Ridiculed and vilified before a ball had been kicked; resolute and victorious once the games begin. Italy, we have been here before.
Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium is currently being constructed.
is As Zlatan Ibrahimovic surveyed the rousing scene before kick-off, he gave a little nod as if to deign this arena and occasion worthy of his presence. The man who famously said a World Cup without him was not worth watching was ready. We could begin.
Gerard Piqué once joked that the solution to those games when there was no way through, when teams defended deep against Spain or Barcelona, frustrating them, when the clock kept running and the chances kept coming but the ball just wouldn’t go in, was simple: stick him up front sooner.
The Republic of Ireland have not had much luck at the European Championship or, indeed, at this stadium but, for a brief period on a pulsating evening, Martin O’Neill’s players looked set to etch their names into history. They had dominated this Group E opener and, when Wes Hoolahan put them in front with a sumptuous half-volley, they could begin to dream.
Better late than never.
It’s a tough job market.
Growing pressure to either downsize or exit parts of this business altogether.
Liverpool's Joao Teixeira is signing with Porto.
West Ham United have been sewing the seeds for future success this summer as they prepare to move to their new Olympic Stadium home.
Michael Gove has fired shots at investment banks and big business in the midst of EU referendum campaigning, saying the EU is rigged in their favour.
The London Stock Exchange (LSE) and Deutsche Boerse are walking a tightrope. As well as attempting to persuade shareholders and regulators to approve their £21bn merger, the tie-up has also attracted passionate interventions from politicians in the UK, Germany and elsewhere.