Last updated : 13 August 2004 By Editor
Cristiano Ronaldo hit the post with a 25-yard free kick as Portugal lost to Iraq 4-2 in Athens. He was also booked for elbowing striker Younis Mahmoud in the eye. Is that the Olympic spirit Sepp Blatter was talking about?

It's widely reported that Liverpool and Real have agreed a paltry fee of £8 million plus one player for the services of Michael Owen. However it also appears that the Vieira deal may have collapsed as Arsenal have hiked up the price while Vieira is asking for wages on the same level as the other stars at the club.

Zinedine Zidane has announced his retirement from international football with
immediate effect.