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Samir Nasri abused and accosted by Arsenal fans, and Marouane Chamkh acts as bodyguard: VIDEO

VIDEO: Arsenal hate figure Nasri abused by angry Gunners fans on walk to Emirates… and flop striker Chamakh is left to act as his bodyguard!

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John Drayton

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11:27 GMT, 14 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:32 GMT, 14 January 2013

It seems Arsenal fans still haven't forgiven Samir Nasri's acrimonious split with the club 18 months ago.

After just three years in north London, the Frenchman forced a move to Manchester City where he has since won the Premier League title.

His name still rings around Emirates Stadium on matchday, though it's sung in far more derogatory terms than it once was.

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Arsenal fans abuse Marouane Chamakh and Samir Nasri on Sunday at Emirates Stadium

Arsenal fans abuse Marouane Chamakh and Samir Nasri on Sunday at Emirates Stadium

Gunner get nasty: Arsenal fans turned on Marouane Chamakh and Samir Nasri as the pair walked to Emirates Stadium on Sunday before the Manchester City match

And on Sunday, with Nasri's new club in town, the midfielder was back on his old stomping ground. He was there as a fan, though, due to the suspension he received for a red card a Norwich last month.

Rather than arrive under the cover of his car or team coach, the 25-year-old opted to walk to the stadium, a decision which backfired as he was heckled and at one point even accosted by angry home support.

But springing to his defence was, of all people, former team-mate Marouane Chamakh, himself far from popular at the Emirates, and currently on loan at West Ham.

In a video posted on Twitter and YouTube, Nasri can be seen, and heard, coming under a barrage of abuse along Hornsey Road.

As the stadium comes into focus on the amateur footage, one man made for the France forward only to be yanked away by the tall Moroccan.

The pair then swiftly disappeared into the belly of the stadium.

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The new Messi? Cassiano Bouzon- the latest South American wonderkid to catch the eye of Barcelona

VIDEO: The new Messi Here's the latest South American starlet to catch the eye of Barcelona

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UPDATED:

00:12 GMT, 29 December 2012

The resemblance is striking. Boasting a magic left foot, a diminutive frame and the ability to ghost past defenders, he could be mistaken for a young Lionel Messi.

And Brazilian prodigy Cassiano Bouzon could soon be teaming-up with Argentina forward Messi at Barcelona.

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Wonderkid: Brazilian Cassiano Bouzon

The 11-year-old was invited to
Europe for a three-week trial after a video was posted on YouTube of the
youngster showcasing his skills in a youth team game.

And Bouzon impressed on trial with the Spanish giants, according to reports in Brazil.

Bouzon must wait for his dream move because of his age and he is expected to join Brasileiro outift Fluminense to continue his development.

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'Barcelona made me very comfortable to review the proposal,' explained
Bouzon's father, and former footballer Tiquinho. 'Doors not closed, he
can go there when you are at 13, 14 years.

'But now we have decided, he'll be here at Fluminense. On day 4 or 5 January I will be in Rio de Janeiro to sign the contract.'

Elgin fan "mortified" over Ibrox dance display – VIDEO

Elgin fan red-faced despite rave reviews for dancing in front of Blue Noses at Ibrox

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UPDATED:

09:58 GMT, 6 December 2012

The happiest football fan in Britain admitted she was 'mortified' after becoming an internet sensation for her dancing display at Ibrox.

Jenny Bird, 36, was in Glasgow to watch Elgin face Rangers in the Scottish Cup and was captured on camera as she boogied in the away end during her side' 3-0 defeat.

Jenny appeared on YouTube and the clip generated 100,000 views in the first 24 hours.

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Rave on: Jenny Bird became an internet hit after dancing at Ibrox

Rave on: Jenny Bird became an internet hit after dancing at Ibrox

But the volunteer sports coach from Nairn told the Daily Record: 'I'm mortified. I've given myself a red neck but, hey, life's too serious anyway.

'It wasn't planned. I just got carried away with the music. It was just a bit of fun with the moves I use when I'm warming up for boxing and exercise.

'It's something that's happened and now I've just got to get on with it. There was no harm in it and if it has made people happy, then that's good.'

Jenny, who supports Highland League side Nairn, travelled down on the bus to watch her friend Stuart Leslie play for Elgin.

And she denied going straight to the match after a big night out on the town.

She added: 'I hardly ever drink, except maybe one at my birthday and at Christmas.'

Jenny's dad is ex-Jedburgh player and racehorse owner Charlie Bird and her brother-in-law Derek Paterson played rugby for Scotland.

Lionel Messi could be better than Pele

76 (and counting) reasons why Messi could be better than Pele…

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 12 November 2012

The swish of a left boot, a helpless goalkeeper getting neck ache as he watches the ball arc over his head, goal for Lionel Andres Messi.

Check it out on YouTube. May 1, 2005 is the date and Albacete are the opponents. A baby-faced Argentine magician, aged 17 years, 10 months and seven days, becomes the youngest Barcelona player in history to score a league goal.

As Messi bounced in celebration with cheeky provider Ronaldinho, who could have guessed that the first would lead to a flood and then a torrent

Scroll down to watch Messi's first goal for Barcelona back in 2005…

Scoring for fun: Messi punishes Mallorca on Sunday night

Scoring for fun: Messi punishes Mallorca on Sunday night

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With each strike another record tumbles, which is not reassuring news for Saudi Arabia goalkeepr Waleed Abdullah after Messi grabbed his 75th and 76th goals of 2012 in Sunday’s 4-2 La Liga win over Mallorca.

Messi, 25, has nine games left to net 10 goals and score more in a calendar year than anyone in history, starting on Wednesday in Riyadh when Argentina take on Saudi Arabia.

His run of form reads 15 goals in 11 matches, which suggests it is only a matter of when, not if, Messi breaks the record.

Sunday’s double against Mallorca took Messi past Pele, who scored 75 goals in 53 matches in 1958 for Santos and Brazil. It also puts German legend Gerd Muller within his sights. The stocky forward hit 85 goals for Bayern Munich and West Germany in 1972.

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The only way is up: Messi is on course to become the greatest ever

The only way is up: Messi is on course to become the greatest ever

Messi has already surpassed Muller in terms of goals per season. In the 2011-12 campaign he scored 73, breaking the European club record set in 1972-73.

In March he passed Cesar Rodriguez’s 57-year-old milestone of 232 goals to become Barca’s all-time leading scorer. He also scored a European Cup record-equalling 14 goals in the Champions League, netting a best of five goals in one game.

Last week he was presented with his second Golden Boot award and he is again favourite to win the Ballon D’Or for the fourth successive year.

‘Leo’s records are spectacular,’ admitted Barcelona’s Tito Vilanova in what has to go down as one of the more obvious managerial pronouncements.

‘It’s spectacular when you think that he scores so many goals. Few players reach these numbers in seven or eight seasons. He does it in one.

More to come: Messi is still only 25

More to come: Messi is still only 25

HOW THE GOALS HAVE GONE IN…

Lionel Messi has scored 64 of his 76 goals in 2012 for Barcelona and 12 for Argentina. His mercurial left foot has accounted for the majority of his goals, with 69 of them coming from that side. He has also scored four with his right foot and three with his head. Messi has netted 64 goals inside the box, including 14 penalties, and 12 outside, of which seven have been free-kicks. Messi has bagged 14 braces and an incredible nine hat-tricks – including two for Argentina in wins against Switzerland and Brazil.

‘And most of his goals are great goals. We are unlikely to see another player like him and, if we do, it won’t be for a very long time.’

If Abdullah needed any further warning, then his manager is well placed to provide it. Dutchman Frank Rijkaard was once Messi’s coach at the Nou Camp and watched him evolve into the best player in the world.

Many things have changed since May 1, 2005, not least the fact that Messi is now a proud father. On the pitch, however, he continues to raise the bar.

At 5ft 6in, he is two inches shorter than Pele and three inches shorter than Muller, who was far more stocky. Yet, despite his slight build, Messi barely misses a match through injury. More records await.

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Kimi Raikkonen to stay at Lotus in 2013

Kimi gimme one more year! Raikkonen will stay at Lotus in 2013

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UPDATED:

12:04 GMT, 29 October 2012

Speculation surrounding Kimi Raikkonen's future has ended after Lotus announced he will stay at the team next year.

Lotus made the announcement in a video posted on youtube that the 2007 title with Ferrari will remain after making his return to F1 from rallying this season.

'We're delighted Kimi is staying with us for 2013,' the British-based team said on their official Twitter feed (@Lotus-F1Team) after posting a link to the film clip.

Staying put: Raikkonen (right) will remain at Lotus through the 2013 season

Staying put: Raikkonen (right) will remain at Lotus through the 2013 season

The Finn has been the most consistent driver on the grid, with 14 successive scoring finishes and every racing lap completed. He has been on the podium six times in 2012.

The 33-year-old is third in the championship, 67 points off the lead, with three races to go despite not having won yet this season.

Team principal Eric Boullier told reporters after Sunday's Indian Grand Prix that neither Raikkonen nor French team mate Romain Grosjean were likely to win any of the season's final three races.

'Realistically I would be kidding people if I said we would win a race this year,' he said.

Consistency: Raikkonen has enjoyed successful year

Consistency: Raikkonen has enjoyed successful year

'Yes I can be frustrated at not getting this missing, or elusive, win but we had a good start to the season with a new package and two new drivers. If you put us in the same position next year then it will be a different story.'

Raikkonen was seventh in India, Grosjean ninth. Boullier said an announcement on the full driver line-up could be expected soon.

Grosjean, despite several first corner crashes of the kind that got him suspended for the Italian Grand Prix in September, is almost certain to be kept on as well.

American schoolgirl KNEES her opponent in the face as she lay on the field injured during Salt Lake City football match

Shocking moment American schoolgirl KNEES her opponent in the face as she lay on the field injured

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UPDATED:

15:13 GMT, 19 October 2012

An American schoolgirl footballer was caught viciously kneeing one of her opponents in the face during a game in a startling video that has set off a firestorm online this week.

In the 13-second clip, which has attracted more than 2million views since being posted on YouTube on October 12, Wood Cross High School senior-year student Makenzie Clark, dressed in a blue kit No 12, could be seen falling to the ground after tearing a ligament in her ankle during a play.

As the girl attempts to roll into a sitting position, a rival player from Salt Lake City High East, identified as No 12 Petiola Manu, pulls back her leg and slams her knee into Clark's face and then calmly walks away.

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Sports injury: Wood Cross High School player Makenzie Clark, dressed in a blue jersey No 12, tore a ligament in her ankle during the September 27 game against Salt Lake City High East

Sports injury: Wood Cross High School player Makenzie Clark, dressed in a blue jersey No 12, tore a ligament in her ankle during the September 27 game against Salt Lake City High East

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Kneeing

Foul act: A bystander recorded a video showing Petiola Manu, seen dressed in a white jersey No 12, approach her opponent Clark as she lay on the ground and hit her

Dirty move: Manu was caught on video viciously kneeing Clark in the face

Dirty move: Manu was caught on video viciously kneeing Clark in the face

Unpunished: Manu walked away after assaulting Clark and continued playing without getting a penalty

Unpunished: Manu walked away after assaulting Clark and continued playing without getting a penalty

None of the coaches or referees witnessed the incident during the September 27 game, and no free-kick was awarded, KSL.com reported. Clark, 17, ended up being carried off the field by her team-mates.

Manu was allowed to continue the game, but she was eventually pulled out by her coach who had noticed that her emotions were running high, according to Desert News. East eventually won 2-1 in extra-time.

After the video showing Manu's unsporstmanlike conduct surfaced online, East High's principal Paul Sagers met with both his girls' football coach and Manu. The Utah High School Activities Association is investigating the foul play.

On Monday, Manu issued an apology to Clark, telling reporters, 'I let my emotions get the best of me and I took it too far. And I just want to apologize to (Makenzie) and everyone. I'm sorry.

‘It was a physical game and I let my emotions get the best of me. It was nothing personal. I was just really frustrated with the game. I wasn't thinking. I was just running on adrenaline, and the game was tied at the time.’

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Clark

Mea culpa: Manu, left, later apologized to Clark, right, saying that she let her emotions get the best of her during a physical game, and that the hit was not personal

Clark's mother, Susie Clark, said the first time she saw the video, it made her sick to her stomach.

‘I just see my baby out there,’ Clark told ABC4. ‘It was a dead ball. It was after the fact. It was after the play was over. It was a brutal, dirty shot.’

Outraged: Clark's mother, Susie, said what Manu did to her daughter was unsportsmanlike and unacceptable

Outraged: Clark's mother, Susie, said what Manu did to her daughter was unsportsmanlike and unacceptable

The player’s mother added, however,
that seeing the footage also left her feeling grateful that Manu did not
hit her daughter in the temple or broke her jaw.

'I mean, there were so many other things that could have gone wrong that were really, really lucky Makenzie was OK.'

She also said that while she is not naive about the aggressive nature of girls football, which often results in injuries and bruises, what was done to her daughter on the field went far beyond that.

‘A knee to an unprotected head is unacceptable, that kind of unsportsmanship is unacceptable, and I don't want a player to get away with this to set a precedent for it to be able to happen again, that they can get away with something,’ she said.

According to East football coach Rudy Schenk, Manu is a decent player, and she has not previously been known to get violent on the field.

The high school plans to use the video to teach athletes about the importance of sportsmanship.

The Salt Lake City incident is only the latest in a series of brutal altercations among youth soccer players which have made headlines in recent years.

In March, Annette McCullough, a senior-year student at Lewisville High in South Carolina was charged with assault after punching an opposing player repeatedly in the face during a match against Chester High School (pictured below).

Vicious: In an immediate reaction to being tripped, the 18-year-old grabs the rival player by her hair and rains blows down on the girl's head

Vicious: In an immediate reaction to being tripped, 18-year-old Annette McCullough
grabs her rival by her hair and rains blows down on the girl's
head

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Danny Rose smeared in Serbian video over racist abuse

'Danny Rose is lying to whom' Serbian FA's bizarre video bid to smear England Under 21 star amid racism storm

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09:46 GMT, 19 October 2012

The Serbian FA have shamefully tried to discredit Danny Rose’s claim that he was racially abused by fans during England’s Under 21 European Championship play-off win on Tuesday.

Just 24 hours after the Serbs insisted there had been no racist chanting during the ill-tempered clash in Krusevac, their official YouTube channel posted a bizarre video mocking the Tottenham player’s accusation.

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The heavily edited six-minute clip,
entitled ‘Danny Rose is lying to whom’, contained footage of Rose in
action at various moments in the game, with no apparent evidence of
racist abuse aimed at him.

However, the video ended at 76
minutes and ignored the explosive end to the game in which Rose was
shown a red card for kicking a ball into the crowd out of frustration at
the abuse from the stands.

Other YouTube footage had clearly
implicated the crowd, while several witnesses gave first-hand accounts
of the abuse, which England players insisted had taken place from the
warm-up onwards.

Livid: Danny Rose argues with Milos Ninkovic after the final whistle

Livid: Danny Rose argues with Milos Ninkovic after the final whistle

Below the Serbian FA video clip, which was brought to the attention of Sportsmail by www.101greatgoals.com, a
caption read: ‘Danny Rose said: “Every time I touched the ball, they
were doing the monkey chanting again”. As you can see in this video,
there was no unsportsmanlike cheering and insulting opposing players on
racial grounds.’

The clip was posted by ‘Fudbalski
savez Srbije’ — the domestic name of the Serbian FA, and a link to the
video appeared on the governing body’s official website.

Rose, now on loan at Sunderland, will
talk to manager Martin O’Neill before a decision is made as to whether
he is in the right state of mind to play in Sunday’s Wear-Tyne derby.

Heated: Jordan Henderson attempts to keep Serbain counterparts away from Rose (right)

Heated: Jordan Henderson attempts to keep Serbain counterparts away from Rose (right)

Rose, described as inconsolable after
the game, returned to Sunderland and took part in a light
training session ahead of the clash with Newcastle.

O’Neill said: ‘I will speak to him
and give him a day or two, and let him try to start focusing on the
game. I am sure he would want to play. I am getting to know Danny, I
think he is a good little character, he wants to play every week.

‘It was disappointing considering the
efforts here to eradicate racism. It is something he won’t have
encountered and a difficult situation. Obviously I have the utmost
sympathy and empathy.’

Farcical: Rose was sent off by Turkish referee Huseyin Gocek after the final whistle

Farcical: Rose was sent off by Turkish referee Huseyin Gocek after the final whistle

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has
also offered his support and confirmed he has spoken to the 22-year-old.
He said: ‘It’s extremely difficult for Danny. He was disappointed by
the situation he had to live with. I told Daniel I support him
completely.’

Chris Hughton, the Premier League’s
only black manager, has called for UEFA to order national associations
found guilty of racist abuse from supporters to play behind closed doors
or be banned.

The Norwich boss said: ‘This gives UEFA a good opportunity to stamp their authority on this, for them to be big and brave.’

The Old Trafford X-Factor: Initiation of young stars Wootton and Brady caught on camera

The Old Trafford X-Factor: Initiation of young stars Wootton and Brady caught on camera

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UPDATED:

13:09 GMT, 28 September 2012

They both made assured starts to their Manchester United careers in the midweek League Cup win over Newcastle.

But while Scott Wootton and Robbie Brady passed the Old Trafford 'X Factor' audition on their senior debuts, they won't be entering the real version of the TV show anytime soon.

A video from United's pre-season tour in August shows the two youngsters being initiated into the professional ranks – by singing the Bill Withers classic 'Ain't No Sunshine.'

Audition: Manchester United youngsters Scott Wootton and Robbie Brady stand up to sing in front of the whole first team squad

Audition: Manchester United youngsters Scott Wootton and Robbie Brady stand up to sing in front of the whole first team squad

Red-faced: Wootton and Brady sing their way through Bill Withers' classic 'Ain't No Sunshine'

Red-faced: Wootton and Brady sing their way through Bill Withers' classic 'Ain't No Sunshine'

Debut: Scott Wootton in action for Manchester United against Newcastle in midweek

Debut: Scott Wootton in action for Manchester United against Newcastle in midweek

The pair's induction was captured on camera by erstwhile United striker Dimitar Berbatov and the clip found its way onto YouTube.

As the rest of the squad bang tables to keep the beat, Wootton and Brady try to keep in tune – although there's clearly some difficulty in remembering all the words.

Paul Scholes, sat just in front of the camera, can't help himself dissolving into a fit of giggles, while Javier Hernandez at the back also raises a smile.

Defender Wootton, 21, started in the third round win over Newcastle and impressed alongside fellow debutant Marnick Vermijl.

Irish striker Brady, 20, came on as a late substitute for another newcomer – left-back Alexander Buttner – as United ran out 2-1 winners to set up an away tie at Chelsea in the next round.

Both players appear to have bright futures ahead of them – though perhaps not on the karaoke circuit.

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Ricky Hatton comeback: Six key fights from his career

Return of the Hitman! Six fights that shaped the career of comeback king Hatton

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UPDATED:

12:19 GMT, 14 September 2012

A new licence and a new hope – two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton announced his return to the boxing ring on Friday, ending weeks of speculation.

The 33-year-old has cleaned up his act, shed three stone in the gym and completed his medicals, with talk now turning to opponents for the November 24 fight at the Manchester Arena.

Sportsmail takes a look back at the six fights that made – and brought down – his career so far.

October 21, 2000: Fight number 22 vs Jon Thaxton

October 2000 and 22-year-old Hatton has been fighting as
a professional for three years without really being tested – all but four of his
21 victories having come by knockout.

But any illusions of boxing being a cakewalk are
destroyed by the tough-as-nails Thaxton, who opens a cut above Hatton’s left
eyebrow just 15 seconds into the fight.

The blood is gushing down Hatton’s face and his opponent
doles out the punishment, including a bruising right onto the forehead in round
two.

Bloodbath: Hatton and Thaxton exchange blows in their 2000 British Light Welterweight fight at Wembley

Bloodbath: Hatton and Thaxton exchange blows in their 2000 British Light Welterweight fight at Wembley

But as we know, Hatton is made of tough stuff and by the
fifth he is scoring at will with short rights and combinations. Thaxton too is
cut and blood trickles down, impairing his vision.

It’s a gruesome spectacle and the slugfest goes the
distance with Hatton unable to finish his opponent off. The decision is
unanimous in Hatton’s favour and he collects the vacant British Boxing Board of Control Light Welterweight title.

You can watch the fight on YouTube here.

December 13, 2003: Fight number 34 vs Ben Tackie

A big milestone on the way to that bout with Tszyu came
late in 2003, when Hatton comprehensively outboxed a very skilled opponent in
the Ghanaian Ben Tackie.

As expected, Hatton had to work hard to retain his WBU
Light Welterweight title on home turf at the MEN Arena but showed speed and
power that had previously been hidden away.

Toughest test: Hatton was forced to work hard against Ben Tackie in their December 2003 bout

Toughest test: Hatton was forced to work hard against Ben Tackie in their December 2003 bout

Tackie was on his knees in the opening round, only for
the referee to rule a slip, but Hatton continued to hammer away with some
intelligent combinations.

As Hatton acknowledged afterwards, Tackie had the ‘toughest
head’ he had encountered in boxing, but his unanimous points win underlined his
potential to compete against world class fighters.

June 4, 2005: Fight number 39 vs Kostya Tszyu

The fight that made him and one of the most sensational
upsets in the history of boxing. Kostya Tszyu, a hero in his native Australia,
was arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world and had been a
champion for more than ten years.

But the tables were turned in a highly-charged 2am fight
in front of 22,000 partisan fans at the Manchester Arena in the biggest fight
Britain had witnessed in years. Hatton emerged from his corner like a
whirlwind, winning the first two rounds, but Tszyu showed his class with some
thunderous counters.

It was tight and tetchy, with some questionable
decisions. In the closing stages of the seventh, Hatton was floored, only for
referee Dave Parris to decree an illegal low blow. In the ninth, both fighters
were again picked up for going below the belt.

Take that! Tszyu lands a big left on Hatton during their legendary June 2005 fight

Take that! Tszyu lands a big left on Hatton during their legendary June 2005 fight

The champ: Hatton has his arm lifted by referee Dave Parris after Tszyu failed to return for the final round

The champ: Hatton has his arm lifted by referee Dave Parris after Tszyu failed to return for the final round

Mutual respect: Hatton shares a word with Tszyu after the fight

Mutual respect: Hatton shares a word with Tszyu after the fight

But by the closing rounds, the 35-year-old Tszyu was
visibly starting to tire and by the end of the eleventh Hatton had beaten his
face into a swollen mess. The local boy swarmed, connecting with a volley of
big rights and a crashing left to leave his opponent reeling.

Tszyu didn’t emerge for the final round and was dethroned
as champion in a result that rocked boxing. Both fighters were magnanimous
despite the questionable tactics used in the fight – ‘I have nothing to be
ashamed of – I lost to the better fighter,’ said Tszyu in addressing the crowd
afterwards.

Hatton paid his own tribute, saying: ‘If can be half the
champion Tszyu is, I’ll be doing very well.’ Little did we know then that this
night was probably the peak in his career.

June 23, 2007: Fight number 43 vs Jose Luis Castillo

This fight is all about one moment – from nowhere in the
fourth round, Hatton unleashed a blow so perfectly timed and placed into the
liver that Castillo recoiled, spun 360 degrees and crumpled on to one knee,
unable to stand up again.

And thus ended this high-profile Vegas 'megafight' between
two champions which never really got going as a contest (Hatton had taken the
first three rounds). It was the first time Castillo had been counted out in his
career, brought down with just one ferocious punch.

December 8, 2007: Fight number 44 vs Floyd Mayweather Jr

All these moments led to this – the fight billed as ‘Undefeated’
in Vegas between reigning WBC and The Ring Welterweight champion Floyd
Mayweather Jr and The Ring light welterweight champ Hatton.

The bout had been billed as a Britain versus America
clash and was watched ringside by a stellar cast of celebrities including David
Beckham, Angelina Jolie, Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt, as well as thousands of noisy
Hatton fans who had invaded the city.

Despite making a jump in weight, Hatton kept pace with
Mayweather well in the first few rounds, even knocking him off balance with a
left jab. The American looked uncomfortable and was unable to exert any
meaningful pressure or capitalise on a cut Hatton had sustained above his right
eye.

The cheek! Hatton shakes his backside at Mayweather after being deducted a point in the sixth round

The cheek! Hatton shakes his backside at Mayweather after being deducted a point in the sixth round

End game: Mayweather connects with a devastating punch to win the fight in the tenth

End game: Mayweather connects with a devastating punch to win the fight in the tenth

Floored: Hatton can't get back on his feet

Floored: Hatton can't get back on his feet after hitting the canvas for a second time

The fight turned on a decision in the six to deduct Hatton
a point for aiming punches at the back of Mayweather’s head. The call affected
Hatton more than it ever should and suddenly he was chasing a dancing
Mayweather around the ring, growing more and more frustrated and angry.

The chase told in the tenth, when Mayweather rocked
Hatton with a left hook, sending him sprawling to the canvas. He continued, but
was badly hurt, and a few seconds later he staggered backwards and down once
again to finish the fight.

Mayweather said afterwards: ‘Ricky Hatton is one tough
fighter. He is still a champion in my eyes and I’d love to see him fight again.
He is probably one of the toughest competitors I’ve faced. I hit him with some
big ones but he kept coming and I can see why they call him the ‘Hitman.’

Video of the final round set to music

May 2, 2009: Fight number 47 vs Manny Pacquiao

18 months on from Mayweather defeat, and following fightback
wins over Juan Lazcano and Paulie Malignaggi, Hatton secures another grandstand
bout against Manny Pacquiao, who had seen off Oscar De La Hoya.

The Vegas spectacle was billed as ‘The War of the Worlds’
and whipped into a frenzy by promotion in both camps. There was an almost
cordial atmosphere to the build-up, with none of the trash talking that had
been seen before Hatton-Mayweather.

In fact, the most memorable soundbite was when Hatton
claimed: ‘This fat, beer-drinking Englishman is going to shock the world again.’

Sweet connection: Pacquiao lands a solid right on Hatton's nose in the second round

Sweet connection: Pacquiao lands a solid right on Hatton's nose in the second round

Motionless: Hatton lies still on the canvass after being knocked out by Pacquiao

Motionless: Hatton lies still on the canvass after being knocked out by Pacquiao

Unfortunately, Pacquiao did his talking in the ring, in
front of a predominantly English MGM crowd. Hatton was down twice in the first
round – from a powerful right hook and then a combination late in the round.

Hatton looked helpless against the Filipino’s armoury of
punches and a left hand settled matters with a second left in the second round.
As Hatton lay prone on the canvass, it was painfully obvious that he had come
to the end of the road – or so we thought until this week.

Pacquiao underlined his dominance across a number of
weight divisions, but it was all too much for Hatton who later admitted
contemplating suicide after the defeat.

But now, over three years later and at the age of 33,
Hatton is to make a comeback.

Julio Cesar exclusive: I dream of winning Premier League with QPR

EXCLUSIVE: I dream of winning the Premier League title with QPR, says new boy Cesar

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It was a good year for Queens Park Rangers, 1967. They won the Third Division title and beat First Division West Bromwich Albion 3-2 in the first League Cup final to be held at Wembley. Alec Stock was the manager, Peter Springett was in goal and Rodney Marsh was among 11 Englishmen in the starting team. It was their most successful season.

Standards are somewhat higher in 2012. On Wednesday, they completed the signing of Julio Cesar from Inter Milan. A player who has won five League titles, eight cups and one Champions League at his last club is entitled to have great expectations. And QPR's new goalkeeper is not afraid to feel optimistic.

'I have many dreams at QPR,' said the smiling Brazilian, sitting down with Sportsmail for an exclusive chat about his move.

Family guy: Julio Cesar is bringing his wife Susanna and their children Giulia and Cauet to London

Family guy: Julio Cesar is bringing his wife Susanna and their children
Giulia and Cauet to London

'To play well for the fans, the manager, the chairman and myself. And eventually finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League and then one day win the Premier League.

'It is possible. A few years ago nobody believed Manchester City would ever win the Premier League. So we have to dream. When you dream, things can happen. That's the reason I came here.'

He has been watching clips of QPR on YouTube and has seen a video of the 5-0 defeat to Swansea on the opening day of this season.

Brazilian blend: Goalkeeper Julio Cesar will add to the South American influence at Queens Park Rangers

Brazilian blend: Goalkeeper Julio Cesar will add to the South American influence at Queens Park Rangers

And he should know they have won only five trophies in their history, but he's here and he's ambitious. And he knows how to stop goals.

Cesar, 32 and Serie A goalkeeper of the year twice in the past four seasons, watched Tuesday's Capital One Cup win over Walsall and now he is nervously testing out his English which, by the way, is not bad at all for a beginner.

'I watched the game on Tuesday and it was good to see us win,' he says. 'We have a saying in Portuguese – pe quente. It literally means ''hot food'' but it's a saying that we use to mean a good omen. So I think I was that on Tuesday night.

'When I arrived at the ground there were lots of children all excited to see me. It was great. Loftus Road is of course a lot smaller than the San Siro but I walked around the ground and I liked it. I like that in England the fans are a lot closer to the pitch. The stadiums in England are much better than in Italy. The pitch at Loftus Road is perfect, it is unbelievable.'

Unbelievable is how many Rangers fans will view having a keeper of Cesar's calibre at the club. At Inter, under Jose Mourinho, Cesar was voted the third-best goalkeeper in the world (Iker Casillas and Gianluigi Buffon were first and second) and a flick through his best clips on YouTube will tell you why. His reactions are lightning quick and he looks comfortable on crosses, a key in the Premier League.

'London is a big attraction,' he said. 'It is one of the two or three best cities to live in the whole world. It reminds me of New York. It's perfect for my future too. I can speak a bit of English now but coming here gives me the opportunity to learn it really well. I'm a little bit shy speaking English at the moment. I don't trust myself so I'll start studying next week and hopefully in six months to a year I will speak really, really well. I'm very, very happy. It's a new experience for me and my family. The opportunity to play in the Premier League, the best football in the world. I can't wait to train, I can't wait to play.'

He's Inter QPR: Cesar admitted he researched the Loftus Road club

He's Inter QPR: Cesar admitted he researched the Loftus Road club before his arrival

'I want us to reach the top four. It can happen, as it did for Man City'

Playing would not have happened much this season if he had stayed at Inter. Samir Handanovic was brought in during the summer, with the club needing to shed high earners after failing to qualify for the Champions League.

Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan and star defender Lucio are among the others to depart.

'Inter suggested that I reduce my salary, but no player in my situation would have done that. It became a tough situation for both parties. But I want to thank president Massimo Moratti for the seven wonderful years we have had together.

Competition: Green could lose the No 1 jersey after arriving only in the summer from West Ham

Competition: Green could lose the No 1 jersey after arriving only in the summer from West Ham

'I'll ask him to let me go on the pitch before the match between Inter and Roma this weekend so I can give a collective hug to all the fans. That would be a nice gesture.'

Once he knew he was going, unsurprisingly, there was no shortage of options. As well as a concrete offer this week from Roma, who made a last-ditch call on Tuesday to attempt to stop him joining QPR, Tottenham and Arsenal were also in the frame. Arsenal decided they were happy with Wojciech Szczesny while Andre Villas-Boas decided against bringing in a player so associated with his rival Mourinho.

Welcome to QPR: Fernandes greets Cesar

Welcome to QPR: Fernandes greets Cesar

'Two weeks ago I found out QPR were interested,' he says. 'I don't watch much football on TV but when I found out I could be coming to QPR, I went to Google and YouTube to read about the club, the players and to see how many Brazilians there are in the squad. There's Fabio, of course, and Jose Bosingwa speaks Portuguese too. Now I know a little bit about them. I didn't read too much because I'm a bit lazy with reading but I'll learn more each day.'

Cesar is under no illusion about the
task that lies ahead as Mark Hughes' No 1. Watching Rangers' opening day
thrashing by Swansea sorted that out.

'I saw the first game. Wow! It was terrible for them and they had some
problems but these things happen in football. When I met the coach I
asked him what happened in the first game. But they drew away in the
second game (1-1 at Norwich) and that's a good result.'

First
up for Cesar – assuming that he is fit and chosen ahead of Robert Green
– is Saturday's trip to champions Manchester City.

'I hope to be the No 1, but I have to work hard. I have the ability but
I know the Premier League is hard. My first game could be against my
first coach in Europe. Roberto Mancini brought me to Inter. They have
done well but we have to believe we can beat them.'

Rangers
almost did last season in the final-day nailbiter which saw City win
3-2 to seize the title but a result against Carlos Tevez – 'he is so
good' – and the rest of Mancini's superstars will not be easy.

'It's going to be a lot more physical here,' he admitted. 'The referees don't give fouls easily. In Italy, it's different. Here, if you fall down, you just have to stand right back up and get on with the game. I know (Tottenham's) Heurelho Gomes very well; we went to the World Cup together. So I'm going to speak to him about playing here.

'I've played against Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham. I like Wayne Rooney a lot. He is so good – up there with the best in the world.'

Cesar should know. He's been there.