Sport Cristiano Ronaldo receiving medical attention for his knee in training

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

Postcard from... Madrid

<b>The third Ronnie</b><br/>
While not strictly an on-field accessory, Cristiano Ronaldo (who is not known to have any visual impairment) deserves inclusion for the spectacles he wore at the announcement of his new Real Madrid contract.

Wayne Rooney's headband, Cristiano Ronaldo's glasses and the strangest accessories worn by footballers

Snoods, tracking tags and masks make it into the collection

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo agrees £76m Real Madrid deal to end hopes of Manchester United return - and insists he has 'no issue' with Gareth Bale

The Portugal international was on target in his side's 2-2 draw with Villareal

Andre Villas-Boas

Andre Villas-Boas wants Tottenham to put painful defeat to Arsenal behind them

Spurs take on Norwich at White Hart Lane this weekend

Madeleine McCann pictured at the age of three, left, and as she might have looked aged nine

Madeleine McCann's mother returns to Portugal to begin libel case against claims made by ex police chief

Kate McCann will be present at first hearing over allegations made by former detective Goncalo Amaral in his book The Truth of the Lie

José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission

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European Commission President appeals to member states to redouble efforts to quell financial turmoil

Neymar departs the field after a Brazil game

Neymar shines for Brazil in 3-0 win over Portugal

World Cup hosts confirm status as one of the favourites to triumph next summer

Martin Paterson celebrates for Northern Ireland after scoring against Russia

World Cup qualifier: Luxembourg v Northern Ireland match preview

A look ahead to tonight's World Cup qualifier in Stade Josy Barthel

Fabio Coentrao

Transfer news: Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao reveals he has no regrets over collapsed move to Manchester United

Portuguese defender claims he is already at the best club in the world and is determined to fight for his place in Carlo Ancelotti's side

Martin Paterson celebrates for Northern Ireland after scoring against Russia

World Cup qualifiers: Northern Ireland v Portugal match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's World Cup qualifier at Windsor Park

Manchester United winger Luis Nani

Nani agrees new five-year contract to put an end to speculation the winger would be leaving Manchester United

Portuguese international had been linked with an Old Trafford exit but has now agreed a new deal with the Premier League champions

Portugal's Ria Formosa: Spot the exotic visitors as they fly in

Birds and planes are major features of the Ria Formosa. Sophie Lam takes to the water to explore this extraordinary lagoon

Get me out of here - cottage breaks, wine tours, ski deals

Now... Classic Cottages still has some availability for the bank holiday weekend. Examples include Apple Cottage, a well-presented barn conversion in Somerset, which sleeps two. Arriving 23 August, a three-night stay is £336. Classic.co.uk

Postcard from... Porto

Porto’s Mercado do Bolhao market, the best known of northern Portugal’s capital city, is hugely colourful and bustling. But the two-storey market’s dense, twisting patchwork of tiny sales counters and stalls, offering everything from crates of live hens to wooden domino sets, port-tasting sessions and sackfuls of dujao and mantiga beans, contrasts painfully with the battered building it occupies.

Roberto Soldado opened the scoring on his Tottenham debut with a penalty in the 50th minute

Crystal Palace 0 Tottenham 1: The latest updates from Selhurst Park

50 mins: Roberto Soldado opens his account for Spurs just after half-time from the penalty spot after Dean Moxey handled Aaron Lennon’s cross in the area. The Spaniard sent Julian Speroni the wrong way from 12 yards to put the visitors ahead.

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