France cannot be written off after a sluggish start. At the last World Cup they struggled sorely throughout the group stage yet, when a switch was flicked in the last 16, they advanced majestically to the final. Domenech is a keen follower of omens and he had to hope that this dull showing could presage something more exciting. "I want to keep you on your toes," he said with a smile. … [Read more...] about World Cup 2010: Ten-man Uruguay and France begin with stalemate
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Patrício, the 30-year-old goalkeeper who has won nearly 70 caps, was the first to tender his request to terminate his contract after a proposed €18m transfer to Wolves was vetoed by De Carvalho at the last minute, while the winger Martins and midfielders Carvalho and Fernandes have also been linked with moves to the Premier League in recent days. Whether they get their wish remains to be seen, with De Carvalho having since offered to resign if all the players who want to leave reverse their decision, although the Portugal coach, Fernando Santos, may fear the damage has already been done. … [Read more...] about Sporting meltdown casts shadow over Portugal’s World Cup buildup
Did your team exceed expectations or were they on an unexpected early flight home? What is the reason for your team’s success this summer? And where do you think it went wrong for them? Share your thoughts on the last four weeks of World Cup football with us. We’ll hopefully feature some of your responses on the site. … [Read more...] about How did your team fare at the 2018 World Cup?
The Hôtel des Invalides is, as its name suggests, a former military hospital and retirement home for veterans. It is the site of museums and monuments to France’s military history and contains the tombs of its war heroes, including the former emperor Napoléon Bonaparte. … [Read more...] about France mourns Jacques Chirac with funeral and ceremonies
Like the French also, he loves his food: he once came close to causing a diplomatic incident in Berlin by insisting, when the menu offered the choice of saucisse or charcuterie, on having both. And he has a big heart: one journalist recounts him spending half an hour looking for the mother of a little girl lost on the Place Saint Sulpice (he eventually found her in a cafe). … [Read more...] about Milestone for the president who mirrors his people