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On This Day in Football: Chelsea play two games in one day, Henry hands it to Ireland

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Founded in March 1905, Chelsea joined the Football League the same year.

The Blues had to play the qualifying rounds of the FA Cup but due to fixture congestion the club was forced to play two games on the same day. Chelsea’s first team entertained Burnley at Stamford Bridge in a Second Division tie and won 1-0 while the reserves were sent to play the FA Cup qualifier.

Everton boss blasts Roy Keane, suggests Ireland risk players' fitness

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Ronald Koeman has hit back at Roy Keane over his criticism of Everton’s handling of James McCarthy’s fitness.

The Republic of Ireland assistant boss Keane recently blasted the Blues, saying that there were ‘more scientists involved now than there needs to be’ in McCarthy’s battle against injury.

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Sublime Eriksen propels Denmark to World Cup

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Dublin (AFP) – Christian Eriksen’s magnificent hat-trick inspired Denmark to a 5-1 demolition of the Republic of Ireland in Tuesday’s second leg of their play-off in Dublin to clinch a spot at next year’s World Cup.

Following Saturday’s stalemate in Copenhagen, Ireland got their home leg off to the perfect start when Shane Duffy headed them into the lead after only six minutes, but Denmark struck twice before the break and three more in the second half to seal their place in Russia.

Sublime Eriksen propels Denmark to World Cup

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Dublin (AFP) – Christian Eriksen’s magnificent hat-trick inspired Denmark to a 5-1 demolition of the Republic of Ireland in Tuesday’s second leg of their play-off in Dublin to clinch a spot at next year’s World Cup.

Following Saturday’s stalemate in Copenhagen, Ireland got their home leg off to the perfect start when Shane Duffy headed them into the lead after only six minutes, but Denmark struck twice before the break and three more in the second half to seal their place in Russia.

Ireland hold Denmark to first-leg stalemate

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Copenhagen (AFP) – The Republic of Ireland and Denmark played out a drab 0-0 draw in the first leg of their World Cup play-off in Copenhagen on Saturday.

The closest either side came to a goal was when Pione Sisto fired wide in the first half for the hosts, while Yussuf Poulsen saw a 90th-minute header saved by Darren Randolph.

Ireland hold Denmark to first-leg stalemate

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Copenhagen (AFP) – The Republic of Ireland and Denmark played out a drab 0-0 draw in the first leg of their World Cup play-off in Copenhagen on Saturday.

The closest either side came to a goal was when Pione Sisto fired wide in the first half for the hosts, while Yussuf Poulsen saw a 90th-minute header saved by Darren Randolph.

McClean breaks Welsh hearts as Ireland reach play-offs

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – The Republic of Ireland claimed a World Cup play-off spot at Wales’ expense after James McClean’s crisp second-half strike earned his side a 1-0 victory in Cardiff on Monday.

The West Bromwich Albion winger’s goal moved Ireland above Wales into second place in Group D below Serbia, meaning Martin O’Neill’s men will be one of the eight teams in the European play-off draw on October 17.

McClean breaks Welsh hearts as Ireland reach play-offs

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – The Republic of Ireland claimed a World Cup play-off spot at Wales’ expense after James McClean’s crisp second-half strike earned his side a 1-0 victory in Cardiff on Monday.

The West Bromwich Albion winger’s goal moved Ireland above Wales into second place in Group D below Serbia, meaning Martin O’Neill’s men will be one of the eight teams in the European play-off draw on October 17.

Hogan, O’Brien win first Ireland call-ups for qualifiers

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Dublin (AFP) – Aston Villa’s Scott Hogan and Millwall’s Aiden O’Brien received their first call-ups by the Republic of Ireland ahead of their decisive World Cup qualifiers.

Martin O’Neill’s side face Moldova and Wales in their last two Group D games next month as they look to keep their hopes of reaching Russia next year alive.

