Andre Villas-Boas has been linked to the managerial vacancy at Roma

Tottenham appoint Luis Martins as new first team coach

Tottenham have announced the latest recruit to Andre Villas-Boas’ team at White Hart Lane as the new manager brings a Portuguese feel to the coaching staff.

Europa League: Valencia lead the Spanish domination of last four

Three Spanish clubs stormed into the semi-finals of the Europa League last night, giving an ample demonstration of the strength in depth in La Liga.

Bilbao celebrate

Athletic Bilbao overcome Raul's double

In last night's Europa League quarter-final first legs, veteran striker Raul scored twice for Schalke but they still lost 4-2 at home to Athletic Bilbao, who eliminated Manchester United in the previous round.

Athletic Bilbao rewarded with Schalke tie after defeating Manchester United

Athletic Bilbao, conquerors of Manchester United, will face German side Schalke in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

City goalkeeper Joe Hart looks on as his 95th-minute header grazes the Sporting post

Too little, too late for sloppy City

Manchester City 3 (Aguero 60, 82, Balotelli pen 75) Sporting Lisbon 2 (Fernandez 33, Van Wolfswinkel 40) 3-3 on aggregate; Sporting win on away goals

Vincent Kompany

Man City without Kompany for Swansea game

Manchester City will be without captain Vincent Kompany for Sunday's Barclays Premier League trip to Swansea.

THE SOLUTION?: CARLOS TEVEZ, scored 53 goals in 80 games for City

Joleon Lescott glad to have Carlos Tevez back at Manchester City

Joleon Lescott is adamant it will be a help rather than a hindrance when Carlos Tevez eventually returns for Manchester City.

Jose Bosingwa says he will not play for Portugal again while Paulo Bento is in charge

Bosingwa snubs Bento and Portugal

Jose Bosingwa, the Chelsea defender, has said he will not play international football again while Paulo Bento remains Portugal manager. The 29-year-old had been pre-selected to join his national side for the Euro 2012 play-off games with Bosnia but was left out of Bento's final 25-man squad.

Barcelona continue sales to improve Fabregas bid

Barcelona are expected to try to increase their offer for Cesc Fabregas this week with the money raised from Jeffren Suarez's €4m (£3.5m) sale to Sporting Lisbon in a third attempt to sign the player this summer.

Sergio appointed Hearts manager as Jefferies walks out

Hearts have appointed former Sporting Lisbon coach Paulo Sergio as their new manager after a chaotic 24 hours at the club.

Nicklas Bendtner on verge of Sporting Lisbon switch

Nicklas Bendtner is set for a fresh start away from Arsenal as the Denmark striker closes in on a £9million move to Sporting Lisbon.

Arsenal close to clinching Gervinho deal

Arsenal are poised to complete their first big summer transfer with the £11million signing of Ivory Coast striker Gervinho from Lille.

Everton re-sign teenage defender Eric Dier

Everton have re-signed teenage Sporting Lisbon defender Eric Dier on a season-long loan.

Andre Villas-Boas predicts competitive Premier League

New Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas knows his side will not be the only ones looking to knock Manchester United off the top of the Barclays Premier League - but is ready to meet those "big, big challenges" head on.

Samir Nasri planning Arsenal talks

Samir Nasri is determined to prove he has what it takes to be more than a one-season wonder - but as yet there are no firm answers on whether that will be at Arsenal.

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