World Cup Watch: Golden Boot hopefuls

In anticipation of the World Cup, The Independent will be running down the key people and factors to keep an eye out for in South Africa with our World Cup Watch series.

World Cup Countdown: 25/05/2010

17 Days to go

Mourinho had faith in man nobody wanted

It was hailed as the day that Jose Mourinho would be confirmed King of the Bernabeu but ultimately it was the man they call The Prince who made Internazionale champions of Europe. Diego Milito was not one of the five players released by Real Madrid on the pitch – more everybody's reject than a Madrid one.

How Inter's very special plan got the better of Guardiola

Josep Guardiola was not the only decorated coach put in the shade by the performance of Jose Mourinho's Internazionale team on Tuesday. Arsène Wenger's tactical acumen was also brought into question by Inter's 3-1 win over Barcelona in Milan. Against Wenger's Arsenal Barcelona looked like Gods, against Inter they appeared mortal.

Uefa must get tough on racism with £1m fines, says Anderson

England's first black international has condemned world football's attempts to rid the game of racism.

Mourinho joy as Sneijder strikes early to send Inter into last four

CSKA Moscow 0 Internazionale 1 <i>(Inter win 2-0 on aggregate)</i>

Sneijder strikes early as Inter reach semi-finals

CSKA Moscow 0 Internazionale 1 <i>(Inter win 2-0 on aggregate)</i>

Crunch time for Inter as CSKA go on defensive

Internazionale may be struggling to hold together their domestic title challenge, but there can be no doubting their quest to deliver club president Massimo Moratti's obsession of a first European Cup for 45 years, at least according to Jose Mourinho.

Catania cataclysm cheers Chelsea ahead of date with Inter

The conviction that English clubs can again dominate the later stages of the Champions' League, hardened by the second-leg matches at Old Trafford and the Emirates, was hardly weakened by the extraordinary events in Catania on Friday night. There, Jose Mourinho's Internazionale, who visit Chelsea with a slender 2-1 lead on Tuesday, prepared for the trip by suffering their heaviest defeat of the season (3-1) and their first against the Sicilians since the year Bobby Moore held up the World Cup.

Africa Cup of Nations guide

The 2010 Africa Cup of Nations gets underway in Angola this Sunday.

Mourinho breaks home jinx to send Inter through

Jose Mourinho's Internazionale ended a home winless run in the Champions League stretching back 14 months to go through to the knockout stages last night by beating Rubin Kazan 2-0.

Rooney eclipsed as Messi crowned greatest in Europe

Highest-rated English player finishes eighth as <i>La Liga</i> dominates rankings

Fate offers final word to 'The Translator'

Mourinho relishes chance to knock out his old club and defending champions Bar&ccedil;a

Playing advantage gives wider benefits

Talking point

Fiorentina star Jovetic welcomes Manchester United transfer talk

Fiorentina teenager Stevan Jovetic has welcomed rumours linking him with Manchester United but insists he has no plans to leave La Viola at the moment.

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