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Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas wants to finish the Europa League Group Stages with six wins from six as they take on Anzhi Makhachkala

Andre Villas-Boas sacked by Tottenham: Factfile of the former Chelsea and Porto manager

The Portuguese manager has parted company with Spurs

Ryan Bertrand could be on his way to Liverpool
Hector Herrera’s (centre) transfer from Pachuca in Mexico to Porto may have earned Nicky Blair around $1m

Hector Herrera deal could see Nicholas Blair, son of former PM Tony Blair, join top flight of football agents

The midfielder's transfer from Pachuca in Mexico to Porto may have earned former British PM's son around $1m

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Andre Villas-Boas believes Tottenham are genuine rivals to Chelsea

Postcard from... Porto

Porto’s Mercado do Bolhao market, the best known of northern Portugal’s capital city, is hugely colourful and bustling. But the two-storey market’s dense, twisting patchwork of tiny sales counters and stalls, offering everything from crates of live hens to wooden domino sets, port-tasting sessions and sackfuls of dujao and mantiga beans, contrasts painfully with the battered building it occupies.

Aly Cissokho has joined Liverpool on a season-long loan

Player analysis: Who is Liverpool's latest signing Aly Cissokho?

The lowdown on the French full-back who has agreed a move to Anfield...but it won't be the first time he has played there

Bernard of Atletico Mineiro

Transfer news: Arsenal and Tottenham target Bernard joins Shakhtar Donetsk for £21.5m

20-year-old Brazilian midfielder had been linked with a move to north London as well as Porto and Borussia Dortmund

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: 'My white hairs are a good sign'

The Blues boss says he has returned a better, and more experienced manager

Sporting Lisbon winger Bruma in action for Portugal Under-20's in the recent U-20's World Cup

Chelsea transfer target Bruma victim of an alleged kidnapping attempt

A Sporting Lisbon supporters group tried to kidnap the winger on Wednesday night according to his agent

Designer digs: One of the Four Rooms

B&B and Beyond: Four rooms, Porto - Discreet elegance in Portugal’s lovely second city

This converted townhouse offers design fans a serene and stylish stay in Porto’s old fishermen’s district, says Katie Monk

Andre Villas-Boas: Expects the new FWA Player of the Year Gareth Bale to stay
Andre Villas-Boas: Expects the new FWA Player of the Year Gareth Bale to stay

Andre Villas-Boas 'open' to talks with PSG after mega-rich side put him on short-list

The Tottenham manager has two years left on his deal at White Hart Lane

Cristiano Ronaldo, who has has scored 199 goals in 201 games at Real Madrid, is the world's most expensive player. Real Madrid paid Manchester United £80m. Click through to see the world's most expensive transfer deals...

Exclusive: Monaco set to make world record £85m bid for Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo

Super-rich French club poised to step in as contract talks between Portuguese winger

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