Time for another protest? I hope the Liverpool squad kept hold of the t-shirts from the Michael
Shields protest a few weeks back because, with just a slight modification, they could prove to be
very useful over the next few months.
United midfielder misses sitter A double-whammy of Man Yoo cock-ups in this short video. Firstly,
Dimitar Berbatov's shot with the outside of his foot has to be kept in play to prevent it going out
for a throw-in, then the ball is put back in the danger zone for Ji-Sung Park to sky the ball over
Rude Dutchman swears at match official There is something horribly David Brent about this moment of
petulance from Groningen boss Ron Jans. The daredevil coach gives the referee a middle finger
salute after Paulo Henrique's goal for Heerenveen before pretending his was just having a good old
Liverpool star in hot water over nightclub incident Steven Gerrard has been charged with assault
and affray over a glass-throwing incident in a Southport nightclub. The Liverpool skipper and five
other men were arrested after a fight broke out which left a 34-year-old DJ with facial injuries.
He has been bailed to appear before magistrates on [.
One way of getting their coach to sit down Do you come from a land down under where strikers
shoulder barge the other team's manager? Melbourne Victory's Danny Allsopp does. The former
Manchester City forward chose not to take evasive action as his momentum carried him towards Sydney
FC manager John Kosmina.
1. Liverpool are looking classy. I keep expecting the bubble to burst, but if they maintain this
consistency then they are genuine title contenders. 2. Shay Given put in one of the greatest
performances by a keeper who conceded five goals in Premier League history. 3. The slack defending
that allowed Fulham to secure a point was [.
A game of slap the skipper It is generally accepted that Stoke face an uphill battle to stay in the
Premier League, so picking up red cards for fighting amongst yourselves is not really going to
help. So not only was Ricardo Fuller's slap on club captain Andy Griffin embarrassing on the
grounds that he fights [.
Chelsea boss wishes you job When Match of the Day asked Big Phil Scolari is he had any New Year's
resolutions they probably expected some management speak to the effect of taking every game as it
comes in the title race. Instead the Chelsea boss batted the question to one side and launched into
his own [.
1. Arsenal are out of the title race even if Arsene Wenger isn't willing to admit it. 2. Robbie
Keane is capable of becoming a regular goalscorer for Liverpool. 3. Hull must have had a bit too
much turkey on Christmas Day. They were abysmal against Manchester City. 4. Half-time team-talks on
the pitch don't necessarily have a [.
Tigers boss tries to shame his players into life Given that they were 4-0 down at half-time against
a Manchester City side who had been out of form, Hull's players probably couldn't wait to hide
their faces at the interval during their Boxing Day match. Unfortunately for them, Phil Brown
decided to conduct his half-time rollicking [.
Under-fire Hammers boss' letter to Saint Nick Dear Santa, This year I would like: - To rediscover
my happy-go-lucky approach and cheeky grin - To not be manager of the football club that the credit
crunch keeps on crunching - To keep Steve Clarke Thanks, Gianfranco
Time for a Brucie (Christmas) bonus Dear Santa, This year I would like: - Not to fall victim to the
horrendous ex-Man Yoo player vendetta - A nosejob - To keep hold of Amr Zaki and Emile Heskey
A quick message to wish all of our readers a very Happy Christmas. Posts will be sporadic at best
for the next week or so due to me stuffing my face with turkey and having the excuse of a
ridiculously slow internet connection (I started writing this post about two weeks ago) at the
minute. We [...]
The Premier League propper proposes presents Dear Santa, This year I would like: - A miraculous
relegation escape - To be sponsored by Off The Post - Roman Bednar to wake up on Christmas Day a
world-class 30-goal Premier League sharpshooter Thanks, Tony
Chelsea captain sent off Here is the footage of John Terry's dismissal for a lunge into a challenge
with Leon Osman in last night's match between Chelsea and Everton. Apologies if the internet police
have taken it away before you get chance to view it.
