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The United captain gave the 2006 medal to former team-mate Giuseppe Rossi

David Astori

Transfer Talk: David Astori to Liverpool; Jack Butland to Arsenal; David Beckham to West Ham

The Independent's Martin Hardy analyses today's January transfer window stories and separates the reality from the rumour

David Moyes has rejected talk that his side play boring football

David Moyes vows to continue Everton's top-four push despite draws

Everton take on Spurs this weekend

Rafa Benitez, the Chelsea interim manager, was excused of blame

Rafael Benitez wants Europa League consolation prize for Chelsea

Champions League holders fail to progress from group

Neil Lennon during Celtic training at Lennoxtown yesterday

Champions League: Celtic v Spartak Moscow match preview

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Georgios Samaras looks dejected after Celtic’s defeat

Garay drags Celtic back with last 16 place in sight

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Celtic's dreams of progress go to the wire as Benfica strike to spoil the party

The heartache came late, but then Celtic's Champions League run this season has flashed through the emotional spectrum at such breakneck speed that there should have been no surprise.

The Hoops are still on a high following their remarkable 2-1 home win over Barcelona

Celtic Champions League qualification would be wonderful, says Johan Mjallby

The Hoops are still on a high following their remarkable 2-1 home win over Barcelona

Celtic’s Tony Watt (left) celebrates his winning goal against Barça

Celtic aim to deliver knockout blow in city of their finest hour

A win for Celtic against Benfica in Lisbon will guarantee them a place in the last 16

Victor Wanyama is mobbed by his Celtic team-mates

Joe Ledley warns Champions League progression far from assured despite Celtic win over Barcelona

Joe Ledley is enjoying the fall-out from Celtic's historic Champions league win over Barcelona but recognises the Hoops' place in the knockout stages is far from assured.

Celtic players surround Victor Wanyama after he scored the opening goal

Joe Ledley still stunned by Celtic's conquest of Barcelona

Joe Ledley was today still struggling to take in Celtic's historic Champions league win over Barcelona even after watching it on television.

Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster celebrates with manager Neil Lennon

Neil Lennon feared another Barcelona comeback against Celtic

Neil Lennon admits he feared another Barcelona comeback even when Tony Watt fired Celtic into a two-goal lead with just seven minutes remaining at Parkhead last night.

Lionel Messi is denied by Celtic

Barcelona relaxed despite Celtic defeat says Lionel Messi

Barcelona's players reacted calmly to Wednesday's surprise 2-1 Champions League reverse at Celtic when the favourites squandered a chance to qualify from Group G with two games to spare.

Victor Wanyama heads Celtic into a 21st-minute lead
Arsenal winger Theo Walcott

Where does the future of Arsenal winger Theo Walcott lie?

Arsene Wenger today conceded that contract talks with Theo Walcott were a matter of “urgency” as the England international nears the end of his current deal.

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Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
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History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
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Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
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Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

"I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"
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11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

They’re thin, they’re light, you can use them for work on the move or keeping entertained
Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

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Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
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Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
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The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain