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France v Iceland - Quarter Final: UEFA Euro 2016 Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images

The deafening silence surrounding sexual assault in football media | Unusual Efforts
If you only read one footballing story today, it should be this one.

What’re the odds Iceland makes its way into the 2018 World Cup? – ProSoccerTalk
Iceland is in a World Cup qualifying group with Croatia, Ukraine, Turkey, Finland, and Kosovo.

Payet inspires France at Euro 2016 and proves that late developers can thrive - ESPN FC
Dimitri Payet is finally coming of age. The 29-year-old was seen as an underachiever but has taken his West Ham form into Euro 2016, says Tony Evans.

Alex Morgan: New USWNT CBA highly doubtful before Olympics
U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati had indicated previously that it was a possibility.

Juventus press for Kante | Football Italia
Sami Khedira’s continuing injury problems reportedly mean Juventus step up their interest in N’Golo Kanté.

How a training ground joke led to Hal Robson-Kanu's Wales switch | Goal.com
The 27-year-old striker scored a stunning goal to sink Belgium - but might not be at the tournament if it wasn't for a former team-mate's remark

Detroit Soccer Team Turns to Private Investment to Fund New Stadium [Michigan Capitol Confidential]
When Detroit's semipro soccer team needed a bigger stadium to accommodate its growing fan base, it did something unusual. Instead of seeking tax breaks or subsidies to support its ambitions, it turned to private supporters, mostly fans. It did so with the help of the Michigan Invests Locally Exemption or MILE Act.

Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal star eyes Euro redemption
In 2004, his Euro campaign ended in tears on home soil. In 2016, Cristiano Ronaldo has the chance to lead Portugal to the winner's podium.

Serie A outfit Sampdoria keen to sign Mario Balotelli - Goal.com
Sampdoria are keen to bring "confused" Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli to the club to revive his career, according to president Massimo Ferrero.

Chris Coleman reputation grows as Wales prepare for Euro 2016 semis - ESPN FC
Having taken over in tragic circumstances four years ago, Chris Coleman has transformed Wales and boosted his own reputation, writes Nick Ames.