Lower league horseplay The Soccer AM Crossbar Challenge has seen some characters over the seasons,
but Notts County's Neil MacKenzie is surely the first player to take part wearing a horse mask and
galloping around the pitch. It would be easy to assume that MacKenzie - now on-loan at Port Vale -
is your typical stupid footballer, [.
Lassana Diarra pays the price for joining club where t'other Diarra plays Far be it for us to
interfere in the internal politics of the shirt policy of a Spanish football club, but surely they
could have found a better moniker for Lassana Diarra than Lass. The soon-to-be Real Madrid
midfielder will leave behind Portsmouth star [.
Jingle all the way with the Big Four Send your own ElfYourself eCards Apologies to anyone who
hasn't opened their advent calendar yet today, but I've just decided this deserves to be showcased.
Take it away boys!
When your gaffer takes the opposite stance to Arsene Wenger Managers are often criticised for
turning a blind eye to their players' indiscrepencies and backing their team to the hilt, but this
could not be levelled at Plymouth boss Paul Sturrock. The Pilgrims manager has transfer-listed
midfielder Simon Walton after his sending off against Barnsley at [.
Guess we know who the players' choice is then! Sunderland caretaker boss Ricky Sbragia found his
interview with BBC Sport very rudely interrupted by a group of players eager to get their message
across that they would quite like him to get the job on a full-time basis. Perhaps it was just to
stave off those [.
1. Flying to the other side of the world to face pub teams from every continent does not help you
in the Premier League title race, even if does mean Sepp Blatter calls you the best team in the
world. 2. It is a good job Rafa Benitez's Sky box is in good working order or [...]
Guess who's back! Djibril Cisse - the man who almost single-handedly keeps our 'Do Are Ya? column
alive. You can always rely upon the zany Sunderland man to keep coming up with bizarre barnets for
our entertainment. Every week and different colour, and for victory over Hull he chose to contrast
his red and white stripes [.
But they still lost Cheeky goals like this can be savoured much more when you actually win the
match. Unfortunately for Felipe Caicedo and Manchester City, they lost to rock-bottom West Brom
which rendered this brilliant backheel useless. Spotted on 101GreatGoals
A truly Special celebration A post-goal celebration pile-on is not unusual on a football pitch, but
you don't expect to see the manager leading the charge. Jose Mourinho got a bit overexcited after
Maicon scored a late winner for Inter Milan against Siena and flung himself on the back of his
Most Valuable Player receives tangible, untacky prize You know at airport security when they ask
you to put your keys in the tray, well Wayne Rooney is going to need a bigger tray for the flight
back from Tokyo. The Club World Cup's Most Valuable Player (oo er) was given a clear indication of
his true [.
Potential Pompey presents Dear Santa, This year I would like: - Some players who don't want to
leave the club - All of the proceeds of Lassana Diarra's transfer - New owners who don't want to
sack me Thanks, Tony
It's number 32 if you're buying a Christmas present that will last for about two months If you
thought David Beckham's loan move to AC Milan was nothing more than a cynical marketing ploy then
think again. Here he is being presented with his shirt five days before Christmas ahead of joining
the club in January.
Feast your eyes on our works of art - pick your fave A change is as good as a rest they reckon, so
we are having a bit of an Off The Post revamp (think of it as a virtual spring clean). The very
talented Steve Millington of Hisknibs has come up with a couple of [...]
Don't let him be the Little Ferg that Santa Claus forgot Dear Santa, This year I would like: -
Immunity from FA disciplinary charges - Rory Delap's shoulder to capitulate before Christmas - A
new dummy for baby Carlos to pacify him on the bench Thanks, Alex
Boro boss' Christmas wishlist Dear Santa, This year I would like: - Stewart Downing's affections
all to myself - To turn back time and buy a cheaper but more effective striker than Afonso Alves -
All pitchside photos to be taken face-on Thanks, Gareth
The Champions League draw has thrown the old Premier League sparring partners together. Here's a
look at Jose and Fergie's harshest and kindest words for each other. "In the second half it
was whistle and whistle, fault and fault, cheat and cheat. The referee controlled the game in one
way during the first half but in [.
