Chris Lakey See all

Brazil fans dejected after the final whistle during the FIFA World Cup Semi Final at Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 8, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Germany. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No use with any unofficial 3rd party logos. No manipulation of images. No video emulation

Opinion: Good grace has won World Cup 2014 finalists Germany a new admirer

A colleague here in the naughty corner at Archant Towers has been mightily miffed since day one of the World Cup at the number of times goals have been celebrated as if they had won the final itself.

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Final Word See all

Dejected Norwich fans leave in large numbers before the end of the Barclays Premier League 2-0 loss to Arsenal at Carrow Road, Norwich. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Previous failings prove there are no guarantees Norwich City will bounce straight back

So that’s it for the Premier League for now – but for how long? Bouncing straight back is a much harder task now than it was in years past.

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Chris Goreham See all

Netherlands' Robin van Persie scores a goal during the group B World Cup soccer match between Spain and the Netherlands at the Arena Ponte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Friday, June 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Flying Dutchman manages to press my World Cup button

I can pinpoint the precise moment I caught World Cup fever, and I know who gave it to me. Robin Van Persie. It took the Dutchman’s breathtaking diving header against Spain for me to catch all the symptoms expected of the certified football addict during a major tournament.

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Paddy Davitt See all

Frustration has been a constant theme for Norwich City in 2014. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Norwich City can buck the trend or go quietly in their Premier League survival struggle

There was almost a sense of release after a weekend that pushed Norwich City into the Premier League’s bottom three.

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Michael Bailey See all

A perfectly timed picture - and a pair of interesting expressions - on the Hockenheim podium at the weekend.

Lewis Hamilton will need to keep it all crossed over Formula One championship gap

The controversy nightmare surrounding Fric was avoided at Hockenheim – which meant the racing could do the talking. Therefore, it’s probably worth sitting down for a moment and reflecting on exactly what Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes said to him and the rest of us over the course of this year’s German Grand Prix.

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