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Fluminense full-back Wallace

Fluminense full-back Wallace to join Chelsea say club

Brazilian full-back Wallace was today on the brink of signing for Chelsea, according to current club Fluminense.

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Juan Mata yesterday revealed that Fernando Torres had turned down a chance to end his long search for a Chelsea goal against Birmingham City on Tuesday because he wasn't "first on the list" to take penalties.

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Blackpool boss Ian Holloway admits talks to bring former England striker Robbie Fowler to Bloomfield Road have hit a stumbling block.

Brazil's economic boom attracts big names back

Proposed Tevez deal shows how their leading clubs now have the cash and sponsors to compete with Europe

Felipe Scolari tried to sell Didier Drogba during time at Chelsea

Luiz Felipe Scolari has revealed he tried to offload Didier Drogba while Chelsea manager and confirmed the pair had "conflicts" during his short reign at Stamford Bridge.

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It was an indication of how commercially viable Michael Jackson had become by the late Eighties that out of the 11 tracks on his album Bad, ten were issued as singles in various territories.

Drogba treble gets Chelsea in the groove

Chelsea 6 West Bromwich Albion 0: Ivory Coast striker gives champions a flying start as Albion fluff their lines on return to the top flight

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Deco wants return to Brazil

Chelsea midfielder Deco is keen to return to Brazil to be with his ill son, and expects to have his future sorted by Monday.

Cech a doubt for Chelsea opener after injuring calf in training

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech suffered a calf injury in training yesterday and could be ruled out for the champions' first Premier League game of the season against West Bromwich Albion.

On this day in World Cup history: Portugal 1 Holland 0, 25 June 2006

The Russian referee Valentin Ivanov grabbed the headlines for all the wrong reasons in this second round match between Portugal and Holland in Nurnberg, showing 16 yellow cards and four red to break the record for the number of cards issued in a World Cup game.

Chelsea put Carvalho and Deco on market as reshuffle begins

Ricardo Carvalho and Deco are to be put up for sale by Chelsea as the Premier League champions make way for new arrivals in the summer.

Fate deals angry O'Neill yet another rough hand

Aston Villa 0 Chelsea 3

Terry's 'horror' tackle leaves O'Neill enraged

Martin O'Neill last night said James Milner was "exceptionally lucky to have his career intact" after suffering what he described as a "horrendous" foul by John Terry. Milner was fouled late in the game with Villa trailing 1-0 as he attempted to launch a counter-attack.

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