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 Scotland  coach Gregor Townsend: he  is receptive to ideas from his coaching team, and will always test his own theories on the game in a practical way.  Photograph:  Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Drawing a straight-line correlation between Gregor Townsend the former player and his rugby philosophy as a coach may be a fool’s errand for those who(...)

New Republic of Ireland under-21 manager Stephen Kenny has earned his chance at an international job. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Oriel Park, Dundalk, a slow Wednesday afternoon, June 2017. Turning left at the Spar on Carrickmacross Road, a sign on the back of the main stand dec(...)

 France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris lifts the World Cup trophy after their win over Croatia in Moscow. Photograph: Getty Images

France let their opponents do the hard work on their way to winning the World Cup, running less than most teams and enjoying less than 50 per cent pos(...)

Former Belgium coach Thierry Henry has now taken over at Monaco. Photograph: PA

Thierry Henry has been named as the new head coach at Monaco. The former Arsenal and France forward replaces Leonardo Jardim, who was sacked by the L(...)

Marko Arnautovic rounds off the scoring for West Ham at Goodison Park. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

Everton 1 West Ham United 3 The early season woes that surrounded Manuel Pellegrini and West Ham United felt like a trick of the mind as a first Prem(...)

Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos vies for the ball with Ivan Alejo of Getafe. Photograph: Rodrigo Jimenez/EPA

The union of Spanish footballers (AFE) is unanimously opposed to La Liga’s plans to play regular season games in the United States and will not rule o(...)

The Belgium squad after their third-place play-off win over England. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

Belgium 2 England 0 England’s remarkable World Cup adventure reached a meek conclusion as Belgium beat Gareth Southgate’s men in the third-place play(...)

England manager Gareth Southgate hugs England skipper Harry Kane after the World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia in Moscow. Photograph: Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images

Roberto Martinez put a braver face on it after Belgium’s defeat, claiming that a win this weekend would be still be important but Gareth Southgate adm(...)

Didier Deschamps lifts the  Jules Rimet trophy at the Stade de France in 1998. The former France  captain could become just the third man to win the World Cup as a player and manager.  Photograph: Daniel Garcia/AFP/Getty Images

Almost 20 years to the day since France beat Brazil 3-0 in Paris to win their first and only World Cup, the man who captained a team that united a nat(...)

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(...)

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