The complex racial matrix has made England’s fixture with Russia on Saturday the one which British police have most feared
Argentinian coach loses second final in three seasons to city rivals
However the high-stakes Champions League semi-final between Real and Manchester City unfolds on Wednesday night, one man at the heart of the action will not be getting rattled according to the former Madrid man Steve McManaman - and that’s Zinedine Zidane.
Inside Football: Zidane spent seven years waiting for the Real Madrid job, so could Giggs serve under Mourinho before fulfilling his destiny as United manager?
Real Madrid beat their rivals 2-1
Pogba is wanted byu clubs across Europe
Why the 43-year old coach, who won trophy after trophy as a player and in his first season of management, ticks every box
Real Madrid's four transfers of Zidane's sons were partly at faul for the one-year transfer ban handed to the club this week
Why was the Spaniard replaced by Zinedine Zidane?
Spaniard sacked just six months in after rows with players and poor results in key matches
Rafa Benitez had fallen out with many players in his short time as manager of Real Madrid
It verged on grief tourism, but Beckham's homage to the game was beautiful
The pair are persistently linked with moves away from the Bernabeu
Champagne looks to burst the bubble of the long-serving Fifa overlord in next year’s presidential elections
David Moyes reportedly keen to sign the Juventus pair
The ever-feared Christmas party passed by in Madrid without any drama after the squad enjoyed a well-manured sit down meal together