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James Lawton: As Maradona shuffles off stage, Iniesta enters to play the lead role

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James Lawton: Germany's perfect plan crushes Diego's dream

Argentina lived Maradona's dream for a few heady weeks here but yesterday they died by it. The new German World Cup contenders, like the ones from the past who won the tournament three times, do not do dreaming. They do planning and the relentless grooming of the best of their youth and now, once again, they loom large as the team who know better than any other on earth how to make the best of themselves at the highest level.

Klose enjoys century duty to humble Argentina

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James Lawton: Magic in Maradona's madness burns brighter than ever after Dunga's defeat

There is something more poignant than the traditional dismay of Brazil when they are ejected from the tournament they have reason to believe they own, this time by a Dutch team they had come to genuinely admire and fear over the last few days.

England made it easy for Germany, says Maradona

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Beckham eager to play on for England

David Beckham maintains he is determined to have an impact on the field for England again - despite being linked with a coaching role should Fabio Capello be axed as manager.

The Highlight Reel: Red-card offensive

Days after the Paraguayan President, Fernando Lugo, publicly congratulated the national team for securing their place in the quarter-finals, Senator Alfredo Jaegli used a football theme to express his disagreement with the President's performance. Jaegli donned a comical hat and brandished a mock red card during Lugo's annual address on government plans and achievements, presumably ruling the President out of the next meeting.

James Lawton: The sleeping finals wake up to a truly thrilling finale

With the underachievers back home, a tournament that started so slowly may yet deliver the greatest climax in 40 years

Schweinsteiger expects Argentina provocation

Bastian Schweinsteiger wants to see a strong referee take charge of Germany's quarter-final encounter against Argentina on Saturday.

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