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Riquelme set for return to national service against Spain

Juan Roman Riquelme, who had a falling out with former Argentina coach Diego Maradona that saw him banished from the side, could return to the national team under interim coach Sergio Batista.

No fasting, no football: 'Asia's Maradona' fired for violating Ramadan

Ramadan, and its obligation to fast from dawn until dusk, can be a testing time for all Muslims, but for professional sports people the holy month can be especially fraught.

Trapattoni misses Argentina game after having minor stomach surgery

Giovanni Trapattoni, the Republic of Ireland manager, is likely to remain in hospital over the weekend after yesterday undergoing minor abdominal surgery that forced him to miss last night's game against Argentina.

Maradona lashes out at Argentina betrayal

Diego Maradona has accused Argentinian Football Association president Julio Grondona and director of national teams Carlos Bilardo of forcing him out of his job as coach.

Grondona saddened by Maradona exit

Argentinian Football Association president Julio Grondona has confirmed there is no shortlist yet in place to succeed Diego Maradona as national team manager.

Maradona relieved of his duties as Argentina coach

Diego Maradona's chaotic reign as Argentina coach ended last night when he was effectively dismissed by the executive committee of the Argentinian Football Association.

Maradona moves closer to new Argentina contract

Argentina coach Diego Maradona is keen to sign a new contract - so long as he is allowed to retain his entire backroom staff.

Hughton builds for future as Gosling links up with Magpies

Chris Hughton once again invested in potential yesterday as he finally clinched a deal for the former Everton starlet Dan Gosling.

Simon Rice: Forget Martin Jol. Fulham should appoint Diego Maradona

Fulham have a habit of surprising people more than a fiercely hit Jabulani.

Maradona will decide future next week

Diego Maradona will decide whether to stay on as Argentina coach after a meeting next week, the head of the country's football association said yesterday.

Robin Scott-Elliot: Maradona and Becks: both golden, but only one's a god

View from the Sofa: Maradona by Kusturica, More4/Friday night with Jonathan Ross, BBC 1

The Highlight Reel: Name the undefeated

For the neutrals among you: if Holland lose the final on Sunday, who are the only other team not to have lost a game at this World Cup? (* Answer below).

Maradona rather than Cruyff is the idol behind Van Persie's ambition

As a football devotee, Robin van Persie can tell you the exact moment when, as a child, he fell under the spell of the game. It was when he watched the footage of Diego Maradona lifting the World Cup in 1986, and on Tuesday night he sounded like a man who could scarcely believe that he was one game away from doing the same himself.

Maradona will not be sacked by Argentina

Argentina FA president Julio Grondona says Diego Maradona is the one to decide if he continues as Argentina national team boss.

Uruguay cry foul at accusations of cheating

Manager defends Suarez over handball that helped team reach tonight's semi-final
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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
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Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

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Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

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