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Ibrahimovic backs Beckham to deliver after PSG show their star quality in 4-0 rout of Toulouse

VIDEO: What has Becks signed up for PSG show their star quality in rout of Toulouse as Ibrahimovic backs former England captian to deliver in Paris

Sami Mokbel


22:19 GMT, 1 February 2013



08:08 GMT, 2 February 2013

New signing David Beckham may
struggle to win a place in the Paris St Germain team on the evidence of
their 4-0 demolition of mid-table Toulouse on Friday.

The Ligue 1 leaders, who signed
free-agent Beckham on Thursday, were without the former Real Madrid and Manchester United midfielder
as he had returned to England for extra training in a bid to sharpen his

Beckham has been without a club since winning the Major League Soccer title with Los Angeles Galaxy in December.

VIDEO: Scroll down to watch highlights of PSG's win over Toulouse

Clinical: PSG defender Mamadou Sakho heads home

Clinical: PSG defender Mamadou Sakho heads home

Beck and forth: Beckham missed the game to sharpen up his fitness

Sales pitch: But a Beckham shirt will cost you an eye-watering 100 on PSG website

He is due to begin training at PSG on February 13.

Carlo Ancelotti's PSG moved three points clear at the top of the table thanks to Javier Pastore, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with his 20th goal on his 20th league appearance for the club, Mamadou Sakho and Gregory van der Wiel.

Brazil striker Lucas, another recent recruit, produced a fine performance and set up two of the goals.

PSG have 48 points from 23 games. Second-placed Olympique Lyon travel to AC Ajaccio on Sunday.

VIDEO: Watch highlights from PSG's 4-0 win over Toulouse

Meanwhile, Ibrahimovic has leapt to defence of David Beckham's after his new team-mate was called a 'third-hand Rolls-Royce'.

The 37-year-old has signed a five-month deal with Paris Saint-Germain, but his capture has not caused as much glee as you would expect, despite the former England captain pledging his 170,000-per-week wages to a Paris children's charity.

It is claimed Beckham will still receive a hefty image rights fee, and PSG are said to be paying for his accommodation and security in the capital. And his arrival in France was not particularly well received by the Parisian press yesterday.

Top man: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (R) celebrates after scoring

Top man: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (R) celebrates after scoring

Impressed: PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti

Impressed: PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti

Newspaper Le Figaro read: 'A special status can feed jealousy. In a dressing room where the offensive egos of players are struggling to live, the arrival of a third-hand Rolls-Royce, which becomes the main focus of media fascination, risks causing envy, while feeding a climate of discord.'

The paper also suggests players will be 'annoyed' by Becks and wife Victoria appearing in glossy magazines, but new teammate Ibrahimovic insists the global icon still has plenty to offer on the pitch.

He said: 'For a striker playing with somebody like David is a dream. He is the best deliverer of the ball in the world, still.

'If you make the good runs, you know he will find you. I am sure we will create something very special. David said that when he left the US, he had more offers than at any point in his career. The fact that he chose PSG says a lot about the project we have here.

'It is no longer just the big teams from Italy, Spain and England the top players want to come to – it is now us as well. It is excellent news for us that David is permitted to play in Europe. He still has so much to offer at that level, and his experience with Manchester United and Real Madrid will be vital.

'I am sure David wants to win the Champions League again before he retires.'

Leandro Damiao set to join Tottenham Hotspur for 18m

Big-spending Tottenham move to seal 18m signing of Brazil striker Damiao

Laura Williamson


15:13 GMT, 31 January 2013



20:13 GMT, 31 January 2013

Tottenham face a race against time to secure the signature of Internacional striker Leandro Damiao today.

Spurs have long been linked with the Brazil striker, 23, but are understood to have made a bid of around 18million after a potential loan move for Lyon’s Lisandro Lopez fell through.

Reports from Brazil are suggesting that Internacional are holding out for an extra 2m and a deal could be made for the player to move in the summer.

Lyon value Lopez at around 7m and had already turned down Juventus’ bid to sign the striker on an initial short-term deal with an option to sign the Argentine permanently in the summer.

Prolific: Damiao's goals could secure a top-four place for Tottenham

Prolific: Damiao's goals could secure a top-four place for Tottenham

Spurs are used to leaving it late on
transfer deadline day but any deal for Damiao would be particularly
complicated because around 30 per cent of the player's economic rights are
held by third-party investments.

The protracted nature of negotiations
had led Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to favour a summer bid for the
striker but the north London club have decided to act today.

Boss Andre Villas-Boas has long
insisted he is happy with his current strike force but Jermain Defoe
missed Sunday’s FA Cup defeat by Leeds United with a niggling pelvic
injury and Emmanuel Adebayor will be at the Africa Cup of Nations for
longer than expected after Togo qualified for the quarter-finals.

Concerns: Jermain Defoe

Absent: Adebayor

Limited options: Without Defoe and Adebayor Spurs look very short up front

Internacional sporting director Luis
Cesar Souto de Moura told Brazilian media: ‘Leandro Damiao will only
leave if there is a very quick negotiation.

‘The news involving interest for Leandro Damiao, especially from Tottenham, will always happen, they come and go.

‘Damiao has a lot of quality, is a goalscorer, was the top scorer in the
Olympics and he is a very important player. Internacional understand
that it’s extremely difficult, very difficult, for Leandro Damiao to
leave now.’

Wayne Rooney spends 80,000 on racehorses

United's Rooney spent 80k on racehorses last year… but only managed 5k return in winnings


11:55 GMT, 29 December 2012



11:56 GMT, 29 December 2012

Despite spending nearly 80,000 on racehorses last year, Wayne Rooney’s investments have only earned him a paltry 5,000 in winnings.

The Manchester United striker’s returns were published in the accounts of Stoneygate 48 Ltd, the company which handles his image rights and other commercial ventures.

Rooney needn’t be too worried about the measly returns from his horse racing investments over the past year, as he is almost 3million up in that one company alone – coupled with his bumper wage packet at Premier League leaders United.

Quids in: Wayne Rooney (right) hasn't made a great initial return from his racehorse investments

Quids in: Wayne Rooney (right) hasn't made a great initial return from his racehorse investments

The company’s accounts show net assets of 2.93million for the year to March 2012 – up from 1.59million the previous year.

It’s not all plain sailing for the 27-year-old though. One of his horses, Switcharooney, ran a disappointing race yesterday at Lingfield, finishing seventh of 11 runners on its debut.

Rooney, who netted twice to help his side prevail in the Manchester derby earlier this month, is hoping United will be able to topple the visiting West Brom at Old Trafford today.

Premier League chairman come closer to implementing financial control rules

Financial control rules to curb football's lavish spending move closer



18:29 GMT, 18 December 2012

Money men: Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour and the rest of the Premier League chiefs may soon be adhering to new rules

Money men: Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour and the rest of the Premier League chiefs may soon be adhering to new rules

English Premier League clubs have moved a step closer to voting on financial controls designed to prevent a new influx of television money from being blown on increased player wages.

Leaders of the 20 clubs who met in London on Tuesday have asked the Premier League to work on two proposals to ensure that the world’s richest league remains financially stable.

The first would be modelled on UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) system and would require clubs to move towards breakeven, while the second would place an annual limit on the how much salaries could increase.

The support of 14 clubs would be needed for any proposal to be adopted.

The Premier League is set for a big increase in television revenues from next season when BSkyB and BT will pay a billion pounds ($1.6 billion) per season for domestic TV rights, in a new three-year deal worth 70 percent more than the current one.

Sales of overseas rights are expected to bring in up to two billion pounds over the next three years.

Wages use up around 70 percent of revenues at Premier League clubs, leaving very little profit for many of them.

Struggle: High wages take up around 70 per cent of revenues at clubs

Struggle: High wages take up around 70 per cent of revenues at clubs

Manchester City last week reported a net loss of almost 100 million pounds in 2011-12 despite winning the top-flight title for the first time in 44 years.

Clubs like City and Chelsea, who won the Champions League last May, have fabulously wealthy owners who have spent hundreds of millions of pounds on building successful teams.

UEFA’s FFP rules mean clubs have to curb their losses or risk exclusion from top European club competitions from 2014-15.

Details of sanctions for breaking any new Premier League curbs have yet to be worked out but current thinking is they should focus on measures like transfer embargoes, rather than points deductions.

Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 1: match report

Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 1: O'Grady strikes to get one over relegation rivals

Jonathan Veal, Press Association


19:16 GMT, 15 December 2012



19:43 GMT, 15 December 2012

Sheffield Wednesday earned local bragging rights with victory over Barnsley which eases the pressure on boss Dave Jones and piles it on counterpart Keith Hill.

