France’s head coach Didier Deschamps (centre) shakes hands with Nigerian players John Obi Mikel (right) and goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama (left)  at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia. Photograph: Shawn Thew / EPA

France coach Didier Deschamps is indifferent about his unbeaten World Cup record as a player and coach and is focusing only on getting his players rea(...)

 Karim Benzema  scores France’s   fourth goal past Switzerland goalkeeper Diego Benaglio  during the   World Cup Group E match at Arena Fonte Nova  in Salvador. Photograph: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

France 5 Switzerland 2Any notion that the World Cup is turning into a tournament for the smaller nations was banished when Switzerland received their (...)

France’s Karim Benzema scores against Honduras during the opening game in Group E.

The history of France in the World Cup is a story of dramatic oscillation. In 1982 and 1986, they reached the semi-finals, then in 1990 and 1994 th(...)

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(...)

Gareth Bale  celebrates scoring Real Madrid’s second goal with team-mate Alvaro Arbeloa during the La Liga match against Elche  at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Photograph:  Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Spanish round -up: Real Madrid stormed three points clear at the top of La Liga after they beat Elche 3-0 on Saturday and Barcelona (...)

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