The goal owed everything to the power of Hummels, which was clearly back at its maximum after the fever that had ruled him out of the last-16 tie against Algeria. From Toni Kroos’s whipped free-kick, he extended his arm to fend off Varane and guided the header beyond Hugo Lloris. It bounced down and in off the underside of the crossbar, before rearing up into the roof of the net for added emphasis. … [Read more...] about Germany reach World Cup semi-finals as Mats Hummels header sinks France
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“There are players who never mature at 30 and some who do at 20,” said Deschamps. Varane has won three Champions League finals, in 2014, 2017 and 2018 – he missed the 2016 final through injury and the last Euros as well – and has worked successively with José Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Rafa Benítez and Zidane. Not a bad cast to help you improve every day, although it was his early mistake against Germany and a lost aerial duel with the defender Mats Hummels which ruined France’s chances in the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup. … [Read more...] about Raphaël Varane: France defender set to be a leader – or is he too nice?
Securing a meeting with Thuram has proved difficult and not just because he is extremely busy. Thuram has found himself at the centre of a media storm following an interview he gave to the Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport. Contacted to discuss the continuing racism in Serie A, he was reflecting on the history of the problem when he said: “It is necessary to have the courage to say that white people believe they are superior.” This sentence upset some of his compatriots and notably prompted the influential football journalist Pierre Ménès to claim: “The real problem in France, in football in any case, is anti-white racism.” … [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
We've also asked ALL RT topi's to emphasize and make sure they pay attention to existing non-UNSC member UN-related and domestic comms for anything useful related to the UNSC deliberations/ debates/ votes. We have a lot of special UN-related diplomatic coverage (various UN delegations) from countries not sitting on the UNSC right now that could contribute related perspectives/ insights/ whatever. We recognize that we can't afford to ignore this possible source. … [Read more...] about US plan to bug Security Council: the text