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Iker Casillas

Arsenal transfer talk: Iker Casillas linked with January switch from Real Madrid

Spanish goalkeeper under pressure from some fans at the Bernabeu

Lukas Podolski warms up during Arsenal's match against Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal: Lukas Podolski loses his shin pads, borrows them from Mesut Ozil

The Germany internationals swapped under-sock protection during last night's Champions League match

Lionel Messi

Barcelona mark anniversary of Lionel Messi arrival at the club 14 years ago

Spanish club post picture from 2001 on Twitter

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany

Bayern Munich vs Manchester City: Champions League match preview

A look ahead to tonight's Champions League fixture at the Allianz Arena

Jack Wilshere pictured during the Arsenal defeat to Dortmund

Jack Wilshere injury: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger concerned 'because of his history'

The midfielder could face a spell on the sidelines

Mario Balotelli celebrates his first Liverpool goal

Liverpool vs Ludogorets player ratings: Was Mario Balotelli the best player on the pitch?

A closer look at the individual performances at Anfield

Hector Bellerin

Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal team news: Hector Bellerin set to make debut

Defender makes first appearance for the Gunners in Champions League

The Manchester United squad photo

Manchester United official team photo: Antonio Valencia and Anderson pull the funniest faces

Not everyone had a smile on their face during the photo call at Old Trafford

Brendan Rodgers talks with Coutinho

Qualifying for Champions League more difficult this season, claims Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Finishing among the top-four will be a tough ask

Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea backed to progress from Champions League group phase

Analysis from Bloomberg Sports makes current holders Real Madrid the favourites

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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam