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Elton John almost let slip about Mark Viduka's secret contract talks with Manchester United

Former Leeds front-man Mark Viduka recalls backstage drinks with Elton John, and how close he came to joining the Red Devils.
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Former Australia captain Mark Viduka has said Elton John nearly told an entire stadium of concert-goers about secret contract talks he had with Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson.

Viduka, who was playing for Leeds United at the time, was in the city for talks with Ferguson when he was invited to attend one of Elton John's concerts.

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EXCLUSIVE: Mark Viduka breaks his silence on Leeds, the Socceroos and Lucas Neill

ZAGREB, Croatia -- Twenty minutes out of Croatia's capital, nestled upon a hill called Sestine, sits a cafe called Non Plus Ultra, or "No Higher Point."

It's a busy establishment. The smell of coffee fills the air as businessmen, politicians and mother's groups sit rugged up, chatting inside, underneath the heaters or braving it in the frosty conditions.

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Behind the counter, a barista has a familiar look. Former Premier League star and Australian captain...

Wenger began soccer's obsession with puffy jackets, parkas and fashion. But why can't fans find their own?

Wenger became known in the final years of his Arsenal tenure for the long, padded coats -- with difficult fasteners -- he sported on the sidelines.

Some say it began with Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal icon, on Oct. 16, 2010, against Birmingham City, when he wore a full-length, five-partition Nike Storm Fit winter coat that came down to his knees -- a foot longer than his puffy jacket from the previous season. Some say Jose Mourinho's assistant coach at Inter, Daniele Bernazzani, wore a big down puffer before Wenger did, early winter 2010, at the Coppa Italia. Some say it was Mourinho, who wore his at Chelsea practice, sometime before March that...