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Georgie Thompson makes F1 return just two races after quitting Sky Sports

Presenter Thompson makes Formula One return just months after quitting Sky Sports

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

14:29 GMT, 8 April 2013

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UPDATED:

17:00 GMT, 8 April 2013

Georgie Thompson has returned to Formula One just two races after turning her back on the sport.

The pint-sized presenter, who left Sky Sports' coverage after only one season, is the new face of Lotus sponsor Suremen.

Scroll down for video of Georgie presenting Sky Sports' F1 coverage last season

GEORGIE THOMPSON

Back in the fast lane: Georgie Thompson has returned to Formula One as an ambassador for Sure

GEORGIE THOMPSON

GEORGIE THOMPSON

'It's great to be involved in a
campaign focused on F1 and Suremen is such an exciting brand to be
involved with, especially given the strong early season form of the
Lotus, with Kimi Raikkonen winning the first race,' Thompson said.

'It's a brand that fits really well with the fast-paced and exhilarating F1 lifestyle – I'm really looking forward to being a part of such an exciting project.'

Thompson ended her 11-year stint as the face of Sky Sports News to join the corporation's F1 presenting team for their inaugural foray into the sport.

Georgie Thompson

Glamour race: Georgie was disillusioned with her second-fiddle role in Sky Sports' F1 coverage

Glamour Race: Georgie was disappointed at her second-fiddle role in Sky Sports' F1 coverage

Georgie Thompson

Georgie Thompson

But the 35-year-old host turned her back on F1 after becoming disillusioned with playing second fiddle to main presenter Simon Lazenby.

Thompson informed Sky of her decision in the build-up to this season's first F1 show, which aired on February 15. Her profile has since been airbrushed out of the team shot on the Sky Sports F1 website.

VIDEO Georgie Thompson on Sky Sports' F1 coverage

David Moyes picture Playboy model Hannah Elizabeth, Sara Beverly Jones Tony Bellew fight Liverpool Echo Arena

Moyes eyes a couple of strikers! Everton boss poses with blonde beauties before Bellew's bout

By
Lee Bryan

PUBLISHED:

02:55 GMT, 31 March 2013

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UPDATED:

03:01 GMT, 31 March 2013

David Moyes was grinning like a Cheshire cat on Saturday – and for good reason.

After watching Everton see off Stoke thanks to Kevin Mirallas' splendid strike at Goodison Park, the 49-year-old Scot proved he's still got it, sandwiching himself between a couple of glamour girls at Liverpool's Echo Arena.

Moyes was there to support Toffees fan Tony Bellew in his bout against Isaac Chilemba – which ended in a draw – but he got a little more than he bargained for in his ringside seat.

Blonde ambition: David Moyes is grabbed by a pair of Betfair beauties at the Echo Arena

Blonde ambition: David Moyes is grabbed by a pair of Betfair beauties at the Echo Arena

Everton skipper Phil Neville was quick to tweet the picture, saying: “Moyes at the boxing, go on son! That's how your Boss rolls” is he in bellews corner'

Playboy model Hannah Elizabeth, pictured left in the picture, remarked on the social network site: 'howlin that I was sittin next to David Moyes ringside n got a pic on his knee with my @SaraBeverley #LEG'

Her pal Sara Beverly Jones – an actress, presenter and promotional model – added: 'Me and @misshannahelizx on David moyes knee! Ha my face! … Add your own caption.'

In this case, we think a picture tells a thousand words…

Neil Lennon relishing Celtic v Juventus in Champions League

Lennon looks back on Juve thriller as Celtic draw Italian giants in Champions League

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12:32 GMT, 20 December 2012

The draw for the Champions League has brought back fond memories for Celtic boss Neil Lennon after pairing the Hoops with Juventus.

Lennon played against the Italian giants twice in 2001-02 but it is the home game at Celtic Park he will look to draw inspiration from.

Martin O'Neill's side won a thrilling match 4-3 and Lennon, after the draw for this season's last 16 set him up for the first leg at home in February, tweeted: 'Boooooom…..absolute beauty of a tie…very tough but then they all potentially were..brings back great memories.'

Bring it on: Neil Lennon (right) watches the Champions League draw with Garry Parker (left) and Danny McGrain

Bring it on: Neil Lennon (right) watches the Champions League draw with Garry Parker (left) and Danny McGrain

That night over a decade ago was a glorious failure for the Scottish side as they just failed to qualify from their group, but it was another European cracker at Celtic Park.

