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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(...)

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo during their 2014 World Cup Group G defeat to  Germany at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador. Photograph: Jorge Silva / Reuters

The first round of matches at this World Cup has been a huge success, not least because this time, so many of the headline acts have delivered. Neymar(...)

France’s Karim Benzema scored twice against Group E rivals Honduras  at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre.  Photograph: Armando Babani / EPA

France 3 Honduras 0The painful memories of South Africa will soon begin to fade if this is a sign of things to come from Didier Deschamps and his play(...)

Young spectators show their support to french players Karim Benzema and Paul Pogba during a training session at the Botafogo soccer club’s Santa Cruz stadium in Ribeirao Preto,  northwest of Sao Paulo, in recent days. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Former champions France should put underdogs Honduras to the sword in their World Cup Group E opener in Porto Alegre tomorrow – although their penchan(...)

France players (from left) Patrice Evra, Karim Benzema, Franck Ribery and Paul Pogba at Clairefontaine, near Paris, last month.  Photograph: Charles Platiau / Reuters

Manager: Didier Deschamps Best finish: Champions (1998) World Cup record: Played 59, Won 28, Drawn 12, Lost 19 History France have (...)

 Luis Suarez:  On the cover of a recent issue of Marca, as Real Madrid develop their interest in the Uruguay and Liverpool striker. Photograph:   Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Liverpool are closing in on a deal for the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can amid the first, tentative signs of Real Madrid developing their int(...)

Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid scores his second goal   with a header past goalkeeper Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer  during the Uefa Champions League semi-final second leg match at Allianz Arena. Photograph: Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images

Bayern Munich 0 Real Madrid 4 (Real Madrid win 5-0 on agg): Real Madrid moved a s(...)

Real’s Sergio Ramos, second left, scores his side’s second  goal past Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer during the Champions League semi-final second leg  at the Allianz Arena ,  Munich. Photograph: AP.

DAVID HYTNER At long last, Real Madrid can almost touch La Decima. This was an (...)

 Cristiano Ronaldo in action during the Uefa Champions League semi-final first leg match between Real Madrid and FC Bayern Munich at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Photograph: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo felt no ill effects after he returned from injury in Real Madrid’s 1-0 Champions League semi-final win over Bayern Munich. (...)

 Arjen Robben  gestures during the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg match between against Real Madrid  at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Photograph:  Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images

Winger Arjen Robben believes Bayern Munich have plenty of reason for optimism despite suffering a 1-0 defeat at Real Madrid in the first leg o(...)

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