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

Zenit striker Hulk

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

Brad Friedel

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

Chris Waddle on Joey Barton's move to Marseilles: 'I don't know how he got that move'

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.

Joseph Yobo

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.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter

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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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

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Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
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David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003