Sport Argentina celebrate their World Cup semi-final penalty shootout victory over the Netherlands

With Lionel Messi in fine form, we look at how Alejandro Sabella can lead his Argentina side to glory in Brazil

Happy brithday to Pope Francis, who has once again been named Person of the Year, this time by a leading lifestyle magazine that actively promotes gay rights.

Pope Francis named ‘Person of the Year’ by leading gay rights magazine

The religious leader is the December coverstar of The Advocate magazine, on which he appears with a photoshopped tattoo on his cheek

Argentina accused of ‘bullying’ oil firms

Britain has formally protested to Argentina over a threat to punish oil firms operating off the Falkland Islands with heavy fines, the seizure of assets and jail sentences of up to 15 years.

Usain Bolt takes on a bus in Argentina in his latest battle, but who comes out on top?

Bolt was invited to compete against the 59 bus in Buenos Aires in an effort to conquer the mechanical world

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that he speaks to both staff and players in perfect English, but will continue to use a translator in press conferences

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino reveals he speaks to players and staff in perfect English, but interpreter will continue in press conferences

Pochettino explains that it is not because he can't speak English but because he wants to get his point across to the media succinctly

Manchester City’s central defender Vincent Kompany
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Nearby neighbours Argentina are considered one of the favourites for Brazil 2014, and with the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez, you can understand why. But it is goalkeeper Sergio Romero who is the first name on the team-sheet, and he’ll come up against the likes of Edin Dzeko and Shola Ameobi early on after Argentina were drawn with Bosnia-Hercegovina, Iran and Nigeria.
A view of the World Cup trophy

World Cup 2014: ITV showing England games against Uruguay and Costa Rica, with BBC to air opener between versus Italy

ITV will show the opening game of the tournament between Brazil and Croatia

Life's a beach: 'fingers' on Playa Brava

A big hand for Punta del Este

In this week's Lonely Planet 'Great Escape', discover Uruguay's jet-set beach resort, an Atlantic enclave with plenty of art and culture to explore on the side

Fifa Ballon d'Or 2013: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribery shortlisted for award

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gareth Bale among those to miss out

Pope Francis says he owes his life to a group of nuns who worked in a hospital whilst he was suffering from a recurring lung problem

Pope Francis reveals how a nun saved his life when he was just 21

Incident occurred whilst the pontiff was in hospital due to a lung problem

Daniel Osvaldo of Southampton shoots to score the equalising goal

Southampton 1 Manchester City 1 match report: Dani Osvaldo fires warning to England as City struggle to cure travel sickness

Argentinian-born Italian nets a wonder goal to bring back City's away nightmares

A cable car from Sugar Loaf Mountain to Rio de Janiero in Brazil

Travelling World Cup fans to face rabies, hepatitis and drugs wars

The 2014 draw takes the England team to dangerous Brazilian cities, but the real trial will be reaching them

An aerial view of the Christ The Redeemer statue (F) and the venue for the final - the Maracana Stadium

World Cup 2014: England's possible route to glory - taking in Spain, Germany and Brazil

We take a look at the path Roy Hodgson's side would likely take to the final in Rio

World Cup 2014 draw: Why might England be moved to Pot Two?

The Three Lions could be switched from Pot Four during this afternoon's draw

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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