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Teams that imploded in tournaments, from John Terry locking horns with Capello in 2012 to the Dutch rowing at Euro ’96



WITH all the pressure and egos that make up squads in major tournaments, it’s no wonder they don’t fall out more often.

The latest national team to suffer mutiny in the camp is France – with forwards Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe at each other’s throats before a ball has even been kicked ahead of Euro 2020.


Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe have reportedly fallen out before Euro 2020[/caption]

First, Giroud suggested that Mbappe didn’t pass to him on the pitch in an interview after a warm-up match against Bulgaria.

Sensationally, Mbappe then reportedly wanted to hold his own press conference to address Giroud’s remarks.

They’d be best shaking each other’s hands and moving on because in-house fighting can only go one way.

These teams all imploded at World Cups, Euros and Copa Americas – failing miserably in the process.

France, 2010 World Cup

It’s not the first time the French haven’t seen eye-to-eye.

At the 2010 World Cup, Les Bleus capitulated spectacularly – first when Patrice Evra squared up to manager Raymond Domenech after a training ground disagreement.

Then, after being hauled off at half-time in France’s second game against Mexico, Nicolas Anelka flew into a rage at Domenech and was sent home.

The players mutinied against the decision – which translated to the poor performance on the pitch with the French failing to win a single group game and left packing their bags.


Patrice Evra and manager Raymond Domenech rowed on the training ground in 2010[/caption]


Ex-France boss Domenech had a strained relationship with some of his stars[/caption]


The 2010 World Cup was a disaster – with France falling at the first hurdle[/caption]

Holland, Euro 1996

Two years prior, Ruud Gullit walked out of the Dutch squad in 1994 before the World Cup started.

But he wasn’t to blame for this particular unrest. Alleged rows over pay, claims of racism, and even inadequate catering services divided the squad.

Star midfielder Edgar Davids was sent home after saying manager Guus Hidding “should stop putting his head in some players’ asses.”

While Clarence Seedorf criticised the manager’s team selection publicly.

After scraping through the group stages – losing 4-1 to England along the way – they bombed out at the quarter-final stage to France on penalties.


Clarence Seedorf criticised manager Guus Hiddink’s team selection at Euro ’96[/caption]

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Edgar Davids was sent home from the squad after an explosive radio interview[/caption]

Argentina, 2015 Copa America

The Argies were already in turmoil – thanks in part to the lack of leadership in their own FA.

They hadn’t yet appointed a successor to president Julio Humberto Grondona, who died in 2014.

And when they lost in a tense final to Chile on penalties in 2015, feelings hit fever pitch.

Messi, Mascherano, Higuaín, Di María, Banega, Biglia, Aguero and Lavezzi all threatened to quit the national team over the disorganised state of affairs.


Argentina’s stars threatened to quit after their Copa America defeat in 2015[/caption]


Many were irked by the disarray of the Argentine FA, who had failed to appoint a successor to Julio Humberto Grondona (pictured here)[/caption]

England, 2010 World Cup

When you have a strict disciplinarian in charge like Fabio Capello, player fallout is bound to happen.

And when it’s with your captain, John Terry, then it’s certain to rub off on the other players.

Terry admitted that he challenged the Italian’s authority at the 2010 World Cup by insisting the players should be able to have a beer after a dismal draw against Algeria, which players had reportedly gotten wind of.

The Three Lions ended crashing out in the last-16 to Germany in a humiliating 4-1 loss.

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John Terry took on strict disciplinarian Fabio Capello at the 2010 World Cup[/caption]

West Germany, 1974 World Cup

Trust the Germans to buck the trend and use a fallout as a catalyst for success.

At the 1974 World Cup, several players were left disappointed by a £5,000 win bonus and wanted somewhere close to £17,000, which was in line with rivals Italy and Holland.

“You boys are greedy and if people find out what you’re doing, they will spit on you in the street,” manager Helmut Schon told his players at the time.

Franz Beckenbauer rallied the troops, after Schon said he would pick a second-string side, and incredibly they ended up winning the tournament, despite tales of late-night drinking and smoking until dawn.

