The Highlight Reel: 'Hola, Jose...' A very special phone call

Both are extroverts, have a winning personality, a taste for controversy, a reputation for being mavericks, a love of the limelight, and the unflinching loyalty of their players. So it's no great surprise that Maradona and Mourinho should be kindred spirits. "I like Mourinho a lot", the Argentina coach says.

"He seemed to me a guy to take to your bedside table and ask him each time you need something".

It's perhaps best not to speculate about the great man's nocturnal requirements, given his long and rather chequered history. "I've got his phone number, I might call him," Napoli's favourite adopted son added about his new compadre.

'Au revoir to the Italians'

David Pleat got rather confused in the excitement of the world champions going out yesterday. "It's au revoir to the Italians!" he shrieked on Five Live, recalling the glory days of Alan Partridge.

Did u txt any1?

What with fans in England tweeting via their phones, a record number of text messages were sent on Wednesday (260 million) – smashing the previous record of 253 million on New Year's Day.

J'accuse, Ginola!

Has David Ginola been going heavy on that Carte Noir again? He used to advertise it after all. The former Tottenham man's ongoing spat with Gérard Houllier has re-erupted, after the latter blamed him yet again for France's failure to qualify for USA '94 (Ginola's overhit cross led to the crucial Bulgarian goal).

"In 2010, 17 years after, when I see the same person go on television and talk about this event where they treated me like a criminal for too long a cross, I'm sorry, I find this over the top," Ginola has told L'Equipe. "It's enough! Until my death they are going to talk to me about this! If at the time Gérard Houllier hadn't said these type of things, they wouldn't talk to me about this now. It affects my personal life, my children, it affects a lot of things, it's intolerable. Now, it's enough. I'm so sick of it... I have decided to press charges".

Goodness. Houllier is steadfast: " Non, je ne regrette rien," he didn't say, but might have done.

Hard-hitting journalism

Not so much highlight as lowlight: Rafik Saifi, the Algerian player, disgracefully slapped a female journalist after his team went out to a last-gasp US win. Asma Halimi, from Algerian newspaper Competition, felt the force of Saifi's frustration. The pair had fallen out over a piece she'd written. Thankfully, revenge was sweet, and instant: Halimi returned the compliment – but her lengthy nail caught Saifi on the lip, drawing blood. The player threw a drink bottle in disgust but was led away. "I said nothing to him and he reached over and hit me," Halimi said. "So I hit him back. I said nothing to him first."

Own goal from Bill?

Bill Clinton has shared his unique view of the USA v Algeria match. "When that sucker went in there, I said, 'Thank God for overtime'." By "sucker", he means goal. Awesome. Sepp Blatter meanwhile, who sat next to the former President, revealed via his must-read Twitter page another of Bill's conversational gems: "At the game, Bill Clinton told me 'football connect people'. I couldn't agree more, it's what the World Cup's about." Deep. They'd make a heroic addition to the cursed ITV pundit sofa.

Ich bin ein Berwinner

A headline in German newspaper Berlin BZ reads: "Yes! Now we are going to sort out the little English girlies."

YouHorn

The inevitable has happened. Football's domination of the internet is nearing completion. The sound of this summer simply won't go away: YouTube has installed a vuvuzela button. Click on the little football at the bottom of the video screen. Then cover your ears.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey
film
Sport
Bafetibis Gomis of Swansea City is stretchered off at White Hart Lane
football
News
Jerry Seinfeld Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
peopleSitcom star urges men to be more supportive of women than ever
Life and Style
Living for the moment: Julianne Moore playing Alzheimer’s sufferer Alice
health
News
Jay Z
businessJay-Z's bid for Spotify rival could be blocked
Sport
footballLouis van Gaal is watching a different Manchester United and Wenger can still spring a surprise
News
The spider makes its break for freedom
VIDEO
Voices
A propaganda video shows Isis forces near Tikrit
voicesAdam Walker: The Koran has violent passages, but it also has others that explicitly tells us how to interpret them
Arts and Entertainment
books
News
people
Sport
Ashley Young celebrates the winner for Manchester United against Newcastle
footballNewcastle v United player ratings
Life and Style
love + sex
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Living with Alzheimer's: What is it really like to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis
The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
Pakistani women come out fighting: A hard-hitting play focuses on female Muslim boxers

Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
Leonora Carrington transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star

Surreal deal: Leonora Carrington

The artist transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star
LGBT History Month: Pupils discuss topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage

Education: LGBT History Month

Pupils have been discussing topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage
11 best gel eyeliners

Go bold this season: 11 best gel eyeliners

Use an ink pot eyeliner to go bold on the eyes with this season's feline flicked winged liner
Cricket World Cup 2015: Tournament runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

Cricket World Cup runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

The tournament has reached its halfway mark and scores of 300 and amazing catches abound. One thing never changes, though – everyone loves beating England
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot