Ask anybody who's done it, and they'll tell you that sustaining success is much harder than achieving it in the first place. The great Hungarian coach Bela Guttmann refused ever to spend longer than three years at a club because he felt that after that he could no longer motivate players. It may be that in the modern world of soccer in which money begets money, success is easier to sustain than previously, at least on a domestic level. On a European scale what that means is a cluster of perhaps eight or so super powers constantly battling for the Champions League, which is surely the main reason no side has successfully defended the title since the AC Milan of Arrigo Sacchi in 1990.
Australia and Sri Lanka saw their eagerly awaited World Cup cricket clash washed out by torrential rain in Colombo Saturday.
A Sri Lankan army deserter killed himself and injured 16 police officers in a grenade explosion, police told CNN Wednesday.
Sri Lankan president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, pledged to end underworld crimes, illicit drugs and corruption as he was sworn in for a second term Friday.
Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa is slated to be sworn in Thursday for a second six-year term at a nationally televised ceremony outside Colombo's presidential secretariat overlooking the Indian Ocean.
The heaviest rain in 18 years flooded Sri Lanka on Thursday, leaving about 36,000 families homeless, marooning traffic and submerging the country's Parliament in four feet of water.
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni slammed the pitch in Colombo after the second Test against hosts Sri Lanka petered out into a high-scoring draw Friday.
Sri Lanka have taken the upper hand over India after posting an impressive opening day score in the second Test in Colombo.
A Sri Lankan Cabinet minister on a "fast unto death" to protest a U.N. human rights panel announced Friday that he had resigned his post as his supporters marched in Colombo carrying placards condemning the world body.
The U.N. secretary-general is recalling an envoy from Sri Lanka and closing a U.N. office there because authorities in that country "failed to prevent" protests disrupting the "normal functioning" of the world body's offices in Colombo, the nation's capital.
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Monday assured the country's main Tamil political parties his government would soon address grievances of the Tamil minority.
Though tourism is bouncing back in Sri Lanka and authorities are busy building roads and bridges in former war-torn areas, troops are still finding weapons in old battlefields and the nation remains under a state of emergency one year after a decades-long civil conflict ended.
Just over half of Sri Lanka's 14 million registered voters cast their votes in Thursday's parliamentary elections, the lowest in the island nation's history.
Sri Lanka's opposition Tuesday called for nationwide protests over the "barbaric and extra-judicial" arrest of the country's former army chief, accusing President Mahinda Rajapaksa of undermining the country's democratic institutions.
Sri Lankans went to the polls on Tuesday in the island nation's first peacetime presidential election in 26 years, despite explosions and mortar fire in the capital of Northern Province hours before polls opened.
CNN's Sara Sidner reports on the battle between Sri Lanka's commander in chief and his former army commander.
Two journalism groups have announced plans to honor a Sri Lankan reporter who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for articles that criticized the military.
Rangana Herath's five-wicket haul overshadowed a remarkable century from New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori as Sri Lanka secured a 96-run victory in the second and final Test in Colombo.
Sri Lanka have sealed a historic first Test series victory against Pakistan after completing a crushing seven-wicket win on the third day of the second match in Colombo.
Two senior Indian officials met with the Sri Lankan president Friday in Colombo to address the humanitarian crisis in the war-torn island nation.
The ambush by up to a dozen gunmen of a bus carrying members of the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore is the realization of fears long held by the sport's leading players.
Charlie Austin, who manages six of the Sri Lankan crickets', says the team felt comfortable going to Pakistan.
Military officials in Sri Lanka said they shot down a Tamil Tiger aircraft near the Colombo International Airport on Friday, in an air engagement with rebels that killed two people and left about 50 wounded.
Sri Lanka's foreign minister discusses press freedom and comments on the missing journalist who spoke to CNN.
A crusading Sri Lankan journalist shot dead last week knew he would be killed -- he said so in a dramatic, posthumously published column touching a raw nerve in his war-torn island nation.
Colombo has been hit by a second bomb blast in only 24 hours following the fall of the Tamil Tigers' capital to government troops.
A suicide bomber on a motorcycle blew himself up outside air force headquarters Friday in Colombo, killing two air force police officers and a member of the bomb-disposal unit, authorities said.
Five members of the Sri Lanka's Civil Defense Force (CDF) were killed in a suicide blast in Sri Lanka at a church outside the capital of Colombo Sunday morning, police said.
Tamil Tiger rebel aircraft bombed a power station outside Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, late Tuesday, military sources said.
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At least 21 commuters were killed and more than 53 wounded when an explosion hit a crowded bus near Colombo, Sri Lanka
At least 50 people were detained during a house-to-house search following two bus bombings in Sri Lanka which killed at least 22 people Friday, police said.
At least 22 people were killed Friday in two bus bombings in Sri Lanka.
A suicide bomber killed 16 people -- 12 of them police officers -- outside a police station in northern Sri Lanka Monday morning, authorities told CNN.
A bomb ripped through part of a packed passenger train during evening rush hour Monday, killing eight people and wounding 70 others near the Sri Lankan capital
A suicide blast has killed at least 8 people and wounded 90 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
A bomb hidden on the baggage rack of a packed, rush-hour bus exploded on Friday evening outside Colombo, Sri Lanka.
A bomb hidden on the overhead rack of a bus in a Colombo suburb exploded Friday evening, killing 24 civilians and wounding 40 others, Sri Lankan authorities said
A bomb exploded on a bus Friday evening in a Colombo suburb, killing 23 people and injuring 52, police sources told CNN.
More than 100 Sri Lankan soldiers were killed and another 400 wounded Wednesday when troops attempted to advance toward a stronghold of the Tamil Tigers rebel organization, highly placed army sources told CNN.
A senior cabinet minister and at least 13 other people, including police and government officials, were killed when a suicide bomber exploded at the start of a marathon race just outside of the capital city Colombo Sunday, Sri Lankan police said.
A bomb exploded inside a bus near Colombo, injuring at least two people Saturday, according to Sri Lankan police.
A series of explosions tore through Sri Lanka Monday as the country celebrated its independence day.
Twelve people were killed and almost 100 wounded, most of them students, when a woman blew herself up near a train as it was pulling into a station Sunday in Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, police said.
At least 26 people were killed and more than 50 were wounded Wednesday in a pair of attacks in southern Sri Lanka, authorities said.
A bomb exploded Friday night at one of the main railroad stations in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, slightly injuring one person, police said.
Despite some successes since the reopening of hostilities, government boasts that they are about to defeat the rebel Tamil Tigers are premature
Hours after a roadside bomb killed a Sri Lankan minister, another explosion ripped through the capital Tuesday evening, injuring two bystanders.
A bomb blast hit a Sri Lankan army bus Wednesday morning in Colombo's Slave Island district, killing at least four people, including at least two soldiers, and wounding 28 others, military sources said.
Test cricket returns to Galle on Tuesday, nearly three years after the stadium was destroyed during the tsunami that killed around 300,000 people in a dozen countries. But the start has been put back two hours because of more rain.
England comfortably saved the second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Thursday with rain bringing play to a premature end at tea on the final day.
Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene enjoyed a record breaking day as his team took command of the second Test against England in Colombo.
England have confirmed that their Test tour of Sri Lanka will proceed as planned despite a suicide bombing in the capital Colombo.
Journalist Iqbal Athas joins CNN by phone to discuss the killing of Tamil Tiger rebel political leader S. P. Thamilselvam.
Dilhan Fernando gathers a fistful of earth and surveys his family's sprawling estate. "What's grown on that field," he says, pointing to lush cultivation on a distant misty hill, "will differ dramatically from what's grown over here." He lets the dirt sift through his fingers, as if for emphasis. "And they will both be superb drinking."
Court orders a halt to the mass eviction of Tamils from the capital, but their fear of persecution remains
A remote-controlled mine detonated Monday near a truck carrying police commandoes in a suburb of the Sri Lankan capital, killing six civilians and wounding 25 people, most of them civilian bystanders, police said.