What Sparky wants Dear Santa, This year I would like: - A shoestring budget and no pressure Failing
that: - Kaka - Cristiano Ronaldo - Michael Owen - Lassana Diarra - Fernando Torres - Roque Santa
Cruz - Stephen Warnock - Gianluigi Buffon - Kun Aguero Thanks, Mark PS I know you're really busy
this time of year, so don't worry if you can't get Warnock.
Gaston Aguirre latest player to attack feathered friend San Lorenzo defender Gaston Aguirre will
forever have the stain of pigeon blood on his conscience after killing a bird during a recent
match. The Argentinian's shot connected with the bird, who sadly didn't have the quick reactions of
his mates, killing it instantly.
Search engine pimps out Rodney Marsh You may not have noticed (and you sure as hell don't click!)
the Google Ads on the right-hand side of this site. But by selectively blocking them out of your
vision, you are missing out on gems like this one. When I logged onto the site this morning and
noticed I [.
This coach kicks every ball with his team This is Cha Bum, coach of South Korean outfit Suwon Blue
Wings, demonstrating the enthusiasm (if not quite the first touch) he wants to see from his players
by racing to the edge of his technical area to cut out a clearance by an opposition defender. He
A letter from Liverpool to Lapland Dear Santa, This year I would like: - Not to get anymore kidney
stones - One of those really rare Robbie Keane goals - A really bumpy flight back from Japan for
United Thanks, Rafa
Stuttgart man loves the taste of ink on skin after finding the net Roberto Hilbert celebrated his
goal for Stuttgart against Standard Liege last night by puckering up and making out with his
tattoo. Possibly even more worrying is the fact that team-mate Sami Khedira seems to be weighing up
whether he wants a piece of [.
Injury-hit West Ham midfielder ruled out with snuffle West Ham midfielder Kieron Dyer's return from
a 16-month injury layoff has been delayed after he picked up a bout of man flu. The ex-Newcastle
man played 45 minutes of a reserve match last week but had to be substituted as the virus began to
take its toll.
Hull manager's letter to Father Christmas Dear Santa, This year I would like: - A policeman's
outfit - Some handcuffs to keep Marlon King's fists in check - Unexpected European qualification
Ex-England boss' directional sense on par with his tactics During last night's Uefa Cup tie between
Hamburg and Aston Villa, Craig Gardner fired a decent chance to get Villa back in the game over the
crossbar. Here's what Five co-commentator Graham Taylor had to say on the matter: "Yes, it's
only just over the bar, but over [.
Terry Fish Nash, Off The Post readers! Following on from the superb rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody,
Radio Five Live brought listener Teletext Alex into Danny Baker's 606 studio once again. This time
he performed his version of Merry Christmas Everybody by Slade. Once again all the lyrics have been
replaced by the names of footballers.
Arsenal star's strike gets stuck in the top corner We thought it was the season to be jolly, but
apparently it is the season to bombard us with virals. Adidas have launched a second volley of
short videos promoting their range of boots, following hot on the heels of those released a couple
of weeks ago.
World Cup-winner agrees deal to star for Garforth Town Former AC Milan right-back Cafu has become
the latest Brazilian star to agree to join lowly English outfit Garforth Town. The 38-year-old deal
will sign for the club in the January transfer window, but is expected to link up with his new team
in April to feature [.
Do you know your dodgy footballing barnets? Now is your chance to prove it. Quizible has a monster
quiz featuring 31 footballers' haircuts which you have to put a name to. At the time of writing,
there seems to be a problem with the spelling of Paul Gascoigne's name so don't beat yourself up
about that [.
Becks' new team-mate looks forward to eyeing up his tackle It is not long now until David Beckham
links up with his new team-mates at AC Milan, and one in particular is waiting with bated breath
for the LA Galaxy man's arrival. Striker Marco Borriello cannot wait to find out just how good
Armani's Photoshop [.
Aston Villa sprint kings offered some specialist coaching Olympic gold medallist and 400m world
record holder Michael Johnson has offered to take Aston Villa duo Gabriel Agbonlahor and Ashley
Young for some specialist sprint training. Johnson saw the duo in action during a recent visit to
Villa's training ground, and has promised he can make the [.
Gunners take on manicures and homework Arsenal's squad have very kindly agreed to donate their
wages from Sunday's match with Liverpool to the Teenage Cancer Trust, their chosen charity for the
season. To encourage as many people as possible to follow suit by dipping into their pockets, the
club has released this viral in which various [.
Everton gaffer's wishlist Dear Santa, This year I would like: - Some cotton wool to wrap Tim Cahill
in - Marouane Fellaini to cut his hair so I can see the rest of the midfield (actually forget the
cotton wool - I'll wrap Cahill in Fellaini's hair) - Michael Owen, to add to my injured strikers
collection Thanks, David
The beleaguered Blackburn boss writes to Saint Nick Dear Santa, This year I would like: - My job
(or a new job if you can't manage that. I know it's a lot to ask for) - A midfielder who is young
enough not to be touted as my replacement - A bodyguard to protect me from the bad people who [...]
Spurs master corporate whoredom for the unsubtle Nothing quite says, "Please can we have a
nice rich Arab sponsor to help pay for our new stadium like our North London rivals" like
sticking the words 'Naming Rights' on the side of your computer-generated plans. For that reason
Spurs have decided to do away with any semblance [.
You know the game - find the odd one out in the red hat Did you spot him? Don't worry if not - that
was a tough one, kids. Dimitar Berbatov has been rocking his Steve Zissou look over in Japan. This
is how his painstaking process of withdrawal and isolation begins.
The Arsenal boss gets us under way Dear Santa, This year I would like: - Mathieu Flamini back - To
stop losing against less aesthetically pleasing teams - A decent centre-half with a mental age
above his shoe size Thanks, Arsene PS No money please - I've already got more than I know how to
One way to beat the December cold It seems this was the weekend that Portsmouth striker and
unabashed man whore Jermain Defoe realised that there was no member of Chinawhites' female
clientele that he had not already slept with. The England international is now set to start working
his way through Premier League match officials, starting [.
1. Paul Ince is a gonner. Last week I said that defeat to Liverpool (when Blackburn put in a good
performance) should not get him sacked, but I cannot see the Rovers board tolerating 3-0 losses to
Wigan. 2. Drawing is the new winning. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man Yoo all picked up a
solitary point [.
A celebration that's begging for a yellow card It's a late entry, but the 2008 Stephen Ireland
Award for Most Psychologically Disturbed Goal Celebration goes to Mirko Vucinic for his response to
his last-gasp winner against Cagliari at the weekend. The Roma man stripped off his shirt to
reveal... another Roma shirt, before whipping off his [.
Hull manager dons stage mic and shows us his moves Phil Brown, there's no need to feel down. I
said, Phil Brown, pick yourself off the ground. I said, Phil Brown, 'cause you're in a new town
There's no need to be unhappy. It's fun to stay at the... [over to you, Phil]
White men can't jump braid White teenage hip-hop fans can't pull it off, David Beckham can't pull
it off, so we are not quite sure what made Elano think that he could become the first white guy to
successfully wear cornrows. Whatever it was, it was wrong and he can't. His hairdresser should be
struck off [.
Geno, Geno, Geno, Geno It's been a weekend for popular music references in the Premier League, as
Phil Brown will testify. Fergie showed better musical taste than the Hull boss by rocking a
Geno-era Dexy's Midnight Runners look during Saturday's clash with Tottenham.
Allianz Arena crumbles to the ground in TV advert German giants Bayern Munich are apparently
unimpressed by a TV commercial which aired during their Champions League tie with Lyon, which
showed their Allianz Arena home being reduced to a pile of rubble. The footage was an advert for
the film The Day The Earth Stood Still, [.
Arsenal defender adores The Body Shop's mango body butter Johann Djourou has given Santa some
useful pointers as to what he would like in his Arsenal stocking this year, but risked the ribbing
of fans and team-mates by confessing to his love of beauty products. The Swiss international has a
penchant for The Body Shop's mango [.
Imagine what they'll be like after relegation Only yesterday I made a joke about West Brom
tightening up security at The Hawthorns after watching the Brazilian fan try to jump off the
stadium roof, and today we come across this Channel Bee video in which a Baggies fan celebrates his
lottery win. Spotted on The Offside Rules
Unusual method of restricting your gate revenue When the Britannia Stadium was first built, Stoke
City were knocking around the old Division One relegation zone and at one stage even had Chris
Kamara in charge (and I'm still not convinced he should be left in charge of a microphone let alone
a football club).
Well, he got paid at least Need to make yourself feel like a better footballer? Simply take Real
Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas, stick him in front of an 18 metre by 7 metre goal and blast
penalties past him to your heart's content. You can even take him for a consolatory beer afterwards
if you like, [.
Who's gonna end up with who? Right, so Juande has got the hots for Didier, who obviously impressed
him with his inch-perfect passing during their Tottenham days (that doesn't sound right). He would
like to move him into his new pad in Madrid. But he also quite likes Lassana, who apparently has
impressed him from afar [.
Erm, do we have a Plan B boss? I believe it was BBC blogger Robbo who cleverly coined Rory Delap's
long-throw the Delapidator. But while his launches into the penalty area may leave opposition
defences in ruin, it seems they have the same effect on his shoulder. The midfielder/touchline
roamer has revealed he has been taking pain-killing [.
New Huddersfield manager's past fashion faux pas Since Lee Clark was unveiled as Huddersfield
Town's new manager today we thought we ought to pay tribute to his playing career. Or, to be more
precise, the moment he made one of football's greatest wardrobe-related errors of judgement.
Geordie boy and former Newcastle player Clark took the not-very-well beaten [.
Apparently we have not been meeting our GIF quota [Click to play] Off The Post reader (and possible
Honorary President of the GIF Appreciation Society) Emmet Farragher is concerned that we are not
currently showing you enough funny GIFs. In fact, so peeved was Emmet at our lack of moving images
that he submitted his own for [.
And not a winker in sight This is the alleged stamp on Aalborg's Kasper Risgard which could land
Wayne Rooney in trouble with Uefa. The video also features a little compilation of Wazza's other
misdemeanours throughout the match, plus his neatly taken goal. Video spotted on The Offside
When does an obvious pun stop being obvious and start indicating a sick mind? Here! Talk about
self-indulgent! Goal.com originally ran with this ever-so-slightly more perverted than it needed to
be headline following Juventus' draw with FC BATE. Eventually the post-match Viagra obviously wore
off/a senior member of staff spotted it, and it has now been [.
Crazy Brazilian ready to kill himself after relegation It is a good job Leeds United fans have
thicker skin than this or the population of Yorkshire would have been reduced considerably over the
last few years. This fan decided he could no longer bear to live after watching his beloved Vasco
Da Gama relegated for the [.
Mexican youngster lies on floor to minimise vomit trajectory Juande Ramos' nutritional expectations
for his squads are notoriously strict, so perhaps that explains why one or two Spurs players had
lost track of their alcohol threshold when Harry Redknapp sent them out for a good old-fashioned
Bhoys benefit from keeper karma After Artur Boruc's nightmare against Hibs at the weekend, Celtic
proved that what goes around come around. The Glasgow club benefited from some very generous
goalkeeping by Villarreal's Viera, who kindly gave an underhit cross the near-post flick-on it
needed to reach Shaun Maloney.
A guide to the coming season for Real's players 1. Baby food Once Ramos gets his nutritional regime
in force he is sure to welcome Antonio 'Dr Baby Food' Escribano to his backroom staff to feed
Real's players on his mushed up vegetables and vitamins. Shame Ronaldo isn't back at the Bernabeu
to feel the benefit.
