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World Cup 2018: Germany v Sweden – live!

Minute-by-minute updates from the Group F gameGermany in crisis as Özil’s gang take on BavariansEmail Jacob here or tweet @JacobSteinberg 6.18pm BST Pre-match reading Related: Germany in crisis as Mesut Özil’s ‘Bling-bling gang’ take on Bavarians | Dav…

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World Cup 2018: Brazil v Costa Rica – live!

World Cup Group E updates from the 1pm BST kick-offWhen Costa Rica lowered the colours of Brazil and then someAnd feel free to email Jacob or tweet @JacobSteinberg 12.37pm BST It’s the World Cup Fiver! Related: Avoiding the ignominy of defeat against a…

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Carrying the weight of a nation on their shoulders | World Cup Fiver

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Coping with the intensity of a World Cup isn’t easy, especially when your colleagues are always looking to you for inspiration. Enough about The Fiver, though, let’s talk about Him, who was at it again…

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Iran v Spain: World Cup 2018 – live!

World Cup Group B updates from the 7pm BST kick-offThe long and friendly history between Hierro and QuierozEmail Jacob here or tweet @JacobSteinberg 6.06pm BST Iran: Beiranvand; Ramil, Hosseini, Pouraliganji, Haji Safi; Karim, Omid, Ezatolahi, Amiri; …

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Tunisia v England: World Cup 2018 – live!

World Cup Group G updates from the 7pm BST kick-offDarren Anderton: England-Tunisia in 1998 had happy endingAny thoughts? Email Jacob or tweet @JacobSteinberg 5.21pm BST There are memorials to the Battle of Stalingrad throughout Volgograd. There have b…

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World Cup 2018: Germany v Mexico – live!

World Cup Group F updates from the 4pm kick-offReport: Costa Rica 0-1 SerbiaEn español: Alemania v MéxicoEmail Jacob or tweet @JacobSteinberg 3.56pm BST We’ve had the anthems and the handshakes. It’s time for the football. More football. More. Give me …

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Leicester and Southampton join battle to sign Norwich’s James Maddison

• Norwich midfielder also wanted by Everton attracts £20m bids• West Ham frustrated over Felipe Anderson price hike by LazioLeicester and Southampton are battling to sign James Maddison after lodging opening bids for the Norwich midfielder.The expectat…

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Slaven Bilic shines but it’s never all right on the night for ITV | Jacob Steinberg

Viewers watching the World Cup opening game on ITV website see adverts instead of first 30 seconds of Russia v Saudi ArabiaAt times like these there are two choices available. The first is to get very cross with ITV. But that seems less fun than option…

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World Cup Fiver | You have to hand it to Real Madrid

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The bid staged by Canada, Mexico and USA! USA!! USA!!! has won the right to try and make the World Cup great again after Qatar 2022, beating off Morocco in the big Fifa 2026 vote shindig. Lots more her…

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World Cup Fiver | You have to hand it to Real Madrid

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The bid staged by Canada, Mexico and USA! USA!! USA!!! has won the right to try and make the World Cup great again after Qatar 2022, beating off Morocco in the big Fifa 2026 vote shindig. Lots more her…

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John Stones out, Phil Brown in: what if Sam Allardyce kept the England job

That newspaper sting did not happen and Allardyce was not sacked after 67 days. England still managed to reach the World Cup but it was a rather different – and more difficult – journey“You hipsters in the media keep telling me we need to have defender…

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Rafael Nadal v Dominic Thiem: French Open 2018 men’s final – live!

All the latest from the final at Roland Garros from 2pm BSTNadal to turn French Open up to 11 despite Thiem’s threatEmail Jacob | or tweet @Jacob Steinberg 10.12am BST Hello. It’s getting to the point where Rafael Nadal’s dominance of the French Open i…

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John Stones and Gary Cahill construct a case for the England defence

Gareth Southgate’s rearguard is often seen as a weakness but the side has conceded only three goals in 10 games including clean sheets against Brazil and GermanyWhen it comes to rating England’s chances at the World Cup the obvious place to start is wi…

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French Open 2018 semi-final: Marco Cecchinato v Dominic Thiem – live!

Rafael Nadal v Juan Martín del Potro to followMurray to decide on Queen’s and Wimbledon next weekEmail jacob.steinberg@theguardian.com 11.51am BST It’s 1-1 in the head-to-head between Marco Cecchinato and Dominic Thiem, although they haven’t met since …

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West Ham to meet Lazio officials over potential move for Felipe Anderson

• Hammers could make offer of £30.8m for Brazilian winger• Defender Declan Rice rejects club’s offer of new contractWest Ham United will meet Lazio officials in Rome next week as part of the London club’s attempt to sign Felipe Anderson.Manuel Pellegri…

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Zidane is latest proof coaching Spain’s super-clubs can be intolerable

First Guardiola and Enrique left Barcelona in need of rest and now Zidane has quit Real Madrid. The top of Spanish football has become suffocatingWhen Zinedine Zidane called time on his highly productive stint as the head of Real Madrid’s ego managemen…

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West Ham confident of signing Fulham defender Ryan Fredericks

• Fredericks’ contract with Fulham expires this summer• West Ham adamant Marko Arnautovic will not be soldWest Ham are confident of signing the right-back Ryan Fredericks, whose contract with Fulham expires this summer.Fredericks is also a target for C…

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West Ham not sure if £17.5m target Marlon Santos can hack it in England

• Contact made with Barcelona over Brazilian centre-back • Club officials worried about 22-year-old’s physical strengthWest Ham are weighing up whether to pursue their interest in Barcelona’s Marlon Santos amid reservations about the defender’s capacit…

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French Open 2018 day four: Halep, Djokovic, Zverev and Norrie – live!

All the latest from Roland-GarrosWilliams beats Pliskova in triumphant return Email Jacob | or tweet @JacobSteinberg 8.26pm BST Hello. Day four of the French Open and the world No1, Simona Halep, is finally going to get on court. A combination of the s…

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French Open 2018 day three – live!

Live updates from day three at Roland GarrosNorrie to face Pouille after breezing through first French testEmail or tweet Jacob 10.04am BST Players are out, balls are flying, racquets are swishing. Day three is underway! 8.21pm BST Hello. A first-round…