Sport Deco during his Chelsea days

The former Portugal international has retired since the positive test

Celtic 2, Barcelona 3: Celtic hopes are left in tatters by Messi ending

Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink and Barry Robson each gave Celtic the lead in a high-tempo thriller last night, but dreams of another glorious Champions League victory at Parkhead were shattered by the brilliance and goals of Lionel Messi, who netted twice, and Thierry Henry.

Athletic Bilbao 1 Barcelona 1: Barcelona fall further behind after Bilbao slip-up

The Barcelona coach, Frank Rijkaard, had urged his side to be more ruthless in-front of goal after scoring just once in their last two matches. "Every goal need not be a work of art" he said.

The Nick Townsend column: Keegan is not a clown but return remains a circus

No one should doubt the impact the Newcastle manager can make yet competing with the top four is still a dream

Barcelona 0 Real Madrid 1: Baptista strike puts Rijkaard in firing line

It was a former Arsenal player who decided the clasico - just not the one everybody expected. Julio Baptista, whose season on loan at the Emirates Stadium is something both he and Arsenal fans would rather forget, scored the winner against Barcelona as Thierry Henry - an unused substitute - watched from the bench.

Barcelona 2 Deportivo la Coruna 1: Barcelona achieve harmony with REM's return to stage

It was dubbed the REM comeback with Ronaldinho, Eto'o and Messi back in-harness for the first time since Samuel Eto'o injured knee ligaments in August and while it was not quite Barcelona's greatest hits they managed a win to ease the pressure on under-fire Frank Rijkaard.

Inquiry into death at Barrymore's home reopened

Police are reopening an investigation into the death of a man who drowned at the home of the television presenter Michael Barrymore home five years ago.

Berlusconi falls ill at podium with reported heart problem

Former Premier Silvio Berlusconi nearly collapsed at a podium during an emotional speech to political supporters in northern Italy on yesterday, and aides rushed to keep him from falling over.

Football: Duff inspires Republic's knock-out punch

Rep of Ireland 1 O'Brien 21 Portugal 0 Half-time: 1-0 Att: 44,100

Eto'o sparkle ignites Catalan dream

As La Liga resumes, Barça's striker explains to Tim Hanlon why he's done so well at the Nou Camp

Celtic humbled as Larsson returns to haunt Parkhead

Celtic 1 - Barcelona 3

James Lawton: Overmars outshone by visionary Figo in tense battle of veterans

For a time it seemed Portugal would reach the final of their national dream in the very best of style. Infused with passion by the people and led by a Luis Figo displaying all his old panache, that was the thrilling prospect when they led by two goals inside an hour.

Deco expects to be held in reserve

Deco Souza led Porto to victory with a match-winning performance in the final of the Champions' League but he is resigned to starting Euro 2004 on the bench.

James Lawton: Mourinho gives lesson to Europe's big spenders

Jose Mourinho's assault on the highest ground of European football, a wonder of upward mobility since his days as Sir Bobby Robson's interpreter, was given its most brilliant thrust by the kind of player who is always likely to burst beyond the tactical rigour of a Champions' League final.

Dear Santa ...: Christmas present ideas

Just what should you buy a difficult teenager, the man who has everything, a label queen, the techno fan, your granddad? Martin Skegg and Michael Oliveira-Salac have the answers
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