Sport Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates

The Real Madrid striker scored a brace in the 3-0 win over Celta Vigo

Harry Redknapp slams Joe Jordan Uefa ban

Harry Redknapp today slammed UEFA for banning Joe Jordan from the first leg of Tottenham's Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid.

Patrice Evra recalled to France squad

Patrice Evra and Franck Ribery were today included in the France squad for the first time since the World Cup.

Karim Benzema happy with Real Madrid form

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has returned to form after a frustrating journey through a goalscoring wilderness and the timing could scarcely be better for the nine-times European champions.

Emmanuel Adebayor passes medical at Real Madrid

Emmanuel Adebayor has been hailed as a "physical marvel" after passing his medical ahead of a loan move to Real Madrid.

Aston Villa move closer to £6.5m Jean Makoun deal

Aston Villa are close to completing the signing of Lyon midfielder Jean Makoun after manager Gerald Houllier held "positive talks" with his former club.

Real interested in Adebayor as striking cover

Manchester City's Emmanuel Adebayor may receive an unexpected chance of salvation at Real Madrid with a loan move to the Spanish giants, who appear genuinely interested in meeting his £170,000-a-week wages, a growing possibility.

Foster ready to show Ferguson what he lost

The timing of Sir Alex Ferguson's disclosure, five days ago, that he believes Edwin van der Sar is playing his last season for Manchester United could scarcely have been more miserable for Ben Foster. The 27-year-old lines up against his former club at St Andrew's today when he ought to be contemplating the prospect of being within their ranks, preparing for his succession to Van der Sar.

Keeping England's future in safe hands

Goalkeeper guru Dave Watson made Joe Hart a loan star and is working his magic on Birmingham's Ben Foster.

James Lawton: Benzema helps France recreate verve and style of their glorious past

Of course, in England we like to say the entire team is drawn from Europe's dominant league but we know what a small percentage that really represents

Liverpool's fury over Gerrard

Reds accuse Capello of reneging on agreement as midfielder suffers injury in England's defeat to France

Gerard Houllier reveals interest in Karim Benzema

Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier has confirmed his interest in Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.

Houllier set to make 37-year-old Pires his first signing at Villa

Robert Pires is due to sign for Aston Villa later this week. The move, which will be a return to English football for Pires four years after he left Arsenal, was confirmed yesterday by Villa's assistant manager, Gary McAllister.

Abidal forgiven by Blanc and back to face England

Barcelona full-back Eric Abidal was yesterday recalled to France's squad for the first time since their World Cup fiasco, as Les Bleus prepare for Wednesday's friendly against England at Wembley.

Obertan must stop drifting to carve out career at Old Trafford

There is no doubting Gabriel Obertan's intelligence. The hero of Manchester United's 3-0 win at Bursaspor is one of a rare breed of French footballers who applied themselves enough academically to secure the Baccalaureate – and with flying colours – while others such as Hatem Ben Arfa and Karim Benzema cut loose in their mid teens to play football. What has always been less sure, though, is whether Sir Alex Ferguson's 21-year-old has the ability to make it at Old Trafford.

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