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Maurizio Sarri has said that he would give up all of his possessions to win a first major trophy in management with Chelsea.
Raphael Varane came through with the World Cup itself, cradled in the crook of his right arm as if he was carrying his newborn. His team-mates left the Luzhniki Stadium after midnight playing music and greeting reporters as they made their way out to the bus, revelling in their new status as World Cup winners, that rarest and greatest honour.
According to Malcolm in Macbeth, nothing defines someone like the manner of their departure. And the way Gareth Southgate's England squad came home from the World Cup perfectly summed up the manager and his understated, modest, coherent approach. There was no parade, no welcome committee, no pictures snapped on the steps of Number 10.
Polish football isn't quite at an all-time low following the national team's dismal display at the World Cup finals, but it's pretty close.
The continuation of Bray Wanderers as a League of Ireland entity is lurching towards the brink after the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) opened disciplinary proceedings over delayed wages.
As the dust settles on the World Cup, we can say rest in peace to one line of thinking. England's progress to the final four means this is the first competition in recent memory that has not been accompanied by discussions about the need for a Premier League winter break.
Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted he is as ambitious as ever after joining Juventus from Real Madrid. The 33-year-old Portugal skipper was unveiled as the Italian club's €100m signing yesterday after completing his medical.
Daley Blind’s return to Ajax moved closer on Monday night as Manchester United agreed terms with the Dutch club.
Luka Modric and his Croatia team-mates were given a rapturous welcome home after their World Cup mission had come up just short.
Olivier Giroud enjoyed silencing his critics after helping France to World Cup glory.
Didier Deschamps and his World Cup-winning France team returned from Russia as heroes as the country turned out in force to welcome them home.
CORK City boss John Caulfield says he feels sympathy for the Bray Wanderers players who have been forced to prepare for strike action over unpaid wages.
Bray Wanderers have not paid their players by today's 5pm deadline with strike action now looking certain.
Alexis Sanchez did not fly out with his Manchester United team-mates for their United States tour because of a “personal administrative issue”, the club has confirmed.
In the eyes of his outspoken critics, Paul Pogba had become the epitome of everything that is was ugly about the modern game, but he has emerged as the biggest winner from a wondrous month of World Cup football in Russia.
Thierry Henry has announced that he will be leaving his punditry role with Sky Sports in order to pursue opportunities in management.
World Cup winners France were poised for a rapturous reception after touching down in Paris on Monday.
Liverpool have been linked with a trio of top talent now that the World Cup is over and the Premier League transfer rumours again ramp up.
Maurizio Sarri vowed to bring enjoyment back for Chelsea after being appointed Antonio Conte’s successor as head coach.
Antonio Conte was magnanimous about his time at Chelsea and made no reference to any ill-feeling in a statement issued by the League Managers' Association following his sacking.
“Mala zemlja, veliki snovi” it reads on the side of the Croatia team bus. Or in English, “Little country, big dreams”.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has insisted referee Nestor Pitana was wrong to hand France a penalty in Sunday's World Cup final after his VAR review on Croatia's Ivan Perisic handball in the box.
Antonio Conte was magnanimous about his time at Chelsea and made no reference to any ill-feeling in a statement issued by the League Managers’ Association following his sacking.
Dejan Lovren believes France "didn't play football" as they overcame Croatia 4-2 in a controversial World Cup final on Sunday.
Mesut Ozil will travel with Arsenal for their pre-season tour of Singapore, new head coach Unai Emery has confirmed.
The World Cup final lived up to the tournament’s themes as a penalty and an own goal helped France to victory.
The month-long festival of football ended yesterday in Moscow. Here are Daniel McDonnell's end of tournament awards.
Cristiano Ronaldo was greeted by a large crowd of cheering fans as he arrived at Juventus' medical centre to complete his move from Real Madrid.
France were celebrating as "kings of the world" on Monday after being crowned World Cup champions for the second time.
There have been two official denials from Real Madrid this summer that they want to sign Neymar, plus one along the same lines about Kylian Mbappe which says everything about how the club have been put in their place by Paris Saint-Germain.
Croatia captain Luka Modric believes his side were the better team in the World Cup final against France, but admitted: "Sometimes the better teams don't win."
The 2018 World Cup came to an end on Sunday as France beat Croatia 4-2 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Authorities in Moscow have charged members of the punk protest group Pussy Riot with "violation of spectators' rights" and illegally wearing police symbols when they ran onto the field during the World Cup final.
