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A lack of silverware has left La Liga's goal king feeling he has a lot to prove, starting tonight against Norway
Former Portugal boss Carlos Queiroz today signed a three-year deal to take charge of the Iran national team.
Former Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz has had his six-month ban for allegedly disrupting an anti-doping testing session before last year's World Cup lifted on appeal.
The Spain coach Vicente del Bosque does not believe England's World Cup failure should be blamed on the amount of foreigners in the Premier League, claiming they are a benefit rather than a hindrance to the English game.
Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas is confident coach Jose Mourinho will not be tempted into taking over as Portugal boss on a temporary basis.
The Portuguese Football Federation want Jose Mourinho to take charge of the national team for their next two Euro 2012 qualifiers in October, according to a report.
John Toshack stood down as Wales manager reluctantly yesterday after telling his bosses he was willing to continue in the post. The official line is that the 61-year-old has had his employment with the Football Association of Wales terminated by mutual consent but Toshack wanted to remain in the job for the next two Euro 2012 qualification matches before reviewing the situation.
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The Portuguese 20-year-old Bebe is a remarkable rags-to-riches success
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has defended Cristiano Ronaldo after Portugal's exit from this summer's World Cup finals in South Africa.
Spain playmaker Xavi believes the European champions are hitting form at just the right time as they bid to finally land the World Cup trophy.
Spain 1 Portugal 0
Brazil coach Dunga apologised to his country's fans ahead of today's World Cup match against Portugal in Durban.
When Sven Goran Eriksson was manager of the England team his laissez-faire attitude to player behaviour was increasingly regarded as a weakness. His toleration of the WAGs and the "Beckham circus" appeared to undermine the team's discipline and unity.
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Nani yesterday became the second Manchester United player to exit the World Cup before a ball has been kicked when he withdrew from the Portugal squad with a shoulder injury.