Super-sub Drogba sees off CFR Cluj Chelsea are through to the next round of the Champions League
thanks to this strike from Didier Drogba. The Blues had a nervous night at Stamford Bridge against
Romanian outfit CFR Cluj, but substitute Drogba got himself on the end of a neat chip from Joe Cole
and finished in [.
We shorten Niall Quinn's shortlist for him 1. Roy Keane's dog Think about it, who does Roy Keane
turn to in times of crisis for comfort and advice? Exactly - Triggs the dog. And there can be no
better candidate for keeping a group of indisciplined Black Cats in check than a dog. 2. Theo
Walcott The real problem [.
A search engine with a sense of humour This is not Photoshopped at all, I swear. I was doing a bit
of delving for a photo of Roy Keane with his beloved dog Triggs for the Sunderland post this
morning, and this is the filth Google comes up with! An innocent Google search and it wants [...]
Well, the first two exclamation marks were merited Real Madrid's stars are today gorging themselves
on fast food and tapas before their baby food diet kicks in tomorrow (probably). Spurs reject and
serial punchline Juande Ramos has been named as the temporary replacement of sacked Real boss Bernd
OK, I'm ready to be arrested now This happy chappie streaker had obviously done his research before
taking the plunge at the York City v Grays match at the weekend. Using a simple formula, he had
worked out that t (where t is the temperature in Yorkshire in December) x s (where s is the level
Brazilian left-back's online encyclopaedia page takes a hit Real Madrid fans angered by Marcelo
costing them points at the weekend did the only thing they could and took their protest to the
pages of Wikipedia. Expletives aside, the basic gist was that the Brazilian youngster was not quite
up to the standards of Real Madrid's first-team.
Tel takes advantage of the Barca barnet timeshare Barcelona forward Thierry Henry is sporting a
very nice mohican and flick - even though it doesn't belong to him. When you play your 'do as
simple as Henry, it is nice to be able to rely on your team-mates for a bit of extravagance.
Inter Milan man shows off Over hit pass? That is no problem for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The super Swede
simply throws out some taewkwondo moves to keep Inter Milan's attack in full-flow. Avoiding the
martial arts references, I suppose you would have to describe it as a mid-air overhead backheel.
Bet he wishes Dejan Stankovic had gone [.
Ex-Wimbledon star punches fat man Vinnie Jones could face up to one year in prison after being
arrested for assault following a bar room brawl in South Dakota. The footballer turned actor was
caught on CCTV punching a 26-stone pool player. He was on his way to the toilets to clean up after
being glassed in [.
Northern Irish nutters change their names by deed poll What can you say? I don't know whether to
laugh or cry after watching the Belfast version of David and Victoria Beckham talk through getting
their name changed by deed poll and a subsequent conversation with the genuine, bungee-jumping
Barca hat-trick hero up the duff Not only has Thierry Henry had to hand over the best part of
£10 million to his ex-wife, the French striker also has the added expense of a new little baby
on the way. The former Arsenal man could not hide his bump as he celebrated a hat-trick in
Balding Dutchman amazed by fake technology Real Madrid winger Arjen Robben sits in the changing
room when he is interrupted by the components of his boot arriving. It is not apparent what he was
intending to wear before the boot arrives as disjointed as the West Brom defence. It also remains
unclear what he is going [.
1. Arsenal fans really hate Emmanuel Eboue. He had a disaster of a match, but he probably had
enough on his plate with the Wigan fans jeering without the Gooners getting in on the act. 2.
Arsene Wenger really hates Emmanuel Eboue. Yes, we established he was awful against Wigan but he
had been on the [.
Feel the burn, boys The absolute professionals at Benfica won't go near a football until they have
warmed-up. Felipe Bastos and Gilles Binya are particularly to eager that every single part of their
body is limbered up at the start of training! And they are both looking rather smug about it too!
Thanks to Off The Post [.
A ginger rocket 34 seconds is all it takes Aston Villa midfielder Steve Sidwell. This is how he
gave his side the lead within the first minute against Everton at Goodison Park yesterday. Video
spotted on 101GreatGoals
Hibs players scores great goal, invents word Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc was the fall-guy as a
plan by Hibernian's John Rankin and Derek Riordan to embarrass the SPL's keepers came into
fruition. Rankin scored from just inside Celtic's half to secure victory for Hibs. He said:
"The boys were asking why I was shooting from the ark, [.
