The Rundown

  • Seven football hard men who battled on with bad injuries

    1. Vincent Kompany

    After Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany (above and below) played for an hour with a broken nose, concussion and a cracked eye socket in Belgium's 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over Serbia on Friday, we take a look at a few other figures who proved to be real 'hard men' with their bravery in the line of duty.

    2. Stuart Pearce

    Nicknamed 'psycho', Pearce was unflinching in the heart of battle for club or country. This was never truer in March 2000 when he tried to "run off" a broken leg suffered playing for West Ham United against Southampton. Somewhat astonishingly,
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  • Woods back on top as sport’s best-paid athlete

    Tiger Woods is once again the world's best-paid athlete after reclaiming golf's number one ranking, according to Forbes.

    Woods had total earnings of $78 million (£50.34m) over the past year - $65 million (£42m) in endorsements and the remainder from appearance and prize money, Forbes said in its annual sporting survey.

    The American returned to the top of golf's rankings in March for the first time since October 2010.

    A number of sponsors had abandoned Woods after he was involved in an adultery scandal that broke in 2009 but sportswear company Nike was among those that stood by him.

    Woods had

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  • Robert Pires, Bizente Lizarazu and the man himself back in 1998

    In April, we told you how Zinedine Zidane had invested in French fourth division side Rodez, a club from his wife's hometown that had fallen on hard times.

    It is not just monetary support that Zidane is offering though – last weekend he went to the trouble of reuniting some members of his 1998 World Cup-winning France team to play a friendly against the club.

    Rodez usually get around 800 people for games but 10 times that amount turned out for the match that included 10 members of that Les Bleus squad: Zidane, Fabien Barthez, Robert Pires, Bixente Lizarazu, Laurent Blanc, Christian Karembeu,

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  • Jose Mourinho's return for a second spell as Chelsea manager has been shouted from the rooftops for several months and now it has finally been confirmed.

    Yet while it would be huge fun to see Mourinho back - not to mention making for a string of great stories for us - we at The Rundown firmly believe that the Portuguese boss is making a mistake.

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    He can't possibly succeed

    Mourinho is remembered - rightly - as a Chelsea legend, so what benefit could there possibly be in going back? If he succeeds his stock will be no higher than it already is; and if he fails, he could tarnish

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  • LEGENDS - Manchester United's Jaap Stam (L) challenges Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane during a legends charity football match at Old Trafford

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    HOT POTATO - British & Irish Lions' Jamie Roberts (R) is tackled by The Barbarians' Joe Rokocoko during the first half of their friendly match in Hong Kong.

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    WE CAN SEE YOU! - Tiger Woods of the US hits from the sand on his third shot on the 10th hole during the second round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf.

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    BAT-MAN - England's captain Alastair Cook runs out to bat during the second one-day international cricket match against New

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  • 10 reasons to like Ashley Cole

    So Ashley Cole's appointment as England captain for tonight's friendly against the Republic of Ireland has caused something of a stir.

    The media storm is nicely summarised in this morning's Paper Round - the gist is that Cole is not an appropriate skipper, just nine months after a foul-mouthed (and hilarious) rant against the FA.

    We at the Rundown, ever keen to champion an unfashionable cause, beg to differ.

    Here's why Ashley Cole is a great man and the perfect England captain.

    1-He's really good at football - As our man Jim White says, he's probably the best England player of his generation

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  • The Free Agent XI – would this side stay up?

    Crystal Palace have joined Cardiff City and Hull City in the Premier League and much has been made of the £120m windfall the three top flight new boys can expect to receive over the next five seasons for their promotion.

    Conventional wisdom suggests that they will need to spend a big chunk of that on transfer fees if they are to have any chance of survival in the top flight but are there any gems on the free agent market that they can exploit?

    Here is the best XI of out of contract players that we could find – ruling out players that are likely to retire (Phil Neville) or who are highly

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  • Are Benfica’s players the unluckiest stars in sport?

    Benfica's Maxi Pereira can't believe that his team has lost not one, but three titles

    Every football fan has occasion to moan about a bit of bad luck here and there: last minute winners, agonising own goals, missed penalties... we've all been there.

    But next time you're taking the names of the football gods in vain about some misfortune, spare a thought for Benfica's fans. They have suffered the ignominy of losing out on three huge trophies in the space of three weeks.

    First came the critical moment in the Portuguese league on May 11. Benfica were undefeated all season until their penultimate game of the season away at their only title rivals, Porto, who were also yet to lose

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  • After a dramatic week in sport, we look at the greatest images from around the world.

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    Austria's Reinhard Kleindl sets a 'slacklining' world record by walking 607ft above the streets of Frankfurt on what amounts to a piece of trampoline elastic.
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    Toronto Blue Jays' Brett Lawrie hits a cracking shot in an MLB game against the Baltimore Orioles.

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    Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes and his men celebrate winning the Champions League...

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    ...and it seems those celebrations lasted a while, and involved more than a few glasses of Bavarian beer!

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  • Six Wembley European Cup finals

    Barcelona's 'Dream Team' celebrate their 1992 success

    Saturday's Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund will see the European Cup presented at Wembley for a record-extending seventh time.

    The old Wembley hosted five finals, in 1963, 1968, 1971, 1978 and 1992. The new stadium hosted the final in 2011.

    After Wembley, the Heysel Stadium in Brussels has staged five final matches, including two in 1974, when the final was replayed. The finals of 1958, 1966 and 1985 were also staged there.

    The Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna has staged four finals, in 1964, 1987, 1990 and 1995.

    A look at the previous Wembley finals:

    AC MILAN

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