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Italy leave me with uova on my face

They serve three types of cooked egg at the Hotel Kharhov, located a few yards up from the fabulous fan zone in its namesake city: all are fried and arrive sunny-side up, sunny-side down or rock hard. No matter the method.

Saturday, 30 June, 2012, 12:00am

Spanish lesson can't dampen Irish spirit

They muttered the maths, doing the sums with the digits on their hands as they tried to get their heads around the group C numbers game.

'Better that Italy win against Croatia, actually,' said one hopeful fan in Irish green during the long walk through the Baltic drizzle to the ground.

16 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Lippi confident ahead of step into the unknown

World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi is taking nothing for granted ahead of today's meeting with Japan's FC Tokyo in the last 16 of the AFC Champions League. The elimination showdown represents a make-or-break test for the Italian less than two weeks into his tenure with Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande.

30 May 2012 - 12:00am

World Cup winner Lippi 'to take Guangzhou reins'

Lee Jang-soo has been sacked as Guangzhou Evergrande coach and will be replaced by former Italy World Cup-winning boss Marcello Lippi, according to mainland reports.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

Baresi: the maestro's voice

Franco Baresi delivers opinions with the same force and authority with which he used to dispossess strikers as one of the greatest defenders of all time. So when the AC Milan legend, who won the Champions League three times, says Barcelona have the edge over Manchester United in this Saturday's final, he's worth listening to.

22 May 2011 - 12:00am

Ancelotti high on Chelsea life and love affair with England

Given the well-documented struggles of Roberto Mancini and Fabio Capello, being described as 'very un-Italian' is probably one of the best compliments Carlo Ancelotti could be given one month into the Premier League season.

18 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Michael Church in South Africa

England's footballers want for nothing; the financial riches of the Premier League have created a bubble in which the highly paid and pampered elite exist both at home and away.

27 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

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Watford's Vicarage Road ground is the unglamorous destination for Guus Hiddink tonight as the globetrotting coach watches his Chelsea team in action for the first time. Hiddink will be aware that there is more glamour in the name of the FA Cup, however, and he will have worked out that this competition offers his best chance of winning silverware.

14 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Injured Gerrard must report for duty

Fabio Capello has demanded Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard report for England duty despite the Reds pulling him out of tomorrow's friendly in Germany. Liverpool had assumed Gerrard wouldn't be needed as they claimed he tore a groin muscle at Bolton last Saturday, even though he played the full 90 minutes. But Capello has still ordered that Gerrard be assessed by the FA's own medical staff.

18 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

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Derby showdowns dominate the European football arena this weekend, from Liverpool to Milan to Barcelona.

And two of those derbies provide a couple of bets to consider. Top of the list is Inter Milan, whose new manager Jose Mourinho goes into his first derby at the San Siro against AC Milan.

27 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

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