England among top seeds for Euro 2012

England have been named among the top seeds for February's European Championship qualifying draw - but Scotland are in the third band after falling down the rankings.

Armenia's latest struggle - the battle for tourists

This country is emerging from troubled times. The ceasefire is holding with Azerbaijan and the border with Turkey is due to reopen. Now it's welcoming new visitors. Mark Leftly reports

Pavlyuchenko transfer refuted by agent

Roman Pavlyuchenko's agent Oleg Artemov insists reports in Russia that his client has already signed a contract with Zenit St Petersburg are premature.

Azerbaijan attacks deal with Armenia

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday that Armenia must withdraw from Nagorno-Karabakh in Azerbaijan to assure his parliament's approval for a peace accord signed between Turkey and Armenia.

Government pushes for non-Russian gas supplies

The UK Government is piling on the pressure for a "Southern Corridor" of energy supplies to avoid over-reliance on Russian gas.

Ronaldo and Messi in danger of missing World Cup party as big names struggle for invite

Two best players on the planet head list of stars who could be mere spectators next year

Blazevic manages to unite Bosnia

Players on strike and embezzlement claims but now a superstitious septuagenarian may go to World Cup

Azeri witchhunt over Eurovision votes

Security forces in Azerbaijan have launched a campaign against dozens of citizens for voting for the wrong entry in this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Authorities in the oil-rich country are apparently tracking down people who voted for Azerbaijan's bitter enemy Armenia in the competition held in May.

Vodafone secures Azerbaijan partnership

Vodafone has expanded its emerging market operations by tying up with one of the major mobile groups in the oil and gas rich nation of Azerbaijan. The Newbury-based company, which has been linked with a takeover of T-Mobile UK after struggling in its home market, yesterday announced a strategic partnership with Azerfon.

Feeling low on energy? Have a bath in a barrel of crude oil

Azerbaijan has found a therapeutic use for its excess supply of oil. Louis Imbert reports from Baku

Heskey keeps eyes on prize

After three years in the international wilderness, the striker has proved to Fabio Capello that he has what it takes to help England reach the World Cup finals. He tells Sam Wallace how he did it

Toshack set to decide on Welsh old guard

Wales manager John Toshack will spend the summer deciding whether he needs to build bridges with the senior players who were absent from the World Cup victory in Azerbaijan.

Toshack says rookies can make Baku the future

Azerbaijan 0 Wales 1

Edwards leads Welsh lads to a battling victory

Azerbaijan 0 Wales 1
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