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Video: Could Cristiano Jr.'s love of Messi bring the two great rivals closer together?

Premier League dominates international transfer market

English sides paid out over $1bn in 2013

Healthy mind, healthy body: Keeping student stress at bay

The exam period is always a stressful time and it does not do justice for our mindset and our physical body. We all cope with pressure in various ways. Yet have no fear because there are ways to stay on top of everything and to sustain a healthy mind and healthy body.

Arena da Baixada

World Cup 2014: Spain and Australia plans could be hit after Fifa threaten to axe Curitiba stadium

The venue is due to host four group stage matches at this summer's tournament

Current Fifa president Sepp Blatter

Jerome Champagne confirms intention to stand for Fifa presidency - but only if Sepp Blatter doesn't

The vote will be held next year, with current president Sepp Blatter yet to decide whether to go for another term

Champagne would also like to see more use of television inside the stadium, ending the situation where TV viewers see more of the play through action replays than paying fans

Jérôme Champagne set to challenge Sepp Blatter and run for the Fifa presidency

Champagne looks to burst the bubble of the long-serving Fifa overlord in next year’s presidential elections

Referee Howard Webb has been selected to officiate at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

World Cup 2014: Despite David Moyes recently describing his decisions as 'scandalous', referee Howard Webb is selected to represent England in Brazil

Webb took charge of the 2010 final, becoming the first Englishman to referee a World Cup final since Jack Taylor in 1974

Barcelona's Argentine forward Lionel Messi (R) and his partner Antonella Roccuzzo attend the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Lionel Messi wears garish red suit to awards ceremony

The Barcelona forward was among those short listed for the Fifa Ballon d'Or

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Cristiano Ronaldo says row with Sepp Blatter is 'no longer an issue' following telephone conversation

The Fifa president mocked the Real Madrid forward for 'spending time at the hairdresser'

Lionel Messi heads wide in the draw with Atletico Madrid

Lionel Messi is 'an alien' says Arda Turan following Atletico Madrid's draw with Barcelona

The Argentine forward returned to La Liga action in the 0-0 game

President Vladimir Putin, who has backed the £30bn Games, with the Russia ice hockey team in Sochi

Ashling O'Connor: IOC and Fifa may learn Olympics and World Cup are not too big to fail

International Olympic Committee and Fifa are about to embark on a prolonged period of instability, with their flagship events lined up in a frightening domino effect of uncertainty

Roberto Martinez feels a winter World Cup in 2022 would be very hard for players to cope with mentally

World Cup 2022: Winter tournament would be mental nightmare for players, claims Everton manager Roberto Martinez

Martinez feels it would be very difficult to cope with the start of the domestic season before transferring their attentions to a World Cup in Qatar and then back again

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 9 January 2014

City make plans for Wembley after hammer horror

Sao Paulo Stadium in Brazil, were two workers were killed during its construction after a crane collapsed

World Cup 2014: Sepp Blatter slams Brazil organisers by insisting 'no host country has been so far behind'

Fifa president hits out at host nation after work is delayed on stadiums, hotels, airports and roads ahead of 2014 tournament

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has backed Sepp Blatter in his criticism of players who dive

Sepp Blatter gets support for his criticism of players diving from Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini

Pellegrini admits that players are constantly 'cheating' and making it difficult for referees

Fifa president Sepp Blatter

Sepp Blatter goes to court to ban book of satirical cartoons

Fifa boss Sepp Blatter is never far away from controversy and he has hit the headlines once again after going to court in his native Switzerland to ban the publication of a book of cartoons.

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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
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

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
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

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