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Fenerbahce coach Dick Advocaat and Robin van Persie ahead of Thursday night’s match. Photograph: Reuters

In 2012 “the little boy inside” told Robin van Persie to leave north London and head north. Van Persie listened and swapped Arsenal for Manchester Uni(...)

Asli Vatansever: ‘Suddenly we were not afraid any more – not afraid of authority, not afraid to say no, not afraid to talk to strangers on the street, not afraid to be naive enough to believe that we could change the world.’

Asli Vatansever never thought of herself as a political activist, but she can put a date on the moment when that began to change. On May 31st, 2013,(...)

Germany’s Joshua Kimmich battles with Slovakia midfielder Marek Hamsik in the side’s last-16 clash, which the world champions won 3-0. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

A decade after that remarkable tussle in the semi-finals of the 2006 World Cup and four years after the game at the same stage of Euro 2012 in Warsaw,(...)

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with Nani and Joao Mario after scoring their second goal. Photo: Max Rossi/Reuters

Hungary 3 Portugal 3 “We draw together, we miss penalties together, today we win together,” said the banner high up in the stands in Lyon before kic(...)

Fatih Terim is back in charge of Turkey for a third time. Photograph: Getty

Prospects First the positives . . . in Arda Turan they have a world class player who can inspire those around him while their veteran manager, Fati(...)

Germany coach Joachim Löw at Wednesday’s press conference at the Intercontinental Hotel, Ballsbridge. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

With the half-distracted air of a man talking on the phone while feeding a child, the Germans fulfilled their pre-match duties in Ballsbridge. Much o(...)

The proposed deal that would see David de Gea move from Manchester United to Real Madrid has fallen through at the last minute after the neccessary paperwork was not lodged to La Liga in time. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Real Madrid have defended their conduct over the failed bid to sign David de Gea and accused Manchester United of holding up the deal. However, the Sp(...)

Victor Valdes sits in the stannd at Old Trafford, alongside David de Gea, during Manchester United’s opening match of the Barclay’s Premier League season against Tottenham Hotspur. Photo: Peter Powell/PA

Víctor Valdés has agreed terms with Besiktas after Senol Gunes, the coach, gave the green light to sign the Manchester United goalkeeper who has been (...)

West Ham’s Argentinian striker Mauro Zarate celebrates scoring their second goal during the  Premier League  match against  Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. Photograph:  AFP Photo/Ikimages

Arsenal 0 West Ham 2 The last time that Slaven Bilic tasted an away win on English soil, it was 2007, he was in charge of Croatia and there was a blok(...)

Slaven Bilic enjoyed an 18-month spell at Upton Park as a player. Photograph: Sedat Suna/EPA

Slaven Bilic is confident he will be confirmed as West Ham United’s manager within the next 48 hours, although the success of his application may actu(...)

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