Ex-England skipper avoids booking for blatant dive Continuing his tour of New Zealand stereotypes,
LA Galaxy merchandising executive David Beckham decided to go bungee jumping yesterday. Onlookers
report seeing a nervous Becks texting his loved ones before taking the plunge. Confusing bungee
jumping with appearing in an Armani advert, Becks removed his top before the 130ft leap [.
The Emirates' Mr Popular is booed by his 'supporters' To use local parlance, Emmanuel Eboue had a
'mare against Wigan yesterday. He knew this, but just in case he didn't the Arsenal supporters
decided to let him know when he was substituted late in the game. The Ivory Coast international had
only come into the game [.
A timely reminder of his brilliance After an impressive start to life in the Premier League,
Chelsea new boy Deco has lost his way in recent weeks. But this is the perfect way to prove you can
still play even when it is not sunny August. Tough on Jussi Jaaskelainen after his save earlier in
Team-mate reveals real reason for bus journeys Robinho's bus trips around Manchester are nothing to
do with concern for the environment or the Brazilian's thrifty nature - he is just terrified of
driving on the other side of the road. That is according to his Manchester City team-mate and
After Roy Keane's exit, we rate Fergie's players-turned-managers 1. Roy Keane Still young enough
for another crack of the whip or ten but the early evidence suggests that he is not cut out for
management. The rumours suggest the mellowed out persona of Keane the manager was a façade
hiding a very unsettled personality.
Two teams, different shaped balls, united by a mutual sponsor a love for sport Maybe it was a show
of bravado to their Serie A rivals to highlight their strength in depth, but I would not have liked
to be the one explaining this to AC Milan's insurance company if this had gone pear-shaped.
"Well, the [.
Must have been the video games again Portsmouth were knocked out of the Uefa Cup last night after
this trademark clanger from David James. The England international - who seemed to have ironed most
of the mistakes out of his game with age - can claim an assist after passing the ball straight to
Zvjezdan Misimovic [.
Becks has it large with his showbiz buddies This new Adidas advert features, from the world of
music, Russell Simmons, Katy Perry, The Ting Tings, Missy Elliot, Method Man, DMC, Estelle, Young
Jeezy and Redman, and from the world of sport, David Beckham and... well, just David Beckham. Good
job there wasn't an overzealous bouncer on the [.
Keano was the Premier League's SMS manager Several newspapers are today reporting that Roy Keane
quit his post as Sunderland manager by text message. The picture being painted of the ex-Manchester
United skipper this morning is of a very unsettled, reclusive figure who frequently missed training
sessions and could only be contacted by text message.
German outfit top Uefa's paylist for releasing players Spain might have walked away with the
trophy, but German side Werder Bremen have pocketed £935,107 for releasing their players for
Euro 2008. Werder benefited from Germany's success in the tournament as Tim Borowski, Torsten
Frings, Clemens Fritz and Per Mertesacker all played with the national team to [.
Keano resigns as Black Cats boss Roy Keane has quit as manager of Sunderland after just over two
years in charge. The former Manchester United captain and occasional Iranian president lookalike
indicated after the Black Cats' humiliating 1-4 defeat to Bolton at the weekend that he was
considering his position.
Hammers winger forced to promote his own addiction In these cut-thrust times of economic
uncertainty, a Premier League club without a sponsor cannot afford to let little things like irony
stand in the way of a decent pay-day. That is why the club has not let the fact that winger Matthew
Etherington has a gambling addiction [.
Cough please, Mr Giggs When you have played football for as long as Ryan Giggs, you are bound to
have a closer relationship with the match officials than some of the new kids on the block. That's
why referees such as Alan Wiley often take the opportunity to touch Giggs up during the middle of a
Sponsored by Joe Kinnear Open the fourth window Ronaldinho taking a crap In Spanish and
particularly Catalan Christmas tradition, alongside all the usual players there is a character
called the Caganer. While the Three Wise Men brought gifts, the Caganer simply craps in the corner
of the stable as baby Jesus is born.
