Who Ate All the Pies Archives for January 2015

Shit Lookalike: Diego Maradona & Pat Butcher

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By Chris Wright

According to the Mirror, this is how Diego Maradona showed up looking for a television interview in Venezuela yesterday namely, a bit like Albert Square's finest...

Ain't he pretty? So glam.

To be fair, there are also subtle shades of Ursula the Sea Witch in there too.

Bum Deal: Brazilian Club Rio Claro Unveil New Aptly-Named Shorts Sponsors (Photo)

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By Chris Wright

Brazilian clubRio Claro took to the field this weekend sporting the marque of their brand new club sponsor across their kits well, across the arse of their kits to be precise for the very first time.

Rio Claro, who play in the Campeonato Paulista, have signed an endorsement deal with Brazilian satirical comedy Youtube channel Porta do Fundos.

Real Madrid Sold Angel Di Maria Because He Was ‘Too Ugly’ To Play For Them

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By Chris Wright

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It took Manchester United several weeks and £59.7million to broker Angel Di Maria's record-breaking move this summer just gone, but according to at least one man, Real Madrid only agreed to flog the Argentinian internationalas he doesn't fit certainaesthetic requirements at the Bernabeu.

Football Vine: Struggling Selfie-King Lukas Podolski Takes Worst Corner Ever

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By Alan Duffy

Lukas Podolski is one strange chap. Possessing a jack-hammer of a left foot and having netted 47 goals in 121 internationals for Germany, the 29-year-old should be at the top of his game. However, a penchant for laziness on the pitch has left the likeable attacker surplus to requirements at Arsenal and struggling to succeed in his current loan spell with Internazionale.

20 More Brilliant Photos Of Footballers With Animals

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By Chris Wright

Apropos of absolutely nothing in particular, here's 20 more cracking photos of footballers getting up close and personal with their animal brethren inspired by the great Footballers With Animals.

Let's dive in with a picture of Aaron Ramsey almost hugginga penguin, shall we?

Capital One Cup: Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham – Blues Back In Silverware After Deserved Wembley Win (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur Capital One Cup Final 1st March 2015

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Jose Mourinho won his first trophy since returning to English football after his Chelsea side deservedly won a dour final at Wembley.

Tottenham started well against a Chelsea side with Kurt Zouma in a holding midfield role but the Lilywhites rarely threatened the Blues' goal.

Random Great Goals: Sunderland Legend Dennis Tueart Pioneers The Scorpion Kick, 1973 (Video)

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By Chris Wright

We're traipsing all the way back to the primordial mists of September 1973 for today's Random Great Goal, courtesy of Sunderland (and later, Man City) FA Cup-winning hero Dennis Tueart.

The goal in question came during a game against Oxford United in the old second division, with Tueart using outrageously unorthodox techniqueto convert a Bobby Kerr cross from the right wing which was falling slightly behind him.

Snapshot: This Is What Happens When You Chuck Coins At Diego Costa…

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By Chris Wright

Cementing his place as the Premier League's premier troll, Diego Costa reacted to having a £2 coin lobbed at him during yesterday's Capital One Cup Final by simply picking it up and popping it down his under-shorts to spend on sweets and comics later...

Nice, but we'd like to see him try the same thing with a pig's head.

Let’s Get Ready To Rumble! BBC & Sky Invite Sepp Blatter And His FIFA Presidency Rivals To Take Part In TV Election Debate

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By Chris Wright

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Sepp serves Prince Ali with an absolute zinger

The Guardian are reporting this morning that both the BBC and Sky have written to the four FIFA presidential candidates Sepp Blatter, Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, Dutch FA president Michael van Praag and Luis Figo and asked them all to take part in a live televised debate.

West Brom Lay On Special VIP Day For 107-Year-Old Supporter Jack Jones (Photo)

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By Chris Wright

Given that 100years as aWest Brom fan is more than any man should be forced to bear, the Baggieslaid on a special VIP day for107-year-old fan Jack Jones on Saturday.

Invited along to the Hawthorns as guest of honour, not only wasJack in the crowd to watchhis beloved side register an impressive 1-0 win over Southampton, he was also presented with a clutch of goodies in appreciationof his century of serviceand support.

Arsenal 2-0 Everton – Giroud On Target As Gunners Get Back To Winning Ways(Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Arsenal 2-0 Everton Premier League 1st February 2015

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Arsenal steadied the ship after their midweek Champions League trauma with a hard-fought win at home to Everton.

The Gunners were hardly at their best but a first-half goal from Olivier Giroud, one of the misfiring villains from that defeat against Monaco, and a second-half effort from Tomas Rosicky secured a vital three points.

Liverpool 2-1 Man City – Reds On Song As Citizens Arrest At Anfield (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Liverpool 2-1 Manchester City Premier League 1st March 2015

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Liverpool made Jose Mourinho's weekend even better by inflicting a defeat on title-chasers Man City at Anfield.

Starting with both Daniel Sturridge and Mario Balotelli on the bench, the Reds began the game well and took the lead after just 11 minutes, courtesy of a fine curling effort from Jordan Henderson.

Snapshot: Jose Mourinho Lets His Hair Down As Chelsea Crowned League Cup Champions!

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By Chris Wright

And lo, the first half-way meaningful silverware of the season belongs to Chelsea, who triumphed in today's Capital One Cup Final by beating Tottenham by two goals to one with Chelsea's defenders doing most of the donkey work at the other end once again.

In fact, the Blues'defence (we're talking Terry, Ivanovic, Zouma, Cahill and Azpilicueta) now have a bloody impressive 16 goals and 13 assists between them so far this season.

Bloody Picture Emerges Of Stephen Ireland’s Gruesome Leg Gash Suffered Against Hull City (WARNING: Graphic Photo)

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By Chris Wright

As you may have heard, Stephen Ireland quite possibly had his season ended yesterday after a studding from Hull City left-back Maynor Figueroa (possibly in retribution for Ireland's iffy challenge on David Meylor earlier in the game) left the midfielder nursing a huge gash in his calf.

You Still Got It: Milan Coach Pippo Inzaghi Demonstrates Sweet First Touch Against Chievo (Video)

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By Chris Wright

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The face of a man who knows he's the balls

Currently ninth in Serie A, Milan may be stuttering under his tutelage at the moment, but coach Pippo Inzaghi at least had the good grace to provide a highlight as his side toiled to a goalless draw against Chievo yesterday.

Hearts Batter Cowdenbeath 10-0 (TEN!) In Incredible Scottish Championship Goal-fest (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

Scottish Championship leaders Hearts tore second-from-bottom Cowdenbeath apart at Tynecastle, with their 10 goals inflicting on the Miners their joint-heaviest defeat in the club's history.

It took until the 26th minute for the first goal, which came courtesy of a spot-kick, while the sending off of Lewis Toshney, with the score already 2-0, sealed the visitors' fate.

Wrong Man, Wrong Time: Wes Brown Sent Off Against Man Utd For John O’Shea’s Foul On Radamel Falcao

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By Chris Wright

Manchester United huffed and puffed to a 2-0 victory over Sunderland this afternoon, though their task was made all the easier when Wes Brown got himself sent off in the 64th minute.

With Radamel Falcao shaping to shoot in the penalty area, Brown was shown astraight red forassuming telepathic control of John O'Shea's mind and usingthe Irishman as a vessel to haul the Colombian striker back by hisshoulder.

Football Vine: Cockahoop Jeff Stelling Interrupts Classified Results To Celebrate Hartlepool Victory!

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By Chris Wright

For those who aren't aware, Jeff Stelling is a Hartlepool fan...

Something tells us itmight havebeen a while.

Hey, we've all been there, right?

Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland – Rooney Bags Brace But Red Devils Fail to Impress Against 10-Man Black Cats (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Manchester United 2-0 Sunderland Premier League 28th February 2015

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A Wayne Rooney brace fired Manchester United to a home win over Sunderland, a result which sees the Red Devils stay well in the hunt for a Champions League berth.

Football Vine: Aubameyang & Reus Produce Batman & Robin Goal Celebration As Dortmund Win Ruhr Derby

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By Alan Duffy

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An impressive 3-0 win in the Ruhr derby against Schalke saw Borussia Dortmund move to within eight points of a Champions League berth as their resurgence continues.

For long periods of the game it looked as thoughBVB's profligacy in front of goal would cost them dear, but late on a goal burst from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang,Henrikh Mkhitaryan and finallyMarco Reus, secured a vital three points for Jurgen Klopp's men.

Robbie Savage Avoids Driving Ban By Claiming He Can’t Use Public Transport Because The Public Hate Him

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By Chris Wright

It's all about the three points for Robbie

Professional foghorn Robbie Savage has managed to avoid a driving ban despite being caught speeding at almost 100mphby using the flimsiest excuse you could possibly imagine.

Savage was clocked driving at 99mph on the A1 in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, last month but managed to avoid a ban after his lawyers argued tit would be impossible for the Match of the Day pundit to use public transport as the public hate him and he would be vulnerable to barrages of abuse everywhere he went.

Circling The Drain: Penniless Parma Put Dressing Room Benches Up For Sale While Players Forced To Wash Own Kit

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By Chris Wright

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Parma coach Roberto Donadoni is having the bench sold from under him

It's a desperate situation that is giving us absolutely no pleasure at all to witness, but it seems the writing may well be on the wall for penniless Parma.

Sir Alex Ferguson Once Forced David Beckham To Shave His Mohawk Off In The Wembley Toilets

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By Chris Wright

Think we might beon Fergie's side on this one

Safe to say, you don't have to go far to stumble across an example of the 'flashy son/disapproving father' relationship that David Beckham and Sir Alex Ferguson endured over the course of the former's time at Manchester United.

Charlton Athletic Come Clean And Admit To ‘Centre-Circle Sex Tape’ PR Stunt

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By Chris Wright

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Charlton Athletic have admitted that the CCTV footage of a couple getting...err, shall we say..."ardent" on their pitch that caused a storm was a publicity stunt of their own doing.

A short clip of sex Addicks being intimate on the centre spot at The Valley went viral on Thursday with the Vine in question receiving more than one million views.

Europa League: Besiktas 0-1 Liverpool (1-1 Agg, 5-4 Pens) – Reds Lose That Lovren Feeling In Istanbul (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Besiktas 0-1 Liverpool (Agg 1-1, Pens 5-4) Europa League Last 32 2nd Leg 26th February 2015

There was nothing miraculous about Liverpool's night in Istanbul on Thursday, with the Reds going out of the Europa League after losing on penalties to Besiktas.

Feyenoord Fan Throws Inflatable Banana At Roma’s Gervinho As Europa League Tie Descends Into Chaos

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By Chris Wright

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With 22 fans detained by police before the game amid fears of violence, Thursday evening's Europa League ding-dong between Feyenoord and Roma has proved to be the powder keg itwas shaping up to be.

Last week's first leg saw legions of Feyenoord riot through the streets of Rome before the game, vandalising a 17th-century fountain and leaving the place strewn with beer cans and smashed glass.

Random Great Goals: Gaizka Mendieta Juggles During His Copa Del Rey Final Magic Act, 1999 (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Now splitting his time between the Revista sofa and corporate DJ sets, there was a time when Gaizka Mendieta was the most sought-after player in world football.

That time came shortly after the 1999 Copa Del Rey final, when the Valencia maestro put a fitting cap on a career-highseason by scoring a pearler in a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Atletico Madrid.

Hibernian Striker Jason Cummings Accused Of ‘Pelting McDonalds Staff With Muffins’

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By Chris Wright

"I can't let you go around lobbing muffins at people, young man"

He may well be the top scorer in the Scottish Championship so far this season but Hibernian striker Jason Cummings still found himself left out of the squad for Saturday's 3-0 win over Dumbarton after getting himself tangled up in a muffin-hucking scandal.

Fabio Cannavaro Given 10-Month Suspended Jail Sentence For Breaking Police Seal At His House To Go For A Swim

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By Chris Wright

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Fabio Cannavaro, the thinking man's trespasser

Fabio Cannavaro has been given a suspended prison sentence for the heinous crime of taking a dip in his own swimming pool.

The only slight sticking point being that the pool in question was located in the back garden of Cannavaro'svilla in Naples, which has been seized and cordoned off by police as part of an investigation into planning abuse.

Shit Lookalikes: Raphael Varane & Scooby Doo

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By Chris Wright

Sitting ona Shit Lookalike for Pies? Feel free submit it via email atwaatpies@gmail.comor Tweet us on@waatpiesand we'll gladly give it the once-over!

Dunkin Donuts Apologise To Liverpool Fans For Turning Hillsborough Flames Into Frappuccino As Part Of Dopey Social Media Campaign

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By Chris Wright

Dunkin Donuts have been forced to apologise this morning after riling Liverpool fans with a woefully misguided attempt at engaging them viaan ill-thought-out social media campaign.

In their guise as the clubs' "official tea, coffee and bakery provider", Dunkin Donuts attempted to have a little fun by asking fans to design their own personalised version of the Liverpool club crest.

Champions League: Arsenal 1-3 Monaco – Groundhog Day For Gunners After Yet Another Euro-Flop (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Arsenal 1-3 Monaco Champions League Last 16 First Leg 25h February 2015

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It was Groundhog Day at the Emirates on Wedensday night as the Gunners once again collapsed in the first leg of their Last 16 clash with Monaco.

Russell Crowe Receives Supporters’ Backing After Declaring Interest In Buying Leeds United

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By Chris Wright

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It has come to light following a few brief Twitter exchanges this afternoon that not only is Russell Crowe seriously considering buying Leeds United butthat heis also apparently one of the fans' preferred candidates.

Crowe is supposedly a boyhood Leeds fan after falling in love with Don Revie's all-conquering side of the 1970s while watching Match of the Day while growing up in Australia.

Competition: Win A Year’s Supply Of Adidas Original Trainers

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Those fine folk at Mainline Menswear are offering you the chance to win a years supply of adidas Originals trainers. In non-marketing speak that's 12 pairs. (You can preview them here.)

Here'a short video the magic shoes moving on their own.

You can enter here.

Laser Guided: Marvel At The Surgical Intricacy Of This Set-Piece Routine From The Tunisian Cup…

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By Chris Wright

Just take a moment to reallytake in the almost surgical intricacy of this sublime set-piece routinefrom the recent Tunisian Cup game betweenHammam-Sousse and Club Athletique Bizertin...

Here's the GIF version just in case...

Spectacular.

The footballing equivalent of using a sledgehammer to perform keyhole surgery.

Champions League: Man City 1-2 Barcelona – Suarez Shines But Messi Spot-Kick Miss Leaves Door Open For Citizens (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Manchester City 1-2 Barcelona Champions League Last 16 First Leg 24th February 2015

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A late penalty miss from Lionel Messi of all people kept alive Man City's chances of overcoming Barcelona and making it through to the quarter-finals.

Random Great Goals: Dimitar Berbatov Goes ‘Full Berbatov’ For The First Time, 2004 (Video)

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By Chris Wright

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Hands up. This goal isn't entirely random given that Dimitar Berbatov is scheduled to turn out against Arsenal (the club he always seemed destined to play for) with Monaco in the last 16 of the Champions League tonight but it is, we can assure you, most definitely great.

Football Art: Serbian Illustrator Produces Beautiful Posters Of Yugoslavian Football Legends (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

We love a bit of football art here on Pies and thus we're more than happy to share with you the fine, fine work of Serbian illustrator Marija Markovic.

A woman with a passion for the halcyon days of Yugoslavian football in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Marija has produced a run of beautiful posters in homage to a selection of her favourite players.

Gobsh*te Analysis: Did Luis Suarez Have A Little Nibble On Martin Demichelis?

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By Chris Wright

"Come Lionel, join my army of the undead..."

The footage is decidedly inconclusive but Twitter seems to think that Luis Suarez dipped his toe/teeth into the murky waters of cannibalism again last night.

Cameras appeared to catch Suarez (who scored both goals in Barcelona's 2-1 victory over Man City) having a little nip at Martin Demichelis' hand after the pair became involved in a very minor off-the-ball spat.

Football Tat: Have You Downloaded Your Tottenham ‘Wembley Cup Final Party Toolkit’ Yet? (Video)

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By Chris Wright

In Pies'continuing, semi-regular efforts to bring you the very worst of the low-rent tat that your beloved football club will happily flog you, here's Tottenham's attempt to gee up their fans before Sunday's sort of medium-sized bash at Wembley.

Following on the back of the re-release of Chas & Dave's timeless 1987 FA Cup Final anthem 'Hot Shot Tottenham' (with updated lyrics for 2015!

Random Great Goals: Mousa Dembele Carves Willem II In Twain With Meandering Solo Special, 2008 (Video)

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By Chris Wright

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Under the stewardship of one Aloysius Paulus Maria ('Louis' to his mates) van Gaal, AZ Alkmaar shocked just about everybody in 2009 by becoming the first side outside of the Eredivisie's 'Big Three' to win the Dutch title for 28 years.

Non-League Keeper Goes ‘Little Bit Cantona’ And Leaps Into Crowd To Fight With His Own Fans (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Granted, on the sliding scale of "going Cantona" this is down around the lower end, but still last night's Ryman Premier Division game between Kingstonian and Bognor Regis ended in chaotic scenes and the police being called to KingsmeadowafterKingstonian 'keeperRob Tolfrey got himself involved in a scuffle with the fans his own fans stationed behind his goal following the final whistle.

Qatar 2022 World Cup Set To Be Played At Christmas As FIFA Prepare To Make Final Call

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By Chris Wright

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It's been nothing but an abject palaver since the decision was made, but now a FIFA task force has specifically recommended that the 2022 World Cup be played in November/December to prevent players shrivelling like sun-dried tomatoes in Qatar's 40°c summer heat.

Burnley Boss Sean Dyche Hits Back Over Jose Mourinho’s Stamford Bridge Beef (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

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Burnley's very-own 'ginger Mourinho' Sean Dyche has given his view on those controversial events at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Never one to shirk finding something or someone to blame for a poor performance, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho made sure to make the refereeing performance of Martin Atkinson on the day into the story of the game, rather than his side's failure to win against a struggling Clarets side.

Stuttgart Fans Console Timo Baumgartl After 18-Year-Old Defender’s Error Leads To Dortmund Goal (Video)

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By Chris Wright

There's a fairly good chance you've seen this by now but you'll have to forgive me as I'm playing catch-up today following my week in the wilderness.

Anyway, there wereheart-warming scenes which followed the final whistle of Stuttgart's 3-2 homedefeat against Borussia Dortmund on Friday.

Antonio Candreva Scores Beautiful Winning Goal, Runs Knee-First Into Security Fence, Has To Be Subbed Off (Video)

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By Chris Wright

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"Mixed fortunes" is probably the best description ofAntonio Candreva's afternoon at work on Sunday, with the Lazio midfielder enduring a bit of a bitter-sweet 78 minutesat the coal face against Palermo.

Why only 78 minutes, you ask?

Designed By Belgian Cartoonist Jeroom, This Sunday League Team’s Kit Is Definitely Better Than Your Sunday League Team’s Kit (Photo)

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By Chris Wright

This 'ere motley crew you see afore ye is none other than Belgian amateurside VK Linden who, as you may have noticed, look a tad sharper than your average Carling-and-kebab-powered Sunday League ensemble.

Whereas the usual Sunday League kit consists of 11ancient orange shirts ranging in size from 8-12 years all the way through to extra smallmens teamed with your ownvaguely matching shorts and socks brought from home, VK Linden's strip is a cut above being, as it is, designed by one of Belgium's most pre-eminent cartoonists, Jeroom Snelders.

Lip Trembler: Nani Scores 30-Yard Goal So Good It Makes Him Break Down And Cry (Video)

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By Chris Wright

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Sporting Lisbon beat Gil Vicente 2-0 in the Portuguese top flight on Sunday evening, with Manchester United loanee Nani nabbing the second goal of the game by absolutely whelping one in from 30 yards out.

Indeed, the strike was so outrageous that the man himself couldn't help but break down in tears at the sheer beauty of his masterpiece.

Southampton 0-2 Liverpool – Reds Target Top-Four After Hard-Fought Win At St. Mary’s (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Southampton 0-2 Liverpool Premier League 22nd February 2015

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In a frantic game at St. Mary's, Liverpool secured a vital victory which sees them move to within two points of a Champions League berth.

Philippe Coutinho lashed home a superb opener after just three minutes before the Saints had a couple of penalty shouts, both of which were waved away by referee Kevin Friend.

Augsburg ‘Keeper Hitz The Spot With Last-Minute Equaliser Vs Leverkusen (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

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There's nothing we like better than a goalkeeper making his way up the pitch in the dying minutes of a game, desperate to score an equaliser from a corner or free-kick. Well, on Saturday, Swiss glovesman Marwin Hitz did just that. And he actually scored!

Man City 5-0 Newcastle – Magpies Carved Open By Slick Citizens (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Manchester City 5-0 Newcastle United Premier League 21st February 2015

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Manchester City moved to within five points of league leaders Chelsea after battering Newcastle at the Etihad.

With Yaya Touré back in the side following the Ivory Coast's victorious Africa Cup of Nations campaign, the Citizens totally dominated with the opening goal coming after just two minutes, courtesy of a Sergio Aguero spot-kick.

Chelsea 1-1 Burnley – 10-Man Blues Slip-Up Against Clarets At Bridge (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Chelsea 1-1 Burnley Premier League 21st February 2015

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Chelsea dropped two precious points against Burnley on Saturday, after a controversial clash at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues looked headed for a comfortable victory after the in-form Branislav Ivanovic netted yet another goal after great work from Eden Hazard.

Football Vine: Worcester City’s Shabir Khan Body Slams Opponent In Conference Kerfuffle

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By Alan Duffy

This is surely the perfect example of how not to react to a bad tackle.

During the Conference clash between Worcester City and Stockport County on Saturday, Worcester's Shabir Khan was the victim of a pretty horrid challenge from Charlie Russell. The tackle left Khan in a heap on the ground, however he was soon back on his feet, as he trapped Russell in a bear-hug before throwing him to the ground in properly loony fashion.

Swansea 2-1 Man Utd – Super Swans Rack Up Second Win Of Season Against Red Devils (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Swansea City 1-2 Manchester United Premier League 21st February 2015

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A second-half goal from Bafetimbi Gomis goal gave Swansea their second of the season against Manchester United.

The Red Devils had been in fine form prior to the game at the Liberty Stadium and took the lead on 28 minutes, courtesy of another goal from Ander Herrerra.

Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal – Gunners Go Third After Hard-Fought Win At Selhurst Park (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal Premier League 21st February 2015

Arsenal weathered a late Crystal Palace comeback to secure a vital three points at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

The Gunners were 1-0 up within the first eight minutes, with Santi Cazorla converting from the penalty spot after Danny Welbeck had been felled in the box byPape Souare.

‘Hot Shot Tottenham’ Rehash 1987 FA Cup Song For New Capital One Cup Ditty

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By Alan Duffy

Never a club to downplay their achievements, Spurs have released their Capital One Cup song ahead of their Wembley clash with Chelsea on March 1st.

The tune 'Hot Shot Tottenham' is a re-working of the club's 1987 FA Cup anthem which was performed by Chas & Dave and the players.

Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla And Nacho Monreal Play Snazzy Long-Ball Keepy-Uppy (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

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Santi Cazorla is currently in the form of his life with Arsenal while his compatriot and team-mate Nacho Monreal is also enjoying his spell of form (and run of games) for the Gunners.

Full-back Monreal decided to post this incredible video of the two Spaniards playing a rather impressive long version of keepy-uppy at the Arsenal training ground, which pint-sized playmaker Cazorla inevitably won.

Chelsea New-Boy Juan Cuadrado Unveils Sexy New Language Teacher…

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By Alan Duffy

Chelsea's Colombian wideboy Juan Cuadradohas posted a photo of his English teacher on Twitter after rumours in the tabloids that the Blues' January purchase had hiredPlayboy model Carla Howe to erm, help with his possessive pronouns.

Anyway, Chelsea were apparently less than impressed with the rumours so now the former Fiorentina forward has tweeted a photo of his real English teacher, and what a stunna the young chap is.

BT Sport Drop Stan Collymore From Rangers Coverage After Twitter Spat

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By Alan Duffy

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Stan Collymore has been dropped from BT Sport's coverage of Friday's Raith Rovers v Rangers Scottish Championship clash after the former Celtic and Liverpool man had an Twitter altercation with a number of Rangers fans.

Collymore had claimed that Rangers' games should not be broadcast by BT, due to the sectarian chanting of the club's supporters.

Steven Gerrard Unimpressed As Mario Balotelli Takes Ball Off Jordan Henderson Before Scoring Penalty Vs Besiktas (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

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Mario Balotelli has looked far more positive (and effective) in recent games for Liverpool and in Thursday night's Europa League clash with Besiktas, the Italian was once again the goal-hero for the Reds in a 1-0 home victory. However, the former Man City only scored the goal, from the penalty spot, after he had taken the ball from captain Jordan Henderson, the cheeky scamp.

Poyet-ic Justice: Under-fire Sunderland Boss Pens Open Letter To Fans Pleading For Support

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By Alan Duffy

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Never one to hide his light under a bushel (whatever a bushel actually is), under-fire Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has decided to pen an open letter to the club's fans. This missive comes after the Black Cats were dumped out of the FA Cup by Bradford City and after a miserable run of form in the Premier League.

Random Great Goals: Justin Fashanu Nets Goal Of The Season For Norwich Vs Liverpool In 1980 (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

Today is Justin Fashanu's birthday and he would have been 54 years of age had his life not ended in such sad circumstances in May 1998.

The fact there are still no openly gay players in the Premier League shows how much more needs to be done in football although with Robbie Rodgers lining out for LA Galaxy and former Aston Villa man ThomasHitzlsperger coming out last year, as well as Swedish player Anton Hysen declaring his homosexuality in 2011, things are (very) slowly moving in the right direction.

Partick Thistle Youngster Nets Wondrous Own-Goal In SPFL Development Game Vs Dundee

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A difficult skill to do when firing into the opposition goal, Partick Thistle's Ben Richards-Everton produced an outstanding outside-of-the-boot chipped effort in an SPFL development game against Dundee this week. Alas, it was into his own goal.

The 22-year-old English born defender will no doubt blame the blustery conditions and bumpy pitch, and he has every right to.

Puskás Award Runner-Up Stephanie Roche Joins US Side Houston Dash

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Dubliner Stephanie Roche has experienced quite a year (and a half) since she scored that wonder-goal for Irish Women's National League side Peamount United.

That fabulous strike propelled the striker into the wild worldof internet fame and ultimately, a FIFA Puskás award nomination which saw her rub shoulders with the great and the good of the game.

Marcelo Unleashes Right-Foot Rocket For Real Madrid In 2-0 Champions League Win Vs Schalke (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

Real Madrid produced a composed and dominant display away to Schalke in the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday night, with their 2-0 victory putting them well in the driving seat ahead of the return leg at the Bernabeu.

Cristiano Ronaldo headed home the open for the Spaniards but it was this beauty from full-back Marcelo which was the highlight of the game.

Jamie Carragher Gives Twitter Newbie Jordan Henderson A Few Wise Words Of Advice

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By Alan Duffy

I've always found Jamie Carragher to be a witty chap and on the arrival of Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson to the wild world of Twitter, Carragher had a few words of advice for the youngster...

Can't really argue with any of that, can you?!

Chelsea Fans Sing “We’re Racist, We’re Racist” As They Stop Black Man Boarding Paris Metro Train (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

In scenes which will no doubt make your English hearts swell with pride (I'm grand, I'm Irish!), a group of Chelsea fans over for the Champions League game in Franceon Tuesday have been filmed behaving hideously on the Paris underground.

The footage, which was filmed by British ex-patPaul Nolan shows the fans on a train at theRichelieu-Drouot station repeatedly stopping a black man from boarding the train.

Champions League: PSG 1-1 Chelsea – Ivanovic On Target As Blues Escape From Paris With Draw (Photos & Highlights)

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Paris St Germain 1-1 Chelsea Champions League Last 16 First Leg 17th February 2015

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Chelsea were lucky to come away with a draw from the Parc des Princes on Tuesday, a result which nicely sets up the return tie in London.

Champions League Vine: David Luiz Re-Positions Referee Vanishing Spray During PSG Vs Chelsea Clash

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By Alan Duffy

You have to admire the cheek of this little manoeuvre by David Luiz during PSG's 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Tuesday night.

Not happy with the positioning of the referee's vanishing spray before a Zlatan Ibrahimovic free-kick, the bouffant-Brazilian decided to pick up most of the spray and move it to an apparently more convenient spot.

Football Vine: Bayern Munich’s Thomas Müller Does Cheeky Cristiano Ronalo Impression

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Coming on the back of Bayern Munich's 8-0 mauling of Hamburg at the weekend, World Cup winner Thomas Müller, who bagged a brace in Die Roten'shefty win, was in fine spiritsin training on Monday.

A player more renowned for his clever movement and eye for a goal,the 25-year-old Müller decided to perform a rather accurate impersonation of fleet-footed Cristiano Ronaldo and his dancing feet.

Former Italy Boss Arrigo Sacchi In Classic ‘I’m Not Racist But…’ Outburst

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Arrigo Sacchi (on left) withCarlo Ancelotti and Antonio Conte at recent awardsceremony

The man behind AC Milan's European dominance in the late 80s and early 90s , Arrigo Sacchi, has got himself into a lot of hot water over remarks he made at the 'Maestrelli' awards ceremony in Pistoia.

FA Cup: Preston 1-3 Man Utd – Red Devils Dig Deep At Deepdale To Seal Comeback Victory (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Preston North End 1-3 Manchester United FA Cup Fifth Round 16th February 2015

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Manchester came from behind to beat Preston on Monday night, a victory which sets up a cracking quarter-final against holders Arsenal.

Football Vine: Wayne Rooney Dives To Earn Man Utd Penalty Vs Preston

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One must call a spade a spade and therefore one must call Wayne Rooney's dive against Preston well, a dive. With the score at 2-1 to the Red Devils and time almost up, Preston 'keeper Thorsten Stuckman raced out of his goal as Rooney chased a ball into the box.

FA Cup Draw: Holders Arsenal Face Preston Or Man Utd As Liverpool Host Blackburn

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By Alan Duffy

Quite an interesting draw for the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, with a potential humdinger of a tie at Old Trafford on the cards if Manchester United can beat Preston North End tonight, with holders Arsenal lying in wait.

Elsewhere, Liverpool will play Blackburn Rovers at home while Tim Sherwood's Aston Villa face a derby clash with West Brom at Villa Park.

Wigan Full-Back Juan Carlos García Diagnosed With Leukaemia

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One of those sad stories which puts football and all its related waffle in perspective, sad news arrived today that Wigan defenderJuan Carlos García has been diagnosed with leukemia.

The full-back signed for the Latics in Auguist 2013 but moved to Tenerife on loan in August last year.

FA Cup: Arsenal 2-0 Middlesbrough – Handsome Win For Holders As Giroud Bags Brace Against ‘Boro (Photos & Highlights)

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Arsenal 2-0 Middlesbrough FA Cup Fifth Round 15th February

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Championship high-fliers Middlesbrough failed to follow up their shock win at the Etihad with another big scalp in the FA Cup, with holders Arsenal proving too good for Aitor Karanka's men.

Football Vine: Luis Suarez Nets Classic Overhead Kick For Barcelona Vs. Levante

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While a certain Lionel Messi was breaking yet more records, this time registering his 23rd hat-trick for Barcelona in his 300th league game for the club, Luis Suarez also produced a moment of magic in his side's 5-0 thrashing of Levante.

Bordeaux Fans Produce Magnificent Multi-Coloured Start To Clash With St. Etienne (Video)

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Ahead of Bordeaux's 1-0 Ligue 1 home win against fellow Euro-hopefuls St. Etienne, the fans at one end of theStade Jacques Chaban-Delmasproduced a fabulous moment of colour right before the kick-off.

Dressed in see-through waterproof ponchos, the fans of Les Girondins let off a whole load of pastel-coloured dust to produce a quite beautiful sight behind the goal.

FA Cup: Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool – Sturridge In The Groove As Reds Roar Into Last Eight (Photos & Highlights)

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Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool FA Cup Fifth Round 14th February 2015

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Liverpool came from a goal down to book their place in the last eight of the FA Cup at Selhurst Park on Sunday.

Alan Pardew's Eagles had gone ahead on 15 minutes when Frazier Campbell fired home after Reds' 'keeper Simon Mignolet parriedDwight Gayle's header.

FC Koln Pitch Invaders Get Kicking From Fans And Security After BMG Nab Last-Gasp Win

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In scenes which show the BorussiaMoenchengladbach stewardsin a rather badlight, FC Koln fans got a right kicking from a number offans at the Borussia-Parkafter they invaded the pitch at the end of 1-0 win for BMG.

Granit Xhaka was the match-winner for Lucien Favre's side, heading home in injury to seal all three points for the hosts.

Turkish Football Fan Nabbed By Police After Trying To Smuggle Bazillion Beers Into Stadium (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

The forward-planning and preparation demonstrated by this Turkish football fan warrants a round of applause. Entering the stadium with what looks like a custom-made beer-carrying sleeveless jacket full of bottles of booze, over which he wore a rather suspicious-looking black coat, the chap did look at bit nervous as he tried to out-fox the local security.

‘Mr. Gilet’, The Best Aston Villa Can Get – Tim Sherwood Announced As New Villans Boss

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Having produced football duller than a night in the pub with Michael Owen and Phil Neville, it was no surprise that Paul Lambert was given the boot by Premier League strugglers Aston Villa. And now, the Birmingham giants have named Lambert's replacement, with former Tottenham man Tim Sherwood taking over in a deal which will last until 2018 (when Lambert's deal would've naturally ended).

Tear Gas Causes Copa Libertadores Game To Be Stopped In Completely Empty Stadium (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Taking archetypal South American crowd disturbance to new levels, rolling clouds of tear gas caused the recent Copa Libertadores tie between Uruguay's Nacional and Chilean side Palestino to be temporarily halted despite the stadium being completely empty.

Alvaro Recoba was not amused.

On This Day: Nwankwo Kanu Blobs His Arsenal Debut With Controversial ‘Fair Play’ Clanger, 1999 (Video)

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After making just 12 appearances (scoringonce) for Inter Milan in three whole seasons at the Italian side, there were a few eyebrows raised quizzically when Arsenal spent the better part of £4.5million on Nwankwo Kanu a former Nigerian youth prodigy with a well-known history of congenital heart issues in February of 1999.

Derby Country Credit Their Fine Championship Form To Club-Wide Ban On Swearing

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"Referee! May I please draw your attention to an infringement against my team? Arbitrate as you see fit!"

It pains me to say this for obvious reasons but credit where credit is due: Derby County, as things stand, are doing.

Diego Costa Would Like You All To Know He Thinks His Tackles Are ‘Strong But Noble’

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Currently serving a three-match ban for stamping on a Slovak, Diego Costa has poured outhis heartin an interview with Sport magazine claiming he's not the malicious shin-shredder he's constantly made out to be and, while his tackles may intermittently verge on being a bitnaughty, he's never anything less than noble.

Sports Photo Of The Year 2014: Lionel Messi Flirts Longingly With The World Cup…

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Taken during the aftermath of the World Cup final at the Maracana back in July, this 'ere photo of Lionel Messi longingly eyeing the one golden trinket that has so far eluded him has been voted as the 2014 Sports Photo of the Year...

"Myyyy preciousssss"

Entitled "The Final Game" and taken by Bao Tailiang for the Chengdu Economic Daily, the photo has won first prize in the Sports Singles category of the 2015World Press Photo Contest.

Former Liverpool Winger In Intensive Care After Fracturing His Own Skull During Gym Session

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Former Liverpool winger Sebastien Leto is due to undergo surgery in the next 48 hours after caving in his own skull in a freak gym accident.

Leto, who spent one season at Anfieldin 2007/08 and currently plays for Lanus in his native Argentina, had to be rushed to hospital after accidentally dropping a barbell on his head.

This Just In: Frank Lampard Is A Thoroughly Good Egg

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By Chris Wright

Here's a little snippet from last night's game between Manchester City and Stokethat we think is definitely worthy of a mention.

We were completely unaware, but when 17-year-old Oliver Shenton came on for Stoke in the 94th minute he was doing so just two days after the funeral of his mother, Mandy, who sadly passed away last week after losing her 15-year fight against breast cancer.

Random Great Goals: Alessandro Del Piero’s Exquisite ‘Impossible Volley’ Against Fiorentina, 1994 (Video)

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It's hard to picture wearing Alessandro Del Piero wearing anything other than the Old Lady's famous monochrome livery, but there was a point very early in his career when Juventus came perilously close to letting theyoung boythat would go on to score 289 goals for them slip through their metaphorical fingers.

Fitba Thatba Teach Us All How To Become Amazing Football Writers… (Video)

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In which JJ from Fitba Thatba teaches us all, while slightly shit-faced on red wine, how to become amazing football writers.

We can't lie, this is exactly how Pies comes together most days only we're far more intoxicated as a general rule.

CAF Make Dog’s Dinner Of Picking Their 2015 African Cup Of Nations ‘Team Of The Tournament’ Best XI

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With the Africa Cup of Nations coming to a dramatic close on Sunday evening and Ivory Coast snaffling their first title since 1992, all that was left for CAF to do was publish their list of individual award winners.

‘Do I Have A Bea O’Problem Here?’ – Tony Pulis Left Red-Faced After Being Caught Out By Classic Phone Prank (Video)

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"Yeah, just a sec; I'll check. Amanda Hugginkiss! Hey, I'm lookin' for Amanda Hugginkiss! Oh, why can't I find Amanda Hugginkiss?!"

Despite his side hauling themselves clear of the relegation zone with a well-deserved 2-0 win over Swansea, West Brom managerTony Pulis was still left ever-so-slightly embarrassed on Wednesday night after getting himself caught up in a cheeky phone prank.

Football Vine: Fan Videobombs Sky Sports New Report, Accurately Critiques Blackpool’s Dismal Season

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It's only four years since Blackpool were livin' large in the Premier League, but with the Tangerines currently propping up the Championship, it's no surprise that fans have turned to gallows humour.

During Blackpool's 2-1 defeat to Middlesbrough on Wednesday evening, one fan made the most of his 15 seconds of fame during ex-Liverpool striker Neil Mellor's Sky Sports News report.

Paul Lambert Finally Sacked By Aston Villa, Leaves With Truly Dreadful Statistical Record

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It's frankly astonishing that he's lasted this long but tonight, after three years of abject nothingness, Aston Villa have finally parted company with manager Paul Lambert.

That sound you can here is several thousand Villa fans whooping in frenzied joy as they run in naked, swivel-eyed unison through the streets of Birmingham.

Remember Little Celtic Fan Jay Beatty? His Goal Against Hamilton Has Made The SPL Goal Of The Month Shortlist!

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You may recall a few short weeks ago when we brought you the story ofyoung Jay Beatty, and how Celtic and Hamilton joined forces to give the young 10-year-old Bhoys fan the Christmas present of a lifetime.

Just to get you up to speed, Jay (who has Down's Syndrome) was given the full VIP treatment on the day of the SPL fixture between the two sides, meeting the players, giving the team-talks and even scoring a goalin front of the Celtic fans at half-time.

Preston North End Fan Willing To Sell His Kidney For Tickets To Man Utd FA Cup Game

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With opportunities to watch Preston North End play againstLancashire rivals Manchester United few and far between these days, one desperate North End fan is willing to take extreme measures in order to snag himself a ticket for the upcoming FA Cup fifth round tie between the two sides.

Olivier Giroud Is Officially (Well, Sort Of) The Hottest Player In The Premier League

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With Valentines Day creeping up on us, an expert panel of 250 American women have compiled a list of the 300 hottest players in the Premier League, with Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud and his flawless bone structure coming out on top.

Sunderland's aesthetically-pleasing defender Santiago Vergini came in second place in the poll, with Leicester City's Matty James taking the bronze medal position.

Shit Lookalike: Jo & Minnie Ripperton

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One is famed for hitting the heights, the other bottomed out years ago...

Cracking spot from Pies fan George Tambu!

Got a Shit Lookalike contender for Pies? Email (waatpies@gmail.com) or Tweet (@waatpies) it over and we'll gladly give it a shufty.

‘I Don’t Think There Is Any Coach More Sophisticated Than Me’ – Guess Who?

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Time for a bit of fun wethinks. There's a shinyredapple* and 10 Pies points in it for anybody who can guess which Premier League high-roller uttered these words this morning.

"I don't think there is any coach more sophisticated than me any more.

Football Vine: Paul Scholes Craftily Calls Robbie Savage ‘Knobhead’ On BT Sport Show

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Proving he's still got the knack, Paul Scholes flew in with a customarily late tackle on Robbie Savage during last night's "Fletch & Sav" show on BT Sport simply mouthing the word "knobhead" down the camera after Savage attempted some form of odious banter with him.

New £5.1bn Premier League TV Rights Deal Is Bigger Than The GDP Of 54 Countries

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As you've no doubt heard by now, it was announced yesterday that Sky and BT Sport have collectively spunkeda record £5.136billion for the right to screen live Premier League matches for three seasons from 2016/17 representing a hefty 70% price hike from the current £3bn deal in place.

Louis Van Gaal Presents Dossier Of Passing Stats At Press Conference In Response To Big Sam’s ‘Long Ball’ Claims

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Oh dear, looks like Louis van Gaal's just had his "Rafa's facts" moment...

Van Gaal very indignant. Ended up telling us to take it off him. "Copy it and present it to Big Sam." Here is one: pic.twitter.com/kHsc4gjU9s

— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) February 10, 2015

Louis van Gaal's stats sheets.

Sheffield Wednesday Fan Banned From Football For Three Years For Throwing Tangerine At Fulham Supporter

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Mark Ablett, a Sheffield Wednesday fan, has been banned from attending football matches in England for the next three years for the heinous crime of chucking an orange at a Fulham supporter during a recent game.

Ablett, 29, was pinched after being captured on CCTV hurling the piece of fruit during the Championship fixture between the two sides just before Christmas.

Club In Crisis: Serie A Stragglers Parma Sold For €1 For Second Time In Two Months

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No offence lads, but collectively you're not worth the price of aKinder Egg

There was a time, not so very long ago, when dark horses Parma boasted one of the most illustrious squads in European football, with the likes of Faustino Asprilla, Gianfranco Zola, Fabio Cannavaro, Pippo Inzaghi, Juan Sebastian Veron, Hristo Stoichkov, Gianluigi Buffon, Lillian Thuram and Hernan Crespo all passing through during the mid-to-late 1990s.

Random Great Goals: Fulham’s Jon Harley Lets Rip With Devastating 40-Yard Torpedo vs Aston Villa, 2003 (Video)

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T'was Saturday 8th February, 2003 and despite Fulham being the home side, their Premier League tie against Aston Villa game was staged at QPR's Loftus Road ground due to the stop-start redevelopment and modernisation of Craven Cottage.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Says Some Very Zlatany Things After Unveiling His New Waxwork In Paris (Photos & Video)

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It's quite possibly the last thing his enormo-ego needed, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic was bestowed with a life-size waxwork model of himself at the Musée Grévin in Paris last night, with the PSG strikertoddling along to unveil contemporary art's latest masterpiece.

‘Nobody Wants To Fight In Front Of His Mother’ – Brazilian Club Employ Fans’ Mums As Stewards In Bid To Curb Crowd Trouble

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Brazilian club Sport Club do Recife have employed a team of supporters' mothers to act as stadium stewards in a bid to curb crowd trouble at their stadium.

Sporttrained the 30 ladiesto patrol the terraces during Sunday's derby against Nautico, monitoring the crowd while each wearing an orange hi-vis vest that read SEGURANÇA MÃE/SECURITY MUMon the back.

Livingstone Captain Jason Talbot Faces Retrospective Punishment For Studding Hearts Midfielder IN THE FACE (Photos & Video)

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Saturday saw a pretty grizzly horror tackle in the Scottish Championship, with Livingstone captain Jason Talbot connecting with an extremely painful flailing high boot to the face of Hearts midfielder Sam Nicholson.

The collision left Nicholson with a face full of stud marks and in need of several stitches, but referee Brian Colvin only saw fit to issue Tablot with a yellow card at the time.

‘We Spent Hours Trying To Cheer Him Up’ – Agent Defends Cristiano Ronaldo After Real Madrid Star Filmed Singing Karaoke After Atletico Trouncing

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"Tommy used to work on the docks..."

Cristiano Ronaldo's omnipresent, omnipotent super-agent Jorge Mendes has defended his main meal/yacht ticket after the Real Madrid star was filmed frolicking (possibly even cavorting) in a bar just hours after Real's embarrassing 4-0 trouncing at the hands of city rivals Atletico in the Madrid derby.

PSG Captain Thiago Silva Offers His Warm-Up Jacket To Chilly Lyon Mascot (Video)

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There were cockle-warmingscenes shortly before PSG's 1-1 draw against Lyon in Ligue 1 last night, with Thiago Silva taking the time to offer his jacket to one of Lyon's mascots after noticing the poor little blighter was shivering during the pre-game line-ups.

Go Behind Eagles: On-Loan Ajax Goalkeeper Drops Almighty Clanger, Concedes Last Minute Winner…Against Ajax (Video)

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With the score locked at 1-1 and with just three minutes left on the clock, Go Ahead Eagles 'keeper Mickey van der Hart went and conceded this little doozy...

The best bit? Van der Hart is actually on loan at Go Ahead Eagles from Ajax. Oops.

Ordinarily, our inherently cynical nature would lead us to believe something fishy was going on here, but after studying the footage several times it is in our considered opinion thatit was all just a bit shite.

Didier Drogba Almost Suffers Apoplexy While Watching Ivory Coast’s AFCON Penalty Shoot-Out Victory (Video)

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Safe to say, Didier Drogba celebrate Ivory Coast's nail-biting African Cup of Nations victory last night like a man who hadn't won one for 23 years and absolutely skied a penalty last time they made it to the final...

A video posted by didierdrogba (@didierdrogba) on Feb 8, 2015 at 2:49pm PST

Guy in the back is obviously a Ghana fan.

West Ham 1-1 Man Utd – Blind Faith Saves Red Devils In East London (Photos & Highlights)

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West Ham United 1-1Manchester United Premier League 8th February 2015

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A late, late volley from Daley Blind secured a point for Manchester United in a game where West Ham were better for long periods.

The Hammers started superbly with the visitors struggling to create much in way of a goal threat.

Ivory Coast Win First AFCON Title In 23 Years After Goalkeeper Boubacar Barry Scores Winning Penalty (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Madness. Utter madness. Ivory Coast have won their second African Cup of Nations title (the first coming way back in 1992) after beating Ghana 9-8 on penalties in the 2015 final.

The match itself was roughly 120 minutes of goalless pish which just so happened to be followed by one of the most nervy, teeth-chatteringly tense penalty shoot-outs we've seen in a good while.

Newcastle 1-1 Stoke – Crouch Heads Potters To Point Against Magpies (Photos & Highlights)

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Newcastle United1-1 Stoke City Premier League 8th February 2015

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A dull encounter for most of the 90 minutes , this clash at St. James' Park ended level courtesy of Peter Crouch's last-minute header.

John Carver's side did have the better of the chances in this game, with Ayoze Perez amongst others, going close.

Burnley 2-2 West Brom – Baggies Battle Back To Earn Point At Turf Moor (Photos & Highlights)

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Burnley 2-2 West Bromwich Albion Premier League 8th February 2015

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West Brom, with new signing Darren Fletcher taking the captain's armband, fought back from two goals down to bag a precious point at Turf Moor on Sunday.

Everton 0-0 Liverpool – Ennui On The Mersey: Derby Clash Fails To Spark At Goodison (Photos & Highlights)

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Everton 0-0 Liverpool Premier League 8th February 2015

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A famous derby which has produced so many moments of drama, or at least a red card or two, failed to ignite at Goodison on Saturday, with both sides struggling to shine.

Atletico Madrid Fan From India Wins VIP Trip To Watch Them In Action, Happens To Be 4-0 Tonking Of Real Madrid (Video)

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By Chris Wright

This is the fableofDhananjay Yadav; theIndian Atletico Madrid fan who, after winning a Facebook competition, enjoyed the most spectacularly well-timed VIP trip to the Vicente Calderon he could've possibly imagined.

Dhananjay started his day with a special tour of the stadium and club museum and even snagged himself some personal face-time with Atleti's presidentbeforesettling into his seat just in time to watch his beloved side absolutely obliterate their royal rivals and league-leaders Real Madrid by four goals to nil on Saturday evening.

Football Vine: Leonardo Bonucci Takes A Tumble For Juventus As Goal Celebration Goes Wrong…

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By Alan Duffy

Poor old Leonardo Bonucci ended head over heels during yesterday's Serie A clash between Juventus and Milan. The Italian international had just put Juve 2-1 up in an entertaining game, when he decided to celebrate by attempting to straddle the pitchside hoardings.

QPR 0-1 Southampton – Saints Go Third As Mané Man Strikes Again (Photos & Highlights)

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Queens Park Rangers 0-1 Southampton Premier League 8th February 2015

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A last-gasp winner from Sadio Mané secured a deserved win for Southampton at Loftus Road on Saturday, a result which propels the Saints into third place in the table.

Man City 1-1 Hull – Milner Saves Citizens As Tigers Roar At Etihad (Photos & Highlights)

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Manchester City 1-1 Hull City Premier League 7th February 2015

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Premier League champions Manchester City found themselves seven points behind leaders Chelsea on Saturday after a poor performance which saw them held at the Etihad by Hull.

Leicester 0-1 Crystal Palace – Ledley Fires Eagles To Victory At King Power Stadium (Photos & Highlights)

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Leicester City 0-1 Crystal Palace- Premier League 7th February 2015

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Alan Pardew's fine start to his stint as Palace boss continued with a hard-fought win at the King Power Stadium.

The hosts started brightly but couldn't make their dominance pay, with Riyad Mahrez going close before David Nugent hit the woodwork with a header.

Aston Villa 1-2 Chelsea – Villans Finally Score But Victorious Blues Go Seven Points Clear In Title Race (Photos & Highlights)

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Aston Villa 1-2 Chelsea Premier League 7th February 2015

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In his 100th game in the Premier League as Villa boss, Paul Lambert saw his side finally end their goal drought, albeit in a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Chelsea.

Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal – Kane Well Able As Lilywhites Triumph In North London Derby (Photos & Highlights)

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Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Arsenal Premier League 7th February 2015

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Spurs' man of the moment Harry Kane was the match-winner against Arsenal on Saturday, with his two goals securing a derby victory for the hosts against a lacklustre Arsenal, who were without Alexis Sanchez.

BBC Reporter Asks Old Man About His Memories Of 1967 Merseyside Derby Completely Unaware He’s Talking To Tommy Lawrence, Liverpool’s Keeper On The Day! (Video)

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In which, with another Merseyside derby due to commence this evening, one BBC North West Tonight reporter hits the streets of the city in order to ask variousmembers of the publicabout their memories of derbies past.

Stumbling across an older chap, the reporter brought up the 1967 FA Cup fifth round clash between Liverpool and Everton completely unaware of the fact that he was actually talking to Tommy Lawrence, Liverpool's goalkeeper on the day!

Liverpool Fan Left With ‘You’ll Never Walk’ Tattoo After Having Leg Amputated

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Six years ago, Andy Grant the man you see before you was forced to have his leg amputated after standing on a landmine while serving with the Royal Marines out in Afghanistan.

Since then 26-year-old Grant has not only re-learnt how to walk but also both represented and won gold medals for Great Britain at the recent Invictus Games, inspired by the ironic text left etched onhis leg following his surgery.

Random Great Goals: Rivaldo And Friends Score Ridiculously Intricate One-Touch Team Goal vs PAOK, 2004 (Video)

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Having joined the club from AC Milan at the tail end of July, Rivaldo scored his first goals for Olympiakos in their 5-1 Greek Super League decimation of rivals PAOK on 30th October 2004.

MrVítor Borba Ferreira scored the first two goals of the game as Olympiakos raced into a 4-0 half-time lead, though the goal we're featuring here is actually the one he laid on a plate for Nery Castillo, formerly of Man City and proud purveyor of one of football's most plush and luxuriousmonobrows.

Canadian Television Station Make Complete Pig’s Ear Of Wishing Cristiano Ronaldo Happy Birthday (Photo)

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Quite what it had to do with them is open to debate, but Canadian morning news programmeBreakfast Television went out of their way to wish Cristiano Ronaldo many happy returns on his 30th birthday yesterday.

They probably wish they hadn't bothered, as the BT graphics department went andgot it seven shades of wrong.

Union Berlin Extend Contract Of Midfielder Benjamin Köhler As Show Of Support After Cancer Diagnosis

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Here's one to warm thou cockles on this cold and frosty morn.

German second division side Union Berlin have extended the contract of midfielderBenjamin Köhler for a further year as a show of support as he continues to battle a rare type of stomach cancer.

Kaka Makes Orlando City Debut On Park Pitch In Front Of One Man And His Dog (Video)

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Eight years ago Kaka was voted the best player in world football and given a Ballon d'Or after winning a Champions League with AC Milan.

Six years ago Real Madrid were happily breaking the world transfer fee record to sign him for a whopping£56million.

New York Priest Left Confused After Being Repeatedly Congratulated On His Move To Celtic

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A small but crucial missing underscore left a priest in New York completely baffled a few days ago when he was suddenly bombarded with Tweets congratulating him on his move to Celtic.

Father Michael Duffy received scores of messages wishing him well at Celtic Park after successfully tying up his deadline day move from Derry City.

Steven Gerrard To Wear His Iconic No.8 Shirt At LA Galaxy (Photo)

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This is a public service announcement on behalf of LA Galaxy, letting all interested parties that Steven Gerrard will be wearing his iconic No.8 shirt once he formally completes his move to the MLS side.

Galaxy's No.8 jersey is currently vacant, sandwich by forward pair Robbie Keane (7) and Alan Gordon (9) either side.

AFCON 2015 Semi-Final Ends In Farce After Equatorial Guinea Fans Riot (Photos )

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Fair dues to Equatorial Guinea for stepping in at the last minute to host the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, but my word did the authorities make an unholy mess of Thursday's night's semi-final between Ghana and the hosts.

With the Black Stars 3-0 ahead and cruising towards a mouth-watering final clash with Cote D'Ivoire, a section of the Equatorial Guinea fans started to rain bottles down on both the nearby Ghana fans and the pitch itself.

West Ham Players Form ‘Amazing’ Super Group With Alex Song On Lead Vocals And Stewart Downing On Drums (Video)

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Despite popular demand, several of West Ham's players have formed an "amazing band" (their words, not ours).

The band features Alex Song on inaudible lead vocals, Kevin Nolan on synths, Mark Nolanon 'Fisher Price My First DJ Turntable',Cheikhou Kouyate on bass and the completely arrhythmical Stewart Downing on drums.

Classic Moments: 16-Year-Old Jordan Henderson Showcases His Awesome Football Skills On The Streets Of Sunderland (Video)

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Amazing. All these years we've being doing this and not once before have we seen this self-shot (and self-edited) video of a 16-year-old Jordan Henderson showing off his football skills on the streets of Sunderland...

Four years later he joined Liverpool for £20million.

Football GIF: Textbook Goal Celebration FAIL Spotted In The Albanian Premier League

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It's not often we get to dabble in the Albanian Premier League here on Pies, and when we do it's usually for something like this...

A true classic of the genre not unlike this all-time great from Sheffield United striker Marcus Bent and his massively over-excited chum.

Random Great Goals: Ilie Dumitrescu And Gheorghe Hagi Combine Effortlessly Against Argentina, 1994 (Video)

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As 10,11 combos go, you could definitely do worse

From back when Romania was fab, here's Ilie Dumitrescu and Gheorghe Hagi combining ridiculously elegantly (thanks largely to a couple ofinch-perfectreverse passes from the latter) to score Romania's second goal in their famous 3-2 win over Argentina in Pasadena in the second round of the 1994 USA World Cup.

Shit Lookalikes: Patrick Bamford & Anakin Skywalker

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Both have faces like choir boys but would destroy the entire galaxy if they had their way...

There's probably a'Dark side/Chelsea' gag in there somewhere but frankly we're much to lazy to go rooting around for it.

Got a Shit Lookalike for Pies?

Canadian University Offer Sociology Course In ‘Cristiano Ronaldo’ Studies

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Because the world has officially disappeared up its own trumpet, a university in Canada is now offering a sociology course centred entirely around one man: Cristiano Ronaldo.

University of British Columbia lecturer Luis Aguiar is the man behind the class, claiming he got the idea to put on a Ronaldo course while watching the Portuguese starstrutting around at the World Cup.

Barcelona Stars Messi, Neymar & Suarez Play Dress-Up In Latest Shill For Qatar Airways (Video)

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By Chris Wright

While it could hardly compete with Carles Puyol ramming his head through a plant pot, the second instalment of Barcelona's ongoing shill for Qatar Airways is upon us, this time treating us to Lionel Messi acting his arse off in his karatepyjamas, Neymar juggling with Gerard Pique's sun cream and Luis Suarez silently questioning what he's doing with his life while dressed up as a poncho-totingvaquero.

Rangers Boss Kenny McDowall Told He ‘Must Start’ His Five Newcastle Loanees In Every Game

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As if the deal wasn't shady enough already, RangersmanagerKenny McDowall claims he has been told by the club that the five loan signings acquired from Newcastle United on deadline day must be included in his startingline-up if fit.

Gael Bigirimana,Haris Vuckic,Kevin Mbabu, Remie Streete and Shane Ferguson all joined Rangers on Monday, a matter of weeks after Newcastle owner Mike Ashley increased his stake in the Scottish club to 8.

Hamburg Awarded Fastest Penalty In Bundesliga History Against Paderborn With Just 8 Seconds On The Clock! (Video)

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It didn't take relegation flirts Hamburg long to clickinto gear against Paderborn in the Bundesliga last night, with the latter giving away a penalty almost directly after kick-off when defender Patrick Ziegler sentMarcell Jansensprawling in the box with just eightseconds of the game elapsed.

Football Vine: Liverpool Through To FA Cup Fifth Round As Philippe Coutinho Scores A Beaut-inho

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A goal behind until the last five minutes of this FA Cup fourth round replay at Bolton, Liverpool came from behind to book their place in the fifth round of the competition where they'll face Crystal Palace.

A hotly contested penalty, put away from veteran strikerEidur Gudjohnsen, gave the Trotters the lead on the hour-mark.

Borussia Dortmund Players Try To Placate Angry Fans After Yet Another Bundesliga Defeat (Video)

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The toast of European football only a year or so ago, Jurgen Klopp has seen his Borussia Dortmund side utterly collapse this season in the Bundesliga.

With a relegation battle already staring the Black and Yellows in the face, the 2012/13 Champions League finalists lost again, this time away to Augsburg (1-0), who even had a player sent off midway through the second half.

Football Vine: Young Roma Mascot Feels The Full Force Of A Francesco Totti Handshake

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In the tunnel before last night's Coppa Italia tie against Fiorentina, this youngRoma mascot felt the full force of a Francesco Totti handshake almost wetting himself in total discombobulation at what had just happened!

Bang! You've been Totti'ed.

Random Great Goals: Paul Lambert Wallops 25-Yard Pearler In Off Andy Goram’s Stanchion In The Old Firm Derby, 1998 (Video)

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Having signed from Borussia Dortmund after winning the Champions League (with a man-of-the-match man-marking job on Juventus' star man Zinedine Zidane in the final) with the German side the previous season, Paul Lambert found himself deployed mainly as an impact sub during his first few months at Celtic though all that changed in the New Year's fixture against Rangers on January 2nd 1998.

AC Milan Reveal First Design Images Of Their New 48,000-Capacity Stadium (Photos)

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With the Italian economy being as it is, AC Milan have come to the conclusion that their San Siro stadium is just far too cavernous (it has a capacity of 80,000 but is rarely anywhere near being full) to be justifiable from a financial standpoint.

With that in mind, the Rossoneri are in the process of downsizing to a new, smaller 48,000-seater stadium (much like Juventus did several years ago) in the Portello area of Milan, next door to the Alfa Romeo company headquarters.

Lionel Messi Sledging In The Snow With Little Thiago May Just Cause You To Overdose On Adorable (Video)

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Awwww...

A video posted by AntoRoccuzzo88 (@antoroccuzzo88) on Feb 3, 2015 at 12:26pm PST

Retro Football: This Is What Liverpool’s Weekly Wage Bill Looked Like In 1960 (Photo)

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As dug up by the Daily Mail this morning, here's what Liverpool's weekly wage bill looked like circa 1960 the last year the FA enforced their maximum wage cap.

We've got rugged right-backJohn Molyneuxas the club's top earner, taking home a stately £30-a-week (roughly £600 in today's terms) before tax and insurance, etc.

Football Funnies: Harry Redknapp Responds To Doubts About His ‘Knackered Knee’

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This made us giggle probably a little bit more than it should: Harry Redknapp issues a formal response to those doubting his "dicky knee" story...

When you leave the club you manage due to knee surgery.

Football Vine: Fulham ‘Keeper Marcus Bettenelli Scores A Right Howler Of An OG Vs. Sunderland

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Goalkeepers don't have it easy, with simple mistakes often costing their team a goal. And on Tuesday night in the FA Cup fourth round replay, Fulham glovesman Marcus Bettenelli made an almighty mess of a simple catch.

The Cottagers were 1-0 up before the 22-year-old failed to deal with a simple catch from a Patrick van Aanholt centre, with the ball trickling into the Fulham goal.

Strangest Booking Ever? Al Nasr Striker Shown Yellow For Practising Handstands While Waiting For A Corner To Be Taken (Video)

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In what surely must go down as one of, if not the strangest yellow card ever shown, here'sAl Nasr striker Ibrahima Toure picking up a swift booking for taking a minute out to practise his handstands while waiting for a corner to be taken during a recent UAE Pro League game against Al Sharjah.

Harry Redknapp Resigns As QPR Manager To Go And Have ‘Knee Replacement Surgery’

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Classic 'Arry. Jumping from the sinking ship just before the masthead disappears beneath the waves...

BREAKING: Harry Redknapp tenders his resignation at #QPR, which has been accepted by the Board http://t.

‘Today I’m Finished’ – Hatem Ben Arfa Vows To Relocate To The North Pole After OGC Nice Mulch His Contract

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The downward spiral that is Hatem Ben Arfa's career trajectoryhas taken another twist this morning with the French winger announcing that he may be finished with football entirely after seeing his OGC Nice contract pulped before he could play a single game for the Ligue 1 side.

10 More Players Who Look Utterly Miserable About Joining Their New Club

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With Aaron Lennon doing his very best Eeyore impressionwhile posing as an Everton player for the first time this morning, we thought we'd take a timely look at ten other players who couldn't have looked more miserable about joining a club if they tried starting with another dour beauty from yesterday.

Young Bolton Defender Andy Kellett Admits He Assumed Deadline Day Move To Man Utd Was ‘A Wind-Up’

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Young Bolton left-back Andy Kellett has admitted that he assumedhe was being "wound-up" by a mate after Manchester United made an approach for him on transfer deadline day.

