Sport Ronaldinho with Scolari

Brazilian legend improves his chances of making the Brazil squad by securing Turkish move

Manchester United refused Costa trial

A proposed trial at Manchester United for Douglas Costa will not go ahead according to reports today.

Ronaldo and Ronaldinho overlooked by Brazil

Off-form Ronaldinho was left out of Brazil's squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers and the Confederations Cup.

Mourinho hits back at jeers

Internazionale coach Jose Mourinho turned on the fans who jeered his players during Saturday's 2-0 victory over Lazio.

Robinho defends his City record

Brazilian insists he is 'playing well' despite lack of goals this calendar year

Sushinho, 312-314 King's Road, London SW3

Brazilian-Japanese fusion cuisine? No, I've never heard of it either. Pacific Rim cuisine, yes. French-Hawaiian cooking, sure. Anglo-Thai-Vietnamese, OK. But combining the food of Rio and Tokyo on the same menu seems bizarre. Brazil has given the world's restaurants enormous slabs of seared meat, cassava and a bean stew called feijoada in whose black depths disgusting porky intestines can be found lurking. Japan, by contrast, deals in sushi, sashimi, miso, tofu and soy, and emphasises subtlety and visual delicatesse in its toy dishes. The food cultures couldn't be more different. Yoking them together is like persuading Ronaldinho to consort with the comic-strip heroine from an anime film. But I'm told that Sao Paolo houses the largest Japanese population after Japan itself, that it's a century since the first immigrants arrived and that Liberdade (or Japan Town) is crammed with cleverly adapted sushi joints. Some form of mongrel cuisine has clearly become popular in the south American metropolis. What can it be like?

Ronaldinho rift means Milan's golden boy is on the market

The €100m (£91m) which Manchester City have offered for Milan's Kaka would be tempting for any club, even one whose owner, the Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, has a personal fortune of $9.4bn (£6.4bn). But Milan's change of heart about a player previously described by Berlusconi as "not for sale at any price" is not solely about money.

Beckham makes Milan debut

David Beckham made his long-awaited AC Milan debut today as the Serie A giants beat Hamburg 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw in Dubai.

Sport : top in 2008

Not surprisingly, the Olympics dominated your reading of the sports pages this year.

Football: most read in 2008

The transfer market provided the most fevered reading for football fans on the Independent website this year.

Dean Saunders: The only way is up

Dean Saunders waited a long time before taking the managerial plunge, but tells Ian Herbert why he is convinced he can succeed at non-league Wrexham

Ronaldinho takes the wind out of Pompey sails

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Adams primes Pompey for 'most prestigious game'

The Portsmouth manager, Tony Adams, fears the hungry understudies to the stars at mighty Milan might be the biggest threat to his team's ambition of winning the "most prestigious game this club will ever play" tomorrow night.

Adams fears AC Milan understudies

Portsmouth manager Tony Adams fears the hungry understudies to the stars at mighty AC Milan might be the biggest threat to his team's ambition of winning the "most prestigious game this club will ever play" on Thursday might.

Ronaldinho will share free kicks with Beckham

Ronaldinho will share free kick-taking duties with David Beckham when the England midfielder joins AC Milan on loan from Los Angeles Galaxy in January.

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