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Portuguese winger bags two-goals in pre-season friendly against Crewe after he was linked with a move to AS Monaco

Portugal smash seven past hapless North Korea

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Ronaldo will hit form to make us contenders, says Portugal coach

As a former coach to the South African national team who was born in Mozambique, Portugal's Carlos Queiroz says this is a "special" World Cup for him, preparations for which continue with a friendly today against his native land. Exactly 12 months ago, however, he did not look like making it this far. After three home games in a moderately difficult qualifying group produced just two points, the Portuguese seemed likely to lose out to Denmark and Sweden, but a last-minute winning goal in Albania by central defender Bruno Alves proved a turning point. Without the injured Cristiano Ronaldo, they beat Bosnia-Herzegovina in the play-offs. Being drawn with Brazil and Ivory Coast on the back of such an uninspiring qualifying campaign has nevertheless had bookmakers offering odds of up to 22-1 against Portugal winning the competition in which they finished third in 1966 and, more relevantly, fourth four years ago.

Drogba confident that balance of youth and experience will carry Chelsea to more glory

Chelsea's squad may be top heavy with players approaching the wrong end of their careers, but Didier Drogba, one of those the far side of 30, believes they have the ideal "balance" to add trophies beyond this season's Premier League.

Drogba: adrenalin is getting me through

Chelsea's striker Didier Drogba yesterday admitted his body is struggling to cope with the gruelling demands of chasing the Double. Drogba, 32, has enjoyed one of his best seasons at Stamford Bridge, scoring 32 goals in 40 games for Chelsea, as well as playing for Ivory Coast in the Africa Cup of Nations in January.

Dunne gives Aston Villa injury scare

Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne has given his side an injury scare ahead of Saturday's FA Cup semi-final with Chelsea.

Ancelotti admits side is scarred by failures

Chelsea players hindered by doubts after three seasons without Premier League title

Essien news a boost for injury ravaged Chelsea

Chelsea have been given a much-needed boost by midfielder Michael Essien as the club's growing injury crisis worsened with the loss of defender Ricardo Carvalho with ankle ligament damage.

Spotlight on the main contenders: Portugal

Countdown to South Africa: 91 days to go

Chelsea confident Cole will stay despite reports of Abramovich rift

Chelsea assistant coach Ray Wilkins insists Joe Cole will remain at the club despite reports of a rift between the England midfielder and owner Roman Abramovich.

Terry's slip-ups are fast becoming a scandal

John Terry used to be the guy who never made mistakes. But in the past month, ever since it became common knowledge that he had been sleeping with Wayne Bridge's former girlfriend, errors in judgment have rapidly become the defender's stock in trade.

Ancelotti uses his guile to thrive where Scolari failed

Italian's understanding of Chelsea player power has been key to his success

Chelsea's rivals 'should worry'

The leading three Premier League teams have all had a go at sitting on top of the table over the last nine days, but Ricardo Carvalho believes it is Chelsea that Manchester United and Arsenal "have to be worried about" after his side reclaimed pride of place on Wednesday night.

Real target Carvalho in Van Nistelrooy swap deal

Real Madrid are preparing to launch a January transfer bid for Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho.

Ancelotti gives team ultimatum

Chelsea manager says players who lost to City will be given 'last chance' today

Ancelotti dismisses swine flu fears

Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti gave his squad a clean bill of health amid scares of a possible outbreak of swine flu at Stamford Bridge.

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