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

Xabi Alonso is reported to want ‘one more foreign adventure’

Xabi Alonso could follow Jose Mourinho to Chelsea in 'cheap' deal

Chelsea could benefit from two-for-one offer if manager makes return to Stamford Bridge

JLS to perform at charity football match between Manchester United and Real Madrid

Chart-topping boy band JLS will be the headline act at the opening ceremony of a charity football match between Manchester United and Real Madrid legends.

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History of fascinating encounters between the two European heavyweights

Douglas Gordon's latest film will be unveiled to audiences at the Berlin Film Festival next month

Messi tipped to pick up fourth award after stellar year

Lionel Messi is poised to win a fourth Ballon d'Or tonight, making him the most decorated player in history after his achievement of becoming the highest-scoring player in a calendar year. The Barcelona forward is up against Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta for the award, which takes place at the Kongresshaus in Zurich.

Eden Hazard: It was sad Roberto Di Matteo went - but that's football

Eden Hazard is happy with his start at Chelsea but admits he was sorry to see the manager who signed him sacked so soon, he tells Sam Wallace in his first English newspaper interview

Robin Scott-Elliot: So far outside the box that it moves the goalposts, in a post-ironic way

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Omar Sy, placed third in the poll

A French paradox: multicultural celebrities are popular, but so is Le Pen

Racist? The French? Hardly, if a popular annual poll of the most admired celebrities in France is to be believed.

Laurent Blanc expects a 'spicy encounter'

Oh no, not France! Blanc reveals Capello's big fear

England manager told French counterpart he was dreading being drawn together

Jose Mourinho cements power at Real Madrid

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has strengthened his position at the Bernabeu by becoming head of football operations.

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.

United complete Young signing but miss out on Varane to Real

Villa winger agrees £17m deal as Zidane persuades promising defender to head for the Bernabeu

Paul Scholes denies he was a nasty player

Paul Scholes has rejected the theory there was any malice behind his infamous tackling technique.

Wenger confirms Cardiff return for Ramsey

Aaron Ramsey returned to his first club Cardiff City on loan last night to continue his recovery from injury.

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