Sport Arjen Robben was the star once again in the World Cup quarter-final clash with Costa Rica

The 30-year-old has become frustrated after being subjected to fierce criticism following his confession that he dived against Mexico

Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos: Manchester United would be unwise to think Bayern Munich will let midfielder leave

David Moyes has reportedly be eyeing up the midfielder with agreement on a contract extension at Bayern taking time

Steve McClaren’s failure convinced the FA that radical change was needed
Joe Hart doesn't face stiff enough competition for his place in the team

Comment: For the risk-averse Roy Hodgson there is no possibility of dropping Joe Hart now

The England manager has made clear he will stick with the under-fire Manchester City stopper

Bayern Munich, champions of Europe

The Calvin report: Stirring Champions League final shows how far English game must advance

No domestic teams could have sustained the pace or matched the invention

Mario Mandzukic puts the tie beyond Juventus
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo

Is Ronaldo making this his Euros?

Portugal captain is starting to dominate a tournament like few before him – not even Leo Messi, writes Jack Pitt-Brooke

Bert Van Marwijk's future is uncertain

'Holland are a joke': The view from the Netherlands following Euro 2012 exit

“Holland are a joke” is the headline in Volkskrant.

Euro 2012 files: The galacticos

Euro 2012 kicks-off in just a matter of weeks and in anticipation The Independent is running down the key factors and people to keep an eye on in Poland and Ukraine this summer.

Didier Drogba celebrates after scoring Chelsea's goal

Bayern pay the penalty as Chelsea win Champions League

Bayern Munich 1 Chelsea 1 (Chelsea win 4-3 on penalties)

Kick-off Tonight, 7.45pm, Sky Sports 2.Ref HWebb (Eng)

Arjen Robben and Franck Ribéry are Bayern Munich's main threats to Real Madrid's ambition

As if reaching a European Cup final in their own stadium were not motivation enough, Bayern Munich will have countless reasons to want to end Real Madrid's European adventure at the Allianz Arena tonight.

Arjen Robben watches the ball as he scores Bayern's second

Bayern stay on course for home final

Marseille 0 Bayern Munich 2

Marseille's Brazilian forward Brandao celebrates his late goal

Inter shocked by Marseilles as Bayern hit seven

A final 15 minutes of high drama at San Siro ended in Marseilles knocking out Internazionale to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals last night.

Scott Parker: What better example of the spirit a captain is meant to instil than that late fightback to 2-2? Parker showed precisely the selfless qualities Stuart Pearce expected of him, throwing himself in front of Wesley Sneijder’s bullets like a bodyguard

Ian Herbert: Pearce must face the curse of great expectations

After Barrygate, prepare for Harrygate. Such is the feverish expectation of England's tournament football success that Gareth Barry's ankle became as much of a hot topic two summers ago as the fractured metatarsals of David Beckham and Wayne Rooney had in previous campaigns. "Barry preying on Fabio's mind" ran one headline at the time. "Not a prayer without crocked Barry" was another.

Danny Welbeck: Wayne Rooney’s throat infection might be a blessing in disguise: England need to learn to play without him, given his suspension. Danny Welbeck showed the skills necessary to lead the line against France and Sweden: showing for the ball, holding it up and then linking well

Ian Herbert: Pearce must now face the curse of great expectations

His passion plays a big part. He's been there and done it, so he knows how it feels

The way Gareth Bale swept through the defences of Chelsea and Norwich City recently underlined the hope that he plays for Great Britain at London 2012

Gareth Bale only Premier League player in Uefa.com team of the year

Tottenham winger Gareth Bale was today named in UEFA.com users' team of the year for 2011 alongside eight Spain-based players.

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