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Manaus Stadium

World Cup 2014: 'England aren't welcome here', says mayor of Manaus after Roy Hodgson admits he'd like to avoid the Amazon city

Arthur Virgilio admitted that he'd prefer to have a 'better' team playing in his city

Fifa president Sepp Blatter speaks in Costa do Sauipe on the eve of the 2014 World Cup final draw
Alain Sutter helped Roy Hodgson's Switzerland reach the last 16 in 1994

World Cup 2014: ‘Roy Hodgson learnt dangers of boredom in 1994’

Swiss Alain Sutter recalls playing under England manager in his first tournament

The Sport Matrix: Friday 6 December 2013

Hodgson open to late change of World Cup base

Rocha turns away after scoring for Uruguay in the 2-1 win over France at White City during the 1966 World Cup group stage

Pedro Rocha: Stylish, languid midfielder and striker whose skill and goals took him to four World Cups with Uruguay

The exquisitely skilful Uruguayan attacker Pedro Rocha was billed as the man most likely to deal an early blow to England's dreams of footballing glory in the opening match of the 1966 World Cup finals at Wembley.

England manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that he is more concerned about the location of the World Cup fixtures rather than the opposition

World Cup draw: Roy Hodgson has 'no qualms' if England are moved to Pot Two

Such a switch would likely result in a tougher draw for the Three Lions

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Style File: Time to join the jet set

If you’re lucky enough to be heading to warmer shores soon, a tailored pair of trunks will hide all manner of festive indulgence, says Lee Holmes

Hitchen receives his CBE in 1990; he later served on the Media Honours Committee

Brian Hitchen: Admired and respected tabloid editor behind whose easy grin was a ruthless and indefatigable chaser of stories

Brian Hitchen was an archetypal tabloid journalist of what is now termed the old school. He was supremely self-confident, ruthless, indefatigable in pursuit of a story and, like many of his contemporaries, scornful of the abilities of today's practitioners of the trade, emerging from what he called "half-baked courses" in journalism.

Wayne Rooney celebrates for England

World Cup 2014 dates: When will the games kick off?

Here is the full itinerary for Brazil

Wayne Rooney and Rory McIlroy in the latest Nike advert

Video: Wayne Rooney and Rory McIlroy go head-to-head in latest Nike advert - and Ronaldo swings by to help out the Manchester United striker

The two famous sportsmen take meet each other on the golf course as part of a promotion for Nike's latest Ordem Football

England manager Roy Hodgson oversees a training session during the relaunch of the FA and Mars partnership at Lord Halsbury playing fields in Northolt

I tested Daniel Sturridge's resolve by playing him unfit, admits Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson has admitted that he tested Daniel Sturridge's commitment to England by picking him against Germany last month even though the striker was not completely fit.

Nate Diaz proved triumphant in The Ultimate Fighter finale by defeating Gray Maynard

MMA: UFC Ultimate Fighter finale overshadowed by life-threatening condition of heavyweight Shane Del Rosario

Del Rosario was found having suffered two heart attacks but state-of-the-art treatment has left dhim clinging onto his life

England manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that he is more concerned about the location of the World Cup fixtures rather than the opposition

World Cup Draw: England manager Roy Hodgson more concerned with location of group matches rather than opposition

England will find out who they will face in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup in Friday's draw

Gary Neville and Paul Scholes have admitted that the failures with England still haunts them

Class of 92: Manchester United duo Paul Scholes and Gary Neville admit England failure still haunts them beyond retirement

Scholes also gives the current national squad 'no chance' of success at Brazil 2014 despite sitting alongside the current assistant coach Neville

Santos in action during the 2-0 win against the Soviet Union in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden

Nilton Santos: Footballer

Double World Cup-winner who began his career up front but went on to pioneer the role of attacking full-back

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Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

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Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
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What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
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As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
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Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

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10 best cycling bags for commuters

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Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
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Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
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The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?