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.


China PR fans will look to the talismanic qualities of Yu Dabao when they square up against Qatar in Doha in Thursday's 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifier. [read]

Russia 2018 preliminaries get underway in Africa with 26 sides playing the first leg of their opening round ties between Wednesday and Saturday. [read]

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale was voted Welsh player of the year for a record fifth time on Monday. [read] spoke to South Sudan captain Richard Justin Lado on the eve of his country’s FIFA World Cup qualifying debut, a chance for the war-torn young nation to look to the future. [read]

Every Monday, delivers you a football-related photo you won't be able to resist paying a second glance to. This week's shows a high-stakes spot-kick. [read] caught up with Jordan goalkeeper Amer Shafi ahead of the hosts FIFA World Cup qualifier against Australia, and the No1 is confident in replicating their historic win against the Socceroos dur [read]

France coach Didier Deschamps is backing striker Alexandre Lacazette to make his mark despite a poor start to the season. [read]

Jonathan Bru speaks to about his time at Clairefontaine and Mauritius' hopes in Russia 2018 qualifying. [read]

Chelsea have pledged their backing to manager Jose Mourinho, issuing a statement to say that he retains their "full support". [read]