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

No regrets for Jerome Boateng over City

Former Manchester City defender Jerome Boateng has no regrets about leaving the club in the summer.

Lampard welcomes Mata option

Frank Lampard believes Juan Mata can provide Chelsea with something different as they attempt to keep pace with the early-season frontrunners from Manchester.

Mourinho 'will not make apology' after latest run-in with Barça

Jose Mourinho is not going to apologise for his behaviour during his team's 3-2 defeat to Barcelona in the Spanish Supercup last week, his spokesman said yesterday.

Feyenoord tell Craig Bellamy to 'stop the nonsense'

Feyenoord technical director Leo Beenhakker has told Craig Bellamy to "stop the nonsense" as the Wales striker continues to talk about a move to Rotterdam.

Japanese teenager lines up with Messi for shot at goal award

Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben are battling with a Japanese teenager and a Swedish second division player for Fifa's goal of the year award.

Van der Vaart says Arsenal move would have been 'fantastic'

Tottenham Hotspur ace Rafael van der Vaart has suggested that he could have stayed at Real Madrid rather than leaving for first-team football in England.

Brazil star Melo came close to quitting football

Juventus midfielder Felipe Melo has revealed that he was ready to quit football following Brazil's disappointing 2-1 World Cup quarter-final loss to Netherlands in South Africa this summer.

Webb admits he made errors in World Cup final

Six weeks since he 'lost control' on the biggest night of his career, England's top referee has finally answered his critics

Bayern furious with Holland over Robben injury

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has stoked the fire once more after he claimed Netherlands physiotherapist Dick van Toorn needs glasses for failing to spot Arjen Robben's thigh injury during the World Cup.

Rooney shortlisted for Europe's best club player award

Wayne Rooney is the only Premier League player on the 12-man shortlist for Uefa's Club Footballer of the Year. Internazionale, who won the Champions League under Jose Mourinho, have five and Barcelona four.

Sam Wallace: It is far too easy and lazy to blame the referee this time

In what will have been the proudest moment of their careers, Howard Webb and his two linesmen Darren Cann and Mike Mullarkey were booed by Dutch supporters when they went up to receive their World Cup final medals on Sunday.

Iniesta settles war of attrition with a moment of inspiration

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Manchester United deny making Sneijder bid

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson insists he has not made a bid for Holland midfielder Wesley Sneijder.

'Pretty football gets you nowhere,' say Dutch

Unified Holland believe this is their time as fired-up Robben claims 'I don't need friends, I want to be a world champion'
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