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 By Ian Holyman
2 days ago

Jose Mourinho, Zinedine Zidane slammed in Domenech's new book

ESPN FC's Craig Burley reacts to Jose Mourinho's constant complaining about Spain's apparent overuse of Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is among the targets of former France coach Raymond Domenech in his latest book which also launches stinging attacks at Zinedine Zidane, David Luiz and Franck Ribery.

Domenech, 62, reminds readers in his new book "Mon dico passionne de foot" ("My passionate football dictionary") of Mourinho's humble beginnings as translator for Sir Bobby Robson at Barcelona.

"That's the problem with translators, they end up convincing themselves they have written the words themselves,"...

 By Ian Holyman
3 days ago

Franck Ribery may regret quitting France like I did, says Zinedine Zidane

The ESPN FC panel discuss the possibility of Franck Ribery returning to the France national team.

Zinedine Zidane has expressed his hope that Franck Ribery will return to the France team and suggested the Bayern Munich man will follow his own example.

Zidane, 42, quit international football in 2004 only to return a year later and help guide his nation to the 2006 World Cup final in Germany.

Ribery announced in August he was ending his career with Les Bleus to focus on his club football and spend more time with his family. The 31-year-old has made only a handful of substitute appearances this...

By ESPN Staff
Oct 17, 2014

Stade Velodrome ready for Euro 2016

Marseille have finally reopened the Stade Velodrome after a renovation project which has taken more than three years and cost 268 million euros.


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 By Ian Holyman
Oct 16, 2014

William Gallas to announce his retirement from football

The relationship between William Gallas and Chelsea always seemed to be an acrimonious one while the Frenchman was at Stamford Bridge.
William Gallas spent five years at Chelsea.

Former Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham defender William Gallas has retired from football and will formally announce the decision in an interview to be broadcast later on Thursday.

Gallas, 37, will officially bring down the curtain on the career he began at Caen in 1996 when he speaks to Sport Confidential -- L'Equipe's TV channel -- on Thursday evening.

The former France international spent a total of five years at Chelsea and helped them to two Premier League titles -- including their first...

Oct 15, 2014

Aymeric Laporte may give up on France career if Spain call him up

ESPN FC's Sid Lowe analyses Diego Costa's first goal in a Spain jersey and the pressure he has been under to produce for La Roja.

Athletic Bilbao's young French centre-back Aymeric Laporte has suggested that he might switch allegiance to Spain if he is not soon called up by Les Bleus.

Laporte, 20, is already a regular starter for Athletic, and impressed especially last season as the Basque side sealed Champions League qualification. He has also starred while winning the European Under-19 Championship with France in both 2011 and 2012, and played in this week's unsuccessful European Under-21 Championship playoffs against Sweden.