C-Ron drops a clanger What was he thinking? It is not like he handled the ball to gain a
goalscoring advantage - he just patted it down. Was he protecting his pretty face? Whatever his
reasons, it was a completely idiotic way to pick up a second yellow card. It seems Manchester City
are not his favourite [.
First aid, second pain Spare a thought for Anderlecht goalkeeper Daniel Zitka who - already in a
world of pain after breaking his leg - was dropped from a stretcher while being carried from pitch.
Zitka fell victim to a clumsy stretcher bearer who lost his footing and took a nosedive towards the
One-man blooper reel adds to back-catalogue Wigan defender Titus Bramble has, by his own
illustrious standards, been relatively error-free this season. In fact, he even popped up with the
equalising goal against former club Newcastle a couple of weeks ago. But it was business as usual
against West Brom today as his defensive blunder handed Wigan [.
Yerrm, a decade with the Reds, you know Today is 10 years to the day that an 18-year-old Steven
Gerrard made his Liverpool debut against Blackburn. He looked a bit like this. It just goes to
show: all that interview gurning and frowning is bound to take its toll over the years!
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Histon defender out to beat his alter ego's ex-club This is Histon FC centre-back Mat Mitchel-King
who, we suppose, at a squint looks a bit like Rio Ferdinand. It is probably just a well that he
resembles the Manchester United defender at least a bit since he is his body double in Nike
adverts. The [.
Brazilian puckers up in Pompey Put it down to the sea air, the port atmosphere, or the naval
influences, but something about being Portsmouth last night made Kaka want to throw his Christian
values out of the window and make out on the pitch with Luca Antonini. Beautifully lit.
Chubby Brazilian still deadly If the Fratton Park public were going to have their hearts broken
they might as well have seen something special on the way. So Ronaldinho kindly obliged by
providing this beautiful free-kick to get AC Milan back in the match and set the scene for Pippo
Inzaghi's late equaliser.
Stadium announcer's cock-up spurs on City Manchester City were helped onto victory against Schalke
in the Uefa Cup last night by a confused stadium announcer. The woman with the microphone did not
seem to know who the Germans were playing, and referred to them as arch rivals Manchester United.
She made a half-time announcement to: "Man U [.
Chelsea striker bound and gagged by pink-loving woman First we had the Pink Panther, now it is the
turn of the pink Puma. Hotfooting it into the sports stores in the wake of Nike's Mercurial Rosa is
Puma's very own pink boot. The very loose plot which allows them to have a topless Anelka and a
Liverpool star thwarted by big German centre-back Before Manchester City spend £25 million on
a new centre-back or Joe Kinnear scrounges his last few pence together to bring in new defenders,
they might want to run the rule over the guy. Fernando Torres has barely had a frustrating
afternoon since he arrived in England and yet [.
As our American cousins are gorging themselves on huge portions of food (even more so than normal
days), here are some things we are thankful for... 1. Turkey. Thankfully now he has stepped down as
Arsenal captain he can go get stuffed. 2. Foreign sugar daddies who bankroll our clubs with scant
regard for words like 'recession' [.
Colombian keeper gets caught slightly out of position It's the age old positional dilemma for any
goalkeeper: to rush out to the halfway line or not to rush out to the halfway line. In his long
career, 42-year-old Rene Higuita has all too often found himself making the wrong decision. Some
things never change with age [.
Portuguese defender lobs his keeper When you have fought back from 0-3 down to 2-3 against one of
the biggest teams in Europe, what you don't need is one of your defenders to restore the
opposition's two-goal cushion let alone do it with as much panache as Sporting Lisbon's Marco
Caneira did against Barcelona.
Brazilian star does double keepy-ups There is no indication of who is being this new viral of Kaka
playing with two balls, but I suspect we will eventually learn that it has Adidas' mucky
fingerprints all over it. Led astray by a small child, the AC Milan man begins to really strut his
stuff when the [.
Server fail Meet newly crowned Asian Footballer of the Year Server Djeparov and his highly
offensive barnet. Djeparov plays in Uzbekistan, where re-runs of Chris Waddle in his prime may or
may not have recently hit the screens. The 26-year-old picked up the title in China last night
following in the footsteps of the likes of (trawling [.
Pink is the new black *Adopts David Attenborough voiceover* Above me see all four limbs of the
pink-footed Franck Ribery - football's finest quadruped. Once a native of France, he now roams
around his European hunting ground terrifying his opponents with fearsome looks and those
flamboyant pink boots.
There are two people who think any foul on C-Ron is a red card offence One is Cristiano Ronaldo.
The other is Italian referee Roberto Rosetti who dismissed Villarreal's Joan 'Crawford' Capdevila
for this pretty routine foul on the Portuguese flyer. It's a foul, yeah. Give him a yellow card too
by all means.
FA let someone else clean up the mess Chris Morgan, the Sheffield United defender who put
Barnsley's Iain Hume in hospital with a fractured skull, has escaped further censure for the
incident. Morgan's flying elbow left Hume fighting for his life but the FA says it cannot take any
action. An FA spokesman said: "The FA has [.
Barca's former child star loses the plot Everyone had heard the name Bojan Krkic before they had
ever seen him play football. You wouldn't have been able to pick him out of an identity parade but
you knew that in a few years he was going to be the next big thing of the Camp Nou [...]
Ex-QPR caretaker boss has a decent pair of lungs Catering to Flavio Briatore every whim has got to
be a difficult situation for even the most patient of managers. Gareth Ainsworth doesn't have to
worry about that any more since QPR put former Portugal international Paulo Sousa at the helm. That
should give Ainsworth time to [.
Prat tries to make name for himself - was possibly bullied at school Everyone knows how multiple
bookings work in football. Sometimes a scuffle or incident needs to be resolved with more than one
player being carded, so the referee shows the card to each player he needs to book. Until now that
is. With all the [.
A ball hit so hard you will feel sorry for the net The sad thing about Real Sociedad players
breaking their leg is that if they were fit and healthy they could be doing much more productive
things, like busting a hole in the net. Here is Xabi Castillo (aka Matty Del Taylor) proving that
Wily Dutchman scuppered by Alan Wiley Should this have counted? I don't think it breaks any of the
laws of the game (ungentlemanly conduct, I suppose), but I think Alan Wiley was correct to rule it
out. You don't want to have a situation where the goalkeeper restarting play is the most tense
moment of the [.
1. Goals are so last season. Finding the net is out of fashion and wearing pink boots is in. 2.
Arsenal's problems don't begin and end with William Gallas. Arsene Wenger seems to have adopted a
very self-indulgent approach to management in recent times. January will be the time for him to
swallow his pride and [.
Pink to make your title hopes shrink Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner was the first Premier League player
brave/flash/stupid/paid enough to wear pink boots when he wore the Nike Mercurial Rosa against
Manchester City on Saturday. Unfortunately it seems that the slightly effeminate footwear serves
only to convince the opposition that they are capable of giving you a [.
What Harry says and what Harry does Earlier this week, Spurs manager Harry Redknapp came out in
defence of under-fire keeper Heurelho Gomes. Redknapp said: "He's our number one so he's got
to do the job - we're relying on him heavily. I believe in him and we have to believe in him."
Rough translation: our [.
Russian star's recurring dream of not playing for Zenit A trawl through the seemingly endless
stream of quotes from Team Andrei Arshavin since the summer reveals that the Russia international
is a bit of a dreamer. Unfortunately for Andrei, he keeps dreaming that he wants to play for
different clubs and can never quite decide which [.
Why attempted to murder in front of thousands of spectators and the media is not a good idea
Cristiano Ronaldo is a winner at the moment. Be it with Manchester United or individually, he is
developing an increasingly trophy-laden mantelpiece. You can imagine then that having little or no
impact as Portugal suffered a 6-2 defeat [.
Sports psychology turns non-leaguers into pumped up lumberjacks If you thought Wimbledon's Crazy
Gang years were in the past, think again. Non-league AFC Wimbledon have brought in a sports
psychologist in a bid to improve their performances on the pitch. The players' new guru has got
them smashing through blocks of wood to help them on [.
Proof that the man taking an indirect free-kick can still steal the show If anyone wants to fill in
the details, please let us know but the names of players and teams are irrelevant in comparison to
the jaw-dropping action! Spotted on The Guardian
Hang on a minute... In the coverage that we saw last night, England beat Germany in Berlin. But in
the parallel universe in which Eurosport exists the Three Lions were once again slain by Diego
Maradona. A Eurosport hack who got a bit caught up in the Terry Butcher furore decided to write
that Argentina had [.
Things you could have put money on from Diego's bow 1. Argentina beat Scotland. 2. Diego gets told
off for touching the white line (although this time by a linesman not a court of law). 3. Diego
reveals he nearly walked out part way through the week (albeit to see his pregnant daughter rather
than due to a [.
No, not Gomes himself - the other man behind his mistakes Yesterday, our friends at The Spoiler
were mulling over the Premier League's top scapegoats. As if by way of response (perhaps they were
unhappy at no longer being the butt of quite so many jokes) Tottenham today 'parted company' with
goalkeeping coach Hans Leitert.
England keeper is serial cock-up artist You have to feel a bit sorry for Scott Carson. He is a very
good keeper, but he does seem to be a bit cursed when he dons the England jersey. He kept up his
100 per cent blunder record with a disastrous role in Germany's goal. The blame must [...]
This one's for you, pooch Germany striker Patrick Helmes had revealed pre-match that he was hoping
for a goal against England to dedicate to his dead dog - and he duly delivered. When Helmes took
advantage of the Scott Carson/John Terry fiasco to find the net, his first reaction was to point to
Death by dead ball When we compiled our top six threatening throw-ins, we missed this beauty. The
brave and/or stupid defender does not seem to recognise the impact (quite literally) that standing
so close to the throw-in taker will have on him. Spotted on The Spoiler
The walking wounded Fabio Capello is without With Theo Walcott the latest withdrawal from the
England squad after dislocating his shoulder (Arsene Wenger probably popped it out before he left
the Emirates), we look at what could have been FabCap's team against Germany tonight if they
weren't all crocked.
Clumsy defender gets caught ball-watching Basic defensive coaching tells you to keep your eyes on
the ball, but common sense dictates that you should probably have at least half-an-eye maintaining
awareness that you are not about to run into any 8ft tall poles. It is a lesson Ignacio Falco of
Lees-McRae College learnt the hard way!
Manchester City multi-millionaire takes public transport Robinho and his girlfriend have been
spotted using public transport for a shopping trip to Manchester's Trafford Centre. The Brazilian
star shunned the centre's enormous car parking facilities to arrive by bus at the former favourite
shopping haunt of Victoria Beckham.
The must have accessory for the camp, flash or attention seeking footballer You're all thinking of
Cristiano Ronaldo, right? This superb viral from Nike shows the reactions of various personalities
to their new Mercurial Rosa pink boots. My personal highlights are Jeff Stelling mulling over
whether to take a macho stance against the Rosas from the [.
More unorthodox tactics Defending a free-kick which is likely to be crossed: pick up your man, stay
goal-side, punch him in the stomach at the moment of delivery. Simple as that really - danger
averted. Just ask POAK's Pablo Garcia who quells the threat posed by Olympiakos' Diogo with one
blow. Spotted on 101GreatGoals
Racial stereotyping for dummies England's inexperienced squad were hoping to get some much needed
practice ahead of their friendly against Germany but those pesky Germans had other ideas. Miroslav
Klose and company were up first and had put their beach towels on all the best spots on the
Lanky defender is super striker It goes without saying that Djimi Traore is one of the game's
greats. Liverpool fans probably place him above the likes of Ian Rush and Kenny Dalglish after his
amazing return of 928 goals in 88 appearances. And who can forget that loan spell at Lens when he
averaged almost ten [.
Drop your shorts, boys. He won't see a thing Revolutionary set-piece tactics were on display in
Serie A this weekend. Catania's players dropped deep into the penalty area, dropped their shorts to
their knees to unsight the goalkeepers and stood back to enjoy as team-mate Giuseppe Mascara popped
the ball into the back of the net.
I'm Spartacus! England's newest squad member Michael Mancienne looks like the son of Kirk Douglas,
but without the Welsh wife. We have heard the expression that good centre-backs keep strikers in
their pocket. In Mancienne's case he could probably keep a Michael Owen-sized attacker within his
Congratulations, you've just appointed a nutter New Portsmouth manager Tony Adams has given a
peculiar interview to the Daily Mail in which he describes himself as a loner and seems quite
pleased to be called eccentric. The ex-Arsenal man claimed it was his first and last interview as
Pompey boss. He said: "I don't actually like people.
That looks a bit sore This is the damage done by Sheffield United's Chris Morgan. He looks like he
has been beaten up by a thug on a night out. Well, one out of two, I suppose... Hume has apparently
been left with an 18-inch scar after his life-saving surgery.
1. A Cristiano Ronaldo free-kick is a more dangerous set-piece than a Rory Delap throw in. 2. This
season's Arsenal side might just be the most frustrating side in history. 3. Nicolas Anelka should
definitely have gone into my fantasy football team. It looks like Le Sulk could be in for his best
season since he was [.
We celebrate the launch of Football Manager 2009 by looking at some of the series' more
light-hearted moments 1. Touchy feely managers 2. Giving a new meaning to long throw 3. Presumably
there was a frustrating number of injuries in this match 4. The world's least imaginative parents
5. Who says there is no loyalty in the modern game?
As debut goals go, this is a pretty good one I don't know if 17-year-old Premier League footballers
still dream about their league debut, or whether they are taught in the Academy to avoid such
unnecessary distractions. But if Danny Welbeck did allow his mind to wander sufficiently to picture
scoring in his first game for [.
Chelsea youngster set for England call-up If you believe the rumours today then the answer is yes.
Chelsea youngster Michael Mancienne, currently on-loan at Wolves, is being tipped as the surprise
name in Fabio Capello's squad to face Germany in Berlin next week. The 20-year-old is being tipped
by The Sun for a call-up after reportedly impressing [.
Ex-Arsenal striker has the arguing skills of a six-year old Award-winning journalist Ian Wright has
used his column in The Sun to spring to the defence of Chelsea coin-thrower Didier Drogba. The
former England international claims: "Didier Drogba could have been blinded or even killed by
the Burnley morons who pelted him with coins the other [.
MLS players don't mind embarrassing themselves This Volkswagen advert features MLS players Ben
Olsen, Chris Klein and Sacha Kljestan hitching a lift with a crazy soccer mom to the MLS Cup in Los
Angeles. And of course the trophy and trophy handler come along for the ride too... Don't think
they would have been able to [.
Pompey keeper punished for poor training Portsmouth goalkeeper David James is bringing a touch of
retro chic to the club's training ground after being forced to drive a Reliant Robin. The England
international was handed the keys to the old banger after being voted the club's worst trainer.
Jamo might not be the car's owner for too [.
Brazilian player stops short of joining the Mile High Club Dull news report about football team
travelling on plane. Probably telling you when Internacional are expecting to arrive at their
destination, when they are next training and... woah! Hang on a minute! Was that player snuggling
up to his team-mate for an in-flight nap?
Stretch him, Tone The frequently chuckle-worthy Guardian Gallery has had a field day with Rory
Delap as its theme. This is one of our favourites, featuring Rory Delap as a Stretch Armstrong toy
(old school) and Tony Pulis giving him his pre-match warm-up. Click Read More to see what Steve
Bruce is up to at Wigan [.
Two teams united in a fall from the big time! When Derby met Leeds in the Carling Cup last night,
the fans of both sides realised they had something in common. The self-deprecating Rams and Whites
followers joined forces for a stirring chorus of "we're not famous anymore."!
Arsenal man should have gone to Specsavers Eboue: No, you don't understand. I want something
thicker. They need to be really out there! Optician Perhaps I could interest you in a pair of specs
from our paedo range? Arsenal utility man Emmanuel Eboue saw Tuesday night's Carling Cup victory
over Wigan approximately three times as big as everyone [.
Goalkeeper is not strictly accurate. How about goalgiver? To be fair to Lyon goalkeeper Remy
Vercoutre, the backpass he receives in this video is a bit on the short side. Sadly his sidefooted
pass to an onrushing FC Metz attacker is inch perfect. D'oh! Spotted on The Offside
Ex-Chelsea full-back is hugging the touchline again Since Roman Abramovich's millions arrived, you
expect to see a few familiar faces scattered around Stamford Bridge on matchday. What you don't
expect is to find former Chelsea and England full-back Graeme Le Saux working as a pitchside
photographer, complete with back-to-front baseball cap, fluorescent vest and huge camera.
It's like football but on mud In England we call the traditional game of football played on mud
'away at Wigan', but in Finland they call it mudball. It doesn't so much test your technique as
your ability to stay afloat. The teams take it very seriously though (well, except for the ones in
drag or [.
A sauce close to the England squad is now out-of-bounds When during the latest England scandal, The
Sun inevitably digs out a quote from "a source close to the England squad" we often
wondered whether this was the squad's favoured tomato sauce doing the dirty on them. But from now
on we cannot blame the ketchup [.
Local journos keep an eye on violent activity for Arsenal boss It seems the journalists at North
Staffordshire newspaper The Sentinel did not take kindly to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
attempting to besmirch the name of their local Premier League side. The paper incorporated a
special injury watch into the player ratings to make sure Stoke [.
Lobby for police charges against Chris Morgan An online petition has been launched calling on the
police and the FA to take action against Sheffield United defender Chris Morgan following the
incident which left Barnsley's Iain Hume in hospital with a fractured skull. The petition reads:
"We, the undersigned, wish to express our disgust at Chris Morgan's [.
Arsenal youngster sees off the Latics I don't think I have used the word exquisite yet on Off The
Post, but I am going to now. Arsenal's young Mexican, Carlos Vela, scored an exquisite goal against
Wigan last night as he raced onto a through ball and deftly chipped the ball over both the sliding
What, is he injured again? He sure is, and everybody's favourite search engine has had just about
enough of it. The Real Madrid striker is set for more surgery and another long lay-off due to his
notoriously dodgy knees. Spotted on The Beautiful Game
Tykes consider legal action over incident Original Video Sheffield United could do with a season
ticket at the courts right now. With Tevezcherano still bubbling away somewhere, the club is now
been threatened with some legal action of their own. Barnsley is considering legal action against
Blades defender Chris Morgan after a clash which left Iain Hume [.
Don't get too many of those to the pound God bless Brazilian footballers. They can't even score own
goals without using more technique and panache than we could ever dream of. Take Cicinho of Roma,
for instance. Here he is scoring a 91st minute equaliser for Bologna at the weekend. An outstanding
diving header to give [.
Stuttgart keeper is tired of being booked If Joe Kinnear thought his Mickey Mouse comment about
Martin Atkinson was scathing criticism, he had better think again. Ex-Arsenal keeper Jens Lehmann
has revealed he is tempted to quit football after picking up his third yellow card of the season
The new new Zidane I would be happy if I could do most of these tricks without falling over now,
never mind at six years old. We are not quite sure who this crazy French kid is but he looks to
have a bright future ahead of him. Spotted on Soccerly
The Special One is now the Stroppy One (or was he always?) If there's one thing Jose Mourinho
doesn't like it is criticism of Jose Mourinho. So when Italy's media wanted to give the Inter Milan
boss a dressing down over his celebratory hushing of Udinese's fans, it all got a bit too much for
Tractor Boy makes gesture to jailed Luke McCormick Ipswich Town's David Norris has found himself in
trouble with the club after celebrating his goal against Blackpool with an alleged handcuff
gesture. The celebration was reported to be a message to former Plymouth Argyle team-mate Luke
McCormick who was jailed for causing the deaths of two children [.
Harry Redknapp is one of the least 'Arsenal' football managers in the game. Arsenal and Harry
Redknapp are like polar opposites, which is probably one reason why he is making such a good
Tottenham manager thus far. Redknapp, while more than holding his own in the modern game, is
essentially a throwback to a bygone [.
1. Vedran Corluka has escaped the razor for a few more days at least. 2. Arsenal are not going to
win the title, but hopefully they proved to themselves and their critics that they are not a poor
time - just poorly mentally equipped for games they ought to win. 3. Joe Kinnear, on a lesser scale
Black mohican, blond beard An ever understated offering from the Djibril Cisse collection - a man
rarely seen with a dodgy 'do. The Sunderland striker is putting peroxide facial hair on the map,
while proving that it is possible to maintain a mohican at the same time...
That's gotta hurt Horrific incident from La Liga this weekend. Real Sociedad player Diaz de Cerio
broke his leg as he chased down the Eibar goalkeeper. It was one of those leg-dangling,
vomit-in-your-mouth kind of leg breaks. Picture after the jump... Spotted on 101GreatGoals
New England Revolution coach give name change During the MLS Cup semi-final between New England
Revolution and Chicago Fire, former Liverpool player Steve Nicol was kindly given a new nickname by
an ESPN pundit with a wandering mind... Spotted on The Offside Rules
Algerian unleashes a great strike for Pompey Portsmouth's on-loan Algerian, Nadir Belhadj, decided
to make his first goal for Portsmouth a special one. This strike just after half-time put Tony
Adams' side back in contention against Sunderland and sent them on their way to victory. It's a
nice one! Spotted on 101GreatGoals
Albie gets C-Ron's training gear and his skills You wouldn't have thought that merely wearing
Cristiano Ronaldo's skintight Nike training gear would allow you to show him up on the football
pitch, but Nike see things a little differently. Manchester United kitman Albert Morgan gets a new
lease of life when he dons the magic Nike [.
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A goalkeeping howler of epic proportions "Hey, Gennaro. Welcome to goalkeeping school. Lesson
one: under no circumstances do you walk across your goalline with the ball in your possession. It's
sort of like doing the opposition's job for them. Got that?" Sadly he hadn't, and this was
painfully exposed during Nancy's Uefa Cup tie with Lech Poznań [.
Croatian comes up with excuse not to shave Superstitious Spurs full-back Vedran Corluka has vowed
not to shave as long as his side remain unbeaten under Harry Redknapp. The Croatian - who wouldn't
have found it too difficult to keep clean-shaven under Juande Ramos - has been letting his beard
grow since Redknapp's first game in [.
Ronny rocket Carrying a few extra pounds might slow you down, but it also allows you to put a bit
of extra weight behind thunderbolts like this. Ronaldinho: we bow to your superior knowledge of
what it takes to be the best. Keep on eating and keep on partying!
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Like a fish out of water Newcastle striker Michael Owen teamed up with Anastacia to present an
award at the MTV Europe Awards in Liverpool last night. The (occasional) England man came
face-to-face with musical legends Tokio Hotel (who?) to give them their award. He wisely left most
of the talking to Anastacia.
Manchester City player gets a Brazilian Manchester City striker Darius Vassell was kindly given a
change of nationality by ITV commentator Peter Drury during the Uefa Cup tie with FC Twente. The
overlooked England international now faces the dubious task of breaking into the Brazil national
side. Drury said: "Darius Vassell has finished his first shift back [.
Robbo curler sinks Schteeve McClaren'sh FC Twente Another great goal from City's little magician. A
moment of brilliance to spark the tie with FC Twente into a really good match. He also hit the post
twice and could easily have had a hat-trick. Instead we will have to make do with the one peach!
Encouraged by Tony Adams' pursuit of former team-mate Martin Keown, we catch up with the locations
of four man who are highly sought-after for their defensive prowess. Lee Dixon Now showing up the
tactical knowledge of most of the other pundits on the BBC's football coverage. He also has a host
of other business interests, including the [.
Cup final ends in nasty incident The final of Northern Ireland's County Antrim Shield ended in
controversy after a Linfield player was hit by a firework. Cliftonville had just secured a surprise
win over favourites Linfield when a firework was thrown at defender Conor Hagan. Thankfully Hagan
escaped unharmed except for being pretty shaken up by [.
Any football photo requiring a top-bottom caption is bound to be unusual Juventus duo Giorgio
Chiellini and Nicola Legrottaglie forgot the watching eyes of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium as they
set about celebrating their victory of Real Madrid. Chiellini seems to be enjoying himself anyway.
See the homoerotic Italians getting in even more of a tangle [.
Steaua Bucharest coach wants to share his chewing gum with you We have all at some point found
ourselves sick of the sight of Sir Alex Ferguson chomping away on his chewing gum like a man eager
to dislocate his bottom jaw from the rest of his head, but at least he never does this. Steaua
I see your yellow card, and I raise you red Botafogo's Andre Luis was red-carded in the Copa
Sudamericana match with Estudiantes after snatching the yellow card from the referee's hand. He
then flashes it around a bit before screwing it up and putting it back into the ref's hand. He
promptly receives a red card [.
You look devine in purple What is it with these Italian clubs and Champions League football? It
makes them want to show their team-mates a real good time. Here is Felipe Melo offering Fiorentina
team-mate Adrian Mutu his congratulations on a nice goal.
Black Cats squad take part in charity fashion show The life of Premier League footballer does not
involve a couple of hours of training and then back home to do what you please. On the contrary,
you never know when your club will spring a charity fashion show upon you. The Sunderland players
were recently given this [.
Congolese player falls foul of an un-fairground For some reason best known to themselves, Standard
Liege's Dieumerci Mbokani and Steven Defour are being filmed on a fairground ride. The happy duo
are sharing a joke, which causes Mbokani to lean over and cuddle up to his team-mate. Unfortunately
for him, he does this at the precise [.
You might as well fo the white line Did Tottenham full-back Benoit Assou Ekotto go to a Halloween
party as a badger, or did he fall asleep on the touchline while the White Hart Line pitch was being
painted by the groundsman. Spotted on 101GreatGoals
Ex-jailbird involved in minor on-pitch scuffle Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton flexed his muscles
during last night's victory over Aston Villa by scuffling with renowned football hardman Gabriel
Agbonlahor. Magpies coach Chris Hughton said: "Any incident regarding Joey is going to be
blown up twice as much as it's going to be with any other player.
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to vote correctly. We wouldn't want any of you voters being swayed by the Bob Bradley Effect. This
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The Premier League's worst kept secret weapon How do you defend it? Answers on a postcard please.
In the meantime, Stoke City can be content in their mid-table habitat smugly compiling
over-dramatic compilations like this one!
Does he phlegm like Maradona? Barcelona star Lionel Messi might often come off looking like
Argentinian football's goody two-shoes, but he seems to be doing his best to shake off that image.
At the weekend he unleashed a spectacular volley of spit towards Malaga's Duda during a La Liga
match. And it was all caught on [.
1. Having taken plenty of stick from Spurs fans (on this site and others) when I had written
articles saying that the club had to get rid of Damien Comolli and Juande Ramos to stop the rot, it
would be fascinating if the same people could come forward with their opinions now! 2. Harry
Redknapp will [.
Man Yoo team-mate shaved Wazza's head Rio Ferdinand has been outed as the man responsible for Wayne
Rooney's drastic haircut. Rooney reportedly gave his Manchester United and England team-mate the
go-ahead to take the clippers to his hair after getting fed-up with jibes about his receding
hairline. A 'United source' told The Sun: "Wayne was fed up [.
Spurs boss is closet gamer How do you rewind after a hard day at the office as saviour of Tottenham
Hotspur? Call round to your son's house for a quick game on the Wii, of course. If you can get the
daughter-in-law involved, even better. Spotted on 101GreatGoals
Rory Delap: take a bow, son From my rough calculations, I reckon Rory Delap can lay claim to having
earned 12 of Stoke City's 13 Premier League points so far this season. Video spotted on
Giving a new meaning to penalty box Apparently punching a guy in the stomach is a red card offence
these days! I just don't know what the world is coming to, and neither does NAC Breda's Anthony
Lurling who clearly thought his body blow was within the laws of the game. Spotted on 101GreatGoals
Pick that one out There was absolutely nothing any goalkeeper could have done about Remy Mareval's
strike for Nantes against Marseille in midweek. In fact, I doubt very much if a defender on the
post could have done anything - at least not without having his head knocked off. You could say it
was Mareval-ous strike.
Phone prankster talks football Russell Brand, the comedian/deejay/film star/legendary
swordsman/columnist who had radio work stripped from his jack of all trades portfolio this week,
has provided his weekly football column for the Guardian. Brand, who was forced to quit BBC Radio 2
after more than 30,000 complaints about a series of lewd phone calls to Fawlty [.
An interesting new media juxtaposition If proof were needed that, for all the good computers do in
our lives, you should always have a fully functioning human nearby to cast an eye over things...
You can almost imagine ESPN Soccernet's keyword advertising system getting all overexcited.
"Ooh, ooh, they typed Manchester Unted.