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Former Spurs starlet John Bostock is now on loan at Swindon but insists… I can still reach for the stars

Chased by the world at 15, former Spurs starlet Bostock is now on loan at Swindon but insists… I can still reach for the stars

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UPDATED:

01:01 GMT, 7 December 2012

At the age of 15 years and 287 days John Bostock became the most wanted teenager in world football.

Ronaldinho's signed boots were sent from Barcelona and shirts worn by Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas arrived in the post as part of the seduction process.

Now: John Bostock is at League One Swindon

Now: John Bostock is at League One Swindon

Then: Bostock at the London Nautical School

Then: Bostock at the London Nautical School

Bostock had just made his debut for
his boyhood club Crystal Palace and everybody wanted a piece of a kid
who learned his skills on the streets of Camberwell, south-east London.

Tottenham snatched him in the summer of 2008, paying 700,000 for his
talent and promising to take him all the way to the very top under
Juande Ramos.

Today, aged
20, he is on loan at League One side Swindon Town, fighting for his
place in Paolo Di Canio's team as they prepare to play in front of 6,000
fans at Doncaster Rovers.

'I'm desperate to be a footballer,' he admitted.

'I am a footballer. I want to be a top footballer. There have been
loads of setbacks at Tottenham, but then there are setbacks for players
at every club.

'I'm only human and I made a decision to leave Palace which I thought was the best for me.

'Palace fans were frustrated, but I didn't want to frustrate them – I'm
still a Palace fan and I went to every home game between the ages of
five and 15.

Bostock made his debut at 15 for Crystal Palace

Promise: John Bostock at Tottenham

Promise: Bostock at Crystal Palace (left) and Tottenham (right)

The lost boys

Freddy Adu – Age 23

Signed a reported $1m deal with Nike as a teenager and joined DC United at 14. He made the MLS All-Star team twice before joining Benfica and making his full USA debut. Loaned to Monaco, Belenenses, Aris and Caykur Rizespor before signing for Philadelphia Union.

Nii Lamptey – Age 37

Hailed by Pele as 'my natural successor' and signed for Anderlecht at 16. Scored on his Ghana debut and moved to PSV Eindhoven and then Aston Villa in 1994. He was cheated by his agent and, after playing for clubs all over the world, he returned to Ghana and now runs a football academy.

Florent Sinama Pongolle – Age 28

The U17 World Championship player of the tournament joined Liverpool in 2001 from Le Havre and scored four league goals. Moved to Recreativo de Huelva, then Atletico Madrid and Sporting Lisbon. He now plays for Russian side FC Rostov.

'Sometimes I look back and think what might have been, but I was a young player. I was hungry and I wanted to develop.'

He made a handful of Europa League appearances when Harry Redknapp
replaced Ramos, but his career has never taken off at Tottenham.

When he has the ball at his feet he
is still magical, but he has never been given the chance to thrive in
Tottenham's first team.

'When I joined Spurs I wanted to turn into the players I was playing
alongside – Berbatov, Modric, Palacios and Bale,' he added. 'They were
internationals and I aspired to be like them.

'They were some of the best players in
Europe and I was just a young man learning my trade. Before I left
Palace there was a lot of interest from some top clubs, but I was just a
young kid kicking a ball around and I tried to ignore the distractions.

'I was fortunate to have a good grounding from my parents, so that has helped.'

At times his life has been on warp-speed.

He spent the first year at Spurs living with a family near the club's
old training ground in Chigwell before he later shared an apartment with
his sister.

Bostock married when he was still a
teenager and that relationship has helped the devout Christian through
some difficult periods.

Euro test: Bostock in action against Dinamo Zagreb

Big match: Bostock made his competitive debut against Dinamo Zagreb in UEFA Cup

Chasing the dream: Bostock has also been on loan at Hull, Sheffield Wednesday and Brentford

Chasing the dream: Bostock has also been on loan at Hull, Sheffield Wednesday and Brentford

'Sometimes Harry (Redknapp) would call me into his office and tell me
where he wanted me to improve,' he added. 'I've been around for so long
that people think I'm much older, maybe 23 or 24 – but I'm not. I'm a
student of the game and I'm hungrier than ever.

'As a young player, when I made my Palace debut I dreamed of becoming a great player and playing at the highest level.

'I've had to dig really deep in the past four years and it's been a really challenging period of my life.

'There have been highs and lows, but
without challenges or resistance you can't improve. I feel as though I
am coming through.'

