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The results of the draw for the group stage of the 2016 European Championship finals in France are already known. The 24 teams were drawn into six groups of four from four pots of seeds.

Group A:

France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland

Group B:

England, Wales, Slovakia,Russia

Group C:

Germany, Northern Ireland, Poland, Ukraine

Group D:

Spain, Turkey, Czech Republic, Croatia

Group E:

Belgium, Republic of Ireland, Sweden, Italy

Group F:

Portugal, Iceland, Hungary, Austria

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Ex Chelsea manager José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

In a short interview to Italian famous newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport Chelsea manager José Mourinho spoke about the club’s backing in the past days to show the unity in this difficult moment for the Blues:

“I’m really proud of it. It shows the faith [Roman] Abramovich has in the manager who has won three Premier League titles with this club. I thank him and continue my work.

About the bad results of the team he stated:

I don’t know what’s wrong. Chelsea’s results right now are truly awful. I cannot, nor do I want to hide the reality. And I’m struggling to find an explanation.

But I can assure you this: I’m working harder than ever before and we will get through this. And then there is the Champions League, which I’m certainly not going to abandon.”

On the currrent Serie A situation, where Fiorentina  – managed by Portuguese coach Paulo Sousa- is top of the table with 18 points and Mourinho’s “Italian team” Inter follow with 16, Jose said:

Paulo [Sousa] is a great coach and I’m happy for him. He worked a lot and hard to get at this point. There are some managers that started from big clubs, without doing some fundamental experiences. He was really humble: he travelled and worked in Hungary, in the English Championship, in Switzerland. And only now that he is ready and prepared he arrived in Italy. He studies. He keeps himself updated. You can see his work in Fiorentina.

On Inter: “I wouldn’t be disappointed if I were an Inter supporter. Compared to the last years Inter is doing very well and they started to be in the title race.

On Inter’s chances to win the title: “In this moment we cannot have an answer, they are in the challengers group: [I guess that] Serie A’s title race has never been so open to many teams like now. Juve seem to be playing a bit like Chelsea, with fatigue, and like Chelsea will recover. It is only a matter of time. Roma and Napoli are two sides that can take advantage of a season without the Bianconeri as super favourites.

On Capello, that a bunch of days ago stated that Mourinho is a top manager but “burns out” his players after 18 months:

I could have commented on his work when he was manager of England or Russia, but I never did. That’s because I prefer to respect the negative moments my colleagues might go through.

I prefer to talk about Fabio Capello for the many great moments of his career filled with extraordinary successes.

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champions league draw

Today Champions League 2015/2016 draw for group stage will be hold in Monaco, at 17.45 local time, 16.45 in the UK.

But Chelsea and European football fans are all around the world, so here it is the time of UCL draw for all the different locations worldwide provided by UEFA:


UCL draw times

You can read about the Champions League draw modality HERE.

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The ex-agent of Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel has said that he and his old client have spoken to Chelsea about a possible move to Stamford Bridge after weeks of speculation. 

Witsel has constantly been linked with a move away from Russia and ChelseaNews24 reported last week that Blues owner Roman Abramovich will fly to St Petersburg and oversee the completion of the deal, such is the club’s resolve to sign the midfielder.

Francesco Ligenti, who until recently represented Witsel, has claimed that rumours of his former client have spoken to Chelsea this summer.

He is quoted as saying:

“The player wants to play in the Champions League.

“Chelsea? Here there have been some contacts, we will see if it happens.”

The Belgian has been given a price tag of roughly £29 million.



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Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel is close to Chelsea, according toBelgian radio station RTBF.

The Belgian midfielder was thought to be edging towards joining AC Milan but the media reports that Roman Abramovich in person is ready to hijack the deal.

They claim that Chelsea’s owner will travel to Russia to secure the signing of the Zenit St Petersburg star.

Abramovich is said to be friends with Alexander Dyukov Valeryevich, who owns Zenit.

The Express claims Chelsea are prepared to pay £24m for Witsel, who can be the replacement for John Obi Mikel.

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The FA’s Chief Executive Martin Glenn has said that they are “really not interested” in hosting either the 2018 or 2022 World Cups, should they be taken away from their current hosts.

As a part of the recent controversy surrounding FIFA, Swiss authorities said that they were investigating the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments, which were given to Russia and Qatar respectively.

Both decisions have been heavily criticised since their announcements, but FIFA have recently said that there wouldn’t be a bidding re-run.

Speaking to Sky News, Glenn added that the 2018 tournament “has gone to Russia in good faith.”

“They have not had a World Cup, why shouldn’t they play there? And 2022 was never going to be in Europe [under Fifa rules] so it should be outside of Europe,” he continued.

“So we support the World Cup being dispersed around the world, as the name suggests.”

Glenn also commented on the recent events at FIFA, with Sepp Blatter announcing his impending resignation just days after being re-elected. That followed seven FIFA officials, including two vice-presidents, being arrested on charges of corruption, money laundering and racketeering.

“We are very pleased that there is going to be change at FIFA.

“We will work with UEFA and FIFA to make sure there is progress. We need someone who is strong and will professionalise the set-up [as president].”



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