“I’m disappointed, frustrated but let’s not forget what we have done so far,” Deschamps said. “I don’t think there was a huge gap between the teams. They are more experienced and we were timid at the beginning but we created some chances. We were not efficient and Neuer played well, too. I’m proud of my players and my staff and that’s what I told them at the end.” … [Read more...] about Germany reach World Cup semi-finals as Mats Hummels header sinks France
Argentina in 2010 world cup
Security minister Berni said that the coronavirus situation in Buenos Aires slums would only get worse. “This is like the Titanic, we’ve got an iceberg ahead and we can chose to hit it head-on or from the side – but the crash is inevitable.” … [Read more...] about Argentina cordons off virus-hit slum as critics decry ‘ghettoes for poor people’
He was not even 18 at the time. Fifteen months later, and after only 23 games in Ligue 1 with Lens, the club he joined at nine, he was signing a six-year Real Madrid contract for for a €10m fee while taking his A-levels and majoring in economic sciences. “A real bargain for that price,” said the then Lens coach, Laszlo Boloni. “He is a gem, he is learning fast because he listens, he can already read the game very well and he is such a gifted, fast and intelligent defender. Exactly the same as Cristiano Ronaldo was in an attacking version when he started with me at Sporting.” … [Read more...] about Raphaël Varane: France defender set to be a leader – or is he too nice?
Thuram speaks in a calm, intelligent manner. His gentle demeanour contrasts with the aggressive way he defended during his playing days. It is also very different to the stereotypical image that some individuals in France have of black people who come from the suburbs. “People like to fantasise,” Thuram says, allowing himself a throaty chuckle. “They like to think the suburbs are full of violent thugs but they’re not. The majority of people are just like me. They try to live well in a calm, peaceful way.” … [Read more...] about Lilian Thuram: ‘My classmates judged me because of my skin colour’
The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, was among 30 world leaders who flew to Paris to attend the funeral. The Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orbán, and the German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, also attended, as as did former leaders who worked with Chirac, including Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of the European commission, and the former US president Bill Clinton. … [Read more...] about France mourns Jacques Chirac with funeral and ceremonies