Liverpool  defender Dejan Lovren at a press conference ahead of his side’s   Champions League match against NK Maribor. Photograph: Jure Makovec/AFP/Getty Images

Dejan Lovren has made the startling claim that Romelu Lukaku deliberately kicked him in the face during Liverpool’s goalless draw with Manchester Unit(...)

Waterford Spraoi. Photograph: John Loftus

What links Athens, Florence, Paris and Cork? They have all held the title European Capital of Culture. The programme began in 1985, after Melina Merc(...)

Striker Nadir Ciftci, who has served four games of a six-game domestic ban, is available. Photograph Steve Welsh/Getty Images

Ronny Deila has put his trust in his Celtic side to overcome Malmo in their crunch Champions League play-off tie. After passing up on two chances to r(...)

Andre Schürrle of Chelsea celebrates after scoring the second goal against  Sporting Lisbon   at Stamford Bridge.  Photograph:  Clive Mason/Getty Images

Chelsea’s progress into the knockout phase proved serene to the last. Sporting Lisbon were outclassed here and consigned to the Europa League by a rej(...)

Chelsea’s coach José Mourinho   during the Champions League Group G draw with  Maribor. Photograph: Srdjan Zivulovic / Reuters

José Mourinho bemoaned Chelsea’s complacency and the officials after his side were made to wait to secure qualification from Champions League Group G(...)

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard after missing a penalty against Maribor at Stadion Ljudski in Maribor. Photograph: Srdjan Zivulovic / Reuters

Maribor 1 Chelsea 1Chelsea remain unbeaten but their charge suddenly feels more of a stagger, the rhythm not quite as upbeat as it once was. This was (...)

Chelsea’s John Terry scores a goal   against Maribor at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Andrew Winning / Reuters

Chelsea 6 Maribor 0Chelsea feel like a team of the present, yet here was a match infused with a hint of nostalgia. The crowd were able to lap up goals(...)

Chelsea’s manager Jose Mourinho attends a media conference at their training ground in Cobham. Chelsea  play Maribor in a Champions League Group G soccer match on Tuesday. Photograph: Eddie Keogh / Reuters

Chelsea v NK Maribor Stamford Bridge, 7.45pm, UTV and Setanta Ireland Eventually José Mourinho could take no more, his patience worn thin by q(...)

Burnley host Chelsea in a Division One game  from Turf Moor, Burnley circa 1965. The club have been playing on this piece of land since February 1883. Photograph: Bob Thomas/Getty

Angel Di Maria’s last appearance for Real Madrid came in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup against neighbours Atletico almost a fortnight ago. Th(...)

Celtic’s Efe Ambrose reacts during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Play Off, second leg match at Celtic Park, Glasgow, last night. Photograph: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

Celtic were handed a reprieve in the last round against Legia Warsaw but against Maribor there was nothing for the Hoops to cling on to. This time the(...)