Shaun Maloney strike gives Scotland victory over Ireland
Shaun Maloney strike gives Scotland victory over Ireland

Scotland boosted their European Championship qualification chances as Shaun Maloney`s superb strike handed them a 1-0 win over the Republic of Ireland in Group D on Friday.

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes all-time top scorer in European Championships
Cristiano Ronaldo becomes all-time top scorer in European Championships

Cristiano Ronaldo on Saturday became the European Championship's all-time leading scorer after scoring the winner against Armenia in their Euro 2016 qualifying Group I match in Faro.

Michel Platini's Euro revolution inspires shocks, complacency
Michel Platini's Euro revolution inspires shocks, complacency

When Michel Platini revamped the European Championship, turning the finals from a tough, lean 16-team tournament in 2012 into a flabby, `roll up, anybody`s welcome` 24-side affair in 2016, it was not surprising he ran into a blizzard of rebukes.

Euro 2016 qualifying: Scotland vs Georgia - Preview
Euro 2016 qualifying: Scotland vs Georgia - Preview

Scotland striker Steven Naismith says the emphasis will be on attack as his side prepare to take on Georgia in their European Championship Group D qualifying match at Ibrox.

Roy Hodgson and Brendan Rodgers reach agreement over Daniel Sturridge
Roy Hodgson and Brendan Rodgers reach agreement over Daniel Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge will not join up with England for the upcoming European Championship qualifiers after England manager Roy Hodgson and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers reached an agreement over the striker`s fitness.

Gordon Strachan calls up uncapped duo for Euro qualifiers
Gordon Strachan calls up uncapped duo for Euro qualifiers

Scotland coach Gordon Strachan on Tuesday called up the uncapped pair of Stevie May and Ryan Gauld for European Championship Group D qualifiers against Georgia and Poland.

India slip to 158 in FIFA rankings
India slip to 158 in FIFA rankings

After not much action barring the 2-2 draw against Bangladesh in an international friendly in March this year, India slipped eights places to be ranked 158th in the lastest FIFA rankings headed by World Champions Germany.

England would rather have met Swiss later, says Roy Hodgson
England would rather have met Swiss later, says Roy Hodgson

England manager Roy Hodgson said on Sunday he would have liked Monday`s opening European Championship Group E fixture away to Switzerland, the team he was once in charge of, to have come later in the qualifying programme.

Training injury rules out England goalkeeper Ben Foster
Training injury rules out England goalkeeper Ben Foster

Goalkeeper Ben Foster has pulled out of England`s squad for Wednesday`s friendly with Norway and next week`s Euro 2016 qualifier in Switzerland after picking up an injury in training, the FA said on Wednesday.

New-look Spain set for test against revived France
New-look Spain set for test against revived France

After their abject failure at the World Cup, Spain have a new look as they begin preparations for the defence of the European Championship with a friendly against France on Thursday.

I still have the hunger for the game says Bayern Munich's Xabi Alonso
I still have the hunger for the game says Bayern Munich's Xabi Alonso

Bayern Munich`s Xabi Alonso said he was still hungry for success despite two Champions League wins, a World Cup victory and two European championship titles.

Atletico Madrid midfielder Raul Garcia named in Spain squad
Atletico Madrid midfielder Raul Garcia named in Spain squad

Atletico Madrid midfielder Raul Garcia was included in the Spain squad on Friday as the former world champions begin the defence of the European Championship following a dismal World Cup in Brazil.

Injured Maslak misses 400m title defence, season over

Czech sprinter Pavel Maslak has suffered a season-ending injury robbing him of a defence of his 400m title at next month`s European championships, his manager announced on Tuesday.

Former Bayern Munich boss, Uli Hoeness begins jail sentence

German football legend and former Bayern Munich boss Uli Hoeness has begun serving a three years and six months jail sentence for tax evasion, his lawyers say Tuesday.

Albertini backs Rome`s bid for Euro 2020

Italian Football Association (FIGC) vice president Demetrio Albertini has voiced his support to Rome`s bid for Euro 2020.

No sand, no beach: Snow volleyball takes Alps by storm

Beach shorts over thermal underwear, wool hats instead of bikinis and not a grain of sand in sight: a new sport has emerged in the Alps and it`s called snow volleyball.

Cyprus refs strike after bomb attack

Football referees in Cyprus decided Friday to go on strike in protest at a bomb attack on one of their colleagues, scrapping all matches this weekend.

Euro draw produces ultimate David, Goliath clash

International football newboys Gibraltar were handed a dream draw in the Euro 2016 qualifiers on Sunday, as the continent`s leading sides avoided any stern tests.

Week of football will boost national teams, says Platini

UEFA`s new "week of football" to be used in the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign is being introduced to boost international football because it has been overshadowed by the club game, UEFA president Michel Platini said on Saturday.

Draw marks start of road to bloated Euro 2016

With the continent`s leading nations currently focused on the build-up to this year`s World Cup in Brazil, they could be forgiven for paying little attention to Sunday`s Euro 2016 qualifying draw.