Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho are two of world football’s hottest prospects. Photograph:  Michael Sohn/AP

Ever since the Bundesliga’s fixture list was released way back in July last year, the timing has looked delicious. For neutrals, the two fixtures that(...)

Thomas Muller reacts during Bayern’s 2-0 Champions League win over Olympiakos. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty

Earlier this year, representatives of one of the Bundesliga’s budding superstars met with a delegation from Bayern Munich. Their client is likely to m(...)

France’s Antoine Griezmann scores the first of his goals in the  Uefa Nations League match at Stade de France. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

France 2 Germany 1 Antoine Griezmann scored twice in the second half as world champions France came from behind to beat Germany 2-1 in their Nations (...)

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 (...)

Belgium’s assistant coach Thierry Henry looks on before the quarter-final against Brazil. Photograph: Benjamin Cremel/AFP/Getty Images

The irony of Thierry Henry, one of France’s all-time soccer greats, plotting his own country’s downfall at the World Cup in Russia has not been lost o(...)

 France forward Kylian Mbappe  celebrates with team-mate  Antoine Griezmann after scoring their fourth goal  in the round of 16 World Cup clash against Argentina  at the Kazan Arena. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

France 4 Argentina 3 If Argentina paid much attention to France’s pre-tournament friendlies they might be forgiven if they made the mistake of discou(...)

 Kylian Mbappe (right) celebrates scoring France’s winner against Peru with Anoine Griezmann.  France have managed just three goals to date – fewer than any other group winners. Photograph: Anne-Christine/AFP/Getty

Like Joachim Löw, Didier Deschamps came to Russia having to hope that his side would gel over the course of group stages then, hey presto, pull a rabb(...)

Didier Deschamps: manager insisted at his press pre-match conference that “there is no ambiguity here, we want to win and the players must do everything in their power to achieve this”.  Abedin Taherkenarech/EPA

Group C – Denmark v France – Luzhniki Stadium, 3pm (RTÉ/ITV) At the time, Didier Deschamps must have been disappointed: France had taken their time t(...)

Arsène Wenger watches on during Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Atlético Madrid. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

It is a lovely thought, Arsène Wenger burnishing his legacy by collecting the first European trophy of his career in Lyon next month, and for a while (...)

Eden Hazard celebrates his equaliser for Chelsea. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Chelsea 1 Atlético Madrid 1 The Europa League awaits Diego Simeone and his side, victors in the semis here three years ago and the beaten finalists i(...)

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