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Paul Scholes performs dramatic turnaround by hailing Jack Wilshere as 'England's best player'

Just seven months ago the former Manchester United midfielder said Wilshere had not progressed since the age of 17<p>Paul Scholes has performed a dramatic turnaround by hailing Jack Wilshere as "<b>England's</b> best player" just seven months after saying the <b>Arsenal</b> midfielder had not progressed since the …

Premier League's 100 best players - where does Ryan Giggs rank amongst the greatest?

The rising price of football: the truth is fans just don’t care

Supporters' laissez-faire attitude to spiralling ticket prices means the cost of watching football will continue to rise, says Josh Warwick<p>Margaret Thatcher <b>hated football</b>, a sport for which she had little affinity and, in her eyes, was permanently stained by hooliganism.<p>Yet her laissez-faire …

The instinctive genius of Neymar

If anyone ever doubted the importance to Brazil’s World Cup chances of Neymar, they need look no further than the pitiful capitulation of Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side when the talismanic striker was unavailable for selection.<p>A newly published report published by Japanese neurologists, has tried to …

Lionel Messi to be prosecuted for tax evasion

A Spanish court has ignored a prosecutor’s request to drop charges of tax fraud against Lionel Messi and ordered the investigation into three cases of suspected unpaid taxes to proceed.<p>The prosecutor argued in June that Messi’s father Jorge and not the four-times World Player of the Year, was …

Ronaldinho available, attracting attention

Ronaldinho agreed an amicable split came following a meeting with his agent and brother Roberto de Assis and club president Alexandre Kalil.<p>De Assis said Ronaldinho and Kalil will give a joint press conference on Wednesday when the player’s future plans will be revealed.<p>“He will play until he’s 42! …

Ramirez scores fastest ever goal in Mexican League history

<b>Gustavo Ramirez scored the fastest ever goal in the Mexican League when he netted after just four seconds in the Ascenso MX second division match for Mineros de Zacatecas at home to Necaxa.</b>

Premier League approves use of vanishing spray

The Premier League will follow the World Cup’s example this season by introducing the much-lauded vanishing spray for the 2014-15 season.<p>Chief executive Richard Scudamore, said: “At the Premier League we are open to developments that enhance the competition and it was clear from watching the World …

Man at heart of World Cup ticket scandal, bailed from Brazil jail

Ray Whelan, the British director of FIFA’s marketing affiliate Match who has been at the centre of a World Cup ticket scandal in Brazil in Brazil, has been released from Rio’s Bangu prison jail on bail.<p>Whelan, executive consultant of Match Services – a subsidiary of the company that provides …

Stunning volley from Brazil is our goal of the day

July goals of the month

<b>1</b> <b>Carlos Lobaton,</b> <b>Sporting Cristal v San Simon</b><p>Sweetly struck first-time shot from just inside the opposition half that sailed over the keeper’s head.<p><b>2</b> <b>Alejandro Dominguez,</b> <b>Olympiakos v Milan</b><p>Dominguez started the move just inside the Milan half and then finished it, having controlled a cross on his …

One trophy down, five to go for Real Madrid

Real Madrid have begun the new season as they ended the last: with a European trophy. Two goals from man of the match Cristiano Ronaldo secured the UEFA Supercup just as he had contributed one to the Champions League triumph in May.<p>Back in Libson the opposition was Spanish and history repeated …

Fred penalty miss reminds world of his enduring qualities

If there was one Brazil player who might have cause to be thankful to Germany for delivering that fearful 7-1 semi-final hammering, it would be the widely mocked striker Fred.<p>For, in capitulating so feebly to the eventual winners, much of the attention for the hosts’ failings shifted from the …

Fabian Klos scores amazing volley in German Cup tie

<b>Arminia Bielefeld's Fabian Klos scored this superb volley in his team's 4-1 German Cup win against Sandhausen.</b>

Luis Suarez tells Barcelona his biting days are over

Luis Suárez has assured Barcelona fans he will not bite an opponent again.<p>In the strange, fevered world world of Luis Suarez, the headline ‘man not biting opponent,’ really does constitute news.<p>The Uruguayan was speaking after making his debut for Barcelona in a pre-season friendly match against …

Barcelona transfer ban remains in place

FIFA have rejected Barcelona’s appeal against a transfer ban, meaning the Spanish club will be unable to sign players until January 2016.<p>The Catalan outfit have confirmed they will appeal against the decision and will take their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).<p>The Spaniards were …

Furious Marcello Lippi stages one-man pitch invasion

Guangzhou Evergrande’s coach Marcello Lippi stormed on to the pitch to confront the referee after the Asian champions had two players sent off in their 1-0 first leg defeat to Western Sydney Wanderers in the Asian Champions League quarter-finals.<p>The 2006 World Cup-winning Italy coach strode on to …

Which players have turned down Manchester United

Bayern Munich striker Thomas Muller has revealed that he turned down an “astronomical” offer to join Manchester United.<p>The forward, who impressed for Germany at the World Cup, was rumoured to be a top target for new United boss Louis van Gaal.<p>“Of course,” he told <i>Bild</i> when asked if United were close …

Wayne Rooney 'chubby' says Norway player

Quote of the Day<p>“Rooney looks a bit chubby. They’re obviously good players, and many of them are on good form already after three games in the Premier League, but we’re looking forward to it.”<p>That’s fighting talk for most professional athletes, but Rooney, one suspects, will take ‘a bit chubby’ as …

Sergio Ramos tells Cristiano Ronaldo to zip it

Cristiano Ronaldo has questioned Real Madrid’s summer transfer policy, admitting he would not have made the same decisions.<p>Though Real Madrid acquired the services of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez, questions were asked when Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso – to Manchester United and Bayern Munich …

Germany strike deal with England to back bids to host Euros

The German football federation believes it is close to dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s on agreements to afford it a free run at bidding to host the full finals of the 2024 European Championship. A feature of the deal, ideally, would see Germany support Wembley for the 2020 climax and any full …