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

Football: Cantona's silent movie

The director has a new script. Ian Ridley argues that United supporters deserve at least a farewell appearance

If football is an art form, Platini plans a masterpiece

From Bordeaux to Lens, the 1998 World Cup will be a moveable feast. Nick Bidwell spoke to the midfield wizard turned organiser about his 'competiti on of smiles'

Late developer erases the doubts

euro-spy; MAN ON THE SPOT Youri Djorkaeff (France)

Two jewels that sparkle in the summer

A glorious year for sport has two outstanding events that will light up the summer - the Olympic Games and the European Championship finals. While Atlanta, Georgia, will stage the greatest multi-sports competition of them all, the honour of hosting football's showpiece falls to England.

Collymore looks to go one step beyond

The striker who makes his England debut this afternoon has his sights set on glory. Trevor Haylett met him

Collins eases Scotland's anxiety

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`A good footballer is by nature a beautiful footballer'

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO ERIC

World Cup Diary: Turn-on for the home supporters

LIKE the tournament itself, television coverage of the World Cup in the United States has improved day by day after an uncertain start. They seem even to be cottoning on to what all the fuss is about.
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The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
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Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them altogether

Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them

Jonathon Porritt sounds the alarm
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How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
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Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz
A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
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Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
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The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
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Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on