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The 33-year-old set for a return to the Premier League from Fenerbahce

Chelsea would not have collapsed under Mourinho, says Kezman

Mateja Kezman, Fenerbahce's former Chelsea striker, last night added to the pressure on Avram Grant. The Serb said that if Jose Mourinho was still manager, his old team would not have collapsed as they did in Istanbul on Wednesday night.

Fenerbahce 2 Chelsea 1: Grant's sweet dream of glory shaken up by Coca-Cola Kid

Chelsea's apparently serene progress to the Champions League semi-finals was shaken up last night by the "Coca-Cola Kid". Colin Kazim-Richards, who was once transferred as a result of a competition by the sponsor, last night wrote another chapter into his extraordinary journey from Leytonstone to the banks of the Bosphorus.

Chelsea may use Anelka for lead role

When the draw for the Champions League quarter-finals was made last month, in a quiet auditorium by the banks of Lake Geneva, Chelsea looked to have secured the soft option – the quarter-final debutants, Fenerbahçe. This evening, as 50,000 Turkish fans turn the Sukru Saracoglu stadium into a cauldron of noise, the tie will take on a significantly more demanding hue.

Champions' League quarter-finals: United happy to slip under the radar as hope springs eternal

If Arsenal's double-header with Liverpool in the Champions' League quarter-final has dominated the headlines and bulletins so far, Manchester United and Chelsea will be perfectly happy with that. After being beaten in the season's two other cup competitions by Tottenham and Barnsley, and demanding more respect from the media, Chelsea's Avram Grant would like nothing more than a period out of the spotlight, and he must be delighted to have drawn the rank outsiders Fenerbahce.

Wenger relishes English test as Liverpool stand in Arsenal's way

A red-on-red battle between English football's foreign stylists, Arsenal, and the English team with more European trophies than any other, Liverpool, in the Champions League quarter-finals could define both clubs' season. After being paired for a first-ever meeting in European competition, Arsène Wenger is optimistic of success but Rafael Benitez, while upbeat, acknowledged the mountainous path to glory ahead.

Arsenal draw Liverpool in Champions League

Arsenal have been drawn against Liverpool in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Ferguson relishes chance of all-English quarter-final

Sir Alex Ferguson was yesterday a lone dissenting voice from the four English clubs that will be involved in today's lunchtime draw for the Champions League quarter-finals in relishing the prospect of an all-Premier League tie.

Fenerbahce acclaimed as national heroes after Seville upset

Turkish fans celebrated late into the night on Tuesday after Fenerbahce beat Seville to reach the Champions League quarter-finals, and yesterday's morning newspapers heralded the victory as putting the club among the giants of European football.

Multilingual Senderos to let his feats do the talking in Milan

Defender winning over the fans as Arsenal's critical moment arrives

Liverpool v Internazionale: In-form Italians can land knockout punch on Rafa

There will be even more trouble ahead for Benitez if the runaway Serie A leaders beat his team on Tuesday

No sulks, but Anelka has regrets

Chelsea's new striker insists he's not trouble but still resents his treatment at Liverpool and rues his strike at Madrid

£15m Anelka kicks off Chelsea's transfer window spending spree

What could be the most important move of Nicolas Anelka's career finally came to pass yesterday afternoon as he signed for Chelsea from Bolton in time to play in today's home Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur.

Violence escalates in Afghanistan

The storming of Musa Qala was ferocious. Hundreds of Taliban fighters poured incessant fire into the government buildings and police station. The ensuing battle was the longest and fiercest since the end of the war four years ago. As homes and shops were set alight, Qari Mohammed Yousef, a Taliban commander, used his satellite telephone to announce to a news agency that the town in Helmand had fallen to the "forces of Islam".

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The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

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Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

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Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

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Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

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Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

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Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

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