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When managing Middlesbrough in 1975, Jack Charlton proclaimed one of the club’s youngsters “the worst player he’d ever seen”. That player was a 15-year-old Australian called Craig Johnston.

Both Barcelona and Lionel Messi's management have rubbished claims of a dispute over his recovery from injury

Transfer news: '£209m for Lionel Messi? That's absurd' says Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge after he rubbishes links with Barcelona forward

Reports in Spain suggested that the Champions League holders were prepared to meet Messi's release clause but the Bayern chairman has dismissed any possibility of such a move

Craig Johnston was part of Liverpool's 1986 double-winning squad

Blades of gory: The story of 'lethal' hybrid boots that caused injury to Wayne Rooney

The former Liverpool player Craig Johnston invented concept but says evolving footwear could now end a career

Greg Dyke has given the thumbs down to a summer World Cup in Qatar

Greg Dyke shifts FA’s stance to urge winter World Cup in Qatar

New chairman claims summer event in 2022 is impossible – and opposes Premier League position

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'A dampener amidst all the sunshine': The reaction in Germany to Bayern Munich v Arsenal

Arsenal won 2-0 on Munich but Bayern progressed to the quarter-finals of the Champions League on away goals

Arsène Wenger was forced to watch from the directors' box

Arsene Wenger's stock suffers untimely plunge ahead of difficult Arsenal AGM

Arsenal and England await Jack Wilshere’s return with a sense of desperation

Jack Taylor: Referee best known for awarding the first penalty in a World Cup final

If the football authorities could have drawn up their ideal prototype for a referee – tall, burly and darkly forbidding, oozing authority and charisma in equal measure, steely enough to keep even the most fractious of temperamental stars in order – then surely they would have come up with something very close to Jack Taylor.

FA chairman David Bernstein opposed to Sepp Blatter running for fifth term as Fifa president

Football Association chairman David Bernstein today insisted he would be against an attempt by Sepp Blatter to extend his reign as Fifa president.

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'Spain rewrites history': The Spanish press reaction to Euro 2012 triumph

The Spanish media has been heaping praise on their national side following their spectacular 4-0 victory over Italy.

Best foot forward: Steven Gerrard's leadership has given England a credibility and a belief that they can eclipse previous achievements at the Euros

England no longer a national joke

Euro 2012 has seen a return to old values after years of chronic failure

Euro 2012 Short Takes: Swedes dig for excuses

Sweden refuse to go quietly. So stung were they by that rare defeat to the English that they blamed bad luck.

Did Didier do it? Chelsea players react ecstatically as Didier Drogba buries the last kick of the penalty shoot-out

Fifa president Sepp Blatter labels penalties 'a tragedy' and seeks alternative

FIFA president Sepp Blatter today labelled penalty shoot-outs "a tragedy" and challenged Franz Beckenbauer to come up with an alternative.

Messi was stymied on Tuesday in a way that Cruyff seldom was

James Lawton: Cruyff at 65 still has a thing or two to teach the magical Messi

One of the best things about history is that it so regularly submits itself for revision – and never more arrestingly than in Barcelona this week, when the damage to one ultimate superstar's reputation (yes, Lionel Messi's) was maybe balanced by the recall of the great strength of another whose playing career ended 28 years ago.

Messi was stymied on Tuesday in a way that Cruyff seldom was

James Lawton: Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff at 65 can still teach the magical Lionel Messi a thing or two

Birthday greetings for a great but can Barca's young prince hold a candle to Dutch master?

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Arjen Robben and Franck Ribéry are Bayern Munich's main threats to Real Madrid's ambition

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.

Pope celebrates his birthday in the Vatican

The pope is having a very Bavarian birthday, celebrating his 85th milestone at the Vatican with his brother and bishops from his native land.

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