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The Morocco international ends his loan spell with the Cottagers to move to Serie A

Joel Ekstrand has become a key part of Watford’s defence after signing on loan from Udinese

Joel Ekstrand: Ice-cool Swede keeping calm over Watford's big day in the Championship

The defender can help his side reach Premier League today – but that’s fun not daunting, he tells Jack Pitt-Brooke

Internazionale captain Javier Zanetti hopes for last hurrah after latest injury

Internazionale's captain, Javier Zanetti, says he hopes to play again after rupturing an Achilles tendon in Sunday's 1-0 loss to Palermo.

Bayern Munich seal Juventus' fate

Juventus coach Antonio Conte admits: 'I can't see an Italian team winning the Champions League in the coming years'

Financial might of rivals means Italian football must pull together says Conte following defeat to Bayern Munich

Inter players row with their Atalanta counterparts

Inter Milan open 'biscuit tin' of conspiracy theories in Serie A

Club do not believe in the 'good faith' of referee

Bayern's football is both creative and relentless

James Lawton: German winning machine Bayern Munich restored to full power against Juventus and ready to go distance

Bayern Munich side look a good bet to put recent Champions League lapses behind them

Zlatan Ibrahimovic pictured at Inter, PSG and Barcelona

Does PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic bottle it against his former clubs?

The PSG striker comes up against Barcelona in the Champions League tonight

The new Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has rejected

Paolo Di Canio forced to deny racism claims as Sunderland come under fire for controversial appointment

New manager says his words were 'twisted' but anti-racism groups are worried by Italian's appointment

Stevan Jovetic

Stevan Jovetic 'happy' to be on 'the radar of such a big club' as Arsenal

Montenegro star is reportedly a summer target for Arsene Wenger

Montenegro's Mirko Vucinic

Mean defence and sharp strikers will make Montenegro's pan-Europeans hard to beat

Montenegro will go into Tuesday's game in the hotbed of Podgorica on a run of eight unbeaten matches and in fine heart. On Friday they won 1-0 in Moldova to remain two points clear of England in Group H, Mirko Vucinic scoring the only goal after Milorad Pekovic had been sent off for a second yellow card.

Mennea, above, crosses the line first in the Olympic 200 metres final in Moscow in 1980

Pietro Mennea: Olympic sprint champion whose 200 metres world record stood for 17 years

While some sprinters manage to look relaxed in action, he always looked frantic, almost fanatical

A view of the Stadio Olimpico in Rome

Olympic Stadium: Will relocation be a success for West Ham?

Other football clubs have moved into stadiums with tracks - with mixed fortunes

Brazilian national football team forward Hulk (up) plays with Brazilian forward Neymar

Italy v Brazil match preview: Two teams in transition meet for glamour fixture in Geneva

The two sides meet amid uncertainty over their respective credentials

Francesco Totti

Could Francesco Totti make a sensational return for Italy?

The 2006 World Cup winner has been in incredible form this season

Andrea Pirlo and his Juventus team-mates celebrate during their victory over Celtic in the Champions League

The collective of Juventus might dare to dream of Champions League glory

The Italian side eased to victory over Celtic to advance to the quarter-finals

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Panto dames: before and after

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