Didier Drogba

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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(...)

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(...)

 The Charity Commission said it had “serious regulatory concerns about a number of compliance issues” raised following a Daily Mail investigation of the Didier Drogba Foundation. Photograph: PA

A foundation set up by former Chelsea footballer Didier Drogba to help poor communities in the Ivory Coast is to be investigated by the charities watc(...)

Maria Sharapova has been the world’s highest-earning sportswoman for the last 11 years, with her endorsements dwarfing her on-court earnings. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Maria Sharapova has been suspended from her role as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador following her failed drug test. The 28-year-old tested posit(...)

He was torn between his delight at playing on such a superb team with the more basic fact of missing the uncomplicatedness of life at joyously unfashionable Blackburn.

Will Ireland produce a player like Damien Duff again? And if so when? And if so how? Not for the first time, Duff popped up out of the blue to put a (...)

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