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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

Frank Lampard and England were denied a clear goal against Germany at the last World Cup

Frank Lampard says goal-line technology will 'add magic' to football

Lampard's 'goal' at the 2010 World Cup sparked changes

Nelson Mandela in 2008

Nelson Mandela's 'sparkle is fading' as he receives treatment for lung infection

Former wife says it is painful to see him 'ageing'

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

David Beckham applauds the fans after the Los Angeles Galaxy's match against the San Jose Earthquakes earlier this month

End of his Galaxy quest: Where now for David Beckham?

As his LA Galaxy adventure draws to a close, opportunities open up in France and Australia as clubs bid for the man who is bigger than football

Tom Huddlestone has changed since his last England cap as (left) he takes on Japan and (right) against Manchester City yesterday

Huddlestone's years of agony end with recall

Tom Huddlestone has waited more than two years for an England call-up and, after forcing his way back into Tottenham Hotspur's side this season through sheer tenacity, his dream of an international return has finally been realised.

<b>Alex McLeish (Aston Villa, June 17 2011 - May 14 2012)</b><br/>
The appointment of McLeish just five days after leaving Villa's arch-rivals Birmingham was greeted with mass protests and anti-McLeish graffiti outside the ground. A poor start to the season didn't help his chances of winning them over. An insistence on using negative tactics and squad disharmony saw the Villains narrowly miss out on relegation and no sooner had the curtain fallen on the Premier League season, the Scot was sacked.GE

Alex McLeish out of the running for Scotland job

Alex McLeish has ruled himself out of the running to return to the Scotland manager's job but has thrown his weight behind the appointment of Gordon Strachan.

Frank Lampard and England were denied a clear goal against Germany at the last World Cup

The Premier League closes on introduction of goal-line technology

The Premier League is pressing ahead with its £6m drive towards the full installation of goal-line technology for the start of next season.

Neymar scores twice as Brazil demolish Japan in friendly in Poland

Brazil gave one of their most impressive performances under coach Mano Menezes to sweep aside Japan 4-0 in today's friendly, with Neymar scoring twice and Kaka on target for the second game in a row.

Ledley King

Former Tottenham captain Ledley King will 'always think about what might have been'

Former Tottenham defender Ledley King has revealed he is plagued by the question of 'what might have been' following his retirement due to a long-standing knee injury.

Shinji Kagawa celebrates his goal for Japan against France

Manchester United forward Shinji Kagawa wants Japan to take risks against Brazil

Japan forward Shinji Kagawa has urged the Asian champions to take more risks when they face five-times World Cup winners Brazil in a friendly in Poland on Tuesday.

Striking similarities at Spurs and Villa but Defoe has edge

At White Hart Lane today, every bit as much as at Newcastle, the emphasis will be on strikers; in this case including the naming of the teams. Tottenham's season has improved from stuttering beginnings since Jermain Defoe has been used on his own with Clint Dempsey in the line of three behind him. This has coincided with an injury to Emmanuel Adebayor, who ought logically to form half of an ideal long-and-short striking partnership with Defoe but can hardly expect to walk straight back into a team who have just won away to Manchester United.

The England manager Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson gaffe reveals Rio Ferdinand exclusion on Tube

Roy Hodgson was facing embarrassment last night when it emerged that he told fellow Tube passengers en route to the Emirates Stadium for Arsenal's Champions League game that he would not select Rio Ferdinand again for the national team.

Eduardo Paes: Olympic challenge

Page 3 Profile: Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro

Well the name sounds Brazilian, does he have something to do with the next Olympic Games?

Fifa deny claims of match-fixing investigation

Fifa have refuted claims made by one of their former corruption experts that they are investigating match-fixing allegations at the 2010 World Cup.

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