Krampus: Hollywood’s latest bogeyman

Every 5 December, a demon known as Krampus stalks naughty Austrian children. Now, with festivals and a film bringing the beast international fame, Holly Müller explains why the resurgence of this ancient and brutal tradition is nothing short of petrifying

Pepe ready for 'any role' to help Juve overcome injury crisis

Juventus will be hoping to end a run of three consecutive draws in Europa League Group A when they host Red Bull Salzburg tonight. The two sides drew 1-1 in Salzburg in the last round of matches and both teams need a victory to increase their chances of progressing to the next stage from a pool that also contains Manchester City.

Hildegard Behrens: Operatic soprano celebrated for her interpretations

The German soprano Hildegard Behrens was a magnificent interpreter of the heroines of Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner. At the beginning of her career she sang several Mozart roles and such German classic staples as Agathe in Weber's Der Freischütz, but as her voice grew stronger and her acting talents increased she seemed irresistibly drawn to characters such as Strauss's Salome and Elektra, Wagner's Isolde, Senta and Brünnhilde, all ladies who had very powerful feelings of one sort or another. Though she did not command the opulent tones of the usual Wagnerian soprano, she had such a keenly focussed voice that she could penetrate the loudest orchestral or choral passage, while the dramatic tension of her performances was almost tangible.

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Webb admits his mistake – allowing Poland's goal

In case he was in any doubt as to Poland's sentiments yesterday, the first question fired at Howard Webb came from a Polish reporter who asked the English referee what it felt like to be "public enemy No 1". Speaking for the first time about awarding Austria a last-minute penalty against Poland on Thursday, Webb said that he stood by his original decision and was not affected by death threats against him from, among others, the Polish prime minister, Donald Tusk.

Ireland happy to break bank to land Trapattoni

Accepting a job to spend more time with your family is not always the greatest endorsement, but with Giovanni Trapattoni being unveiled as the new manager of the Republic of Ireland yesterday it undoubtedly amounted to an astonishing coup.

Visit Barcelona

The mountains meet the Med in the fun and frenetic Catalan capital. This is a great city on its way to even better things