Nani ruled out after bad break on training ground

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.

Mourinho's praise for 'box-to-box' stars reignites Gerrard speculation

Jose Mourinho has been praising the virtues of the British box-to-box midfielder leaving Madrid press to speculate that despite his prediction of a quiet summer at the Bernabeu, a move for Liverpool's Steven Gerrard could yet come to pass.

Alves rules out switch to Chelsea

Barcelona defender Dani Alves has ruled out a move to Chelsea but has admitted to being flattered with their reported interest in securing his services.

Round-up: Keane's late winner leaves Trapattoni speaking Italian

Victory over Cyprus has Republic coach anticipating world champions' visit

Carragher's title aim may be wide of mark

Liverpool's defensive linchpin still has eyes on that elusive medal but the Reds squad doesn't look strong enough to finish on top.

Alonso wants Real move

Xabi Alonso's Liverpool career appeared to be coming towards an end as he arrived for training today.

Benitez sets 48-hour deadline for Alonso to decide on Anfield future

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has told Xabi Alonso to make a decision once and for all on his Anfield future in the next 48 hours.

Liverpool must keep stars insists Torres

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres believes the club have to hang on to the likes of Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano if they are to depose Manchester United as Barclays Premier League champions.

Johnson hits jackpot with Anfield move

Offer of £80,000 a week should seal England full-back's £17m transfer to Liverpool

Liverpool need Alonso, pleads Mascherano

Javier Mascherano has urged Liverpool to do all they can to keep the "influential" Xabi Alonso.

Stevie wonder makes it to No 1

Gerrard's tough year off the pitch and a great season on it has been capped with the footballer of the year award, writes Ian Herbert

Benitez rails at United's 'lucky penalty'

Liverpool manager goads Ferguson after highlighting tough run-in for title rivals

City ready to move for Valencia's £35m Villa

Spanish striker is top of wish list as Hughes prepares for busy summer of transfers

Benitez admits he must sell before buying this summer

Rafael Benitez has admitted that he must again sell before he can buy this summer but he has already identified his targets, with Valencia's David Silva, Raul Albiol and a return for Aston Villa's Gareth Barry seemingly in his sights.

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Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

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The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
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The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
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The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
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The Fall of the Berlin Wall

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