QPR the big spenders on £4m Cissé

QPR completed the £4m signing of the former Liverpool striker Djibril Cissé yesterday but were last night still waiting to agree personal terms with Fulham's £5m striker Bobby Zamora as the January transfer window looked to be closing with a whimper.

'Moses' set to exploit atomic angst to defeat Merkel in elections

It felt like an action replay of Germany's 1980s anti-nuclear protests: balloons emblazoned with the famous "laughing sun" symbol floated above longish-haired heads while laidback bodies swayed to the rhythm of an alternative female drummer troupe called Choucroute com bananas.

Ibrahimovic gives Barça the edge

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's second-half equaliser earned Champions League holders Barcelona a hard-fought draw from the first leg of their last-16 tie against Stuttgart last night. Cacau, fresh from his four-goal haul against Cologne at the weekend, had given Stuttgart a deserved half-time lead but Ibrahimovic struck just after the interval to put Barça in charge heading into the second leg at the Nou Camp.

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Lehmann takes toilet break... during play

Stuttgart goalkeeper Jens Lehmann was lucky to get away with apparently taking a toilet break during last night's 3-1 win over Unirea Urziceni, but could be facing disciplinary action after speaking out against the sacking of Markus Babbel.

Champions League: The key battles for the British teams

Liverpool, Arsenal and Rangers begin their Champions League campaigns, all with high hopes, if some higher than others. But as they face Debrecen, Standard Liege and Stuttgart respectively, what are the key battles in that first hurdle?

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