The French were flying, even if victory in the end was of the quintessential, economic Didier Deschamps blueprint.
Ever since, Scotland have cultivated and perfected the art of failure, but amid all the disappointments, setbacks and low points, the Tartan Army has stood tall.
Euro 2020: Didier Deschamps’ pragmatic approach could help frightening and formidable France find success again
Hardened and experienced, Deschamps proved he thinks of the greater good only — that Les Bleus are everything.
Champions League: Manchester City inch closer to elusive glory after exploiting PSG's defensive lapses
Man City's win is an expression of their potency. At long last, Pep Guardiola, City, and Abu Dhabi are within reach of what they have longed for all these years.
Diego Maradona dies at 60: Defiant and proud, El Pibe de Oro became symbol of Argentina and deity in his nation
Diego Maradona personified his country, with his cunningness and penchant for upsetting the established order, he was Argentina.
Bundesliga: 'Jack of all trades' Kai Havertz teases Europe's biggest clubs with his creativity and grit
A hybrid player, Havertz is both a number nine and a number 10. He is a player sui generis. Hence, the name Alleskonner, a player, who can do everything.
Football, like society, faces its biggest crisis since World War II. How the sport addresses this will go a long way in deciding its future
LaLiga: 'Baby Galactico' Vinicius Junior shines in El Clasico to revive Real Madrid's title aspirations
In many ways, Vinicius is still a 'baby Galactico' finding his way in a depleted frontline in the post-Cristiano Ronaldo era, but his maturity, responsibility and precision finish show that he is taking it all into his stride
The storied heavyweights will decide who wins Europe’s most coveted cup. That is both the Champions League’s biggest strength and weakness.
Premier League: A month in, Mikel Arteta's task at Arsenal is to control what can’t be controlled and lead Gunners back to glory
Arteta played at the base of Arsenal’s midfield and outwitted more physical opponents with his intelligence. His CV and real-life skill set are impeccable. But will it be enough to navigate his way through a complicated Arsenal?
FIFA Club World Cup 2019 exposes 'soulless' Qatar as Gulf nation gears up for mega tournament in 2022
The 2022 World Cup hosts, Qatar, live in a different and very bleak universe, one that few would care to inhabit, not even when the global game supersedes everything — during the World Cup.
FIFA Club World Cup 2019: Flamengo hope for a 1981 repeat against Liverpool in quest for third major title of the year
Flamengo want to conquer the world crown in the fine style of their predecessors from ’81. It’s audacious and brave - and it might work.
Copa Libertadores Final Preview: River Plate vs Flamengo highlights the socio-economic fault lines that run through South American football
River Plate can become the first team to win two-in-a-row since 2001 and Flamengo want to emulate Zico’s team of the 80’s.
Premier League: Ahead of Arsenal clash, Mauricio Pochettino aims to tackle new challenge at Tottenham — keeping club among elite
Against Arsenal, the Argentine wants to kickstart a new epoch that will focus on maintaining his club at the top of the English game
Premier League: Rebranded Arsenal tread between revival and implosion as Anfield showdown beckons against Liverpool
Will Emery sacrifice Aubemayang’s goalscoring prowess and effectiveness in front of the goalmouth for a marginalised role out wide in a bid to shape a strike force that could reestablish Arsenal in the English elite? It is a fascinating puzzle and the solution will go a long way in deciding the fortune of this rebranded Arsenal, where the line between a renaissance and perpetual implosion remains very fine.
Chelsea show glimpses of promising future under Frank Lampard after spirited display against Liverpool in UEFA Super Cup
The aggressive pressing and the numbers forward when in attack left the defense vulnerable and exposed, but Chelsea’s future, if complicated, shouldn’t be unmanageable.
Neymar Jr is a corporate tool driven by market forces; forward must now focus on football or risk losing it all
In the hands of his father, Neymar seems to have become a marketing tool driven by market forces. Wherever he goes next, Neymar must lose that tag to restore his reputation and focus again on what he does best – playing football – or risk losing it all.
Manchester City Season Preview: Pep Guardiola will look to define his legacy at club with large strides towards European glory
Ultimately, Pep Guardiola’s legacy at City will not be measured by the number of domestic trophies he wins, but by his record in Europe. Making strides in Europe could require Guardiola to relinquish total domination of the English game.
Copa America 2019: Organised Brazil adhere to Tite's progressive philosophy to clinch continental title
This was Brazil's third Copa America win in 15 years and they were by far the best-organised and modern side in the tournament
Copa America 2019: Brazil coach Tite strives to find right balance as uninspiring hosts aim to beat Peru in final
Brazil failed to ignite at this Copa America. They haven’t conceded a single goal, a testimony to their defensive solidity, but the team hasn’t played attractive football either.