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West Germany manager Helmut Schon, pictured with captain Franz Beckenbauer, labelled his players greedy for wanting bigger win bonuses[/caption]

Holland, Euro 2012

16 years later and the Dutch hadn’t learnt from past-experience.

Oranje failed to live up to their billing as one of the tournament’s favourites and lost every game in the group stage at Euro 2012.

A rumoured rivalry between Robin van Persie and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar meant the two couldn’t play upfront together.

Van Persie and Ibrahim Afellay had allegedly angered team-mates with their egos due to their club status, while Gregory van der Wiel was accused of lacking focus and caring more about his fashion label.


Robin Van Persie allegedly angered Dutch team-mates with his ego[/caption]

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Forwards Van Persie and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar were said to hate each other and couldn’t play upfront together[/caption]

Italy, 1974 World Cup

The late Italian striker Giorgio Chinaglia was often a notoriously difficult figure to manage.

And after he was substituted against Haiti after missing several chances to score, he let rip at manager Ferruccio Valcareggi.

As he made his way to the sideline, Chinaglia told Valcareggi to “f*** off” before smashing up the changing room.

The team was already divided between the old and new guard, as well as the northern and southern players – this was just the icing on the cake.

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Italian forward Giorgio Chinaglia proved to be disruptive at the 1974 World Cup[/caption]

USA, 1998 World Cup

After Steve Sampson led the team to the Copa America semi-final in 1995, he was promoted from interim boss to full-time coach.

But in 1998, that all came to a head – thanks, in part, to Sampson booting captain John Harkes out of the team after a disagreement of team tactics.

The manager then upset his squad by including players who had hardly featured in qualifiers for his 1998 World Cup squad.

The USA imploded, losing all three games in France.

Harkes later said: “The more (Sampson) coached, the worse we got.”


USA captain was dropped from the squad after a disagreement with manager Steve Sampson and the team flopped at the 1998 World Cup[/caption]


Arsenal to seal Andre Onana transfer ‘to replace Leno’ as goalkeeper has doping ban reduced but fee could rise by £6m




ARSENAL are reportedly on the verge of signing goalkeeper Andre Onana, but it could cost them more after his drug ban was reduced.

The Gunners are close to sealing a deal for the 25-year-old Ajax stopper to potentially replace Bernd Leno as their No 1.


Arsenal are closing in on Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana[/caption]

And Football London report that a deal is now close to being finalised to bring the Cameroon goalkeeper to North London.

Onana joined Ajax from Barcelona in 2015 before breaking into the first team the following year.

The 25-year-old was banned for 12 months in February for taking banned substance Furosemide.

But that suspension was reduced to nine months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

He can now return to club football from November, but it could end up costing Arsenal.

Onana, 25, has claimed he accidentally took one of his wife’s pills while feeling unwell, believing it to be a ‘simple aspirin’.

Had Onana’s ban been upheld, then the Gunners would’ve been able to sign the shot-stopper for just £1.7million, according to Dutch publication NOS.

However the North Londoners now have to fork out £7.75m.


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It would still be a steal for Arsenal considering Ajax were looking for £35m last summer.

Ajax chief executive Edwin van der Sar said: “With this ruling of the CAS we have won three months in comparison to the initial suspension. So it was worth it taking this case to the CAS. We stand for a clean sport. By I will say again that we are convinced that Andre has taken this substance by accident and certainly not to perform better.

“This is endorsed by all parties, also by the UEFA as is to be concluded from the cases both by the UEFA and the CAS.

“When we told our story, together with Andre and the lawyers tom the CAS, I drove off from The Ajax Academy with a good feeling. I have mixed feelings about today’s verdict because our aim was that he would be back playing games this summer.”

Leno, meanwhile, last month admitted he could be tempted by a move away from the Emirates.

The 29-year-old has two years left on his Gunners contract.

And he said: “At the moment I don’t think about my future because two years is still a long time. There are no conversations with the club.”

“I am very happy at the club. I don’t know what will come in the future. But I am open to everything. Maybe for a new adventure or to stay at Arsenal.”

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Scotland stars WON’T take a knee at Euro 2020 and will stand before kneeling England players after squad decision




SCOTLAND stars WON’T be taking a knee prior to their Euro 2020 matches.

