Sport Spain won the UEFA EURO 2012 trophy

The games involving Les Bleus will be classed as friendlies

Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane look set to become the new coaching staff of the Republic of Ireland national team

Roy Keane will understand Martin O'Neill is Republic of Ireland boss, expects Ray Houghton

The pair have been confirmed as the new management team

Keane, Southgate and another difference of opinion

Roy Keane: The most controversial moments in the former Manchester United captain's career

The former midfielder is set to be Martin O'Neill's assistant as Republic of Ireland manager

Chris Hughton, Norwich's manager, will not be pleased to have been knocked out of the FA Cup by Luton

Norwich manager Chris Hughton becomes latest contender to rule himself out of Republic of Ireland running

Leeds manager Brian McDermott is not interested in the role either

Tyne trials: Sunderland’s manager Paolo Di Canio tests his players against the clock ahead of today’s derby

Paolo Di Canio plans to get jump on Newcastle

Italian hopes dust will settle on his controversial appointment but for now a potentially incendiary Tyne-Wear clash awaits

Simon Mignolet

Simon Mignolet calls for cool heads as Sunderland prepare for relegation battle

Newcastle next up after nine-game winless streak

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio

Timeline: How the Paolo Di Canio fascism saga has blown up on Wearside

New Sunderland manager has been a controversial appointment

Martin O'Neill pays for failure to create history at Sunderland

He had pedigree, was a Sunderland fan and had a point to prove. The Ulsterman arrived at the Stadium of Light as the dream ticket but could not revive the club

Simon Mignolet

Simon Mignolet agent hints at Sunderland exit for goalkeeper

Belgian stopper, who has been linked with Manchester United and Arsenal, forced to clarify comments

James McClean chose not to wear a Remembrance Day poppy on his shirt last weekend against Everton

James McClean closes Twitter account following tweet about IRA song

Sunderland winger has caused controversy before on social networking site

Louis Saha

Louis Saha told he can leave Sunderland

Frenchman has failed to make impact at Stadium of Light

Adam Johnson scored Sunderland’s second goal against West Ham
Alfred N'Diaye

Alfred N'Diaye completes move to Sunderland

France Under-21 international is a defensive midfielder

Alfred N'Diaye

Alfred N'Diaye set for £2m Sunderland switch

Fee agreed for the France Under-21 midfielder

David Meyler

Sunderland midfielder David Meyler in talks with Hull over possible transfer

The two clubs have agreed a fee for the 23-year-old Republic of Ireland international

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney

Premier League: Manchester United v Sunderland match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Old Trafford

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness