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Stefan Velkov is training at Carrington in hope of securing a deal

Hodgson backs Murphy to continue at top level

Roy Hodgson sees no reason why Danny Murphy cannot continue to play at the top level for many seasons - but warned against expecting the Fulham captain to "hit the ground running" on his return to action from a knee injury against CSKA Sofia tonight.

Hodgson sounds cautious note on use of extra match officials

Fulham manager also warns over putting too much faith in video technology

Hodgson vindicated by second-string Fulham's response

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Timeline: Football fan's fight for justice

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Simon Calder: The high price of the good life in Paris

As I handed over the cash, I thought (but, being British, did not say), "I asked for the bill, not an on-the-spot fine." The kind of people who are inclined to drown their sorrows maintain that the world looks better through the bottom of a glass. I was gazing at the bottom of a glass, specifically an all-too-empty 25cl vessel that had latterly contained draught lager. For the previous hour I had been emulating millions of other British travellers: practising the art of sipping slowly.

Europa League draw: Everton draw Benfica, Fulham play Roma

Everton will face Portuguese giants Benfica in the Europa League group stage.

Meet the black-belt hardman aiming to lead Bulgaria

Anna Mudeva on the former bodyguard contesting today's elections

This pile of rocks was once the seat of kings

The Bulgarians are unearthing their Thracian heritage. Now visitors can enjoy what's been discovered too, says Robert Nurden

Europe's heating goes off

Hundreds of thousands of people in Balkans left exposed to sub-zero temperatures as gas row hits home

The Complete Guide To: Byzantium

Be inspired by the treasures in the Royal Academy show, and visit the surviving wonders of this extraordinary empire in situ, from Istanbul to Skopje, Sinai to Ravenna.

Secret documents say Markov's killer was given a medal

As Bulgarian authorities close the file on the murder of the dissident journalist in London in 1978, newly-released papers have shed fresh light on one of the most infamous episodes of the Cold War

Bulgaria - I predict this place is going to be a big hit

A museum about the blind visionary Baba Vanga is opening up Bulgaria's south west to tourists. Robert Nurden reports

Small Talk: No sign of property blues in booming Bulgaria

Everybody knows that property prices in the UK are heading south and that the spectre of negative equity is once again raising its head. Not so in Bulgaria, apparently.

Poison umbrella murder case is reopened

Scotland Yard detectives have flown to Bulgaria in a fresh attempt to shed light on one of the murkiest and most controversial episodes in the secret history of the Cold War. A team of senior police officers travelled to Sofia last month, it emerged yesterday, as part of the investigation into the unsolved murder of the Bulgarian dissident Georgi Markov, who was stabbed with a poisoned umbrella while walking across London's Waterloo Bridge in 1978.

Murders prompt EU warning for Bulgaria over organised crime

The European Union has warned Bulgaria that it must take urgent action to halt the gangland violence plaguing the country's capital, after two prominent Bulgarians were shot dead on the streets of Sofia in as many days.

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