Sam Wallace

Sam Wallace is Football Correspondent for The Independent.

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Andrea Pirlo has enjoyed a trophy-laden career for both club and country

Andrea Pirlo talks candidly about his career: On that 'panenka' penalty; on Roy Hodgson; on Zlatan Ibrahimovic; on Mario Balotelli; on winning the World Cup and on his PlayStation obsession

In his amazing new book, Italy legend Andrea Pirlo talks about a remarkable career, Sam Wallace picks out the highlights

Philippe Coutinho celebrates his wining strike for Liverpool with Steven Gerrard
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has coped admirably well with a shoestring budget

Sam Wallace: Why Atletico Madrid are far from the Robin Hood club of European football

The Spanish have been cast as one of the most deserving clubs in Europe, but their dubious tax history suggests otherwise

Wayne Rooney of England speaks to a cameraman as he walks off the pitch dejected after the 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Group C match between England and Algeria

Wayne Rooney injury: England fear repeat of 2010 is on the cards in Brazil as Manchester United striker struggles to the end of the season

Striker’s struggles with injury in the build-up to the World Cup are eerily similar to the disaster that unfolded in South Africa

Arjen Robben celebrates Bayern's third goal
Demba Ba scoops the ball into the roof of the net

Chelsea 2 PSG 0: Demba Ba denies he was out for 'revenge' but offers reminder to Jose Mourinho of his abiities

Ba scored the dramatic second goal in the 87th minute at Stamford Bridge

Jose Mourinho (second from right) speaks to his players after Demba Ba (bottom left) scored the crucial second goal in the 2-0 win over PSG

Chelsea 2 PSG 0 match report: Demba Ba the hero as Jose Mourinho masterminds Blues comeback to reach Champions League quarter-finals

Blues progress to the Champions League semi-finals after thrilling late victory

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said that his Chelsea team could out-score Paris Saint-Germain and reach the Champions League semi-finals

Chelsea v PSG: Samuel Eto'o to get the nod from Jose Mourinho over Fernando Torres and Demba Ba despite fitness worries

Striker to be preferred to Torres despite fitness worry with Chelsea needing goals

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has slowly developed a thousand-yard stare this season

Comment: Watching Ole Gunnar Solskjaer struggle at Cardiff City has been painful - why did such a sensible young manager rush into the job?

Talking Football: Watching him with Vincent Tan was like seeing Ronnie Corbett go on a North Korea tour

Steven Gerard makes no mistake from the spot

West Ham 1 Liverpool 2 match report: Steven Gerrard stays cool in chaos to keep Liverpool in control

Referee Anthony Taylor has questionable day with the whistle but Gerrard sets-up a mouth-watering tie with Manchester City next week

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How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe: Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC

How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe

Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC
Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy attacked as 'sinful'

British Muslims's Happy video attacked as 'sinful'

The four-minute clip by Honesty Policy has had more than 300,000 hits on YouTube
Church of England-raised Michael Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith

Michael Williams: Do as I do, not as I pray

Church of England-raised Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife
Comedian Jenny Collier: 'Sexism I experienced on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

Jenny Collier: 'Sexism on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

The comedian's appearance at a show on the eve of International Women's Day was cancelled because they had "too many women" on the bill
Cannes Film Festival: Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or

Cannes Film Festival

Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or
The concept album makes surprise top ten return with neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson

The concept album makes surprise top ten return

Neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson is unexpected success
Lichen is the surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus, thanks to our love of Scandinavian and Indian cuisines

Lichen is surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus

Emily Jupp discovers how it can give a unique, smoky flavour to our cooking
10 best baking books

10 best baking books

Planning a spot of baking this bank holiday weekend? From old favourites to new releases, here’s ten cookbooks for you
Jury still out on Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini

Jury still out on Pellegrini

Draw with Sunderland raises questions over Manchester City manager's ability to motivate and unify his players
Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

The all-rounder has been hailed as future star after Ashes debut but incident in Caribbean added to doubts about discipline. Jon Culley meets a man looking to control his emotions
Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

The most prize money ever at an All-Weather race day is up for grabs at Lingfield on Friday, and the record-breaking trainer tells Jon Freeman how times have changed
Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail. If you think it's awful, then just don't watch it'

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail'

As the second series of his divisive sitcom 'Derek' hits screens, the comedian tells James Rampton why he'll never bow to the critics who habitually circle his work
Mad Men series 7, TV review: The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge

Mad Men returns for a final fling

The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge
Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground as there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit

Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

Technology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit