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Manchester City's Mario Balotelli, who courted controversy throughout last season but did score twice in Italy's Euro 2012 semi-final win over Germany, was on the 23-man shortlist for the Ballon D'Or, which was announced by Fifa today.

Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel

Gylfi Sigurdsson eager for morale-boosting victory for Tottenham

Tottenham midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson wants to make amends for Saturday's disappointing defeat to Chelsea with a morale-boosting victory at Maribor tonight.

Aaron Lennon of Tottenham scores his side's second goal
Darren Bent of Aston Villa celebrates after scoring the equalizing goal

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Sir Alex Ferguson is expecting an emotional day at Anfield

Premier League: Manchester United v Tottenham match preview

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Terry returns to the squad after being rested for the Italy game

Young injury has Hodgson short of attacking options

The Manchester United winger Ashley Young is the latest player to have to pull out of Roy Hodgson's squad for the first two World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine with a knee injury picked up last weekend.

Villas-Boas to blood Kane

Tottenham's failure to sign a new striker means new coach Andre Villas-Boas will give youngster Harry Kane a chance.

<b> Luka Modric: </b> The diminutive midfielder once again showed what a fantastic player he is, exhibiting his full range of passing with unnerving accuracy. Created Croatia's best chance of the game with sublime ball from the outside of his right foot. 7

Croatia head coach expects Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric to complete Real Madrid switch

Croatia's head coach is disappointed Andre Villas-Boas is not picking Luka Modric, but expects the unsettled playmaker to complete his move from Tottenham to Real Madrid soon.

Tottenham: Potential summer transfer targets

Tottenham at last have a new manager after they appointed former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas earlier this week.

Tottenham midfielder Niko Kranjcar tempted by big-money move

Tottenham midfielder Niko Kranjcar admits he could be tempted by a big-money move to Russia or Ukraine.

Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal, applauds whilst Arsenal's Czech Republic player Tomas Rosicky (L) celebrates scoring

Arsenal back from the brink to shock arch-rivals

When this result reached Lombardy, even Milan may have paused for thought. Although it remains highly unlikely Arsenal will overturn the Italian side's 4-0 Champions League first-leg advantage, this match showed what Arsène Wenger's team are capable of. In that respect, it could prove one of the season's most significant games.

Emmanuel Adebayor will return to his former club

Arsenal and Tottenham issue fan warning ahead of derby

Arsenal and Tottenham have issued a joint statement warning supporters that anti-social behaviour during Sunday's north London derby will not be tolerated.

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe reacts to a missed chance

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe in confident mood ahead of north London derby

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe is confident his team can complete their first north London derby double in almost 20 years this weekend.

<b>Rafael van der Vaart - Summer 2010</b><br/>
The shock signing of deadline day in the summer of 2010 was at White Hart Lane, where Harry Redknapp somehow managed to sign Dutch international Rafael van der Vaart for an incredibly cheap £8m. It happened at the last minute in what is arguably one of the best 'bits of business' seen on a deadline day.

Tottenham's Rafael van der Vaart hopeful of being fit for Arsenal match

Tottenham forward Rafael van der Vaart is confident he is winning his race to be fit for this weekend's north London derby at Arsenal.

Late equaliser earns Swans deserved point

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