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Claudio Nancufil

Claudio Nancufil: The 'new' Lionel Messi attracting interest from Barcelona and the Premier League at the age of eight

He looks like Lionel Messi, comes from the same country as the Argentine superstar and, at the age of eight, already has Barcelona’s interest piqued. At the risk of building up hype that few would be able to match, remember the name: Claudio Nancufil.

Bruno Metsu talks to his Senegal squad at the 2002 World Cup

Bruno Metsu, who took Senegal to the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup, dies

The manager, who had been coaching in the Middle East, was 59

Steven Gerrard (left) and Frank Lampard share a joke during training

Comment: Time for the tandem act of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard to come to an end for England

The duplication of their midfield roles makes England look one-paced

Joe Hart holds his head in his hands after the 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich

Exclusive: Peter Shilton says Joe Hart is 'not the invincible keeper we thought he was'

In conjunction with BT Sport's Life's A Pitch, we puts questions from reader of The Independent to former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton

Rafael Benitez (left) shakes hands with Arsène Wenger

Comment: Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal team can dream again of greatness on the Champions League stage

Mesut Özil’s capture has galvanised Arsenal in a way only great players can

Gareth Bale: Should finally get his move to Real Madrid when they offer closer to £90m

Transfer fees paid for players are 'a robbery' says Uefa president Michel Platini

Platini calls for changes to the transfer window

Edinson Cavani

Is Edinson Cavani really worth £54m?

The Uruguay international has also been a target for Chelsea this summer

Wayne Rooney’s stellar career has now reached a crossroads

The Last Word: Lean years may lie ahead unless Wayne Rooney learns to think thin

Miccoli, and Cassano have – at various stages, and in varying degrees – seemed to absorb obsolete bulk

Lionel flair: The Argentinian celebrates with teammates

Lionel Messi overtakes Diego Maradona with hat-trick to become third-highest goal scorer for Argentina

Barcelona forward nets three times in 4-0 friendly win over Guatemala

Edinson Cavani

Chelsea 'interested in Edinson Cavani' according to Napoli

The Uruguay international is one of the most coveted strikers in Europe

Rafa Benitez urging his players on

After troubles at Chelsea, Rafael Benitez faces another testing role at Napoli

The Spaniard is on the verge of agreeing a deal with the Italian side

Gareth Bale in action against Wigan

Southampton wary of Gareth Bale ahead of trip to Tottenham

The Spurs forward comes up against his former side

Andrew Cassidy became a You Tube sensation with his footballing skills

Car park keepie uppie king Andrew Cassidy’s date with Maradona at Dubai's World Freestyle Championships kicked into touch

Scoring wonder goals galore in the Premier League this season, Gareth Bale may have thought his claim to be the “Welsh Maradona” was secure. Little did he reckon upon a rival claim from a 20-stone, 50-year-old, unemployed fisherman from Pembrokeshire.

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero clashes with Chelsea’s David Luiz during the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley

Better late than never - Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero finds form

City striker, who escapes censure for stamp on Chelsea’s Luiz, has until now struggled to match highs of last season

Francesco Totti

Could Francesco Totti make a sensational return for Italy?

The 2006 World Cup winner has been in incredible form this season

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?