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Cristiano Ronaldo

'I don't spit on the plate from which I eat': Cristiano Ronaldo responds to 'other Ronaldo' jibe from Jose Mourinho

Chelsea manager claims the 'true' Ronaldo is the now retired Brazilian

Cesc Fabregas in pre-season action for Barcelona

Transfer news: Cesc Fabregas will not join Manchester United - at least not this summer - reveals Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

La Liga champions claim United have accepted defeat in their pursuit of the former Arsenal captain

Sale away: Cruise bargains are still available this summer

Cruise Report: Plenty of ships to fill, so grab a last-minute European deal

If you are among the cautious thousands who have waited until now to book a summer holiday, there is a far better choice of last-minute cruises than the cruise lines – with their "book now to avoid disappointment" warnings – would have us believe.

Neymar is still searching for his first goal in Barcelona colours

Barcelona 8 Santos 0 match report: Gerardo Martino debuts as Barcelona boss in landslide win over Neymar's former club

Brazilian was introduced in the second half but was unable to get on the scoreline as Cesc Fabregas nets a brace

Cesc Fabregas scores Barcelona's sixth goal against Santos in the pre-season Gamper Cup

Transfer news: Gerardo Martino deals another blow to Manchester United after he confirms Cesc Fabregas will not leave Barcelona

New Barcelona boss was speaking after the midfielder scored a double against Brazilian side Santos

Roberto Soldado celebrates his first Champions League goal in 2005

Analysis: Roberto Soldado - the penalty-box predator - will add first touch of class to Tottenham

From an early age it was not difficult to see he was going to be a top player

Transfer news: Barcelona midfielder Xavi questions Real Madrid pursuit of Gareth Bale and admits 'I haven't seen him play a full match'

Spanish international has his say on the Bale transfer saga and also suggests that Cesc Fabregas will be staying at the Nou Camp

Neymar makes his debut against Lechia Gdansk

Barcelona's newest signing Neymar makes his debut for the Catalan club, but was it a winning one?

Neymar will expect to win a number of trophies during his career with Barcelona, but how did they fare against Polish side Lechia Gdansk

Fact file: Oscar Garcia

Brighton and Hove Albion's new head coach Oscar Garcia has had an interesting career to date, including a playing career spent entirely in Spain and a management career that has included a stint in Israel.

David Moyes finds life at Manchester United to be a whole different ball game

New manager has seen problems mount on troubled tour

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<b>Away kit</b><br/>
Liverpool's away kit has been among the most heavily criticised ahead of the start of the season. Some have described it as akin to a Christmas jumper - which will perhaps be apt during the festive fixture pile-up - but for the rest of the season it'll just look daft.
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<b>Reaction on Twitter...</b><br/><br/>
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The Liverpool away kit seems to be based on a Space Invaders clone from the mid 80s.
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@MD_Gooner
I don't blame Suarez for wanting to leave Liverpool... Who would want to be seen wearing their new away kit?

Vote: Which club has unveiled the worst kit for the new season? Liverpool and Barcelona among the contenders...

Take part in our poll to find out the worst kit of the 2013/14 season

Gerardo Martino will take up his first coaching post in Europe

Barcelona announce Gerardo Martino will be presented as new manager on Friday

The Argentinian replaces Tito Vilanova at the Nou Camp

Manchester United look set to lose out on capturing Cesc Fabregas

Transfer news: Barcelona must convince Cesc Fabregas to stay as midfielder 'considers his future' amid bids from Manchester United

Gerardo Martino’s first task will be to address future of midfielder who is ‘considering his options’

Gerardo 'Tata' Martino

Barcelona name Gerardo Martino as new manager to replace Tito Vilanova

Argentinian signs a two-year contract to take over at the Nou Camp after Vilanova was forced to resign due to health concerns

David Moyes is finding it hard to sign Cesc Fabregas

Manchester United and Arsenal battle new balance of power amid frustrations over deals for Cesc Fabregas and Gonzalo Higuain

The two teams were in Japan on Monday, doing their off-season duties, but Manchester United and Arsenal both had their eyes on Spain. That is where the success of their summers will be defined, in the delicate market for players.

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas