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Messi at start of long journey to becoming the best ever

March 22, 2010

SOCCER-SPAIN/Lionel Messi’s sublime hat-trick for Barcelona against Real Zaragoza on Sunday – his second triple in consecutive La Liga matches – provided more ammunition for those who believe he is the best player in the world.

Magical Messi needs settled side to mesmerize World Cup

March 17, 2010

Lionel Messi’s hat-trick for Barcelona last weekend has once again sparked the debate in Argentina over his indifferent form for his country.

Neuer edging ahead in German goalkeeping race

March 16, 2010

SOCCER-GERMANY/Germany have not had it easy when it comes to picking a starting goalkeeper for this year’s World Cup.

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Who will rise to the occasion and become a worthy replacement for Beckham?

March 15, 2010

SOCCER-ITALY/BECKHAMFabio Capello has plenty of options for the right midfield slot, even if David Beckham's snapped Achilles rules him out of the World Cup.

What’s happening with Adriano?

March 9, 2010

Ireland's Stephen Kelly (R) tackles Brazil's Adriano during their international friendly soccer match at Emirates Stadium in London March 2, 2010. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)

When everyone thought Adriano had definitively left his off-field problems behind and was on the way to becoming once again one of the most feared strikers in the world, writes Pedro Fonseca, the Brazil international is showing that his personal fragility still haunts him.

Maradona and the meaning of wearing the albiceleste shirt

February 12, 2010

Diego Maradona is in danger of demeaning as a coach the light blue and white Argentine stripes he graced and worshipped as a player.

Like many, Ronaldinho’s World Cup bid may have come too late

February 10, 2010

Ronaldinho has been left out of Brazil’s squad for next month’s friendly with Ireland, making it highly unlikely he will make Dunga’s list of 23 for June’s World Cup.

John Terry stripped of England captaincy – your views

February 5, 2010

John Terry has been stripped of the England captaincy following revelations about his private life.

Time for Spain coach Del Bosque to reward Valdes?

January 26, 2010

SOCCER-CLUB/It’s hard to believe Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has yet to win a cap for Spain and that he isn’t even in the running for the World Cup finals this summer.

Diouf could scupper Owen’s World Cup race against time

January 17, 2010

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/Michael Owen’s quest to find favour under England coach Fabio Capello ahead of June’s World Cup finals may have got a little harder with the arrival of Senegalese striker Mame Biram Diouf at Manchester United.