Raphael Varane

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho’s transfer targets were at odds with what Ed Woodward wanted. Photo: Andreas GebertReuters

Manchester United did not follow through with some of José Mourinho’s transfer targets because of misgivings about the players he had identified and a(...)

France midfielder Paul Pogba is among the players who have dominated in the tournament. Photograph: Franck FIfe/AFP/Getty Images

José Mourinho has kept busy during the World Cup with a punditry gig on RT (formerly Russia Today). Listening to his analysis, you quickly realise tha(...)

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(...)

Uruguay’s Fernando Muslera lets Antoine Griezmann’s shot slip through his hands during the 2018 World Cup quarter-final against France in Nizhny Novgorod. Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Uruguay 0 France 2 Uruguay are the smallest country to win the World Cup but their defeat to France showed why little countries find it harder to lif(...)

Didier Deschamps: manager insisted at his press pre-match conference that “there is no ambiguity here, we want to win and the players must do everything in their power to achieve this”.  Abedin Taherkenarech/EPA

Group C – Denmark v France – Luzhniki Stadium, 3pm (RTÉ/ITV) At the time, Didier Deschamps must have been disappointed: France had taken their time t(...)

 Paolo Guerrero earned a reprieve on the eve of this World Cup. Photograph: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

The Matches Group C France v Australia (Kazan Arena, 11am, RTE/BBC) Betting: France 1/4, Australia 9/1, Draw 11/2. Group D Argentina v Iceland (Spar(...)

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(...)

Andres Iniesta leaves the pitch after his final El Clásico appearance. Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP

Barcelona 2 Real Madrid 2 Rarely has a draw felt so good to this stadium. Barcelona are three games away from completing an unbeaten season after thi(...)

Cristiano Ronaldo scores Real Madrid’s second against Juventus. Photograph: Andrea Di Marco/EPA

Juventus 0 Real Madrid 3 For a brief moment, there was stunned silence. It felt as if nobody could comprehend what they had witnessed. Then the appla(...)

 Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has not scored in his last three games for the club. Photograph: Javier Barbancho/Reuters

Real Madrid 0 Villarreal 1 Villarreal piled the pressure on under-fire Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane as they snatched a 1-0 win over the struggli(...)

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