Mike Collett

Keegan returns to Newcastle

Kevin Keegan has been appointed as manager of Newcastle United for the second time in his career, the Premier League club said on Wednesday. Keegan (56), who played for the club in the 1980s and managed them for five years in the 1990s, succeeds Sam Allardyce, who left the club last week.

Capello handed England job until 2012

Italian Fabio Capello was named as the new England head coach until 2012 by the Football Association on Friday. The FA confirmed his appointment on a four-and-a-half year contract in a statement on its website. The 61-year-old succeeds Steve McClaren who was sacked last month after England failed to qualify for Euro 2008.

Soccer was more than just a game on Robben Island

While sporting attention is turned to the draw for the preliminary round of the 2010 Soccer World Cup this weekend, a different view of soccer in South Africa is being premiered in front of a celebrity audience on Friday. Director Junaid Ahmed's film More Than Just a Game tells the story of how political prisoners on Robben Island used soccer as one of the means of survival.

Brazil officially named 2014 World Cup hosts

Brazil, the only bidding country, were named as the host nation of the 2014 Soccer World Cup finals by Fifa, world soccer's governing body, on Tuesday. Brazil, who have won the World Cup a record five times and are the only country to have played in all 18 World Cup finals tournaments, last staged the event in 1950.

Tottenham sack manager Martin Jol

Tottenham Hotspur have sacked their Dutch manager, Martin Jol, the Premier League club said in a statement on Thursday. ''We can confirm that the board has this evening asked Martin Jol, the club manager, and Chris Hughton, the first team coach, to stand down from their positions with immediate effect,'' the statement read.

Blatter gets third term as Fifa president

Sepp Blatter was given a third term as president of world soccer's governing body by acclamation after standing as the only candidate at Thursday's Fifa congress. ''I accept this mandate and I thank you for your continuing trust in me,'' he told delegates from Fifa's 208 member associations who gave him a four-year term until 2011.

Inzaghi double leads Milan to Cup win

AC Milan beat Liverpool 2-1 with two goals from Filippo Inzaghi to win the European Cup for the seventh time on Wednesday and avenge their defeat on penalties by the English team in the final two years ago. Liverpool, who looked down and out, pulled a goal back in the 89th minute with a Dirk Kuyt header but could not repeat their famous Istanbul fight-back.

FA Cup final ushers in new Wembley

The FA Cup final, one of the landmark events in the global sporting year, finally returns home to Wembley Stadium on Saturday after a seven-year absence. Although a few matches have been played there, the stadium officially opens its doors for the first time when Manchester United meet Chelsea in the final for the second time in 13 years.

Ronaldo penalty takes United to within whisker of title

Manchester United took a giant step towards the Premier League title when they beat Manchester City 1-0 in a one-sided local derby on Saturday to open up an eight-point lead over defending champions Chelsea. United have 88 points with two matches to play which means Chelsea, on 80 points with three matches to go, must win at Arsenal on Sunday to keep alive their now slim hopes.

Chelsea, Bayern, Valencia win again

Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Valencia all maintained their 100% records with their third straight wins as the Champions League group phase reached the halfway stage on Wednesday. Chelsea handed European champions Barcelona a 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge in Group A where Didier Drogba scored an outstanding individual goal after 47 minutes.

Champions League reaches pivotal point

A clearer picture of the likely qualifiers for the knockout phase of the Champions League should emerge as the group stage reaches its halfway point this week. Clearly, with only two of the six matches completed so far, no team is certain of qualifying and none are eliminated, but results on Tuesday and Wednesday will have a big bearing on both of those issues.

Blow the vuvuzela: Strikers are ‘gatvol’

About 20 000 protesters in Pretoria have started marching towards the Union Buildings after a delay outside the Treasury building when they were told Finance Minister Trevor Manuel was not available to receive their memorandum. Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) president Willie Madisha told the crowd that Manuel had known they were coming seven days ago but still insisted on flying to Cape Town.

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