Walters snatches point for Irish against Austria in World Cup qualifier

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Paris (AFP) – Jon Walters smashed in a late equaliser as the Republic of Ireland fought back to draw 1-1 with Austria in their World Cup qualifier in Dublin on Sunday.

Stoke City forward Walters chased a long ball downfield by Robbie Brady and held off Aleksandar Dragovic before volleying into the far corner with five minutes remaining at the Aviva Stadium.

Walters snatches point for Irish against Austria in World Cup qualifier

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Paris (AFP) – Jon Walters smashed in a late equaliser as the Republic of Ireland fought back to draw 1-1 with Austria in their World Cup qualifier in Dublin on Sunday.

Stoke City forward Walters chased a long ball downfield by Robbie Brady and held off Aleksandar Dragovic before volleying into the far corner with five minutes remaining at the Aviva Stadium.

Confidence boosting friendly wins for Dutch, Ireland

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Paris (AFP) – The Netherlands warmed up for a vital 2018 World Cup qualifier next week with an emphatic 5-0 friendly win against Ivory Coast on Sunday.

The Dutch are struggling to make it to Russia next year, placed only fourth in Group A on seven points behind leaders France (13) Sweden (10) and Bulgaria (9).

Confidence boosting friendly wins for Dutch, Ireland

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Paris (AFP) – The Netherlands warmed up for a vital 2018 World Cup qualifier next week with an emphatic 5-0 friendly win against Ivory Coast on Sunday.

The Dutch are struggling to make it to Russia next year, placed only fourth in Group A on seven points behind leaders France (13) Sweden (10) and Bulgaria (9).

Koeman fumes over O’Neill’s failure to protect McCarthy

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London (AFP) – Everton manager Ronald Koeman has blasted Republic of Ireland coach Martin O’Neill for failing to protect James McCarthy from injury.

McCarthy has been ruled out of Saturday’s vital Merseyside derby against Liverpool after suffering a hamstring problem while on international duty with Ireland.

Koeman fumes over O’Neill’s failure to protect McCarthy

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London (AFP) – Everton manager Ronald Koeman has blasted Republic of Ireland coach Martin O’Neill for failing to protect James McCarthy from injury.

McCarthy has been ruled out of Saturday’s vital Merseyside derby against Liverpool after suffering a hamstring problem while on international duty with Ireland.

Ireland lament ‘big loss’ as Coleman has surgery on broken leg

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Dublin (AFP) – Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman had surgery on his broken leg Saturday following a horror tackle by Wales’s Neil Taylor in Friday’s goalless World Cup qualifying draw in Dublin.

Taylor was sent off in the 71st minute at Lansdowne Road, with Everton full-back Coleman taken off on a stretcher after his right foot was left dangling by an ugly foul.

Ireland lament ‘big loss’ as Coleman has surgery on broken leg

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Dublin (AFP) – Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman had surgery on his broken leg Saturday following a horror tackle by Wales’s Neil Taylor in Friday’s goalless World Cup qualifying draw in Dublin.

Taylor was sent off in the 71st minute at Lansdowne Road, with Everton full-back Coleman taken off on a stretcher after his right foot was left dangling by an ugly foul.

Coleman broken leg horror mars Ireland-Wales World Cup qualifying draw

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Dublin (AFP) – Wales were held to a 0-0 draw by the Republic of Ireland on Friday in a World Cup qualifier overshadowed by a sickening injury to Irish captain Seamus Coleman.

The Everton right-back was given oxygen and stretchered off in the 71st minute after his right leg was broken by a crude lunge from Wales left-back Neil Taylor, who was sent off.

Coleman broken leg horror mars Ireland-Wales World Cup qualifying draw

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Dublin (AFP) – Wales were held to a 0-0 draw by the Republic of Ireland on Friday in a World Cup qualifier overshadowed by a sickening injury to Irish captain Seamus Coleman.

The Everton right-back was given oxygen and stretchered off in the 71st minute after his right leg was broken by a crude lunge from Wales left-back Neil Taylor, who was sent off.

