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Nelson Mandela dead: South Africa's first black president and anti-apartheid icon dies at 95

South African president Jacob Zuma confirmed the news in a statement saying the nation 'had lost its greatest son'

From the Tango to the Brazuca via the Jabulani: A brief history of the World Cup ball

With the release of the ball that will be used in Brazil next summer, we take a look through the evolution and varied responses its predecessors were met with

Luis Aragones pictured after victory at Euro 2008

Luis Aragones, who led Spain to Euro 2008 victory, announces retirement

The manager had not worked in four years anyway

Lionel Messi with the Brazuca, which has been tried by 600 players in 10 countries

Brazuca: Lionel Messi helps Adidas unveil the official ball for World Cup 2014

Adidas consults with top players over 2014 football to avoid repeat of South Africa issues

Pearson splashes $500m to buy Brazil's top English language school

Education giant Pearson has acquired Grupo Multi, an English-language school provider in Brazil as the FTSE 100 group presses ahead with its expansion plans in emerging markets.

The radical cleric Abu Hamza was reportedly the target of an assassination plot by French spies

French spies plotted to assassinate Abu Hamza on streets of London

Schemes of French intelligence services reported in Gateway to Terror investigation by HOPE Not Hate

Theo Walcott can't wait to play alongside Mesut Ozil at Arsenal

Theo Walcott confident of returning to form for Arsenal and England

Theo Walcott has no doubts he can return to form to drive Arsenal on in the Barclays Premier League and play himself into the England World Cup squad.

Spain and Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes

Victor Valdes could be out for six weeks as Barcelona injury list lengthens

Xavi and Cristian Tello are doubts for the weekend, while Lionel Messi is expected to be out until the new year

Roy Hodgson will hope a poor second half has no ‘relevance’

England 0 Germany 1: Joe Hart's rush of blood at Wembley will not have impressed Roy Hodgson

This was potentially the last match he will play until March unless his City team-mate Costel Pantilimon loses form

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo will collide again in the second leg

Sweden (0) v Portugal (1): World Cup play-off match preview

A look ahead to tonight's World Cup 2014 qualifying match in Solna

The Fifa president Sepp Blatter

World Cup 2022: Amnesty International calls on Fifa to take stance against 'abuse of migrant workers' in Qatar

The human rights group say that they have found an alarming level of exploitation

<b>23 OCTOBER</b><br/>
<b>New Zealand 8-7 France</b><br/>
The hosts and the favourites for the tournament keep to the script, just, by edging out France at Eden Park. With many predicting a landslide victory for the All Blacks before the game, the reality is very different. A tense and thrilling final is won by a single point against an unpredictable French side who finally run out of luck. What were to be the winning points are kicked by Stephen Donald, who before the tournament began, would have been considered the All Blacks sixth choice kicker. Richie McCaw lifts the Webb Ellis Trophy and a country that has experienced a testing couple of years is united in celebration as 24 years of hurt come to an end.

Ireland set to launch 2023 Rugby World Cup bid

England and Japan are the next hosts of the tournament

Wayne Rooney wins the ball against Chile on Friday night

England v Germany: 'It's always nice to get a win over Germany,' says Wayne Rooney

Teams meet for the first time since 2010 World Cup on Tuesday

Roy Hodgson shakes hands with Andros Townsend at the end of the England's match

Tottenham winger Andros Townsend eager to cement place in England squad during games against Chile and Germany

The 22-year-old played a major role in ensuring England qualified for the World Cup

Manchester United have been named the most influential football brand, pipping Liverpool to lead the way

Manchester United beat Liverpool to be named the most influential football club brand in the world

Both clubs feature in the top five of the most influential sporting brands which is headed by the London 2012 Olympic Games

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