Football review 2012: The best goals of the year

A look back at the year in football

Carlo Ancelotti still has plenty to prove at Paris Saint-Germain

Usually laid-back former Chelsea manager has started to lash out as big-spending PSG underperform and talk grows about his replacement

Roy Hodgson not concerned by losing top spot in World Cup qualifying group

England boss Roy Hodgson insists he has plenty of reasons to be cheerful even though his side enter their winter hibernation outside an automatic World Cup qualifying slot.

Steven Caulker had set his sights on making his breakthrough with the Three Lions before his 21st birthday

Tottenham defender Steven Caulker achieves personal milestone with England debut

Steven Caulker achieved a personal milestone with less than two months to spare when making his England debut in last night's friendly international against Sweden in Stockholm.

Danny Welbeck celebrates scoring England’s first goal

James Lawton: Welbeck and Sterling strike up a very promising alliance

England had their disappointments at the end of a night that had promised so much

James Lawton: Early promise gives way to reality amid slack-jawed admiration of Zlatan

Waiting for Wilfried Zaha was, naturally, a matter of great compulsion.

Steven Gerrard insists there are 'still a few more chapters to be written' in his England career

Steven Gerrard insists there are “still a few more chapters to be written” with England as he prepares to win his 100th cap in tomorrow's encounter with Sweden in Stockholm.

Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona

Lionel Messi double keeps Barcelona top of La Liga pile

Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona beat Rayo Vallecano 5-0 on Saturday to continue their unbeaten start and remain top of La Liga. David Villa, Cesc Fabregas and Xavi completed the rout.

Barcelona midfielder Pedro scored a hat-trick for Spain

International round-up: Ukraine draw a blank to lift England

Ukraine managed to produce just three shots on target as they drew 0-0 away to Moldova in the other game in England's Group H.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of many high-profile PSG signings

France: Marseilles aim to prevent Paris from buying way to title

While Spain has El Clasico, France has Le Classique; another contest whose bitterness is exacerbated by political history and geographical division. The football rivalry between Olympique Marseilles and Paris St-Germain, who meet tomorrow, only goes back a quarter of a century when PSG finally began to challenge for titles. But culturally the nation's capital and biggest port have distrusted each other for centuries.

AC Milan and Inter in Cassano-Pazzini exchange talks

AC Milan forward Antonio Cassano and Inter Milan striker Giampaolo Pazzini are discussing personal terms over a surprise swap deal.

Lucas Moura of Brazil

Manchester United 'target' Lucas Moura joins PSG in €45m deal

Paris St Germain last night confirmed that they had agreed a deal with Sao Paulo for the transfer of midfielder Lucas Moura.

Robin van Persie

Manchester United 'not getting any breakthrough with Arsenal' over transfer of Robin van Persie reveals Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed Manchester United have hit a brick wall in their attempts to sign Robin van Persie from Arsenal.

Lucas Moura in action for the Brazil Olympics side

PSG in late bid for Manchester United target Lucas Moura

French club PSG are set to hijack Manchester United's move for Sao Paulo youngster Lucas Moura after launching a last-minute bid.

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