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Audience with giants puts things in perspective

Glenn Jackson It's been a tough week for Manchester United. About the same time as they were arriving in Sydney, it was announced that the touring club had lost its title as the world's most valuable sporting team.

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United step up bid for Fabregas

Cesc Fabregas

Manchester United manager David Moyes on Monday revealed he has stepped up his pursuit of Cesc Fabregas after making a second bid for the Barcelona midfielder.

Real Madrid cool on Bale, Manchester United remain in picture

Gareth Bale

Pete Jenson and Mark Ogden Real Madrid's interest in Gareth Bale appears to be cooling after head coach Carlo Ancelotti told club president Florentino Perez that he did not consider the Tottenham player integral to his plans...

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Ten to watch this EPL season

Roberto Soldado

Dominic Bossi Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata, Mile Jedinak and more: the players to keep your eye on as the season kicks off.

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Ronaldo fury at Ozil's exit from Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo.

Pete Jenson Real Madrid's decision to sell Mesut Ozil to Arsenal has sparked a backlash from the Spanish club's most senior players.

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Spain, Italy, Germany on course for Cup qualification

Barry Whelan Spain, Italy and Germany moved close to World Cup qualification, while Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick for Portugal on Friday.

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Lionel Messi hat-trick sweeps Ajax aside as Chelsea suffer shock loss

Lionel Messi.

Barnaby Chesterman Lionel Messi hit a hat-trick as Barcelona began their Champions League campaign with a 4-0 win over Ajax on Wednesday but Jose Mourinho's Chelsea suffered a shock home defeat.

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Mariners prepare for Lippi service

Michael McGlinchey

Sebastian Hassett Fresh from the euphoria of finally breaking through for their first A-League grand final win after four attempts, the Central Coast Mariners are on the cusp of more history - and a showdown against...

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Lewandowski hits four as Dortmund rout Real

Robert Lewandowski.

Ryland James Poland striker Robert Lewandowski netted all four goals in Borussia Dortmund's 4-1 win over Real Madrid in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final, first-leg to strengthen the possibility of an...

Dortmund drive home German dominance

Henry Winter Football's coming home and it will be striding through the Wembley door wearing lederhosen and yellow-and-black shirts.

The whistle finally blows

(FILE PHOTO) Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has announced that he will retire at the end of the season after 26 years in charge. ABERDEEN, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 12:  Sir Alex Ferguson looks on during the pre-season friendly, match between Aberdeen and Manchester United at Pittodrie Stadium on July 12, 2008 in Aberdeen, Scotland.  (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)

You can still see the boy in Sir Alex Ferguson, even now we have reached the end. The elder statesman who called a halt after 27 years at Manchester United needs a hip replacement and feels he has...

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Is this the best XI of Fergie's 26-year reign?

Manchester United's Scottish manager Alex Ferguson kisses the Premier League trophy at the end of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on May 12, 2013. Ferguson said farewell to Old Trafford with a typically passionate speech after his side's 2-1 victory over Swansea in his final home match in charge of the team. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES 

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Shane Brady Picking a best first XI from Fergie's 26-year dynasty at Manchester United might appear easy at first - until you get down to the nitty gritty. But here goes.

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Winners and losers from the Van Persie deal

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Mark Ogden and Jeremy Wilson examine what the Van Persie deal means for the buyers and the sellers.

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Worst miss ever? Brazilian Neymar shows how not to take a penalty

Neymar

You've seen one of the best goals in the world. Now, watch one of the worst penalty misses of all time.

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City stares at second early exit from Champions League

Chris Wright Manchester City's first tilt at Champions League glory ended in a heartbreaking group stage exit a year ago from a tough group - though the club then went on to lift the English Premier League crown.

Chelsea off pace in title race as Manchester duo dominate

Robin van Persie

Ian Whittell MANCHESTER: Alex Ferguson predicts a long, hard English Premier League title race with champions Manchester City after his team opened up a seven-point gap over rivals Chelsea.

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Messi, Ronaldo, Iniesta up for award

Sao Paulo Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta have been shortlisted for this year's Ballon d'Or.

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De Vanna tweets up a storm

Heather Reid.

David Polkinghorne An accusation from Perth Glory playmaker Lisa De Vanna has erupted in a Twitter war.

Ronaldo and Iniesta are greats, but Messi's outrageous skill puts him in a league of his own

Lionel Messi

Paul Hayward Lionel Messi is monopolising the world-player-of-the-year title the way his feet dominate the ball. The little maestro's magnetism has kept the prize in his possession for a fourth consecutive year.

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Messi, Ronaldo in La Liga goal fest

Cristiano Ronaldo (left) celebrates a goal with teammate Mesut Ozil.

Dermot Ledwith Lionel Messi hits four and Cristiano Ronaldo a hat-trick as Barcelona and Real Madrid enjoy respective 5-1 and 4-0 victories over Osasuna and Getafe.