Sport Juan Mata could go through a Manchester United initiation, but hopefully it won't be anything like David Beckham's

Beckham was forced to perform a sexual act on himself while looking at a picture of former United star Clayton Blackmore whereas in comparison Mata is likely to sing a song

Giggs was taken off after 72 minutes last night

Giggs urges Welsh fans not to boo national anthem before Team GB face Uruguay

Ryan Giggs has called on Welsh fans not to boo God Save the Queen before Great Britain's match against Uruguay on Wednesday.

Team GB beat UAE 3-1 at Wembley last night

Stuart Pearce expect pressure to rise for Team GB following ahead of Uruguay clash

Stuart Pearce admitted the pressure on his Great Britain side would reach another level on Wednesday after watching them set-up a sudden death Olympic clash with Uruguay.

Ryan Giggs heads in Craig Bellamy’s cross at Wembley last night

Giggs and Bellamy find rhythm

There was palpable scepticism in the build-up to these Games as to the extent a hastily assembled side could compete in a major finals yet Great Britain today went within touching distance of the quarter-finals after an encouraging display at Wembley.

Ryan Giggs heads in Craig Bellamy’s cross at Wembley last night

Giggs pulls the strings as Pearce's side find their feet

Great Britain 3 United Arab Emirates 1

Giggs: 'This is different but any medal will rank highly. This would be up there'

Ryan Giggs and Team GB hoping for smoother ride against UAE in next match

Great Britain's men's team will be hoping for a less rough ride than in their opening match when they meet the United Arab Emirates at Wembley tomorrow.

Craig Bellamy scores the opening goal for team GB

GB forced to settle for a draw after Konaté's late strike

There are consolations, such as the fact that no member of Stuart Pearce's Great Britain side have been done lasting harm by their collision course with a side who ranged from uncompromising to dangerous. But the size of the challenge facing the new team of British nations was clear last night, when Senegal punctured the prospect of an opening win, with a mere eight minutes to play.

Giggs: 'This is different but any medal will rank highly. This would be up there'

Giggs hopes Games will offer home from home away from Welsh woes

Ryan Giggs didn't look much at home with "God Save the Queen" when he stood on the Middlesbrough pitch for his Great Britain debut last Friday and it will clearly take something other than the anthem to summon up that passion in him which Wales knows as hwyl. But the captain of Stuart Pearce's side will tackle the last unfulfilled ambition of his playing days – international achievement – when he takes the side out to face Senegal tonight on the turf which he has called home for 21 years.

Doctor showing Team GB how to conquer the fear factor of home Games

Marco Cardinale promotes unity and team ethic to inspire athletes

Millennium Stadium’s top tier will be shut unless Team GB play

Olympic football falls flat as half a million tickets withdrawn

Little sign of Olympic fever in Glasgow or Cardiff as Locog cuts its losses by closing off parts of stadiums

Giggs sees no reason why 2012 should be on the last Games at which Team GB goes for football glory

Ryan Giggs hopes Team GB football continues after Olympics

Team GB football captain Ryan Giggs hopes he will not be the last British player to lead a side out at the Olympics.

Ryan Giggs is the captain of the Team GB squad

FA issue warning over illegal tickets to watch Team GB

Football Association chiefs have warned fans hoping to see Team GB in action ahead of the Olympic Games against buying tickets from unauthorised websites.

Ryan Giggs to captain GB football team at Olympics

Ryan Giggs will captain the Great Britain football team at the London 2012 Olympics.

Stuart Pearce is felt at the FA to have enough on his plate already

Harry Redknapp gives Stuart Pearce 'credit for being brave' after dropping David Beckham from Olympics squad

Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes Great Britain Olympics football coach Stuart Pearce "can kiss goodbye to a knighthood" after he opted to leave David Beckham out of his squad, but hailed Pearce's bravery for selecting the side he wanted.

Jack Rodwell - Football

Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell also sidelined by Stuart Pearce for Olympics

The Everton and England Under-21 midfielder Jack Rodwell has been left out of the Team GB Olympic squad by manager Stuart Pearce, another omission after David Beckham revealed yesterday that he too had not been included in the 18-man group, which has not yet been announced.

Ryan Giggs last wore the Wales strip in 2007 but now fancies a GB shirt

James Lawton: Olympics is no place for a Giggs and Becks show

Five years ago, at a mere 33, Ryan Giggs turned his back on international football, a prudent decision, most agreed, by someone wishing to extend his career with Manchester United. But now that he wants to join David Beckham in Great Britain's Olympic team, is it too much to hope that he will be discouraged?

Voices
On the last day of campaigning before the polling booths open, the SNP leader has written to voters in a final attempt to convince them to vote for independence
voicesIs a huge gamble on oil keeping the First Minister up at night?
Life and Style
tech

Apple has been hit by complaints about the 1.1GB download

Arts and Entertainment
Pointless host Alexander Armstrong will voice Danger Mouse on CBBC
tv

Much-loved cartoon character returns - without Sir David Jason

Arts and Entertainment
Liam Neeson said he wouldn't
tv

Liam Neeson's Downton dreams

Arts and Entertainment
Actor and director Zach Braff
tv

News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Rosalind Buckland, the inspiration for Cider with Rosie died this week
booksBut what is it like to be the person who inspires a classic work of art?
Arts and Entertainment
tv

News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
The former Doctor Who actor is to play a vicar is search of a wife
film

Matt Smith is set to join cast of the Jane Austen classic - with a twist

Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Panama
Languedoc Roussillon
Marrakesh & the Atlas Mountains
Bruges
The Jura Mountains
Dubrovnik & the Dalmatian Coast
Prices correct as of 17 September 2014
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week