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IT MAY have taken a late equaliser by Hernan Crespo to earn Argentina a 2-2 draw, but their performance in Wednesday night's friendly here against Germany underlined their status as one of the favourites to lift the game's ultimate prize in 2006. Less than three years after their disappointing performance in the 2002 World Cup, the global champions of 1978 and 1986 appear to be back in business.

Football: Lehmann was close to walking out on Arsenal

JENS LEHMANN said yesterday that he had been on the verge of leaving Arsenal after being dropped from the team. Having regained his place, however, the German goalkeeper said that he now planned to see out his contract and might even look to extend it, writes Paul Newman in Dusseldorf.

Football Euro 2000: Cool Campbell can handle Hampden heat

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Hair today, gone tomorrow (with any luck)

Footballers and dodgy pop stars loved them to everyone's mirth, but now the Mullet is cool. This is irony gone too far, says CHRIS MAUME

Football: Hughes is on Bruce's wanted list

STEVE BRUCE wants his former Manchester United team-mate Mark Hughes to join him at Huddersfield after being told by the the Yorkshire club's owner, Barry Rubery, that he can recruit a pair of high-profile signings.

Football: Around The World - Germany: Klinsmann bows out in style

THE FORMER Tottenham striker Jurgen Klinsmann bid farewell to football with six goals last night as he helped his hand-picked World XI to an 8-6 win in his testimonial match over a team from his first senior club, VfB Stuttgart.

Football: Phillips scare for Sunderland

THE SUNDERLAND striker Kevin Phillips was forced to spend the night in hospital after damaging a hamstring in the Football League 100th Championship Challenge defeat by Liverpool.

Football: The Sweeper: Scoreboard spells trouble for Leek

AS IF relegation from the Nationwide Conference with some of the lowest crowds ever recorded in the competition were not bad enough, poor Leek Town are now being sued by Port Vale for non-payment of an electronic scoreboard which the First Division club sold them. That would be a sad enough story alone if it were not for the fact that Leek, who bought the item (which more often than not is used for relaying the scores of opposing teams rather than their own sorry side) for a nominal sum, have spent pounds 14,000 trying to get the thing working. Vale have responded that it was "definitely working when it left us".

Football: Redknapp denies part in Storrie exit

HARRY REDKNAPP has insisted he is not responsible for the West Ham board's decision to terminate the contract of their director of football, Peter Storrie.

Letter: German obsession

Sir: By asserting that interest in the Second World War has become "the spiritual core of Britain's national identity" (report, 15 February), Germany's Culture Minister, Michael Naumann, demonstrates that he needs all the help he can get in coming to grips with our obsessions.

Sports Letters: Ugly truth

Sir: A letter (27 January) referred to sport being a source of pleasure... not warfare by other means. Sadly the word sport is quite discredited. We hear much of drug-enhanced performance and the endemic power of money, but baser instincts reveal themselves in excessive triumphalism. If sport is a metaphor for life, then we are finished, as the ugliness portrayed in triumphal gestures and facial masks can only be bettered by the higher primates.

Football: Armstrong treble traumatises Everton

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Football: The wrong man for the job

AS GLENN HODDLE reminded us last week, modern football is a results business. It was equally unfortunate that Christian Gross, in his first interview after agreeing to join Tottenham from the Swiss champions Grasshopper, should offer the same hostage to fortune by suggesting: "The only way I can prove who I am is with results."

FOOTBALL: GROSS: FROM GRASSHOPPER TO GOODBYE SPURS

1997: November: Appointed Tottenham manager following the resignation of Gerry Francis. Suffers unhappy start to his spell in charge at White Hart Lane as side struggle to move away from relegation fight.
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