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Zinedine Zidane

Manchester International Festival: Mogwai, Performing live to Zidane,

One of the triumphs of this year’s Manchester International Festival was its capacity to create a sense of place in an unexpected space. The 5,000 who communed on the Tarmac of a city centre car park to see a relay of Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford’s Macbeth on Saturday night can vouch for that.

Zidane takes new role at Bernabeu

Zinedine Zidane will start working as Real Madrid's Director of Football from next week, the former France great said yesterday. The 39-year-old, who was voted World Player of the Year on three occasions, has been working at the Spanish club as president Florentino Perez's special adviser.

Platini: Tragedies such as Heysel changed football for the better

It is 25 years since Michel Platini scored the winning goal, a penalty, in the European Cup final. And yet the memory is a deeply unhappy one, for the goal was for Juventus against Liverpool, and the stadium was Heysel, where prior to the match 39 Juve fans had died.

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Taarabt wraps up QPR switch

Tottenham misfit Adel Taarabt has completed a permanent move to QPR for an undisclosed fee believed to be around £1million.