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 Atletico Madrid’s assistant coach German ‘Mono’ Burgos  gives instructions to Kieran Trippier  during their team’s training session at the Angeles de San Rafael sports facilities in Segovia, Spain. Photograph: Juan Jo Martin/EPA

Oscar Ortega has a reputation for being a bit of a sadist. Nicknamed El Profe, the teacher, he is part man, part myth, mixing fear, fascination and fo(...)

Uruguay’s Luis Suarez is consoled by Diego Godin after missing a penalty in the Copa America quarter-final against Peru at Arena Fonte Nova in  Salvador, Brazil. Photograph: Sergio Moraes/Reuters

Peru 0 Uruguay 0 (Peru won 5-4 on penalties) Luis Suarez broke down in tears after his shoot-out miss saw Uruguay dumped out of the Copa America by u(...)

 Jose Mourinho has had five windows to build his squad since taking over in the summer of 2016 and signed 11 players at a cost of £360m at a net outlay of £285m.

Following Manchester United’s defeat to Juventus in the Champions League, José Mourinho stated his side are below the Italian club and other continent(...)

Atletico Madrid celebrate their Super Cup victory over Real in Estonia. Photograph:  Alexander Hassenstein/Getty

Real Madrid 2 Atlético Madrid 4 (AET) Real Madrid began life without Cristiano Ronaldo with an extra-time defeat to bitter rivals Atletico Madrid in (...)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho’s transfer targets were at odds with what Ed Woodward wanted. Photo: Andreas GebertReuters

Manchester United did not follow through with some of José Mourinho’s transfer targets because of misgivings about the players he had identified and a(...)

Diego Godin has been linked with Manchester United but is said to be happy at Atletico Madrid. Photo: Getty Images

Manchester United have made a €25m (£22.5m) offer to Atlético Madrid for the 32-year-old defender Diego Godín to trigger his release clause but the Ur(...)

   Kylian Mbappe:  has really impressed at this World Cup with his pace, control and dribbling skills that combine to give France  a cutting edge in attack. Photograph: Kirill Dudravatsev/AFP/Getty

So, here we are in the semi-finals. This was the target set for Didier Deschamps by the French Federation, so he can take a bow and say the job’s done(...)

Japan’s  Gaku Shibasaki  challenges Belgium’s  Eden Hazard during the  World Cup round of 16 football match  at the Rostov Arena. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

THE MATCHES QUARTER-FINALS Uruguay v France, 3.0 (Nizhny Novgorod, RTÉ2/ITV). Betting: Uruguay 18-5, France Evs, Draw 11-5 Brazil v Belgium, 7.0 (Ka(...)

Cristiano Ronaldo  during a training session at the team’s base in Kratovo before the last 16 clash with Uruguay in which he will be up against some familiar foes. Photograph: Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty

Go on, admit it: one of the first things you thought of when the draw put Portugal and Uruguay together was the kind of thing nobody wants to see but(...)

Uruguay’s Luis Suarez celebrates his team’s second goal at the Samara Arena. Photograph: Getty Images

Uruguay 3 Russia 0 The opinion among Russia’s more phlegmatic observers is that, vibrant and positive as the early stages of this World Cup have been(...)

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