The tale of the masseur and the goal-line clearance in Brazil – ‘I did it because of my love for the club’
While the back four of the Seleção has looked settled in recent months, competition for the incumbents may have emerged in the shape of a surprising late challenger.
Sponsors and rival tournaments could be in line for compensation, while holding the Qatar tournament in the summer poses other costly problems.
Premier League shirt sponsors pour record £166m into top-flight bank accounts – with Arsenal seeing the biggest rise
The combined shirt sponsorship income of the Premier League’s 20 clubs has again defied the recession by rising £18.65m year-on-year to a record £165.75m this season – with big winners but some fallers among the new deals.
To begin, a health warning. Regular readers of this column, if such things exist, should make a mug of strong, sweet tea and find a sturdy armchair in which to settle.
With painful slowness, the Brasileirão season has finally worked its way clear of Confederations Cup snarl-ups and Libertadores bottlenecks and hit the open road that will carry it through to December’s finishing line.
After The Ballad of Paul Tierney, more sport-inspired songs.
Poignant tribute song reminds us of the beautiful game’s fickle nature… and puts superstar tantrums into perspective.
A tough task lies ahead for Atlético after a 2-0 first-leg defeat, but not an impossible one.
One of the greatest footballers of his generation finds himself trying to save a fourth division football team from percolating in the depths of the French league ladder. Matthew Riding reports from Rodez on former French captain Zinedine Zidane’s plans to propel his wife’s football team, Le RAF, back up the football league.
Reporting of events in the run-up to the World Cup have not helped the situation in Brazil.
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