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The Special One ramps up the tension ahead of Monday night's match

Goalkeeper Tim Krul admits he and his Newcastle team-mates have had a weight lifted from their shoulders

Benfica v Newcastle: Tim Krul set to return for Europa League tie

Krul has missed the past seven matches after sustaining an ankle injury

Alan Pardew said there are no mission impossibles in football

Benfica v Newcastle: Alan Pardew aiming to stop Benfica taking 11th straight win

Newcastle travel to Portugal in the Europa League

Manchester City v Newcastle preview: Shola Ameobi speaks of frustration at failure to repeat last season's highs

Shola Ameobi has admitted Newcastle's frustration at their failure to repeat last season's thrilling Barclays Premier League charge.

Joao Moutinho celebrates his goal

Champions League: Malaga v Porto match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s Champions League clash at Estadio La Rosaleda

Alessandro Matri wheels away from the Celtic goal after opening the scoring for Juventus last night

Manchester United v Real Madrid: Alex Ferguson hopes for a 'top performance' by the referee

Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir disallowed a goal for Real Madrid earlier this season

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Alex Ferguson has assisted Celtic throughout Champions League campaign, reveals Neil Lennon

Manchester United manager visited Celtic coaches

Kurt Zouma: The 6ft 2in Saint-Etienne defender has been watched by United

Manchester United eye French teenager Kurt Zouma

Manchester United have identified Saint-Etienne's French teenage centre-half Kurt Zouma as a potential acquisition and are taking an active interest in the player's current contract talks with his club.

Jonathan de Guzman netted a second half double as Swansea warmed up for their midweek cup date against Chelsea

Swansea midfielder Jonathan de Guzman called up for Netherlands friendly

Midfielder rewarded for recent displays

Eriksson: surprised by England’s ‘negative’ tactics against Italy

Former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson takes job in Emirates

The former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson is the new technical director of the United Arab Emirates club Al-Nasr, after rejecting an offer to join German Second Division club 1860 Munich.

Ezequiel Garay in action for Argentina

Manchester United 'monitor' summer transfer target Ezequiel Garay

Red Devils seeking long term replacements for current centre-backs

Alex Ferguson watches over Bebe

Manchester United misfit Bebe joins Rio Ave on loan

Bebe moved to United in a surprise £7.4m in 2010

Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas says Stoke have one of the best defences in Europe

Stoke visit White Hart Lane on Saturday

Zenit striker Hulk

Liverpool and Tottenham handed tough ties in the Europa League

Zenit St Petersburg  and Lyon await Liverpool and Tottenham, while Newcastle play Metalist Kharkiv and Chelsea face Sparta Prague.

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