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    August 29, 2012

    Drogba in China: easy come, easy go?

    Didier Drogba’s football career in China could be coming to an end just two months after it started. According to local...

  2. June 22, 2012

    Lunch with the FT: Zhu Jun

    How did Zhu Jun persuade Didier Drogba, one of the world’s most famous footballers, to join a team that most have never...

  1. June 20, 2012

    Didier Drogba signs for Shanghai Shenhua

    Didier Drogba, the Ivorian striker who helped Chelsea win the Champions League, has finally confirmed that he will next ply...

  2. June 13, 2012

    China jails former football chiefs for graft

    China has put two dozen former football officials, players, coaches and referees behind bars in its boldest attempt to clean...

  3. May 25, 2012

    Didier Drogba is a case study in mobility

    In the photograph, a child stands beside his worried parents at Abidjan airport in Ivory Coast. Five-year-old Didier Drogba...

  4. October 14, 2010

    Museum delivers on promise of the gods

    It was, if you like, an anti-Frieze moment. The unveiling on Thursday of the final object in the BBC and British Museum’s A...

  5. July 2, 2010

    Lessons from football for Africa's exiles

    Afew years ago, in a bar in my adopted home, Geneva, I glanced up to find a man looking at the book I was reading, an...

  6. June 18, 2010

    Venus Williams, fashion designer

    Underwear and sport have a long and fruitful association: think David Beckham and those Armani briefs, or Didier Drogba and...

  7. June 12, 2010

    Punishing schedule for top players increases fear of injury time

    The people who will really be sick with nerves as the World Cup kicks off are the executives and managers of top football...

  8. June 11, 2010

    Top players’ schedule increases injury fears

    The people who will really be sick with nerves as the World Cup kicks off are the executives and managers of top football...

  9. May 28, 2010

    Man in the News: Lee Myung-bak

    South Korean officials love measuring the world in league tables. So they were fuming when their president, Lee Myung-bak,...

  10. April 21, 2010

    FA Premier League: Dealmaking skills add to the score

    Richard Scudamore is not saying which African country was involved, but he can now afford to be amused by memories of one...

  11. December 5, 2009

    English hopes rise after World Cup draw

    The odds on England winning next year's football World Cup shortened last night following a relatively kind draw in South...

  12. December 4, 2009

    English hopes rise after World Cup draw

    The odds on England winning next year’s football World Cup shortened on Friday night following a relatively kind draw in...

  13. September 16, 2009

    'Archer's bow' shoots down sports cheats

    Knowledge of the "archer's bow" dive would give referees an infallible way to shoot down cheating footballers, according to...

  14. May 7, 2009

    We wuz robbed!

    European football fans should be delighted by the prospect of this season’s climax in Rome on May 27; a Champions League...

  15. November 15, 2008

    Round-up

    TENNIS Britain's Andrew Murray eliminated defending champion Roger Federer from the season-ending Masters Cup yesterday...

  16. May 21, 2008

    Man Utd win Champions League final thriller

    Amid scenes of extraordinary tension, Manchester United won the Champions League on Wednesday night, beating Chelsea in a...

  17. May 17, 2008

    The strange loves and laments of Didier Drogba

    Didier Drogba, Chelsea's best player, never wanted to play for the club. He writes in his new autobiography*, published in...

  18. May 16, 2008

    Drogba’s strange loves and laments

    Didier Drogba, Chelsea’s best player, never wanted to play for the club. He writes in his new autobiography*, published in...

  19. April 26, 2008

    Chelsea can pass muster

    The Champions League semi-final first leg against Liverpool on Tuesday was Chelsea’s season in microcosm. For much of it,...

  20. February 25, 2008

    Spurs shake off their tag as underachievers

    A first trophy of the millennium for Tottenham and a first success for Juande Ramos in English football. But just as...

  21. February 24, 2008

    Spurs enter new era

    Tottenham 2 Chelsea 1 A first trophy of the millennium for Tottenham and a first success for Juande Ramos in English...

  22. February 22, 2008

    Chelsea facing struggle to hit break-even goal

    Chelsea Football Club reduced full-year losses but admitted it faced a struggle to meet its goal of breaking even by...

  23. February 16, 2008

    Round-up

    FOOTBALL Middlesbrough and England winger Stewart Downing has signed a new five-year contract with his club. Last month Ian...

  24. February 8, 2008

    Beauty and the beast

    As it was in Egypt, so it is in Ghana, only more so. This has been a tournament of exceptional football combined with quite...

  25. February 4, 2008

    Round-up

    FOOTBALL Newcastle's Kevin Keegan felt his team's performance in their 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough yesterday was the best...

  26. November 12, 2007

    Generous Chelsea miss meanness of Mourinho

    Excitement, perhaps, is not all it is cracked up to be. Avram Grant has spoken of his "obligation to entertain" since...

  27. November 11, 2007

    Generous Chelsea miss meanness of Mourinho

    Excitement, perhaps, is not all it is cracked up to be. Avram Grant has spoken of his “obligation to entertain” since...

  28. October 20, 2007

    Round-up

    CRICKET England dropped opener Andrew Strauss for the forthcoming three-Test tour of Sri Lanka. The Middlesex batsman, 30,...

  29. September 29, 2007

    Round-up

    CRICKET England enjoyed an emphatic 80-run victory in their warm-up match against a Sri Lankan Board XI in Colombo. Ian...

  30. August 11, 2007

    Premiership promises a season of attack

    Optimism in English football has a tendency to spring unwarranted at this time of year, but this time the expectation of...

  31. August 10, 2007

    Best feet forward

    Optimism in English football has a tendency to spring unwarranted at this time of year, but on this occasion the expectation...

  32. August 4, 2007

    The French robot who is programmed for Chelsea

    One freezing January four years ago, I trekked to Brittany to witness a French peculiarity: a village of 8,000 people with...

  33. August 3, 2007

    Boy who erased his personality in quest for stardom

    One freezing January four years ago, I trekked to Brittany to witness a French peculiarity: a village of 8,000 people with a...

  34. June 16, 2007

    Random spot-checks ordered on transfers

    The Football Association and the Premier League have authorised investigators to carry out random spot-checks on transfers....

  35. May 20, 2007

    Hot air wins the day at Wembley

    The first FA Cup final at the original Wembley Stadium, in 1923, is remembered for the policeman on the white horse clearing...

  36. May 7, 2007

    United take title as Chelsea flag

    Manchester United clinched the Premiership title yesterday, but the sense was that Chelsea handed it to them. It was not so...

  37. May 4, 2007

    ‘I rescue trafficked footballers’

    About eight or nine years ago, I had to go to the Cameroon embassy in Paris to renew my passport. I noticed immediately...

  38. April 23, 2007

    Chelsea blow opportunity to narrow the gap

    Opportunity knocked, and Chelsea did not exactly go rushing to answer. After Manchester United's 1-1 draw against...

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