Michel Platini

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France’s Olivier Giroud scores during their Nations League win over Netherlands in Paris. Photo by Anne-Christine Poujoulat/Getty Images

France 2 Netherlands 1 France striker Olivier Giroud ended his 10-match goalless run with the winner as the world champions’ return to Paris for the (...)

 Gareth Bale of Real Madrid celebrates scoring a goal against Liverpool during last year’s  Champions League final. Photograph:  MB Media/Getty Images

The draw for a new-look Champions League group stage, featuring more teams from Europe’s top five leagues and fewer representatives from the smaller o(...)

Thierry Henry is sent off at the 2002 World Cup. Photograph: Getty Images

Four of the countries’ eight meetings have ended goalless. But their clashes have seldom been boring and often pivotal. Reputations have been made. Or(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin  speaks to former Fifa president Sepp Blatter during the 2014 World Cup. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Fifa president Gianni Infantino can breathe a sigh of relief. He will not have to vie for attention with his disgraced predecessor, Sepp Blatter, on T(...)

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(...)

Former Uefa president Michel Platini believes he will be eventually be cleared of any criminal wrongdoing. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Former Uefa president Michel Platini has attacked the “clowns” and “worthless judges” who have banned him from football and told a French magazine tha(...)

Turkey is a candidate for the 2024 European Championships. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

It is hard even in the space of a few days not to be struck by the potential of Turkey as a host of a major football championship. The country has bee(...)

 Craig Pawson, match referee, watches the VAR screen before awarding a penalty to Liverpool during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match against West Brom at Anfield. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty

The former Uefa president Michel Platini had two reasons for being against video refereeing in football. The first was that “football has also based i(...)

Estadio de San Mames in Bilbao has a capacity of just over 53,000. Photograph:      David Ramos/Getty Images

The Republic of Ireland will share a group with Spain if both teams qualify for Euro 2020 after Dublin and Bilbao were paired as hosting cities under (...)

FAI chief executive John Delaney. Photograph: Inpho

There are a fair few moments recalled in David Conn’s remarkable book on football’s governing body The Fall Of The House of Fifa that you find yoursel(...)

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