Womens World Cup captured publics imagination despite Fifas worst efforts | Marina Hyde

Patronising scheduling set the tournament up to fail but players such as Megan Rapinoe used their platform to highlight how the governing body has let them down Gianni Infantino is one of those intensely political people who believe that as far as everyone else is concerned, there is no place for politics in football. It was just last year at some grimly political press conference in Iran, naturally that the Fifa president announced: Its very clear that politics should stay out of football and football should stay out of politics. Is it? If so, the conclusion of the Womens World Cup on Sunday suggests it is time to ask Infantino how that ones working out for him. So much of …

Paul Pogba arrives for Manchester United tour despite doubts over future

Paul Pogba was photographed at Manchester airport as Manchester United left for Australia on Sunday to start their summer tour Paul Pogba was photographed at Manchester airport as Ole Gunnar Solskjrs squad left for Australia on Sunday afternoon to start their summer tour. The midfielders presence had been in doubt after his agent, Mino Raiola, said on Friday that the 26-year-old is trying to force his way out of the club. United named the Pogba in the squad and would have been shocked had he not been present on the tour, which is Solskjrs first as the clubs manager. United play Perth Glory and Leeds in Perth, before Internazionale in Hong Kong and Tottenham in Shanghai. United are then in …

Alleged Neymar rape: Lawyer launches impassioned defense of accuser

(CNN)The lawyer for the model Najila Trindade, who accused Brazilian footballer Neymar of rape and assault, defended his client in an interview with CNN, calling her a victim “who, until proven otherwise, has been raped.” He accused members of the press and the public of hostility as he carried Trindade to a police car after the interview. The lawyer also denied allegations that he was having an affair with Trindade. “My involvement with my client is only in the criminal sphere to defend her,” Garcia said, adding that his client was taken to hospital, where she received medical attention and was released after an hour. “This girl needs help. Whether or not the rape happened, and I believe in her …

Liverpool and Spurs face off for a priceless route past the velvet rope | Daniel Taylor

Liverpool and Tottenham enter the Champions League final in Madrid from which the ripple effects for the winners could be era-defining On the streets outside Puerta de Atocha, with the throngs pouring off the trains from Madrids main railway station, it was possible to make out a couple of Liverpool fans who had been presumptuous enough to have 6 Times emblazoned across the back of those familiar red shirts. A little too presumptuous, you might think, on the eve of the final, even if it was true that Tottenham Hotspurs opponents at the Wanda Metropolitano accumulated 26 more points, lost 12 fewer games and beat them home and away in last seasons Premier League. Or perhaps you might have seen …

At home with Vincent Kompany: ‘Setbacks, racism everything fed my fire’

The Manchester City captain talks frankly about the wrong path he nearly took as a teenager, lunatic politicians and life after football It is 10am on an early spring day when I pull up at the electric gates of Vincent Kompanys home. In the drizzle, the Manchester sprawl has given way to the leafy streets of Cheshire, where long driveways announce the grand houses of the affluent. Kompany answers the door in a black T-shirt and jeans, having just finished a workout. Its March, and Manchester Citys battle-hardened captain and central defender is only now returning to fitness after a six-week layoff for a calf injury. I wasnt feeling great today, so an extra session in the gym is the …

Glenn Murrays penalty leaves Arsenal needing miracle to make top four

Glenn Murrays 61st-minute penalty for Brighton pegged back Arsenal to 1-1 all but ending their hopes of a Champions League place After the final whistle Arsenal players trudged around the pitch for the traditional lap of appreciation to mark their final home game of the season. The smattering of fans who had stayed to bear witness to this joyless formality did at least bid hearty farewells to Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck, none of whom will play a home game here again. Moments before that Arsenal had said goodbye to any realistic chance of finishing in the Premier Leagues top four this season. Arsenal could yet make it if things get freakish on the last day of term …