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When Stuart Williams was confronted by the emerging genius of Pele in a quarter-final of the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, the classy and constructive Welsh full-back responded with the performance of his life. That day in Gothenburg, the teenager who would soon be hailed as the greatest footballer of all time, scored the only goal of the game to eliminate valiant opponents who had upset the odds by reaching the last eight. Though deprived of their own star, John Charles, through injury, the scarlet-shirted heroes held out for more than 70 minutes against a sumptuously talented Brazilian attack, in which the prodigy combined to compelling effect with the likes of Garrincha, Didi and Zagalo.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar gets a mouthful of Wembley grass on Wednesday

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Blatter favours goal-line tech

The Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, insists he would "die" if he witnesses another World Cup goal-line blunder such as Frank Lampard's disallowed goal for England in 2010.

Harry Redknapp: Issues between the Spurs boss and Sir Trevor Brooking are dated to 1994

Brooking rift will not stand in the way of Redknapp being appointed

Sir Trevor Brooking, a key figure in the Football Association's recruitment of the new England manager, would not allow any personal issues to affect his judgement as to whether Harry Redknapp is a suitable candidate for the role, it is understood.

A view of St Andrews, the home of Birmingham City

Transfer embargo placed on Birmingham

Birmingham have confirmed the Football League have placed them under a transfer embargo after they failed to submit their club accounts on time.

Chris Huhne outside Westminster magistrates’ court yesterday. The former Energy Secretary and his ex-wife are facing charges of perverting the course of justice

Chris Huhne hires Harry Redknapp's legal team

Former energy secretary Chris Huhne has hired Harry Redknapp's legal team to fight allegations of perverting the course of justice.

DVD: Ripping Yarns (15)

This compilation of Michael Palin and Terry Jones's absurd half-hour adventure parodies from the Seventies is worth it alone for the stupendous send-up of British public schools in Tomkinson's Schooldays, in which pupils wrestle grizzly bears, beat their headmaster and are nailed to the school walls on St Tadger's Day.

Portsmouth go into administration for a second time

Portsmouth may not be able to complete season say administrators

Portsmouth administrator Trevor Birch has today revealed the club may not be able to complete the npower Championship season.

Some of the comments on Stuart Lancaster’s progress to date have have been myopic

Stuart Lancaster could be permanent England manager before end of Six Nations

The Rugby Football Union will decide on whether Stuart Lancaster is the right man to lead England on a full-time basis before the end of his RBS 6 Nations audition.

The Scarlets refused to allow Ben Morgan to stay with England

Morgan's recall for Scarlets irks England

No 8 forced to return to club rather than rest with country while Narraway chooses move to France

Millington set for Castleford debut

Grant Millington is in line to make his delayed debut for Castleford tomorrow night. The Canterbury Bulldogs prop has been sidelined with the after- effects of shoulder surgery since arriving from Australia.

Lansbury helped England to a comfortable win over Belgium

Lansbury at the double as young England close in on qualification

England Under-21 4 Belgium Under-21 0

Man jailed for golf club killing

A man was jailed for six years today for killing a 20-year-old with the broken shaft of a golf club.

Johan Cruyff in his prime for the Netherlands

James Lawton: Beware the heirs of Cruyff and Bergkamp

The Dutch can wake up in the morning disliking the hotel decor and go on strike

Sky has the bulk of rights to the Premier League

Al Jazeera 'could challenge Sky' for Premier League rights

Premier League clubs could be in for another massive television cash windfall with a serious challenge to Sky's domination of top-flight domestic TV coverage by Al Jazeera now a "realistic prospect", according to the European head of ESPN.

Markus Babbel is Hoffenheim coach; Paul Gascoigne is unlikely to reach such heights

Sam Wallace: It's not just Gazza left behind by Germans of '96

It is almost 16 years since Stuart Pearce scored his penalty against Germany in the shoot-out at the end of England's semi-final at Euro '96, a brief moment of exhilaration in what turned out to be another famous disappointment chalked up by the national team.

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