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Football in France

Vicente Del Bosque hails Spain for toppling France in World cup qualifier

With three rounds of games remaining, Spain are now a point ahead of France again, just four days after conceding top spot when their 1-1 home draw with Finland was combined with France beating Georgia.

Thursday, 28 March, 2013, 4:16am

Spain face must-win World Cup qualifier against France

Vicente Del Bosque's side have not lost a competitive match since the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but two consecutive home draws have seen them fall behind France in this qualifying campaign.

26 Mar 2013 - 10:55pm

Spain and France keep focus before World Cup qualifying showdown

With just over a year to go until the World Cup, some of Europe's leading nations are hoping to take a major step towards sealing their places in the finals in Brazil in a busy week of qualifying.

22 Mar 2013 - 3:36am

David Beckham plays key role in first start for Paris Saint-Germain

After a 15-minute cameo appearance from the bench as PSG beat bitter rivals Marseille 2-0 in the league on Sunday, the veteran Englishman was handed his first start for his new club as the two clubs met again in the last 16 of the French Cup.

1 Mar 2013 - 5:42am

Loew praises team, Deschamps takes heart from compliment to Les Bleus

Germany had trailed at half-time through a Mathieu Valbuena header, but Thomas Mueller equalised at the Stade de France before Sami Khedira scored the winner for Loew's side, who became the first German team to beat France in 26 years.

8 Feb 2013 - 4:45am

Billionaire Zhu Jun takes on state firms by refusing to pay Drogba and Anelka

Former Chelsea strikers Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka are not the only ones coming to grips with the hardnosed and unpredictable style of Shanghai Shenhua boss Zhu Jun . The state-run enterprises trying to renege on a deal to give him full control of the club are also facing his wrath.

5 Oct 2012 - 7:01pm 2 comments

'Make or break' season ahead, admits Diaby

Abou Diaby isn't hiding from the enormity of the season he faces ahead with Arsenal. After a series of calf and hamstring injuries limited the powerful midfielder's appearances over the past few years, he was asked yesterday whether it was 'make or break' time for him at the Emirates Stadium.

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Six degrees

Didier Drogba received a rousing welcome from mainland soccer fans this month when the former Chelsea striker (below) arrived to take his place on the Shanghai Shenhua team. Top footballers are often feted as heroes but few can claim to have ended a civil war, which is what Drogba did in his native Ivory Coast.

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

China key to expanding Arsenal's online base

Asia, especially China, will be the key to Arsenal's campaign to become a global brand with the focus on building an online fan base, according to chief executive Ivan Gazidis.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Quotes of the week

Let's just say that my suffering was beyond imagination

Blind activist Chen Guangcheng on his treatment before he was allowed to leave China for the United States

It is a colossal task to transform the industry's habits

27 May 2012 - 12:00am