A burned car stands on the side of the road  near Castanheira de Pera, in Leiria district, Portugal.  Photograph:   Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

Firefighters were still battling to control a series of forest blazes in central Portugal on Monday, as the country sought to come to terms with a dea(...)

Antonio Conte’s Chelsea were crowned champions after a 1-0 win at West Brom. Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters

West Bromwich Albion 0 Chelsea 1 When the decisive moment arrived there were a few moments when Antonio Conte gave the impression he might actually r(...)

 Carlos Tevez  waves farewell to the Boca Juniors supporters after their final game of the season at La Bombonera on December 18th. The 32-year-old  is due to join Shanghai Shenhua on an annual salary of €38 million. Photograph: Getty Images

What is the Chinese Super League? The Chinese Football Association Super League was set up in 2004 as part of an effort to modernise and streamline t(...)

Oscar’s team-mate at Shanghai SIPG is compatriot Hulk, who had already broken the Chinese transfer record with his €49 million fee. Photograph:  VCG via Getty Images

In the stands at the Shanghai Stadium, the SIPG fans will hail Brazilian midfielder Oscar’s arrival with roars of “We are red!” sung in English, and c(...)

Antonio Conte: With Terry injured he has turned to a back three, using Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso as wing-backs. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Inpho

For a manager who is commonly thought to be incapable of building a dynasty, José Mourinho left a remarkably durable legacy in his first spell at Chel(...)

Tottenham will probably fall short in the English Premier League title race but that is not a reason to think the manager Mauricio Pochettino is not putting together a coming team for next season. Photograph: Lee smith/Reuters

There are those of us who have felt the praise directed Tottenham Hotspur’s way this season, particularly of late, has been over the top. Tottenham ar(...)

Chelsea’s Russian owner Roman Abramovich took over the London club in 2003. Photograph: Getty Images

Antonio Conte has become the seventh man to be named the permanent Chelsea manager by Roman Abramovich since the Russian bought the club in 2003. Giv(...)

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris’s talents were recognised as a 12-year-old at Nice. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Hugo Lloris seems uncomfortable in the spotlight despite his captaincy duties with club and country. But do not confuse discretion with weakness. Llor(...)

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce played Adam Johnson 28 times after his initial arrest for having sexual activity with a child. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images.

Sam Allardyce was once sacked from a prison cell. It was back in 1996 when Allardyce was in charge of Blackpool at the beginning of his managerial ca(...)

Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen, one of the many players bought with the money earned from Gareth Bale’s sale to Real Madrid. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Reuter

Mauricio Pochettino was unusually animated during Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat by Leicester at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night. Not just at the final wh(...)

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