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England’s Paul Gascoigne celebrates scoring against Scotland during an 1996 European championships group stage match  at Wembley. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Allsport/Getty Images

David Beckham has assumed the role as the people’s prince of England, gliding through his middle years as a pleasantly handsome and immaculately turne(...)

Italy’s manager Roberto Mancini  during the  Euros  quarter-final against Belgium in Munich on July 2nd.   Photograph: Andreas Gebert/AFP via Getty Images

The article in Gazzetta dello Sport was only laying out the facts but it read like an audible groan. “Spain again,” ran the opening line in Italy’s pi(...)

Wales’ Gareth Bale misses a big chance during his team’s Euro 2020 defeat to Italy at the Stadio Olimpico stadium. Photograph: Alberto Lingria/AP

Italy 1 Wales 0 Half an hour before kick-off, when the team sheets were read aloud for the first time, the loudest Roman roar was reserved for the It(...)

Italy have improved under manager Roberto Mancini. Photograph: Claudio Villa/Getty Images

Turkey Odds: 50-1 Previous best: Semi-finalists 2008 Prospects: Traditionally cavalier, Turkey’s recent resurgence has been built on their defence. P(...)

 Ruben Dias in action against  Paris Saint-Germain’s   Neymar.  The signing of  Dias last summer has been as transformative as that of Virgil van Dijk was for Liverpool. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

Everywhere you looked, people were losing their heads. There was Ángel Di María stamping on Fernandinho. There was Leandro Paredes hurling the ball(...)

 Riyad Mahrez’s free-kick goes through the Paris Saint-Germain wall for Manchester City’s second goal during the Champions League semi-final, first leg at Parc des Princes. Photograph:  Alex Grimm/Getty Images

Paris Saint-Germain 1 Manchester City 2 Pep Guardiola had called for calm, for his Manchester City players to be themselves, for them to enjoy the oc(...)

Kylian Mbappe  scores the opening goal for  Paris Saint-Germain against Bayern Munich during the Champions League quarter-final, first leg at Allianz Arena. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Bayern Munich 2 Paris Saint-Germain 3 Kylian Mbappé produced a performance of stunning high-end incision to drive Paris Saint-Germain to a 3-2 Champi(...)

Gerard Pique can’t keep up with Kylian Mbappe. Photograph: Lluis Gene/Getty/AFP

Presnel Kimpembe slipped. 29 minutes had been played at the Camp Nou. Two minutes earlier Lionel Messi had put Barcelona ahead. Now, as the Paris Sain(...)

Kylian Mbappe completes his hat-trick in scoring Paris Saint-Germain’s fourth goal in the  Champions League round of 16 first-leg match against Barcelona at the  Camp Nou. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Barcelona 1 Paris Saint-Germain 4 There were five minutes left when Kylian Mbappé opened up his body and bent a beautiful shot into the far corner of(...)

Neymar is the heart of PSG’s entire enterprise: not just as a visible, and indeed literal ambassador for Qatar’s grand plan, but also as the key on-field presence. Photograph: EPA

“Football is not for sale,” Aleksander Ceferin pronounced, famously, at a Uefa conference two years ago, in the process exploring the depth, width and(...)

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