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

Football: Welsh hopes shattered by Tomasson

A REMARKABLE fightback by Denmark in Naples last night put paid to Wales' hopes of reaching the European Championship finals.

Football: Road to Euro 2000 - Alexandersson keeps Sweden on course

SWEDEN ARE poised to secure the automatic place in the finals from England's Euro 2000 qualifying group after they beat 10-man Bulgaria 1-0. Victory in Luxembourg on Wednesday would guarantee first place in Group Five, leaving England to scrap for a play-off place.

Football: Batty proves a hard man to dislodge

England's midfield was exposed before Scholes' exit.

Football: Riot angers Ronaldo

RONALDO YESTERDAY hinted he might consider leaving Internazionale if the club's angry fans repeat attacks against him and other players. The Brazilian said that he accepted being heckled after last Sunday's 3-1 home defeat by Udinese but that the violence which followed in Milan was intolerable.

Football: United convert horror into joy

European Cup: Ferguson runs gamut of emotions as his players produce one of competition's great performances

Football: There will be a price for victory

While plenty celebrate Murdoch's rebuff, Ferguson's expansionist dreams are at risk

Football: Zidane's commanding role

SAME OLD lady, same old story. Again Juventus, La Vecchia Signora, threaten to thwart the ambitions of Manchester United, thanks once more to the brilliance of a man who took the pitch at Old Trafford last night looking like a hospital case.

Football: Fruit of years of fudging and fear

EVER SINCE footballers stopped wearing bicycle clips and counting the notes in their wage packets, people have been saying that what England need is an inspirational manager who'll fill out the team sheet, give the players a slap on the back and a cheerful word, and send them out to enjoy themselves. Remember, they say, the careless rapture of Joe Mercer's brief term. And imagine what old Cloughie would have done, given the chance. According to this theory, it's not much more than a weekend job. Instead, we've been given a series of men bowed down by diagrams, dossiers and doubts even before they faced their first press conference.

Football: Embarrassment of no riches

Wilkinson left bemused as England are bewitched by the sorcery of champions of a different world

Football: Owen relegated to shadows

AFTER ALL the hype about England's embarrassment of striking riches and the presence of three of Arsenal's fabled back four in Howard Wilkinson's first line-up, it was left to one of Highbury's French attackers, Nicolas Anelka, to provide the frisson of flair at Wembley.

Football: Lemerre's switch proves decisive

Friendly international: Subtle Gallic skills orchestrated by Zidane overcome home side's directness on exhilarating evening

Football: England at a loss after Hoddle

ENGLAND HAD a new, albeit temporary coach, and employed a new approach, but their performance against France, football's World Cup holders, hardly heralded a new dawn. England lost 2-0.

`We are bored together. We fight together'

France is beating its breast over the latest outbreaks of violent racism among its youth. But down in the banlieues, kids of all colours are only fighting to get out.

Real living: Man's World

IN THE days before Glenn Hoddle's dismissal, some commentators, tired of attacking the man himself, started attacking his name. Hoddle, they delightedly realised, rhymes with "twaddle". It's also, of course, reminiscent of "hobble", and therefore didn't seem to suit the man when he was a player of great fluidity. Now ... well, Hoddle seems to be growing into his name.

Football: The boom that followed the glory

Return to France 98: Both the hosts and the Caribbean outsiders have benefited from the World Cup effect
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