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
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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?
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’
Although Chirac has been accused of achieving little during his 12 years in the Elysée and was later convicted for his role in a “fake jobs” scandal during his time as mayor of Paris between 1977 and 1995, a poll by the Journal du Dimanche newspaper showed the French consider him their best president of the modern era, alongside the country’s postwar leader, Charles de Gaulle. … [Read more...] about France mourns Jacques Chirac with funeral and ceremonies
In a surprising coup de grace, Chirac, now retired from politics, praises the former Socialist party leader, François Hollande, the man many on the French left believe is best placed to challenge Sarkozy in next year's presidential election since the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn on sex allegations in New York. … [Read more...] about Jacques Chirac memoir savages Nicolas Sarkozy