Football Champions

So France lost 1-0 to China today. Which sounds bad. And is bad. But take a look at the goal from Deng Zhuoxiang that won it:

Either Deng is better than Pirlo/Juninho/Beckham combined, or every bad thing we’ve heard about the adidas Jabulani World Cup ball is true.


Our rolling round-up of the weekend’s action focusses on Europe’s biggest club prize being decided, as well as national finals crowning champions in Mexico and Argentina. [read]

Hellenic Football Federation (HFF) has been sanctioned for fielding an ineligible player in the international friendly match played between Turkey and Greece on 17 November 2015. [read]

From bird flu through George Clooney to, of course, himself, Jose Mourinho has become famous for his colourful public proclamations. [read] previews an intriguing UEFA Champions League final between the Madrid rivals of Atletico and Real, meeting in European club football's showpiece game for the second time in two years. [read]

We catch up with Albania forward Shkelzen Gashi, who looks ahead to his nation's historic trip to UEFA EURO 2016, the challenges that await and why he thinks they finally made it to a major compe [read] previews the Oceania Nations Cup where eight nations are chasing a ticket to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, this in a tournament which doubles as qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Rus [read] reviews the 2016 UEFA Women's Champions League final as Lyon's Saki Kumagai was the penalty shoot-out heroine - not for the first time in her career. [read] spoke exclusively to Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann, who talks playing in his first UEFA Champions League final, what Real Madrid's French manager Zinedine Zidane means to him [read]

Every week in the build-up to Russia 2018, will be highlighting a classic FIFA World Cup image. This week's photo takes us back to 1938 and extraordinary scenes on the streets of Rio de [read]