The SPL leaders qualified behind Barcelona, unbeaten at home after drawing with Benfica and seeing off the Catalans and Spartak Moscow.

Hoops dreams: Chris Sutton (2nd left) scored twice as Celtic beat Juventus 4-3 in Glasgow in 2001

Hoops dreams: Chris Sutton (2nd left) scored twice as Celtic beat Juventus 4-3 in Glasgow in 2001

Lennon said: 'The home game is pivotal. We’ll have to take some sort of advantage to Turin. Celtic Park is a very special arena and I’m sure the fans will raise the roof again.

'In terms of glamour it's a beauty. Juventus are one of the great traditional European teams. They're current Italian champions and finished the group stage very strongly. So in terms of glamour it's great, in terms of qualification it is going to very tough, but it could have been any of the other teams and it would have been just as tough.

No fear: Celtic got the better of Barcelona in Glasgow during the group stage of the Champions League

No fear: Celtic got the better of Barcelona in Glasgow during the group stage of the Champions League

'We believe over two games anything is possible. Juventus are littered with world-class stars and have been very consistent over the last 18 months and have got a great winning mentality, but so have we.

'To come through the group as impressively as we did, you just never know where you'll be in a month or two's time in terms of fitness and form.'

John Greechan – chief sports writer at the Scottish Daily Mail says…

This is a draw suffused with history and laden with potential.

Neil Lennon’s memories of playing against Juve 11 years ago – when a blatant dive by Nicola Amoruso saw Celtic robbed in Turin, then a remarkably dramatic 4-3 win back in Glasgow couldn’t prevent elimination in the group stages – will certainly drive the manager on.

Believe it or not, Lennon cheekily quizzed legendary Juve boss Marcello Lippi about that infamous Amoruso tumble when the Italian was delivering a Hampden lecture recently; the Irishman is not one to forgive and forget.

But this draw is as much about the present as the past. And what an opportunity this presents for a Celtic team to test themselves against one of the most glamorous clubs in the game, the current Serie A champions and leaders.

Veteran midfield magician Andrea Pirlo, who apparently has covered more ground than any other player in the Champions League this season, up against monstrous man mountain Victor Wanyama – plus the terrier-like Scott Brown – stands out as a key confrontation already.

England goalkeeper Fraser Forster’s boyhood hero was Gigi Buffon, so the big Geordie was grinning from ear to ear after the draw, which left the Celtic squad dreaming of making their own history.

Watch video highlights of Celtic 4 Juventus 3

Roberto Mancini demands perfection from Manchester City against Real Madrid in Champions League

Only perfection will do if Man City are to upset odds and beat Real to salvage Euro dream, insists Mancini

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UPDATED:

09:12 GMT, 19 November 2012

There were precious few flaws, as the 5-0 scoreline might indicate, but Roberto Mancini was adamant there will be scope for even fewer when Real Madrid come to the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night.

Defending champions Manchester City stormed back to the top of the Barclays Premier League with a ruthless five-goal demolition of Aston Villa and Mancini could scarcely have asked for more.

He can and will, though, when the focus switches to the Champions League. The game with Real that can only go one way, if the faintest of qualification hopes are to keep flickering.

Five star: Roberto Mancini wants perfection from Manchester City, who beat Aston Villa 5-0

Five star: Roberto Mancini wants perfection from Manchester City, who beat Aston Villa 5-0

Five star: Roberto Mancini wants perfection from Manchester City, who beat Aston Villa 5-0

Hosting the Spanish giants is the biggest challenge, in terms of glamour and intrigue, of Mancini’s City reign. He knows what is needed for his side to meet it — perfection.

‘This was a really good performance and result but it will count for nothing against Real,’ said the City manager. ‘I don’t know whether it would be enough against them. They are one of the best teams in the world, and to beat them, we will have to give a perfect performance.

‘We went close last time, in Madrid, and were 2-1 up with four minutes to go, but this is not going to be easy. It is a different game, and if we want to beat them, we will have to defend very well. They have three or four players who can decide a game at any moment, and we are going to have to work very hard as a team.

‘At least we have improved defensively in the last four or five games, which is important. It is down to the whole team playing different football and having 65 per cent, or more, control of the game. That has helped us look more solid.’

Far from being daunted by Real’s reputation, Mancini is convinced his own galacticos will relish the occasion.

‘If you have players who have won World Cups, like David Silva, or who have won everything in the game, like Yaya Toure, you know what you are going to get on nights like this,’ he said.

‘For them, playing against Real Madrid is the essence of football, and it should bring the best out of them.

‘When you are young and starting out in football, you think about how much you would love to play against Real Madrid or Barcelona.

Gulf: City's Euro campaign has been disappointing so far, coming after a brave showing in Spain

Gulf: City's Euro campaign has been disappointing so far, coming after a brave showing in Spain

‘Sergio Aguero is the same, and it
could be important that he missed the game in the Bernabeu. He will want
to make up for that and I think he can cause problems for Real. But,
above all, we must play as a team.

‘They have a big history, going back a long way. But I do think we have the players who can beat them. It is possible.'

Though Mancini insisted Mario Balotelli could feature on Wednesday, his prospects appear bleak after a back injury was added to the training-ground lethargy that so angered the City boss.

‘Mario had a problem with his back in training yesterday and said he couldn’t play,’ said Mancini. ‘If he trains and trains well, then he can be part of the squad against Madrid but he was not here today. I think he was in bed, because of this problem, so we will see how he is tomorrow.’

Carlos Tevez cheekily mimicked being behind the wheel of his impounded Porsche, after converting a 65th-minute penalty but it was an earlier spot-kick that drove Villa manager Paul Lambert mad.

Villa were only one goal behind when linesman Adrian Holmes wrongly flagged for handball against Andreas Weimann, from a 54th-minute corner.

After seeing Aguero double City’s lead, and effectively settle the outcome, Lambert fumed: ‘I have seen it and it was never a penalty.

'What the linesman saw, I don’t know. He has to be 100 per cent sure to give it, but he guessed. He saw something 50,000 others didn’t. But the lads will be fine. They will bounce back, like they always do.’

Roberto Mancini demands perfection from Manchester City

Mancini knows only perfection will do if City are to upset the odds and beat Real Madrid

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UPDATED:

22:45 GMT, 18 November 2012

There were precious few flaws, as the 5-0 scoreline might indicate, but Roberto Mancini was adamant there will be scope for even fewer when Real Madrid come to the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night.

Defending champions Manchester City stormed back to the top of the Barclays Premier League with a ruthless five-goal demolition of Aston Villa and Mancini could scarcely have asked for more.

He can and will, though, when the focus switches to the Champions League. The game with Real that can only go one way, if the faintest of qualification hopes are to keep flickering.

Five star: Roberto Mancini wants perfection from Manchester City, who beat Aston Villa 5-0

Five star: Roberto Mancini wants perfection from Manchester City, who beat Aston Villa 5-0

Five star: Roberto Mancini wants perfection from Manchester City, who beat Aston Villa 5-0

Hosting the Spanish giants is the biggest challenge, in terms of glamour and intrigue, of Mancini’s City reign. He knows what is needed for his side to meet it — perfection.

‘This was a really good performance and result but it will count for nothing against Real,’ said the City manager. ‘I don’t know whether it would be enough against them. They are one of the best teams in the world, and to beat them, we will have to give a perfect performance.

‘We went close last time, in Madrid, and were 2-1 up with four minutes to go, but this is not going to be easy. It is a different game, and if we want to beat them, we will have to defend very well. They have three or four players who can decide a game at any moment, and we are going to have to work very hard as a team.

‘At least we have improved defensively in the last four or five games, which is important. It is down to the whole team playing different football and having 65 per cent, or more, control of the game. That has helped us look more solid.’

Far from being daunted by Real’s reputation, Mancini is convinced his own galacticos will relish the occasion.

‘If you have players who have won World Cups, like David Silva, or who have won everything in the game, like Yaya Toure, you know what you are going to get on nights like this,’ he said.

‘For them, playing against Real Madrid is the essence of football, and it should bring the best out of them.

‘When you are young and starting out in football, you think about how much you would love to play against Real Madrid or Barcelona.

Gulf: City's Euro campaign has been disappointing so far, coming after a brave showing in Spain

Gulf: City's Euro campaign has been disappointing so far, coming after a brave showing in Spain

‘Sergio Aguero is the same, and it
could be important that he missed the game in the Bernabeu. He will want
to make up for that and I think he can cause problems for Real. But,
above all, we must play as a team.

