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 By Ian Holyman

Fabien Barthez backs France squad to succeed at Euro 2016

Former France goalkeeper Fabien Barthez backs a fast-improving French squad for Euro 2016.

Fabien Barthez said the fast-improving France squad will be at their peak in two years' time when they host Euro 2016.

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Barthez, 43, was the last line of defence of the France team that won the 1998 World Cup on home soil before going on to conquer Europe at Euro 2000.

Named ambassador for the Euro 2016 host city of Toulouse, which is close...

 By PA Sport

Premier League 2015-16 season to kick off early on Aug. 8

The current Premier League campaign is scheduled to finish on May 24, 2015.

The Premier League has announced that next season's competition will begin on Aug. 8.

The Premier League season will be followed by the 2016 European Championship, which begins in France on June 10.

The move could allow England manager Roy Hodgson additional time to prepare his side, should they qualify, for the tournament.

The Premier League confirmed the start date via its official Twitter account on Wednesday, though the date for the final day of the season has yet to be announced.

It will not...

Fabio Capello wages to be paid by Russian federation after 6-month wait

Fabio Capello's Russia have won just one of their last eight competitive games.

The Russian Football Union says it is close to paying national team coach Fabio Capello, who last received his salary six months ago.

Hit by financial problems, the RFU has been unable to meet Capello's reported $11 million-a-year salary but could now pay the arrears as soon as Wednesday, RFU president Nikolai Tolstykh said.

Tolstykh held meetings with Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko to find a way to solve the problem, Russian media reported, and did not rule out the use of government funds.

"We...

Michel Platini set for third term as UEFA president

UEFA president Michel Platini called for the introduction of a sin bin system to punish players for dissent offences.

UEFA President Michel Platini is set to serve a third term after no rival candidate emerged before the deadline.

The former France captain was first elected to run European football in 2007 and stood unopposed for a second term in 2011.

Platini will be confirmed for a third term as president until 2019 at the UEFA Congress in Vienna in March after UEFA announced "the cut-off deadline of 24 December 2014 has passed for submissions of candidacy" with no rival candidates.

In his second term, Platini...

 By Chris Wright

Mascot for Euro 2016 in France named as Super Victor

Super Victor
Super Victor reveals his name to the world.

Meet Super Victor, the new Euro 2016 mascot.

As you may recall, the CGI-friendly new mascot was officially unveiled a fortnight or so ago, although the choosing of the little be-caped chap's name was left to football fans the world over -- with UEFA running a poll on their website to allow supporters to vote for their moniker of choice.

Fans were able to choose between "Driblou," "Goalix" and "Super Victor," and after the vote closed on Sunday evening and the results were fully collated and extrapolated...