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Birthday greetings for a great but can Barca's young prince hold a candle to Dutch master?
As if reaching a European Cup final in their own stadium were not motivation enough, Bayern Munich will have countless reasons to want to end Real Madrid's European adventure at the Allianz Arena tonight.
'Der Kaiser' is retiring after 50 years in the game. He tells Andrew Warshaw why the media 'killed' England's 2018 bid, why Beckham could head FA and why Blatter will win the vote
Gareth Southgate said yesterday that he wanted to be the first former England international of his generation to take on a senior executive role in the game, rather than a return to management, as he was appointed the Football Association's new head of elite development.
Fifa Executive Committee member Franz Beckenbauer says he has "limited" faith in Fifa after the way it handled the vote for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups on December 2, and the way it has acted since then.
One complaint against Fabio Capello after England's undressing by France at Wembley is that his body language is losing much of its old intensity. He no longer strides into the technical area bristling with rage and indignation. He doesn't snort volcanically, as he did in Cape Town a few months ago, and say that he simply didn't recognise his team.
Six weeks since he 'lost control' on the biggest night of his career, England's top referee has finally answered his critics
There is something more poignant than the traditional dismay of Brazil when they are ejected from the tournament they have reason to believe they own, this time by a Dutch team they had come to genuinely admire and fear over the last few days.
Rarely can the components for the perfect English summer weekend have been more exquisitely arranged in advance. The beers have been put on ice, the weather will be sizzling and the tantalising prospect of two days of sport await. What could possibly go wrong?
Even England fans respect the father figure of German football. Or they did until he started putting the boot into Fabio Capello's men.
Striker will start again alongside Rooney – and hopes Capello's spot-kick regime will pay off
Defoe keeps England's hopes alive - but manager attributes 1-0 win to beers shared the night before
Fabio Capello last night declared that the Jabulani ball used in the World Cup was "the worst ball that I have seen in my life," insisting that the trajectory is "impossible" for goalkeepers to judge.
England had a double dose of good news this morning as Wayne Rooney and Ashley Cole returned to training.
Former manager criticises 'kick and rush' tactics Carragher puts Germany's strong start down to familiarity with unpredictable new ball
It was probably the biggest compliment Jamie Carragher could pay the Germany team: he compared them to Liverpool, for their unshakeable belief that, whoever they are playing and whatever the odds, they believe that they can win games through sheer force of will.