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When Stuart Williams was confronted by the emerging genius of Pele in a quarter-final of the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, the classy and constructive Welsh full-back responded with the performance of his life. That day in Gothenburg, the teenager who would soon be hailed as the greatest footballer of all time, scored the only goal of the game to eliminate valiant opponents who had upset the odds by reaching the last eight. Though deprived of their own star, John Charles, through injury, the scarlet-shirted heroes held out for more than 70 minutes against a sumptuously talented Brazilian attack, in which the prodigy combined to compelling effect with the likes of Garrincha, Didi and Zagalo.

Match Report: Woeful Wolverhampton Wanderers broken by Luton Town's Alex Lawless

Luton Town 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0: Stale Solbakken loses his job as non-League Luton progress easily into the fourth round

Rise of the Rochdale diamonds

Grant Holt cost Rochdale £10,000 but he was so bad on his debut at Darlington, one team-mate asked the manager if he had kept the receipt.

Grant Holt and Rickie Lambert during their time at Rochdale

Grant Holt & Rickie Lambert: Rise of the Rochdale diamonds

Grant Holt and Rickie Lambert played in League Two together. Tonight they meet in the Premier League, proving you can still climb from the bottom to the very top

230 Umbro jobs are in play after Nike's sell-off

More than 200 jobs could be at risk at Umbro in the North-west only days after the sportswear giant Nike agreed to sell the company to the Iconix Brand Group for $225m (£140m).

Solskjaer to stay in Norway

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to reject advances from Bolton Wanderers about becoming their new manager, while Portsmouth's Michael Appleton has held relaxed talks with the club.

Ivan Gazidis (above) said only 'a fool' would question Arsène Wenger's position

Relations between football fans and players must be improved says Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis today admitted work needed to be done to prevent mega-rich players becoming even more out of touch with ordinary fans.

The World Cup will be held in Middle East for the first time ever. The Doha Port stadium is pictured in this artists impression

Calls grow for 2022 World Cup in Qatar to be staged in winter

The 2022 World Cup should be played in the winter, one of the men who helped Qatar win the bid to host it admitted today.

A giant step: Frank Lampard proudly holds the Champions' League trophy after last season's amazing victory

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard would be welcomed by 'any club' says MLS chief

Frank Lampard would be welcomed with open arms in Major League Soccer, according to the American league's boss.

A view of Livestrong Sporting Park

MLS side Sporting Kansas City will continue to use Lance Armstrong's charity as name of stadium despite doping revelations

Sporting Kansas City's stadium will continue to carry the name of Lance Armstrong's cancer charity Livestrong despite him being labelled as a serial drugs cheat.

2. Let’s hope canny Pulis gets the best out of Owen<br/>
Michael Owen’s arrival at Stoke is intriguing for many reasons. It is further evidence that Tony Pulis, that canny operator, is changing his team’s style. It is confirmation of Stoke’s status as an established top-flight club, and raises the prospect of Owen enjoying an Indian summer to a career that once promised to be among the game’s most glittering but has long been in sad decline. Anyone who remembers the joy Owen brought to the game as an 18-year-old will hope the move is a success for all parties.

Michael Owen will 'never' give up hope of England recall

Michael Owen has insisted he would “never” give up hope of an England recall.

Owen Coyle has paid the price for Bolton’s poor start

Fabrice Muamba 'devastated' over Owen Coyle's sacking as Bolton manager

Former Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba today said he was “devastated” to see Owen Coyle lose his job and believes whoever replaces him has to get the club promoted back to the Premier League.

The Maracana stadium, which will host the 2014 World Cup final, is currently being re-developed

Fifa make pledge over empty seats at 2014 World Cup

FIFA have vowed to keep empty seats to a “strict minimum” at the next World Cup.

Courting trouble: Ashley Cole finds himself at full stretch as he tries to deny Norwich's Elliott Bennett possession in yesterday's game

The Calvin Report: It's high time Toxic Two were consigned to history

It beggars belief that Cole has been allowed to report for England duty

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River Clywedog death couple drowned

A young mother and her fiance who were found dead at a swollen river had died as a result of drowning, post-mortem examinations found today.

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Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

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A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

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