Postcard from... Beijing

They do love the Premier League in China, and many an English side has made its way eastwards during the summer to grow market share for their merchandise and give Asian fans a glimpse of their team in action at the same time.

Daniel Sturridge celebrates his first Liverpool league goal

Criticism of Daniel Sturridge unfair says Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool boos allays fears about £12m striker's attitude

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich

Roman Abramovich's Chelsea profit based on Sky payout

Chelsea recorded first profit since Russian took over in 2003

Joe Allen

Joe Allen predicts 'exciting times ahead' if Liverpool can find consistency

The Reds won 3-0 at QPR yesterday

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Houllier is convinced the centre, the FA's Clairefontaine equivalent, will produce future stars

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Hero or Villain?

Last July he became the most expensive football player of all time – racking up a little over €171m (£137m) in combined transfer fees on signing for his seventh club, Paris Saint-Germain – and last week he was widely hailed as having scored the greatest goal ever … What's not to love about Zlatan Ibrahimovic?

<b>Longest consecutive run without conceding a goal:</b> 14 games <br/>
Edwin van der Sar went an amazing 1,311 minutes without conceding a goal during Manchester United’s 2008–09 campaign, which is also an all-time league record.

Retired Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar says he misses playing

Edwin van der Sar will sit down to watch Manchester United's Premier League showdown with Chelsea on Sunday still feeling a little pang of regret at no longer being involved.

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Frank Lampard is still part of my Chelsea plan, says Roberto Di Matteo

Chelsea midfielder set to start tonight after being left out of team for Stoke and Arsenal

Shinji Kagawa is congratulated by his team mates

Shinji Kagawa scores winner for Manchester United in pre-season friendly

Shinji Kagawa scored his first goal for Manchester United as the Red Devils picked up the Chevrolet China Cup after a 1-0 victory over Shanghai Shenhua.

A disappointing France side were knocked-out by Spain

France defender Bacary Sagna laments 'avoidable' infighting at Euro 2012

Defender Bacary Sagna has lamented the "avoidable" infighting that he believes "wasted" France's hopes of glory at Euro 2012.

Samir Nasri reacts after scoring for France

Former coach Raymond Domenech says France lack leadership and unity

Former France coach Raymond Domenech has criticised the current national team for a lack of unity and an absence of leadership after their exit from Euro 2012.

Samir Nasri reacts after scoring for France

France play down Samir Nasri 'shut up' incident

French federation president Noel Le Graet has played down an incident involving midfielder Samir Nasri after France drew 1-1 with England in their Euro 2012 Group D opening game.

Shanghai Shenhua to play Manchester United

Manchester United have confirmed a friendly against Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai Shenhua on July 25.

Gael Clichy pictured training for France

Gael Clichy accuses media of trying to stir up trouble for France squad ahead of Euro 2012

Full-back Gael Clichy insists the atmosphere in the France squad is positive and has accused the media of trying to stir up a repeat of the turmoil which has ruined recent major tournaments for them.

Drogba celebrates scoring Chelsea's crucial equaliser during Saturday's Champions League final

Shanghai Shenhua confident of signing Didier Drogba

Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua are confident of securing a move for Didier Drogba, who yesterday confirmed he was leaving Chelsea.

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