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Liverpool and Tottenham handed tough ties in the Europa League

Zenit St Petersburg  and Lyon await Liverpool and Tottenham, while Newcastle play Metalist Kharkiv and Chelsea face Sparta Prague.

My Chelsea squad is too small, bemoans Rafael Benitez

New manager says playing staff needs to increase due to heavy schedule taking its toll

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North London derby: Tottenham's rival match veteran Brad Friedel can remind Andre Villas-Boas of the importance of Arsenal clash

If Andre Villas-Boas is feeling the pressure before his first north London derby, he can gain immediate perspective by asking the Tottenham goalkeeper about his knowledge of local disputes.

Joey Barton will make his debut at the Stade Veledrome tonight

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Joey Barton's move to Olympique Marseilles was last night described as "strange" by Chris Waddle, the ex-England winger who is still revered at the Stade Velodrome after his own spell in the south of France.

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Although it has become apparent that anything can happen at QPR, rumours of a pursuit for Real Madrid midfielder <b>Esteban Granero</b> are perhaps farfetched. The versatile 25-year-old can operate in a number of attacking and defensive duties, but with Luka Modric arriving at the Bernabeau, competition for places in the middle of the park is high. Nicknamed 'The Pirate' for his ability to steal the ball, Granero has also brought interest from Spurs.

QPR agree fee for Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero

QPR's bid to bring Real Madrid's Esteban Granero to Loftus Road edged a step closer today after they agreed a fee for the midfielder with the Spanish champions.

Stephane Mbia

Stephane Mbia reveals decision to join QPR

Stephane Mbia claims he has made up his mind to join QPR despite his love for Marseille and a rival bid from Fenerbahce.

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Joseph Yobo secures transfer from Everton to Fenerbahce

Everton defender Joseph Yobo has completed a permanent move to Fenerbahce for an undisclosed fee.

Dirk Kuyt humbled by Liverpool fans

An “emotional” Dirk Kuyt today revealed he had been inundated with messages of support from Liverpool fans since quitting the club on Sunday.

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Fifa president Sepp Blatter warns against 'scourge of match-rigging'

FIFA president Sepp Blatter today warned match-fixing is a "scourge" that is already undermining the game.

Turkish PM Tayyip Erdogan (right) with Uefa's Michel Platini

Ministers discuss Turkish 'match-fixing' with Platini

The Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan and Uefa president Michel Platini discussed a match-fixing investigation which has overshadowed Turkish football in talks ahead of Uefa meetings in the country this week.

Besiktas club coach among eight freed in match-fixing investigation in Turkey

A Turkish court freed eight suspects in a major match-fixing case yesterday, including the coach and an executive of leading club Besiktas, giving a boost to football club shares which have been hit hard by the investigation.

Fixing claims: 93 charged

A Turkish court accepted an indictment yesterday charging 93 officials and players with match-fixing.

Fenerbahce furious over Champions League ban

Turkish champions Fenerbahce appealed yesterday against their exclusion from this season's Champions League over a match-fixing investigation involving the top Istanbul club which has plunged the Turkish league into turmoil.

Football in Brief: Thomson to leave Hearts; Fenerbahce chairman arrested

Defender Craig Thomson is to leave Hearts, the Scottish Premier League club confirmed yesterday. The 20-year-old was suspended last month following a conviction for "lewd, libidinous and indecent behaviour".

Football in Brief: Yeung moves to reassure Blues; Fenerbahce head in fixing inquiry; Keen to start as coach at Anfield; Rijkaard named as Saudi manager

Carson Yeung has assured Birmingham City he will continue to provide his backing for the club despite facing five charges of money laundering amounting to £59m in his native Hong Kong.

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