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Fergie's Euro memories: 'Lippi smoked a cigar while I was being drowned'

As he aims for yet another major final, Sir Alex Ferguson talks Andy Roxburgh through his memories of European campaigns

Juventus appeal over stadium ban rejected

Juventus will play their Serie A match at home to Lecce behind closed doors on Sunday after losing an appeal.

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Maradona has Argentina fizzing, Brazil look sluggish, and Italy have fresh talent... With half the qualifiers played, Glenn Moore assesses the favourites' form

Lippi refuses to be drawn on Cassano

Italy coach Marcello Lippi has refused to comment on his decision to leave Sampdoria midfielder Antonio Cassano out of his squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and the Republic of Ireland.

Lippi declines to talk about Cassano snub

Italy coach Marcello Lippi declined to give reasons for his decision to again omit in-form Sampdoria playmaker Antonio Cassano for two World Cup qualifiers.

Sampdoria delighted with Pazzini

Sampdoria's sporting director Beppe Marotta has hailed the start that striker Giampaolo Pazzini has made to his time in Genoa.

Juventus facing Buffon absence

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is expected to be sidelined until December after a thigh injury proved to be more serious than was at first thought.

Donadoni 'close to dismissal' after Italy exit

Roberto Donadoni's time in charge of Italy is expected to end within a week following the world champions' Euro 2008 quarter-final defeat by Spain, Italian media were reporting yesterday.

Italy back in love with the Azzurri as Donadoni survives

The Italian press delighted in Tuesday night's 2-0 win over France in Zurich and praised the Netherlands for making the world champions' passage to the Euro 2008 quarter-finals possible by beating Romania by the same score.

Hiddink heads list of Chelsea tough guys to replace Grant

Chelsea want a tough disciplinarian manager to succeed Avram Grant – but also, crucially, someone who is willing to discuss team tactics and player selection with club owner Roman Abramovich. The frontrunner is Guus Hiddink, always regarded by those close to Abramovich as his "insurance policy" to take over at Stamford Bridge, followed by Luiz Felipe Scolari. Both are skilled politicians as well as experienced, top-notch coaches, while Blackburn Rovers' Mark Hughes also has his admirers and has emerged as a surprisingly strong candidate over the last few weeks.

James Lawton: Ferguson kept from grand exit by thirst for the fight

The question will again be on many lips now that Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed the strength of arguably football's most ferociously realised comeback. With his 19th major title for Manchester United, his 10th annexation of the world's most powerful football league – and the imminent possibility that in the old Moscow citadel of the oligarch Roman Abramovich he can deliver a final swordstroke to the man who presumed he had the wealth, and the coach, Jose Mourinho, to invade and diminish his empire – Ferguson will once again be asked if it is not time to take his last and ultimately triumphant hurrah.

Lippi defends his son's role

There was no conflict of interest between Marcello Lippi being a manager and his son being a football agent, the former Italy coach told an Italian court in written testimony yesterday.

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According to the Italians recently appointed by the FA, England's best footballers – the ones who earn millions of pounds a year playing in the world's most powerful league – are not good enough at the moment to succeed at international football. Can this be so? Glenn Moore reports

Marcello Lippi: 'Best players don't always make up the best team'

Marcello Lippi is the only man to have managed both a World Cup and a European Cup-winning team. He spoke to Glenn Moore about his football philosophy and the lessons the English game could learn from it

Arsenal the purists' pick for Europe win, says Lippi

Marcello Lippi, the only manager to have won the World Cup and European Cup, yesterday said that he would be cheering for Arsenal as the latter competition unfolded.

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