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Soccer - Friday 19 December, 2014

The Premier League fixtures that matter this Christmas

With games coming thick and fast, certain assignments will take on greater significance.

Brendan Rodgers has hit out at those criticising Raheem Sterling

The Liverpool boss has also confirmed who he will start in goal against Arsenal.

Who are you backing for the RTÉ Manager of the Year prize? Have Your Say This post contains a poll

Who are you backing for the RTÉ Manager of the Year prize?

The 10 nominees include Joe Schmidt, Brian Cody and Peter Taylor.

Glenn Whelan wants to extend Stoke stay

The 30-year-old Republic of Ireland international is entering the final months of his current deal.

Celtic star offers to buy Xmas gifts for 5-year-old whose house was burgled

Thieves stole thousands of pounds as well as a Ford car from the home of Hearts fan Michael Wright.

Fellaini: Belief growing of title tilt at United

They’re getting pretty confident around Old Trafford again.

‘Liverpool is perfect for him’ – Gerrard urges Sterling to sign new deal

The youngster was back to his best against Bournemouth and his captain believes the chance to keep playing regular football at the highest level is too good to turn down.

Jurgen Klopp denies Dortmund departure plans

The German is the hipster’s choice to be Arsene Wenger’s replacement ultimately.

Van Gaal is the strong personality United needed, says Solskjaer

The Norwegian says the new manager has been a “breath of fresh air” at Old Trafford and says the Red Devils should not be ruled out of the Premier League title race

Soccer - Thursday 18 December, 2014

Did Barcelona overpay for Luis Suarez?

A football research group analysed the worth of the players on the 2014 Goal Transfer List – and it makes better reading for some clubs than others.

Balotelli given one-match ban over racist post

The Italy international did not request a personal hearing, but submitted written mitigation to an independent disciplinary panel.

Custard Creams for everyone as TV3 secure 3 more years of Champions League football

And you were worried you’d have to watch Emmerdale on a Tuesday.

Lory Meagher and Airtricity division one glory – Longford’s sporting highlights of 2014

Longford Town and their hurlers brought home silverware in 2014.

Lambert plays down curious incident between Keane and Cleverley

The Villa boss jokes that he’s spoken with Keane more since he left than when he was actually his assistant.

Liverpool fans think Neville is a better pundit than Carragher

Meanwhile, 31% of Man United fans named Luis Suarez as their Premier League player of 2014.

Angry Roy Keane called round to Tom Cleverley’s house after Villa bust-up reports

The Sun claims that the Ireland assistant waited for 15 minutes outside the house of the on-loan player.

Major coup for Dundalk as Finn signs from Shamrock Rovers

The 26-year-old joins on a two-year deal.

Ireland’s ‘Ginger Pele’ Gary Doherty has announced his retirement

The Doc is hanging up his boots at the age of 34.

The latest Fifa rankings are out – and Ireland are down again

The good news is, we’re better than Gabon.

Marco Reus fined €540,000 for driving without a licence

Even on a footballer’s salary, that stings.

Soccer - Wednesday 17 December, 2014

Easy wins for Liverpool and Spurs in tonight’s Capital One Cup quarter-finals

The Anfield side will now face Chelsea in the semi-finals.

Kyle Lafferty’s goals and Sean Quigley’s strike rate – Fermanagh’s 2014 sporting highlights Erne County This post contains videos

Kyle Lafferty’s goals and Sean Quigley’s strike rate – Fermanagh’s 2014 sporting highlights

There was success for the Erne County on the soccer field and in motorsports.

Liverpool ship Daniel Sturridge up to Boston as rehab tour of the USA continues

The striker is struggling with a a long-term leg injury.

Glenn Whelan’s Stoke future uncertain as club prepare to discuss a new contract

30 year-old midfielder could be offered a 12-month extension but he wants a longer deal.

We’ll Leave it There So: Kimmage on BOD’s book, McGregor’s RTÉ documentary and all today’s sport

Also, Andy Lee returns home and Alan Brogan contemplates his Dublin future.

Disappointment: The new fragrance for Liverpool fans

Not our words, the words of this spoof perfume advert.

Manchester United will spend almost €500 million in total on Shaw, Di Maria and Mata

Luis Suarez’s move to Barcelona could amount to over €250 million.

Footballers’ union Fifpro: ‘Fans threatened to beat or stab the players’

Incredible details released regarding the toxic environment of the Serbian league.

There was a Jaffa Cake break in Chester v Barnsley last night

Sometimes we all need an energy boost.

Remember Caleb Folan? He’s just signed for a club in Burma

The former Republic of Ireland international has bounced from one country to the next in recent years.

25 years old today: 7 times when The Simpsons was perfect sporting TV

We’re talkin’ softball… and much more besides.

Who will prove better value for money – Luis Suarez or James Rodriguez?

They were two of the biggest summer signings — but will Suarez or James prove to be the best bargain?

Ronald Koeman slams the behaviour of Sheffield United’s coaching staff

Southampton suffered League Cup elimination last night after a 0-1 loss to the Blades.

He already has a statue, but Thierry Henry wants to manage Arsenal (one day)

There goes our last hope of him laying into the Gunners as a Sky pundit.