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My favourite World Cup moment: Gordon Strachan's screamer at Mexico 86 - Dotemirates
21/06/2018

My favourite World Cup moment: Gordon Strachan's screamer at Mexico 86

I had seen Archie Gemmill’s goal against Holland countless times – long before Ewan McGregor memorialised it in Trainspotting, creating a few seconds of Scottish celluloid nostalgia. But Mexico 1986, eight years after Gemmill’s demon dribble in Argentina, was the first World Cup Finals I had watched live. As a nine-year-old, my hopes were high. I’d grown up thinking Scotland were the world’s greatest team – a 1-0 win against England a year earlier probably had something to do with it. Upon learning England in 1966 had won the World Cup my idealistic schoolboy response was to ask: “How many...


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'Ndombele can be a new Pogba' - Lyon coach Genesio hails Juventus & Man City target

Tanguy Ndombele "can be a new Paul Pogba" according to Lyon coach Bruno Genesio, who is unsurprised that the France midfielder has been linked with Juventus. Ndombele has thrived since arriving at Lyon – initially on loan from Amiens – in 2017 and has impressed in the Champions League as well as Ligue 1 this term, also catching the eye of Manchester City and Juve among others. The 22-year-old received his first call up for Les Bleus in October and Genesio believes Ndombele has every chance of replicating his compatriot Pogba in going on to star at Juve should a...
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Gazprom v Abu Dhabi: an alternative guide to the Champions League ties

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Rishabh Pant edges out Dinesh Karthik

Mumbai: Young Rishabh Pant took a giant stride towards realising his World Cup dream, pipping veteran Dinesh Karthik in the 15-member ODI squad for the Australia series while KL Rahul all but clinched the reserve opener’s slot for the mega event by earning a recall. While the selectors announced two different teams for the first two and last three ODIs, the side that is expected to travel to England will be the one for the last three games of the series. The engagement with Australia starts February 24 with the first T20 International in Visakhapatnam, while the World Cup is...

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Research reveals over half of Australians follow women's sport

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Here's what it takes to be a modern-day coach, and it's probably not what you think

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Wolves duo Coady and Doherty sign contract extensions

Conor Coady and Matt Doherty have signed contract extensions with Wolves until June 2023, the Premier League club have confirmed. Stars of Wolves' Championship promotion campaign, club captain Coady and wing-back Doherty have excelled in the top flight under Nuno Espirito Santo. Liverpool academy graduate Coady, 25, has been an ever-present, with Wolves seventh in the Premier League table, while 27-year-old Doherty brought up his 200th league appearance earlier this season for a club he joined from Bohemians in 2010. Editors' Picks Seven minutes vs PSG! How Lukaku went from 'untouchable' to token sub at Man Utd Maverick Mendy facing...