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Mike Rowbottom: Lausanne, Paris, London, and the Stade at the bottom of our garden thrilling to the 2018 World Cup

Mike Rowbottom: Lausanne, Paris, London, and the Stade at the bottom of our garden thrilling to the 2018 World Cup

Last week I travelled to Lausanne to cover the International Association of Athletics Federations Diamond League meeting there, and as I walked down in blazing sunshine from the station to the athletes' hotel by the side of Lake Leman, I passed cafes full of intent television viewers. Switzerland were playing Sweden in their World Cup match of 16.


David Owen: Thank you Iceland

David Owen: Thank you Iceland

A strange phenomenon infiltrated my country last month, as we looked forward to Russia 2018: for probably the first time I can remember, the England football team approached a major tournament without seemingly the entire male population from Lindisfarne to Mevagissey thinking they could win it.