The Owls had lost their previous seven games in the npower Championship which left the former Cardiff boss clinging on to his job, but Chris O'Grady's first-half goal earned the vital points and stopped the rot.

The goal was shrouded in controversy, though, as O'Grady tapped home after Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele had dropped the ball under the challenge of Gary Madine, with television replays showing a push.

Delight: Sheffield Wednesday's Anthony Gardner celebrates his team's opening goal

Delight: Sheffield Wednesday's Anthony Gardner celebrates his team's opening goal

Match facts

Barnsley: Steele, Stones, Foster, Cranie, Golbourne, Buzsaky (Perkins 47), Greening (Harewood 66), Dawson, Cywka (O'Brien 61), Davies, Tudgay.

Subs Not Used: Alnwick, Hassell, Done, Wiseman.

Booked: Foster, Davies.

Sheff Wed: Kirkland, Buxton, Gardner, Llera, Helan, Antonio, Prutton, Lines (Sidibe 90), Jermaine Johnson (Mayor 57), Madine (McCabe 67), O'Grady.

Subs Not Used: Bywater, Taylor, Maguire, Mattock.

Booked: Lines, Prutton, Llera.

Goals: O'Grady 35.

Att: 12,484

Ref: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire).

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Wednesday rode their luck in holding
on for the win and Keith Hill's men will feel hard done by in losing a
game they controlled for large parts as Marcus Tudgay could have had a
hat-trick of headers.

The Owls will not care about that, though, as they moved off the bottom of the league and joined Barnsley on 18 points.

While Jones will be breathing easy
tonight the same cannot be said of Hill, who is coming under the cosh
from Reds fans unhappy at an 11-game winless run. His future could be
decided after the Christmas period.

It was no surprise that there was not
too much quality on show early on given the respective poor runs of
their sides, though a rasping drive from Stephen Dawson stung the palms
of Chris Kirkland as Barnsley attempted to gain the initiative.

Wednesday responded, though, and Madine glanced a header wide from Chris Lines' inviting free-kick.

Neither side could wrestle control,
though with no love lost between these two clubs – separated by just 13
miles – there was plenty to keep referee Stuart Attwell busy as the
tackles flew in.

With Barnsley enjoying a spell of
possession, Wednesday stole the lead 10 minutes before the break. Lewis
Buxton found space down the right and delivered a searching cross that
under duress from Madine's challenge Steele dropped and O'Grady turned
into an unguarded net.

Steele was furious and wanted a foul, which TV replays suggest was apparent, but Attwell was having none of it.

The Reds should have had an instant
response, though, as Tudgay headed over from six yards out after an
enticing delivery from Scott Golbourne.

Barnsley started the second half
strongly with Craig Davies forcing a low save out of Kirkland, who
parried a free-kick before Miguel Llera cleared with a red shirt ready
to pounce.

Wednesday could have doubled their
lead when Madine headed over from O'Grady's cross, but that was a rare
break from largely one-way traffic towards the Owls' net.

David Perkins drove an effort just
wide, but for all their possession and territory, the division's lowest
scorers rarely looked like breaching Wednesday's defence.

That all changed in the final 10
minutes as former Wednesday striker Tudgay headed straight at Kirkland,
Marlon Harewood had an effort blocked and then Tudgay again saw a header
cleared off the line by David Prutton as Barnsley threw every forward
in search of a leveller.

The chances did not end there as
Harewood hooked just wide and Davies had an effort deflected off target
as Wednesday somehow held on.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley plans to rename Ibrox: CHARLES SALE

Sports Direct Arena Mk II! Ashley in bid to rename Rangers' iconic Ibrox stadium



22:46 GMT, 28 November 2012

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is understood to be in negotiations with Rangers for naming rights to the Glasgow club’s iconic Ibrox Stadium.

The proposed deal would lead to one of football’s most famous stadiums, which opened in 1899, being renamed the Sports Direct Arena to promote Ashley’s sports retail empire.

Rangers have been exploring image rights deals since the Charles Green-led consortium took over the troubled club last June, shortly before they were demoted to the Third Division.

What's in a name: Mike Ashley is in talks over the naming rights of Ibrox

What's in a name: Mike Ashley is in talks over the naming rights of Ibrox

What's in a name: Mike Ashley is in talks over the naming rights of Ibrox

However, any move to rename the stadium is certain to anger many Rangers fans, even given the club’s financial plight.

