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Former Sunderland striker Ambrose Fogarty dies at 82

Ambrose Fogarty scored 44 goals in 144 games for Sunderland.

Former Republic of Ireland international Ambrose Fogarty has died at the age of 82, Hartlepool have announced.

Dublin-born Fogarty, who began his career with Home Farm and also played for Glentoran, joined Sunderland in October 1957 and scored 44 goals in 144 appearances for the club.

He joined neighbours Hartlepool for a then-club record fee of £10,000 in November 1963 and it was during his spell at the Victoria Ground that he collected the last of his 11 senior international caps.


Barcelona, Real Betis to honour former manager Patrick O'Connell

A mural to mark the life of footballer Patrick O'Connell was unveiled in Belfast in August.

Former Barcelona and Real Betis manager Patrick O'Connell is to be honoured ahead of the two clubs' La Liga meeting at the Camp Nou on Wednesday evening.

The grandson of "Don Patricio," Michael O'Connell, and his wife are reportedly set to meet with Blaugrana president Josep Maria Bartomeu before kickoff, as the former Ireland international and one-time Manchester United defender enters the Catalan club's "Hall of Fame."

In 1935, Dublin-born O'Connell led Betis to their only ever La Liga title,...

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Damien Duff announces his retirement from football

Damien Duff is retiring at age 36.

Republic of Ireland international Damien Duff announced his retirement on Monday.

Duff, 36, just completed a League of Ireland season with Shamrock Rovers.

The former Celtic, Newcastle and Fulham winger called himself a "very lucky man."

"After much deliberation, I have today decided to bring my professional football career to an end," he wrote.

"My heart wants me to continue playing but my body has finally won the battle and told me to stop.

"I've lived every young boy's dream and I know I am a...

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Republic of Ireland to host Netherlands as part of Euro 2016 preparations

Martin O'Neill
Martin O'Neill was appointed Republic of Ireland manager in 2013.

Republic of Ireland will play Netherlands in their final pre-Euro 2016 Dublin friendly.

The Football Association of Ireland has said the match will take place at the Aviva Stadium on May 27, just over a fortnight before Ireland's Group E opener against Sweden in Paris on June 13.

Netherlands are ranked 14th in the world but failed to qualify for Euro 2016 after finishing fourth in their group behind Czech Republic, Iceland and Turkey.

Ireland start preparations for France with Dublin friendlies...

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Italy's Antonio Conte says Group E rivals Belgium are Euro 2016 favourites

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti discusses Italy's Euro 2016 draw with Antonio Conte.

Italy coach Antonio Conte acknowledged that Belgium are among the favourites at Euro 2016 after they were drawn together in a most difficult Group E along with Sweden and the Republic of Ireland.

Belgium are the top-ranked side in the world in the FIFA rankings and enter next summer's finals having lost just one of their 10 qualifying matches.

Conte said the Belgians are on a different level from the rest of the Group E challengers.

"I think Belgium are an excellent team, and are among the favourites...