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

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Since this month's World Cup final, women's football has become big business in America. But in most other countries the girls' game still has more to do with fun than money. Richard Williams reports

Football: Brazil reach final without honour

THE DEFENDING champions, Brazil, beat Mexico 2-0 here on Wednesday to reach the Copa America final with a mechanical performance which betrayed their reputation for flair and had nothing to do with Pele's so-called "beautiful game."

Football:Pele refuses to support Brazil

IF BRAZIL were expecting support from their greatest ever footballer in their campaign to secure the World Cup finals, they will have to think again. Pele said yesterday that he would not be supporting his country's bid to host the 2006 World Cup. "The Brazil bid for 2006 is a complete waste of money," he said, adding that Brazil would not be ready to host the tournament for another 10 years.

Football: Harper ready to grasp his moment

FA Cup final: Newcastle put trust in inexperienced goalkeeper as manager strives to earn place in Wembley history

Football: OUTSIDE EDGE: Gazza has a magic wand

I DON'T KNOW about you but, just like Bryan Robson, I seem to have become a real sucker for the game's most outlandish character. I'm pretty sure I'm not alone either. Even our Kevin says he'll consider him for England.

Football: Hard times for working-class heroes

A tough challenge awaits Brazil's champions.

Sport Book Review: Wales fall to a 17-year hitch

WHEN PELe BROKE OUR HEARTS BY MARIO RISOLI

This week's top ten sports books

1 Wisden Cricketers' Almanack Australia 1998, (Hardie Grant Books, hardback pounds 19.99)

Boxing: Francis is too strong for Reid

JULIUS FRANCIS' mental fortitude carried him to a remarkable British heavyweight title win over Pele Reid in Bethnal Green on Saturday night.

Football: Hendrie senses new Cup glory with Tamworth

The Scottish father of an English midfield talent is preparing to relive his finest moment. By Phil Shaw

Football: Pele plays joker on 2006 bid

THE Brazilian Minister for Sport was in town yesterday, attending a charitable function in London's West End before flying on to Zurich for talks about the future of football as we know it with the Fifa president, Sepp Blatter.

Film: From goals to roles

Referees know that footballers can act. But now, thanks to Vinnie Jones and Eric Cantona, so do cinema audiences.

Football: The mysterious shadow of the Ronaldo affair

In Brazil, there is no simple explanation for what happened prior to the World Cup final. There is only intrigue.

Obituary: Eva Bartok

ALTHOUGH PUBLICISED in the Fifties as Britain's answer to Sophia Loren, the actress Eva Bartok became better known for her tempestuous private life than for her appearances in a string of generally mediocre films. By the time she was 30, she had been married and divorced four times, one of her husbands being actor Curt Jurgens, while her lovers included the Marquess of Milford Haven and Frank Sinatra. Her most notable films are two cult movies, the pastiche swashbuckler The Crimson Pirate, in which she starred opposite Burt Lancaster, and Mario Bava's horror film Blood and Black Lace.

World Cup 98: Chile given a Brazilian master class

Brazil 4 Sampaio 11, 27, Ronaldo 45 pen, 70 Chile 1 Salas 6 9 Att: 48,500
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