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Real Madrid ordered to play Champions League match in partially closed Bernabeu after racist chants from fans

European champions must display 'No to racism' sign in sections where abusive chanting was heard during semi-final against Bayern Munich<p><b>Real Madrid</b> will play the first game of their <b>Champions League</b> defence next season in a partially closed stadium after Uefa charged the club over racist behaviour …

Sir Geoff Hurst: 'match fixing should carry a lifetime ban'

The hero of England's World Cup victory at Wembley in 1966 says that match fixing must carry a lifetime ban for players involved as he debated football's most pressing issues with Osvaldo Ardiles, Ricardo Villa, and Alan Smith at the Hay Festival<p>As the World Cup in Brazil approaches, The Telegraph …

World Cup 2014: Wallchart Predictor Game

Play your way through the tournament by making predictions for every match from the group stage to the final. Our wallchart simulator also has the full schedule, with all the groups, fixtures, dates, match kick-off times and venues for Brazil 2014<p>Play out the tournament by entering your predictions …

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World Cup 2014: Are Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo still essential for Italy?

England birthday boy Steven Gerrard bids fond farewell against Peru in last international game at Wembley

Captain is given a warm ovation on his departure from what is probably his last England game at Wembley<p>Thirty-four on the day of this game, <b>Steven Gerrard</b> was <b>England</b> captain for the 35th time, surpassing Alan Shearer and John Terry in the armband stakes. But there is another darker fact. Stevie G …

Arsene Wenger signs new three-year Arsenal contract 'to make more history'

Frenchman agrees new three-year Arsenal deal worth £22.5m which will run to 2017<p>Arsène Wenger claimed <b>Arsenal</b> are "entering a very exciting period" after finally signing his new three-year contract.<p>Arsenal announced on Friday that manager Wenger has put pen to paper on a new deal that will run to …

Transfer rumours: Premier League gossip and news

Transfers: Latest news, rumours and gossip for clubs in the Premier League and Europe in 2014, as Man Utd plan £90m move for Gareth Bale<p><b>• Rumour of the day:</b> Man Utd are readying a £90m offer for Real Madrid star <b>Gareth Bale</b> in January. (<b>Star</b>)<p><b>• Long shot of the day:</b> Former Chelsea defender <b>Ashley Cole</b> …

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Yaya Touré claims media took recent PSG comments ‘out of context’

• ‘There’s nothing planned’, says Manchester City midfielder • ‘I simply said it was nice to be a player who is quite coveted’<p>Yaya Touré has defended his stance regarding his Manchester City future, stating that his recent comments over a move to Paris Saint-Germain were taken “out of context” by …

World Cup 2014: Italy's shape-shifting super-powers could cause England problems in Brazil

Italy's ability and willingness to change their shape and selections during a game could be key to their progress<p>When Giancarlo Antognoni was injured in the 1982 <b>World Cup</b> semi-final against Poland, Enzo Bearzot, Italy’s pipe-smoking coach, could have named Giuseppe Dossena or Daniele Massaro in his …

Liverpool bid £16 million for Sevilla's Alberto Moreno

Brendan Rodgers makes formal approach for the Sevilla left-back, although he remains one of several full-back options under serious consideration<p><b>Liverpool</b> have bid £16 million for Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno, with midfielder Suso a possible makeweight in the deal.<p>Morena is one of several …

World Cup 2014: Patrick Vieira's predictions

Patrick Vieira anticipates which teams and players will shine at the World Cup in Brazil<p>Patrick Vieira believes that <b>Brazil</b> are favourites going into their home <b>World Cup</b> despite the pressure piled on their shoulders by the football obessed Brazillian fans.<p><b>France's</b>hopes lie in the hands of Karim …

World Cup 2014: Expectations of England are sensible, the headlines mature but how long can press-player calm last?

England enjoyed their best tournaments since 1966 with press-player relations strained (Italia '90 and Euro '96), but all quiet on the Wembley front is a welcome development<p>It's too damn quiet. It's rarely this quiet with <b>England</b> going into a tournament. Usually, there's disquiet over Dentist's …

Nigeria goalkeeper spared blushes after bizarre 'own goal’ is disallowed

Comical error by Austin Ejide is already a big hit on websites but manager defends his players against match-fixing talk<p>Nigeria goalkeeper Austin Ejide was spared the ignominy of scoring one of the most bizarre own goals in international football history last night when referee Lee Probert judged …

Yaya Toure wants Manchester City 'job for life' - agent

<b>Manchester City's Yaya Toure wants assurances he will have a "job for life" at the club, his agent has said.</b><p>The 31-year-old midfielder was said to be "very upset" by a perceived lack of respect shown him by City's owners.<p>But Dimitri Seluk says Toure wants the "same club for as long as possible" as …

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David Luiz to move to Paris Saint-Germain after Chelsea agree £50 million fee

Chelsea agree fee with PSG for sale of Brazil defender David Luiz, with French champions poised to return after World Cup with bids for Oscar and Eden Hazard<p>Chelsea have agreed to sell David Luiz to Paris St Germain for a fee of just under £50 million, and may make the shaggy-haired Brazilian the …

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Patrice Evra agrees to sign one-year deal with Manchester United

Frenchman ends uncertainty over his future despite club's pursuit of England left-back Luke Shaw<p>Manchester United captain Patrice Evra has signed a new deal at Old Trafford, keeping him at the club for another season.<p>United confirmed the news after the Premier League's retained list for the …

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Chelsea want to sign either Paul Pogba, Koke or Paulinho after agreeing £48m deal for David Luiz

Jose Mourinho hopes to reinvest money from Paris St-Germain on a powerful midfielder - and has drawn up a shortlist for owner Roman Abramovich<p><b>Chelsea</b> have agreed to sell David Luiz to Paris St-Germain for a fee of about £48million – a world-record for a defender – and are planning to invest the …

Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole on the Premier League's released list

Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole are among the players released by Chelsea at the end of their contracts, according to a list published by the Premier League.<p>Chelsea have released both Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole, the Premier League's annual list of released and retained players has revealed.<p>Various …

England must play like Liverpool at 2014 World Cup and not picking Michael Carrick a mistake, says Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes urges Roy Hodgson to pick five Liverpool players in his starting XI and copy Brendan Rodgers's "attacking style"<p>Former Manchester United star Paul Scholes has told Roy Hodgson to play like <b>Liverpool</b> if they are to have any chance of lifting the World Cup in Brazil.<p>The 39 year-old has …