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‘Martinez biggest son of a b***** in football’; ‘Go cry somewhere else’: France’s Adil Rami and Argentina’s Angel Di Maria in war of words over Emiliano Martinez

Even after a week of Argentina’s triumph over France in the 2022 World Cup final, the hostility between the players of both camps refuses to die down. And the man in the centre of it has been Argentine shot stopper Emiliano Martinez whose antics after winning have put him directly in the line of fire. While other footballing personalities have criticised Martinez for his endless mocking of France’s Kylian Mbappe, his Argentina cohorts have been quick to come to his defence. A row recently erupted between 2018 World Cup winner Adil Rami and Argentina’s Angel Di Maria after the former had stated on an Instagram story that read, “The biggest son of a (b****) in football. The most hated man,” according to The Daily Mail. To this, Di Maria would respond with,” ‘El Dibu (Martinez) is the best...
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Watch: Kylian Mbappe gives rousing speech to teammates at half time after going 2-0 down to Argentina

French superstar Kylian Mbappe gave a rousing speech at half time during the World Cup final when his side were 2-0 down against Argentina, a video from a documentary called “Merci Les Bleus”, shows. Argentina looked to have to match in their pockets after Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria’s strikes in the first half while the French looked toothless against them as the match headed to the break. But in stepped Mbappe, who gave an uplifting speech to his teammates which would ultimately see France claw back from 2-0 down to make it 2-2, courtesy of Mbappe himself. “It’s the World Cup final, guys, it’s the match of our lives! We can’t do any worse than how we played,” Mbappe says. “Now we go back on to the pitch, we must pull it off. Either we let them play us like idiots or we get stuck i...
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While You Were Asleep: France get heroes’ welcome in Paris, Ancelotti commits his future to Real Madrid, Kroos backs Zidane to succeed Deschamps

Looking tired and still visibly disappointed by their loss to Argentina in a penalty shootout in Qatar, the France team received a hero’s welcome after they arrived in Paris. France played its part in one of the most memorable finishes in World Cup history, even though the defending champion failed to retain the title. Mbappé’s hat trick helped France draw with Argentina 3-3 after extra time but they couldn’t rally again in the shootout. Sharing is caring 🤩#FiersdetreBleus pic.twitter.com/8PigsR05Rr — French Team ⭐⭐ (@FrenchTeam) December 19, 2022 In his first message published on Instagram and Twitter following Sunday’s defeat, Mbappé posted a photo of himself, head down, behind the World Cup trophy with the message: “We will be back.” Nous reviendrons. 🇫🇷🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/Ni2WhO6T...
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‘You will do much more than me as president … Thank you for making men, women dream’: France president Macron hails players in change room

In a minute-and-half speech in France’s change room, France’s president Emmanuel Macron hailed the players for making “men and women dream”. In a sombre setting, with the players sitting slumped, and the coach Deschamps beside him, Micron gave a short speech. “You have made millions of French men and women dream so far and still today they have vibrated. You thrilled billions of people who watched this game. You have done great football and great sport. The lessons you will learn. There will undoubtedly be regrets after this match. I would like you to not have too many regrets please. Listen to me carefully. You’re a really great team because I don’t think there’s any other team that could have done what you’ve done so far, to come back twice and come so close to winning it.” Fiers d...
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We had to suffer to win the World Cup say Argentina players

Argentina were made to suffer before landing their first World Cup title in 36 years, having twice squandered a lead, including in extra-time before edging past defending champions France 4-2 on penalties in the final on Sunday. “It was a game where we suffered,” said Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, who saved one penalty in the shootout on Sunday but had also saved two more spot kicks in their quarter-final against Netherlands. On a night of high drama and fluctuating fortunes, Argentina squandered a 2-0 lead in regular time before going back in front in extra-time with Lionel Messi’s second goal. But then Kylian Mbappe completed his hat-trick to level 3-3 in the 118th minute with France’s second penalty that forced the shootout. “Two crappy shots and they (France) levelled. The...
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Who is Randal Kolo Muani, the French sub bringing in the sizzle?

Randal Kolo Muani, 23, was so stunned that he was called up for the national team, that he didn’t pick the first call that flashed on his phone. He would come into the final, an early sub and set fire to the dying embers of the first half, earning the penalty for Mbappe. The semifinal with Morocco had stayed on the edge despite Theo Hernandez scoring quite early for France, because Morocco kept pinging the French citadel, and late equalisers have been something of a theme. It was in these circumstances that substitute Muani sprinted in, and almost hit the ground running, steering in a pass like a neat hole-on-one putt from an Mbappe pass to puncture Moroccan hopes for good. But two months ago despite France reeling under a debris of injuries to big names Pogba, Benzema, Kimpembe and K...
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Messi might run like tracer bullet, Ravi Shastri has reached Lusail stadium for the World Cup final

Former India coach Ravi Shastri made his presence known at the Lusail Stadium, the venue of the 2022 FIFA World Cup final between Argentina and France on Sunday as he shared a video on Instagram of himself taking in the atmosphere before football’s greatest war is waged. “I have been to stadiums and stadiums and stadiums all my life, covering sports, playing sports and watching sports. This Lusail Stadium, that you are seeing in the background, just takes the cake. It’s empty, I am early to soak in the atmosphere and in prime position when the ball will be kicked off. but this is unreal. This place will be buzzing in 2 and a half hours time and to atmosphere, to say it will be electrifying will be the ultimate understatement,” Shastri said in the video captioned ‘Lusail will erupt in an...