualifier (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

Exactly what it says on the tin: a whole bloody cavalcade of photos of the England squad limbering up at St. George's Park earlier today ahead of Thursday's Euro 2016 qualifier against the deadly San Marinians...

God bless Roy.

67-years-old and he don't half get through some graft during these things.

Nicklas Bendtner With The Training Ground Scissor-Kick Wonder Goal! (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Currently in training with Denmark ahead of their upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers againstAlbania and Portugal, Nicklas Bendtner is showing that following a two-year footballing haitus he's steadily getting back on his feet, then promptly getting off them again to score wonderful training ground scissor kicks like this.

England Squad List For October’s Euro 2016 Qualifiers Released (Spot The Small But Crucial Error)…

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By Chris Wright

With another sodding international break almost upon us wherein England are set to do gladiatorial Euro 2016 qualification combat with San Marino and Estonia respectively, the FA have pumped out Roy Hodgson's chosen squad this afternoon.

Alas, as with most things FA, their England squad list contains asmall but eminently crucial error.

Football Vine: Irrefutable Evidence That Gareth Bale Is Slowly Morphing Into Cristiano Ronaldo

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By Chris Wright

He's already nickedhis free-kick technique, his hair-cut, his employers and his ridiculously hewn physiquein recent times, but now Gareth Bale has even half-inched Cristiano Ronaldo's trademark goal celebration after scoring his first goal for Wales against Andorra last night with a budget version of Ronaldo's leap.

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James Rodriguez Scores Quick Free-Kick Belter As Colombia Squeak Narrow Win Over Canada (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Everybody loves a good quick free-kick, especially when it's dispatched like this...

For the record, James' strike was the only goal of the game, coming in the 71st minute not a bad result for the Canadians by any stretch.

Swedish U21 Squad Troll France’s Layvin Kurzawa Over Cocky (And Premature) Goal Celebration

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By Chris Wright

Already 0-2 down coming into the second leg of last night's Euro 2015 Under-21 play-off tie, Sweden needed something special to overturn France's lead and something special they duly produced.

Flying out of the traps, the Swedes had drawn level on aggregate by half-time before finding themselves in the lead for the first time in the tie when Oscar Lewicki put them 3-2 up in the 71st minute.

Wayne Rooney Scores An Almost Identical Free-Kick Before The Estonia Game After Being Challenged By Joe Hart (Video)

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By Chris Wright

In which, after being loudly challenged by Joe Hart to do so, Wayne Rooney tucks away an almost identical free-kick away during England's final training session prior to their win over Estonia the following day.

It's a case of 'spot the difference' here.

Diego Costa Celebrates Birthday With Lovely Cake From His Spain Teammates (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Diego Costa turned "26″ yesterday and, after meeting up with the rest of the Spain squad for lunch, the striker was surprised with a special cake aftertheir meal...

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Football Vine: Roy Hodgson And Wayne Rooney Star In ‘Dueling Banjos’

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By Chris Wright

Bringing all kinds of unwantedmental pictures into our heads, here's Roy Hodgson and Wayne Rooney duelin' their banjos Deliverance-style for reasons we don't quite understand...

Why? Why not, we suppose.

Wayne'sgot a real pretty mouth, ain't he?

Clint Dempsey Finds Out The Hard Way That Nobody Gives A Damn! (Video)

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By Chris Wright

In a bid to measurethe burgeoning popularity of soccer in the States, ESPN tasked US national team captain Clint Dempsey with gauging the public's perception of Clint Dempsey with a quick vox-pop session on the streets of New York.

Turns out a lot of people a big bloody fibbers!

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Snapshot: The Beard Is Dead! Roy Keane Goes In Two-Footed On His Fabulous Facial Hair

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By Alan Duffy

Hirsutes you sir...

Along with all those juicy quotes from his book 'The Second Half', Roy Keane's magnificent two-tone beard has given us much joy in recent weeks. However, ahead of the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 clash with new-boys Gibraltar, Keane has decided to get rid of his facial fuzz.

Wembley Arch To Go ‘Interactive’ And Light Up To React To Goals And Social Media Trends

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By Chris Wright

Thanks to the FA's new sponsorship deal with broadband-mongers EE, the "iconic" arch over Wembley stadium is to get an interactive makeover, with a newly-fitted, state-of-the-art LED system meaning the structure will be able to react to fluctuating social media trends during games.

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Retro Football: Mick McCarthy & Shay Given – The Catalogue Model Years, 1998 (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

As scanned from Republic of Ireland match programmes from 1998ish by Brand New Retro, here's Mick McCarthy and Shay Given giving their best "Imperial Leisure" while modelling a variety of chunky knits for Penneys like proud and extremely stylish father and son.

With Independence Looming, Here’s 57 Brilliant (And Timely!) Vintage Photos Of England And Scotland’s Football Rivalry

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By Chris Wright

With the big independence referendum imminent, Pies thought we'd take a timely look back at the vast schism that already exists between England and Scotland in football terms beginningwith the first ever fixture between the two countries in 1870 and ending with Gazza's audacious, mercurial tomfoolery at Euro '96.

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Egypt International Shawky El-Said Reportedly Returns From Botswana With A Monkey In A Box (Photo)

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By Chris Wright

Egyptian internationalShawky El-Said has caused a ripple of consternation after reportedly returning back home from his country's African Cup of Nations qualifier against Botswana on Friday with a monkey in a box.

El-Said was spotted making his way through Cairo International Airport carrying a box containing what looked to be a new vacuum cleaner, which was enough to raise quizzical, Ancelotti-esque eyebrows among Egyptian fans press likewise.

‘I’m Only Human’ – Raheem Sterling Defends Himself After Taking Flak For Admitting He Was ‘Too Tired’ To Play Against Estonia

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By Chris Wright

"But boss, it's way past by bedtime already"

Raheem Sterling appeared to hit back at jilted England fans on Twitter last night after taking a barrage of flak for admitting he was "too tired" to start for Roy Hodgson's side in their 1-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win over Estonia in Tallinn last night.

England Fans Vote Joe Hart As Their ‘Man Of The Match’ After Clean Sheet Heroics Against San Marino

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By Chris Wright

The mighty accountants and IT consultants of San Marino finally met their matchlast night, with England barnstorming to a historic 5-0 victory over their illustrious opponents at Wembley.

Indeed, the England goal was under siege for large portions of the game, with Joe Hart having to deal with at least two tricky back-passes at one point meaning that his 'Man of the Match' award from the fans was truly deserved.

Sing Hosanna And Rejoice For There May Be A Zlatan Ibrahimovic Movie In The Works!

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By Chris Wright

"HOLY WATER, CLEANSE MY SINS! MAKE ME PURE AGAIN!"

Coming on the back of the runaway success of his autobiography, "I Am Zlatan", it's being reported in Sweden that a follow-up Zlatan Ibrahimovic movie may well be in the works.

Ryanair Offer Jack Grealish And His Family Free Flights If Aston Villa Prodigy Pledges International Future To Republic Of Ireland

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By Chris Wright

Coming with the requisite fleet feet and abysmal "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" haircut so beloved of young footballers at the moment, Jack Grealish has been singled out for greatness by Aston Villa fans following a sequence of impressive first-team cameos this season.

Euro 2020: Wembley To Host Both Semi-Finals And Final Of Continent-Wide Mega Tournament

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By Chris Wright

Good news gfor those who are invested in this kind of thing: Wembley has been selected to host both the semi-finals and the final of Euro 2020 following today's UEFA ExCo (executive committee) vote in Geneva.

It was a straight choice between Wembley and the Allianz Arena for final hosting duties, with the ExCo eventually deciding in favour of the FA's prize pig.

Thailand Women’s National Team Given Cash Bonus For Only Losing 5-0 Against South Korea

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By Chris Wright

With the Asian Games kicking off over the weekend, it would appear that the Thailand FA weren't overly optimistic about their women's side's chances at the competition especially if their financial incentive scheme is anything to go by.

Indeed, the entire Thailand squad were bestowed with aconsiderable cash bonus following their opening game against South Korea as a reward for only losing 5-0.

Snapshot: This Is How Phil Neville Spent The International Break…

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By Chris Wright

The synapse-mummifyingtedium of the international break gets to us all, though it affects some more acutely than others.

With that in mind, spare a thought for poor old Phil Neville, who has obviously gone stark raving bananas with boredom at least if his latest Instagram post is anything to go by.