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Tunisia coach Nabil Maâloul promises to play without fear against England | Paul Doyle

The coach, in charge of his country for a second time, says Tunisia will attack on Monday eveningTunisia were drawing 1-1 with Serbia when Mohamed Jedidi stepped up to take a penalty. The striker scored and began celebrating. But the referee, Tahiti’s …

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Blaise Matuidi: ‘We have players of huge quality in every position’

France midfielder sees a nice mix of youth and experience but says 2002 World Cup failure gives Les Bleus cause to be carefulA graph of France’s recent World Cup history would look like the teeth of a saw, offering a sharp reminder that although they a…

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The worst opening-day performance since Diana Ross | World Cup Fiver

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!At the time of writing Saudi Arabia have not withdrawn from the Ethics World Cup despite disgracing themselves with the worst opening-day performance since Diana Ross tried to take a penalty. Ross is 7…

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Egypt v Uruguay: World Cup 2018 – live!

World Cup 2018 Group A updates from the 1pm BST kick-offDiego Godín: ‘Suárez’s treatment in 2014 was unjust’Complete guide to all 736 players at the 2018 World CupAnd feel free to email Paul or tweet @Paul_Doyle 12.12pm BST Uruguay: Muslera; Varela, Gi…

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Africa’s teams have talent and calm. Can they make World Cup history? | Paul Doyle

Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Tunisia and Senegal have reason to be confident but all five going beyond the groups looks optimisticEstablished powers used not to see African teams coming. That was the case literally in 1982, when West Germany’s manager, Jup…

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Dancing with the tsars | World Cup Fiver

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Today Julen Lopetegui will leave his phone off, avoid television and sit in a darkened room listening to Boney M and reflecting that, like Ra Ra Rasputin – Russia’s greatest love machine – it was a sha…

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Football transfer rumours: Liverpool in for Lazio’s Thomas Strakosha?

Today’s fluff is feeling slightly overshadowedOnce, after his spectacles were knocked off and broken during boisterous goalscoring celebrations by Liverpool at Norwich, Jürgen Klopp was moved to note: “I have a second pair but I couldn’t find them. It’…

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Football rumours: Real Madrid back in for De Gea? Leeds to appoint Bielsa?

Today’s fluff is not in the least bit preparedHow do you rouse a sleeping giant? Electrotherapy might be worth a shot, reckons the owner of Leeds United, who plans to give the Yorkshire club a jolt by hiring Marcelo Bielsa as manager. Nearly two weeks …

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South Africa v England: rugby union first Test – live!

Live updates from the first Test of England’s tourAustralia 18-9 Ireland | New Zealand 52-11 FranceAnd you can email Paul here, or tweet him here 4.23pm BST That’s an excellent try by England, glorious evidence of the menace of their backs. Ford was in…

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The Fiver | Ignominious failures can also presage even more ignominious failures

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!In 1982 Diego Maradona was sent off for planting his studs into João Batista’s swingers. Four years later he led Argentina on a glorious dance to World Cup immortality. In 1994 France were doing a gidd…

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Football transfer rumours: Jack Grealish to Tottenham Hotspur?

Today’s fluff needs to be realisticDown-on-their-luck Aston Villa are facing up to the reality that they will have to accept reasonable offers for their best players. Soon it may dawn on them that their definition of reasonable needs to be downsized. A…

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Super Eagles feeling heat as Gernot Rohr yet to finalise World Cup squad | Paul Doyle

With Nigeria’s manager still to settle on squad for Russia, players could not have a bigger incentive to perform well against England at WembleyThe main event will kick off in a couple of weeks but for Nigeria Saturday’s meeting with England is more th…

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A long, long time ago in a reality far, far away | The Fiver

Sign up now! Sign up now! Need to re-subscribe because of this GDPR business? Sign up now!Eight days ago Mauricio Pochettino signed a bumper new five-year deal with Tottenham and professed to being “honoured to have a new long-term contract as we appro…

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Football transfer rumours: Thomas Lemar to Liverpool? Bielsa to Leeds?

Today’s fluff is only just getting startedAh yes, the Mill loves the smell of hooey in the morning. So our nostrils are throbbing with glee at some of the claims being circulated in the wakes of Zinedine Zidane’s sudden departure from Real Madrid. Such…

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A magic football and battles with pirates

Sign up now! Sign up now! Need to re-subscribe because of this GDPR business? Sign up now!Management is about making decisions, and the decisions made by former members of England’s golden generation have generally looked dodgy from the start. Gary Nev…

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A magic football and battles with pirates

Sign up now! Sign up now! Need to re-subscribe because of this GDPR business? Sign up now!Management is about making decisions, and the decisions made by former members of England’s golden generation have generally looked dodgy from the start. Gary Nev…

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A magic football and battles with pirates

Sign up now! Sign up now! Need to re-subscribe because of this GDPR business? Sign up now!Management is about making decisions, and the decisions made by former members of England’s golden generation have generally looked dodgy from the start. Gary Nev…

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Conditioned to embrace the imminent cleansing of humans from pitches

Sign up for our free weekly email featuring the latest news, intrigue, analysis and blunders from the 32 competing nationsThanks to technological advances the forthcoming Ethics World Cup will, as we know, feature video assistant referees, but Fifa has…

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Football transfer rumours: Marko Arnautovic to Manchester United?

Today’s fluff is flying…José Mourinho was spotted watching this week’s friendly between Russia and Austria, and that immediately set tongues wagging about which player, in particular, he was interested in. Since Kevin Wimmer didn’t start and has just…

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A man whose previous form includes buying a house and driving a car | The Fiver

Sign up now! Sign up now! Need to re-subscribe because of this GDPR business? Sign up now!Certain grubby newspaper editors would pay fortunes for dirt on Raheem Sterling, yet pretty much all they can dig up to sling at him is stuff he himself chooses t…