At least four Sri Lankan soldiers and two civilians were wounded Thursday when a Claymore mine exploded near a military bus, just outside Colombo's bustling commercial district, police said.
At 1:50 a.m. on Sunday, the Mad Max-esque Road Warrior air force of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam launched a raid on Colombo, while most of the city was watching Sri Lanka's cricketing heroes succumb to Australia in the final of cricket's World Cup, being played a dozen time zones away in Barbados in front of their junketing president.
The Tamil Tiger rebel group has claimed responsibility for the Saturday bombing of two fuel installations that prompted heavy security, a two-hour blackout in Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, and disrupted activity at its airport.
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Tamil Tiger rebels used two light aircraft to bomb and strafe an air force base next to Colombo International Airport, killing two airmen and wounding 10 others, a spokesman for the group's political wing told CNN.
Sri Lankan police said at least 15 passengers were killed and 30 more were wounded when a bomb ripped through a bus en route from the country's capital, Colombo, to a tourist resort town Saturday.
The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka is a tropical island sitting just off the southern tip of India. Its commercial capital is Colombo and administrative capital is Sri Jayawardenepura. Its main exports are clothing and textiles along with tea and rubber. The currency is the Sri Lankan rupee.
More than 90 Sri Lankan sailors were killed Monday afternoon when an explosives-laden truck rammed into their convoy, Defense spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella told CNN.
At least 20 Sri Lankan sailors were killed and more than 50 were injured Monday afternoon when an explosives-laden truck rammed into their convoy.
Norwegian peace envoy Jon Hanssen-Bauer is to meet Tamil Tiger rebel leaders Saturday, a day after deadly clashes with government troops in Sri Lanka's northeast created a new stream of refugees.
A suicide bomber targeted a top Sri Lankan military officer Monday as he traveled to work in southern Colombo, killing the general and three others, police and military sources said.
Sri Lankan troops are targeting Tamil Tiger rebel positions one day after a suicide bomber killed at least six people in the capital of Colombo.
Sri Lanka's President Chandrika Kumaratunga has laid the blame for Friday's assassination of Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgama directly on the Tamil Tiger rebels.
The assassination of Sri Lanka's foreign minister is a "grave setback to the peace process," a government spokesman said, adding it was "difficult to accept" a denial by Tamil Tiger rebels that they were responsible.
Indian Navy doctor, Commander Gopalan Parthasarathy, was spending a relaxing weekend at home when the phone rang.
Sri Lanka captain Marvan Atapattu is being sent abroad for treatment on a back injury which officials say has left him suffering unbearable pain.
Former Australia captain Greg Chappell took over as India's cricket coach on Friday, calling on the players to emulate the workrate and team spirit of the world champions.
A fiery train-bus accident in Sri Lanka has killed at least 37 people and injured scores of others, according to police, rescue workers and hospital staff.
Sri Lankan authorities say DNA results have confirmed the identity of a baby who was found alive in the rubble of the tsunami disaster.
High-ranking international officials have toured regions hardest hit by the Indian Ocean tsunamis to see firsthand the devastation that has prompted one of the world's biggest relief efforts.
We received thousands of e-mails in the days after December's tsunamis from people seeking news of friends and relatives in areas affected by the disaster.
Ships unloaded thousands of tons of food at docks on Sumatra's east coast, but relief planners struggled to finds ways to get the supplies to the Indonesian Island's west coast and the 800,000 people who survived the disaster.
Here are a selection of eyewitness accounts from people who e-mailed us with their experiences of the devastation. Please note our message boards are now closed.
The number of dead in Indonesia has risen five-fold to 27,174, almost doubling the death toll from the massive underwater earthquake and the equally massive tsunami that followed it.
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Authorities in Sri Lanka say a suspected female suicide bomber detonated explosives at a police station in the capital Colombo, killing herself and four officers.
Two sons of the late Colombo crime family's boss were indicted with 29 others on federal racketeering and other charges Tuesday in New York City.
Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan edged nearer Courtney Walsh's 519 test-wicket world record in Colombo on Friday.
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