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The Cardiff-born Wales international moved to the Spanish capital earlier this year after his sale to the Spanish club for a world-record fee

Kaka is key for Brazil says Robinho

Kaka is still crucial to Brazil's hopes of a sixth World Cup crown, according to team-mate Robinho.

James Lawton: Koreans refuse to stand in awe as Dunga's men turn on the style

It doesn't matter how many times they tell you the age of Brazilian fantasy has passed. It doesn't get any easier to believe, at least not deep down.

Brazil's class enough to see off industrious North Koreans

Brazil 2 North Korea 1

James Lawton: Kaka's challenge: to deliver on the promise that once wowed the world

The World Cup's Great Players: Kaka is far from the average Brazilian footballer. He never knew the squalor of the favela or had the fever to play the game as an escape

Mourinho pledges to smash the star system to turn Real around

Jose Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes met with the Real Madrid director general, Jorge Valdano, yesterday to finalise the four-year contract worth £36m the club have offered the Internazionale coach. While his representative was seeing to the paperwork Mourinho was leaving everyone at the Spanish club in little doubt things will never be the same again, and assuring them they will not have his signature until he is confident there will be no outside interference as he attempts to turn them once more into a European superpower on the pitch.

Madrid old boys get final chance to shine

Next Saturday's European Cup final was meant to provide Real Madrid with the chance to show off just what can be achieved with £250 million. Instead, last summer's big spenders and the hosts of the final have to suffer the embarrassment of two of the players they let go 10 months ago appearing in the showpiece.

Kaka welcomes Mourinho link to Real Madrid

Real Madrid playmaker Kaka has welcomed talk of Jose Mourinho joining the club next season.

Kaka embroiled in club versus country accusations

Real Madrid’s Brazilian ace Kaka has voiced his unhappiness at critics doubting the severity of the groin injury which kept him sidelined for six weeks.

Six Weeks & Counting: How the World Cup squads are shaping up

From Brazil's new boy wonder to the Dutch revival, Sam Wallace discovers who's looking strong – and where it's all going wrong

Benzema back in Real Madrid squad

Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini is confident striker Karim Benzema is "perfectly calm" after hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons this week.

Real Madrid dismiss Kaka unrest rumours

Real Madrid head coach Manuel Pellegrini has dismissed rumours of dressing room unrest surrounding Kaka at the Bernabeu.

Robinho wants to stay in Brazil

Manchester City striker Robinho has reiterated his desire to extend his loan stay at Santos and hopes talks have already been initiated with the Barclays Premier League club.

Pjanic stuns Real Madrid's dream team

Real Madrid 1 Lyons 1 (Lyons win 2-1 on aggregate)

Robinho has Ireland chasing his shadow

Brazil 2 Republic of Ireland 0
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