Uncompromising: Mark van Bommel

Netherlands captain Mark van Bommel begrudgingly quits international football

Following the Netherlands' dismal exit from Euro 2012, captain Mark van Bommel has announced his international retirement.

Shinji Kagawa is due to join Manchester United

Park Ji-sung backs Shinji Kagawa for success at Manchester United

Midfielder Park Ji-sung believes new signing Shinji Kagawa will become Manchester United's next successful Asian import.

Alan Dzagoev scored two goals to take Russia to victory over the Czech Republic

Russia coach Dick Advocaat plays down expectations ahead of Poland match

Russia coach Dick Advocaat tried to play down expectations as his side head into their second Euro 2012 Group A fixture against hosts Poland.

Russia head coach Dick Advocaat

Dick Advocaat says Russia could be Euro 2012 dark horses

Russia face the Czech Republic in their Euro 2012 Group A opener tonight with coach Dick Advocaat believing they are dark horses to win the tournament.

Shinji Kagawa has spent two seasons at Borussia Dortmund

Manchester United to sign Shinji Kagawa

Manchester United have made their first signing of the summer after confirming they have “reached agreement” to buy Shinji Kagawa from Borussia Dortmund.

Dutch put faith in youth to boost defence

Attack may be the best form of defence for Holland after their coach Bert van Marwijk turned to an 18-year-old newcomer, Jetro Willems, to fill the troublesome left-back position.

Slaven Bilic

Slaven Bilic set to quit as Croatia manager after Euro 2012

Slaven Bilic has announced that he will step down as coach of Croatia's national team after Euro 2012.

Frank de Boer leads Ajax to Eredivisie title after overcoming injuries and boardroom disputes

Ajax coach Frank de Boer has led the club to their 31st Eredivisie title, his second championship triumph in just 16 months at the Dutch giants.

Erik Pieters

Holland left-back Erik Pieters interested in Newcastle switch claims agent

Holland left-back Erik Pieters would be interested in joining Newcastle this summer, according to his agent.

Ismail Aissati netted for the defending champions

Ajax thrash Heerenveen to extend lead at the top of the Dutch league

Siem de Jong scored a hat trick as Ajax beat Heerenveen 5-0 to take a three-point lead at the top of the Eredivisie.

PSV lift Dutch Cup after comfortable victory

PSV Eindhoven beat Heracles Almelo 3-0 to lift the Dutch Cup yesterday, just weeks after former captain Philip Cocu took over as manager of the club.

Fred Rutten during his last game in charge of PSV against NAC Breda

Phillip Cocu replaces Fred Rutten at PSV Eindhoven

PSV Eindhoven have sacked coach Fred Rutten following poor recent form which has threatened their title hopes.

Valencia's Jonas, right, celebrates after scoring against Stoke City

Jonas ends Stoke's European adventure

Valencia 1 Stoke City 0 (Valencia win 2-0 on aggregate)

Suarez refuses the hand of Evra

Luis Suarez 'does stupid things' says Ajax coach

Ajax coach Frank de Boer has admitted Luis Suarez is capable of "some stupid things".

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The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
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Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003