Nordic trio celebrate in style

Nordic trio celebrate in style

Sweden, Denmark, and Iceland -- Nordic friends and rivals -- are celebrating Midsummer in style, all unbeaten at the World Cup and eyeing progress to the knockout stages.

Koulibaly nails his Polish test

Koulibaly nails his Polish test

When Kalidou Koulibaly first arrived at Napoli’s training ground from K.R.C. Genk some four years ago, the Italian club immediately picked up the phone to his former employers and attempted to haggle back a portion of the relatively modest £6.5m they had splashed out on him.

Belgium face tougher task against Tunisia

Belgium face tougher task against Tunisia

Belgium’s credentials as a genuine outside bet for World Cup success face a tougher examination against Tunisia on Saturday after a relatively sedate opening against Panama.

Marquez turns into a sponsors nightmare

Marquez turns into a sponsors nightmare

For wheezing footballers of a certain age, Rafael Márquez is an inspiration. For a number of international brands, however, he is turning out to be a nightmare.

The striker Egypt are missing

The striker Egypt are missing

Mido has been talking with refreshing candour for an hour, explaining why he predicted Mohamed Salah would be 10 times as good as Raheem Sterling, accepting he was a selfish player who could be difficult to handle, and praising Gareth Southgate for his transformation since the days when he would “panic” as Middlesbrough’s manager, yet the obvious and only place to start is with the Egyptian’s frank admission that he was staring death in the face unless he lost some weight.

Moscow faces a beer shortage

Moscow faces a beer shortage

Beer-guzzling soccer fans risk drinking parts of Moscow dry, with some bars and restaurants in the Russian capital saying they are running low and having to wait longer than usual for fresh supplies.

Persistent Maâloul plots English downfall

Persistent Maâloul plots English downfall

Tunisia were drawing 1-1 with Serbia when Mohamed Jedidi stepped up to take a penalty. The striker scored and began celebrating. But the referee, Tahiti’s Charles Ariiotima, spotted an encroachment and ordered a retake.

Pogba so influential for France

Pogba so influential for France

With all the talk about the front three, it was the influential Paul Pogba who came to the rescue as France claimed a hard-fought 2-1 win against Australia in their World Cup opener on Saturday.

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