No special plan to stop Bale: Keane

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Dublin (AFP) – Ireland have no special plan to nullify Welsh superstar Gareth Bale in Friday’s crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier because it would never work anyway, assistant manager Roy Keane said.

Keane, himself a standout if different type of player to Bale when he played for Manchester United and Ireland, said many teams had tried - and failed - to stop the Wales and Real Madrid forward.

No special plan to stop Bale: Keane

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Dublin (AFP) – Ireland have no special plan to nullify Welsh superstar Gareth Bale in Friday’s crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier because it would never work anyway, assistant manager Roy Keane said.

Keane, himself a standout if different type of player to Bale when he played for Manchester United and Ireland, said many teams had tried - and failed - to stop the Wales and Real Madrid forward.

FIFA take action against Ireland for political symbol

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Zurich (AFP) FIFA have opened disciplinary proceedings against the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) for a political symbol worn during a friendly in March, a spokesperson for the world body said Friday.

Ireland's commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the country's Easter Uprising on their shirts has become more sensitive with England and Scotland locked in a battle with FIFA over the wearing of poppies in tribute to war dead.

FIFA take action against Ireland for political symbol

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Zurich (AFP) FIFA have opened disciplinary proceedings against the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) for a political symbol worn during a friendly in March, a spokesperson for the world body said Friday.

Ireland's commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the country's Easter Uprising on their shirts has become more sensitive with England and Scotland locked in a battle with FIFA over the wearing of poppies in tribute to war dead.

World Cup

Where to find Ireland vs. Denmark 2nd Leg World Cup playoff on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Ireland vs. Denmark in the World Cup playoff second leg, you’ve come to the right place.

In the first leg, Denmark and Ireland battled to a nil-nil draw, so it’s all left to play for in the second leg. The winner will advance to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Where to find Ireland vs. Denmark 2nd Leg World Cup playoff on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Ireland vs. Denmark in the World Cup playoff second leg, you’ve come to the right place.

In the first leg, Denmark and Ireland battled to a nil-nil draw, so it’s all left to play for in the second leg. The winner will advance to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

World Cup Qualifying: Solitary James McClean Goal Sees Rep. Of Ireland Reach Play-Offs At Wales’ Expense (Photos & Video)

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Republic of Ireland went barnstorming into the World Cup play-offs by beating Wales in Cardiff on Monday evening to thereby quash their opponents' thin hopes of making it to Russia.

The evening kicked-off with a stirringa capella rendition of the Welsh national anthem, Land of Our Fathers, which the home contingent bellowed out in bristling unison.

World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Updated Standings, Results and Talking Points

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The calendar year 2016’s last international break provided the setting for the latest stop in the long road to qualification for the 2018 World Cup. 63 matches were played across six continents, as the qualification picture for the finals in Russia became clearer after the latest round of matches.

FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers: Dates, Times, Fixtures For Round 4

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Club Football takes a brief hiatus as international football takes centre stage this week. Another exciting round of FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers will start its proceedings from Thursday, and we have some exciting games to look forward to.

England under caretaker manager Gareth Southgate will face Scotland on Friday in what is going to be the 113th meeting between the two sides.

FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers: Dates, Times, Fixtures For Round 4

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Club Football takes a brief hiatus as international football takes centre stage this week. Another exciting round of FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers will start its proceedings from Thursday, and we have some exciting games to look forward to.

England under caretaker manager Gareth Southgate will face Scotland on Friday in what is going to be the 113th meeting between the two sides.

FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers: Dates, Times, Fixtures For Round 4

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Club Football takes a brief hiatus as international football takes centre stage this week. Another exciting round of FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers will start its proceedings from Thursday, and we have some exciting games to look forward to.

England under caretaker manager Gareth Southgate will face Scotland on Friday in what is going to be the 113th meeting between the two sides.

International football

Irish Premier League: Cork City Stadium Roof Collapses After Being Ravaged By Hurricane Ophelia (Photos)

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The Republic of Ireland bore the full brunt of Hurricane Ophelia when she/it swept in on Monday, with the lashing winds causing damage and even fatalities right across the country.

While thankfully nobody was hurt, the good folk of Cork City awoke on Monday morning to find that Ophelia had had her wicked way with their Turner's Cross stadium, with half of the roof across the Derrynane Stand collapsing in on itself.

Pies Classics: St Patrick’s Day Special – 10 English-Born Footballers Who Played For Republic Of Ireland

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As a doff of the wax cap to it beingSt Patrick's Day and all, Piesthought we'd have a little look-see at those gentlemen who, despite being born upon the sceptred shores of Albion, decided to represent the Republic of Ireland with pride at international level much like old Saint Paddy himself.

Wales

Where to find Wales vs. Ireland World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Wales vs. Ireland World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

A playoff position is on the cards for either Wales or Ireland in a huge match for both countries. Playing at home in Cardiff, Wales needs a win and a Serbia defeat to finish in first place in the group.

[Photo]: Everton star suffers horrifying leg injury; will miss the rest of the season

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Everton defender, Seamus Coleman, suffered a broken leg in a horrific tackle from Neil Taylor during Ireland’s 0-0 draw with Wales in a World Cup qualifier.

Coleman was taken off the pitch on a stretcher, and was taken to hospital. The right-back is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Coleman horror injury mars Ireland-Wales World Cup qualifying draw

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Dublin (AFP) – Wales were held to a 0-0 draw by the Republic of Ireland on Friday in a World Cup qualifier overshadowed by a serious-looking injury to Irish captain Seamus Coleman.

The Everton right-back was given oxygen and stretchered off in the 71st minute after his right foot was left flopping at an unnatural angle by a crude lunge from Neil Taylor, who was sent off.

Coleman horror injury mars Ireland-Wales World Cup qualifying draw

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Dublin (AFP) – Wales were held to a 0-0 draw by the Republic of Ireland on Friday in a World Cup qualifier overshadowed by a serious-looking injury to Irish captain Seamus Coleman.

The Everton right-back was given oxygen and stretchered off in the 71st minute after his right foot was left flopping at an unnatural angle by a crude lunge from Neil Taylor, who was sent off.

Transfers & Rumours

Official: Burnley Sign Veteran Attacker Jonathan Walters From Stoke

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Burnley have signed Republic of Ireland forward Jonathan Walters from Stoke City on a two-year deal.

The deal for the 33-year-old could rise to £3m for Burnely, with Walters the Clarets' second signing of the summer, coming after the arrival of Leeds full-back Charlie Taylor.

The Merseyside-born Walters started his career with Blackburn in 1998 before lining out for the likes of Bolton, Hull and Ipswich in a fine career built on hard-work and muscle rather than any great flair.

Muckers: Brilliant Image Surfaces Of Burnley Teammates Robbie Brady And Jeff Hendrick Together At Boyhood Club (Photo)

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Over the course of the season so far, Burnley's dabbling in the transfer market has finally brought togethertwo of football's oldest muckers reunited at Turf Moor.

Indeed, Burnleybroke their transfer record to bring in Robbie Brady on deadline day, thus reunitingthe Irish midfielder with boyhood teammate Jeff Hendrick.

The Rest

Yet another threat that Arsenal need to worry about against Tottenham

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We have an excellent article here talking about Christian Eriksen's brilliant performance for Denmark against Ireland, and how Arsenal should try and deal with this threat in Saturday's game against Spurs. Read and enjoy.... Arsenal must learn from Ireland's mistake and not allow Eriksen space by Tom Adams If you listened carefully, you could almost [.

Where to find Denmark vs. Ireland World Cup playoff 1st leg on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Denmark vs. Ireland in the World Cup playoff first leg, you’ve come to the right place.

Both the Danish and Irish fans must be dreaming about the possibility of playing in the World Cup next summer, but the two-leg playoff series is in front of them first.