Sport Deco during his Chelsea days

The former Portugal international has retired since the positive test

Manchester United: A blip or something more serious?

Manchester United got the better of Chelsea in last season's Champions League final but so far this season it is the Blues who look the team to beat. With Sir Alex Ferguson's men behind in the league table as they visit Stamford Bridge tomorrow, they know it is time to raise their game. Ian Herbert reports

Robinho's preference for City 'not normal' says Deco

Chelsea's Deco admits he was gobsmacked when Robinho made his shock move from Real Madrid to Manchester City in the final hours of transfer deadline day.

Chelsea 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1: Scolari lets slip Kalou bid as a diversion

Now we know that Luiz Felipe Scolari is not just a shrewd coach. He has also read that chapter in the manager's handbook that tells you what to do in the event of your team tossing away two points at home to Tottenham. The answer? Tell everyone who Arsenal's transfer target was earlier in the summer and hope they forget about the result.

Scolari in the dark over Robinho

Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari admits he is still waiting for the phone call to tell him Robinho is coming to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea end Kaka interest as Robinho deal nears completion

The Chelsea chief executive, Peter Kenyon, said yesterday that his club were not interested in signing Milan's Brazilian Kaka this summer because they had fulfilled their promise to the new manager, Luiz Felipe Scolari, to secure Robinho and Deco. Speaking for the first time about the deal for Real Madrid's Robinho, Kenyon said that it showed Chelsea's growing status that they could attract young players from Europe's top clubs.

Scolari set for business in Chelsea's quest for best

Luiz Felipe Scolari insists he is ready to put the finishing touches to his restructuring of the Chelsea squad this week. There have been reports of a renewed move for Real Madrid's want-away forward Robinho and suggestions that a world-record deal to bring Milan's Brazilian midfield genius Kaka to Stamford Bridge next season will be struck.

Wigan Athletic 0 Chelsea 1: Art of Deco lifts Chelsea to top as Scolari paints picture of new world

Luiz Felipe Scolari has managed in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, he has won a World Cup in Japan and he comes from the remote Rio Grande do Sul in the southern Brazil, but he admitted that, until yesterday, he had never been to that distant, exotic kingdom known as the north of England. Chelsea will have play better on their further visits if they are to win the Premier League this season.

Wigan 0 Chelsea 1: Deco puts blues in top position

Deco scored with a free kick Sunday to give Chelsea a 1-0 victory at Wigan and extend coach Luiz Felipe Scolari's winning start in the Premier League.

Chelsea 4 Portsmouth 0: Scolari's 'beautiful game' brings joy to Chelsea

As a former manager of Brazil, Luiz Felipe Scolari will be used to steamrollering the occasional opponent but it would be fair to say that even a French Guyana team in the midst of an injury-crisis and struggling with self-esteem issues would have put up a better fight than Portsmouth. First day of the season and Big Phil's team filled their boots.

Chelsea 4 Portsmouth 0: Scolari wants style as well as substance

Luiz Felipe Scolari got his Chelsea reign up and running with victory over Portsmouth at Stamford Bridge and a message of attacking intent to the rest of the Barclays Premier League.

Terry claims United have reached their peak

John Terry has never been averse to the odd rallying cry and another was issued yesterday with the claim that Manchester United had reached their peak last season while Chelsea were capable of improving – and would do so this campaign.

Milan and Blues in denial over world-record £70m Kaka deal

Chelsea last night denied having made any formal bid for Milan's dazzling Brazilian midfielder Kaka as the player's representatives talked up the possibility of a move to London. His adviser Diogo Kotscho – not an official Fifa agent – had set the hares running by suggesting: "This is the first time we feel a deal will definitely happen. Because of the situation Milan are in at the moment, the deal is good for all parties involved."

Deco uses first press conference to take a parting shot at Barça

They will forever be remembered as part of the greatest Barcelona team of all time, and one that eliminated Chelsea on their way to the 2006 Champions League title but Deco's love affair with the former European champions is well and truly over. On his official introduction as a Chelsea player, the Portuguese midfielder said that he and Ronaldinho had to leave the Nou Camp to get their careers back on track.

Chelsea rule out Lampard negotiations

Chelsea have told Inter Milan they will not even discuss the possibility of selling Frank Lampard.

Deco joins Scolari's Chelsea in £8m deal

Chelsea confirmed the signing of Portugal midfielder Deco from Barcelona last night. The playmaker had recently been told by the Catalan club he did not feature in their plans and had been linked with a move to the west London club regularly in recent years.

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