Sport Champagne would also like to see more use of television inside the stadium, ending the situation where TV viewers see more of the play through action replays than paying fans

Champagne looks to burst the bubble of the long-serving Fifa overlord in next year’s presidential elections

Transfer news: Manchester United plan double swoop for Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba - reports

David Moyes reportedly keen to sign the Juventus pair

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale both attended the Real Madrid Christmas dinner

Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and the rest of the Real Madrid squad enjoy a sophisticated, well-behaved Christmas dinner

The ever-feared Christmas party passed by in Madrid without any drama after the squad enjoyed a well-manured sit down meal together

Matt Butler: Poignant moments hidden behind Eric Bristow bravado in Sports Life Stories

View From The Sofa: Sports Life Stories, ITV

Stefan Kiessling will be the main threat to Manchester United on Tuesday, with the Bayer Leverkusen striker finishing last season as the Bundesliga's top goalscorer

Bayer Leverkusen v Manchester United: David Moyes should be confident of taking at least a point back to Old Trafford but needs to be wary of Stefan Kiessling

Leverkusen are back in the Champions League after a year's absence and Kiessling will lead their attack after topping the Bundesliga goalscorer charts last season

Going west: Alex Pritchard is one of three Tottenham prospects on loan at Swindon, who have also permanently signed three former Spurs players

The Last Word: Feeder clubs can enhance education of young over-protected Premier League players

Pampered academy hopefuls and struggling lower-League clubs may be of help to each other

Iker Casillas

Borussia Dortmund enquire over availability of Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas following Spanish captain's demotion - reports

Casillas is yet to play this season and reports in Spain have claimed that the Champions League runners-up have enquired over is availability

Steven Gerrard jumps for joy after opening the scoring last night

England 4 Moldova 0: Midfield axis Steven Gerrard and Jack Wilshere grow into a sorcerer and apprentice act

In rugby the saying is “forwards win matches, backs decide by how many”. Football, being less based on territory and lower scoring, cannot be reduced to such a simple tenet, but while goalscorers are the most prized players, international matches tend to be won and lost in the midfield engine room.

Demba Ba and Jose Mourinho

Transfer news: Mesut Ozil turns Arsenal into genuine title contenders despite Demba Ba deadline day deal collapse

Jose Mourinho worked with Ozil at Real Madrid and recognised that there is no other player quite like the German attacking midfielder

Comment: Arsenal might have left it very late - but Arsene Wenger has pulled off the signing of the summer with Mesut Ozil

Ozil transforms them from a club which world-class players leave to one which they join

Gareth Bale at a press conference announcing his move to Real Madrid at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu

Gareth Bale, his £85m transfer deal, and how Real Madrid ruined football for fans

As the dealing reaches fever pitch, Borrusia Dortmund show you can join football's big boys without buying success

A huge image of Bale has gone up in Time Square, New York

Transfer news: Gareth Bale to sit out Tottenham friendly as Real Madrid plan talks breakthrough

Tottenham Hotspur are preparing to be without Gareth Bale for their final friendly of the summer against Espanyol at White Hart Lane, as the club awaits a decisive move from Real Madrid in the saga surrounding the Welshman’s future.

Luis Suarez arrives in Bangkok with the Liverpool team

Transfer news: Luis Suarez ready to let Premier League intervene and settle Liverpool and Arsenal stand-off over £40m bid

The striker believes Liverpool are contractually obligated to accept the current bid

Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai

Manchester International Festival: Mogwai, Performing live to Zidane, a 21st Century Portrait

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.

Asier Illarramendi has signed a six-year contract with Real Madrid

Transfer Talk: David Moyes feels the heat in losing start

David Moyes hardly made the brightest start to his attempt to replace the man who won 13 Premier League titles and served Manchester United with distinction for 26 years.

New Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti will be assisted by Paul Clement and Zinedine Zidane

English coach Paul Clement joins Zinedine Zidane on Real Madrid bench alongside Carlo Ancelotti

Whatever happens to Gareth Bale, whatever happens to Wayne Rooney, there will be some British influence at Real Madrid next season.

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