Today at Euro 2008: Tigana rules himself out of top job if Domenech is fired

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Jean Tigana has ruled out the possibility of becoming the next France coach should Raymond Domenech be sacked. The former Fulham manager admits he is flattered by speculation linking him to the role, but he has no interest in it. "I was once a candidate but my name always gets mentioned," Tigana told the French sports paper L'Equipe. "It's flattering, but now I have nothing to say." The 52-year-old, who won 52 caps for France, has been out of the game since May 2007 when he left Turkish side Besiktas. He led Fulham to the Premier League and into the Uefa Cup in 2000 but was sacked in 2003. Domenech's position is being reviewed by the French Football Federation after the side failed to progress beyond the group stage in Euro 2008. An announcement will be made on his future on 3 July.

'Nazi' fans greet German triumph

Far-right revellers celebrated the German team's victory over Portugal on Thursday by chanting Nazi-era slogans in the streets of an eastern town, police said yesterday. Shortly after the game, a group of 75 people marched through the streets of Bautzen, in the eastern state of Saxony, chanting "Sieg Heil" and "Deutschland über alles". Police were called when the marchers blocked a main road. People in the crowd threw bottles at police, while others set off fireworks.

Player to watch Igor Akinfeev

Russian football has produced two great goalkeepers: Lev Yashin, a European Championship winner with the Soviet Union in 1960, and Rinat Dasaev, a runner-up in 1988. In Akinfeev they appear to have found a third. The Muscovite broke into the CSKA Moscow first team aged only 17 and won the first of his 23 international caps less than three weeks after his 18th birthday. The 22-year-old has already won the Uefa Cup, three Russian championships and three Russian Cups. He was out for six months last year with a ligament injury but is now fully recovered. Highly regarded, he has been linked with Milan and Arsenal in the past.

Familiar faces

*Andre Ooijer (NETHERLANDS v Russia) The 33-year-old Blackburn defender was brought to England by the former Rovers manager Mark Hughes from PSV Eindhoven in August 2006. The centre- back has made over 60 appearances at Ewood Park and is under contract for a further year, but is reported to be interested in a move back home.

Quote of the day

"She told me what I had to do and to not do anything stupid. When the Chancellor tells you something you listen." Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger on Angela Merkel's advice before Thursday's quarter-final.