Istanbul bonded Rafa Benitez to Liverpool FC, and his activity with the Hillsborough Family Support Group bonded him to the city. Photograph: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

The telephone rang in Freddy Shepherd’s holiday villa in Majorca. It was late July 2004 and Shepherd, the Newcastle United chairman, was about to part(...)

 Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur shows appreciation to the fans after their defeat to Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on  Sunday. Photograph: Getty Images)

Tottenham’s 2-1 Premier League defeat to Chelsea on Sunday extended a miserable record at their temporary home while White Hart Lane is redeveloped. (...)

Antonio Conte: “For sure, I don’t trust that tomorrow will be the last game for Arsène.” Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Antonio Conte is ready to sign a contract extension with Chelsea, which will establish him as the highest-paid manager in the club’s history as he see(...)

Gary Cahill comes on as a substitute to replace John Terry. Photograph: Reuters

Concern has been expressed after a bookmaker paid out thousands of pounds to three punters who wagered on the specific time of Chelsea captain John Te(...)

Everton’s Romelu Lukaku is Manchester United’s top target this summer. Photo: Peter Powell/EPA

José Mourinho has made Romelu Lukaku a prime summer transfer target, with the Manchester United manager instructing his board to try and prise the 23-(...)

 Egypt’s goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary celebrates with his teammates at the end of the penalty shootout win over Burkina Faso. Photograph: Getty Images

It is a script that would require a cast-iron suspension of disbelief, but film makers would have no shortage of material to document the exploits of(...)

A watchdog found that a charity set up by ex-Chelsea player Didier Drogba to help poor communities in the Ivory Coast may have “misled” donors. Photograph: Stephen Pond/PA

A charity set up by ex-Chelsea footballer Didier Drogba to help poor communities in the Ivory Coast may have “misled” donors, a watchdog has found. B(...)

Frank Lampard is to leave New York City at the end of his current contract, which expires in December. Photograph: Getty/Michael Stewart

Chelsea will offer Frank Lampard a role back at Stamford Bridge if the former England midfielder decides his playing days are over after announcing hi(...)

Mourinho and injuries: it has been a long, public, at times darkly productive relationship. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

“I do not like talking about injured players,” José Mourinho announced a few months before he left Real Madrid – shortly before going on to talk, rath(...)

Manchester United’s  Zlatan Ibrahimovic is enduring a barren spell in front of goal. Photograph: Afp

In an age of single-striker systems Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Premier League goal drought may have already ended Manchester United’s title hopes. This is t(...)