Former Chelsea and Germany midfielder Michael Ballack announces retirement

Michael Ballack has ended his playing career at the age of 36 after being released by Bayer Leverkusen in the summer.

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Manchester United have reportedly agreed a deal with Fiorentina for the transfer of Dimitar Berbatov, although there are rumours that Juventus might hijack the deal.

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits the challenge of breaking back into the top four will be significant but one the club should embrace.

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Chelsea appear to be getting closer to signing Wigan forward Victor Moses and Marseille right-back Cesar Azpilicueta.

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Frank Lampard today refused to rule out this being his final season at Chelsea.

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Bayer Leverkusen forward Andre Schurrle says it would have been hard to turn Chelsea down if the Bundesliga side had accepted an offer from the Blues for his services.

Brazil defender Lucio

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Italian champions Juventus look set to complete the signing of former Inter Milan defender Lucio.

Dimitar Berbatov

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The president of Turkish giants Galatasaray is prepared to foot the bill to rescue striker Dimitar Berbatov from his spot on the bench at Manchester United.

Tottenham confirm departure of Vedran Corluka to Lokomotiv Moscow

Tottenham have confirmed the departure of defender Vedran Corluka to Lokomotiv Moscow.

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In the first quarter-final of Euro 2012, Portugal take on the Czech Republic.

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Vedran Corluka believes Tottenham could finish sixth in the Barclays Premier League because of Harry Redknapp's refusal to rotate his squad.

Robert Lewandowski struck the winner on 77 minutes

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Borussia Dortmund took a giant step towards defending their Bundesliga title with a 1-0 home win over closest challengers Bayern Munich tonight.

Andrea Stramaccioni made a winning start as Inter coach

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Andrea Stramaccioni, Internazionale's third head coach this season, got his reign off to a winning start yesterday with a thrilling 5-4 victory over Genoa at San Siro which boosted their hopes of European qualification. The win moves Inter up to seventh in Serie A, four points off a European place.

Lionel Messi's astonishing recent goal glut continued

Messi hits two more to reach glorious 50

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