Sport Spain won the UEFA EURO 2012 trophy

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Aston Villa youngster banned from final over ticket sales

Aston Villa's teenage defender Nathan Baker has been banned from attending the Carling Cup final after trying to sell tickets for the February 28 clash with Manchester United on Facebook.

Football in brief: O'Neill rejects talk of Heskey departure

Aston Villa: Martin O'Neill has played down speculation linking Emile Heskey with a move away from Villa Park this month. The England striker has been tipped as a potential target for his former club, Liverpool.

Top-four finish can happen for likely lads

As Liverpool stumble and others leap ahead of them, the possibility grows that this will finally be the season when the top four teams in the Premier League cannot be predicted with customary certainty. For all Manchester City's money and Tottenham's promise, Aston Villa under Martin O'Neill have often looked the most likely lads, which makes today's game at Arsenal a key fixture and the lessons of last season pivotal.

Martin O'Neill still taking cautious approach

Martin O'Neill insists Aston Villa's decline during the final third of last season will remind everyone not to get carried away with their current success.

Aston Villa play down Carew transfer talk

Martin O'Neill insists Aston Villa striker John Carew remains a key part of his plans amid speculation linking him with a January move to Fenerbahce.

Heskey to fight for Aston Villa place

England striker Emile Heskey is happy to fight for his place at Aston Villa.

David Flatman: Play hard then party hard, I'll drink to that

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Peter Taylor leaves Wycombe

Wycombe have confirmed that manager Peter Taylor has left the Coca-Cola League One club by mutual consent.

Davies facing four-month Villa lay-off

Aston Villa central defender Curtis Davies is likely to be out of action until early next year after undergoing a shoulder operation.

Jelavic's late strike evicts wasteful Villa

Aston Villa 2 Rapid Vienna 1 (Aggregate 2-2; Rapid win on away goals)

Europa League: Duff set to face Russians after £4m move

New Fulham signing Damien Duff is in line to make his debut for the club in tonight's Europa League play-off match with Akmar Perm at Craven Cottage.

Delph eager to impress at Aston Villa

Aston Villa's new signing Fabian Delph has vowed to repay the club for his big money move from Leeds.

Aston Villa dismiss Owen reports

Martin O'Neill has denied reports that out of contract Newcastle striker Michael Owen has been offered a two-year deal by Aston Villa.

Petrov signs new deal to stay at Villa

Stiliyan Petrov has signed a new four-year contract to stay at Aston Villa and extend his long partnership with manager Martin O'Neill.

Aston Villa: potential transfer list

Aston Villa were challenging for a Champions League position during the first half of the season but ran out of steam at the crucial stage. Manager Martin O'Neill will be desperate to bolster his squad so that his team can last the distance.

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