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  1. Ronaldinho released


    In case you missed it earlier....

    Former Brazil midfielder Ronaldinho has left Fluminense after spending just over two months and playing only nine games for the Rio de Janeiro club.

    The 35-year-old had struggled to get match fit, failed to score a goal and produced only flashes of the talent that made him one of the world's top players when he was in his early 20s.

    Fluminense said that they had agreed to part company with Ronaldinho in an "amicable manner and by mutual agreement".

  2. That's all from Sportsday for today

    Right, I am off to make sure I packed the right passport - I'll be back tomorrow from 8am with all the latest news and reaction to tonight's Champions League action.

    Speaking of which - make sure you follow Arsenal and Chelsea's progress here.

  3. Pellegrini picked up wrong passport

    Borussia Monchengladbach v Man City (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Conor McNamara

    BBC Radio 5 live at Borussia Park in Germany

    Turns out Manuel Pellegrini didn't forget his passport, he just picked up the wrong one.

    Manchester City arrived at the airport earlier today before their 15:15 BST flight and the manager jumped straight into a taxi after disembarking the team coach, before returning to the airport 35 minutes later.

  4. Man City news conference

    Borussia Monchengladbach v Man City (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Vincent Kompany's injury isn't just bad for for the Blues, it sounds like Belgium will have to do without the defender too for their final Euro 2016 qualifiers in which they need two more points...

  5. Advantage Olympiakos?

    Arsenal v Olympiakos (Tue, 19:45 BST)

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Olympiakos are helped in their Champions League campaign by the lack of competition in their own league.

    Olympiakos have won the Greek title for the past five seasons and have won all their domestic league games so far.


    "They are a team with a big advantage. They dominate their league easily at the moment so they can prepare for these kind of games," said Wenger.

    Arsenal have won their last two games, at Tottenham and Leicester.

  6. Coquelin is back

    Arsenal v Olympiakos (Tue, 19:45 BST)

    Arsenal could have holding midfielder Francis Coquelin back following a knee problem which kept him out of last Saturday's 5-2 Premier League win at Leicester.

    Midfielders Mathieu Flamini (hamstring) and Mikel Arteta (dead leg) are ruled out, while forward Olivier Giroud serves a one-match ban following his red card in Arsenal's opening defeat at Dinamo Zagreb.

    Francis Coquelin

    Defender Gabriel is also available following a one-match domestic suspension but Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky all remain out.

    Olympiakos midfielder Luka Milivojevic is suspended following his dismissal against Dnipro in last season's Europa League. Defender Manuel da Costa is also out with a knee injury.  

  7. Football

    Borussia Monchengladbach v Man City (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    More from the Manchester City boss.....

  8. Attractive Eastleigh


    Adam Blackmore

    BBC Radio Solent sports editor

    National League club Eastleigh are proving quite the draw as they look for a replacement for Richard Hill who resigned... 

    That despiteone of the criteriabeing that any candidate should have a "pleasing and willing personality"...

  9. Stoke hope for Walters resolution


    Graham McGarry

    BBC Radio Stoke

    Jon Walters

    Stoke City chief executive Tony Scholes is hopeful the situation with Jonathan Walters' contract can be resolved.

    The two parties have failed to agree terms on a new deal, and the Irish forward handed in a transfer request last month.

    Scholes told Sport at Six on BBC Radio Stoke: "It would be fantastic if we can sort something out, I think players will always want what they think they`re worth and I understand that.

    "At the moment we can`t agree on the length of the contract." 

  10. 'No more questions on Casillas'

    Porto v Chelsea (Tue, 19:45 BST)

    Iker Casillas Jose Mourinho

    Jose Mourinho's trip to his old club Porto also means he faces goalkeeper Iker Casillas, whom he managed at Real Madrid, where the relationship between the two reportedly became strained. 

    When asked about encountering his former player, the Blues boss told the pre-match news conference: "If you're going to ask me about Casillas, I'm going to greet him at the beginning and the end. No more questions about it."

    On his team's opponents, who are leading the Portuguese league, Mourinho said: "Away games in the Champions League are always difficult. They are a big side and want to win, but Porto know they will not face a weak team."

  11. Get Involved - One-player teams


    Keanen on Twitter: An 11-man team of Roberto Carlos would probably win every game with free-kicks alone

    Roberto Carlos

    Kam: Paolo Maldini. I don't think you need add anything else to be honest.

    Who would you want a team of? Get involved using #bbcsportsday on Twitter, or post on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  12. Man City news conference

    Borussia Monchengladbach v Man City (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    As for Manchester City's summer signing Kevin de Bruyne, he'senjoying scoring goals and preparing for fatherhood.....

