The wait to see who has qualified for Euro 2016 is nearly over. What is the current state of play?
Porto midfielder Giannelli Imbula has denied reports that he had applied for Belgian nationality but did not rule out eventually representing the country of his birth at international level.
Imbula, 23, was born near Brussels to Congolese parents but grew up in France and is a former France under-21 international.
The defensive midfielder joined Porto from Marseille for €20 million in the summer and featured in the Portuguese side's recent victory over Chelsea in the Champions League.
The final week of UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying begins on Thursday, and 15 berths will be claimed by Oct. 13.
Though only five berths have been officially claimed (Austria, Czech Republic, England and Iceland, plus host France), most of the top teams have nearly sewn up their spots. That means the remaining drama lies largely in teams jockeying between second place (and an automatic berth) and third place (and a playoff), or among countries fighting simply to make the playoffs.
Remember that the top two teams in each of the nine groups qualify directly, along with the best of the nine third-place teams. The other eight third-place teams enter home-and-home playoffs for the final four places in France.
Here's how ESPN's Soccer Power Index forecasts the final games of group play, with odds for qualifying either directly or for the playoffs. All percentages are based on 10,000 SPI simulations. (For more information on SPI, see Nate Silver's explainers here, here and here.)
The nine groups are divided into three categories based on the remaining drama expected:...
France coach Didier Deschamps has acknowledged that Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is going through a tough time at both club and international level.
Deschamps had previously defended Giroud, 29, following the former Montpellier player's below-par display against Serbia last month.
Since then, Giroud was sent off in Arsenal's Champions League loss at Dinamo Zagreb, and has had to be content with a bit-part role in the league with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger currently preferring Theo Walcott...
Borussia Monchengladbach want Austria coach Marcel Koller to become their new manager, according to a report in his native Switzerland.
Koller, 54, has caught the eye after leading Austria to next summer's European Championship as winners of their qualifying group ahead of Russia and Sweden.
Currently 13th in the German Bundesliga, Gladbach are on the hunt for a new coach following Lucien Favre's unexpected resignation last month.
On Tuesday, Swiss newspaper Blick said that Koller is a target and...