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France’s outsiders are making late bids to go to the World Cup

The battle for second place in Ligue 1 is bringing the best out of Dimitri Payet, Nabil Fékir and Florian ThauvinBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsDespite some uneven performances in the last set of friendlies, France are still a…

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World Cup hosts Russia charged with fan racism during France friendly

• Monkey chants were aimed at players last month in St Petersburg • Fifa opens disciplinary proceedings against the RFUFifa has charged World Cup hosts Russia with fan racism less than two months before the tournament begins.Monkey chants were aimed at…

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Paul Pogba was colossal for France but they need to sort out their defence

Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappé shone against Russia but France should forget about winning the World Cup with this defenceBy Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsPaul Pogba’s ferocious performance against an admittedly poor Russia team on Tuesday was s…

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Fifa investigates alleged racist abuse of France players by Russia fans

Monkey chants allegedly directed at France players in St Petersburg‘Racism has no place on soccer fields,’ says French sports ministerFifa is investigating alleged racist abuse directed at French players by Russia fans during a pre-World Cup friendly b…

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International football: talking points from the latest friendlies

Argentina are in a mess, England should go for all-out attack and Kylian Mbappé’s heroics are papering over French cracksBefore this game, Jorge Sampaoli had said that when it comes to the World Cup, Lionel Messi has a revolver pressed against his head…

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Kylian Mbappé and Paul Pogba fire France to friendly win over Russia

• Russia have now failed to win any of their past seven games• Manchester United’s Pogba scores with stunning free-kickKylian Mbappé’s double dealt another blow to the World Cup preparations of the hosts Russia, as France claimed a 3-1 friendly win in …

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World Cup stunning moments: Zinedine Zidane’s head-butt | Ian McCourt

In dragging France to the 2006 World Cup final Zidane hinted at immortality and, once they got there, he proved his mortalityThe crowd are whistling. Something has happened. Marco Materazzi is on the ground. The match commentators are confused. They th…

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Ronaldo to the rescue as stoppage-time goals grab win for Portugal over Egypt

Captain heads two goals in stoppage time to steal victory for Portugal over Egypt, and Colombia come from two down to defeat France 3-2Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo scored two stoppage-time goals to steal a 2-1 win over Egypt after Mohamed Salah h…

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Germany v Spain, Italy v Argentina and more: international football – live!

Live: Netherlands v England minute-by-minuteLive scoreboard: all the latest from Friday’s matchesAnd you can email Nick here or tweet him here 7.17pm GMT There are other friendlies *ongoing*, some of which you might find interesting, relevant or both:T…

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International football: 10 things to look out for in this round of friendlies

France and England debutants stake their claims, Ronaldo v Salah, Dembélé seeks to convince Martínez and another new start for ScotlandZurich is not an obvious venue for Portugal to face Egypt but may, at least, afford Fifa bigwigs the opportunity to p…

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Paul Pogba ‘cannot be happy’ with treatment at Manchester United – Deschamps

• France coach says midfielder has plenty to offer• Pogba has been left on the bench by José MourinhoThe France coach Didier Deschamps says Paul Pogba “cannot be happy” with his treatment at Manchester United.Pogba, who has been called up by Deschamps …

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‘Urban dirt bikes saved my life’ – a photo essay

Hunted by police but idolised by followers, some street riders have risen from their inner-city neighbourhoods to find fame and big money sponsorship. Could urban dirt biking do a Nascar?All photographs by M Holden Warren“This is to dirt bike culture w…

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When Arsenal showed France tough love on Valentine’s Day

Michel Platini thought playing a ‘very British’ Arsenal team at Highbury would prepare France for a World Cup qualifier in Scotland, but the plan backfired. France lost both matches 2-0By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogIt’s hard to imagine Arsena…

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French rugby players questioned over Edinburgh bar fight

French rugby federation confirms some of its players are being questioned over incident after Six Nations game at MurrayfieldFrench rugby players are being questioned by police after a fight in a bar in Edinburgh following the team’s game against Scotl…

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Corinne Diacre: ‘People with nasty intentions say women coaching men is impossible’

The coach who climbed through a glass ceiling when she was appointed by Clermont Foot is now in charge of France’s women’s side and has spent a lifetime overcoming the oddsLa Creuse is a rural part of provincial France, right in the middle of the count…

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Thomas Lemar: humble, shy and set to be the subject of more mammoth bids

The Monaco and France midfielder has already turned down a €100m move to Arsenal but he cannot avoid attention from Premier League clubs much longerBy Adam White for Get French Football News, of the Guardian Sport NetworkThomas Lemar, a Caen player at …

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French sailor François Gabart makes fastest solo circumnavigation

Journey around world took 42 days and 16 hours – six days faster than previous recordThe French sailor François Gabart has broken the record for sailing solo around the world, circumnavigating the planet in 42 days and 16 hours.That is more than six da…

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World Cup 2018 draw – live!

Russia 2018 groups decided at draw in Moscow, from 3pm GMTStadium guide | Create your own draw | How the draw worksAnd feel free to email Simon or tweet him @Simon_Burnton 2.13pm GMT Update: Diego Maradona has located a razor. And a suit. And a comedy …

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Russia World Cup 2018 draw: team-by-team guide to all 32 countries

With the draw taking place in Moscow on Friday, here is everything you need to know about the teams, from star players to tactics and the ones to watch Continue reading…

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France’s forwards sparkle as they make case to be among World Cup favourites

Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud and Alexandre Lacazette scored for France in the international break – and Kylian Mbappé was their standout playerBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsIt is difficult to draw too many conclusions fr…