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Adidas and Michelin in tax-haven fraud inquiry

In a move that appeared to be timed to coincide with pressure by President Nicolas Sarkozy for a G20 agreement on curbs for offshore tax havens, the French government has demanded tax fraud investigations into bank accounts allegedly held in Liechtenstein by Michelin, Total and Adidas.

Savage puts boot into wounded Wales

Talk about kicking your own dog when it is down. Robbie Savage went on national radio yesterday predicting his country will be "hammered" by Germany at the Millennium Stadium this evening. A wise and brave man, is that Savage...

Germany: Bayern face struggle to keep Franck Ribery

Bayern Munich general manager Uli Hoeness has admitted that his club face a "brutal fight" to try and keep hold of French star Franck Ribery next summer.

Hiddink may go full-time at Chelsea if Russia fail

World Cup qualification flop could see Dutchman return to west London club

David Prosser: The end of Swiss banking? If so, it’s about time too

Outlook: So the credit crunch has achieved something the world had been trying to do for more than 70 years: getting the Swiss to give up more information on who has stashed what in the country's secret bank accounts.

Ex-RBS chief's pension could have been half as big

Failed chief executive Sir Fred Goodwin could have been awarded just half of the £16m pension pot he was given by Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), the body in charge of managing the taxpayers' stake in the part-nationalised bank said today.

Bellamy back in spotlight but Wales still lack fizz

Wales 2 Liechtenstein 0

Bellamy returns to swell Welsh mood of optimism

With their captain, Craig Bellamy, back to restore the zip and the zest in a system devised in his image it should all be so straightforward for Wales against Liechtenstein at the Millennium Stadium this evening. Except a long history of slip-ups confirms that "Wales" and "should be" do not always equate to the anticipated return.

'Old enemy' in for shock, says Flynn

Brian Flynn reckons his Wales Under-21s have a surprise in store for England. Flynn believes England will be shocked not only by the passion and quality of his young side, but also the intimidating atmosphere of a sell-out Ninian Park.

Saunders takes over ailing Wrexham

Former Liverpool and Aston Villa striker Dean Saunders has been given the task of rescuing Wrexham from non-league football. Wales' oldest club suffered relegation from the Football League at the end of last season. But their start in the Blue Star Premier League has been disastrous, and one win in six league games cost Brian Little his job as manager last week.

Pavlyuchenko threat to Wales

It was difficult to tell who was the more frustrated at the news that Roman Pavlyuchenko will be appearing in Moscow tonight in Russia's World Cup qualifier against Wales – Tottenham or John Toshack. While the former saw a written plea rejected for their new £14m striker to be rested because of what they claim is an ankle injury, the latter would have simply been bemoaning that Guus Hiddink will enjoy a near full-strength squad, while his own is drastically depleted.

Vienna humiliation leaves Domenech feeling the heat

Raymond Domenech held on to his job by his fingertips after leading France through a diabolical Euro 2008. They were hammered by the Dutch, drew with Romania and lost to Italy, scoring just one goal in the process before heading home. It was a surprise the French federation stuck with their coach and it may be regretting that decision today after France were humbled 3-1 in Austria in their opening World Cup qualification match on Saturday.

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Scout leader killed on Alpine trip

A 21-year-old Scout leader was at his "absolute happiest" when he set off on a walk in Liechtenstein which ended in a 1,000ft fall down a ravine, his mother said today.

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