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

Guardiola says Mourinho is 'best in the world'

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has described Real Madrid compatriot Jose Mourinho as the 'best in the world'.

Real Madrid rule out Benzema sale

Real Madrid’s sporting director Miguel Pardeza has ruled out the sale of France international striker Karim Benzema, who has struggled to impress since his arrival at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Wily Blanc injects some urgency into French campaign

France 2 Romania 0

Bloodless Revolution: Blanc seizes power with soft touch

It has taken a psychologist's help, but France's new manager has healed the team's explosive World Cup feud with his gentler style. Paul Newman visits the squad in Paris

Mourinho demands more ambition from Benzema

Real Madrid head coach Jose Mourinho believes striker Karim Benzema must show more ambition if he is to become a genuine world-class talent.

Ben Arfa rewards exotic enterprise by bringing his goal to Newcastle

Everton 0 Newcastle United 1

Blanc hails 'turning point' after France win

France coach Laurent Blanc has told his side that last night's victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina "has to be the turning point".

International round-up: Tevez consigns world champions to rare defeat

Carlos Tevez laid on two goals and scored one as Argentina stunned the world champions Spain 4-1 in a friendly at the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires last night.

Scotland look to McFadden and Boyd to provide attacking spark

Scotland are expected to recall James McFadden and Kris Boyd as they go in search of goals against Liechtenstein at Hampden Park tomorrow night – goals that eluded them in Friday's draw with Lithuania.

Benzema and Ben Arfa back for France

Forwards Karim Benzema and Hatem Ben Arfa are among the biggest names in Laurent Blanc's first France squad, for next week's friendly in Norway.

French shed no tears for humiliation of 'les imposteurs'

Rarely can a country have greeted its own national team's humiliation in the World Cup with such grim satisfaction.

Mourinho rules out Real attempt to add Lampard and Gerrard to galacticos

Jose Mourinho put Premier League minds at rest on his first day at work as Real Madrid manager yesterday when he said it would be the World Cup in South Africa and not his new club's blockbuster signings that would make the news this summer.

Spanish media hail Barcelona as 'best champions in history'

Barcelona's record-breaking title triumph and the future of Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini dominated the Spanish newspapers following the final day of the Primera Division season.

Berbatov quits Bulgaria to find form for United

Dimitar Berbatov has admitted that he believes Manchester United will go in search of another striker this summer but has declared that he has no intentions of leaving of Old Trafford because he will not find a better club.

Benzema: The hotshot left out in the cold

Karim Benzema's shock omission from the France squad has upset fans – but may please Manchester United
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