Sport A referee uses vanishing spray

The technology helps officials battling to keep players creeping forward at free-kicks

Capello goes into reverse over WAGs

England coach now says he is prepared to invite wives and girlfriends to World Cup in order to 'create great spirit' within squad

Forget Italy, I'm a Man City man now, says Mancini

The Manchester City manager, Roberto Mancini, has insisted that he has a long-term job to do at Eastlands and that the prospect of replacing Marcello Lippi in charge of the Italian national team when the 61-year-old steps down after the World Cup in South Africa does not interest him.

England scandals won't deter Capello

Fabio Capello today insisted he is still happy dealing with the most important challenge of his life, despite the latest scandal to hit the England team.

United must resist threat of Borriello, says Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson has pinpointed Milan's striker Marco Borriello as a serious threat to his side ahead of the Champions League last-16 tie with the Italians at Old Trafford tomorrow night. The 27-year-old was injured when United won 3-2 in San Siro, setting up a strong chance of progress to the quarter-finals, but Ferguson has said he believes the well-travelled Borriello could make "a big difference".

Adriano open to Italy return

Former Internazionale and Parma striker Adriano has stated that he would welcome a return to Italy, with Roma his favoured destination.

Ancelotti defends decision to back Terry

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has defended his decision to keep John Terry as captain of Chelsea.

Aquilani offers first proof he can fill gap left by Alonso

Ian Herbert reports on the Liverpool newcomer's desperation to show he can finally become as influential in midfield as the man he replaced

Toni plays down West Ham link

Bayern Munich's out-of-favour striker Luca Toni is adamant that he will return home to Italy in the January transfer window.

Aquilani fed up with waiting game

Midfielder upset by lack of playing time at Liverpool despite being fit for a month

Mancini prepared to take Nigeria post

Former Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini is prepared to take over at Nigeria after receiving an unofficial approach.

Manager talks of 'hardest test' as football heavyweights gather

Around the swimming pool at the Hotel Cullinan in Cape Town yesterday was a who's who of some of the most famous coaches in the world. Marcello Lippi swept in followed by Italian television crews; Dunga signed autographs by the door and Joachim Loew sat drinking coffee with his identically attired colleague from the German Football Association.

Cannavaro urges World Cup-winning pair to return

The Italy captain, Fabio Cannavaro, has asked Francesco Totti and Alessandro Nesta to end their international retirements and return for the Azzurri at next year's World Cup.

World Cup in brief: Fifa 'reckless' for going ahead with play-off after team bus stoned

Midfielder Khaled Lemmouchia has said that his country's qualifier away to Egypt should have been called off by Fifa after their team bus was attacked in Cairo.

Mental battle key for Ireland says Trapattoni

Giovanni Trapattoni is hoping to win the psychological battle as he attempts to guide his side to World Cup play-off victory over France.

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