As part of his development strategy he was sent on loan to Hull, Sheffield Wednesday and Brentford.

It was a steep learning curve at first, adapting to the change of
environment after training with seasoned internationals at Tottenham
every day.

National service: Bostock training with England U19's

National service: Bostock training with England U19's

'This is the first time I have been on loan and been given the chance to play centre midfield, which is my best position,' he added.

'Playing football in League One is a totally different environment. I've had to adapt when the ball is up in the air a lot on a freezing cold day and develop other parts of my game.

'People want me to use my skill in the right areas and every manager I have worked under has tried to make me a more complete player. I have worked with some great people. Neil Warnock gave me my debut against Watford, Micky Hazard and Gary Issot at Palace worked with me between 13 and 16.

'Tim Sherwood, Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey all helped me at Spurs and Paolo Di Canio is a Premier League legend – he loves the game.'

After the challenge of competing for a place at Tottenham, Bostock is ready for the next one.

Juventus lose unbeaten record after 49 games to Inter Milan

49…. and out! Juventus' unbeaten Serie A run comes to an end at hands of Inter Milan

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UPDATED:

22:53 GMT, 3 November 2012

What is it about the number 49 Arsenal's invincibles powered to just that figure before being toppled by Manchester United.

And now Juventus have lost to their Scudetto rivals Inter Milan after reaching the same amount of games without suffering defeat.

This is the first time Antonio Conte's side have ever lost a game at the Juventus Stadium, which was opened on September 8 2011.

Gone: Juventus players mope after losing their record

Gone: Juventus players mope after losing their record

Punisher: Inter hitman Diego Milito struck twice

Punisher: Inter hitman Diego Milito struck twice

The Serie A champions earned the title last year by winning 23 and drawing 15 of their 38 matches.

Winning nine of their first ten fixtures this season showed they had no intentions of slowing down.

And they couldn't have asked for a better start when they took the lead after one minute with an offside goal.

Marko Vucinic played in Kwadwo Asamoah – who was a yard beyond of the last defender – and his low cross-shot was turned in by Arturo Vidal.

But Inter had no plans to let the Old Lady hit 50.

Great start: Arturo Vidal struck in the first minute

Great start: Arturo Vidal struck in the first minute

Fist pump: Milito celebrates as Juve's record come to the ground

Fist pump: Milito celebrates as Juve's record come to the ground

Diego Milito was fouled in the penalty area and slammed home the resultant spot kick.

He struck again 15 minutes later after Buffon parried a Freddy Guarin drive.

Rodrigo Palacio sealed the deal when he pounced late on and secure a fully deserved win for Inter.

Juventus' run started at the back end of the 2010-11 season, with a 2-2 draw against Napoli.

They remain top of the division from the side who turned them over, but how much damage will this do to the Bianconeri mentally

When Arsenal lost their footing against United in October 2004-05 they conceded the title to London rivals Chelsea.

Stretch: Gianluci Buffon is beaten

Stretch: Gianluci Buffon is beaten

Perhaps the greatest shame for Juventus is that unlike Arsenal, they did not topple their country's record for unbeaten consecutive league games.

Fabio Capello's AC Milan side hold that, an astonishing 58 games unbeaten between May 1991 and March 93, winning three Scudettos between 92 and 94.

No matter how great the achievement of 49 games without losing, not beating the Rossoneri's record will rankle.

Juventus stars including Nicklas Bendtner dress up for Halloween

The Old Lady is scary! Buffon and Bendtner lead Juventus stars with Halloween horror outfits

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18:47 GMT, 30 October 2012

They could be the side that give Chelsea nightmares in the battle to progress beyond the Champions League group stages, but for now Juventus are giving us a fright for different reasons.

Following the success of a similar campaign by the Serie A champions on their Facebook page last year, the Italian outfit are back with ‘Happy Halloween II’ – where some of the club’s top stars feature in what may be potential trick-or-treat attire.

Gunner scare you: Nicklas Bendtner (left), on loan from Arsenal, features as Frankenstein's monster, while goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon takes on the role of Freddy Krueger

Gunner scare you: Nicklas Bendtner (left), on loan from Arsenal, features as Frankenstein's monster, while goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon takes on the role of Freddy Krueger

Gunner scare you: Nicklas Bendtner (left), on loan from Arsenal, features as Frankenstein's monster, while goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon takes on the role of Freddy Krueger

Okay, maybe not at their age, but with mock ups ranging from traditional Halloween characters to modern day movie antagonists, all are great efforts and some may take you a while to figure out who they are.