Indeed, many would never acknowledge Ibrox being called anything else.

Ashley caused fury on Tyneside a year ago by renaming Newcastle’s own historic St James’ Park as the Sports Direct Arena, to showcase the branding opportunities to potential naming rights partners.

But Newcastle reverted back to St James’ Park last month in a bid to appease growing supporter concern about another re-naming —to the Wonga Arena — after a new 32million shirt sponsorship deal was signed with the controversial short-term loan company who charge huge interest.

Now, despite that setback, the opportunity to have his company name on an even more world-renowned football venue greatly appeals to Ashley, who is expanding his Sports Direct business in Scotland.

Something to tell us

Former Brazil captain Zico announced
his resignation as coach of Iraq following a contract dispute, just
after he shared a conference panel with England manager Roy Hodgson at
the Soccerex conference in Rio, which discussed international football.

Exit: Zico has quit as manager of Iraq following a contract dispute

Exit: Zico has quit as manager of Iraq following a contract dispute

Trash room talking

The peace talks between Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck and the 16 elite referees following the false Mark Clattenburg racism allegations took place in a meeting room in the budget Hampton by Hilton hotel wing of St George’s Park.

However, the officials each have luxury rooms in the alternative upmarket Hilton accommodation at SGP during their regular training camps. These have moved from Warwick University, where the referees had to double up in basic student rooms.

Rad deal

Ronnie Radford’s iconic 1972 winning goal for Hereford against Newcastle is such an FA Cup staple that Conference sponsors Blue Square Bet are pledging to give the non-League club 500 for every fan who finds the top corner of the net in a recreation of the Radford strike taking place at Edgar Street tomorrow.

Stadium solution close

The future of the Olympic Stadium will become clearer on Wednesday when West Ham are expected to be finally named as preferred bidders following a legacy process branded a ‘farce’ by UK Athletics chairman Ed Warner.

There is optimism a solution can at last be reached in the financial wrangling over who pays what for transforming a 500million track-and-field arena into a multi-sports stadium that could cost a further 200m.

Up for grabs: West Ham set to be named preferred Olympic Stadium bidders

Up for grabs: West Ham set to be named preferred Olympic Stadium bidders

Negotiations now surround only the final 20m to 30m of the spend with the Government hopeful the London Legacy Development Corporation, plus West Ham and Newham Council, will contribute more — along with Whitehall — to make the numbers stack up.

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Woman's touch

Heather Rabbatts, the first woman and mixed-race member of the FA board, has emerged as a contender to succeed David Bernstein as FA chairman next May.

And Rabbatts’ chances are improved by the other FA independent director Roger Devlin ruling himself out by being on the nominations panel.

Football League chairman Greg Clarke is another being linked with the FA job as well as the Premier League chairmanship, although London 2012 vice-chairman Sir Keith Mills could have his pick of both positions.

Miami mover

Ricardo Teixeira, the disgraced former FIFA executive committee member for Brazil exposed for taking bribes from the body’s now defunct former marketing partners ISL, has retired to Miami.

FIFA insiders do not expect him to return to Brazil because he would face questioning on a variety of corruption issues involving millions of pounds. Teixeira’s successor on the FIFA ExCo, Marco Polo del Nero, has had his home raided by Brazilian Police investigating alleged links with a criminal organisation.

Nick Harris: 5.5bn TV pays to screen Premier League

5.5bn: The staggering sum TV companies around the world will pay to screen the Premier League


22:01 GMT, 24 November 2012



22:01 GMT, 24 November 2012

One of the world's poorest countries,
Burma, where workers earn an average of just 819 a year, has splashed
out 25million to buy the rights to show Premier League football on

With Burma's current TV contract
worth a mere 200,000 over three years, the new deal represents an
astonishing 12,400 per cent hike in rights fees.

The deal, involving a pay-TV company
called Sky Net, is just one example of the extraordinarily successful
way the Premier League have sold their worldwide broadcasting rights for

Star of Africa: Manchester City's Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure

Star of Africa: Manchester City's Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure

In the last round of overseas rights sales, for 2010-13, the League earned 1.437bn from all foreign broadcasters combined.