Manchester United are interested in bringing in defender Leonardo Bonucci from AC Milan, according to the Express. The Old Trafford club would need to spend around £30m on the Italian, the paper adds.
The World Cup is over, with France claiming glory in the final at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.
Croatia and England sprung the competition’s major surprises while France marched all the way to the 2018 World Cup title.
England’s 2018 World Cup campaign ended with defeat in Saturday’s third-place play-off against Belgium, and thoughts now turn towards what is next for Gareth Southgate’s young squad.
Having produced goals, drama and talking points aplenty, the 2018 World Cup comes to an end this weekend, with France facing Croatia in Sunday’s final.
Despite pre-tournament concerns over racism, violence and travel Russia has hosted one of the best World Cups in living memory.
The Video Assistant Referee system was brought in for the first time at the 2018 World Cup.
Football is not coming home, but England have returned as heroes.
The 2018 World Cup has served up plenty of goals, including a number of spectacular ones.
The 2018 World Cup has been widely regarded as one of the most exciting international tournaments in memory.
England skipper Harry Kane emerged from the World Cup finals with the consolation prize of the Golden Boot after finding the back of the net six times in Russia.
England missed a chance to end their memorable World Cup adventure on a high and become the best ever team to leave English shores as they lost their third-place play-off against Belgium 2-0.
France manager Didier Deschamps described his delirious World Cup-winning squad as “a little mad” after they celebrated their victory over Croatia in the final by gatecrashing his press conference.
West Ham United have signed attacking midfielder Felipe Anderson from Lazio on a four-year contract for a club-record fee, the Premier League side said yesterday.
Time to go home. There's always a certain sadness about a city the day after a major tournament has finished. Bunting and paraphernalia are like Christmas decorations in January, out of sync with the mood.
England were all played out. The whistle had long gone on their World Cup campaign, the team bus was almost full and a low-key party was awaiting back at their hotel 20 miles north of St Petersburg in Repino.
Chelsea are ready to reject approaches from Real Madrid and Barcelona for Eden Hazard and are confident they can hold on to him for at least another season.
Conor McGregor didn't hold back in his praise for Russian President Vladimir Putin as he attended the World Cup final between France and Croatia on Sunday.
Croatia captain Luka Modric believes his side were the better team in the World Cup final against France, but admitted: “Sometimes the better teams don’t win.”
Harry Kane has just become the proud owner of the World Cup Golden Boot, but he is already setting his sights on Tottenham’s Premier League opener at St James’ Park and ending his final unwanted jinx.
John Stones has gone from spare part to World Cup mainstay since Euro 2016, but the Manchester City man has promised to be his own harshest critic in an attempt to compete with the best on the planet.
Gareth Southgate will continue to make ruthless decisions to ensure England develop and evolve in the wake of their run to the World Cup semi-finals.
Dublin's O'Connell Street has been turned blue as hundreds of French fans celebrated their side's World Cup victory in Russia this afternoon.
France became world champions for the second time following a 4-2 victory against Croatia in a entertaining World Cup final in Moscow.
France manager Didier Deschamps was left soaked in beer, champagne and sweat after celebrating World Cup glory with his delirious squad – a moment he will cherish alongside the crowning achievement of his playing career.
A pitch invasion by four protesters during the World Cup final, for which Russian punk band Pussy Riot claimed responsibility, is being investigated by the authorities.
RTÉ have released a montage of the best moments from the 2018 World Cup as the biggest sporting event on earth drew to a close in Moscow this afternoon.
France have been tipped to start a period of dominance after winning their second World Cup.
Luka Modric was unable to guide Croatia to World Cup final glory but won the Golden Ball award after being voted the tournament’s best player.
If journalism really is the first draft of history, later editions of the story of Russia 2018 will be starting from the premise that this was the “best ever” World Cup.
Croatia captain Luka Modric has won the Fifa Golden Ball for the best player at the World Cup 2018 despite seeing his side lose in the final to France, 4-2.
While Dundalk's 1-0 win away to Levadia was undoubtedly the highlight of a bad week for League of Ireland clubs in Europe, the display of Dylan Watts in Shamrock Rovers' 1-0 defeat by AIK of Sweden ran it a close second.
'It was what I call my Miles Davis moment," said Lilian Thuram in 2007 . "Footballers can be like artists when the mind and body are working as one. It is what Miles Davis does when he plays free jazz - everything pulls together into one intense moment that is beautiful. He doesn't have to think about it; it's pure instinct."
Gareth Southgate believes England overachieved at the World Cup and are "nowhere near" their peak following defeat to Belgium in the third-place play-off.
There was a collective puffing of cheeks offered up by England's players at the final whistle, victims of Belgium's best World Cup showing, but that sense of disappointment will pass quickly enough.
The bottom line was that England had lost in familiar circumstances against the first top team they faced but still no one in Moscow on Wednesday night would have doubted that something had fundamentally changed.
Like Lionel Messi in Brazil four years ago, Croatia captain Luka Modric lost a World Cup final but won the Golden Ball given to the tournament’s best player.
Kylian Mbappe has been one of stars of the World Cup, with four goals for France helping him land the young player of the tournament award.
Members of the punk rock band 'Pussy Riot' were wearing police uniforms when they ran onto the pitch during the second half of the soccer World Cup final on Sunday, Reuters photographs showed.
France rode their luck before roaring past Croatia to win the World Cup for a second time as a thrilling tournament came to a fitting conclusion.
Gareth Southgate has urged Premier League managers to be brave enough to give the next generation of England internationals a chance to prove their worth.
A raging Roy Keane has hit out at the decision to award France a penalty in the World Cup final after Ivan Perisic was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box, as he labelled referee Nestor Pitana "an idiot".
France beat Croatia 4-2 to win the 2018 World Cup final in Moscow, lifting the trophy for the second time.
Harry Kane has become just the second English player to win the World Cup Golden Boot.
Harry Kane has finished as the World Cup’s top scorer to join Gary Lineker as England’s only Golden Boot winners.
France rode their luck before roaring past Croatia to win the World Cup for a second time as a thrilling tournament came to a fitting conclusion.
England's DNA? It always used to be 'Did Not Achieve', but with younger England teams winning tournaments over the last couple of years and Gareth Southgate's new-look youthful team reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup, the new blueprint seems to be working.
Pundits and players past and present were at odds as to whether Video Assistant Referee was used correctly after the award of a penalty which handed France a 2-1 half-time lead in the World Cup final.
They came with fire in their bellies for England on Wednesday night and if they bring it again today, Croatia will shorten the odds in their showdown with France for the greatest prize in global sport.
France are World Cup champions for the second time in their history after a 4-2 win over Croatia in Moscow.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has claimed Raheem Sterling should not have retained his place in the England team after what he described as a 'poor' World Cup from the Manchester City winger.
Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas has given a strong hint that he expects Liverpool to return with a fresh offer to sign his France midfielder Nabil Fekir, after their initial efforts to sign the player collapsed last month.
Ireland soccer legends Paul McGrath and John Aldridge have posted messages of support for Liverpool fans Sean Cox after he reportedly woke up from the coma he has been in since being attacked by Roma fans outside Anfield on April 24th.
Irish journalist Enda Brady has responded to online abuse he has suffered while he has been covering the World Cup in Russia.
Gordon Banks believes the England goalkeeper’s jersey is now Jordan Pickford’s to lose after his performances in the World Cup.
Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn believes England’s run to the World Cup semi-finals has given them a great platform to aspire to greater heights.
The other boys used to laugh at the way Kylian Mbappé ran down the wing. Not in a malicious way, and not with any intention of upsetting him, but simply because it was so unusual. They would stare, giggling to themselves, as the young Mbappé, with his elongated limbs and oversized head, appeared to leave his left arm behind every time he broke into a sprint.
Roy Keane has given Paul Pogba a glowing tribute as he prepares to play in the World Cup final against Croatia.
West Ham have completed the club-record signing of midfielder Felipe Anderson from Lazio.
England’s remarkable World Cup semi-final run has come with a dose of reality that is fuelling manager Gareth Southgate’s desire to keep developing and evolving.
Toby Alderweireld got the better of Tottenham team-mate Harry Kane when the pair crossed paths in Saint Petersburg but believes the striker’s starring role at the World Cup is “just the beginning”.
England’s fourth place in Russia should not be allowed to become a one-off – and the side are pushing for a top-four spot at Euro 2020, FA technical director Dan Ashworth said.