Löw made tactical changes and nobody could say that they did not work out. He moved Lahm to right-back and Müller to the right wing, where they combined effectively while Miroslav Klose, recalled at centre-forward, chased wide to harry the France full-backs. In central defence, Per Mertesacker paid for his lack of pace with his place. “Per had a marvellous reaction when I told him,” Löw said. “He said, I know how I can help the team.” … [Read more...] about Germany reach World Cup semi-finals as Mats Hummels header sinks France
Cameroon at 1990 world cup
It was Zinédine Zidane, then counselor to Real’s chairman, Florentino Pérez, whose phone call to Varane clinched the deal. “I was at my mother’s home in Hellemmes,” near Lille, Varane remembers. “It was 7.30pm and my phone rang. I was tired, I did not feel like answering and I was not really listening when I suddenly recognised his voice: ‘It’s not a joke, it’s really me,’ said Zidane. I told him politely I was busy revising for my exams and asked him to call back later. But when I hung up, I was thinking ‘shit’ and went to see my older brother who thought I was crazy. I said yes to Real the day before taking my philosophy final exam.” He would explain later: “Don’t call me an intellectual. After all, there are a lot more people taking their A-levels each summer than signing for Real Madrid. I was just a good and serious student.” … [Read more...] about Raphaël Varane: France defender set to be a leader – or is he too nice?
To illustrate the progress humanity has made, Thuram takes the example of his own family: “My grandfather was born in 1908, 60 years after the abolition of slavery in Guadeloupe. When my mother was born, in 1947, there was segregation in the United States. When I was born, in 1972, there was apartheid in South Africa. In France, state racism ended in the 1960s. If you’re not aware of this deep history, you may think there’s more racism today. But I can tell you there isn’t. There’s far less.” … [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
To: [Recipients withheld] From: FRANK KOZA, Def Chief of Staff (Regional Targets) CIV/NSA Sent on Jan 31 2003 0:16 Subject: Reflections of Iraq Debate/Votes at UN-RT Actions + Potential for Related Contributions Importance: HIGH Top Secret//COMINT//X1 All, … [Read more...] about US plan to bug Security Council: the text