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The Real Madrid forward must continue to work hard says the three-time World Cup winner

A Day That Shook The World: Pele's World Cup Final performance thrills crowds

On 29 June 1958, the greatest player in the history of football made his presence felt in the World Cup Final

Bolt and Pele line up to back rival stadium bids

In the claret and blue corner is Usain Bolt, in the blue and white Pele.

'Tell Him He's Pele,' by Phil Shaw

"It's my birthday tomorrow, so obviously that was an early Christmas present from the lads," said Sam Allardyce as the Blackburn manager rejoiced in victory, thus ensuring himself an entry in Phil Shaw's latest collection of football quotes.

Chelsea target Neymar signs new Santos deal

Santos have tied down their sought-after striker Neymar to a new five-year contract following interest in the teenager from clubs in Europe.

James Lawton: Will Spain join the immortals? One day perhaps, but not until they bring more goals

Great teams tend to score lots of goals in different ways. The brilliant Brazilians of 1970 tallied 19. But in South Africa, Spain scored just eight goals

James Lawton: Magic in Maradona's madness burns brighter than ever after Dunga's defeat

There is something more poignant than the traditional dismay of Brazil when they are ejected from the tournament they have reason to believe they own, this time by a Dutch team they had come to genuinely admire and fear over the last few days.

The Highlight Reel: Red-card offensive

Days after the Paraguayan President, Fernando Lugo, publicly congratulated the national team for securing their place in the quarter-finals, Senator Alfredo Jaegli used a football theme to express his disagreement with the President's performance. Jaegli donned a comical hat and brandished a mock red card during Lugo's annual address on government plans and achievements, presumably ruling the President out of the next meeting.

Brazil! Brazil! Udderbelly, South Bank, London<br/>Tap Dogs, Novello, London

A night of keepy-uppy and caipirinhas, let down by some sloppy finishing

Maradona: Charming, combative &ndash; and a great manager too?

In Johannesburg, James Lawton enters the ever-surprising world of Diego Maradona

Messi vs Maradona: Battle of the maestros

For his club he is the best player on the planet, but for his country Lionel Messi appears almost human. Could it be that Argentina's coach wants it that way? Robin Scott-Elliot investigates

Robinho eager to remain in Brazil

Robinho has admitted he would love to make his loan move to Santos permanent.

Back trouble limits Mowbray ambitions

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Great Sporting Moments: Brazil 4 Italy 1, 1970 World Cup final

To those who were there, and to the millions who watched it on television, the final of the 1970 World Cup was the consummate celebration of football, in which the good guys won - and won beautifully. Brian Viner looks back on a day of pure sporting joy.
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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

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Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

Marian Keyes

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Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

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Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

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Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

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Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

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