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Chelsea's Nicolas Anelka, who scored more than 200 goals in his career, has agreed to join the Chinese Super league.

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Man Utd win EPL opener as Chelsea held at Stokeupdated: Sun Aug 14 2011 16:40:00

Manchester United started their defense of the English Premier League title with a 2-1 away win at West Bromwich Albion Sunday. Jonathan Wilson: Ancelotti reverts to 4-3-2-1 formation against United to no availupdated: Tue Apr 12 2011 18:45:00

In moments of crisis, return to basics. Carlo Ancelotti wrote his dissertation for his coaching diploma on the 4-3-2-1, and it was to the Christmas tree he returned against Manchester United at Old Trafford. It might have been an inspired reversion -- and indeed it did address some of the problems Chelsea had suffered in the first leg -- but in the harsh light of a 2-1 defeat it may seem like a doomed manager scrabbling desperately for the comforts of the familiar. Jonathan Wilson: Chelsea needs to end dual-striker experiment; Inter's Leonardo naiveupdated: Wed Apr 06 2011 17:49:00

Tactical thoughts on the first legs of the Champions League quarterfinals:

Rooney treble helps extend United lead as Arsenal and Chelsea falterupdated: Sat Apr 02 2011 15:56:00

Wayne Rooney's second-half hat-trick helped Manchester United move seven points clear in the English Premier League on Saturday as title rivals Arsenal and Chelsea were both held to draws. Jonathan Wilson: Chelsea dominates Copenhagen, Real and Lyon play to draw in CLupdated: Thu Feb 24 2011 14:35:00

Observations from Champions League action this week:

Late Lyon leveler denies Real Madrid; Chelsea cruise to Copenhagen winupdated: Tue Feb 22 2011 18:04:00

Lyon scored a late equalizer against Real Madrid to deny Karim Benzema a victorious return to his old club on Tuesday, while Chelsea moved towards a place in the Champions League quarterfinals with victory at Copenhagen. Avi Creditor: Howard stars, an Adu sighting, more Americans Abroadupdated: Tue Feb 22 2011 07:30:00

Tim Howard's penchant for stopping penalty kicks and Nicolas Anelka's penchant for missing crucial ones converged Saturday on one fateful FA Cup moment.

Rooney double as United maintain advantageupdated: Tue Feb 01 2011 17:23:00

England striker Wayne Rooney scored twice, only his second and third goals from open play this season, as Manchester United beat Aston Villa 3-1 to stay five points clear at the top of the Premier League table. Jonathan Wilson: Chelsea will need to tweak system to accomodate Drogba and Torresupdated: Tue Feb 01 2011 11:33:00

When Carlo Ancelotti arrived at Chelsea in summer 2009, he started off playing 4-4-2 with a midfield diamond. That paired Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba as strike partners, with Frank Lampard tucked behind. It rapidly became apparent that Lampard is far better played with the ball in front of him than playing with his back to goal.

Chelsea revive title hopes with four-goal rout of Boltonupdated: Mon Jan 24 2011 17:45:00

Reigning champions Chelsea revived their English Premier League title bid with a thumping 4-0 win at Bolton on Monday night. Peter Berlin: Five things we learned from the Premier Leagueupdated: Sat Jan 15 2011 14:59:00

Five things we learned from Saturday's "action" in the Premier League: Ben Lyttleton: Oft-criticized Anelka can lay fair claim to being misrepresentedupdated: Fri Jan 07 2011 16:12:00

It was somehow appropriate that at the end of French soccer's annus horribilis, the man whose alleged halftime rant kick-started the World Cup's most astonishing team meltdown continued his row with the French football federation and accused it of "another provocation."

France sink to all-time rankings lowupdated: Wed Sep 15 2010 11:19:00

France have slipped to 27th place in the FIFA world rankings, their lowest position since football's governing body introduced the table in 1993. Ben Lyttleton: France still feeling effects of World Cup fiascoupdated: Sun Aug 29 2010 11:11:00

It's been over two months since France's players went on strike during the World Cup in protest of the French football federation's decision to send home striker Nicolas Anelka, but it might as well have been yesterday given the mess the team faces as its Euro 2012 qualifying campaign gets under way.

Chelsea run rampant again to match Arsenal's six-goal effortupdated: Sat Aug 21 2010 14:47:00

English champions Chelsea scored six goals for the second successive match of the new Premier League season at home to Wigan Athletic to match Arsenal's effort earlier on Saturday.

French soccer players suspended over World Cup fiascoupdated: Tue Aug 17 2010 13:51:00

Four members of the French national soccer team were punished by a disciplinary commission Tuesday following an inquiry into the team's much-criticized performance and behavior at this year's World Cup.

Kolo Toure hopeful for new seasonupdated: Fri Aug 13 2010 09:02:00

Manchester City FC defender Kolo Toure tells CNN's Patrick Snell he is hopeful that Manchester City FC can win a trophy.

Preview: The English Premier Leagueupdated: Fri Aug 13 2010 09:02:00

The new English Premier League season kicks off with the first round of fixtures this weekend - Fanzone details what to expect from the new campaign:

French World Cup squad left out for friendlyupdated: Wed Aug 11 2010 03:51:00

France take on Norway in a friendly Wednesday without the 23 players who took part in the country's disastrous World Cup campaign.

Blanc leaves out entire squad for friendlyupdated: Fri Jul 23 2010 13:25:00

New France coach Laurent Blanc has chosen not to select any of the 23-man World Cup squad, that refused to take part in a training session during their disastrous tournament, for next month's friendly international against Norway.

French football chiefs face lawmakers over World Cup debacleupdated: Wed Jun 30 2010 14:48:00

The outgoing coach of France's national football team and the president of country's football federation were grilled by lawmakers Wednesday, following the team's ill-fated World Cup campaign.

French football fiascoupdated: Wed Jun 30 2010 14:48:00

They may be out of the World Cup, but French lawmakers haven't lost interest in the team. CNN's Jim Bittermann reports.

France's soccer empire in ruins?updated: Fri Jun 25 2010 16:20:00

The world watched with awe and derision this past week as the French national soccer team, boasting a roster of star players, imploded on and off the field at the World Cup.

Desailly backs France to bounce backupdated: Fri Jun 25 2010 16:20:00

World Cup winner Marcel Desailly tells CNN that with the new management in place France will come back stronger.

Troubled French team keeps low profile on returnupdated: Thu Jun 24 2010 11:01:00

The French World Cup soccer team appeared to keep their heads down Thursday after returning from the tournament following their surprise first-round exit.

France coach slams players over strikeupdated: Tue Jun 22 2010 08:04:00

France coach Raymond Domenech has described the strike by his players over forward Nicolas Anelka's expulsion from the squad as "unspeakably stupid."

French team denounced as 'divas'updated: Tue Jun 22 2010 08:04:00

French sponsors, fans, the press and politicians are denouncing the team's staged boycott after a striker was sent home.

French players in revolt after Anelka sent homeupdated: Sun Jun 20 2010 17:24:00

France's World Cup squad boycotted training on Sunday in protest at the decision to send home star striker Nicolas Anelka.

Anelka kicked out of World Cup for abusing France coach Domenechupdated: Sat Jun 19 2010 15:05:00

France striker Nicolas Anelka has been sent home from the World Cup in South Africa following a row with national coach Raymond Domenech.

France and Uruguay goalless in Cape Town clashupdated: Fri Jun 11 2010 17:14:00

France and 10-man Uruguay played to a tame goalless draw in their Group A opener in Cape Town on Friday night.

Chelsea romp to title with eight-goal triumphupdated: Sun May 09 2010 16:36:00

Chelsea routed 10-man Wigan Athletic 8-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday to dethrone Manchester United as English Premier League champions.

Chelsea go four points clear of United; Inter reach Italian Cup finalupdated: Tue Apr 13 2010 17:50:00

Chelsea moved a step closer to breaking Manchester United's stranglehold on the English Premier League title with a controversial 1-0 victory at home to Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday night.

FA Cup holders Chelsea ease throughupdated: Sat Jan 23 2010 14:26:00

English FA Cup holders Chelsea secured their place in the last 16 of the competition with a 2-0 fourth-round victory over Preston at Deepdale on Saturday.

Chelsea win in Porto to finish on topupdated: Wed Nov 25 2009 17:25:00

Nicolas Anelka stunned Porto for the second time this season as Chelsea finished top of Champions League Group D with a 1-0 victory in the Estadio do Dragao.

France dampen Irish hopes in Dublinupdated: Sat Nov 14 2009 20:58:00

France took a giant stride towards the World Cup finals with a 1-0 win over the Republic of Ireland in their European playoff match in Dublin on Saturday night.

Anelka and Malouda put Chelsea on topupdated: Sun Oct 04 2009 13:26:00

Second half goals from Nicolas Anelka and Florent Malouda gave Chelsea a 2-0 victory over title rivals Liverpool at Stamford Bridge to take over at the top of the English Premier League from Manchester United.

Ronaldo double helps Real roll Swiss sideupdated: Tue Sep 15 2009 18:51:00

Cristiano Ronaldo scored two free-kicks on his European debut for Real Madrid, who opened their Champions League Group C campaign with a 5-2 victory away to FC Zurich on Tuesday night. The Limey: Who will be the top scorer in the English Premier League?updated: Fri Sep 04 2009 11:50:00

Deadly, lethal, prolific -- just a few adjectives often used to describe Team Limey's nightclub performances on a Saturday night. Back in the real world, these are apt descriptions of the elite goal-scorers discussed in this week's column. More specifically, we're looking at who we think will be donning the Golden Boot as the English Premier League's top scorer this season.

West Bromwich relegated from Premier Leagueupdated: Sun May 17 2009 13:28:00

West Bromwich Albion have become the first team to be relegated from the English Premier League this season after they were beaten 2-0 at home by Liverpool on Sunday.

Veteran Giggs awarded top player accoladeupdated: Tue Apr 28 2009 07:39:00

Veteran Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs has been named as the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year -- the first time he has won the award in his glittering career.

Anelka blow for French World Cup hopesupdated: Mon Mar 23 2009 13:38:00

Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka dealt French World Cup ambitions a blow on Monday when he withdrew from a critical qualifying double against Lithuania with a toe problem.

Chelsea waiting on Anelka and Deco fitnessupdated: Mon Mar 09 2009 14:38:00

Chelsea will give late fitness tests to top scorer Nicolas Anelka and midfielder Deco ahead of Tuesday's Champions League last-16 second-leg clash with Juventus in Turin.

Ronaldo free-kick puts United eight clearupdated: Sat Feb 21 2009 15:09:00

A superb free-kick from Cristiano Ronaldo gave Manchester United a 2-1 home win over Blackburn to move them eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

Drogba and Anelka aim to deliver for Hiddinkupdated: Mon Feb 16 2009 15:48:00

Didier Drogba shares Nicolas Anelka's belief that the duo can fire Chelsea's trophy charge under caretaker-manager Guus Hiddink.

Anelka hat-trick puts Chelsea into sixth roundupdated: Sat Feb 14 2009 15:46:00

A hat-trick from Nicolas Anelka helps Chelsea come from behind to see off second-flight Watford 3-1 to reach the sixth round of the FA Cup.

Anelka double as Chelsea go top in Englandupdated: Sat Nov 15 2008 16:20:00

Nicolas Anelka continued his free-scoring form as Chelsea regained leadership of the English Premier League with a 3-0 rout of bottom club West Bromwich Albion in Saturday's late kickoff.

Resurgent Tottenham knock Liverpool off topupdated: Sat Nov 01 2008 17:00:00

Harry Redknapp's revitalized Tottenham Hotspur beat Liverpool 2-1 at White Hart Lane to knock the visitors off the top of the Premier League and continue their remarkable run under the new manager.

Chelsea stay top as Liverpool keep paceupdated: Sun Oct 05 2008 13:55:00

Chelsea shrugged off their injury problems to brush aside Aston Villa 2-0 on Sunday to stay unbeaten and top of the English Premier League.

Hull pull off astonishing win over Arsenalupdated: Sat Sep 27 2008 16:00:00

Brazilian Geovanni hammered in a superb 30-yard shot and Daniel Cousin headed home from a corner as promoted Hull City pulled off an astonishing 2-1 win over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

France win gives Domenech breathing spaceupdated: Wed Sep 10 2008 18:33:00

Thierry Henry and Nicolas Anelka scored second-half goals to ease the pressure on French coach Raymond Domenech as his side beat Serbia 2-1 in the Stade de France.

Four-goal Anelka impresses Chelsea bossupdated: Mon Aug 04 2008 05:34:00

New Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has backed Nicolas Anelka to lead his attack for the start of the new season following the Frenchman's four-goal salvo in Sunday's 5-0 hammering of Italian giants AC Milan.

Man United and Chelsea record big winsupdated: Sat Jul 26 2008 16:33:00

Premier League top dogs Manchester United and Chelsea warmed up for the new season with thumping victories in friendlies on Saturday.

