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The Belgium international is keen on a move to the Premier League

Chris Samba has previously played in the Premier League for Blackburn Rovers
Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho turned down Real Madrid job while at Chelsea

Former Porto boss also turned down chance to manage England

Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher, with Steven Gerrard in the background, after winning the Uefa Cup in 2001

Travel Challenge: A Brazilian break during Rio Carnival

Each week we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for a specific break. Today: Brazil for Rio Carnival. Prices are per person, based on two sharing, and include 10 nights' B&B, flights from Heathrow to Rio in February 2013, transfers and a one-day Sambadrome ticket.

A Casa do Conto bedroom

B&B and Beyond: Casa do Conto, Porto, Portugal

When a fire destroyed this B&B just before it was to open, its owner swapped concrete for wood. Mick Webb took a look

Emmanuel Adebayor celebrates with teammate Jermain Defoe after scoring a goal against Panathinaikos

Tottenham strikers among the best in the Premier League says Brad Friedel

Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor impressed last night

Andre Villas-Boas reacts after seeing Spurs take the lead

Chelsea do not deserve place in Europa League says former manager Andre Villas-Boas

Tottenham have also qualified for the last-32

ndre Villas-Boas congratulates Jermain Defoe on his second goa

Andre Villas-Boas refuses to play Scrooge as Tottenham's festive spirit grows

Manager approves 'two or three' Christmas parties for players after climb into the top four

Ronaldo set Real Madrid on their way to a 4-1 win over Ajax with a close-range finish

Champions League round-up: Ajax felled by Christiano Ronaldo and Kaka but Roberto Mancini's side cannot take advantage

In Manchester City’s group, as expected Ajax went down to defeat at Real Madrid but the English champions could not take advantage and clinch a place in the Europa League.

Jose Mourinho celebrates Real Madrid's winner

Jose Mourinho capable of managing Manchester United says Alex Ferguson

Ferguson has no plans to retire

Jermain Defoe of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring their third goal

Proposed transfer of Jermain Defoe from Tottenham to QPR is 'absolutely impossible' says Andre Villas-Boas

Redknapp has worked with England striker at three different clubs

Andre Villas-Boas: Faces his former team, Chelsea, tomorrow

Andre Villas-Boas wants revenge for Tottenham against Chelsea, not himself

Andre Villas-Boas insisted yesterday that his club have more reason to relish tomorrow's game with Chelsea than he does. The Tottenham Hotspur manager, who was dismissed by Chelsea in March, pointed to the rivalry between the clubs last season as being more relevant than his own story.

Manchester United winger Luis Nani

Juventus and AC Milan linked with Manchester United winger Luis Nani

The future of Manchester United winger Luis Nani continues to come under speculation with the latest rumours suggesting Juventus and AC Milan will battle it out for his services.

Northern Ireland claimed a famous draw in Portugal

Niall McGinn 'over the moon' after scoring for Northern Ireland in Portugal draw

Northern Ireland goalscorer Niall McGinn finds it hard to believe he was able to play a key part in thwarting the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani last night.

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo to reach 100 caps for Portugal against Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland would already have been fearful ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Portugal, but will be even more nervous knowing Cristiano Ronaldo has something to celebrate in Porto.

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there