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Patrice Evra omitted from France squad

France left back Patrice Evra was omitted from the squad for next week's friendly against Brazil despite having served a five-match ban for his infamous World Cup walkout.

Aston Villa move closer to £6.5m Jean Makoun deal

Aston Villa are close to completing the signing of Lyon midfielder Jean Makoun after manager Gerald Houllier held "positive talks" with his former club.

Aston Villa close to £6.5m Jean Makoun deal

Aston Villa are close to sealing a £6.5million deal to sign Lyon midfielder Jean Makoun.

Gignac underachieving at Marseille

Andre-Pierre Gignac has scored just one league goal in nearly five months with Marseille and is turning into the local fans' scapegoat following an expensive transfer this summer.

Champions League: Team-by-team guide

Following the draw for the last-16 of the Champions League, we take a look at the teams still involved.

Samir Nasri named French footballer of the year

Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri has been voted French player of the year by France Football magazine.

Roman settlement found on historic estate

A Roman settlement brimming with ancient artefacts and human remains has been unearthed on a building site in west London, it was revealed today.

Mourinho demands more ambition from Benzema

Real Madrid head coach Jose Mourinho believes striker Karim Benzema must show more ambition if he is to become a genuine world-class talent.

The Sustainable Planet: three days of debate, opinion and discussion

The Independent, along with Libération and la Repubblica, hosted a forum on The Sustainable Planet in Lyon on 24, 25 and 26 September, gathering politicians, environmental scientists and heads of business from across Europe to take part in a number of debates on the state of our planet.

Nature Studies by Michael McCarthy: The missing contribution to the great debate of our age

Anyone who saw the Hollywood movie Gladiator will remember its villain: the demented young Roman emperor Commodus, played by Joaquin Phoenix. The most vivid historical picture we have of Commodus is by Edward Gibbon in his Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire; Gibbon hated him because he felt it was with Commodus that the Roman rot set in, after four emperors who had ruled wisely and well, the last being Commodus's own philosopher-father, Marcus Aurelius.

Houllier looks to bring in former colleague

New Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier is hoping to appoint one of his former Liverpool backroom staff - Patrice Bergues - at Villa Park.

Celtic hope home fervour can overturn Braga's three-goal lead

Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-yueng claims his team can "smash" Sporting Braga at Parkhead tonight, despite losing 3-0 in Portugal last week.

Hooper: Forrest can fill McGeady's shoes

Celtic striker Gary Hooper believes James Forrest can fill the void created by Aiden McGeady's absence during tomorrow's Champions League clash against Sporting Braga.

Sissoko claims Manchester City interest

Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko claims Manchester City and Lyon have expressed an interest in him.

McLeish delighted by Zigic's early arrival for life with Birmingham

Birmingham striker Nikola Zigic will report for duty after only a mini-break following the World Cup to have time to adapt to the Premier League for the new season.

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James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

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Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

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How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

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Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

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Tim Minchin interview

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Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album