Didier Deschamps lifts the  Jules Rimet trophy at the Stade de France in 1998. The former France  captain could become just the third man to win the World Cup as a player and manager.  Photograph: Daniel Garcia/AFP/Getty Images

Almost 20 years to the day since France beat Brazil 3-0 in Paris to win their first and only World Cup, the man who captained a team that united a nat(...)

Uruguay’s Fernando Muslera lets Antoine Griezmann’s shot slip through his hands during the 2018 World Cup quarter-final against France in Nizhny Novgorod. Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Uruguay 0 France 2 Uruguay are the smallest country to win the World Cup but their defeat to France showed why little countries find it harder to lif(...)

Liverpool’s Loris Karius after the Champions League final at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev. Photograph: Getty Images

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists goalkeeper Loris Karius starts with a clean slate this season after putting his Champions League final errors d(...)

West Germany celebrate their 1954 World Cup final over Hungary in Bern. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty

The rain was teeming down in Bern and Hungary were about to win the World Cup. Ferenc Puskas had put the Mighty Magyars ahead after six minutes and Zo(...)

Patrick O’Connell managed both FC Barcelona and Real Betis, and is still referred to there as ‘Don Patricio’ O’Connell.

Some women are romanced with flowers or chocolates, but when I met Mike, the man that would become my husband, I was beguiled by tales of the grandfat(...)

Bayern Munich’s  Thomas Mueller will  be renewing acquaintances with  Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos at the Bernabéu. Photograph:  Christof Stache/AFP

Real Madrid (2) v Bayern Munich (1) (Santiago Bernabéu, 7.45pm, Live on TV3 & BT Sport 2) At the end of the final session at their Säbener Strass(...)

 Fireworks over Khalifa International Stadium during its  official opening ceremony in May. It’s the  the first completed 2022 Fifa World Cup venue, five years before the tournament begins. Photograph: Qatar/Getty

The prospects of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups being hosted by Russia and Qatar have been strengthened after Fifa dramatically published in full the i(...)

Pele in action for the New York Cosmos in 1975. Photograph: George Tiedemann /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images

New York, the ads on the subway system read, it’s “Cosmos Country” again although nobody, not even the club’s new owner, is pretending that the local (...)

Mario Gotze holds the World Cup trophy after Germany beat Argentina in the final in 2014. Photo: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Some goals are replayed so often it can blind us to their brilliance. Germany’s winner in the 2014 World Cup final is a case in point. To meet André (...)

Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from professional football after an 18-year career with Liverpool and Los Angeles Galaxy. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/PA

Jürgen Klopp has appealed for Steven Gerrard to be given time to consider the next step in his career while admitting he is “pretty sure” Liverpool’s (...)

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