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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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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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