James Mariner

James Mariner is a journalist who has been boring The Independent sports desk with mindless statistics since June 2007. Helping with various, wide-ranging desk duties (I made the tea once), supervising workies and the endless researching of panels, James has an unnatural love of all things football, and in particular the Europa League, being a Tottenham Hotspur supporter. He cites Brian Sears and Ledley King among his heroes and can even find something interesting in Burnley v Hull City. On a good day.

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Pep Guardiola’s Bayern failed to retain the European Cup
Mario Mandzukic celebrates after bringing Bayern Munich level
Andre Schurrle celebrates his goal

Chelsea 2 PSG 0 - player ratings: Andre Schurrle may have come off the bench, but could anyone match him in the ratings?

All the Champions League player ratings from Stamford Bridge

Gus Poyet

Tottenham v Sunderland: Sunderland can pull off a miracle and escape Premier League relegation, says Gus Poyet

Weekend results mean the Black Cats need a win as they lie seven points adrift of safety at the foot of the table

Ezequiel Lavezzi celebrates scoring PSG's opening goal

PSG 3 Chelsea 1 - player ratings: Could Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Eden Hazard come close to the superb Ezequiel Lavezzi?

All the player ratings from the Champions League quarter-final first leg

Nemanja Vidic scores United's opener with a superb header

Manchester United 1 Bayern Munich 1 player ratings: Who was United's best player - Nemanja Vidic or Wayne Rooney?

All the player ratings from an entertaining encounter at Old Trafford

Edin Dzeko celebrates his second goal for Manchester City

Manchester United 0 Manchester City 3 - player ratings: Who were the best and worst performers at Old Trafford?

Manchester City eased past their neighbours Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

Sebastian Kehl scored as Dortmund survived a scare before making the last eight
Younes Kaboul has own his red card appeal

Younes Kaboul red card: Tottenham defender wins appeal for sending off against Chelsea

Frenchman becomes the second Spurs player in six weeks to win appeal

Michael Carrick (left), Nemanja Vidic (centre), and Robin van Persie (right) look on in despair during Manchester United's 2-0 defeat at Olympiakos

Olympiakos 2 Manchester United 0 - player ratings: Which player scored lowest for David Moyes' side?

A disastrous night for United saw them dominated by Olympiakos in Athens

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