Sport Spain are out of the World Cup after a 2-0 defeat to Chile

The Chelsea boss heaped praise on Chile and Netherlands after La Roja crashed out of the World Cup

Pepe Mel, a history buff and published author, won promotion at Betis with little money

'Traveller' Pepe Mel's history is good news for West Bromwich Albion

After waiting 26 days to learn the identity of their new manager, West Bromwich Albion fans could be forgiven for feeling a little underwhelmed by the appointment of Pepe Mel as Steve Clarke’s successor.

West Brom's new manager Pepe Mel will watch from the stands during Saturday's Premier League encounter with Southampton

West Brom appoint Pepe Mel: Who is the new manager?

The Spaniard was seen as something of left-field choice to replace Steve Clarke

Michael Laudrup and David Moyes had mixed emotions after Swansea knocked Manchester United out of the FA Cup via a 2-1 victory

Manchester United v Swansea: United will 'bounce back' predicts Michael Laudrup

The Swans will be hoping to inflict a fourth consecutive defeat on United this weekend

Alvaro Negredo

Manuel Pellegrini praises striker Alvaro Negredo as the perfect addition to his Manchester City squad

Negredo has scored 18 goals this season in all competitions after netting his second hat-trick in the 6-0 League Cup semi-final win over West Ham

Rio Ferdinand (R) has admitted that he tried to persuade Cristiano Ronaldo (L) to return to Manchester United last summer

Transfer news: Rio Ferdinand reveals he tried to persuade Cristiano Ronaldo to return to Manchester United

Ronaldo's future was thrown into question until he signed a new contract with Real and Ferdinand admits that the chance of an Old Trafford homecoming has probably gone

Pepe Mel was sacked by Real Betis six weeks ago

West Brom appoint Pepe Mel: Premier League strugglers gamble on former Real Betis manager

The 50-year-old was the club's 'No 1 candidate' to replace Steve Clarke

The Sport Matrix: Friday 10 January

Defiant Allardyce: West Ham will ‘come out fighting’

Bryan Ruiz has started just one match under Rene Meulensteen

Transfer news: Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz may cut losses and head to Real Betis

The Costa Rica international has fallen out of favour

Xabi Alonso

Transfer news: Chelsea and Manchester City 'target' Xabi Alonso ends speculation by signing new Real Madrid deal

Local media reports the former Liverpool midfielder has agreed a two-year extension

Eurozone unemployment rate remains stable at 12.1%

Eurozone unemployment was stable in November, prompting some analysts to suggest that the region’s problems might be beginning to abate.

Andy Murray: 'A player has to deliver, it's nothing to do with how much he cost'

Australian Open 2014: Andy Murray seeded fourth for Melbourne tournament

The British number one cannot face Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal until the semi-finals

Pope Francis appears to have been captured on video performing an exorcism in St Peter’s Square

Catholic church trains more priests to perform exorcisms

The diocese in Italy is training priests to meet increasing demand for exorcisms

UK Porn trends: From 'Lisa Ann' to 'British', Pornhub reveals what we search for

Pornhub reveals the most popular porn search terms in Britain

Real Madrid’s sporting director Zinedine Zidane (left) held the fort when Jose Mourinho left

Pete Jenson: Manchester United should learn two heads can be better than one, as proved by Europe's director of football model

A Different League: Directors of football have failed in England as they are seen as a threat to coaches

Alvaro Morata’s first-team chances have been limited at Real

Transfer news: Arsenal move for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata set to be blocked by Carlo Ancelotti

Arsène Wenger is looking to buy a striker after Theo Walcott ruptured a knee ligament on Saturday

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