James Lawton: Arrogant Benitez's surreal fall has been rapid even by Italian standards

Most careers in football tend to erode down the years. But in Rafa's case, the process could hardly have been faster had it been spliced into a Chaplin movie

At least England win the prize for best delivery

Hopeless, tear-jerking, impressive or brief. Sam Wallace judges the four presentations

Mancini facing winter of sheikh's discontent

Manchester City 0 Birmingham 0

I have anaemia, says 'exhausted' Sneijder

Internazionale star Wesley Sneijder has been diagnosed with anaemia after passing out at halftime in Saturday's Serie A match with Brescia.

Sneijder rules out return to Real Madrid

Internazionale playmaker Wesley Sneijder has ruled out making a return to former club Real Madrid later on in his career.

Spurs stun European champions at the Lane

Tottenham Hotspur 3 Internazionale 1

Sneijder signs new Inter Milan contract

Internazionale's Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder has ended speculation about his future by putting pen to paper on a contract extension to keep him at the San Siro until the summer of 2015.

Moratti stunned by Ballon d'Or snub for Milito

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti is stunned that striker Diego Milito was not included in the 23-man shortlist for the new FIFA Ballon d'Or.

Inter Milan expect Sneijder to sign new deal

Internazionale president Massimo Moratti is confident that Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder will sign a new contract in the next few days, ending continuing speculation about the player’s future.

Ten-man Spurs lose in Milan

Inter Milan 4 Tottenham 3

Van der Vaart says Arsenal move would have been 'fantastic'

Tottenham Hotspur ace Rafael van der Vaart has suggested that he could have stayed at Real Madrid rather than leaving for first-team football in England.

Brazil star Melo came close to quitting football

Juventus midfielder Felipe Melo has revealed that he was ready to quit football following Brazil's disappointing 2-1 World Cup quarter-final loss to Netherlands in South Africa this summer.

Sneijder dismisses Real Madrid return

Netherlands international Wesley Sneijder has dismissed talk of a possible return to Real Madrid.

Inter's champions beat all-comers at Uefa club awards

Internazionale's triumph in last season's Champions League has resulted in the Italian club sweeping the board at the Uefa club awards held in Monaco last night.

Webb admits he made errors in World Cup final

Six weeks since he 'lost control' on the biggest night of his career, England's top referee has finally answered his critics
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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links