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Ministers discuss Turkish 'match-fixing' with Platini

The Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan and Uefa president Michel Platini discussed a match-fixing investigation which has overshadowed Turkish football in talks ahead of Uefa meetings in the country this week.

Exclusive interview with Portugal international Hugo Almeida

During the international break The South American Football Show in association with The Independent took a trip to the old continent to talk to Hugo Almeida. Portugal’s powerhouse striker told us about playing against Chile's La Roja, playing for the Special One and playing amongst Turkish Delight...

Given faces losing his European spot to Hart

Shay Given was last night contemplating having to cede his Europa League place to Joe Hart, but remains no less positive towards the Englishman who, despite his indifferent form, has left him without a look-in at Manchester City.

Defensive injuries lead Tottenham to consider £15m bid for

Harry Redknapp, the Tottenham manager, has admitted he needs "one or two" additions to his squad as Spurs prepare to start the new season without the injured defensive pairing of Jonathan Woodgate and Ledley King. "Jonathan's in a position where he can't train or kick a ball," Redknapp revealed.

Foster forced to margins at United

England have been dealt a defensive boost that they badly needed ahead of the World Cup squad announcement with news that Wes Brown has returned to full training. Ben Foster, however, another player who had seemed a genuine England prospect, appears increasingly marginalised at Manchester United.

Capello delivers World Cup hope for injured Hargreaves

England manager Fabio Capello told Owen Hargreaves yesterday that the door is open for him to play in his third successive World Cup finals if he can finally prove his fitness after 15 months out the game with tendinitis.

Vidic adds to Manchester United injury woe

Nemanja Vidic has been ruled out of Manchester United's Champions League trip to Wolfsburg, leaving Sir Alex Ferguson with a threadbare defence as his team attempt to secure top spot in Group B.

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Ferguson stands by Foster

Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster was left rueing his luck as the club's 23-match unbeaten home run in the Champions League came to an unexpected end.