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The Portuguese star is determined to lead his country to victory over the USA despite nursing a knee injury

Keane, Southgate and another difference of opinion

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Midfielder was sent off during Manchester United's Champions League defeat to Real Madrid

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Real Madrid manager is among the favourites to replace Ferguson when he retires

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: What are prices like in Madeira?

Q. I am going to Madeira in May and would like to know the prices for eating out, and also the cost of drinks.

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Jose Mourinho to have street named after him in home town of Setubal

Real Madrid coach arguably most successful ever Portuguese manager

Leandro Damiao and Emmanuel Adebayor

Tottenham line up Leandro Damiao and Eder to replace Emmanuel Adebayor

Andre Villas-Boas prepared to let the Togo striker leave this summer

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Portugal’s Prime Minister, Pedro Passos Coelho, could face a tax probe after a protest group “hijacked” his national insurance number.

Eurozone strugglers to win more time to cut their deficits

European Commission to extend deadlines as it slashes growth forecasts
Ferguson on Nani: 'without doubt one of the best match-winners in the whole of Europe'

Nani can still have a future at Manchester United, says Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson has discussed for the first time the struggle he has encountered in persuading Nani to stay at Old Trafford, admitting that he has not been able to provide the guaranteed first-team football the player is demanding.

Nani has been offered a new contract but is likely to leave this summer

Nani wants Manchester United exit following Real Madrid snub

Midfielder unhappy at missing out on place in side for Champions League match at the Bernabeu

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England's dire record on language learning laid bare in international study

Findings come as former Schools Minister says he believes axing compulsory language lessons was a mistake

Fall in German output worsens recession

A shocking decline for the mighty German economy has sunk the eurozone even deeper into recession.

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Can I claim compensation for delayed flights?

Q My wife and I were on a flight from Manchester to Madeira in May 2006. It was delayed for several hours. The return flight was delayed even longer – instead of returning in the early evening, we got back early the next day. Can I claim compensation?

Barrie Wilkinson, Lincolnshire

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West Ham to make final payment to Sheffield United over Carlos Tevez affair

The Argentine saved the Hammers from relegation

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