World Cup could herald a new French era

World Cup could herald a new French era

Energetic, disciplined and clinical, France won the World Cup on Sunday with a 4-2 victory over Croatia that, even in such a moment of achievement, still left the feeling there may be much more to come from Didier Deschamps’ outstanding young team.

Conte departure was overdue

Conte departure was overdue

The question after Antonio Conte’s departure from Chelsea on Friday was not ‘where did it all go wrong?’ but rather ‘why did it take so long?’.

Pogba really looking the part

Pogba really looking the part

A towering physique and range of flashy hairstyles mean Paul Pogba rarely goes unnoticed but he has become emblematic of a French squad willing to sacrifice personal gain for World Cup glory.

Deal of the century could bring Juve to spot

Deal of the century could bring Juve to spot

Italian champions Juventus are aiming for top spot in Europe after pulling off what is being called the "deal of the century" to snatch superstar striker Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.

Top dog Ronaldo felt unloved

Top dog Ronaldo felt unloved

After sealing his move to Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid following nine eventful, trophy laden seasons at the aristocrats of Spanish football having established himself as their most influential player since Alfredo Di Stefano.

After World Cup Neymar faces crossroads season

After World Cup Neymar faces crossroads season

As the World Cup nears its conclusion, Brazilian forward Neymar is faced with not just a bitter few days of what might have been, but a coming season of what to do now.

Goals can still cover life's troubles

Goals can still cover life's troubles

The eyes of the world will turn to Russia this week for the World Cup but it is far away you must look to find the sport’s beating heart — on war-ravaged streets and in poverty-stricken slums where the simple act of scoring a goal transcends the grind of everyday life.

Zidane leaves at the top (again)

Zidane leaves at the top (again)

Just as he did as a player, Zinedine Zidane the coach has stepped away at the top.

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