Tottenham will face Irish giantkillers Shamrock Rovers in the Europa League group stage.
Italy's Serie A moved closer to a strike yesterday after the top-flight clubs voted 18-2 against adopting a collective contract signed by the players, increasing the possibility that Saturday's planned start of the season will be delayed.
Atletico Madrid have given Uruguay striker Diego Forlan permission to negotiate a possible transfer, the Spanish club said today.
Pablo Zabaleta tells Tim Rich that his fellow countryman will only improve at City if given time to settle
Successful management is about getting the big decisions right and Andre Villas-Boas is facing two critical ones this weekend. The easier may well be choosing which of his unheralded back-up goalkeepers will deputise for Petr Cech, who will be out for a month after sustaining medial ligament damage in training. The other judgement call is how strongly to push his boss, club owner Roman Abramovich, in the pursuit of Luka Modric.
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has been ruled out for three to four weeks after suffering a knee injury in training.
Sergio Aguero is another free spirit – but thanks to a stable family and strong wife he plays the game with a smile on his face
Genk midfielder Kevin de Bruyne hopes he can secure a move to Chelsea by the end of the month after claiming negotiations have begun over a possible transfer to Stamford Bridge.
Injuries and errors blight United's first match but they still win 2-1 at West Bromwich
The Weekend Dossier
Uncompromising nature and late transfer dealing leave City's manager trailing in Ferguson's wake
United manager claims he is 'certainly not' looking to bring in Dutchman while defending keeper De Gea
Sir Alex Ferguson last night claimed vindication against those who have questioned his belief in youth, as one of the youngest Manchester United sides to perform at Wembley secured the Community Shield and a crucial psychological blow against Manchester City.
Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Manchester United's decision to make David de Gea their first-choice replacement for Edwin van der Sar was based on less than one full season as Atletico Madrid's recognised No 1, though the manager is convinced De Gea is "only going to get better".
New record signing Sergio Aguero told his agents to push through a move to Manchester City because "it felt right".
Argentina striker Sergio Aguero has already declared himself a Manchester City player as the club prepare to make the deal official today.