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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Fifa president Sepp Blatter finally admits 'racism cannot be stopped with a handshake'

Blatter faced heavy criticism for his "unfortunate words" in an interview with CNN

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.

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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
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Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

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Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

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The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
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Has The Archers lost the plot?

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