Majid Mohamed

Majid has been a member of The Independent's online editorial team since December 2007. A European football fanatic, he is especially interested in the Dutch game.

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Mark Clattenburg and John Obi Mikel

Mark Clattenburg kept off Premier League referees' list for fourth week

The Football Association are not expected to finish their investigation until later this week

Grid girls line up for the drivers parade

US Grand Prix in pictures

Formula One returned to America this weekend after a five-year absence. It was the 10th attempt by F1 to crack the United States.

Mark Clattenburg was alleged to have racially abused John Obi Mikel

We would have been crucified if we had not reported Mark Clattenburg, says Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck

The American-trained lawyer also denies that the Blues are run by club captain John Terry

Lionel Messi in numbers: Is the Barcelona player the greatest-ever footballer?

Football’s greatest – Pelé, Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff, Franz Beckenbauer and Alfredo Di Stéfano amongst others – may already have been surpassed by a 25-year-old.

Vurnon Anita

Vurnon Anita: Versatile midfielder who can dictate the tempo at Newcastle United

The new Newcastle number eight favours a defensive midfield role, although he has more ability and passing range than Cheick Tioté, another Newcastle midfielder signed from the Dutch league.

Youngsters Oscar (left), Neymar (centre) and Romulo are charged with bringing home the gold medal

Brazil must overcome intense pressure to win historic Olympic gold medal in football

Brazil face Mexico on this afternoon with the chance to make history by bringing home the only title the five-time world champions are yet to win. Star player and national idol Neymar will play in his first major final for the Seleção hoping to establish a winning mentality before he leads his country on home soil at the Fifa confederations Cup next year, the World Cup in 2014 and the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Netherlands set to implement changes after disastrous Euro 2012 campaign

Bert van Marwijk, who led Feyenoord to Uefa Cup triumph in 2002, resigned as Netherlands coach recently following their early exit from Euro 2012. The process of reverting Oranje to play the ‘Dutch way’ again can now begin.

Euro 2012: Netherlands preview

The European Championships begins in just a few days with the Netherlands amongst the favourites once again. The Dutch are currently ranked as the fourth best team in the world according to the Fifa rankings. Only two European sides are ranked higher – Spain and Germany – which draws a parallel with the predictions for Euro 2012. Spain and Germany are favourites for Euro 2012 but the Dutch FA believe that a semi-final place is the minimum target for Oranje. Here I take a look at Bert van Marwijk’s team ahead of their first game against Denmark on Saturday.

Euro 2012 files: Notable absentees

Euro 2012 kicks-off in just a matter of days and in anticipation The Independent is running down the key factors and people to keep an eye on in Poland and Ukraine this summer.

Euro 2012 files: The exciting youngsters

Euro 2012 kicks-off in just a matter of days and in anticipation The Independent is running down the key factors and people to keep an eye on in Poland and Ukraine this summer.

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A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport
Out in the cold: A writer spends a night on the streets and hears the stories of the homeless

A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
Conchita Wurst becomes a 'bride' on the Paris catwalk - and proves there is life after Eurovision

Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
Pétanque World Championship in Marseilles hit by

Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable - so why did we stop eating them in the UK?

Why did we stop eating whelks?

Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
10 best women's sunglasses

In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

From luxury bespoke eyewear to fun festival sunnies, we round up the shades to be seen in this summer
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

World Cup final: Messi? Mascherano is key for Argentina...

No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice