“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
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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?
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
Politically he was known as the “weathervane”, for his ability to shift as it suited him. He went from championing state control in the 1970s to Ronald Reagan’s free-market liberalism in the 1980s. When he was elected president in 1995, he shocked the world by resuming nuclear testing in atoll explosions in the South Pacific, then took to the stage as an eco-champion at the 2002 Earth summit, warning: “Our house is burning while we look elsewhere.” He went from virulent eurosceptic in the late 1970s to staunch euro-defender 10 years later. … [Read more...] about Jacques Chirac, former French president, dies aged 86