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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.

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Winning at all costs is not for Big Ben

After pioneering goalline technology with a twist in his first Carling Cup final, Ben Foster will do it again if Birmingham City's tussle with Arsenal today ends in a shoot-out. But the image of a goalkeeping geek is at odds with a laid-back approach to his trade and an aversion to the "win-at-all-costs" regime he experienced at Manchester United.

Outside the Box: It was 20 years ago today, Ryan Giggs taught them how to play

Twenty years ago, Manchester United sent on a young winger formerly known as Ryan Wilson for his first-team debut as a substitute at home to Everton. They lost 2-0 but things improved, and a remarkable two decades of life at the top are completed shortly after the modest Welshman was named by supporters as United's greatest ever player.

Player at heart of betting scandal reveals illegal gambling is rife

Andy Mangan, who served FA ban, says envy of Premier League lifestyle drives corrupt practices in lower divisions

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Flynn prepared to throw youngsters into Wales fray

Wales caretaker manager Brian Flynn insists he will have no concerns about blooding some of the country's young players when he names his squad for next month's Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Switzerland.

Flynn confirmed as caretaker and hints at Wales recall for Giggs

Brian Flynn is far from being the front-runner for the Wales job on a permanent basis, few caretaker managers ever are. But after being appointed interim manager yesterday for the next two Euro 2012 qualifiers, the former youth team coach indicated he would like to take the job on, and hinted at trying to coax out of international retirement some of the stars who quit the Wales set-up under his predecessor, John Toshack.

Flynn set for caretaker role as Wales manager

It looked as if the Football Association of Wales had decided to buy itself time last night as reports emerged that it had asked Brian Flynn to take charge of the national team for next month's Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Switzerland.

Toshack was not forced out claim Wales

John Toshack stood down as Wales manager reluctantly yesterday after telling his bosses he was willing to continue in the post. The official line is that the 61-year-old has had his employment with the Football Association of Wales terminated by mutual consent but Toshack wanted to remain in the job for the next two Euro 2012 qualification matches before reviewing the situation.

Europa League round-up: Celtic routed on night of gloom for Scottish teams

Rangers will be flying the flag for Scotland in Europe after Celtic, Motherwell and Dundee United all crashed out of the Europa League last night.

Stoke sign Walters from Ipswich

Stoke have announced the signing of Jon Walters from Ipswich for an initial £2.75million.

New Saints to break new ground against Anderlecht

Anderlecht's players admit they know nothing about their opponents, but the Belgian champions would be well advised not to underestimate The New Saints when the two teams meet tonight at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham for the first leg of their Champions' League third qualifying round tie.

Outside the Box: Oswestry breaking new ground with slot in Champions' League

Those who have not been paying attention to the small print on the results pages may be unaware that not only is a new Champions' League campaign under way, but that this week England will have a new venue for the world's grandest club competition. Joining Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge and the Emirates – and beating White Hart Lane to the punch – is The Venue at Park Hall in the Shropshire town of Oswestry (population 15,613). It's the home of Welsh Premier League champions TNS, which now stands for The New Saints (of Llansantffraid and Oswestry) rather than the name immortalised by Jeff Stelling on Sky's 'Soccer Saturday' in his catchphrase: "They'll be dancing in the streets of Total Network Solutions." TNS is a result of the merger of Llansantffraid and Oswestry Town, one of the world's oldest clubs, in 2003. They became The New Saints in 2006 and moved over the border to the new ground in 2007. The year before, in a Champions' League appearance, they had been drawn against the holders Liverpool and put up two commendable performances before losing each leg 3-0, the home game being played at Wrexham. On Tuesday, TNS meet Bohemians of Dublin in the second leg of their second qualifying round tie, having lost the away leg 1-0 last Wednesday.

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