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Summary

  1. Jurgen Klopp agrees to become Liverpool boss
  2. Fifa: Blatter, Platini & Valcke given 90-day suspensions
  3. Former vice-president Chung Mong-joon banned for six years
  4. Northern Ireland v Greece; Scotland v Poland (19:45 BST)

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What a day

That's it from sportsday and what a day. High-profile Fifa suspensions, Jurgen Klopp agreeing to become Liverpool's new manager and a court in Spain saying Lionel Messi and his father should stand trial on tax fraud charges.

Now, we've got crucial Euro 2016 qualifiers involving Republic of Ireland playing Germany and Scotland hosting Poland. You can follow them by clicking here or listen on BBC Radio 5 live.

How can Scotland qualify for Euro 2016?

Scotland v Poland, 19:45 BST

Scotland face Poland in their Group D qualifier at 19:45 BST. It is their penultimate match ahead of Sunday’s final chance against Gibraltar. Lose tonight and it would be over before that, however. So, how exactly can Gordon Strachan’s side progress?

  • Currently fourth on 11 points, Scotland can only qualify by securing the third place play-off spot.
  • Republic of Ireland, who play group leaders Germany at 19:45 BST, are currently third on 15 points.
  • To leap-frog them, Scotland need four points from their final two matches and need Republic of Ireland to lose to Germany and Poland.
  • Scotland would progress thanks to their superior head-to-head record.
  • However, if Scotland win both matches, even two draws for the Irish would not be enough and Strachan’s side would take third, again on their head-to-head record.
Group D
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How can Northern Ireland qualify for Euro 2016?

Northern Ireland v Greece, 19:45 BST

Northern Ireland play Greece in Group F at 19:45 BST. Michael O’Neill’s side are currently top of the table on 17 points, but automatic qualification is not yet guaranteed.

They face competition from Romania on 16 points and, more crucially, Hungary on 13 points - both teams could push Northern Ireland into third. So, what are the permutations?

  • Win against bottom-of-the-table Greece, and Northern Ireland secure automatic qualification.
  • Lose both matches and Northern Ireland are relying on Hungary to fail to beat both Faroe Islands and Greece.

Group F
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How can Republic of Ireland qualify for Euro 2016?

Republic of Ireland v Germany, 19:45 BST

Republic of Ireland face Group D leaders Germany at 19:45 BST. After that, it’s a final match against second-placed Poland on Sunday before they learn their Euro 2016 fate.

Scotland are champing at the bit behind them, however, and the Irish could still miss out on the third-place play-off spot. So, what exactly do they need to progress?

  • Win against Germany and Martin O’Neill’s side are guaranteed the third-place play-off spot.
  • Two draws would not be enough if Scotland win both their final matches - Gordon Strachan’s side have a superior head-to-head record.
  • Two losses and the Irish would be relying on Scotland to also either lose one or both their matches.
Group D
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Lewandowski's in the Highland League

Football

Will the real Robert Lewandowski please stand up? Scotland face Poland at 19:45 BST, and with it the prospect of defending against one of Europe's fiercest strikers in the shape of the Bayern Munich forward.

However, his is a name that strikes fear into teams in the Highland League as well. 

As it happens, Robert Lewandowski is a goalkeeper for Fort William FC, according to the club's website. Just imagine the look on their opponents' faces when they see the team sheet.

Read more about how Scotland can handle the Polish striker here.

Robert Lewandowksi
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Chance at immortality for Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland v Greece (Thu, 19:45 BST)

Sporting immortality is the reward for a Northern Ireland match-winner against Greece, according to former manager Nigel Worthington.

Victory would clinch qualification for Euro 2016 and a first major tournament appearance since 1986.

Nigel Worthington
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"There's a wonderful chance for someone to make themselves a hero - the player who scores the winner will be held in high esteem forever," said Worthington.

Defender Jonny Evans has been ruled out because of a hamstring injury

Lafferty replacement big decision - Taggart

Northern Ireland v Greece (Thu, 19:45 BST)

Gerry Taggart
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A win for Northern Ireland tonight will book their place at the European Championship next suumer.

Gerry Taggart - who won 51 caps for his country - says manager Michael O'Neill has a big call to make up front with Kyle Lafferty suspended:

"Kyle Lafferty is among the highest goalscorers in this qualification, he's the talisman so he's going to be a big miss tonight, but the plus is Nottingham Forest forward Jamie Ward coming back in," he said. 

"Michael O'Neill's got Liam Boyce of Ross County, Josh Magennis of Kilmarnock and Will Grigg of Wigan, so he's got a few decisions to make, because Kyle's been so prolific the others haven't had as many chances."

Scotland can't afford to lose tonight

Scotland v Poland (Thu, 19:45 BST)

Scotland can't afford to lose to Poland tonight if they want to keep alive their hopes of qualification for the European Championship.

Former Scotland defender Willie Miller says they have a tough task trying to stop Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski:

"It's very difficult, he's at the top of his game just now, scoring goals for fun. It will be up to the two centre backs, probably Russell Martin and Grant Hanley, and the team have to try and stop the supply to him. 

"We're at home and always full of optimism. Scotland can't lose tonight and part of that is stopping their main threat."

Robert Lewandowski
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Cipriani still dreams of playing for England

Rugby Union

Danny Cipriani
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Danny Cipriani still dreams of playing rugby for England again, and has played down reports of a training ground incident with coach Mike Catt.

The Sale Sharks fly-half was omitted from Stuart Lancaster's squad for the World Cup and the RFU confirmed this week there was a misunderstanding between Cipriani and Catt on the training pitch.

In his column in The Sun Cirpriani said  the pair have "a good working relationship".

Cipriani & Catt row a 'non-story'

Rugby Union

England coach Stuart Lancaster says there are "two sides" to the pre-World Cup training ground row between fly-half Danny Cipriani and attack coach Mike Catt.

Media reports claim Catt told Cipriani that he would "end his England career" hours after the Sale back had learned that he was not in the 31-man squad.

Danny Cipriani
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"Everybody knows Mike Catt pretty well," said Lancaster.

"I saw it and I had a good chat with both of them. Everybody shook hands and it was all done in a short space of time and we all moved on. It's no problem. 

"Things like that happen occasionally with so many players in the camp, but it's a non-story for me."

Fifa scandal

Football

Fifa has provisionally suspended its president Sepp Blatter, secretary general Jerome Valcke and vice-president Michel Platini for 90 days.

The British government's Sports Minister Tracey Crouch said: "The only way forward for Fifa is full-scale reform. It has to be much more accountable, transparent and restore the faith of football fans across the world. 

"Blatter has hung on to his position for too long and a new President must drive through widespread change."

Fifa scandal

Uefa stands by Platini

Uefa has called an emergency meeting in Nyon on Thursday, 15 October following its president Michel Platini being provisionally suspended by Fifa.

Michel Platini
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In a statement, Uefa said: "The Uefa executive committee saw no need, at this moment in time, to invoke Article 29(5) of the Uefa statutes, pursuant to which the highest-ranking vice-president of Uefa may step in to assume the powers and duties of the president in his absence. 

"This is because the Uefa executive committee is aware that the Uefa president will immediately take all necessary steps to appeal the decision of the Fifa ethics committee to clear his name. 

"Furthermore, the Uefa executive committee stated that there must be a very rapid final decision on this matter before the relevant bodies, in the interests of both justice and football.

"Finally, the Uefa executive committee expressed its full confidence in Uefa president, Michel Platini, and stands fully behind him."

McAllister agrees to new Reds role

Football

Gary McAllister had been removed as first-team coach pending Jurgen Klopp's arrival as manager at Liverpool.

Gary McAllister
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The Scot was offered a new role at the club and he has accepted a position on the Reds' backroom team but it does not involve first-team duties.

"Gary McAllsiter has  accepted an ambassadorial position, which will allow the club to benefit from his strong connection and affinity with the supporters," said a club statement.

However, the Anfield club confirmed "Sean O'Driscoll,Glen Driscoll and Chris Davies have left their respective first-team roles at the club".

Fifa scandal

Dyke to wait for Platini verdict

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has said for the first time that the governing body will drop its backing for Michel Platini as a candidate for the Fifa presidential election if Fifa's ethics committee finds he behaved improperly.

Uefa president Platini and Fifa president Sepp Blatter have been handed 90-day provisional bans by the committee while investigations take place into a £1.35m payment to the Frenchman.

"I can see why people are saying we should stop supporting him now, but we will follow what the ethics committee decides," said Dyke.

"Platini claims it's a fix, but if they decide he has behaved improperly we will not support him and I'm sure I would have the backing of the FA board on that."

Dyke to answer to MPs

Football

Greg Dyke (left) and Michel Platini
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Football Association chairman Greg Dyke will give evidence to MPs at a parliamentary hearing in two weeks' time on the FA's backing for Michel Platini in his bid to become Fifa president. 

Fifa sponsors, the Serious Fraud Office and Domenico Scala, the head of Fifa's governing body independent audit and compliance committee are also due to appear at a two-day meeting of the Culture, Media and Sport select committee.

The FA's board has not dropped its backing for Platini as the next Fifa president despite the Uefa president being provisionally banned by the ethics committee of world football's governing body.

The select committee is due to sit on 27 and 28 October.

Cahill on Chelsea struggles

England v Estonia (Fri, 19:45 BST)

Gary Cahill (left) and Roy Hodgson
Reuters

Right, let's give the last word from the England news conference to Gary Cahill as he talks about the situation at his club Chelsea: "We have had a very tough start but I have never been as determined to turn things around.

"I am sure the other players are the same. When I get back to club football we will tackle the problems head on."

Fifa scandal

Football

Roy Hodgson
Reuters

Roy Hodgson on the current situation with Fifa: "Everything to do with Fifa and the FA is a subject and a matter for the board of the FA headed up by Greg Dyke, whatever they are saying is fine by me. 

"I don't want to add my voice on the subject because that is not my realm of the FA. My realm is coaching the England football team."

Hodgson on Rooney role

England v Estonia (Fri, 19:45 BST)

"Wayne Rooney is a player capable of playing different positions," said England boss Roy Hodgson on where he see Rooney in his side.

"At the moment, we regard him as a forward player, either as a centre-forward or someone who plays just behind the out-and-out centre-forward."

'A strong team'

England v Estonia (Fri, 19:45 BST)

"It is a very strong team but it would be foolish of me to give away clues," said England manager on his team selection before the Estonia game.

"We are waiting on Michael Carrick but apart from that we have been fortunate that we have not come across injuries in training. I have a strong squad to choose from."

Roy Hodgson news conference

England v Estonia (Fri, 19:45 BST)

More from Roy Hodgson: “I don’t understand the seeds. I find it hard to understand how the Fifa rankings work. I don’t understand how we can win 10 and draw three of 13 games, be top of our group and teams above us in the rankings have six points fewer.

“However, you play against who you play against and when you cross that white line it is your performance that counts."

Roy Hodgson news conference

England v Estonia (Fri, 19:45 BST)

More from Roy Hodgson: "There have been a nucleus of players who have been with me and the group for quite a long time. 

"Are we going to have the body of players we have worked with going forward? Are we consistently going to have to find other people who can come in because they are injured? 

"We have done enough experimenting, we know what we want to do and the players we need to do what we want to do and now it is about getting practice."

Roy Hodgson
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Klopp for the Kop

Football

Let's break off for a moment just to let you know Jurgen Klopp has landed at John Lennon Airport. The German is set to sign a three-year contract with Liverpool and succeed the sacked Brendan Rodgers.

