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Diego Costa scored twice in seven minutes as Chelsea beat Real Sociedad 2-0

Chelsea vs Real Sociedad match report: Diego Costa double gives Blues routine win at Stamford Bridge

£32m striker scores twice in the first seven minutes in final warm-up

Diego Costa sorry for dumping Chelsea out of the Champions League last season

£32m striker says he owes Blues fans an apology after semi-final penalty

Mehdi Benatia of AS Roma in action

Chelsea transfer news: Blues 'set to land' Mehdi Benatia for £30m - reports

Roma defender could arrive before the end of the week, according to reports

Drigba was forced off with an ankle injury after just 28 minutes

Didier Drogba should return to Chelsea action soon after a positive scan on his ankle

Veteran striker limped off with an ankle injury against Ferencvaros

Samuel Eto'o of Chelsea celebrates

Samuel Eto'o to Liverpool: Reds identify former Chelsea striker as possible replacement for Luis Suarez

Eto'o is currently a free agent and has been linked with other Premier League clubs such as West Ham and Arsenal

Sami Khedira with Mesut Ozil

Sami Khedira transfer latest: Arsenal target 'not leaving' Real Madrid

Bernabeu boss Carlo Ancelotti says World Cup winner will not be moving this summer

Frank Lampard is the past and Cesc Fabregas (centre) the future of Chelsea, says Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho: Frank Lampard is the past and Cesc Fabregas the future of Chelsea

Portuguese manager hails £30m signing after brilliant solo strike

Cesc Fabregas scored a brilliant goal as Chelsea beat Ferencvaros in a pre-season friendly
Colombia star Juan Cuadrado is a target for Manchester United

Manchester United transfer news: Juan Cuadrado wants Fiorentina exit as Serie A side move for Marko Marin

The Colombia international is among Louis van Gaal's summer targets

Diego Costa scores a wonder goal as Chelsea beat Fenerbahce before falling to Besiktas in pre-season tournament

Blues forward continues his fine pre-season with another superb strike

Rio Ferdinand (left) spoke to Jose Mourinho, who revealed his hopes for the new season

When Rio Ferdinand met Jose Mourinho

Mourinho tells Ferdinand before the season’s kick-off why he loves English football even more now, where Cesc Fabregas fits in to his Chelsea plan and why he can never replace Frank Lampard. Jack Pitt-Brooke listens in

Petr Cech: Early mistake almost let in Navas but strong presence thereafter, with majority of action at other end of the pitch. Great save from Jovetic. 7/10

Chelsea could use Petr Cech as makeweight in Raphael Varane deal - reports

Real Madrid interested in long-serving goalkeeper

Didier Drogba in action for Ivory Coast
Frank Lampard and John Terry pictured together in 2001

John Terry: Frank Lampard is Chelsea's best ever... but it's not right seeing him in a Manchester City shirt

Chelsea skipper says Lampard's legacy will not be damaged

The Germany international, 23, has accused Brendan Rodgers of being jealous of his team's success

Chelsea transfer news: Atletico Madrid to bid for German winger Andre Schurrle

Atletico pondering move for 23-year-old World Cup winner

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The phoney war is over

Russian troops and armour pour into Ukraine
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Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

The world’s entire food system is under attack - and Britain is most at risk, according to a new study
Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Seoul's plastic surgery industry is booming thanks to the popularity of the K-Pop look
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Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

After the death of Sandy Wilson, 90, who wrote his only hit musical in his twenties, John Walsh wonders what it's like to peak too soon and go on to live a life more ordinary
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Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Fears are mounting that Vladimir Putin has instructed hackers to target banks like JP Morgan
Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

Salomé: A head for seduction

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
The Hard Rock Café's owners are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute - but is the restaurant chain worth fighting for?

Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival

In search of Caribbean soul food

Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival
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11 best face powders

Sweep away shiny skin with our pick of the best pressed and loose powder bases
England vs Norway: Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Lack of Englishmen at leading Premier League clubs leaves manager hamstrung
Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone