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Real Madrid may have struggled, but honest Zidane’s group have the knack for success

 Zinedine Zidane knows where his responsibilities end and where his players must take up the slack. There is nothing pretty about the season that...

Ardiles

Why Ossie Ardiles is such a key figure in Argentina's football history

Saturday's FA Cup Final, with Willian on one side and Alexis Sanchez on the other, casts the mind back to the first South American involvement in this...

Chelsea

FA Cup final offers scant rewards after mixed seasons for Chelsea and Manchester United

There was no small irony in the way this season’s FA Cup final panned out. An early goal - a penalty even - followed by a stoic defensive strate...

De Vrij

With De Vrij set to join Inter, Lazio have a big decision to make in their Champions League play-off

Walter Zenga saved Inter again. His role has changed over the years. It’s a long time since the 58-year-old pulled up a pair of gloves for the N...

Smalling

Four Manchester United players in England squad, but Chris Smalling unfortunate to miss out

Gareth Southgate announced the England squad for this summer’s World Cup on Wednesday, and it was as underwhelming as expected. Fans of the nat...

Alves

Who will replace Dani Alves as Brazil's first-choice right-back at the World Cup?

As Brazil coach Tite prepares to name his 23-man World Cup squad on Monday, reserve right-back looked like being one of his more difficult decisions &...

Michael Carrick

Manchester United fans have the chance to say goodbye to Michael Carrick, a key part of their recent success

After health concerns which have seen Michael Carrick’s playing time limited this season, Jose Mourinho has confirmed that the club captain will...

Turmoil in middle distance racing

With Asbel Kiprop, the Olympic champion from Beijing 2008 and three-time world champion, embroiled in a doping scandal, the recent trend of turmoil in...

Puel

Leicester have some big decisions to make this summer - and it's not just about the manager

In late February, it looked like three Premier League teams would vie for a potential Europa League slot and a “best of the rest” seventh-...

Milan

Milan seek first silverware since 2011, but Juventus stand in their path in Coppa Italia final

Carlo Ancelotti became a grandfather last week. When word reached the ultras in Milan’s Curva Sud, they made sure a special banner congratulatin...

Quintero

Quintero finds form and fitness at just the right time as Colombia prepare for World Cup

One of the world’s most talented players may have found form, fitness and focus at just the right time to book a place on the plane to Russia. ...

Marcelo

El Clasico highlights Madrid’s left flank as Champions League final’s biggest question mark

Sergi Roberto galloped down the right-hand side without any obstacle in his way, stretching his legs as he strode into the final third. A well-directe...