From a decorated Spanish defender to a Polish playmaker, via several Germans, these players arrived at the World Cup with high expectations – and failed to deliver.
Didier Deschamps is happy to throw France’s rising stars in at the deep end as they prepare to begin their World Cup campaign on Saturday.
Kylian Mbappe insisted he was feeling no ill-effects from his injury scare, while acknowledging that the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele and himself will have to be clinical if they are to propel France to World Cup glory.
Kylian Mbappe struck 12 minutes from time to ensure that France played to a 1-1 draw against the USA in a World Cup warm-up international friendly at Groupama Stadium on Saturday night.
Kylian Mbappe has described Ousmane Dembele as the best young player in world football following his standout performance for France against Italy.
France made light work of the Republic of Ireland easing to a 2-0 victory in an international friendly courtesy of goals by Olivier Giroud and Nabil Fekir, writes MARSHALL GOUTS.
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde admits that Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns surprised the five-time Champions League winners.
Coming up against a star-studded Barcelona outfit won’t be an easy feat, but PSL champions Mamelodi Sundowns can only do themselves proud regardless of the result, writes MARSHALL GOUTS.
Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns and La Liga champions Barcelona will do duty in an international friendly as part of the Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations at the FNB Stadium on 16 May.
Lionel Messi scored his 100th Champions League goal as Barcelona advanced to the quarter-finals after beating Chelsea 3-0 at the Nou Camp on Wednesday.