Some even seem to play to stereotypes. Andrea Pirlo as the Joker from Batman easily fits to the way the playmaker made England’s midfield looked like fools at Euro 2012.

Modern day scares: Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba masquerades as Phantom menace villain Darth Maul, while Andrea Pirlo looks a natural in the attire of The Joker

Modern day scares: Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba masquerades as Phantom menace villain Darth Maul, while Andrea Pirlo looks a natural in the attire of The Joker

Modern day scares: Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba masquerades as Phantom Menace villain Darth Maul, while Andrea Pirlo looks a natural in the attire of The Joker

While Paul Pogba’s Darth Maul appearance may reflect on a great talent departing an epic saga way too early, with the highly rated midfielder deciding to exit Manchester United last summer before he made any significant impact.

Perhaps most uncanny of them all though is Nicklas Bendtner. The striker on loan from Arsenal features as Frankenstein’s monster but some Gunners fans will argue that the slow, bumbling movement associated with one of Halloween's most favourite sons doesn’t describe the Dane’s time at the Emirates Stadium enough.

Click here to see all of the mock ups on Juventus's Facebook page.

Moonlight Cloud wins Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville again

Moonlight Cloud romps to glory in Prix Maurice de Gheest for second year in a row

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UPDATED:

19:31 GMT, 5 August 2012

Moonlight Cloud, second to Black Caviar in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, landed the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville for the second year in a row.

The four-year-old was settled at the rear of the field by Thierry Jarnet but quickly had the race in the bag in a matter of strides when she unleashed her devastating turn of foot two furlongs out to score in style for trainer Freddy Head.

The only British-trained runner was Eve Johnson Houghton's The Cheka who finished third having set the early pace.

Fine summer: Moonlight Cloud was second to Black Caviar at Ascot in June

Fine summer: Moonlight Cloud was second to Black Caviar at Ascot in June

Head said: 'She adores the track here at Deauville which is very flat. I think Ascot, which climbs at the finish, isn't so much to her advantage. She doesn't quite have the same burst of acceleration uphill. But today she's done an amazing thing here because she's won within herself.'

Muhammad Ali at 70: What happned to his opponents

Where are they now What Ali's lesser known adversaries did next

Muhammad Ali celebrates his 70th birthday on Tuesday but what became of some of the lesser known fighters who played their part in his story

Here, Sportsmail finds out.

CLEVELAND WILLIAMS

The man on the wrong end of arguably Ali's greatest performance in 1966 continued fighting for six more years before retiring in 1972. Rated one of the hardest punchers of all time, Williams reportedly got a job driving a forklift truck to make ends meet during retirement. In 1999, at the age of 66 and making a regular visit to hospital due to kidney failure, Williams was killed in a hit-and-run accident.

Going down: Muhammad Ali taught Cleveland Williams a lesson

Going down: Muhammad Ali taught Cleveland Williams a lesson

ALFREDO EVANGELISTA

The tough Uruguayan was beaten on points by Ali in 1977. He fought on until 1988, when he was stripped of his licence following a second-round defeat to the previously winless Arthur Wright. Evangelista later had numerous scrapes with the law, resulting in his imprisonment for drugs-related offences. He returned home to Uruguay, where he remains a minor celebrity.

JEAN-PIERRE COOPMAN

Coopman, the so-called 'Lion of Flanders' was overawed and hopelessly outclassed by Ali in 1976. He retired five years later and worked as a maintenance man in a museum, and also became a relatively successful painter and sculptor. In 1999, well into his 50s, Coopman returned to the ring for a semi-official bout against fellow Belgian veteran Freddy de Kerpel.

Victor: Ali with Alfredo Evangelista who he later beat on points

Victor: Ali with Alfredo Evangelista who he later beat on points

RON LYLE

Controversially stopped by Ali in the 11th round of their fight in 1975, Lyle went on to engage in a ferocious fight with George Foreman the following year. He retired in 1980 but returned in 1995, at the age of 54, in a futile quest for a rematch with Foreman. After four wins he retired again. He trained young fighters in Denver before his sudden death at the age of 70 in November 2011.

TREVOR BERBICK

The Jamaican, Ali's last opponent in 1981, went on to beat Pinklon Thomas for the WBC title before being flattened by a 20-year-old Mike Tyson in 1986. He fought until 2000 when he was banned for health reasons. He was twice deported from the US for violating his parole. In October 2006 he was murdered at a church in Jamaica by his nephew.