“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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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?
The NBA, meanwhile, is planning to resume its season at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. However, National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts told ESPN on Tuesday that players are seeking a 'level of certainty' regarding their return from the hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic. … [Read more...] about Game on! NHL scraps its regular season for a 24-team playoff as MLB teams begin practice and Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says there will ‘definitely’ be an NFL season in 2020
Bundesliga transfers: Where will Havertz, Werner, Sane, Sancho and others end up Achraf Hakimi - Borussia Dortmund After two years on loan at BVB, the 21-year-old Moroccan is expected to return to the club that owns him, Real Madrid, and try his luck at breaking into the first team. In Dortmund, Hakimi has shown that he has the quality that should allow him to do so. Paris Saint-Germain had been interested, but they appear to have been scared off by the €55 million it would take to lure him. … [Read more...] about Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich: The view from the terrace
Opinion in France remains sharply divided over whether Thuram is a troublemaker with a far-left political agenda or a hero to a disaffected generation of immigrant youth, who see him as taking on the political and cultural establishment. For Jean-Marie Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front, and his followers, Thuram as a black man and therefore as a 'non-European' represents 'an affront to France'. Other groups, such as the centre-left SOS Racisme, have been equivocal about the alleged 'hypocrisy' of a hugely rich footballer handing out political advice on life in a suburb from which he is now so distant. But for some, such as Joey Starr, former singer of the notorious rap collective NTM ( Nique Ta Mere - or Fuck Your Mother), who is a genuine child of the streets and no stranger to police intimidation, Thuram is a model of how to behave. 'Thuram won't talk to wankers,' he says. 'Why should he? But he talks the truth.' … [Read more...] about If you can keep a cool head