France and Romania share bore drawupdated: Mon Jun 09 2008 16:38:00

France lacked the guile to break down a stubborn Romania side as a turgid Euro 2008 Group C opener finished goalless in Zurich. The Limey: One last look at the Champs final; thoughts on England-U.S.updated: Fri May 30 2008 15:19:00

The Champions League final: dramatic, riveting, emotional. So many interwoven tales -- of heroism and euphoria, of loss and heartache. One hundred and twenty minutes of pulsating soccer followed by a heart-in-mouth penalty shootout to decide it all.

England beaten as Beckham wins 100th capupdated: Thu Mar 27 2008 03:26:00

David Beckham's 100th cap ended in disappointment as France beat England 1-0 in their friendly international at the Stade de France on Wednesday.

Four-goal Lampard leads Chelsea chargeupdated: Wed Mar 12 2008 18:22:00

Frank Lampard hit four goals as doomed Derby felt the backlash from Chelsea's shock FA Cup exit with a 6-1 thrashing at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Arsenal back on top as United scrape drawupdated: Sat Feb 02 2008 14:24:00

Emmanuel Adebayor maintained his prodigious recent scoring rate with two more goals as Arsenal went to the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 win at Manchester City in the early kick-off on Saturday. Gavin Hamilton: Premier League aside, few moves in transfer windowupdated: Tue Jan 29 2008 14:16:00

The January transfer window is about to slam shut, but hardly any major clubs are clamoring to secure deals before the deadline of midnight on Jan. 31.

Anelka guides Chelsea into round fiveupdated: Sat Jan 26 2008 16:10:00

Nicolas Anelka scored his first goal for Chelsea and laid on another for Shaun Wright-Phillips as the FA Cup holders won 2-1 at Wigan to reach the fifth round.

'Le Sulk' displays new maturityupdated: Tue Jan 15 2008 10:26:00

It is a perhaps a sign of how far Nicolas Anelka has gone towards restoring his reputation as one of the most dangerous goalscorers in world football that his $30 million move from Bolton to Chelsea last week raised barely an eyebrow.

Rampant Ronaldo puts United topupdated: Sat Jan 12 2008 15:34:00

Manchester United returned to the top of the English Premier League after thrashing crisis club Newcastle 6-0 at Old Trafford on Saturday. The Limey: Most English clubs resist big moves in transfer periodupdated: Fri Jan 11 2008 12:55:00

Like most English Premier League managers, Team Limey has been working off the excesses of Christmas and New Year to battle with a horde of like-minded bargain-hungry individuals perusing the January sales.

Anelka joins Chelsea from Boltonupdated: Fri Jan 11 2008 11:08:00

French international Nicolas Anelka has joined Chelsea from Premier League strugglers Bolton Wanderers on four and a half year deal.

Bolton reject Chelsea's Anelka bidupdated: Mon Jan 07 2008 15:11:00

Chelsea's opening bid to sign $25 million-rated French international striker Nicolas Anelka has been rejected by Premier League rivals Bolton Wanderers.

Arsenal clear as Ferguson sees redupdated: Sat Nov 24 2007 16:01:00

Arsenal moved three points clear at the top of the English Premier League after closest rivals Manchester United suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at Bolton on Saturday.

Anelka injury deals France a blowupdated: Mon Oct 15 2007 09:40:00

French Euro 2008 qualification hopes were dealt a blow on Monday when Bolton striker Nicolas Anelka was ruled out of the critical midweek qualifier against Lithuania in Nantes.

Anelka signs new deal with Boltonupdated: Thu Aug 30 2007 08:03:00

Nicolas Anelka has ended speculation about his future by signing a new four-year contract with Bolton.

Portsmouth pile misery on Boltonupdated: Fri Aug 17 2007 22:19:00

John Utaka repaid another slice of his club record transfer fee as he scored in Portsmouth's 3-1 win over Bolton on Saturday.

French spirits lifted by home winupdated: Sat Jun 02 2007 16:54:00

France boosted their hopes of qualification from the difficult Euro 2008 Group B with a comfortable 2-0 home victory over Ukraine in the Stade de France on Saturday.

Anelka double dents Arsenal hopes updated: Sat Nov 25 2006 14:32:00

Nicolas Anelka scored twice to end his Bolton goal drought and severely dent the title hopes of his former club Arsenal who went down to a 3-1 defeat at the Reebok stadium on Saturday.

Anelka is recalled to French squadupdated: Thu Oct 05 2006 04:56:00

Bolton striker Nicolas Anelka has been recalled to the France squad to face Scotland and the Faroe Islands in their Euro 2008 Group B qualifiers.

