Sport Spain won the UEFA EURO 2012 trophy

The games involving Les Bleus will be classed as friendlies

O'Neill backs plan to bring Old Firm to England

Martin O'Neill has backed proposals which could see his former club Celtic and Rangers becoming part of a revamped Premier League. The league is due to discuss the possibility of extending to two divisions – including the two Scottish giants – during the summer.

O'Neill hopes Villa can keep place in sun after Dubai trip

Manager relies on break to revitalise team's flagging challenge on league run-in

Neville relishes best of British managers

Two clubs whose form is challenging supremacy of Big Four collide today

O'Neill issues rallying cry to secure finish in top four

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has challenged his players to show they can last the pace in the battle for Champions League qualification.

O'Neill warns 'big four' to make room at top for Villa

Challenge to monopoly is good for competition as a whole, says manager

Milner's Villa form justifies record fee, says O'Neill

Martin O'Neill knew he was not taking too big a risk when he made James Milner Aston Villa's record signing, but the manager has nevertheless been delighted with the impact the winger has made at the club.

Milner sees Villa as the ones to break up the big four

James Milner is confident the domination of the Premier League by the big four can be broken and he believes Aston Villa have as good a chance as anyone of doing the breaking. Milner became the latest young English player of potential to join Martin O'Neill's Villa revolution when he made the £12m move out of Newcastle a fortnight ago.

Aston Villa capture Milner

Aston Villa today completed the signing of Newcastle winger James Milner on a four-year contract.

No fat Czech, or fat cheque, will persuade Hislop to see Captain Bob

The actor Philip York is currently enjoying another run of the acclaimed one-man show, Lies Have Been Told: An Evening With Robert Maxwell, in Edinburgh, but he is disappointed to have so far failed to entice one of the old crook's foremost bêtes noires to the show.

Bouma could return this year

Aston Villa defender Wilfred Bouma is expected to be out for four to six months after successful surgery on his dislocated right ankle.

Barry 'flattered' by Benitez interest

Liverpool's pursuit of Gareth Barry has been notable for the public overtures made to the Aston Villa midfielder by Rafael Benitez and Steven Gerrard although the man himself has kept his counsel until now. Yesterday Barry broke his silence and hinted that he would be on his way if the two clubs could agree a fee.

Maloney hopes to impress

Shaun Maloney fears for his future with Scotland because of a lack of regular first-team action at Aston Villa. The forward confessed to homesickness when he first left Celtic for the Premier League but has since settled into life in the Midlands.

So-solid Carew takes giant strides towards goal of fifth place

Braced as they are for a summer fight with Liverpool over the services of Gareth Barry, Aston Villa can today use a game on the other side of Stanley Park as a major sales pitch to their highly influential captain.

Glory days act as burden: The Invincibles haunt Forest thirty years on

In 1978 Brian Clough's 'bunch of misfits' took First Division by storm. Now the third-tier team pray for play-off success

Mellberg fears Villa have lost way on European trail

Defender Olof Mellberg has admitted Aston Villa are now facing an uphill task to qualify for Europe before he heads off to Juventus in the summer.

i100 In this video, the late actor Leonard Nimoy explains how he decided to use the gesture for his character
Arts and Entertainment
Secrets of JK Rowling's Harry Potter workings have been revealed in a new bibliography
arts + ents
Robert De Niro has walked off the set of Edge of Darkness
news The Godfather Part II actor has an estimated wealth of over $200m
Arts and Entertainment
Fearne Cotton is leaving Radio 1 after a decade
radio The popular DJ is leaving for 'family and new adventures'
Robbie Savage will not face a driving ban
football'Mr Marmite' faced the possibility of a 28-day ban
It was only when he left his post Tony Blair's director of communications that Alastair Campbell has published books
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Seven Cities of Italy
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Prague, Budapest and Vienna
Lake Garda
3.	Provence 6 nights B&B by train from £599pp
Prices correct as of 20 February 2015
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?
How we must adjust our lifestyles to nature: Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch

Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

MacGyver returns, but with a difference

Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman
Tunnel renaissance: Why cities are hiding roads down in the ground

Tunnel renaissance

Why cities are hiding roads underground
'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men

Boys to men

The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

Crufts 2015

Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
10 best projectors

How to make your home cinema more cinematic: 10 best projectors

Want to recreate the big-screen experience in your sitting room? IndyBest sizes up gadgets to form your film-watching
Manchester City 1 Barcelona 2 player ratings: Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man?

Manchester City vs Barcelona player ratings

Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man at the Etihad?
Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Monaco: the making of Wenger

Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
'Birdman' and 'Bullets Over Broadway': Homage or plagiarism?

Homage or plagiarism?

'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

A damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

Broadchurch, Series 2 finale, review
A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower: inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

Inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower