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Lionel Messi playing for Dan wasan Barcelona with Cristiano Ronaldo playing for Real Madrid
12/06/2014 - Brazil World Cup 2014 player portraits

Can Messi win his place among the football giants?

Is Lionel Messi the Mozart of modern football? And can he make beautiful music for Argentina in the Brazil World Cup? If he does, the little man will have a place among the soccer giants.

Cristiano Ronaldo in April
12/06/2014 - Brazil World Cup 2014 player portraits

What makes Ronaldo so good?

Ronaldo has struggled to the top of world football from humbl origins in Madeira. With him onside can Portugal hope to win the 2014 World Cup?

With friends like these ...Jean-François Copé (L) Alain Juppé (C) François Fillon (R)
10/06/2014 - Explainer: France

Sarkozy comeback looms over UMP crisis meeting

Sarkozy seems set to shave but will not ride a white horse.

06/06/2014 - Analysis: Brazil World Cup 2014

Football-crazy Brazil hosts World Cup at last - amid protests, strikes and controversy

Brazil's long love affair with football is consummated with the hosting of the 2014 World Cup.  But protests and strikes seem to show the romance turning sour. 

French President François Hollande promises to cut costs with his territorial reform
05/06/2014 - Explainer: France

Hollande redraws France’s regions – what will it mean?

President François Hollande is to redraw the administrative map of France.

Marine Le Pen with Matteo Salvini (Northern League, Italy), Harald Vilimsky (FPÖ, Austria), Geert Wilders (PVV, Netherlands) Gerolf Annemans (VB, Belgium)
29/05/2014 - Analysis: France - European Union

Ukip’s Farage, Front National’s Le Pen compete for Eurosceptic leadership … and EU cash

Despite big advances in this month’s European elections, right-wing Eurosceptics are having problems forming a group in the European parliament due to arguments over who should be leader and ...

Front National, first party in France, reads the poster
27/05/2014 - Analysis: France - European Union

Why did the Front National win election in France?

How far Sunday’s Front National victory was actually a real vote for their policies and leader is hard to decipher.

Rafael Nadal with birthday cake at last year's Roland Garros
23/05/2014 - Analysis: Roland Garros 2014

Djokovic, Wawrinka, Federer challenge Nadal for Roland Garros king of clay

Is Nadal unbeatable as the French Open male supremo? Do Novak Djokovic, Stanislas Wawrinka or Roger Federer have what it takes to take his Roland Garros place?

Serena Williams - will the wondrous one keep her place at the top?
23/05/2014 - Analysis: Roland Garros 2014

Serena Williams, Li Na, Sharapova, Ivanovic - women contenders at Roland Garros 2014

Who's in the running for the women's number one spot at the 2014 French Open? Can Li Na, Maria Sharapova or Ana Ivanovic topple wondrous Serena Williams?

Serena Williams - can anyone steal her crown?
23/05/2014 - Analysis: Roland Garros 2014

Can anyone dethrone Nadal, Williams at Roland Garros 2014?

Is anyone out there capable of beating serial winners Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams at Roland Garros 2014?

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