Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso is expecting a major battle as the Republic attempt to stage a Euro 2012 smash and grab raid.
Euro 2012 kicks-off in just a matter of weeks and in anticipation The Independent will be running down the key factors and people to keep an eye on in Poland and Ukraine this summer.
Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has confirmed the club have opened talks with Spanish defender Carlos Cuellar over a new contract.
Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has come out fighting ahead of a proposed fans' protest before Sunday's home game with Manchester City and insisted: "I'll get it right at this club."
Robbie Keane's 'dream move' to LA Galaxy makes him the latest football or, 'soccer' player to join team America.
Robbie Keane last night revealed David Beckham had played a part in his move to Major League Soccer as he completed his transfer from Tottenham to the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Tottenham striker Robbie Keane is waiting to see whether his £3.5million move to the Los Angeles Galaxy has gone through this morning.
The Los Angeles Galaxy have declined to confirm they are targeting a move for Tottenham's Robbie Keane.
Julian Dicks believes the lazy attitude of some of West Ham's players could cost the club their place in the Premier League, and lead to the sacking of manager Avram Grant.
Former Leeds chairman Peter Ridsdale has hit out at his successor Ken Bates for branding him the cause of the club's financial problems.
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Robbie Keane maintains he has "nothing to lose" as the Republic of Ireland striker looks to fire West Ham out of the relegation zone – starting at Blackpool tonight.
Birmingham have confirmed they are no longer interested in signing Tottenham striker Robbie Keane, stating that it "would not be in the best financial interests of the club" to pursue the deal.
Birmingham are keen to know sooner or later whether they can sign Robbie Keane to give them time to pursue other targets if their bid to sign the Tottenham striker falls through.
Birmingham first team coach Peter Grant admits there "are a lot of bridges to be crossed" before any possible deal for Tottenham striker Robbie Keane is completed.
Birmingham are in talks with Tottenham as they attempt to strike a deal to bring Robbie Keane to St Andrew's.