‘They have a big history, going back a long way. But I do think we have the players who can beat them. It is possible.'

Though Mancini insisted Mario Balotelli could feature on Wednesday, his prospects appear bleak after a back injury was added to the training-ground lethargy that so angered the City boss.

‘Mario had a problem with his back in training yesterday and said he couldn’t play,’ said Mancini. ‘If he trains and trains well, then he can be part of the squad against Madrid but he was not here today. I think he was in bed, because of this problem, so we will see how he is tomorrow.’

Carlos Tevez cheekily mimicked being behind the wheel of his impounded Porsche, after converting a 65th-minute penalty but it was an earlier spot-kick that drove Villa manager Paul Lambert mad.

Villa were only one goal behind when linesman Adrian Holmes wrongly flagged for handball against Andreas Weimann, from a 54th-minute corner.

After seeing Aguero double City’s lead, and effectively settle the outcome, Lambert fumed: ‘I have seen it and it was never a penalty.

'What the linesman saw, I don’t know. He has to be 100 per cent sure to give it, but he guessed. He saw something 50,000 others didn’t. But the lads will be fine. They will bounce back, like they always do.’

Andrew Flintoff shows off his new slimline physique ahead of boxing bow

Suits you! Flintoff shows off his new slimline physique ahead boxing bow

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15:10 GMT, 30 October 2012

Former England cricket captain Andrew Flintoff showed off his new slimline physique at the Pride of Britain awards on Monday night ahead of his expected boxing debut next month.

The 34-year-old, who had not fought at any level before an impromptu sparring session with Barry McGuigan last year, has given up alcohol and lost more than two stones in weight after 10 weeks of full-time training under McGuigan and his son Shane.

Suits you! Freddie Flintoff showed off a slimline new physique at the Pride Of Britain awards, after shedding 30lbs in the past seven weeks

Suits you! Flintoff showed off a slimline new physique at the Pride Of Britain awards, after shedding 30lbs

Red carpet pros: Freddie posed up at the awards with his stunning wife Rachael, who wore a strapless blue gown

A November 30 date at Manchester Arena has been mooted, although an opponent has not yet been decided.

The man affectionately known as 'Freddie' has been sticking to the
Caveman diet – based on lean meat, raw vegetables, berries and nuts,
while avoiding foods such as sugar and refined carbohydrates – in a bid
to lose weight.

The results of the new regime are clear to see, with Flintoff displaying his new look as he posed with stunning wife Rachael.

Speaking recently about his weight loss, Flintoff told Britain's Glamour
magazine: 'I've lost about 30lbs in the last seven weeks and I'm trying
to lose another 15. I'm on the Caveman Diet.'

Pre-Caveman diet: Flintoff in his larger days

Pre-Caveman diet: Flintoff in his larger days

Pre-Caveman diet: Flintoff in his larger days as a cricketer

Asked what he can eat, Flintoff replied: 'I have steak or two buffalo
burgers for breakfast. It sounds good, but when you're up at half five
in the morning cooking up a steak, it's dreadful.

'Then I have 12 almonds mid-morning, two chicken dinners a day with
green vegetables, two boiled eggs or some berries mid afternoon and then
fish and green vegetables for dinner.'

The new-look Flintoff is far cry from the lager-swilling,
pedalo-crashing Freddie that the British public came to know throughout
an international career that spanned from 1998 to 2009.

Neil Lennon warns Celtic players not to wait for Barcelona

Save yourself for Barca and you'll be axed, blasts Celtic boss Lennon

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UPDATED:

22:45 GMT, 29 October 2012

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has warned he will drop players from his plans to face Barcelona if he feels they are saving their best for the Champions League.

Lennon vented his anger about Saturday’s 2-0 home defeat to Kilmarnock at a squad meeting on Sunday and is demanding an instant response when St Johnstone visit for Tuesday’s Scottish Communities League Cup quarter-final.

Celtic’s first loss to Scottish opposition at Parkhead in 14 months came just four days after a battling 2-1 Champions League defeat at the Nou Camp.

Up for the cup: Neil Lennon's Celtic take on St Johnstone on Tuesday

Up for the cup: Neil Lennon's Celtic take on St Johnstone on Tuesday

The return match with Barca takes place in seven days’ time, but Lennon is willing to axe anyone neglecting domestic business beforehand.

‘There was just no excuse for the lack of quality in our overall performance on Saturday,’ said Lennon.

'Up until that, our domestic form had been blistering — if you look at Motherwell, Hearts, St Mirren. Interspersed was winning in Moscow, doing so well there. So their form going into the game was pretty good.

'It is still a learning process for me because of the different demands, and also for the players, who are maybe playing in the Champions League for the first time.

Hard graft: The Celtic players are put through their paces

Hard graft: The Celtic players are put through their paces

'But we can’t, and they can’t, pin all
their hopes on Champions League football and build their season around
these glamour games or whatever you want to call them.

‘The SPL is the priority and if they are going to do that, then they won’t play.

‘We made that clear when we met on Sunday.’

Against Kilmarnock, Lennon made five changes to the side that came within 30 seconds of a point in Barcelona. And he admitted it could take time for some of those involved to regain his full faith.

Return: Celtic's Scott Brown

Return: Celtic's Scott Brown

‘You can talk about fringe players, but
(James) Forrest has been playing, (Kris) Commons has been playing,
(Adam) Matthews has been playing,’ said Lennon.

‘(Beram) Kayal hadn’t been playing because he was injured but he came in last week at St Mirren. Miku has been in and out of the team.

‘So it’s not as if none of them have been playing. I don’t want them to be seen as bit-part players here, I really want them to be part of the squad like everyone else. When they play like that, it makes it a little bit more difficult for me to trust them.

‘They are going to have to earn that trust again.’

Lennon plans to field a strong side against St Johnstone as he aims to land the only domestic trophy he has not won during his time in charge.

Captain Scott Brown could be involved after his injured hip was rested on Saturday, but Lassad Nouioui, Georgios Samaras, Dylan McGeouch and Filip Twardzik all remain sidelined.

Mark Clattenburg is controversial referee

Meet Mister controversy: Clattenburg is referee who loves the spotlight

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UPDATED:

23:54 GMT, 28 October 2012

As a top-class FIFA and Barclays Premier League referee, Mark Clattenburg is no stranger to controversy.

He is one of the new breed of celebrity officials, always happy to be the centre of attention in a world of glitz and glamour.

Even as he was warming up at Stamford Bridge before Sunday’s explosive game, he was aware that he was the centre of attention.

Ruling the roost: Mark Clattenburg is a highly-rated referee

Ruling the roost: Mark Clattenburg is a highly-rated referee

The deliberate pauses as he stopped by the touchline during the circuits he performed with his officials were impossible to ignore.

On the pitch he is known for a chatty, matey style with the players that rubs them up the wrong way at times. His style is not uncommon at the highest level but most players want someone to officiate with integrity and intelligence. They want and expect them to be able to keep up with the speed of the game and to make smart decisions.

Before Sunday night he was marked out by FIFA as one of the top officials in world football.

At the Olympics he was chosen to referee the final between Brazil and Mexico, a prestigious appointment in a game watched by a global audience.

FIFA have been monitoring his progress and he is expected to be put forward to be the English representation at the 2014 World Cup.

Flashing red: Clattenburg sent off Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres on Sunday

Flashing red: Clattenburg sent off Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres on Sunday

It would be a remarkable honour, but he is now fighting to save his reputation in the professional game.

Clattenburg, 37, is regarded by the PGMO as one of their top officials, but he has been through some controversial moments in his career.

In 2009 Mark Hughes and his coaching staff were furious with him over comments he allegedly made about Craig Bellamy when he played for Manchester City against Bolton.

Bellamy had been his usual voluble self during the first half and was later sent off by Clattenburg for a second yellow card during a tempestuous Premier League clash.

According to accounts at the time, the Durham-born referee asked the City bench: ‘How do you put up with Bellamy’

Hughes was incensed that an official would appear to jeopardise his impartiality by making comments about one of his players.

The same year, Clattenburg was suspended by the PGMO after being accused of an off-the-field controversy with a former business partner.

Honour: Clattenburg refereed the Olympic final in London between Brazil and Mexico

Honour: Clattenburg refereed the Olympic final in London between Brazil and Mexico

On the field he has been dogged by criticism of his handling of high-profile and important incidents.

Four years earlier he was the referee who failed to spot Pedro Mendes’s ghost goal at Old Trafford for Tottenham.

Manchester United keeper Roy Carroll was beaten by the Portuguese midfielder’s lob in 2005, but Clattenburg failed to see that the ball had crossed the line. It provoked widespread indignation and even derision.

In 2007 he was involved in a bizarre incident at the Merseyside derby after appearing to take Steven Gerrard’s opinion into consideration when he booked Everton defender Tony Hibbert. Clattenburg appeared to upgrade a caution to a red card and later failed to send off Liverpool winger Dirk Kuyt for a waist-high lunge.

At Old Trafford in 2010 he was the referee when Nani took advantage of a bizarre mistake by Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes to tap the ball into the empty net.

CLATTENBURG IN EYE OF STORM

Jan 2005, Pedro Mendes v Man Utd

In charge when Pedro Mendes ‘scored’ for Tottenham at Old Trafford. Roy Carroll fumbled the ball over the line but Clattenburg and his officials did not give the goal.

Over the line: Pedro Mendes saw this goal ruled out by Clattenburg

Oct 2007, Everton v Liverpool

Sent off Tony Hibbert, apparently upgrading his yellow card to red after consulting with Steven Gerrard. Failed to send off Dirk Kuyt for a waist-high lunge and did not give a penalty when Joleon Lescott was hauled down. Did not ref another Everton game for five years.

Jan 2009

Sacked by the PGMO, the referees’ governing body, and told he would never officiate again after breaching his contract. Accused of sending threatening emails to business associates and alleged to have debts of 175,000.

Dec 2009, Bolton v Man City

Sends off Craig Bellamy. At half-time, allegedly said to the City bench: ‘How do you work with him all week’

Heated: Tottenham players argue with Clattenburg after Nani's goal

Oct 2010, Nani v Tottenham

Allowed a goal to stand when keeper Heurelho Gomes put the ball down believing his side had a free-kick. Clattenburg had not blown, let play continue and Nani tapped in.

Michael Schumacher warns Lewis Hamilton about Mercedes car

Over to Lew! Schumacher bows out with warning to Hamilton over car

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00:11 GMT, 5 October 2012

Handing the baton on to Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher used the second retirement speech of his career to highlight the formidable task that awaits his replacement at Mercedes.

That Schumacher decided to call it a day is no surprise. Ever since Mercedes received positive vibes from Hamilton that a move from McLaren was possible, the German team had been working on a dignified exit plan.

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Putting the brakes on: Michael Schumacher will retire at the end of the season

Putting the brakes on: Michael Schumacher will retire at the end of the season

Putting the brakes on: Michael Schumacher will retire at the end of the season

Putting the brakes on: Michael Schumacher will retire at the end of the season

The agreed line was that Schumacher
cannot offer the long-term commitment that Hamilton can, which was
hardly a revelation since the seven-time world champion will be 44 by
the time next season comes around.

More plausible was that, without a
win and just one podium to his name during his second coming, Schumacher
had simply lost his mojo and Hamilton’s arrival had only served to
speed up the decision-making process.

‘The special moment is that the team
have found an option with Lewis that helped me find the decision,
because there was an option for me to retire at an earlier stage,’ said
Schumacher, coming as close as could be expected to saying he had been
pushed.

Glamour: The seven-time world champion will go down in F1 history

Glamour: The seven-time world champion will go down in F1 history

Tainted Schumacher, who crashed spectacularly in Singapore, has failed to match the achievements in his second spell of those in his first all-conquering time at the wheel

Tainted Schumacher, who crashed spectacularly in Singapore, has failed to match the achievements in his second spell of those in his first all-conquering time at the wheel

Admitting he had failed to live up to
his standards, Schumacher conceded: 'I said at the end of 2009 that I
want to be measured by my success, and this is why I had a lot of
criticism in the past three years which partly was justified.

'It is without doubt that we did not achieve our goal to develop a world championship-fighting car within those years.’

That challenge, from next season,
rests in Hamilton’s hands. But the 27-year-old admitted he will be
largely behind McLaren next year.

One of the men Hamilton will be chasing will be his replacement Sergio Perez. ‘I think he will surprise us all,’ he said.

