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Kylian Mbappé rescues France against Iceland while Portugal see off Poland

• France score twice in last four minutes to draw 2-2 at home• Aleksandar Mitrovic double helps Serbia win in MontenegroFrance avoided an embarrassing defeat by Iceland with two goals in the last five minutes, including a last-gasp penalty from the sub…

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Spain and Turkey victories augur well for Nations League’s future | Nick Ames

Scepticism and confusion over the Nations League have been overtaken by teams at all levels taking it seriouslyA pile-on by the corner flag in Stockholm said it best. Turkey had just come from two goals down to defeat a seemingly comfortable Sweden and…

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Spain and Turkey victories augur well for Nations League’s future | Nick Ames

Scepticism and confusion over the Nations League have been overtaken by teams at all levels taking it seriouslyA pile-on by the corner flag in Stockholm said it best. Turkey had just come from two goals down to defeat a seemingly comfortable Sweden and…

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Spain and Turkey victories augur well for Nations League’s future | Nick Ames

Scepticism and confusion over the Nations League have been overtaken by teams at all levels taking it seriouslyA pile-on by the corner flag in Stockholm said it best. Turkey had just come from two goals down to defeat a seemingly comfortable Sweden and…

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Mesut Özil’s two hearts and the dual identities of white Europeans | Letters

Readers respond to Afua Hirsch’s piece about the German footballer, which asked why people of colour should have to ditch their national heritageI agree with Afua Hirsch that German-born Mesut Özil should feel free to celebrate his German and his Turki…

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It’s not just Mesut Özil. All diaspora footballers face the same conflict | John McManus

The hostility the Arsenal star has faced from Turkey and Germany epitomises the strain on migrant players who don’t fit the patriotic mouldReinhard Grindel is the president of the German Football Association, and clearly doesn’t like Recep Tayyip Erdo?…

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‘Wake up!’ – Germany’s papers react to World Cup defeat by Mexico

Media commentators draw parallels with Angela Merkel’s struggle to keep the coalition government together Even before Sunday’s sobering start for the titleholders, the World Cup had kicked off on a somewhat unenthusiastic note, the usual euphoria dampe…

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Friendlies roundup: France too fast for Italy, while Tunisia draw with Turkey

• France 3-1 Italy • Tunisia 2-2 TurkeyFrance showed they will be a force in Russia by blowing away Italy in a World Cup warm-up match in Nice.France took the lead in the eighth minute when Antoine Griezmann’s free-kick was only half cleared to the rig…

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Özil and Gündoğan’s Erdoğan picture causes anger in Germany

Premier League footballers met Turkish president during his UK state visitTwo German footballers of Turkish heritage posing for photographs with the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, have reignited a debate over dual citizenship and national ide…

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Gaël Clichy: ‘Playing for Pep Guardiola at City was a major shock’ | Will Unwin

French defender hopes to help guide Istanbul Basaksehir to a first Turkish title and is intent on conducting himself like his former manager at Manchester City would expectGaël Clichy clearly remembers the moment Pep Guardiola changed his outlook on ho…

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How football is saving the lives of young Turkish girls in Malatya | Patrick Keddie

Ikranur Sarigul is only one of many girls in the eastern Anatolian region whose life was transformed by joining a girl’s school team set up to keep them in education and out of an early marriageMalatya is the world capital of apricots. Orchards full of…

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New-look Republic of Ireland fall to defeat in Turkey friendly

Mehmet Topal’s sweetly struck volley condemned a new-look Republic of Ireland to friendly defeat in Turkey on a night Martin O’Neill used to experiment with his squad.O’Neill handed senior debuts to Declan Rice, Scott Hogan and a substitute Matt Dohert…

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Hakan Sukur – Turkey’s fallen hero who can never return home

Scorer of the fastest World Cup goal had Turkey’s president as a wedding guest but now lives in enforced exile in the USThere is a photograph, famous in Turkey, taken at the wedding of one of the nation’s greatest footballers, a Uefa Cup winner who pla…

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Naim Süleymano?lu obituary

Weightlifter who fled communist oppression in Bulgaria to represent Turkey at the OlympicsThe weightlifter Naim Süleymano?lu escaped the communist oppression of his native Bulgaria by evading the agents detailed to keep an eye on him while he was compe…

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Where it went wrong for the teams who missed out on the World Cup

Fans from 21 countries explain why they will be staying at home next summer. Holland were unlucky, Italy were mismanaged and Mongolia were a disasterFive points out of a possible 18 from our games against Belgium, Greece and Cyprus proved fatal. Greece…

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World Cup qualifiers: previews for five of the week’s most intriguing matches

A look at Scotland v Slovakia, Northern Ireland v Germany, Montenegro v Denmark, Turkey v Iceland and Bulgaria v France

By Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Slovakia’s visit to Glasgow is enormous for Gordon Strachan’s men, who know they will finish second in Group F if they win their final two qualifying games. Anything other than a win on Thursday night will probably be too little for Scotland. Defeat would end their hopes entirely, leaving Slovakia and Slovenia to fight it out for a top-two spot with England; while a draw would give Slovakia a one-point advantage before the final round of fixtures, when they have a favourable home game against Malta. Jan Kozak’s side wouldn’t be disheartened with a share of the spoils provided their neighbours Slovenia, who are also in with a shout of qualifying, don’t spring an upset at Wembley.

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Arda Turan retires from Turkey duty after post-friendly bust-up on aeroplane

• Barcelona midfielder says he has no regrets over incident with reporter
• Turan ends international career with 94 caps and 17 goals

The Turkey captain Arda Turan announced on Tuesday that he was quitting the national team following a bust-up with a reporter on the squad’s flight back from a friendly international in Macedonia.

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Manchester City’s Enes Unal ready to justify Turkish wonderkid hype | Emre Sarigul

The striker has shone on loan with Twente this season and appears to be mastering what, for many of his compatriots, can be a difficult move overseasFreddy Adu, Federico Macheda, Giovani dos Santos: the football world is full of wonderkids who never qu…

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West Ham’s Slaven Bilic dedicates Anfield point to Turkey after bomb attack

• Manager was in charge at Besiktas, where bombs planted, from 2013-15
• ‘The people are so warm and friendly and it’s tearing me apart’

Slaven Bilic dedicated West Ham United’s point at Liverpool to the people of Turkey following the twin bomb attack that killed 38 and injured more than 160 outside Besiktas’ stadium on Saturday night.

Related: Divock Origi earns Liverpool point after West Ham turn tables at Anfield

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Turkey: explosions at Istanbul football stadium cause multiple casualties

The blasts took place hours after a match between two of Turkey’s top teams, leaving at least 20 wounded

Turkish authorities have reported that a major soccer stadium in Istanbul was hit by at least two explosions on Saturday night, in which around 20 police were wounded.

Witnesses said more police were deployed and had cordoned off the area as smoke rose from the newly built Beșiktaș Stadium. They said gunfire had also been heard in what appeared to have been an armed attack on police. Broadcaster NTV said the explosion seemed to have targeted a police vehicle that was leaving the stadium after fans had dispersed.

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