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.

Dimitar Berbatov

Manchester United set for £27m loss as striker Dimitar Berbatov heads for Italy

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.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers targeting Premier League top-four finish with Liverpool

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

Joe Allen with Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Lucas Leiva impressed with Liverpool signing Joe Allen

Liverpool's Lucas Leiva likes what he has seen of fellow midfielder Joe Allen so far and has high hopes for the Reds' new recruit in the 2012-13 season.

Chelsea set to sign Victor Moses

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

Chelsea’s Frank Lampard holds a loft the European Cup

Frank Lampard coy over Chelsea future

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

Andre Schurrle

Bayer Leverkusen forward Andre Schurrle admits interest in Chelsea switch

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

Brazil centre back Lucio set to join Juventus from Inter Milan

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

Dimitar Berbatov

Galatasaray reveal interest in Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov

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.

Petr Cech and Cristiano Ronaldo

Czech Republic v Portugal: Euro 2012 match preview

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

Vedran Corluka critical of Harry Redknapp's failure to rotate Tottenham squad

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

Dortmund edge towards Bundesliga title after home win over Bayern Munich

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

Inter Milan edge nine-goal thriller as Real Madrid chalk up a century

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

Lionel Messi's astonishing recent goal glut continued last night when he struck twice in a 2-0 win for Barcelona at struggling Racing Santander that trimmed Real Madrid's lead at the top of La Liga back to 10 points.

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Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
There's a Good Girl exhibition: How female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising

In pictures: There's a Good Girl exhibition

The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
The King's School is way ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology

Staying connected: The King's School

The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
Christmas 2014: 23 best women's perfumes

Festively fragrant: the best women's perfumes

Give a loved one a luxe fragrance this year or treat yourself to a sensual pick-me-up
Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition

Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund

The Ox celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition