Sevilla head coach Julen Lopetegui and Inter Milan head coach Antonio Conte. Both teams face off in the Europa League final in Cologne on Friday. Photographs:  Alex Caparros, Emilio Andreoli, Michael Regan/Getty Images

Europa League Final: Sevilla v Inter Milan, RheinEnergie Stadion, Cologne, Friday, 8pm - Live on Virgin Media One and BT Sport 1 Antonio Conte will h(...)

Jack Charlton and assistant Maurice Setters walk out into the cauldron of Windsor park to play against Northern Ireland in 1993. Photograph: Pacemaker

Ask any reporter and they’ll tell you being inside a glassed-in press box is no way to watch a sporting event. Echoey, removed and unnatural. But on t(...)

Luis Enrique has stepped down as Spain coach for personal reasons. Photograph: EPA

Spain coach Luis Enrique resigned from the team on Wednesday, three months after temporarily stepping aside for personal reasons, with his number two (...)

 A news conference  at  Spartak Stadium in Moscow. World Cup press conferences are a daily piece of amateur theatre where the questions are often repetitive, the players are generally bored, and the managers find 50 ways to say nothing. Photograph: James Hill/The New York Times

No one expects scintillating Socratic dialogue or even normal reportorial discourse at a World Cup press conference. But even by the tournament’s rela(...)

The Spanish Football Federation named former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique as their new manager. Photograph: Getty Images

Spain have named Luis Enrique as their new head coach after Fernando Hierro stepped down from temporary charge following their last-16 World Cup exit (...)

Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Danny Rose, Kieran Trippier, Jesse Lingard,Jamie Vardy, Harry Maguire and John Stones of England look on at the penalty shoot out during their 2018 World Cup last 16 clash with Colombia. Photo: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

All the numbers were against England going into the penalty shootout against Colombia. England: three defeats from three World Cup shootouts; six defe(...)

 Spain’s head coach Fernando Hierro reacts after the penalty shootout defeat to Russia in the  World Cup round of 16 match in Moscow. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales insists he has no regrets over the decision to sack coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the World (...)

Paul Pogba’s France take on Argentina on Saturday. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty

THE MATCHES Saturday June 30th France v Argentina (Kazan, 3.0pm, RTÉ2/BBC). Betting: France 29-20, Argentina 5-2, Draw 2-1 Uruguay v Portugal (Sochi,(...)

Spain and Real Madrid fullback Dani Carvajal. Photograph: Francois Nel/Getty

Sunday July 1st, Spain v Russia (Luzhniki Stadium, 3.0pm, RTÉ2/BBC) A World Cup last-16 match between Spain and Russia would have seemed like a woefu(...)

 Fernando Hierro during Spain’s  match against  Morocco. He was  a last-minute replacement as Spain’s manager after Julen Lopetegui was sacked. Photograph: EPA

Spain defender Dani Carvajal spoke out on Thursday in favour of his side’s interim coach Fernando Hierro’s abilities as a tactician whilst admitting t(...)

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