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Video: Could Cristiano Jr.'s love of Messi bring the two great rivals closer together?

Rooney shortlisted for Europe's best club player award

Wayne Rooney is the only Premier League player on the 12-man shortlist for Uefa's Club Footballer of the Year. Internazionale, who won the Champions League under Jose Mourinho, have five and Barcelona four.

In the line of beauty: Architects and the sublime

Why don't today's architects embrace the sublime? That's the thesis of a provocative new book. Jay Merrick couldn't agree more

World Cup can help the poorest parts of South Africa

Expectation Mr Rooney, I’ll give you expectation. Before we’d even put our boots on, the local populace had taken to the street to celebrate our mythical football talents.

Schweinsteiger expects Argentina provocation

Bastian Schweinsteiger wants to see a strong referee take charge of Germany's quarter-final encounter against Argentina on Saturday.

Letters: Football and Glastonbury

Yet another disaster

Maradona admits World Cup will get tougher

Argentina coach Diego Maradona admitted his side will face greater tests after their 2-0 victory over Greece at the Peter Mokaba Stadium made it three wins in succession in Group B.

Argentina power into last-16 after beating Greece

Greece 0 Argentina 2

Messi wants Rooney at Barcelona

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi says that he would love to see England and Manchester United ace Wayne Rooney join at the Camp Nou in the future.

David Lister: High-school dramas that always have to contain a lesson

In the final episode of the first series of Glee last Monday, it was revealed that the bitchy teacher Sue Sylvester was writing a memoir called I'm a Winner, and You're Fat. I'd like to think that it was this sort of acerbic humour that has made this series so compelling, and which changed Chris Martin's mind a few days later and persuaded him to let the TV show use music by his band Coldplay.

Our favourite moments so far: How a dull World Cup sprang to life

James Lawton

The tournament's marvellous opening goal by South Africa's Siphiwe Tshabalala against Mexico: the perfect party starter. For a little while it seemed that Bafana Bafana would give the tournament what it always needs – the impetus of emotion building around the home team. It turned out, almost certainly, to be an illusion – but a brilliant one.

Irritated by the din of vuvuzelas? Spare a thought for the players...

When Spain paraded the European Championship trophy around Vienna's Ernst Happel Stadium, the massed ranks of their supporters began an acapella version of the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army". Should they repeat the triumph at Soccer City, the only noise audible will be the blare of the vuvuzela, which has overtaken impala as the most famous Zulu word to have entered the English language. Not even Manuel Artesero, or "El Bombo", whose big bass drum has accompanied Spain for 30 years and has the title of the "conductor" of the Roja, will be heard. As for the English trumpet that chimes out the theme to "The Great Escape", it has been overtaken by a different horn.

Time has come for Rooney to deliver

England's ambitions can be judged today against one man's performance – and his ability to thrive on the greatest stage

Tevez promises improvement in Argentina form

Argentina striker Carlos Tevez insists he is fully prepared both mentally and physically for the World Cup.

Stan Hey: 6-5 against: Diego can do it

If you hate football then you have just six days to plan your escape. From next Friday there will be three weeks packed with no fewer than 48 games. And that's just the group stages of the World Cup. If you're looking for a football-free holiday in Europe, try Sweden, Croatia or, er, Scotland. But if 72 hours of football in 21 days is your idea of bliss, you can become a King Edward of couch potatoes.

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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

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Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

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A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

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Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

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