Football

England v Estonia (19:45 BST)

Gary Cahill (right)
Reuters

Now to Gary Cahill, who takes the captain's armband from the injured Wayne Rooney: "I'm extremely proud to be leading England out tomorrow. It's a great honour and a dream come true. A career high.  

"I've spoken to Wayne Rooney a lot and I'm looking forward to the feeling of leading England out at Wembley."

Roy Hodgson news conference

England v Estonia (Fri, 19:45 BST)

England manager Roy Hodgson has provided an injury update on Liverpool striker Danny Ings and Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick fit to face Estonia.

"Danny Ings has not trained since joining us because he picked up an ankle injury against Everton but that has responded to treatment better than we thought it would. We are hopeful that by Monday he will be fit," said Hodgson.

“Michael Carrick had a slight recurrence of a tightening of the groin and we did not want to take any chances in a light training session today on the basis it will help him be fit for tomorrow."

Roy Hodgson news conference

England v Estonia (Fri, 19:45 BST)

On Wayne Rooney being out with an ankle injury: “It is a disappointment for Wayne of course. He is not the type of player who likes to miss games. He received a knock playing against Arsenal, the ankle is settling down very well but we don’t want to risk him tomorrow.

"He has a lot of Man Utd games ahead and I would be devastated if something happened out there.

“The important thing now is for Wayne to fully recover from this minor injury and be fully fit the next time Manchester United play. Disappointing for us and for Wayne but good for Gary Cahill to have the chance to captain the team.

"Wayne has been very keen to be with us and I'm sure he's looking forward to tomorrow night when Sir Bobby Charlton presents him with a golden boot."

Rooney will be honoured at Wembley after becoming England's record goalscorer.

Roy Hodson
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Fifa scandal

Chung Mong-joon to 'mobilise legal means'

Here's more from Chung Mong-joon: "Fifa is like the sinking Titanic.

"I will mobilise all legal means available to expose the injustice of this decision by the ethics committee while continuing to do my utmost to reform Fifa.

"I call on all the fair-minded colleagues at Fifa and football fans around the world, as well as the court of world public opinion, to join me in my endeavor to bring about a true re-birth of Fifa."

Fifa scandal

Chung Mong-joon disappointed by sanctions

Chung Mong-joon
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Former Fifa vice-president Chung Mong-joon says he is disappointed after the organisation's ethics committee banned him from football for six years, something he described as "a most blatant miscarriage of justice."

In a statement he said: "While this decision does not come as a surprise, I am profoundly disappointed at an act that, once again, demonstrates the profoundly irresponsible and unethical nature of Fifa.

"This decision by the ethics committee has completely undermined the legitimacy and fairness of the next Fifa presidential election," he added.

Next stop Wembley

England v Estonia (19:45 BST)

PHOTO: The #3Lions squad arrive at Watford Junction as they head to their hotel before tomorrow's game v Estonia
PHOTO: The #3Lions squad arrive at Watford Junction as they head to their hotel before tomorrow's game v Estonia

PHOTO: The #3Lions squad arrive at Watford Junction as they head to their hotel before tomorrow's game v Estonia

Finn not feeling the pressure

Cricket

England fast bowler Steven Finn says he did not feel any extra pressure to try and win a place in the England Test side ahead of Mark Wood, and expects both to feature in the series against Pakistan:

“You don’t want to use them all up in the practice games but nice to go out there – it took a couple of days to get the rust out of my system and then to go out there and take a few wickets and early wickets it felt good," he said.

"We’ve got three back-to-back Tests. I think it’s a bit unrealistic that the same team is going to play in each Test. You just have to make sure when you’re called upon you’re games in order to be able to go out and perform."

Finn takes four against Pakistan 'A'

Cricket

Fast bowler Steven Finn took four wickets for 16 runs as England put a Pakistan 'A' side into bat in their warm-up match in Sharjah.

The home side made 192 runs for the loss of 12 wickets on the opening day of the two-day match, as England agreed that the hosts should bat on after losing their 10th wicket.

Steven Finn
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Yorkshire spinner Adil Rashid took three wickets, while Liam Plunkett and Samit Patel managed two apience.

Tomorrow England will bat and Alex Hales and Moeen Ali will hope to impress with as they compete for a place opening the batting, alongside captain Alastair Cook in the first Test next week.

Get Involved - National Poetry Day

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#mysportingpoem Anyone remember Eric Djemba-Djemba?

Short and sweet Martin, but at least it rhymes.

Klopp set for Kop

Football

#LFC confirm a press conference will be held 10am on Friday for a major club announcement lfc.tv/AuYM

#LFC confirm a press conference will be held 10am on Friday for a major club announcement lfc.tv/AuYM

Wonder what that could be about...

Liverpool to appoint Klopp

Football

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

Liverpool will unveil Jurgen Klopp as their new manager at 10:00 BST tomorrow morning on a three-year contract.

The 48-year-old has left Dortmund on board a private plane to Liverpool's John Lennon airport. He will stay in the city tonight, where he will sign his contract and will be officially unveiled as Brendan Rodgers' replacement tomorrow morning.

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No fails for Wales, that's the hope of BBC presenter Jason Mohammad in his contribution on the Rugby World Cup.

Roses Are Red,

Violets Are Blue,

I'm Supporting Wales,

Hope You Are Too.

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Would you miss a game for your child's birth?

Football

Got any nails left as you count down the hours to tonight's Euro 2016 qualfiiers?

Why not pass the time by listening to the 5 Live Football Daily podcast, as George Riley is joined by Danny Mills, John Hartson and Iain Dowie to discuss the matches for Northern Ireland, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.

Plus hear from Theo Walcott, Gordon Strachan, Shay Given, Michael O'Neill and Roy Keane. The panel also debate whether a footballer should play in a match and run the risk of missing their child's birth.

Bayern 'have won title'

Matthaus predicts big season for his old club

Lothar Matthaus
BBC

Lothar Matthaus says Bayern Munich have already clinched the Bundesliga title after opening up a seven-point gap over Borussia Dortmund after just eight games.

The World Cup-winning captain also says his former club are big favourites to win the Uefa Champions League.

“They are so powerful,” Matthaus told the BBC’s WorldFootball show. “I have never seen them so strong.”

Fifa scandal

Lineker on Fifa, the FA and Platini

Gary Lineker also feels the Football Association will be hoping Michel Platini is cleared of any wrongdoing by the investigation, after backing him to be next Fifa president:

"Well it's not going to help Michel Platini's election bid clearly if he is involved in something that's not correct then he too will be in trouble but I suppose we will have to wait and see on that front."

Platini Blatter
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"A lot of people would've backed the Platini so it won't just be the FA, although they have gone out on a limb for him so I suppose in hindsight when things come out it's easy to be quite damning. 

I'm sure The FA will wait and see what happens with the investigation and enquiries, and will be hoping they don't end up with egg on their face."

Fifa scandal

New president 'needs integrity'

Gary Lineker believes Fifa has to get their next presidential appointment right: 

"Sepp Blatter is remarkable in the sense that he seems to keep wriggling away from things, but it seems to be catching up with him, the house of cards appears to be collapsing at Fifa, which inevitably leads to the man at the top at some point. He seems to have had more lives than a cat," said the ex-England striker.

"I don't think even Fifa know where it goes from here they're in a mess it couldn't be a bigger mess. Obviously at some point they have to have elect this new leader, whether it's in February or sooner. It needs to be somebody with integrity above suspicion they need to do a total clean sweep and reform Fifa."

Fifa scandal

'Clean slate and start again'

Gary Lineker

MOTD presenter since 1999

Former England striker and Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker thinks it's time for football to start again:

"It just goes from bad to worse to desperately bad, it's just really depressing.

"That the very top of the game is so clearly corrupt and in such a pickle but it's hard to know what they can do apart from clean slate and starting again."