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(...)

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(...)

Thomas Müller opens the scoring for Bayern Munich in the Champions League round of 16 first leg against Besiktas at the Allianz Arena. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Bayern Munich 5 Besiktas 0 Bayern Munich, helped by two typical Thomas Müller goals and two from Robert Lewandowski, romped to a 5-0 win over Besikta(...)

Relief is very much the dominant feeling in France this morning after les Bleus came from behind to beat Ireland yesterday and advance to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016. Photo: Getty Images

Relief is very much the dominant feeling in France this morning after les Bleus came from behind to beat Ireland yesterday and advance to the quarter-(...)

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been named in France’s 23-man squad for the European Championships to be held in the country. Photograph:  Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

France coach Didier Deschamps picked seasoned striker Olivier Giroud on Thursday for his 23-man squad for the European soccer championship, which Fran(...)

 Arturo Vidal watches on as Saul Niguez scores Atlético Madrid’s winner against Bayern Munich. Photograph: Getty

Now that we are all living in a Leicester City world, it is hard to watch the Champions League without wondering how its snazziest participants will c(...)

Dimitri Payet scored a stunning free-kick as France beat Russia 4-2. Photograph: Reuters

Dimitri Payet staked his Euro 2016 claims with a sumptuous strike for France that he called a “beautiful birthday present”. The West Ham midfielder c(...)