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News Dmytro Bulatov,a Ukrainian opposition activist, says he was kidnapped and tortured

He led AutoMaidan protest movement that organised motorcades outside the houses of politicians and oligarchs

England's coach Gary Neville calls for realism and insists Hodgson’s work can be built upon

Neville: England are a top-eight team, that's it

Coach calls for realism and insists Hodgson's work can be built upon

Ukraine's war of words over Russian language turns violent

Lest anyone underestimate the emotional power that languages can hold over people, they need only look at the violence and anger stoked in Ukraine by a national argument over "mere" words.

Pro-Ukrainian protesters spray tear gas at riot police near the parliament building in Kiev yesterday

Ukraine police tackle protests over Russian language law

Anger at bill boosting the status of Russian speakers in the former Soviet republic

Supporters are sprayed with water as they wait for Spain’s football team to arrive at Plaza Cibeles in Madrid yesterday

Hat-trick of titles helps Spain forget domestic woe

Despite new cuts across the nation, thousands celebrate as their victorious football stars fly home.

Coach Cesare Prandelli faces the press after Italy’s caning in Kiev

My Italy project does not stop here, insists manager Cesare Prandelli

Coach defies negative press coverage after assurances from his national federation

Howard Webb pictured refereeing a match involving Portugal

Howard Webb misses out on refereeing Euro 2012 final

Howard Webb's hopes of adding another showpiece occasion to his glittering CV have been dashed after it was confirmed Portuguese referee Pedro Proenca will take charge of Sunday's Euro 2012 final between Spain and Italy in Kiev.

Mario Balotelli celebrates his first goal

Mario Balotelli: 'I wanted to make my mum happy'

Mario Balotelli insists Sunday's Euro 2012 final will feature the best two teams in the competition.

Charr: Unbeaten but limited

Steve Bunce on Boxing: Vitali's farewell fight is against a carriage clock of an opponent

I guess Klitschko just wants one more easy fight before he moves into politics

Alessandro Diamanti starred for Italy against England

Bologna eager to retain Italy penalty hero Alessandro Diamanti

Bologna have no intention of selling Alessandro Diamanti this summer, according to club president Albano Guaraldi.

Steven Gerrard’s flashes of quality were nowhere near enough for England

James Lawton: Our culture was once envy of world – now it's in ruins

Where do we start – again – on the latest breakdown in England's ability to compete seriously against grown-up football nations?

England captain Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard hopes England can improve quickly

Steven Gerrard hopes England's glaring problem keeping the ball is resolved far quicker than many envisage.

Two decades of agony – England’s penalty shootout woes since 1990

Football hooliganism used to be known as the English disease, but after their sixth penalty shootout exit in 22 years, it appears an inability to score from 12 yards is the real national sickness.  

Mario Balotelli is silenced by his Italian team-mate Leonardo Bonucci after scoring

Exclusive: Mario Balotelli was going to send message to a critical Italian media after his goal against Ireland

It is the latest of many enigmas to have surrounded Mario Balotelli in his short career. Why did his Italy teammate Leonardo Bonucci clamp a hand over the 21-year-old striker’s mouth after his goal against Ireland, five days ago?

Gary Neville on England: 'I genuinely believe there is a good spirit in this this team. I believe it is a squad without ego. I think they are all working for one another and you can see that on the pitch.'

Neville’s calming presence helps England rise above the egos

An accurate measure of just how much Roy Hodgson has reunited a fractious England camp can be found in the outspoken and insightful rhetoric of Gary Neville.

Power player: Lukas Podolski is an integral part of Germanys attack but he was sacrificed as Joachim Löw sought more pace against Greece

Löw proving a master at exploiting weakness

But can the clever coach protect Germany from their own?

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