Sport Spain midfielder Juan Mata

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

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Sheffield Wednesday 0 Everton 2

Press the button for direct digital democracy

I SEE Sky are playing around with interactive football this weekend. I had a glimpse of the future a few years ago when the cable company Videotron did their own experiment. Technology has doubtless moved on since then, but it was deeply disappointing.

THE WEEK AHEAD: ANNIVERSARIES

Today#: In 1987, Mike Tyson became the first undisputed world heavyweight champion since Leon Spinks in 1978, when he outpointed Tony Tucker in Las Vegas.

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Norman Fox traces the footsteps of a legendary team

Football: The best man, 31 years on

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SAVING THE PLANET

Football: United's debt of honour to Keane

European Cup: Alex Ferguson's captain refuses to curb his combative instincts as Juventus meet an irresistible force

Football: No shame as tears flow for United

Action Replay: Wednesday 15 MAY 1968

Football: Good new days for the likely lads

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Sport On TV: Happy days for Stiles the stylish assassin

A FRENCH JOURNALIST once wrote that Nobby Stiles was the best advertisement for his father's business. His father was an undertaker.

Park Life: The game's up for young Tom

"DAD," MY son Tom said the other day, "if you were a boy I wouldn't like you."

You ask the questions: (Such as: Bobby Charlton, why did you hang on to the drag-a-strand-over hairstyle for so long?)

Sir Bobby Charlton, 61, played for Manchester United Football Club between 1954 and 1973. He was in the England squad that won the World Cup in 1966, along with his brother Jackie. He was knighted in 1994. He is now director of Manchester United, and leads England's bid to host the World Cup in 2006.

Football: The World According To King Kev

1979

Football: United fans vote Cantona the best

THE ARRIVAL of Eric Cantona in 1992 may have heralded the most concentrated period of success Manchester United have known, but United fans clearly have little sense of history.

Real living: Man's World

IN THE days before Glenn Hoddle's dismissal, some commentators, tired of attacking the man himself, started attacking his name. Hoddle, they delightedly realised, rhymes with "twaddle". It's also, of course, reminiscent of "hobble", and therefore didn't seem to suit the man when he was a player of great fluidity. Now ... well, Hoddle seems to be growing into his name.
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