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Wasteful Torres lets world crown slip

One minute they had dreams of being world No 1, the next they were facing up to the reality of Capital One – and a cup-tie with Leeds that may not be entirely dissimilar to this gruelling final against Corinthians.

Stoke’s Asmir Begovic is booked by Mark Halsey on Saturday

Kevin Garside: Football is a game befouled by excuses for the lack of respect

The Way I See It: Football is wholly responsible for the tolerance it affords to offenders

Nikola Ninkovic (left) with Danny Rose (centre) has been banned

Uefa issue 'paltry' fine to Serbia for 'disgraceful' behaviour of fans and also ban two England Under-21 players

Serbia's Under-21s must play a game behind closed doors while Steven Caulker and Thomas Ince are suspended

Editorial: Time to give microphones to football referees

The plan to combat racism in football with "cultural lessons" for foreign players does have some basis in reality. After all, one of last season's racism scandals turned on Uruguayan Luis Suarez's use of a word that he claimed does not carry the same connotations back home. Where the scheme falls down, however, is in its failure to notice that the other recent fracas involved the entirely home-grown Chelsea captain, John Terry.

Petr Cech (L) and head coach Rafael Benitez arrive in Japan

Petr Cech relishing Club World Cup with Chelsea

Tournament not an unwelcome distraction

Eden Hazard with rest of his football mad family

Eden Hazard: My family would make a great five-a-side team

The Chelsea forward discusses his footballing background, including his mum who played while pregnant with Eden, in his first English newspaper interview

Police are investigating allegations against Stuart Hall

BBC sports reporter Stuart Hall charged with three counts of indecent assault against young girls

The veteran BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall, 82, was tonight charged with three counts of indecent assault on girls aged between nine and 16 years old.

Frank Lampard and England were denied a clear goal against Germany at the last World Cup

Goal-line technology to make debut at Club World Cup

Technology will eventually be rolled out across all major competitions

Jongwoo Park

South Korean footballer suspended for displaying political banner at London 2012 Olympics

Incident occurred after bronze medal match

All so homely until a bungling groundsman lets the cash out of the bag

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David Beckham joined LA Galaxy in 2007

Jermain Defoe relishes idea of David Beckham link-up at Tottenham

Former England captain on the look out for a new club

The Anton Ferdinand case has had major implications for Terry

Patrick Vieira demands clubs be banned from Europe for racism

Recent high-profile cases have put racism under the spotlight

Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna
Ivan Gazidis (above) said only 'a fool' would question Arsène Wenger's position

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis takes on influential roles within Uefa

Two new posts for Gunners' chief executive

Lindegaard appears to be United's new first-choice

Football needs a gay 'hero' says Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard

Danish keeper understands difficulty for homosexual footballers to come out

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

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Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game