Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng (centre) celebrates with his team mates after scoring the winner   against Manchester City. Photograph: Michaela Rehle / Reuters

Bayern Munich 1 Manchester City 0For Manchester City, it was a brutal way to lose. They had subdued Bayern Munich and Pep Guardiola was so exasperated(...)

Manchester City players (L-R) Vincent Kompany, Frank Lampard and Aleksandar Kolarov during their  training session in Munich on Tuesday. Photograph: Marc Mueller / EPA

The mission for Manchester City in Bavaria this evening is to prove their Champions League lesson has been learned. With Manuel Pellegrini hoping for(...)

 Pep Guardiola oversees Bayern Munich  training   ahead of their Uefa Champions League Group E match against Manchester City at Allianz Arena. Photograph:  Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images

Pep Guardiola has stated no Bayern Munich player wants to join Manchester United despite the deposed champions having been interested in Thomas Müller(...)

Cristiano Ronaldo (centre) reacts after being voted  Uefa’s Best Player in Europe for 2013-2014 award during the Uefa Champions League draw at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco yesterday. Bayern Munich and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (left) and   Bayern Munich’s Dutch forward Arjen Robben (right) were runners-up to the Real Madrid and  Portugal winger. Photograph: Claude Paris/AP Photo

Cristiano Ronaldo was last night named as Uefa’s Best player in Europe, ahead of Bayern’s Manuel Neuer and Arjen Robben in the final round of voting w(...)

France’s  head coach Didier Deschamps kicks a ball during a training session at the Botafogo soccer club’s Santa Cruz stadium. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

For a man once belittled by Eric Cantona as “a water carrier,” Didier Deschamps has certainly made a habit of carrying lots of trophies. French repor(...)

Mathieu Valbuena (left) celebrates with Olivier Giroud during the last-16 match against Nigeria at Estadio Nacional in Brasilia. Photograph: Jeff Gross/Getty Images

It says something about the state they were in that a major footballing power like France can be regarded by so many as a surprise package at this Wor(...)

Franck Ribery (left) has enjoyed considerabley better form in the national team under manager Didier Deschamps. Photograph: Reuters

France’s World Cup hopes suffered a severe blow when Franck Ribery was ruled out of the tournament with a back injury. Les Bleus manager Didier Desch(...)

France’s Franck Ribery is out of the World Cup in Brazil.  Photograph: Charles Platiau / Reuters

Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has been ruled out of France’s World Cup campaign, along with Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier. Montpellier’s Remy C(...)

Franck Ribery:  “If everything goes well, he will be there.”

France offered an encouraging update on Franck Ribery’s World Cup hopes as the Bayern Munich star rejoined training with Didier Deschamps’ squad.The 8(...)

France players (from left) Patrice Evra, Karim Benzema, Franck Ribery and Paul Pogba at Clairefontaine, near Paris, last month.  Photograph: Charles Platiau / Reuters

Manager: Didier Deschamps Best finish: Champions (1998) World Cup record: Played 59, Won 28, Drawn 12, Lost 19 History France have (...)