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    I'd give up all my possessions for glory with Chelsea - Sarri

    I'd give up all my possessions for glory with Chelsea - Sarri


    Maurizio Sarri has said that he would give up all of his possessions to win a first major trophy in management with...

    Maurizio Sarri has said that he would give up all of his possessions to win a first major trophy in management with Chelsea.
    Giroud has last laugh after conquering world despite firing blanks

    Giroud has last laugh after conquering world despite firing blanks


    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...

    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.
    Understated homecoming underlines Southgate’s point that nothing has been achieved yet

    Understated homecoming underlines Southgate’s point that nothing has been achieved yet


    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...

    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.
    Champions League is music to Buckley's ears

    Champions League is music to Buckley's ears


    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...

    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.
    Bray heading towards brink as club fail to meet FAI's wages deadline

    Bray heading towards brink as club fail to meet FAI's wages deadline


    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...

    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.
    Old school English style still not good enough

    Old school English style still not good enough


    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...

    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.
    Ronaldo ready to spark new dawn for Juve

    Ronaldo ready to spark new dawn for Juve


    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...

    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.

    Croatia return home to a rapturous welcome


    Luka Modric and his Croatia team-mates were given a rapturous welcome home after their World Cup mission had come up just...

    Luka Modric and his Croatia team-mates were given a rapturous welcome home after their World Cup mission had come up just short.

    France celebrate in Paris after World Cup win in Russia


    Didier Deschamps and his World Cup-winning France team returned from Russia as heroes as the country turned out in force to welcome them...

    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.

    Sanchez misses United’s US tour due to ‘personal administrative issue’


    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...

    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.

    Comment: Why fingers may have been pointed in the wrong direction when Paul Pogba was condemned last season


    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...

    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.
    Liverpool linked with three World Cup stars including a French winner

    Liverpool linked with three World Cup stars including a French winner


    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...

    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.
    Jose Mourinho suggests France's World Cup triumph will forever be tarnished

    Jose Mourinho suggests France's World Cup triumph will forever be tarnished


    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...

    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.

    Conte thanks players, staff and fans in gracious statement after Chelsea exit


    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...

    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.

    Mesut Ozil to take full part in Arsenal tour of Singapore


    Mesut Ozil will travel with Arsenal for their pre-season tour of Singapore, new head coach Unai Emery has...

    Mesut Ozil will travel with Arsenal for their pre-season tour of Singapore, new head coach Unai Emery has confirmed.
    Comment: Real Madrid sense weakness at Chelsea, but may not have the money to make Eden Hazard Ronaldo heir

    Comment: Real Madrid sense weakness at Chelsea, but may not have the money to make Eden Hazard Ronaldo heir


    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...

    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.

    Pussy Riot members charged over World Cup final pitch invasion


    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...

    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.

    Football rumours from the media


    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...

    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 hits and misses from Russia 2018


    The World Cup is over, with France claiming glory in the final at Moscow’s Luzhniki...

    The World Cup is over, with France claiming glory in the final at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.

    World Cup team of the tournament


    Croatia and England sprung the competition’s major surprises while France marched all the way to the 2018 World Cup...

    Croatia and England sprung the competition’s major surprises while France marched all the way to the 2018 World Cup title.

    What next for England after fourth-place finish at the World Cup?


    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...

    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.

    A collection of some of the best images from the 2018 World Cup


    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...

    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.

    Russia joins the best of the best World Cups


    Despite pre-tournament concerns over racism, violence and travel Russia has hosted one of the best World Cups in living...

    Despite pre-tournament concerns over racism, violence and travel Russia has hosted one of the best World Cups in living memory.

    A look at how VAR the new system has come


    The Video Assistant Referee system was brought in for the first time at the 2018 World...

    The Video Assistant Referee system was brought in for the first time at the 2018 World Cup.

    From Russia with love – the World Cup crackers


    The 2018 World Cup has been widely regarded as one of the most exciting international tournaments in...

    The 2018 World Cup has been widely regarded as one of the most exciting international tournaments in memory.

    Harry Kane’s route to the Golden Boot


    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...

    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’s matches at the 2018 World Cup


    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...

    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.

    Deschamps allows ‘mad’ France squad to go ‘a little crazy’ after World Cup win


    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...

    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.
    Anderson added to West Ham recruits

    Anderson added to West Ham recruits


    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...

    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.
    Goodbye Russia - it feels like we only met

    Goodbye Russia - it feels like we only met


    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...

    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.
    Kane proves himself on big stage as Three Lions take home feel-good factor

    Kane proves himself on big stage as Three Lions take home feel-good factor


    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...

    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 set to repel Spanish giants in bid to keep Hazard

    Chelsea set to repel Spanish giants in bid to keep Hazard


    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...

    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.

    We were better team, but penalty decision ‘killed’ us, admits Modric


    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...

    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.”

    Golden Boot winner Kane out to start Premier League season with a bang


    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...

    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.

    I will be ‘harsh’ on myself and keep on improving, vows Stones


    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...

    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.

    Deschamps tells World Cup-winning France squad life will never be the same again


    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...

    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.

    Authorities investigating pitch invasion protest during World Cup final


    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...

    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.

    Modric wins Golden Ball as World Cup’s player of the tournament


    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...

    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.

    To France the glory, Russia the plaudits and England need not look back in anger


    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...

    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.
    Watts powers ahead but Hoops have mountain to climb

    Watts powers ahead but Hoops have mountain to climb


    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...

    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.
    Echoes of day Thuram's Miles Davis moment left the opposition blue

    Echoes of day Thuram's Miles Davis moment left the opposition blue


    '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...

    '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."

    We will only get better - Southgate


    Gareth Southgate believes England overachieved at the World Cup and are "nowhere near" their peak following defeat to Belgium in the third-place...

    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.

    Beaten Lions depart with pride intact


    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...

    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.
    'We will go far at Euro 2020'

    'We will go far at Euro 2020'


    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...

    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.

    Kylian Mbappe takes the main prize but Luka Modric gets golden consolation


    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...

    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.

    Who wants to see some Kylian flair?


    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...

    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.
    'Pussy Riot' members wore police uniforms in World Cup pitch invasion

    'Pussy Riot' members wore police uniforms in World Cup pitch invasion


    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...

    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.
    WATCH: 'We end up talking about this idiot' - Roy Keane clashes with Ian Wright again over France penalty decision

    WATCH: 'We end up talking about this idiot' - Roy Keane clashes with Ian Wright again over France penalty decision


    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...

    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".

    Kane’s on top of the world


    Harry Kane has finished as the World Cup’s top scorer to join Gary Lineker as England’s only 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 win World Cup after beating Croatia in thrilling final


    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...

    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.
    Stephen Hunt: Future looks bright for England if they use this as a stepping stone

    Stephen Hunt: Future looks bright for England if they use this as a stepping stone


    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...

    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.

    Opinion split on decision to award France penalty in World Cup final


    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...

    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.
    Heart and soul and nationalistic fervour has taken Croatia to the brink

    Heart and soul and nationalistic fervour has taken Croatia to the brink


    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...

    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.

    'He didn't have a good enough World Cup' - Jose Mourinho picks out the big weak link in the England team


    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...

    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.
    'Maybe he will go to Liverpool' - Lyon chairman offers a fresh hint over Nabil Fekir's future

    'Maybe he will go to Liverpool' - Lyon chairman offers a fresh hint over Nabil Fekir's future


    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...

    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 legends send messages of support to Liverpool fan Sean Cox after he reportedly wakes from his coma

    Ireland legends send messages of support to Liverpool fan Sean Cox after he reportedly wakes from his coma


    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...

    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.

    Former England goalkeeper Gordon Banks hails Jordan Pickford


    Gordon Banks believes the England goalkeeper’s jersey is now Jordan Pickford’s to lose after his performances in the World...

    Gordon Banks believes the England goalkeeper’s jersey is now Jordan Pickford’s to lose after his performances in the World Cup.

    FA chief Glenn confident England can build on fourth-place finish at 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...

    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 making of Kylian Mbappé: How the class clown nicknamed 'Peanut' became the new Messi


    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...

    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.

    Gareth Southgate absorbs reality check as England look to the future


    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...

    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 predicts more to come from Harry Kane


    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...

    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”.

    Russia 2018 must not be a false dawn for England, says FA technical director


    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...

    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.