Jack Wilshere and Mark Noble of West Ham  argue with referee Stuart Attwell during their Premier League match against  Bournemouth at London Stadium last Saturday. Photograph: Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Almost a week since West Ham’s defeat by Bournemouth at the London Stadium, it remains no easier to understand Manuel Pellegrini’s decision to play Ma(...)

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to receiving a yellow card. Photograph: Getty Images

Iran 1 Portugal 1 A late penalty earned a draw for Iran against Portugal in a bad-tempered group decider in Saransk that was dominated by VAR decisio(...)

Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo takes part in a training session at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi . Photograph: Getty Images

Group B: Portugal v Spain, Friday June 15th, Sochi (7.0pm) They might finally be the ones with a title to laud over their rivals, but Portugal could (...)

Cristiano Ronaldo will be featuring in his fourth World Cup this summer. Photograph: Robert Hradil/Getty

Portugal (25-1) Who are they? Not many people will fancy the champions of Europe to repeat the trick on the world stage this summer – but then again(...)

France’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates scoring with former Monaco teammate Thomas Lemar. Photograph: Reuters

France steamrollered Holland 4-0 with the help of goals from Thomas Lemar and Kylian Mbappe as they edged closer to qualification for next summer’s Wo(...)

 Granit Xhaka and Nacho Monreal of Arsenal look on after conceding a goal to Leicester at the Emirates Stadium.  Photograph:  Michael Regan/Getty Images

It turns out the switch to a back three was not a magic bullet, after all. It is early days still, of course, but already the sense is that for Arse(...)

PTSB  chief executive Jeremy Masding compared the old PTSB to flashy footballer Lionel Messi, and the new bank to William Carvalho: “Steady, doesn’t make many mistakes, market value went up during the European Championships, lets others take all the glory, doesn’t really give the ball away.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Permanent TSB chief executive Jeremy Masding was in great form yesterday as the bank unveiled an after-tax profit of €80 million for the six months t(...)

Portugal celebrate their Euro 2016 victory. Photograph: Reuters

Dare one say it? The key to Portugal’s remarkable triumph over France in last night’s Euro 2016 final was the clear sensation that the winners Portuga(...)

Portugal were crowned kings of Europe after beating France 1-0 after extra time at the Stade de France. Photograph: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach

Portugal 1 France 0 (AET) Perhaps they won it for him in the end, the skipper who seemed hell bent of carrying his nation to a major title in the w(...)

Face-off: Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo meet each other as Wales take on Portugal in the first Euro 2016 semi-final in Paris. Photographs: Patricia De Melo Moreira/Emmanuel Dunand/AFP Photo/Getty Images

For those who like a good showdown story, the first semi-final could scarcely have been better set up had it involved two guys standing with Smith &am(...)

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