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Football: Platini warns of fear factor

MICHEL PLATINI warned yesterday that coaches could ruin the greatest football show on earth.

Football: Platini still playing by his own rules

An icon of French football is not just a figurehead at the World Cup. He is aiming for one of the game's top jobs. John Lichfield in Paris reports

Football: `It was a draw with a human touch. It was a real feat'

The wind was biting, the kids were screaming - but Michel Platini was happy.

Football: Fences down for World Cup

France, in line with the wishes of the game's world governing body, Fifa, will have no perimeter fencing at most of the stadiums hosting the 1998 World Cup finals.

Football: Stunning, staggering strike of pure genius

Ian Ridley on the Brazilian `bender' that touched 85mph
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