Manuel Amoros

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West German goalkeeper Harald Schumacher clashes with French defender Patrick Battiston during the World Cup semi-final in 1982. File photograph: Getty Images

The thing about sport is that when you first become besotted with it as a chiseler, you’re under the mistaken impression that it’s life perfected, tha(...)

 Manuel Amoros  is given a marching orders after headbutting Jesper Olsen durin France’s 1-0 win over Denmark at Euro 2000. Photograph: Getty

Euro 1984: France 1 Denmark 0 June 12th, 1984 Zinedine Zidane’s headbutt into the chest of Marco Materazzi in the closing stages of the 2006 World C(...)

West German goalkeeper Toni Schumacher (right) jumps past the ball as he gets ready to collide with French defender Patrick Battiston during the 1982 World Cup semi-final in Stockholm. Battiston was carried off the field on a stretcher while Schumacher, unpunished,  resumed play with a goal-kick. Photograph: AFP

The semi-final stage of the World Cup has, on balance, not been particularly kind to France. In 1958, the free-scoring team of Just Fontaine and Raymo(...)