Football: Ferguson flags start of the serious business

Marseilles have the pedigree to threaten Manchester United's European title defence at Old Trafford tonight.

Football: Keane's return will restore United's balance

THERE ARE many naff things about the European Champions' League - the homogenised opening to matches to name just one - but Sturm Graz have capped them all. Based in Austria's second city, the club could have looked back in history to find a name for their new stadium and come up with something stylish. Instead they did the opposite.

Football: United suffocate under Ardiles blanket

Manchester United 0 Croatia Zagreb 0

Football: Champions' League - Ferguson running out of cover

Treble winners count casualties as Arsenal and Chelsea count their blessings

Football: Outlook still bright for defeated Irish

Croatia 1 Republic of Ireland 0

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Chris Donald, the founder of Viz, gives a Geordie's eye view of a Toon soap opera

Liberation of Kosovo: `Nose' on the case

A DUTCH army officer renowned for his ability to sniff out corpses will join a military identification and recovery team in Kosovo, defence officials in The Hague said yesterday.

Healing a wounded culture

Buildings are symbols of national pride. Which is why Croatia has a job on its hands.

Obituary: Slavko Curuvija

ON 11 April at 4.51 pm, two masked men killed the journalist and newspaper proprietor Slavko Curuvija in front of his own house in Belgrade. Few political killings in wartime Serbia measure up to the loss of such a prominent and respected public figure. And the symbolic value of the act is even more ominous: if the sacred cows of the Serbian elite are not safe, then who is? The threat to Belgrade's intelligentsia comes not simply from Tomahawk missiles, but from what will happen after the Nato bombing of Yugoslavia.

Holocaust trial opens in Croatia

THE FIRST Holocaust-era war crimes trial opens in Croatia today. Dinko Sakic, a former commander of Jasenovac concentration camp, is charged over the deaths of at least 2,000 people at the extermination centre south of the capital, Zagreb

Football: Collymore to seek stress counselling

STAN COLLYMORE is to seek stress counselling to help him overcome his "current difficulties."

Football: Viduka received `torrent of abuse'

CROATIA ZAGREB claimed yesterday that they had still not received the pounds 3m Celtic agreed to pay for the striker Marko Viduka. And the club insisted that if the money is not forthcoming in the next 10 days they will turn to world football's governing body, Fifa, and its European counterpart, Uefa, for guidance.

Football: Viduka pledges to play for Celtic

CELTIC'S RUNAWAY striker Marko Viduka last night begged to be left alone to get on with his recuperation from stress, after confirming his intention to restart his aborted career in Glasgow.

Football: Celtic told to pay pounds 3m Viduka fee now

THE FUTURE of Celtic's runaway striker Marko Viduka remained shrouded in mystery yesterday, as the Scottish champions were warned to pay the pounds 3m transfer fee to Croatia Zagreb for the player or face the consequences.

Football: McCann threatens to sue after pounds 3m Viduka quits

THE CELTIC chairman Fergus McCann yesterday threatened to sue Marko Viduka after the Australian player walked out on the Scottish champions without kicking a ball.
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