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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

View From The Sofa: FA Cup live coverage, ESPN
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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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
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Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links