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# Great expectations

Last month
November 2023
Ireland's Omobamidele on why he has been out in the cold since €23 million move
The 21-year-old is still waiting to make his Nottingham Forest debut.
This year
Neymar scores first goal after €90 million move
The former Paris Saint-Germain forward grabbed the second in his side’s 3-0 victory in the Asian Champions League.
The 20-year-old from Tallaght with the world at her feet
Ahead of a crucial few days for Rhasidat Adeleke, Johnny Fox and Pierce O’Callaghan reflect on the Irish athlete’s phenomenal rise.
Ireland's most expensive player ever needs stability after €65 million paid over 2 years
Nathan Collins’ move to Brentford was confirmed earlier today.
After €103 million move, teenager Bellingham hails ‘proudest day’
Real Madrid announced the signing of the England international on Wednesday.
The Irish teenager tipped to follow in Evan Ferguson's footsteps
Considered too small by some as a youngster, Andrew Moran has undergone a remarkable rise since.
Jarrod Bowen knows from Danny Dyer what a trophy would mean to West Ham fans
The Hammers will bid to reach a first European final in 47 years when they take on AZ Alkmaar in the Europa Conference League.
Can GAA-mad Kerry become an Irish soccer stronghold?
Manager Billy Dennehy and captain Matt Keane discuss the League of Ireland’s newest addition.
Last year
The story of how Belgium went from no-hopers to world number one
A look at the history of Belgian football as they prepare for their first World Cup match today.
Co-hosting Euro 2028 could earn Irish economy €361 million boost
Meanwhile, €135 million is the projected cost for bringing the tournament to Dublin.
Klopp backs Liverpool's €75 million man to realise 'incredible' potential
Darwin Nunez has had an erratic start to his career at Anfield.
Despite difficult start, Liverpool 'very optimistic' about €72 million man
Darwin Nunez put in his most encouraging performance in the midweek Champions League victory over Rangers.
Alexander-Arnold: Trophyless season would be massive failure for Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp’s side narrowly missed out on an unprecedented quadruple in the last campaign.
'Why not Premier League and the Champions League?' - Conte
The Italian has set high expectations for his first full season as Tottenham manager.
Holders Netherlands have to settle for draw in Euros opener
They earned a point against Sweden while in the other group game, Portugal drew 2-2 with Switzerland.
Ireland's youngsters on the verge of making history
A win against Italy would see Jim Crawford’s men become the first Irish team ever to qualify for a major tournament.
'If I really want to become a world-class striker and a top player, it’s got to start now'
Michael Obafemi produced an influential display in Ireland’s win over Scotland.
'The year we signed, Nottingham Forest had come third in the Premier League'
Keith Foy remembers a time when an influx of promising young Irish players moved to the City Ground club.
Training with Phil Foden at Man City, returning home to Ireland and learning from Damien Duff
Aaron O’Driscoll is hoping to help Shelbourne enjoy a successful season on their return to the top flight.
It’s time for Curtis Jones to start fulfilling his potential – Jurgen Klopp
The 20-year-old has endured a difficult time since October, with a freak eye injury in training being followed by a Covid-enforced absence.
5 Irish players that could make a Premier League breakthrough in 2022
Evan Ferguson and others close to getting game time in the top flight.
All time
‘Pep gets monthly reports on how he’s doing’ - The breakout Irish star of 2021
It’s been a phenomenal 12 months for Gavin Bazunu.
Can Steven Gerrard become a great manager?
The Liverpool legend makes his return to Anfield as Aston Villa manager this weekend.
PSG still waiting for Lionel Messi to find Ballon d'Or form
With Neymar set for a spell on the sidelines, the responsibility on the Argentine star’s shoulders has increased.
'I’d like to think I’d be ready now' - Kilkenny eyeing Ireland senior call-up
The 21-year-old has impressed for Bournemouth this season.
PSG braced for Lionel Messi arrival
The 34-year-old is seen by the French giants’ Qatari owners as the vital missing piece of their frustrating Champions League puzzle.
'I've never for one minute doubted his talent and I've always said he would be a senior international'
A detailed look at the rise of Shamrock Rovers’ Danny Mandroiu on the back of his recent Ireland call-up.
Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal's £72 million man is finally starting to settle
A double from Pepe kept the Gunners in the hunt for European football next season.
'He wants to captain Ireland': The making of a teenage star admired by Arsenal, Man United and others
Leixlip native Nathan Collins has risen through the ranks to become one of the most highly rated young defenders in English football.
Jurgen Klopp says managing players like Mohamed Salah can be 'challenging in a good way'
An interview published in Spanish media suggested the Egyptian star could be unhappy at Anfield.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Man United face ‘vital’ period to prove title credentials
The Red Devils responded well to crashing out of the Champions League at RB Leipzig last week.
The Irish teen sensation who joined Liverpool in their '80s pomp
Brian Mooney chats to The42 about his early days at Anfield, becoming a cult hero with Preston and why a big move to Sunderland didn’t work out.
8 expectations I had about giving birth - and how the reality measured up
Visiting hours don’t apply when you have a C-section, right? Wrong.
Stephen Kenny backs 17-year-old Spurs striker Parrott to 'come alive' in Tallaght tonight
Ireland face Armenia in a European Championship qualifier this evening.
Harry Maguire gives new-look Man United plenty of cause for optimism
The Red Devils began their campaign today with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Chelsea.
The Southampton teenager aiming to help guide Ireland to the Euro U19 semi-finals
Kameron Ledwidge is expected to feature in his side’s crucial clash with Czech Republic later today.
'You can change the manager, but cannot change the players' - Danish taunts could inspire Ireland
Age Hareide’s men are in confident mood ahead of tonight’s game.
'Our main goal is to win the tournament and make history happen'
There is a positivity within the Ireland U17 squad epitomised by captain Seamas Keogh.
What has happened to Alexis Sanchez?
The Manchester United star has come under fire for his disappointing performances since joining the club.
'Bale will get much better' - Real Madrid boss Lopetegui
The Wales international forward is being backed by his manager to play an influential role for the Blancos in the 2018-19 campaign.