Sport Marseille midfielder Giannelli Imbula is a transfer target for Chelsea

One of the Blues' scouts Guy Hillion has confirmed he has been watching the France Under-21 star

Sacking managers is all part of Chelsea 'strategy'

Chief executive defends revolving-door policy as club are on the brink of reaching deal with Hiddink

Bruised Barry trying to rebuild his reputation

Tonight's England captain, who wasn't even in the squad on Saturday, is aiming to make amends for woeful World Cup

Wayne Rooney writes off Manchester City title hopes

Wayne Rooney believes the "best" goal of his career has ended Manchester City's hopes of winning the Barclays Premier League title this season.

'I didn't see this coming.' Lampard delight at going from scapegoat to captain

Midfielder to lead Chelsea trio looking to reassert their international futures against Denmark tonight

Face of Burberry jumps to his death from Milan flat

A french male model who has fronted fashion campaigns for Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Versace and Hugo Boss, died after falling four floors from his apartment window in Milan on Friday, according to police in the city.

James Lawton: History insists winners do not appear in blaze of early glory

England manager learns valuable lessons about his side in uninspiring draw with US

Benzema: The hotshot left out in the cold

Karim Benzema's shock omission from the France squad has upset fans – but may please Manchester United

Ronaldinho and Totti face World Cup decision day

By midnight Central European time tonight, all 32 nations must have delivered a list of 30 names to Fifa's headquarters in Zurich. Some of the most familiar names in world football will have spent an anxious night awaiting their fate.

Robert Louis-Dreyfus: Businessman who helped resurrect Olympique Marseille football club

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.

Moments that made 2008: Champions League final

Manchester United v Chelsea, 21 May, Moscow: Abramovich endured the mother of all wedgies from the football gods and there was nothing he could do about it

City still trying to find way

Manchester City 0 Paris St-Germain 0

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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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

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Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links