  13. Time for Costa

    Porto v Chelsea (Tue, 19:45 BST)

    Diego Costa

    Chelsea striker Diego Costa is available for tonight's match in Porto because his domestic three-match ban does not extend to European games.

    Blues manager Jose Mourinho, who oversaw the Portuguese club's Champions League victory in 2004, has no new injury worries for the Group G match.

    Porto midfielder Yacine Brahimi hurt his right knee against Moreirense on Friday, but is in the squad.

    Midfielders Hector Herrera and Silvestre Varela have been left out.

  14. Champions League B teams


    A Question of Sport Teaser

    Earlier on, our friends at Question of Sport asked you which six teams beginning with B are in the Champions League group stage this season?

    The answers you were looking for are...

    Barcelona, BATE Borisov, Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich, Benfica, Borussia Monchengladbach.

    Well done if you got all of them, and we'll have another teaser for you tomorrow.

  15. Rooney - The man behind the goals

    5 October, BBC One

    Wayne Rooney says Fabio Capello's reign as England boss ranks as the biggest disappointment of his international career.

    The striker has played under four permanent England managers - Sven-Goran Eriksson, Steve McClaren, Fabio Capello and current boss Roy Hodgson.

    The Italian was in charge of the national team for just over four years and took England to the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa, where the Three Lions won just one of their four games.

    Wayne Rooney

    "The one I've been most excited about was Fabio Capello with his record," said Rooney.

    "I just expected more. The time I've enjoyed playing for England most was under Sven and now under Roy. Times in between that I wasn't enjoying it as much as I should've."

  16. Man City news conference

    Borussia Monchengladbach v Man City (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany leads the list of absentees for tomorrow's Champions League game, according to manager Manuel Pellegrini....

  17. City in Germany

    Man City news conference

    Kevin de Bruyne will join Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini to speak to the media shortly before their game at Borussia Monchengladbach tomorrow - our man Conor McNamara is there so we will bring you any team news too.

  18. Punter wins £45k on late winner



    Did you enjoy Everton's last-gasp win at West Brom last night?

    Not as much as Kyle Jordan, who won more than £45,000 on £5 on an accumulator to predict the outcome of six matches, but also for both teams in each to score.

    When Everton trailed 2-0 against West Bromwich Albion in the final match, the 30-year-old thought the game was up.

    But the Toffeemen recovered to win 3-2 and complete Mr Jordan's 9,172-1 bet.

    The oil and gas worker said he could not believe his luck when Everton striker Romelu Lukaku's 84th-minute goal sealed his £45,865 windfall.

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  20. Home from home for Watford


    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Troy Deeney

    Watford boss Quique Flores might privately welcome an away match this weekend. The Hornets have scored just one goal in four Premier League games at Vicarage Road and have struggled to create chances. Away, they have scored four in three. 

    After Saturday's home defeat by Crystal Palace, Flores said: "We didn't play comfortable, we had problems creating attempts. We tried to play very fast and counter-attack and it was difficult to create a balance." 

    Roll on Saturday's trip to Bournemouth...

  21. 'No brainer' to leave England for Germany

    Borussia Monchengladbach v Man City (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini will be speaking soon ahead of thier match tomorrow, but one Englishman will be hoping to make an impression if he plays, but it will be for the home side.

    18-year-old Mandela Egbo moved from Crystal Palace to Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer, to improve his chances of finding first-team football.

    Madela Egbo

    The right-back, who was part of England's under-17 squad who won the European Championships in Malta in 2014, told the Guardian he's hoping he decision will make him a better player in the long run.

    “I’d read that the chances of coming through a club into the senior team were higher here than anywhere else in Europe’s major leagues and their entire system is aimed at youth development. It was a no-brainer," Egbo said.

  22. Get Involved - One-player teams


    Which player would you want 11 of in your team?

    Eric Dier

    Ben Skinner: A team of 11 Eric Diers would be unstoppable! The boy's got it all. Can defend like a beast and score goals for fun!

    Samuel Duff: Dennis Bergkamp. Might not be a lot of defending, but the attacking football would be magical. Unparalleled technique.

    Get involved using #bbcsportsday on Twitter, or post on the BBC Sport Facebook page.  

  23. Bendtner on right track

    Man Utd v Wolfsburg (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking also spoke about striker Nicklas Bendtner, who he believes can still have a good career despite struggling to be a success at Arsenal and is keen to prove it against his old club.

    Hecking said: "He has reacted very well, we have seen it in training. He did have problems before but he has come on a lot. He is on the right track. Perhaps with less of the extravagance."

  24. Emergency - time for a congress

    Fifa scandal

    Chung Mong-Joon

    Fifa presidential candidateChung Mong-joonhas called for an emergency congress of football's world governing body, after leader Sepp Blatter was placed under criminal investigation.

    The South Korean tycoon said an "emergency task force" had to be set up to take over Fifa's leadership.

    Blatter was placed under criminal investigation by Swiss prosecutors last week but has since refused to stand down.

    He has said he will leave office when an election is held in February.

  25. Rooney - The man behind the goals

    5 October, BBC One

    AF WR

    Wayne Rooney served Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United for nine years, and the Liverpool-born player says that despite the rift in 2013, Ferguson was "the best manager of all time".

    "He was the reason why I wanted to join Manchester United, to work with him," added Rooney on how hard it was to leave boyhood heroes Everton for United in 2004.

    "For him to be interested in me and want me to come and play under him, there was nowhere else I was going to go."

  26. Get Involved - One-player teams


    All day we've been asking you which player you would want 11 of in your team....


    Epic perhaps, but how many would last the full 90?

    Get involved using #bbcsportsday on Twitter, or post on the BBC Sport Facebook page.  

  27. Who's a pretty pundit?



    Two parrots with a habit of singing the Match of the Day theme tune have been stolen in Middlesbrough.

    The African Greys known as Missy and Snoop Dogg also like to trill along to Laurel and Hardy, Cleveland police force said..

    Anyone who has seen them advertised for sale (or heard them signing Match of the Day) is asked to contact police.

  28. Theatre of reality

    Man Utd v Wolfsburg (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking says he prefers reality to dreams before his side's Champions League game against Manchester United on Wednesday.

    Old Trafford is nicknamed the 'Theatre of Dreams' by United - but Hecking is not buying it:

    "I don’t have dreams. I prefer reality. There is a lot of hard work in front of us tomorrow.

    "They did lose their first game, that creates pressure for them. It is up to us to increase it," he added.

  29. Ronaldinho released



    In case you missed it earlier....

    Former Brazil midfielder Ronaldinho has left Fluminense after spending just over two months and playing only nine games for the Rio de Janeiro club.

    The 35-year-old had struggled to get match fit, failed to score a goal and produced only flashes of the talent that made him one of the world's top players when he was in his early 20s.

    Fluminense said that they had agreed to part company with Ronaldinho in an "amicable manner and by mutual agreement".

  30. Tonga on top

    Half Time Tonga 22-7 Namibia

    Tonga hit the front early in their Pool C game with Namibia and despite a scare have a three score advantage at the break. You can follow the second half live here.

  31. Injury concerns for Northern Ireland

    Euro 2016 qualifiers

    Gareth McAuley

    Gareth McAuley and Niall McGinn have been named in the Northern Ireland squad to face Greece and Finland in the vital forthcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers despite injury concerns over the duo.

    McAuley missed West Brom's 3-2 home defeat by Everton with a calf strain.

    McGinn picked up a groin injury in Aberdeen's Scottish Premiership defeat by Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

    Northern Ireland need one win or two draws from their final matches to ensure qualification for the finals.

  32. Scotland call up Shinnie & Rhodes


    Graeme Shinnie

    Graeme Shinnie, Jordan Rhodes and Kevin McDonald have been called up for Scotland's final Euro 2016 qualifiers against Poland and Gibraltar.

    Aberdeen left-back Shinnie, 24, gets a first call-up while Blackburn striker Rhodes, 25, and uncapped Wolves player McDonald, 26, return to the squad.

    Celtic defender Charlie Mulgrew, 29, is in the squad despite a thigh strain.

    The Scots can make the play-offs if they take at least four more points and other Group D results go their way.

  33. Get Involved


     Which one man would you want 11 of in your team?

    Adam Gilchrist

    Daniel Aloysius on Twitter: A team of 'Gilchrists'. No question on batting & keeping. Bowling? Oh, got one wicket in one ball.

    Peter Dalrymple: What about a full team of Jonah Lomus? Would be carnage.

    Daniel Leach: A team of Paul Lakes would be unbeatable. Think he played in most positions for us before his injury anyway.

    Which one man would you want 11 of in your team?

    Get involved using #bbcsportsday on Twitter, or post on the BBC Sport Facebook page.  

  34. Rooney - The man behind the goals

    5 October, BBC One

    So Manchester United's Wayne Rooney has admitted falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson during his final season in charge, but denies putting in a transfer request.

    Rooney says he went to see Ferguson, who was United manager for 26 years, after being dropped in 2013.

    Rooney Ferguson

    "It's not just me who's had a fall-out with him," added the forward, 29, in Rooney - The Man Behind The Goals, to be shown on BBC One on 5 October.

    "I don't know what happened or why that came out that way."

    The England captain added: "I went in to see him and just said if you're not going to play me it might be better if I moved on - then all of a sudden it's all over the press I put in a transfer request, which I never did."

  35. Tonga chase much needed win

    Tonga 19-7 Namibia

    There's action right now in the Rugby World Cup with Tonga taking on Namibia - with both sides in need or a result at the wrong end of Pool C.

    Tonga have got the lead at the moment - you can follow the action live here.

  36. Three changes for Wales

    Wales v Fiji (Thu, 16:45 BST)

    Matthew Morgan will start at full-back in one of three enforced changes for Wales' World Cup game against Fiji.

    Wing Alex Cuthbert and centre Tyler Morgan also come into the side after Saturday's 28-25 win over England.


    Matthew Morgan replaces Liam Williams, who has concussion, while Tyler Morgan and Cuthbert are in for Scott Williams and Hallam Amos, who have been ruled out of the tournament with injury.

    James Hook, called up with Gareth Anscombe as cover, is on the bench.

  37. Rotherham 'will take time'


    Andy Giddings

    Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

    Steve Evans surprisingly left his post at the Championship club on Monday.

  38. Warriors sign Isa contract

    Rugby League

    Willie Isa

    Wigan Warriors have signed Samoan international Willie Isa for the 2016 Super League season.

    The 26-year-old has joined the Warriors on an initial two-year deal, after four seasons at Widnes Vikings.

  39. Rooney - The man behind the goals

    5 October, BBC One

    So Wayne Rooney has denied handing in a transfer request in 2013, but he did ask to leave Manchester United in October 2010.

    The former Everton player pulled out of contract talks, saying he had not received "any of the assurances I was seeking about the future squad".

    Sir Alex Ferguson Wayne Rooney

    Ferguson said at the time he was "dumbfounded" by Rooney's desire to leave but, 48 hours later, Rooney signed a new five-year deal.

    United went on to win the title that season, and Rooney later said staying at the club was the best decision of his career.

  40. Get Involved - One-player teams


    Which one player would you want 11 of in your team and why?

    Who would you pick? Get involved using #bbcsportsday on Twitter, or post on the BBC Sport Facebook page.  

  41. Stones & Coleman set for Everton return


    Ian Kennedy

    Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    John Stones & Seamus Coleman

    Everton could have both John Stones and Seamus Coleman fit for Sunday’s Merseyside derby against Liverpool at Goodison Park after manager Roberto Martinez confirmed both players were close to featuring against West Brom on Monday. 

    Kevin Mirallas remains suspended following his red card against Swansea.

  42. Old head, young shoulders

    Wales v Fiji (Thur, 16:45 BST)

    Dafydd Pritchard

    BBC Sport Wales

    Taulupe Faletauwill become the second youngest Wales player to reach 50 caps when he faces Fiji on Thursday.  

  43. Mascherano faces charges



    Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano faces tax fraud charges after Spain's authorities filed a complaint against him.

    The Superior Court of Justice in Cataluna has confirmed to the PA Sport agency that the Argentina international faces counts of defrauding the Spanish tax authorities.

    However, a Spanish judge has yet to rule on whether or not the 31-year-old Mascherano's case will go to trial.

    The South American is alleged to have concealed earnings related to his image rights in 2011 and 2012 worth £1.1m by using companies set up in the United States and in Portugal.

    Spain's tax law allows a player to sell up to 15% of his image rights to a company. 

  44. Get Involved - One-player teams


    Which one player would you want eleven of in your team?

    Rich Cawser: An 11 man team of Steven Gerrard in his prime would have been unstoppable. A "complete" player in the most literal sense.

    Steven Gerrard

    Jake Powell: It was felt Kinkladze at times WAS the only player in a blue shirt of 1996

    Joe O'Hara: Neuer, you'd never concede a goal and he is ace of penalties and he's good even outside the box on his ramblings.

    Who would you want a team of? Get involved using #bbcsportsday on Twitter, or post on the BBC Sport Facebook page.  

  45. Good news for Messi



    Argentina national team doctor Donato Villani has said Lionel Messi might return to action from his knee injury sooner than the eight weeks the Barcelona forward is expected to be out for, reports AS.

  46. 'Only a win will do for Arsenal'

    Arsenal v Olympiakos (Tues, 19:45 BST)

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and his players cannot afford any slips or attitude problems when they take on Olympiakos at Emirates Stadium. Having lost their first group game to Dinamo Zagreb - and with Bayern Munich already looking the strongest side in the group - only victory will do for the Gunners to avoid piling serious pressure on themselves.

    The good news for Wenger is that Arsenal are in form after wins at Spurs in the Capital One Cup and at Leicester City in the Premier League, where Alexis Sanchez returned to his best with a hat-trick. 

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  48. 'Mourinho's patience is running thin'

    Porto v Chelsea (Tues, 19:45 BST)

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Jose Mourinho's reign at Chelsea has been characterised by his determination to defend his players - but it is clear his patience is running thin after another poor performance when they had to come from two down to scrape a draw at 

    Before the Champions League group match at former club FC Porto he questioned his players in blunt terms when he said: "Clearly it's an attitude perspective of some individuals.

    "And when you have individuals with that unstable attitude in terms of motivation, desire and commitment you will pay."  

  49. Inspirational picture


    We reckon the Murray brothers would be pretty impressed with this.

    The artist, Henry Fraser, is paralysed from the shoulders down after suffering a dislocated neck in 2009 at the age of 17. He did the above painting using his mouth to grip the brush.

  50. Rooney - The man behind the goals

    5 October, BBC One

    Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson fought with Sir Alex Ferguson over selecting Wayne Rooney for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

    Before the tournament the Manchester United striker fractured a metatarsal bone in his right foot, and in a BBC documentary to air next week the Swede has admitted he was under pressure not to pick him.

    "It became a fight between Ferguson and myself," said Eriksson..

    Sven-Goran Eriksson

    "He just said 'don't dare take him to the World Cup, that's it Sven... you don't take him'. But there would have been a revolution in England if I didn't pick him. They would have thrown me into the sea."

    Rooney added: "Looking back, if I was to go back in time, I probably would have sat out the World Cup because it was a big ask to get fit after six weeks out."

  51. Blues sign ex-Borussia defender

    Emmanuel Mbende

    Birmingham City have signed teenage defender Emmanuel Mbende following his summer exit from Borussia Dortmund.

    The 19-year-old, who has been on trial with Blues for a month, has signed up for the rest of the 2015-16 season.

    "He's about six foot four wide and six foot four high. There's a lot to work on because of his attributes," Blues boss Gary Rowett told BBC WM 95.6.

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    We suspect Sir Alex might take said hairdryer to you, Stephen, for spelling his surname incorrectly...

  53. BreakingGrosjean signs for Haas

    Formula 1

    Haas F1 have confirmed that Romain Grosjean will drive for the team in 2016.

    Grosjean is currently at Lotus.

  54. Get Involved - One-player teams


  55. Evans reveals 'emotional' parting


    Former Rotherham United manager Steve Evans has revealed how tears were shed when it was agreed he would leave the Championship club.

    The 52-year-old parted company with the Millers on Monday following a meeting with chairman Tony Stewart.

    "At the end of the meeting we hugged and there were some tears. It was a very emotional moment, for someone to watch his chairman shed tears and know that in the next few hours we were going to formally part," he told BBC Radio Sheffield.

  56. Rooney's poetry

    Man Utd v Wolfsburg (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Bastian Schweinsteiger was alongside Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, and I asked the German World Cup winner about Wayne Rooney's admission he liked to write poetry.  

    Schweinsteiger and van Gaal both laughed, with the former Bayern Munich player saying he doesn't think Rooney reads it to the team, but as he doesn't understand scouse he is not entirely sure.

  57. Happy birthday to...


    ...former Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko, who turns 39 on Tuesday. 

    Also celebrating are IAAF president Lord Sebastian Coe (59), former Wales rugby captain Gareth Davies (60), former Dynamo Kiev, Arsenal’s Germany defender Per Mertesacker (31) and British skeleton Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams (33).

  58. Man Utd news conference

    Man Utd v Wolfsburg (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Louis van Gaal says Manchester United are aiming to reach the final of the Champions League either this season or next.

    His contract expires at Old Trafford in 2017, and while his intention is to finish in two years because of a promise to his wife, he admitted in football you never know.

    The Dutchman says United need to win their home games starting against Wolfsburg to progress in the compeition, after losing on the opening match day away at PSV Eindhoven.

  59. Man Utd news conference

    Man Utd v Wolfsburg (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Louis van Gaal has always maintained he will leave Manchester United when his contract expires in 2017, but appeared a little less definitive when asked today....

    "Normally I shall leave after next year, but what is normal in our football world you never know. I promised my wife I would go to our paradise in Portugal. It will be very hard to deny her that promise. It shall be very hard to my wife."

    LVG Wife
  60. Nice payday



    Wolfsburg's director of sport Klaus Allofs has revealed that Kevin de Bruyne is earning four times as much with Manchester City as he was getting at the Bundesliga club.

    The Belgian moved to City for £55m and Allofs told Die Welt newspaper: "When a player comes to you with an offer from a club willing to pay him four times as much as he is already earning, then you've got to consider what's going through his head.

    "We had looked for a solution which would have allowed us to keep hold of him for at least another year, but when that was not possible, it was clear that we would sell him.

    "Nobody could guarantee him that he would receive the same offer again."

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  62. Man Utd news conference

    Man Utd v Wolfsburg (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Reds midfielderBastian Schweinsteiger - who won the Champions League with Bayern Munich - says the game is a special one for him....

  63. Man Utd news conference

    Man Utd v Wolfsburg (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is setting the bar high for the remainder of his time as manager.

    James Robson from the Manchester Evening News tweeted "LVG says reaching Champions League final is an aim before he leaves."

  64. Man Utd news conference

    Man Utd v Wolfsburg (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger believes they have what it takes to win the Champions League, but manager Louis van Gaal says they can't afford another slip up after the loss at PSV - according to James Robson from the Manchester Evening News....

  65. Man Utd news conference

    Man Utd v Wolfsburg (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal confirms midfielder Michael Carrick is a doubt for Wednesday's game....

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    A fine choice David. For the younger readers, Google him - a great, great player.

  67. Stretching a little?

    Sport climbing

  68. Going under the knife


    Could be a painful night for Leicester's Liam Moore, currently on loan at Bristol City...

  69. Van Gaal speaks

    Man Utd v Wolfsburg (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    This man will shortly start speaking to the media...


    We'll bring you the best of what he says. Given United are top of the Premier League, Mr Louis van Gaal should be in a splendid mood. Shouldn't he?

  70. Rooney - The man behind the goals

    5 October, BBC One 21:00 BST

    Wayne and Coleen Rooney

    Wayne Rooney has also revealed a love of poetry (yes, you read that correctly), before meeting his future wife Coleen. The couple married in Italy in 2008

    "I used to love writing poems. Before I was with Colleen, just normal poems," he said.

    "I don't know why, I used to like writing little stories when I first got with Colleen. I used to write a lot of poems."

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  72. Strachan on his new faces

    Euro 2016 qualifiers

    Jane Lewis

    BBC Sport Scotland

    The uncapped duo of Wolves midfielder Kevin McDonald and Aberdeen defender Graeme Shinnie have been called up by Gordon Strachan.

    On McDonald, the Scotland manager says he's "getting better and better and he deserves to be there", while Shinnie is "having a successful season and he can cover other positions".

    Kevin McDonald

    The Scotland manager is viewing the first game against Poland as a "game we have to get something from" adding "you could say we've got to win it - although stranger things have happened in football".

    Scotland are four point behind third-placed Ireland with two games to play.

  73. In safe hands



    The Daily Telegraph is reporting that Chelsea have handed a trial to former AC Milan goalkeeper Marco Amelia.

    With first choice keeper Thibaut Courtois out until December, manager Jose Mourinho has only Asmir Begovic and 21-year-old Jamal Blackman to call on and wants back-up.

    Amelia,33, has nine caps for Italy.

  74. Flight of fancy

    Borussia Moenchengladbach v Manchester City (Wed, 19:45 BST)

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  76. Lights, camera, action...

    Manchester United v Wolfsburg (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Man Utd

    At 1530 BST, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will address the media in the Europa Suite at Old Trafford.

    Appropriately enough given Wolfsburg are the opposition, with Bastian Schweinsteiger expected to be the player United put forward as required by Champions League regulations.

    Schweinsteiger was sent off the last time a German side played at Old Trafford, a 1-1 quarter-final draw during David Moyes' ill-fated tenure.

  77. 'Deadly' Chelsea focused - Davison


    Chelsea LadieswingerGemma Davisonsaysthey are relaxedand focusing on themselves, with the club one win away from lifting a first league title. 

    The Women's Super League One leaders won 4-0 at Liverpool on Sunday to remain two points clear at the top ahead of their match against fourth-placed Sunderland on Sunday.


    "We were deadly. We performed all over the team," Davison, 28, told BBC Sport. "I'm really proud of the girls because we dealt with what everyone said was pressure, and it's nothing."

    Chelsea will win the title with a draw if Manchester City fail to beat Notts County by more than a two-goal margin.

  78. Northern Ireland squad announcement

    Euro 2016 qualifiers

    A win for Northern Ireland against Greece on 8 October will book their place at France 2016, two draws from their final two games will also be enough.

    Here's the squad charged with reaching a first majour tournament since the World Cup in Mexico in 1986.

    NI Squad
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    Bob Horton: James Milner. He seems to be able to do everything! Not to mention it would be the hardest working team football's ever seen.  

    Gary Humphries: A team of Roland Nilsson's for me.

    James Milner

    Which one player would you want a team full of?

    Get involved using #bbcsportsday on Twitter, or post on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  80. Until next year...


    If you're still waiting for the British summer to arrive it may be time to give up - as one the official signs of the end of summer has come in London today....

    It seems the summer isn't over in Stoke just yet though....

  81. Extradition of Li approved

    Fifa scandal

    Eduardo Li

    The Swiss Federal Office of Justice has approved the extradition of Eduardo Li, the former president of the Costa Rican Football Federation, to the United States.

    Li, a Costa Rican citizen, was arrested in Zurich along with six other FIFA officials in a dawn raid on a Zurich hotel on May 27.

    The U.S. Department of Justice issued an arrest warrant in May against Li, accusing him of taking bribes in connection with the sale of marketing rights for World Cup 2018 qualifying games. 

    He has been in custody pending extradition and now has 30 days to appeal the Swiss decision. 

  82. Cipriani available

    Rugby Union

    Whilst England are preparing to face Australia in the Rugby World Cup on Saturday, Danny Cipriani is available for Sale Sharks' pre-season game against Newcastle on Friday night.

    The 27-year-old fly-half returned to Sale after being part of England's training squad, but missing out on the final selection.

    Danny Cipriani
  83. Northern Ireland squad announcement

    Euro 2016 qualifiers

    Stephen Watson

    BBC Sport Northern Ireland

    Nottingham Forest striker Jamie Ward is back in the Northern Ireland squad for their final two Euro 2016 qualifiers against Greece and Finland.

    West Brom centre-back Gareth McAuley and Aberdeen winger Niall McGinn are both slight injury concerns for the double header, but hopefully should be fit for the games.

    Michael O'Neill

    It is unclear who will replace Norwich forward Kyle Lafferty, but all strikers will be closely monitored, so manager Michael O'Neill may start with two up front.

    Two points from their final two games will be enough for Northern Ireland to qualify for France next summer.

  84. Northern Ireland squad announcement

    Euro 2016 qualifiers

    Northern Ireland have named their squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers .... 

  85. Bedene through to last sixteen


    Aljaz Bedene

    British number two Aljaz Bedene booked his place in the Shenzhen Open last 16, with a 6-3 6-3 win over Mikhail Youzhny. 

    Seventh seed Bedene's success on the Russian's second serve proved the difference, as he secured a comfortable victory which sets up a meeting with Hyeon Chung, who eased to a 6-1 6-0 triumph against Di Wu.

  86. Get Involved


    David Hunt on Twitter: Might sound mental, but a team full of Milners would be dull as hell to watch but devastatingly effective!

    Rezaa Sait: A team full of Jamie Vardy's. Pace, finishing, stamina, tackling. The full package.

    Andrew Peers: We all dream of a team of carraghers, a team of carraghers....

    Jamie Carragher

    No lack of passion there. Which one player would you want a team full of?

    Let us know using #bbcsportsday on Twitter, or post on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  87. Injured England trio hope to return

    England v Australia (Sat, 20:00 BST)

    Catt also hopes injured trio centre Jonathan Joseph, scrum-half Ben Youngs and lock Courtney Lawes can all be involved.

    "All these guys are hoping to start training this afternoon with a view to being fit for selection on Thursday," he added.

    Jonathan Joseph
  88. Catt 'massively confident'

    England v Australia (Sat, 20:00 BST)

    England attack coachMike Cattis "massively confident and excited" ahead of Saturday's Rugby World Cup game against Australia.

    After defeat to Wales,Englandneed a win to keep alive their hopes of progress to the knockout stages.

    "It's a huge week. Now it's about us going out and playing the way we want to play", Catt said.

    Mike Catt
  89. Kilbane 'disappointed' with Grealish


    Kevin Kilbane is "disappointed" with Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish's decision to play for England, rather than the Republic of Ireland.

    The former Everton midfielder Kilbane told BBC Radio 5 Live despite being born in Preston, and he would've traded "100 caps for England" to play once for Ireland.

    Kevin Kilbane

    "I might never have played for England at senior level," said Kilbane. "But that is how I felt at age 16 and 17. That was always going to be my decision."

    "He's been nurtured from the FAI and played noty just for the under-21s but at youth level. I'm disappointed, he would have been a great addition to the Ireland squad. It comes down to a personal choice."

  90. 'Bitter pill'



    There has been a lively debate on BBC Radio 5 live about Jack Grealish's controversial decision to choose England ahead of the Republic of Ireland.

    Former Republic international Kevin Kilbane.described it as a "bitter pill to swallow", saying: "It was a difficult decision for him - he's been nurtured by the FAI at youth levels.

    "I'm disappointed because he would have been a great addition to the squad."

    Full story here - it's quite an interesting read.

  91. Wales news conference

    Wales v Fiji (Thu, 16:45 BST)

    The short turnaround from Saturday's game to Thursday is a concern for Wales head coach Warren Gatland:

    "We've got bodies that are battered and bruised. I'm not complaining, we've known about that and we've had to prepare for it."

  92. Wales news conference

    Wales v Fiji (Thu, 16:45 BST)

    Wales head coach Warren Gatland accepts Fiji have their problems too ahead of the game:

  93. Wales news conference

    Wales v Fiji (Thu, 16:45 BST)

    Warren Gatland

    Wales head coach Warren Gatland on making just three changes from the win over England: 

    "The changes were forced in the backs, and there's an opportunity for that forward pack to play - they weren't all happy with their performances Saturday - and it's also a reward for them. Sometimes you like to give them that opportunity to fix things up."

  94. Wales news conference

    Wales v Fiji (Thu, 16:45 BST)

    Wales coach Warren Gatland:

    "It's probably the worst run of injuries we've been involved with as as a team, but you can't dwell on it, you just have to plan going forward. I don't think about the loss of players, I plan and prepare for the next match."

  95. Rugby Union

    Wales v Fiji (Thu, 16:45 BST)

    Chris Jones

    BBC Sport

    Warren Gatland asks his Wales big guns to go again versus Fiji. Huge ask after the emotional and physical nature of Saturday's win over England, but clearly a special spirit in Wales squad.  

  96. Wales team announcement news conference

    Wales v Fiji (Thu, 16:45 BST)

    Wales coach Warren Gatland is speaking to the media shorlty ahead of their Rugby World Cup match with Fiji.

    You can watch the news conference live right now by clicking on the play button at the top of this page.

  97. Another blow for Fiji

    Wales v Fiji (Thu, 16:45 BST)

    Bath scrum-half Niko Matawalu will miss Fiji's World Cup match with Wales on Thursday because of injury.

    Fiji are already without another key player in wing Nemani Nadolo, after he was suspended for one week for a dangerous tackle..

  98. Long way to go yet


    Tim Sherwood says Jack Grealish has "a long way to go" before he becomes a regular in the England side.

    Speaking to the Aston Villa website, Sherwood said: "Hopefully Jack has cleared his mind now and we're looking for some improved performances from him now on the pitch, so those international managers are very excited and choose to pick him.


    "He has loads of potential - that will mean he might get picked by England and becomes an international but I think this championship might be a little bit too soon for him.

    "He's got a long way to go. We know what talent Jack possesses.But he has to show it on a regular basis. Consistency is everything in this game."

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    We've been asking you which plyer you would want 11 of in your team and why?

    Ledley King

    Paul Skinback: A team of @LedleyKings. Rolls Royce football. Wouldn't need a keeper, he wouldn't need to touch it.

    Jon Benn: A team full of Lee Bullen, who famously played in every postion one season including goalkeeper #legend

    Jay: AB de Villiers. Can bat. Can bowl. Can keep wickets. Can field. Can destroy opposition. Rumour has it he can fly too...

    So who would you want to clone and make a team of? Get involved using #bbcsportsday on Twitter, or post on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  100. Grealish must wait for chance



    It will take four two six weeks for Jack Grealish's international clearance to be granted, PA Sport reports.

    That means the 20-year-old - who yesterday pledged his allegiance to England rather than the Republic of Ireland - will not be included in the squad for the two qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania next month.,

    Grealish could, however, feature in the friendlies against Spain and France in November.

  101. No Tour in London

    Road Cycling


    London has turned down the chance to host the start of the 2017 Tour de France, angering the race owners.

    London beat bids from Edinburgh, Manchester and several German regions to stage the Grand Depart.

    But last week, a day before contracts were meant to be signed, Transport for London (TfL) said it was pulling out.

    "To ensure value for money we must make difficult choices," said Leon Daniels, managing director of surface transport at TfL.

  102. On this day...