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The former manager has been a regular onlooker during David Moyes' difficult start to life at Old Trafford

Football: Havelange backs land of gold and diamonds

The 1998 World Cup draw may be the centre of attention in Marseilles but, behind the scenes, the 2006 candidates are seeking to win friends and influence people. Glenn Moore reports.

Football: Seven Englishmen step into the Hall of Fame

Twenty more players were voted into the International Football Hall of Fame yesterday. Glenn Moore, our Football Correspondent, was on the voting panel and explains the background to some of the choices.

Football: Pele tops our poll for the Hall of Fame

Nobody ever doubted who would be the first player through the door of the International Football Hall of Fame. Pele won the World Cup with Brazil in 1958, 1962 and 1970, was awarded 92 caps and scored 77 international goals. He hit 1,283 goals at the top level, 12 of them in World Cup finals alone.

Football: McGivan calls bid trip `a success'

England's World Cup bid team returned home yesterday convinced their hopes of capturing the 2006 event had been boosted by eight days of transatlantic lobbying.

Football: Great days of a good knight

Sir Bobby Charlton celebrated his 60th birthday yesterday in Rome where he was playing diplomat for the FA's 2006 World Cup bid. Here, friends and former colleagues pay tribute to a special ambassador

Return of the curse

THERE was at lot at stake in the evening but yesterday afternoon Anglo-ltalian friendship could not have seemed more secure. In support of England's 2006 World Cup bid the FA had borrowed the British Ambassador's Roman residence to wine and dine the movers and shakers of the Italian media. As Sir Bobby Charlton, Bobby Robson, Alex Ferguson and Tony Banks MP pressed the flesh, it was easy to feel good about England's prospects for the night and beyond.

Football: England excel as Coultard joins club

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Women's Football: Coultard scores England century

Gillian Coultard will win her 100th cap for England when the international women's team takes on Scotland in a friendly at Livingston on Saturday.

Football: Banks outlines mission for fair-deal task force

The Minister for Sport, Tony Banks, yesterday outlined wide-ranging plans to ensure a fair deal for football fans.

Portraits that tell their own story

`I'd rather be thought of through what I'd written' Alan Bennett; `It's got this incredible flicker about it of energy which is her energy' Germaine Greer on Paula Rego; `I think there is a great intensity about my gaze' PD James

But voters take little pleasure in a dome

In one crucial respect, the new Tory leader is a match for Winston Churchill. But in the TV age, a bald pate has little chance against a head of hair ...

Football: Roker getting ready for its final roar

In the third article of a series on clubs moving to new grounds, Simon Turnbull looks back over Sunderland's 99 years in a stadium they leave in May

For Hod's sake, give England a chance

At Some point during Wednesday's proceedings at Wembley it would have suddenly dawned on the more cynical why England are fighting so desperately hard to host the World Cup finals in the year 2006; it is the only way they can be sure of qualifying to play in them in the foreseeable future.

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