Defender linked with Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City

Maradona talks about Mourinho friendship

To have Jose Mourinho on your bedside table for advice seems a novel way of resolving a problem that keeps you awake at night during the World Cup.

Goals will come says Messi

World footballer of the year Lionel Messi is not worried he has so far failed to score at the World Cup as long as Argentina keep winning.

Maradona admits World Cup will get tougher

Argentina coach Diego Maradona admitted his side will face greater tests after their 2-0 victory over Greece at the Peter Mokaba Stadium made it three wins in succession in Group B.

Palermo fires Argentina to maximum points

Greece 0 Argentina 2

Argentina power into last-16 after beating Greece

Greece 0 Argentina 2

Villa may face retrospective action

FIFA will wait to receive the referee's report from the World Cup match between Spain and Honduras before deciding whether to take any retrospective action against David Villa.

Maradona claims Brazil are still favourites

Argentina coach Diego Maradona was keen to play down the growing expectations surrounding his in-form side, insisting Brazil are still his favourites to walk off with the World Cup.

All unexpectedly calm in Maradona's camp

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The tournament's marvellous opening goal by South Africa's Siphiwe Tshabalala against Mexico: the perfect party starter. For a little while it seemed that Bafana Bafana would give the tournament what it always needs – the impetus of emotion building around the home team. It turned out, almost certainly, to be an illusion – but a brilliant one.

The Highlight Reel: Maradona: a man's man

You'd have thought Dandy Diego subscribed to this manly solidarity from his exuberant and extremely tactile celebration with players after the defeat of South Korea. But hang on. "I still prefer women", he said. "I am dating Veronica who is blonde and 31-years-old. No, I have not gone limp-wristed." Does the lady protest too much?

Maradona wants Argentina focused on the present

Diego Maradona wants his Argentina team to stay focused on the job at hand rather than worry about who they may or may not meet later on in the World Cup.

The Highlight Reel: Maradona conquers the Jabulani

Messrs Capello and Eriksson have joined the bleating refuseniks saying the new Adidas ball is no good. Another manager, however, has taken practical measures to prove they're talking Jabulani gibberish.

James Lawton: Alive and kicking: Messi lights up the World Cup

It is impossible to imagine a situation where Maradona might be critically passive

Higuain's hat-trick helps Argentina hit their stride

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Higuain hat-trick gives Argentina victory

Argentina 4 South Korea 1
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