Kylian Mbappe is a likely starter for France. Photograph:  Aurelien Meunier/Getty

France - 13-2 Denmark - 100-1 Peru - 200-1 Australia - 500-1 The contenders France are looking ominously good and undoubtedly the heavyweight outfit(...)

Antoine Griezmann will lead the line for France in Russia. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty

France (13-2) Who are they? France boast a squad which can only be described as magnifique – the acid test for Didier Deschamps this summer is (...)

France’s Olivier Giroud scores their first goal during the pre-World Cup friendly win over Ireland. Photo: Charles Platiau/Reuters

France 2 Ireland 0 Despite the defeat, this was far from Ireland’s worst ever night at the Stade de France but they have had better. Outplayed from b(...)

Didier Deschamps: France’s head coach  has been able to make  big calls because of the remarkable array of individual talent available to him.  Photograph: Franck FireAFP/Getty

The wider country may be locked in a battle just now over the attempt by its president to impose what is politely described as reform but as Didier De(...)

Atlético Madrid celebrate their Europa League win. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Marseille 0 Atlético Madrid 3 Another success for Diego Simeone and Atlético Madrid, and another success for Spain in the Europa League. Eight of the(...)

Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann celebrates after his side beat Arsenal to reach the Europa League final. Photo: Susana Vera/Reuters

Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu has been in contact with Antoine Griezmann’s agent amid reports the Atletico Madrid striker is set to join th(...)

Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa celebrates scoring their  goal in the  Europa League semi-final second leg against Arsenal at the Wanda Metropolitano in  Madrid. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters

Atletico Madrid 1 Arsenal 0 (Atletico win 2-1 on agg) For Arsène Wenger, there will be no happy ending. Diego Simeone’s team are, as promised, on th(...)

Arsène Wenger: “The next game is always the most important in life and this one influences the future of my club.”  Photograph:  Catherine Ivill/Getty

Arséne Wenger went back to Madrid – in his own mind – when he was asked last week to reveal his most memorable European result with Arsenal. It came (...)

Arsène Wenger watches on during Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Atlético Madrid. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

It is a lovely thought, Arsène Wenger burnishing his legacy by collecting the first European trophy of his career in Lyon next month, and for a while (...)

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo applauds fans as he is substituted off after scoring in the Madrid derby against Atletico at the  Santiago Bernabeu stadium. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

Real Madrid 1 Atletico Madrid 1 Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo scored for the 10th game in a row in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at home to Atletico Madr(...)

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