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Ballack ruled out of World Cup

Germany captain Michael Ballack has been ruled out of the World Cup finals with an ankle injury, the German Football Federation have confirmed.

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Terry hits out at FA over pitch

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Home win shows we can wreck Chelsea's big day, says Martinez

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Abramovich set to spend as Chelsea target star signing

Roman Abramovich is expected to meet with manager Carlo Ancelotti today to discuss the club's transfer targets this summer with the aim of freshening up their ageing squad.

Ballack relaxed about Chelsea future

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