Sport Alvaro Negredo was wanted by the then Everton manager David Moyes last season

City slickers are in a formidable position - both on and off the pitch

Platini urges Blatter to salvage Fifa's reputation

Sepp Blatter will today reveal his proposed reforms to how Fifa is governed in a final attempt to restore credibility to an organisation he has led for the last 13 years. The depth of reform will depend on whether he can secure the backing of the Executive Committee (ExCo), a body that has been plagued by allegations of corruption.

Platini: I am afraid for football's future

Michel Platini, Uefa's president, has voiced his fears over the mounting problems facing the sport, from financial issues to match-fixing and player strikes.

Wenger urges City stadium deal scrutiny

Arsene Wenger has claimed that Manchester City's recently announced £400m sponsorship deal with Etihad Airways could be undermining Uefa's Financial Fair Play initiative.

Fans: Cut showpiece ticket prices

The head of the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) last night urged the Uefa president Michel Platini to "deliver on his promise" to make the Champions' League final affordable to grass-roots fans when it returns to Wembley in two years' time.

FA delighted at securing 2013 Champions League final

Football Association chairman David Bernstein has hailed UEFA's decision to mark the organisation's 150th anniversary by awarding the 2013 Champions League final to Wembley.

Wembley in line to host 2013 Champions League final

Wembley Stadium is the frontrunner to be named by UEFA tomorrow as the venue of the 2013 Champions League final.

England's energy crisis leaves Capello regime running on empty

We now know for sure that Fabio Capello does not have the medicine to cure the ailments of English football, because, when cornered in a corridor beneath Wembley on Saturday evening, he told us so. "I don't know. Do you know the medicine?" he asked.

FA focuses on Europe as it takes first step to repairing bad relations

The Football Association will focus on Europe as it seeks to rebuild its relationships with other governing bodies in the aftermath of its stand against Fifa's presidential election in Zurich this week.

Sports minister slams running of English football

Sports minister Hugh Robertson today issued a damning indictment of how English football is run - and insisted he was right to brand it the worst-run sport in the country.

Platini concedes Champions League final tickets are 'too dear'

Michel Platini, the Uefa president, has apologised for the high cost of Champions League final tickets at Wembley next month and will consider a cheaper category for families for future finals.

Michel Platini apologises for Champions League ticket prices

Michel Platini today apologised for the high cost of Champions League final tickets at Wembley and said UEFA would now consider introducing a cheaper category for families for future finals.

City angered by Touré's conference trip

Kolo Toure came close to causing Manchester City embarrassment yesterday when he arrived for a tour of a busy football conference without telling his club.

Uefa 'to close loopholes' if clubs dodge financial rules

We will ask to see books to ensure everything is above board, says European game's governing body

Fair play rules vital to prevent 'irresponsible few' putting clubs at risk

Michel Platini yesterday underlined his desire resolutely to implement Uefa's financial fair play rules, which will come into being this summer.

Re-elected Michel Platini pledges to tackle violence

Michel Platini highlighted sectarianism at Old Firm derbies as he pledged to tackle violence and illegal betting in his next four years as UEFA president.

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A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
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Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

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Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

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Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

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The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

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Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

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Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment