Watch: Atletico prodigy and Liverpool star - A look back at Fernando Torres' career

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Former Liverpool and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is set to call time on his 18-year playing career.

The 35-year-old made his breakthrough at Atletico Madrid before a prolific spell with Liverpool preceded Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup wins with Chelsea.

The video below takes a look at the World Cup winner’s career.

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Arsenal to face Barcelona in final pre-season friendly

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Arsenal will complete their pre-season campaign with a friendly against La Liga champions Barcelona in the Joan Gamper Trophy at the Nou Camp on August 4.

Barcelona host the annual match in honour of Joan Gamper, a founding member, player and later president of the Spanish club.

Unai Emery’s side finished fifth in the Premier League last season and were beaten 4-1 by Chelsea in the Europa League final.

The Gunners had already announced their early pre-season schedule, which will see them take on Major League Soccer side the Colorado Rapids in Denver on July 16.

Arsenal will then play in the International Champions Cup, with fixtures against Bayern Munich, Fiorentina and Real Madrid across three cities in America.

After hosting the Emirates Cup on July 28, when the men’s side will face Lyon, the first team will travel to France to play Angers ahead of the Barcelona friendly.

The Gunners open the new Premier League campaign at Newcastle on August 11.

Arsenal head coach Emery is expected to strengthen his squad in the summer transfer market, with a deal reported to be close for Belgium winger Yannick Carrasco.

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Petr Cech back 'home' at Chelsea in backroom role

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Petr Cech has returned “home” to Chelsea as technical and performance advisor, a role bridging the board and coaching staff.

Former Blues goalkeeper Cech will adopt a similar position to that previously held by Michael Emenalo, the technical director who resigned in November 2017.

Cech brought down the curtain on a glittering playing career by facing old club Chelsea in Arsenal’s 4-1 Europa League final defeat in Baku last month.

The 37-year-old’s appointment is expected to help inch Chelsea closer to appointing club-record goalscorer Frank Lampard as their new manager.

Blues director Marina Granovskaia said: “We are delighted to welcome Petr back home to Chelsea.

“During his playing career here he was one of the most dedicated, successful and thoughtful professionals we have ever had.

“We always hoped that when Petr was ready to retire we would see him back at Chelsea and we are thrilled to add his expertise and knowledge of the game to the technical staff.”

Chelsea’s statement in confirming Cech’s return explained the former Czech Republic goalkeeper will “provide advice on all football and performance matters throughout the club”.

The well-liked star made 494 appearances in 11 years at Chelsea between 2004 and 2015 and already boasts a keen understanding of the Stamford Bridge set-up.

“I feel very privileged to have this opportunity to join Chelsea again and help create the best possible high-level performance environment to continue the success the club has had over the past 15 years,” said Cech.

“I’m looking forward to the new challenge and hope I can use all of my football knowledge and experience to help the team achieve even more success in the future.”

Chelsea hope the return of a nucleus of former players can offset a potentially tricky time on the recruitment front, should FIFA’s two-window transfer ban be upheld.

The Blues have taken their appeal of that sanction to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), but did not request that embargo be frozen pending a hearing.

Chelsea could now seek to push a host of home-grown talents into the first-team set-up.

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