French striker Anelka joins Boltonupdated: Fri Aug 25 2006 03:14:00

Nicolas Anelka has signed a four-year deal with Bolton after the Premiership club agreed to pay Turkey's Fenerbahce eight million pounds ($15.11m) for the French striker.

Anelka on brink of move to Boltonupdated: Mon Aug 21 2006 11:46:00

Premier League side Bolton Wanderers are close to signing France striker Nicolas Anelka from Fenerbahce, manager Sam Allardyce said on Monday.

France slump to defeat by Slovakiaupdated: Wed Mar 01 2006 17:19:00

France slumped to a clumsy 2-1 home defeat by Slovakia in a World Cup warm-up on Wednesday, their first defeat since Euro 2004 and their first under coach Raymond Domenech.

Germany and France grind out drawupdated: Sat Nov 12 2005 17:02:00

European heavyweights France and Germany played out a goalless draw at the Stade de France in Paris in a friendly international on Saturday.

French comeback for striker Anelkaupdated: Tue Nov 08 2005 16:55:00

France striker Nicolas Anelka will start Wednesday's friendly against Costa Rica after his surprise call-up to the team.

Anelka wins surprise France recallupdated: Thu Nov 03 2005 13:07:00

Nicolas Anelka has earned a surprise recall by France for their friendly internationals against Costa Rica and Germany next week.

Newcastle transfer deals collapseupdated: Wed Aug 10 2005 14:56:00

Inter Milan defender Francesco Coco will not be joining Newcastle United on loan, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.

Newcastle table offer for Anelkaupdated: Fri Jul 22 2005 08:45:00

Premier League Newcastle said on Friday they have bid for French striker Nicolas Anelka who currently plays with Turkish club Fenerbahce.

Anelka seals his Turkey transferupdated: Mon Jan 31 2005 08:29:00

Former France striker Nicolas Anelka completed his move to Turkish league leaders Fenerbahce from Manchester City on Monday.

Anelka poised to join Fenerbahceupdated: Thu Jan 27 2005 14:28:00

Nicolas Anelka's checkered career took another dramatic twist when Manchester City agreed to sell the French striker to Turkish club Fenerbahce at a substantial loss.

Anelka linked with Fenerbahce moveupdated: Sat Jan 08 2005 13:23:00

Troubled France striker Nicolas Anelka could be set to join Turkish giants Fenerbahce, it has been revealed.

City want 'massive' fee for Anelkaupdated: Wed Jan 05 2005 05:54:00

French striker Nicolas Anelka could move from Manchester City to Liverpool but only if the Anfield club made a "massive" offer said City manager Kevin Keegan.

Kanu rescues Albion from red mistupdated: Sat Sep 18 2004 12:28:00

Nigerian Nwankwo Kanu rounded off an explosive week for West Bromwich by rescuing a point for the Premiership newcomers against Fulham in a match that saw three red cards.

Keegan wants to hold on to Anelkaupdated: Sun Aug 29 2004 06:11:00

Kevin Keegan has reiterated his desire to hold on to Nicolas Anelka by claiming even a bid in excess of 20 million pounds ($35.79m) would not persuade him to let the French striker leave Manchester City.

Anelka deal hits snag say Monacoupdated: Thu Aug 19 2004 12:45:00

Monaco says Nicolas Anelka wants to join them but the club will not buckle to Manchester City's demands for a transfer fee, a team official said Thursday.

Micoud back but Anelka is snubbedupdated: Thu Mar 25 2004 11:14:00

Werder Bremen talisman Johan Micoud has been rewarded for his fine displays this season by being recalled to the French squad for their friendly against the Netherlands next week.

Saha and Peguy called up by Franceupdated: Thu Feb 12 2004 13:38:00

Manchester United striker Louis Saha has been named in the France squad for next week's international friendly against Belgium in Brussels.

Anelka fails to overturn red cardupdated: Thu Feb 05 2004 14:30:00

Manchester City striker Nicolas Anelka has lost his appeal against the red card he received at Arsenal last weekend and must serve his three-match English FA ban.

10-man City secure amazing victoryupdated: Wed Feb 04 2004 17:07:00

Manchester City produced one of the greatest comebacks in FA Cup history to beat Tottenham 4-3 to reach the fifth round of the competition.

Anelka helps City halt winless runupdated: Wed Jan 14 2004 17:05:00

Manchester City's 14-match winless run came to an end on Wednesday as Kevin Keegan's side left it late against Leicester to reach the FA Cup fourth round.

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