Rooney shortlisted for Europe's best club player award

Wayne Rooney is the only Premier League player on the 12-man shortlist for Uefa's Club Footballer of the Year. Internazionale, who won the Champions League under Jose Mourinho, have five and Barcelona four.

Let the power games begin: Ferguson starts on back foot

Rooney, Carrick and Ferdinand join long list of worries to leave squad 'not in great position' / United manager admits that Chelsea are the team to catch in the title race this season

De Jong blames Fifa for final debacle

Nigel de Jong is laying the blame for Sunday's World Cup final debacle firmly at FIFA's door.

Juande Ramos: Spain can improve and dominate for years, but others can look and learn

The scenes in Madrid yesterday when hundreds of thousands welcomed home the World Cup winners and celebrated Spain becoming only the eighth nation to win the trophy were extraordinary, a homecoming fit for a team that has demonstrated to the world that flowing, creative football can triumph against all kinds of forms of negativity that stand in its way. It is a homecoming that feels like an important moment for football. Why? Perhaps not simply for what has been achieved, but for what is to follow. For I believe there is genuine cause to believe that this young team can rule the world for years to come.

Sam Wallace: It is far too easy and lazy to blame the referee this time

In what will have been the proudest moment of their careers, Howard Webb and his two linesmen Darren Cann and Mike Mullarkey were booed by Dutch supporters when they went up to receive their World Cup final medals on Sunday.

Howard Webb flies home to his family, insults ringing in his ears

Two years ago Howard Webb became the most hated man in Poland. This morning he will return to his home in Rotherham having added Holland to his list of no-go nations, following his record-breaking performance as the referee in Sunday's fractious World Cup final.

Goals stood little chance against flooded midfield

Anyone who thought last night's match was going to be an end-to-end thriller has not been paying attention this past month. Caution has been the underlying theme of this World Cup. In that sense, the finals got the final it deserved, if not the excellent and joyous hosts. There have been some rivetting matches, but they have usually occurred when one team has been chasing a goal, either because they needed to win the match, or because their opponents had scored early.

Andy Cole: Centre-forwards are dying out – Sneijder is a new breed of goalscorer

If the quality of the football at this World Cup has been called into question, there can be no argument about the fact we have seen some scintillating performances from attacking players and some stunning goals. For obvious reasons, I have been studying my fellow strikers closer than any other players in South Africa and the race for the Golden Boot has been thrilling.

James Lawton: The football finally came good. The hosts shone from the start

The Independent's Chief Sports Writer on the privilege of watching a joyful World Cup

James Lawton: Defeat of Dutch spoiling tactics is a victory for all who dared hope for more

The Dutch battle plan was, unlike that of Spain, to spoil and harass and then strike out for any possibilities that might come their way. It might just have come off

It goes beyond sport, our country deserves this, says Del Bosque

Spain's triumphant players will return to Barajas Airport in Madrid today at 1pm with thousands expected to greet them. After a month in South Africa, Vicente del Bosque's team had won the hearts of the whole nation even before they lifted the World Cup for the first time in the country's history.

Spain win the World Cup in extra-time

Holland 0 Spain 1

Manchester United deny making Sneijder bid

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson insists he has not made a bid for Holland midfielder Wesley Sneijder.

'Pretty football gets you nowhere,' say Dutch

Unified Holland believe this is their time as fired-up Robben claims 'I don't need friends, I want to be a world champion'

Dutch self-belief is strong enough to deny the artists

Spain's beautiful game may meet its match in Sneijder's steel
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