As Patrice Evra stormed from the training pitch and his teammates hid behind the curtains of their team bus, winning the World Cup seemed a very long way away. Any semblance of togetherness had evaporated – not for the first time. France have long been blessed with talent but rarely harmony, as shown by the debacle in South Africa in 2010. Didier Deschamps recognised this when he came into the job in 2012 and, throughout his six years in charge, he has placed the importance of squad harmony above nearly everything else. Anyone who threatens that unity is cast out immediately. France have won the World Cup because of their talent but also because Deschamps’ devotion to spirit has allowed their talent to flourish. France’s trip to South Africa in 2010 was catastrophic. Florent Malouda was left out of the drab, goalless opener with Uruguay after he had squared up to the obdurate and often incomprehensible coach Raymond Domenech; the French Football Federation expelled … [Read more...] about Liberté, égalité, diversity: how France won the World Cup
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Andy Murray and the British team warmed up for the Davis Cup by quoting lyrics from Frozen as they seek their own sequel this weekend. Dan Evans held back giggles as the double Olympic champion told critics of the revamped competition to “let it go”. Kyle Edmund , Evans and new boy Neal Skupski all dropped lines but Jamie Murray failed to deliver his quip before facing the Netherlands tomorrow. British number one Evans said: “We have both had a good week's practice, can't hold it back anymore, and get it going on the match court.” Edmund said: “Fear will be our enemy.” And Skupski marked his first appearance at a pres conference in a British tracksuit said: “if we do get called upon, we'll just have to be the player we always have to be.” The older Murray brother was supposed to say: “The cold never bothered me anyway”. The European premiere of Frozen 2 was in London on Sunday six years after the original films broke all box … [Read more...] about Andy Murray and Great Britain Davis Cup team quote Frozen in press conference
MONTREAL (Reuters) - Thierry Henry needs no reminder about his brief stint in charge of AS Monaco but the former France striker said on Monday he hopes the experience will benefit him in his new role as coach of Montreal Impact. FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - Monaco vs Montpellier - Stade Louis II, Monaco - December 1, 2018 AS Monaco coach Thierry Henry before the match REUTERS/Eric Gaillard Henry failed to spark a change in fortunes at struggling Monaco and was sacked in January after just 103 days but is not about to let his first head coaching role define him as he gets set to take charge of a Major League Soccer club. “You guys always remember the good stuff, but I became a better player in the darkness,” Henry, who won a World Cup in 1998, said at his introductory news conference in Montreal. “Hopefully that’s going to help me to become a good coach.” During Henry’s stint as coach of French Ligue 1 side Monaco, where … [Read more...] about Henry hopes to learn from past mistakes as coach of Montreal
Mourinho, 55, walks away from Old Trafford with a £24m pay-off after failing to repeat the success he had enjoyed at Chelsea and Real Madrid. "A caretaker-manager will be appointed until the end of the season while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager," United said in a statement. Mourinho is the third manager at United since Sir Alex Ferguson retired — following the equally unsuccessful David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal. Man Utd appointing a caretaker manager until the end of the season is a clear indication that they’ve as good as thrown the towel in on this season. #mufc #Mourinho — Martin Tooth (@Toothy73) 18 December 2018 So who is the long-term answer to United's management problem? Zinedine Zidane The Frenchman is the early betting favourite with odds as short at 6-4 with Sportingbet. … [Read more...] about Who Can Bring Back the Glory to Glory, Glory Man United After Mourinho Sacked?
An amateur footballer in Germany was banned for three years on Thursday after he punched a referee in a regional league match last month. The incident occurred in a match between two 11th-tier sides, FSV Münster and TV Semd, and the game was abandoned in the 85th minute as a result. Read more: Racial abuse investigated after game suspended The 22-year-old referee was knocked unconscious by the punch and airlifted via helicopter to a nearby hospital, according to local reports at the time. No place in football Thursday's ruling, which also includes a six-month suspension for FSV Münster and a €500 ($553) fine for the club, was the right decision according to Theodor Greiner of the Hessian Football Association (HFV). "Something like that does not belong on a sports pitch and the three-years are fully justified, it was the highest possible penalty," he told news agency SID. Earlier this month, Cologne referees went on strike, protesting against growing … [Read more...] about Germany: Footballer banned for 3 years after punching referee