But overseas deals for 2013-16 will
surge past 2bn in value, which, when added to domestic deals for live
rights (3bn from Sky and BT), Match of the Day highlights (178m from
the BBC) and near-live rights and internet rights (still to be sold),
means the League will earn a mouthwatering 5.5bn from broadcasting
during that three-season period.

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That money, less the League's running costs, will be shared out among the 20 clubs who make up the top tier of English football.

And when the new deals kick in next
season, even the club who end up bottom of the Premier League in 2014
will receive a 60m payout from the TV money, while the champions will
pocket 100m.

The Premier League's success in selling their product around the world has already put them on top of football's global earners, and this new deal will widen the gap on their closest rivals.

While the Premier League currently pulls in 479m a year from overseas broadcasting, La Liga in Spain get 132m, Italy's Serie A 74m and Germany's Bundesliga just 50m.

The willingness of broadcasters in Burma and elsewhere to spend increasingly large sums to buy the Premier League rights reflects the confidence of companies such as Sky Net, who are unrelated to domestic rights holder BSkyB, that they can find enough customers to subscribe to pay-TV channels carrying Premier League action.

While Burma has been ruled by a military junta since 1962, when Ipswich Town were League champions under Alf Ramsey's managership, the country, now also known as Myanmar, is undergoing a slow and painful transition towards democracy.

Official data from the World Bank places Burma at 164th out of 185 nations in their wealth table, with almost all the poorer nations being in Africa.

But Sky Net believe the economy is becoming sufficiently liberal and that there are now enough wealthy football fans there that they will easily recoup their investment of around 8m per year in a country with a population of 60m, roughly the same as that of Britain.

Who pays what: TV

Burma may represent the biggest percentage hike in rights values but there are numerous examples of other markets booming this time.

In Thailand, a company called Cable Thai Holdings have done a 202m deal for 2013-16, a 432 per cent increase on the 38m paid for 2010- 13. Rights values have also leapt, among other places, in India (up 225 per cent from 28m to 91m), Vietnam (up 249 per cent from 6.3m to 22m) and Indonesia, doubling from 25m to 50m.

Other Asia markets, notable Singapore and Hong Kong, were already hugely lucrative and worth between 150m and 200m for the three years to 2013.

New deals have retained the value if not increased it in those places, while Japan and Korea have seen increased deals but not on the scale of some neighbours.

Uniquely in China, the Premier League have sold the rights on a six-year basis from 2013, not a three-year deal.

This is to allow for long-term development of a key market that has been traditionally hard to crack.

On the other side of the world, in the United States, rights values have soared as NBC thrashed rival bidders to win the 2013-16 rights for 157m, or almost four times the amount paid by Fox for 2010-13.

Across the Americas and Central America combined, the League will earn around 240m from 2013, or four times the 60m currently.

The last set of deals to be done are in Europe, where only Scandinavian rights have been sold, for 162m, up from 111m last time.

Much of the rest of Europe is expected to show flat or small growth. But the total pot will still be enormous.

Olympic stars missing from BBC shortlist

After last year's controversy over the absence of women on the shortlist for BBC Sports Personality of the Year, the arguments this year are raging over the big names missing when the 12-strong list is announced on the One Show on Monday.

Golden girl: Laura Trott missing from list

Golden girl: Laura Trott missing from list

Nobody from the country's three main sports will feature after a poor year for Britain's footballers, cricketers and rugby players.

But in the afterglow of London 2012, the final dozen will inevitably be dominated by Olympic and Paralympic heroes.

Even so, a glut of cycling contenders means one or more of Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton, Laura Trott and Sarah Storey will not make the 12, and there has been much debate over the appropriate mix of Olympic and Paralympic contenders.

If Paralympic stars Jonnie Peacock, David Weir and Ellie Simmonds are all included, others, such as Ben Ainslie, Kat Grainger, Alastair Brownlee, Greg Rutherford or Nicola Adams, must make way.

The 12-person selection panel, headed by BBC Director of Sport Barbara Slater, have ensured a decent mix of genders and sports but the only four 'absolute banker' names on the shortlist are hot favourite Bradley Wiggins, Mo Farah, Andy Murray and Jess Ennis.

Murray will not attend the show on December 16 but the BBC will have a live feed to his winter training base in Miami.

Golfers Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy may not make the 12 as they will inevitably be honoured in the Team of the Year award for Europe's Ryder Cup win.

