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The Argentina captain delivered a compelling team-talk before Argentina won 4-2 in the penalty shootout, securing their place in the World Cup Final

Lionel Messi receives wild reception on India trip

The arrival of Lionel Messi for an international friendly in India has sparked a huge media frenzy and drawn 2,000 fans to await his arrival in the eastern city of Kolkata, underlining the cricket-mad country's growing appetite for football.

Cesc Fabregas scores on home debut for Barcelona

Cesc Fabregas described playing with Lionel Messi as "awesome" after the Argentine World Player of the Year set him up to score for Barcelona against Villarreal on his home debut in La Liga last night.

Jose Enrique backs 'brilliant' Andy Carroll to show worth

New Liverpool signing Jose Enrique has backed a fit-again Andy Carroll to rediscover his best goalscoring form.

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The director with an appetite for destruction

The pop video he made for M.I.A was banned by YouTube. Now Romain Gavras has made his first film

Arsene Wenger criticism is 'absurd' says Xavi

Barcelona midfielder Xavi has defended himself against criticism from Arsene Wenger after the Arsenal manager accused him of disrespect over comments he made about Cesc Fabregas.

Lionel Messi shines as Argentina win to progress in Copa America

Lionel Messi at last came into his own at the Copa America as Argentina beat a defensive Costa Rica 3-0 with two goals from Sergio Aguero to secure second place in Group A last night.

Lionel Messi frozen out by Argentina team-mates

The deep freeze in the Argentinian dressing room makes the sub-zero temperatures at the 2011 Copa America seem positively tropical.

Locals unimpressed in Lionel Messi's home town in Argentina

The catcalls once again rained down on the misfiring Lionel Messi as he failed to find the target against Colombia.

Copa America: Argentina squad preview

Ahead of the 2011 Copa America, which kicks off on July 1, we begin our run-down of the teams taking part with a look at the hosts Argentina.

Lionel Messi turns attention to Copa America

Lionel Messi set his sights on the Copa America today after another glorious season with Barcelona to whom he pledged his future.

Diary: Where would we be without Cabinet's David Brent?

Do the annals of political wickedness contain a viler case of skulduggery than the guerrilla campaign to undermine Liam Fox? For the second time in a few months, the Defence Secretary is shocked – shocked, I tells ya, to the precipice of ague – by the leaking of a private letter to David Cameron.

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