Apparently United made the snap decision to sign 21-year-old Kellett on loan for the rest of the season when Bolton boss Neil Lennon made an inquiry about taking United's Saidy Janko on loan yesterday.

Aaron Lennon Is Picture Of Joy While Posing For His First Photos As An Everton Player

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While we appreciate that it isn't particularly "on trend" to show any kind of emotion other than "surly and confrontational" in football these days, Aaron Lennon's first batch of photos as an Everton player are particularly joyless.

In fact, putting Robert Huth's stone-faced efforts to shame, Lennon couldn't have looked any more miserable if he'd tried.

The 2015 Champions League Final Match-Ball Has Awesome Neon Grizzly Bears On It…

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January has once again transmogrified intoFebruary and that means the Champions League is soon to fart back into life following its annual winter hiatus.

With the knock-out stages due to begin in a fortnight or so, Adidas have taken the opportunity to show off the hardware to be used in the 2015 final in Berlin rolling out their new "UCLFinale 15 Berlin" match-ball for all to see.

‘FREEDOM!’ – Benoit Assou-Ekotto Has Completely Unsubtle Dig After Tottenham Tear Up His Contract

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Famously stating he doesn'tfollowfootball and only plays professionally for the money, it's fair to say Benoit Assou-Ekotto hasn't really endeared himself to many people of late.

Indeed, the 30-year-old left-back hasn't played a single senior game for Tottenham since May of 2013despite taking home £40,000 a week in wages in return.

Martin Olsson Sees Deadline Day Move To West Brom Fall Through After Car Gets Stuck In Snow Drift On The A14

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By rights, it should've been one of the biggest, glitziest moves of the window but sadly fate (and the rotten English weather) conspired to nix Martin Olsson's dramatic deadline day move to West Brom at the 11th hour.

With the Swedish full-back on the road from East Anglia to the West Country in order to dot the T's and cross the I's on a£4million switch to the Hawthorns, it would appear that his car became entrenched in a rogue snow drift somewhere just outside Coventry at least according to the wafflings of Sky Sports presenter Simon Thomas.

Deadline Day: Juan Cuadrado Seals £27m Chelsea Switch, Mohamed Salah Toddles Off To Fiorentina

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It's taken a while due tothe complicated logistics involved but, as of this evening, Juan Cuadrado is now officially a Chelsea player having completed a £27million move from Fiorentina.

Here's all the proof you need...

Its Comfirm @cuadrado is the new BLUE, Colombia in the eye of @premierleague #ColombiaisTRENDING pic.

Deadline Day Shit Lookalike: Juan Cuadrado & Raymond The Bastard (From ‘Max And Paddy’)

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Obviously share a barber, this pair...

Cuadrado is about to join Chelsea just as soon as Andre Schurrle gets his bloody act together.

MrBastard was the bug-eyed, disconcertingly naked prison nutcasefrom 'Max andPaddy'.

Deadline Day: The Yak Is Back! Yakubu Signs For Reading On Short-Term Loan Deal (Photo & Video)

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The biggest news of the deadline day so far: Reading have tied up a short-term deal for Yakubu, with the former Portsmouth and Everton legend signing on loan for the rest of the season after hisbrief spell at Qatari clubAl Rayyan came to an end recently.

Deadline Day: Macclesfield Town Launch Ambitious Attempt To Sign Yaya Toure From Man City

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There's always one joker isn't there, and this time round it's Conference Premier side Macclesfield Town, who have set tongues a-waggin' by launching anambitious but ultimately, you fear, doomed deadline day bid to prise Yaya Toure from Man City's evil conglomerate clutches.

Harry Kane Signs New Five-Year Tottenham Contract, Explains THAT Photo Of Himself In An Arsenal Shirt

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Afterbecoming the first Premier League player to reach 20 goals in all competitions on Saturday, Harry Kane has rounded off a decent few days by putting pen to paper on a hefty new contract at Tottenham today.

On the back of an impressive half-season at the forefront of Spurs' attacking line, the 21-year-old striker has signed a new five-year deal at White Hart Lane (having already signed an improved contract back in August) which will reportedly see him taking home £35,000 every seven days.

Deadline Day: Robert Huth Visibly Over The Moon After Completing Loan Move To Leicester City (Photo)

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Currently serving a two-match ban for playing a spirited game of "Cock or No Cock" on Twitter a week or two ago, Robert Huth has joined Leicester City from Stoke today after agreeing a loan move up until the end of the season.

As is the done thing, Huth posed for a photo with his new Leicester shirt at the Foxes' training ground.

Deadline Day: Andre Schurrle’s Wolfsburg Move Appears On Official Bundesliga Transfer List (Photo)

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According to Sky Germany reporter Sven Tollner, it looks as if Andre Schurrle's ongoing switchfrom Chelsea to Wolfsburg is a done deal at least as far as the Bundesliga's official transfer documentis concerned...

Nochmal schwarz auf weiß zur Sicherheit!

Leyton Orient’s Lip-Synched Advert For Their Italian Reality TV Show Is Exactly As Cringeworthy As It Sounds (Video)

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At the behest of their new Italian owners, Leyton Orient have a reality television show airing in Italy to help promotethe club brand (yuck) over there the premise of which sees several amateur and semi-pro players competing to win a contract at Brisbane Road.

Bum Finish: Besiktas Benefit From Demba Ba Scoring With His Backside…Yet Again (Video)

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It may not be particularly pretty but Demba Ba has definitely puta decent amount of manhours into developing his own personal style over the years: that of an unsure newborn foal taking its first steps out onto a frozen lake.

However, what he lacks in finesse he more than makes up for in impact, having netted19 goals in 25 appearances for Besiktas so far this season the last of which came against the pithily-named Mersin İdmanyurduSpor Kulübü at the weekend.

Snapshot: Arsenal Fan Suffers Consequences Of Forgetting To Proof-Read His Instagram Posts…

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Let that be a lesson to you all.

Deadline Day: BBC Sport Hire ‘Computer Game Expert’ To Provide Football Manager-Based Analysis Of Transfer Rumours

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Just so you know, as part of a concerted effort to turntransfer deadline day into an even more cringeworthy circus of hogwash, the BBC Sport team have decided to include as part of their rollinglive transfer blog, the considered analysis of a "Football Manager computer game expert" to add a completely irrelevant perspective to things.

Deadline Day: Juan Mata Inadvertently Confirms Anderson’s Exit Before Man Utd Have Chance (Photo)

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While the transfer was hardly a closely guarded secret, it would appear that Juan Mata has inadvertently confirmed that Manchester United's midfield jelly baby Anderson has sealed a move back to Brazil with Internacional before any official word from either club.

Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi And Fredy Guarin Argue With Fans After Dismal Defeat Vs Sassuolo (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

On Sunday, Roberto Mancini's Inter side suffered a damaging 3-1 defeat away at Sassuolo, a result which sees the Nerazzurri drop to 13th in the Serie A table, eight points off a European berth.

After the game, Inter's Mauro Icardi and Fredy Guarin threw their shirts into the away fans' end, only for the rather unimpressed supporters to throw them back.

Southampton 0-1 Swansea – Shelvey Cracker Stuns Saints At St. Mary’s (Photos & Highlights)

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Southampton 0-1 Swansea City Premier League 1st February 2015

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Southampton's Champions League hopes took a hit at St. Mary's on Sunday, with visitors Swansea securing a hard-fought 1-0 win.

The hosts had the larger share of possession on the day as James Ward-Peowse amongst others, went close for Ronald Koeman's man.

Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa – Mesut-merising Gunners Shoot Down Dismal Villans (Photos & Highlights)

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Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa Premier League 1st February 2015

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Arsenal comfortably swept aside a dismal Aston Villa side at the Emirates on Sunday, with Paul Lambert's side now well and truly in danger of relegation in May.

Japanese Midfielder Yojiro Takahagi Celebrates Debut Goal With Nifty ‘Sumo’ Celebration (Video)

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Having only signed for Western Sydney Wanderersa couple of weeks ago after spending his entire career at J League side Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Japanese international midfielderYojiro Takahagi wasted no time introducing himself on the A League stage on Saturday.

African Cup Of Nations: DR Congo ‘Keeper Robert Kidiaba Busts Out Trademark ‘Bum Shuffle’ Dance (Video)

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Finding themselves 2-0down with just 30 minutes of their African Cup of Nationsquarter-final yesterday, the Democratic Republic of Congo staged a thrilling comeback in the final half-hour eventually screaming back to win 2-4 thanks to a 25-minute goal storm thatculminated with a couple of late effortsfromJoel Kimwaki and Dieumerci Mbokani.

Chelsea 1-1 Man City – All Square At Bridge After Clash Of Top-Tier Titans (Photos & Highluights)

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Chelsea 1-1 Manchester City Premier League 31st January 2015

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Chelsea weathered a late storm against Man City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, but managed to secure a draw which sees their five-point lead at the top of the table remain in tact.

West Brom 0-3 Tottenham – Sharp-Shooters Eriksen & Kane Down Baggies At Hawthorns (Photos & Highlights)

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West Bromwich Albion 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 31st January 2015

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Tottenham's star men this season, Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane, were at it again on Saturday, with the in-form duo gunning down Tony Puil's West Brom.