Beware! Schumacher has fired a warning to his replacment Hamilton

Beware! Schumacher has fired a warning to his replacment Hamilton

VIDEO: Michael Schumacher retires…again…

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MICHAEL SCHUMACHER FACTFILE
Smooth: Michael Schumacher

Smooth: Michael Schumacher

1969: Born on January 3 in Huerth-Hermuelheim, Germany.

1973: Makes his racing debut in a karting event.

1987: Wins German and European kart championships.

1988: Finishes fourth in German Formula Ford championship and is second in the European series in his first year of car racing.

1990: Wins first major single-seater title, clinching the German Formula Three crown. Steps up to sportscars, driving for Mercedes.

1991: Makes Formula One debut for Jordan in Belgium, qualifying seventh before retiring. Poached by Benetton for the rest of the season.

1992: Takes first grand prix win in Belgium on his way to third in the championship.

1994: Wins title, with eight wins to his name, after controversial last-race clash with Damon Hill in Australia.

1995: Retains world crown, taking nine victories.

1996: Moves to struggling Ferrari and manages three wins on his way to third in the championship.

1997: Wins five races but is stripped of second in the championship for attempting to take out title rival Jacques Villeneuve at Jerez.

1999: Breaks his leg at Silverstone when easily leading the championship.

2000: Finally wins Ferrari's first drivers' title since 1979, amassing nine wins on the way.

Golden era: Schumacher enjoyed some ding-dong battles with British driver Damon Hill

2001: Another nine wins and another title, setting a new record for all-time victories.

2002: Wins championship in record time, setting a new mark of 11 victories.

2003: Wins title by a point after six victories, breaking Juan Manuel Fangio's record of five championships.

2004: Breaks his own record for wins in a season, 13, to take title number seven.

2006
September 10 – Announces his retirement at end of 2006 season after winning Italian Grand Prix.

2009
July 29 – Announces plans to make a shock return to F1 with Ferrari, deputising for Felipe Massa until the Brazilian recovers from injuries suffered in an accident in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Just champion: The German bought the glory days back to Ferrari

August 11 – Forced to abort comeback due to a neck injury sustained in a motorbike accident in February.

December 23 – Signs a three-year contract to drive for Mercedes GP, ending three years in retirement.

2010: Makes his return to F1 in Bahrain and finishes the season in ninth, with a highest finish of fourth.

2011: Betters his previous season with an eighth-placed finish and 96 points, with a fourth in Canada his best result.

2012: Returns to the podium for the first time since his retirement, finishing third in the European grand prix.

October 4: Announces he will be retiring from the sport at the end of the season.

England eye old foes Germany and Argentina to mark 150th anniversary

England eye old foes Germany and Argentina to mark 150th anniversary

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UPDATED:

23:07 GMT, 24 August 2012

England are set to play up to four
more 'high-profile' friendlies next year to mark the Football
Association's 150th anniversary.

The FA said on Friday afternoon they
were poised to announce a February 6 clash to launch a year of
celebration that will also include another glamour friendly on May 29
and the already-confirmed August 14 showdown with Scotland.

Brudge match: England are keen to renew their rivalry with Germany

Brudge match: England are keen to renew their rivalry with Germany

Should England not be involved in the play-offs for the 2014 World Cup the following November, they would then seek to arrange two more such games.

FA communications director Adrian Bevington refused to reveal the opponents that were being sought for the first two matches, which are likely to be at Wembley.

But he added: 'We will try to ensure that the friendlies available to our fans will be reflective of the history of the England national team and will be extremely attractive to everybody.'

That would appear to make Germany the dream opponents for the May fixture, with Joachim Low's men scheduled to play France on the February date.

Star attraction: Lionel Messi could be set for Wembley date

Star attraction: Lionel Messi could be set for Wembley date

That could be filled by a number of teams and supporters would doubtless be most excited about a match against Brazil or Argentina, although they are also likely to have the chance to travel to Brazil this summer for an away friendly against the World Cup hosts.

Bevington confirmed England planned to fly to the country the day after the May 29 match for two fixtures – the other possibly being against Uruguay – and those games could take place in Rio and Belo Horizonte.

England would seek to make use of the base camp they identify for their potential World Cup finals campaign during that trip.

Should they qualify, their build-up to the World Cup would see them play a Wembley friendly in March 2014 and another that May before one more en route to Brazil.

There had been suggestions that would be in Florida but that has been played down.