The Scottish FA have confirmed that they will continue to promote an anti-racist message by standing before matches.

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Scotland players made the decision together[/caption]

Steve Clarke’s men took a similar approach prior to the March World Cup qualifiers against Austria and Israel.

Their first match is against Czech Republic – who will be without Ondrej Kudela after he was banned for the tournament after being found guilty of making a racist comment towards Rangers star Glen Kamara.

A statement read: “The Scotland Men’s National Team will continue to take a stand against racism prior to kick-off for all UEFA EURO 2020 matches.

“The squad, coaching staff and backroom members will stand up to racism ahead of the Group D matches against Czech Republic, England and Croatia.”

Scotland skipper Andy Robertson said: “It is important we continue to tackle the issue of racism and raise awareness of the need to change people’s mindsets but also their behaviours.

“Prior to our World Cup qualifiers in March we spoke as a group and felt that taking a stand was the best way for us to show solidarity and also to reinforce the need for meaningful change in society.”



Scotland’s stance will be in total contrast to England who have taken the decision to take a knee before their matches.

It means when the sides clash at Wembley, the Scottish players will stand while England stars kneel as they express their stance on the fight against racism in different ways.

The issue has become muddied by sections of England’s support booing the players when they took the knee before their warm-up matches.

England manager Gareth Southgate has hit out at the boo boys.

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Scotland’s Group D rivals are fearful of the welcome they will receive at Hampden for Monday’s vital Euro 2020 clash.

Czech No 2 Jiri Chytry has begged the Tartan Army not to target his side over Ondrej Kudela’s racist blast at Kamara.

The news came shortly after Romania’s Nicolae Stanciu refused to take a knee against England – in PROTEST at Kudela’s Euros ban.

The Slavia Prague midfielder revealed he stood up in solidarity with the Czech who was suspended for racist language.

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Saul Niguez next club odds: Chelsea & Man Utd trail City after £60m transfer swap proposal, Arsenal & Spurs in the mix




MANCHESTER CITY are leading the battle to sign Atletico Madrid superstar Saul Niguez.

That’s according to bookmakers Betfair, who’ve installed Pep Guardiola’s side as 7/4 favourites to clinch his signature this summer.

Manchester City are favourites to sign Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez


Saul is understood to be unsettled at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

Atletico conquered Barcelona and Real Madrid to claim their second La Liga title under Diego Simeone.

However, the 26-year-old wasn’t a regular starter and, in stark contrast to the previous season, was often substituted.

The Spain international, who is contracted until June 2026, has spent more than a decade at Atletico.

But after 337 appearances, the Spanish title, two Europa League successes and the Copa del Rey – Saul’s future could lie elsewhere.

And that destination is likely to be the Etihad Stadium, according to Betfair.

Saul Niguez next club – Betfair odds

  • Manchester City – 7/4
  • Real Madrid – 3/1
  • Chelsea – 4/1
  • Manchester United – 5/1
  • Bayern Munich – 7/1
  • Paris Saint-Germain – 8/1
  • Juventus – 10/1
  • Arsenal – 14/1
  • Tottenham – 16/1
  • Liverpool – 20/1

The Times claim Atletico chiefs have already proposed an audacious swap deal involving Saul and City’s Bernardo Silva, who is also unsettled.

The Spanish outfit value their asset at around £60million.

And that’s roughly the same as City paid Monaco for Silva in 2017 if all the performance-related add-ons are activated.



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A swap deal could help save club finances and strengthen both clubs from a financial fair play perspective.

But the decision could ultimately like with the player himself after the recent comments from Atleti chief executive Miguel Angel Gil.

Gil said: “Saul is captain, he has been with the club for many seasons and therefore has earned the right to decide when and how to end his relationship with Atletico.”

That could bode well for the rest of the contenders with rivals Real Madrid available at 3/1.

Premier League Chelsea are offered at 4/1 with Manchester United a fraction behind at 5s.

Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are priced at 7/1 and 8/1 respectively with Juventus a double-figure 10/1.

It’s 14/1 for Arsenal to pull of a transfer coup with their North London rivals Spurs further back at 16/1 while Liverpool are last of the chasing pack at 20s.


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