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As befits a scion of the wealthy and secretive Louis-Dreyfus family, the Franco-Swiss billionaire businessman Robert Louis-Dreyfus had a wide range of interests and a deserved reputation as a troubleshooter with an uncanny ability to turn companies around. From 1989 to 1993, he served as chief executive officer at Saatchi & Saatchi and restored the fortunes of the advert-ising agency before rescuing the German sporting goods maker Adidas. For the last 13 years of his life he was the majority shareholder at Olym-pique Marseille football club, the team with the biggest fan-base in the French league, and helped steady the ship after the departure in 1993 of the controversial Bernard Tapie, who coincidentally had controlled the Adidas company before him.

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City still trying to find way

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Chelsea sign Brazilian Mineiro

Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has bolstered his squad by signing Brazilian midfielder Mineiro until the end of the season.

Transfer News and Speculation: 22 July

As he continues his search for new players, Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger says he has no intention of going public and destabilising players – as Real Madrid have done with Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo.

Makelele on brink of PSG switch

Claude Makelele will end his five-year spell at Chelsea by completing a move to Paris St Germain this afternoon.

Grant calls for play-off to decide title if teams finish level on points

Should Manchester United beat Wigan by 1-0 tomorrow, Avram Grant's Chelsea team will have to beat Bolton Wanderers 18-0 to overhaul their rivals' superior goal difference and take the Premier League title on goals scored. So, on the brink of the defining weekend, it was no surprise that the Chelsea manager yesterday called for a change to the rules under which the title would be decided by a play-off between the two teams tied on points rather than goal difference.

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