Flying high: Sir Alex Ferguson flew back with supporters

Flying high: Sir Alex Ferguson flew back with supporters

Sir Alex has the common touch

Proof that Sir Alex Ferguson has not lost his common touch came when he flew home from Turkey in midweek on a fans' charter, and took to the public address to thank supporters for travelling to the 1-0 defeat at Galatasaray.

Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton hitched a ride back on Tuesday night, rather than return on Manchester United's plane on Wednesday, to make sure they were back for the funeral of former Old Trafford winger Kenny Morgans, a survivor of the Munich air crash, who died last weekend in South Wales at the age of 73.

Premier League celebrate whopping 200m Thai deal

Charles Sale: Premier League celebrate whopping 200m Thai deal



00:26 GMT, 20 November 2012

The Premier League’s extraordinary global TV rights tender has enjoyed its biggest percentage rise in Thailand, where the next three-year contract is approaching seven times more than the current deal.

Cable network CTH have paid 200million for Premier League content from next season compared with the 30m the Thailand, Laos and Cambodia territory brought in last time round.

This keeps the PL on course to reach the 5billion landmark which Sports Agenda was first to mention as an achievable target.

Universal appeal: The Premier League has attracted the attention of the world

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However, Thailand has been a less happy hunting ground for other football connections. Dave Solomons, one of the founder drivers of First Class Cars who chauffeur PL staff, FA personnel, England players and elite group referees, is serving a four-year sentence in a Bangkok jail for possession of a Class A drug.

And a number of former referees including David Elleray, Graham Barber, Dermot Gallagher and Rob Styles — as well as former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson — have invested heavily in a Thailand real estate deal on the island of Koh Samui that has yet to be developed because of political wrangling.

Johnson sidelined

It is now over a year since England’s rugby union team imploded on and off the pitch in New Zealand. And former England coach Martin Johnson, who paid the price with his job, has yet to emerge from that meltdown.

Apart from a small amount of coaching for Austin Healey and Will Greenwood’s rugby travel business, World Cup-winning captain Johnson has spent a lot more time than expected at his holiday home in Devon.

Lancaster needs results

Stuart Lancaster impressed the Leaders in Football conference with his blueprint for the culture change in England rugby after the World Cup debacle.

But if the upcoming matches against South Africa and New Zealand bring two more home defeats following the woeful showing against Australia, the sense of Lancaster lecturing the likes of Charles van Commenee on sporting excellence so soon in his England coaching career will be called into question.

Under pressure: England face crunch clashes at Twickenham

Under pressure: England face crunch clashes at Twickenham

And the flawed RFU structure, which has no experienced man at Twickenham for Lancaster to lean on when his team struggle, was identified by perceptive football manager Aidy Boothroyd at the conference. Northampton Town boss Boothroyd asked Lancaster who he turns to within the set-up for rugby advice and the answer was that he tries to think problems through for himself.

Fuller expands

Simon Fuller's XIX entertainment, who represent David Beckham, Andy Murray and Lewis Hamilton, have forged an alliance with rugby agent Tim Buttimore, whose clients include Jonny Wilkinson, Sir Clive Woodward and cycling overlord Dave Brailsford. The embryo partnership has also resulted in Woodward’s son Joe leaving IMG to join XIX as a management assistant.

Albion hang on to Dan

Dan Ashworth, sporting and technical director at West Brom, might not be allowed to take up an FA post until the end of his Hawthorns contract on July 31. Albion will not let Ashworth go until they have not only found his replacement but the appointment has spent time shadowing Ashworth. West Brom will want compensation from the FA for Ashworth to be released earlier.

Staying: Dan Ashworth (right) looks set to remain at West Brom for now

Staying: Dan Ashworth (right) looks set to remain at West Brom for now

FIFA prope

FIFA responded to yet more corruption allegations surrounding Qatar’s successful bid for the 2022 World Cup by asking American Michael J Garcia — chairman of the investigatory branch of the ethics committee — to examine the evidence.

Considering the USA were strong pre-vote favourites to host that tournament, surely FIFA should have chosen a more impartial head of this probe. A FIFA spokesman said Garcia’s nationality was not a factor.

Programme blunder

Twickenham's autumn series sponsors QBE had an action picture in their match programme advert of England players bedecked in Nike — on the very day they wore the new Canterbury kit for the first time.

North London derby – the best of recent history

Goals, goals, goals! Sportsmail looks back on a London derby date that rarely disappoints



17:08 GMT, 16 November 2012

Arsenal host Tottenham in one of the most eagerly-anticipated fixtures in the domestic calendar tomorrow – the north London derby. It rarely disappoints.

Since Tottenham ended a run of more than a decade without a win against their fierce rivals, no-one has managed to lay claim to being the dominant force.

And you can almost always guarantee goals, goals, goals. IN the last two seasons alone, there have been 26 goals spread across five meetings, and in two of those the team who led 2-0 went on to lose.

So Sportmail cast their mind back over the last 20 years and picks out the most memorable North London derbies. And we don't even have space the not-so-memorable but enormously significant meeting at White Hart Lane in 2004, when Arsenal secured the point needed to claim the title.

February 26, 2012 – Arsenal 5 Tottenham 2

Where better to start than last season's clash at the Emirates Stadium.

Bragging rights: Arsenal produced a stunning comeback in the last meeting

Bragging rights: Arsenal produced a stunning comeback in the last meeting

Bragging rights: Arsenal produced a stunning comeback in the last meeting

Bragging rights: Arsenal produced a stunning comeback in the last meeting

Tottenham, brimming with confidence after a run of excellent form under Harry Redknapp, swaggered on to the pitch and went 2-0 up thanks to a deflected Louis Saha strike and penalty from former Gunner Emmanuel Adebayor.

Things soon started to unravel for Redknapp's men, however. Bacary Sagna and Robin van Persie took just eight minutes to make it 2-2 and the floodgates then opened in the second half.

Tomas Rosicky's strike and a brace from Theo Walcott gave the Gunners a three-goal cushion and Spurs were lucky that the margin of defeat remained at three as Arsenal romped home to victory.

Cup kings: Paul Gascoigne orchestrated a stunning FA Cup semi-final win at Wembley

Cup kings: Paul Gascoigne orchestrated a stunning FA Cup semi-final win at Wembley

April 14, 1991 – Tottenham 3 Arsenal 1

Already crowned champions after losing just one match all season, Arsenal went in to the first FA Cup semi-final between the two teams as clear favourites.

Paul Gascoigne had other ideas, however. Despite having just undergone a double hernia operation, the midfielder put on one of the most outstanding performances of his glittering career. He clipped a wonderful 30-yard free-kick beyond David Seaman to put Spurs ahead before Gary Lineker doubled the lead.

Alan Smith pulled Arsenal back in the game but Lineker scored again to seal Tottenham's progress to the final, which they won after beating Nottingham Forest in extra-time.

November 20, 2010 – Arsenal 2-3 Tottenham

Spurs had failed to win at Arsenal for 17 years, but the away team that turned up at the Emirates two years ago were clearly cut from a different cloth.

Fresh from having trounced Inter Milan at White Hart Lane, Tottenham headed in to the meeting in Islington full of confidence, but they soon found themselves 2-0 down, with Marouane Chamakh and Samir Nasri both on target.

Comeback: Younes Kaboul scored the winning goal in Tottenham's first win over the Gunners in N5 for more than 17 years

Comeback: Younes Kaboul scored the winning goal in Tottenham's first win over the Gunners in N5 for more than 17 years

Redknapp's words of wisdom ensured that Spurs came out a completely different team in the second half, however. Gareth Bale's fine finish put Tottenham on the path to recovery and Rafael van der Vaart scored from the penalty spot after Cesc Fabregas' handball.

Then with five minutes to go Younes Kaboul glanced home Van der Vaart's free-kick to give Tottenham the spoils.

October 29, 2008 – Arsenal 4-4 Tottenham

Having inherited a team in the relegation zone, Redknapp may have expected a drubbing in his first game in charge, but his team took the lead with one of the greatest goals in the history of the derby – a 35-yard looping volley from David Bentley.

Arsenal hit back with a vengeance, with William Gallas, Emmanuel Adebayor and Mikael Silvestre all finding the target to give the hosts a two-goal cushion. The game was not over for Redknapp's men, though as Jermaine Jenas and Aaron Lennon scored in the final two minutes to level the scores.

Stunner: David Bentley scored one of the best North London derby goals

Stunner: David Bentley scored one of the best North London derby goals

November 13, 2004 – Tottenham 4-5 Arsenal

Martin Jol was probably wondering what he got himself in for after this – his first league game since taking over from Jacques Santini.

The highest-scoring north London derby in history began with Noureddine Naybet scoring his first – and last – goal in a Spurs shirt, but Thierry Henry equalised on the stroke of half-time.

Lauren's penalty and Patrick Vieira's strike put the Gunners ahead, only for Jermain Defoe to pull one back for the hosts.

Freddie Ljungberg and Ledley King were both on target before Freddie Kanoute set up a tense finale by scoring two minutes from time. Spurs threw everything at the visitors, but they could not find an equaliser and Arsenal claimed victory.

Barnsley 0 Huddersfield 1: match report

Barnsley 0 Huddersfield 1: Beckford header seals bragging rights for Terriers


17:39 GMT, 10 November 2012



17:39 GMT, 10 November 2012

Jermaine man: beckford scored the winner for Huddersfield

Jermaine man: beckford scored the winner for Huddersfield

Simon Church played a big part in Barnsley's downfall after turning down a loan move to Oakwell in favour of Huddersfield this week as Jermaine Beckford's first-half header proved decisive in this Yorkshire derby.

Reading striker Church, who opted for a loan move to Huddersfield instead of Barnsley on Friday, laid on the winner for Beckford, who headed home the Wales international's pin-point cross in the 36th minute.

Church, a constant threat for the visitors, twice went close himself as Huddersfield climbed back into the top six with a fourth away win in the npower Championship this season, while a fourth straight defeat for Barnsley leaves them two points above the drop zone.

It was the first meeting between the
two sides since Barnsley edged past Huddersfield in a League One
play-off semi-final in 2006.

Teenager John Stones, fellow defender
Stephen Foster and striker Marlon Harewood were back for Barnsley,
while former Tottenham and Middlesbrough forward Mido, yet to appear for
the Tykes since arriving in the summer, was named among the

Match facts

Barnsley: Steele, Stones, Wiseman, Foster, Golbourne, Cranie, Etuhu (Mido 63), Dawson (Noble-Lazarus 68), Mellis, Cywka (O'Brien 68), Harewood.

Subs not used: Alnwick, Hassell, Dagnall, McNulty.

Booked: Mido.

Huddersfield: Smithies, Hunt, Peter Clarke, Lynch, Dixon, Clayton, Southern, Scannell, Novak (Lee 86), Beckford (Ward 59), Church.

Subs not used: Bennett, Woods, Norwood, Gerrard, Hammill.

Booked: Smithies, Church.

Goal: Beckford 36.

Attendance: 12,130

Referee: Mark Haywood (W Yorkshire).

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Huddersfield included Church and recalled right-back Jack Hunt and Beckford.

The first real chance fell to
Harewood, who headed a corner from Jacob Mellis just wide in the 15th
minute and the former Nottingham Forest striker fired in a 25-yard shot
that was comfortably gathered by Huddersfield goalkeeper Alex Smithies.

Prompted by midfielder Stephen
Dawson, Barnsley enjoyed the better possession midway through the first
half, but it was Huddersfield who broke the deadlock nine minutes before

Church found space out wide on the
left and sent over a fine cross for Beckford, back in the side following
a hamstring injury, to head home into the top corner from six yards.

Barnsley's response was immediate
though. Tomasz Cywka arrowed a shot from the left edge of the penalty
area just over the crossbar and Dawson's effort from similar distance
was well saved by Smithies.

Barnsley continued to keep hold of
the ball for longer periods, but had only Kelvin Etuhu's wayward
free-kick to show for their efforts up until the hour-mark when
Huddersfield lost Beckford to injury.

Beckford was replaced by Danny Ward and the visitors then went close to increasing their lead twice in as many minutes.

Striker Lee Novak's shot from the
edge of the area was held by Steele before midfielder Keith Southern
headed Ward's corner inches wide in the 62nd minute.

Tykes boss Keith Hill sent on former
Egypt international Mido for Etuhu soon after, but Huddersfield went
close again from another Ward corner, this time defender Joel Lynch
heading the wrong side of the post.

Hill sent on teenager Reuben
Noble-Lazarus and Jim O'Brien for Cwyka and Dawson respectively and the
former made an instant impression when he fired a shot over the

Church, a constant thorn in
Barnsley's side, forced a smart save from Steele with a 77th-minute shot
from inside the box, while the Tykes spurned two golden chances to
level in the closing stages but Harewood and then O'Brien both pulled
shots wide when well-placed inside the area.