Sport Spain midfielder Juan Mata

Juan Mata follows in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo, George Best and Eric Cantona

League remains focus for Fulham insists Hodgson

The Barclays Premier League remains Roy Hodgson's priority this season but the Fulham manager believes his side have a decent opportunity in the FA Cup.

George Best punched me in rage admits son

The son of football legend George Best has told how his father punched him to the floor and roared “you are not mine” during a drunken rage.

Son speaks out about George Best's downfall

George Best's son Calum has spoken about the tragic downfall of his father.

Capello to unveil Ramsey tribute

England coach Fabio Capello will unveil a sculpture of World Cup-winning boss Sir Alf Ramsey at Wembley on Friday.

All the Colours of the Town, By Liam McIlvanney

Pick at the threads of All the Colours of the Town and it is possible to reduce it to the familiar story of a hard-boiled unhappy hero - a newspaper Rebus – who risks his job and life in pursuit of corrupt authority. But Liam McIlvanney brings a freshness and energy to his story by weaving it into a tapestry of life in Loyalist Belfast and Glasgow, as stark and vivid as a gable-end mural.

Terence Blacker: Can drinking ever really be 'heroic'?

Distinctly dubious myths lie behind our admiration for celebrity boozers

Boyd Tonkin: The master of our modern myths

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'Better than Best' but memories fade

United fans had an uneasy love affair with Ronaldo so they trust Ferguson to unearth another gem

Ronaldo: We'll miss him when he's gone

Even some Manchester United fans seem glad to see the back of Ronaldo. But Susannah Frankel is mourning

Cueto turns Red Devil

For Mark Cueto, it is just about as good as it gets – short of making a vital scoring mark in a World Cup final and not having it chalked off by the television match official, perhaps. As a lifelong Manchester United fan, and a regular at home matches for 17 years now, pulling on an England shirt to play at Old Trafford this afternoon will fulfil a dream of fairly theatrical proportions for the Sale Sharks wing.

Sport on TV: Bests lose fight with bottle but Falklands hero wins his battle

Hard on the heels of 'The Damned United' comes another drama about a football genius inexorably destroyed by drink. You don't see a team bus for ages, then two come along at once, but the problem with George Best was that increasingly he didn't turn up to catch his.

Boy Meets Girl, ITV1<br>Best: His Mother's Son, BBC2<br>Desperately Hungry Housewives, BBC1

In ITV's new mind-swap comedy, Martin Freeman and Rachael Stirling trade easy gags &ndash; and some old class myths

The Word On... Best: His Mother's Son

"Difficult to do well and they didn't do it well. Script and storyline were full of cliches, and some awful moments like the moonlight chat between George and Busby. And they even managed to not make his rise to fame convinicing. Poor." - Sammy McNally, sluggerotoole.com

I still miss George Best, says Michael Parkinson

Chat show legend Sir Michael Parkinson has spoken fondly of his friendship with George Best and told how he still misses the Northern Ireland footballing legend.

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