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

Supporters of Brazil’s Sao Paulo FC cheer for their team before their 2012 Copa Sudamericana final

Fifa confident over 2014 World Cup security despite violence at Copa Sudamericana final

Visiting players claim there were threatened with guns by security officials

Lionel Messi told he must score another 22 goals this year to break record

Zambian FA claim record belongs to Godfrey Chitalu who scored 107 goals in a calendar year

Paolo Guerrero

Corinthians await Chelsea or Monterrey in the final of the Club World Cup

Brazilian side beat Al-Ahly 1-0

Frank Lampard's World Cup goal was ruled out

Technology is put on the line for first time

Systems compete at Club World Cup. All they need now is a disputed goal

Hiroshima celebrate victory in the Club World Cup

Hiroshima win Club World Cup opener

Match sees introduction of goal-line technology

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

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres

Misfiring Fernando Torres insists Chelsea switch has been a success

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres today insisted his move from Liverpool has been a success and is determined to see out his contract at Stamford Bridge which runs out in 2017.

Jongwoo Park

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

Incident occurred after bronze medal match

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There have been Chinese whispers of a return to the Premier League for <b>Didier Drogba</b>, and despite the unpredictability of the Ivorian power-house, we give it a 0.01% chance of happening. The rumours surfaced as Shanghai Shenhua Chairman Zhu Jun supposedly threatened to put a lid on his cash-flow into the club, with the futures of Drogba and former Chelsea team-mate Nicholas Anelka looking edgy.

Didier Drogba denied possible Chelsea return: Fifa
rule out special permission for loan move

Fifa  informed Drogba that he won't be exempted from international transfer rules

Thawing of relationship between Fifa and FA

The Football Association and Fifa today moved to heal the rift between the organisations that developed after England's failed 2018 World Cup bid.

Drogba's season with Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua finished this month

Drogba linked to Chelsea return: Striker asks Fifa for permission to make loan move

Didier Drogba was being linked with a sensational return to Chelsea today after Fifa confirmed the Shanghai Shenhua striker had asked their permission to join another club on loan outside the transfer window.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 becomes biggest games launch of 2012

Activision's shooter enjoys fourth biggest games launch of all time.

Fifa won't add Zlatan Ibrahimovic's wonder goal as a candidate for 2013 Puskas Award

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his astonishing overhead kick goal against England hours too late to be named best goal in 2012 in a Fifa contest.

Manager knows his choices risk ire of clubs' coaches

The good news is that at the £260m Friends Arena in Stockholm last night, the roof was already shut and, unlike in Warsaw last month, there is no chance of rain stopping play when England face Sweden tonight.

Halo 4 takes all formats top spot but doesn’t beat previous series entries

It's good news for the Master Chief as his latest game successfully assaults the all formats games chart
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Zayn has become the first member to leave One Direction. 'I have to do what feels right in my heart,' he said
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Leah Devine is only the ninth female to have made the Young Magician of the Year final since the contest began more than 50 years
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Jonathan Anderson was born in Northern Ireland but now based between London, where he presents a line named JW Anderson
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The popularity of TV shows such as The Liver Birds encouraged Liverpudlians to exaggerate their Scouse accent
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Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor
How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef declares barbecue season open with his twist on a tradtional Easter Sunday lamb lunch

Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

Next weekend, our chef plans to return to his Aussie roots by firing up the barbecue
Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

The England prop relives the highs and lows of last Saturday's remarkable afternoon of Six Nations rugby
Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

Cricket World Cup 2015

Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?
The Last Word: Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing