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The Potters chose not to activate a clause in his contract that would have seen him stay until the end of the season

Jose Mourinho lashes out at 'hypocrites' over La Liga schedule

Jose Mourinho has lashed out at what he called the "hypocrites" who did not agree with his complaints that the La Liga calendar was unfair on his Real Madrid team and favoured Barcelona over other clubs.

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Stoke City 3 Brighton 0

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Adam commits to Blackpool after late drama

Blackpool's Charlie Adam pledged his commitment to the club late last night, despite an extraordinary deadline day in which two Liverpool bids valuing him up to £10m and an even higher eleventh hour Tottenham offer failed as it missed the deadline.

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Fernando Torres edged closer towards a British transfer record move to Chelsea today after it emerged Liverpool were actively trying to sign a replacement for the forward.

My Porsche? Forgot I even owned one, says Jermaine Pennant

Jermaine Pennant was contacted by his former club Real Zaragoza recently after he abandoned a Porsche at the railway station in the Spanish city five months ago – and promptly forgot that he owned it.

Real Madrid keep pace with Barcelona thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo double

Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 18th and 19th La Liga goals of the season as Real Madrid survived some late pressure to win 3-2 at city rivals Getafe on Monday and trim the gap to leaders Barcelona back to two points.

Baird goes from firing blanks to contender for 'goal of the season'

Mark Hughes, the Fulham manager, rated the first of Chris Baird's double strike against Stoke City on Tuesday as a contender for goal of the season – and was surprised to learn how long it had been since the Northern Ireland international had last hit the back of the net.

Stoke sign Jermaine Pennant on permanent deal

Stoke have signed winger Jermaine Pennant on a permanent deal from Real Zaragoza following his loan spell.

Sam Wallace: In a year of World Cup misery at least Bale's brilliance gave us something to smile about

Talking Football: Barcelona love the 'Mes que un club' stuff, but it is starting to wear a bit thin. Their football is excellent, but can they stop all the preachy stuff?

Eurozone: Milan happy with team spirit as Italian leaders crush Bologna

Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona beat Real Sociedad 5-0 at the Nou Camp last night to maintain their two-point lead over Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.

Hodgson admits the Kop's calls for Dalglish are hard to hear

Stoke 2 Liverpool 0

Euro Zone: Record-breaking Del Piero strike seals Juventus win

Alessandro del Piero became Juventus's all-time top Serie A goalscorer after his strike in their 2-1 win at Milan on Saturday. He fired in after good work from Mohamed Sissoko and in doing so overtook Giampiero Boniperti, with whom he had been level on 178 league goals. "Now my aim is to arrive at 200 goals," the 35-year-old said.

Defeat means Real Madrid players 'will be dead to me' warns Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has invoked an expression common to fictional New Jersey Mafia boss Tony Soprano to remind his players of the importance of Tuesday's King's Cup last 32 first leg against lowly Real Murcia.

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