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From Nice humiliation to Wembley final: following England’s Euro rise | Philip Cornwall

I watched England’s decades of underachievement marred by menace, capped by 2016’s Iceland defeat. I’m glad I kept goingAs I walk down Olympic Way from Wembley Park tube station on Sunday night, in hope though not expectation, I will think Nice thought…

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Which Euros was the best? Rating tournaments from 1976 to 2016

In the build-up to Euro 2020, we asked to you reminisce about your favourite tournaments from days gone byDespite the feelgood factor that Euro 96 brought to the country, Euro 76 in Yugoslavia remains my favourite. It’s the first international football…

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Wales fans had the summer of their lives in 2016 – now we’re back for more | Elis James

Euro 2016 was like getting into a party you’d dreamed of attending since childhood so I’m going to enjoy every second of this tournament, even if it won’t quite be the sameI wonder how many people reading this can say with certainty that a specific sum…

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‘It was really like a group of mates on a lads’ holiday’: Wales at Euro 2016

Wales benefited from a relaxed atmosphere and great team spirit in their amazing run to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 in France“Without the drinking, we treated it like a lads’ holiday,” says David Edwards, laughing as he explains life inside the Wales …

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What happened to Iceland’s heroes who stunned England at Euro 2016?

We look at three players who flourished and three who faded after the team’s extraordinary success four years agoJohann Berg Gudmundsson The winger came into Euro 2016 on the back of relegation from the Championship with Charlton, although he had joint…

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Olympics, World Cups and more: Tom Jenkins’ pictures of the decade

The Guardian and Observer sport photographer picks his favourite images from the thousands he shot during the past 10 yearsThis is a collection of images I have shot during the last decade. I wasn’t selecting them because they were necessarily the bigg…

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A Sarkozy lunch, PSG and beIN sports: questions for Platini over Qatar 2022

Why was Michel Platini detained by French investigators? What are they looking for? And could Qatar lose the 2022 World Cup?France’s Parquet National Financier, which investigates serious financial crime, has since 2017 been looking into possible Frenc…

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Russian arrested over Euro 2016 attack that left England fan in coma

• German police hold 31-year-old who was on way to European game• Portsmouth supporter suffered life-changing injuries in MarseilleA Russian man has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injuries to an English football fan who was left in a com…

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A 2016 football moment to remember: Iceland light up Euro 2016

Increasing the European Championship to 24 teams was not a popular decision at first but one of the debutants supplied the most memorable storyline of the tournament

Increasing the European Championship to 24 teams seemed like a typically ham-fisted attempt by a governing body to meddle with football for meddling’s sake. The extended competition inspired typical disdain from football purists, with its cumbersome mathematical formula and its abundance of minnows who could hardly be expected to aspire to much.

It is at this point that Cristiano Ronaldo entered the conversation. After Portugal drew their opening fixture against Iceland, opprobrium poured out of the modern game’s iconic superhero in the form of a piqued hissy fit. “I thought they’d won the Euros the way they celebrated at the end,” he tutted. “It was unbelievable. When they don’t try to play and just defend, defend, defend, this in my opinion shows a small mentality and they are not going to do anything in this competition.” Ronaldo may be a man of many gifts, but for various reasons this turned out not to be his finest piece of rhetoric.

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A 2016 football moment to remember: Iceland light up Euro 2016

Increasing the European Championship to 24 teams was not a popular decision at first but one of the debutants supplied the most memorable storyline of the tournament

Increasing the European Championship to 24 teams seemed like a typically ham-fisted attempt by a governing body to meddle with football for meddling’s sake. The extended competition inspired typical disdain from football purists, with its cumbersome mathematical formula and its abundance of minnows who could hardly be expected to aspire to much.

It is at this point that Cristiano Ronaldo entered the conversation. After Portugal drew their opening fixture against Iceland, opprobrium poured out of the modern game’s iconic superhero in the form of a piqued hissy fit. “I thought they’d won the Euros the way they celebrated at the end,” he tutted. “It was unbelievable. When they don’t try to play and just defend, defend, defend, this in my opinion shows a small mentality and they are not going to do anything in this competition.” Ronaldo may be a man of many gifts, but for various reasons this turned out not to be his finest piece of rhetoric.

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Leicester’s loss of N’Golo Kanté is indisputably Chelsea’s gain

Leicester City lost only one of their main men in the summer but the French midfielder, who faces his former club at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, has been missed

In mid-August, when it became clear that Riyad Mahrez was following in Jamie Vardy’s footsteps and staying at Leicester City, Claudio Ranieri was asked how many players he imagined he would lose in the wake of winning the Premier League title. “If I am honest, no one,” the manager said, frowning. “I thought everybody wanted to stay with Leicester and continue to fight. I made a mistake. One did want to go.”

N’Golo Kanté’s departure to Chelsea clearly took Ranieri by surprise. Even with a release clause in the Frenchman’s contract, Ranieri was confident that Kanté would stay, if only for one more season. There was the emotional pull that came with being part of the “band of brothers” who danced around Vardy’s kitchen, the lure of Champions League football – something that Chelsea were unable to offer – and the fact that Kanté, at the age of 25, had time on his side.

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Jack Wilshere braced for jeers to soundtrack the season after Euro failure

Arsenal midfielder was part of England Euro 2016 defeat against Iceland and is ready for the brickbats coming his way when the Premier League kicks off

Jack Wilshere has been here before. If anybody knows how long and treacherous the road back to form and acceptance can be, it is he. But as he considers the new season with Arsenal, and his latest quest for a sustained run without injuries, he can feel another echo from the recent past. It is one that will haunt him and, he fears, track him at away grounds across the country.

It will be the same for his England team-mates – every one of them involved in the Euro 2016 defeat against Iceland, when the 2-1 elimination in the last 16 was, arguably, the worst result of the nation’s footballing history.

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FA’s youth coaching game-changer means more ball-work and less shouting | Jamie Fahey

A fresh approach to the education of coaches moves away from the command-style model to a method that is more about whispering than hairdryer treatment

“Hey Thomas. Love your bravery to try that first-time pass. Keep it up. Your next challenge is to try to make sure you leave the ball playable for Adam or Conor. Play …”

After about 10 minutes – and a few more failed attempts – Thomas edged towards goal before checking back to bamboozle his marker, glancing over his shoulder as the ball hurtled towards him, and flicking a first-time “around the corner” pass into the path of an onrushing Conor, who lashed the ball home.

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England’s Sam Allardyce promises to win back disenchanted supporters

• New manager does not expect fans to cheer a below-par team
• Allardyce plans to rebuild shattered confidence of players

Sam Allardyce says his England team need to earn the country’s support, adding it is time to rebuild shattered confidence and start delivering on expectations. The team were booed from the pitch in Nice after their Euro 2016 humiliation against Iceland, a defeat that marked arguably the nadir in 50 years of tournament trauma and the immediate resignation of Roy Hodgson.

With England’s dire recent record in major competitions and a low-key qualifying group for the 2018 World Cup there is some concern that the national side could fall even further from favour, a situation Allardyce recognises all too well.

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More than 4,000 arrested over illegal gambling on Euro 2016

• £10m seized in two operations in Asia and Europe
• Raids were part of Interpol’s ongoing investigations

More than 4,100 people were arrested in coordinated raids across 11 different countries during Euro 2016 in one of the largest global police operations against illegal gambling in Asia.

Nearly 4,000 raids were carried out in China, France, Greece, Italy, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam on illegal gambling dens as part of Operation Soga VI – the sixth investigation into football gambling by Interpol, the organisation which facilitates cross-border police work.

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Will Grigg receives as many votes as Paul Pogba in search for Europe’s best player

• Northern Ireland striker rated ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
• No Premier League players included on preliminary shortlist of 10

Northern Ireland’s Will Grigg was one of 37 players nominated for Uefa’s Best Player in Europe Award, with the Wigan striker receiving as many votes as the Manchester United target Paul Pogba and more than the Bundesliga’s top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Related: Football transfer rumours: Joe Allen to Manchester United from Liverpool?

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The gifs that keep on giving: Cristiano Ronaldo, Olivier Giroud and fast feet

Featuring a giddy Euro 2016 winner, a poorly timed leap, a perfect pitch, parkour skills, a ball-playing mascot and a rugby player dodging a string of tackles Continue reading…

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Roger Federer’s tumble at Wimbledon reminds us we are all human | Jacob Steinberg

Roger Federer’s fall and the injury to Cristiano Ronaldo in the final of Euro 2016 had the unsettling effect of stripping away the fantasy they are superhuman

Wimbledon’s Court 19 is nothing special. Nothing of any major significance ever happens on Court 19, other than Mansour Bahrami delighting the crowd with his spectacular moustache and court‑jester routine. But a few hours before the start of play on men’s quarter-final day, it was surrounded by television cameras, photographers and a host of people taking an impromptu break from work.

The awestruck silence said it all, the disbelieving grins. Roger Federer was there, looking immaculate as he prepared for his match against Marin Cilic by hitting with Ivan Ljubicic. Every time someone wandered by, their head turned and they stopped, no matter how fast they were walking.

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Wales climb to 11th in Fifa world rankings – above England

• Run to Euro 2016 semi-final means Chris Coleman’s men rise 15 places
• England drop two spots after crashing out to Iceland at last-16 stage

Wales’s run to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 means they climb to 11th in the latest Fifa world rankings, above England who drop down to 13th following their exit at the hands of Iceland.

Related: England manager call is one the FA literally cannot afford to get wrong | Owen Gibson

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Eleven thoughts from Euro 2016 for rugby league fans

People love international sport so rugby league should find a large audience on free TV, promote its underdogs and have faith in its own entertainment value

By Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required, part of the Guardian Sport Network

1) A fortnight after the RFL announced they will be bidding to host the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, the draw for the 2017 finals will be revealed next Tuesday morning. All we know so far are 11 of the 14 finalists and that it will start on 27 October, with the final on 2 December. Venues and fixtures will be confirmed next Tuesday, with three groups games set for Papua New Guinea and the rest split between co-hosts Australia and New Zealand.

2) Let’s hope the World Cup is fair. The draw released on Tuesday will have been curated, rather than being an open draw. Another 14-team World Cup means a potential repeat of the close shave with farce we had in 2013, when Scotland could have been eliminated despite earning five points while France would have progressed with just one! The 2021 World Cup will have 16 teams, bringing an end to the “super group” that was a dismal failure in 2008 when heroic Papua New Guinea were cast as the giants’ doormat, a baton passed to Ireland in 2013. Every nation should have a chance of escaping their group.

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