France had failed to win their opening match at three of the previous four major tournaments and they confronted Uruguay having endured a rocky preparation. Domenech has been under scrutiny for his late switch to a 4-3-3 formation but the surprise that he sprung here was the omission of Florent Malouda, one of his most in-form players. According to reports in France, Domenech had been unhappy at the Chelsea player for an over-zealous approach in Thursday's training session. Domenech appears to be ruling with a rod of iron. "There are 23 players," he said. "That's all I have to say." … [Read more...] about World Cup 2010: Ten-man Uruguay and France begin with stalemate
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Perhaps unsurprisingly, the denouement of the season was a disaster as Sporting finished third in the table, failing to qualify for the Champions League, before the damaging defeat to the minnows Aves in the Portuguese Cup final, who have been a top-flight side for only three seasons. Having already complained about fans being allowed access to the private car park at the club’s training ground, the attack on Dost, Jesus and several other members of staff a few days before the final proved to be the final straw. … [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?
It also denied a suggestion that vulnerability of women’s football to the “economic downturn which must inevitably follow the outbreak of Covid-19” should warrant a “reduction in the level of the fine we impose in this case”. … [Read more...] about Arsenal Women fined £50,000 over sacking of autistic coach
The novel’s other half belongs to that 29-year-old son, Luke, a literary boy who read English at Strathclyde (like his author), knows Hardy, Kipling and Wallace Stevens, and has been taught by his grandmother how to look at life, how to think and hope; she has trained his “better self”. When he was a small boy in Glasgow, she kept a glass cabinet of his seashells and starfish for him. “The glass cabinet described their shared interest in the gathering of facts, their attempt to know life not only by our mistakes but by artistic ordering.” … [Read more...] about The Illuminations by Andrew O’Hagan review – light on a dark world