Pulsating match, eight goals - what more could you want? Just watch and enjoy and wonder how - of
all the matches so far this season - Blackburn fans thought this was the most appropriate game to
call for Paul Ince's head. It could easily have been 4-4. United's sublime passing move for their
fourth and Carlos [.
Brazilian victory cuddle After netting the winning goal for Internacional against Estudiantes in
the Sudamericana Cup final last night, Nilmar celebrated by hugging and kissing a considerably
shorter team-mate while having his backside caressed.
Becks does his best Sean Connery impersonation Do you expect me to talk? No, that squeaking thing
you normally do is fine. David Beckham raised a few eyebrows during a press conference in New
Zealand earlier today - his own. LA Galaxy's finest pulled out some of his finest facial
expressions for the occasion.
Poor old Baggies destined to spend all eternity with plain shirts Watching West Brom play (and
frequently lose) week-in week-out without a sponsor had got us feeling a bit down. The Baggies are
propping up the rest of the Premier League table and they can't even find someone willing to
sponsor their shirt while they do [.
Pre-match campaign lands Liverpool in trouble Liverpool seem to have landed themselves in hot water
with the FA after a pre-match t-shirt campaign by its players. The authorities are apparently not
very happy that the Reds, spurred on by Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher according to the local
press, used their Monday night TV slot with [.
Young Rio vowed never to play for Red Devils Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand has revealed that
he used to hate the club in his younger days. The England defender told the Mirror that he went as
far as to say he would never play for the club before his £29.1 million move from Leeds [...]
Arsenal's reserves taken down a peg or two There is no point getting us all excited by thrashing
Sheffield United and Wigan if you are going to lose to Burnley. And Lukas Fabianski - one of the
stars of the young Gunners campaign thus far - handed the Clarets their opener by very kindly
pushing the [.
Stevie G proves he has the potential to play for your 5-a-side team It is good to know that it can
happen to the best of players. Just look at the anguish on Steven Gerrard's face - part strained
muscles, part instant embarrassment - as he fails to connect with his own chest control. Spotted on
Yes, I believe it is It is at times like this that you are thankful that Rob Styles is only as crap
as he currently is and not worse! This footage is taken from the Colombian championship last
weekend. Atletico Junior somehow manage to win themselves a penalty when one of their players
throws himself to [.
Welcome to the Premier League, boys The BBC has exclusive coverage this morning of Grimsby Town's
sudden promotion to the Premier League. Strange that nobody else has picked up on that - it's
pretty big news!
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Everton's midfield general is a midfield colonel What is the correct slang term for the north
African equivalent of the Wafro? An Arafro? Nevermind, these pair are both rocking the look,
whatever it is called.
1. If you are on a yellow card, don't commit a deliberate handball. That's just pushing your luck.
2. A fit and in-form Robin Van Persie is a dangerous beast, especially when you let him stand
offside. 3. Fortress Stamford Bridge needs a new moat building or something - it is looking pretty
open to attack at [.
Have yourself a holy yellow card Steven Pienaar showed that he shares Kaka's religious views if not
quite his footballing prowess by celebrating his winning goal against Tottenham yesterday in a 'God
Is Great' vest. Kaka famously celebrated winning the Champions League in an 'I Belong To Jesus'
The latest offering from Sunderland madman We are not quite sure what was most shocking about
Sunderland's 1-4 home defeat to Bolton, the standard of the defending or the fact that Djibril
Cisse kept the same hairstyle for two consecutive weeks. The red mohican was given a second
run-out, but if Cisse has an ounce of suspicion [.
Fat man stretches in front of man with long arms Hull City substitute Dean Windass did his best to
thwart the now infamous Rory Delap long-throw by doing his warm-up in front of Stoke's
not-so-secret weapon. The veteran did a few stretches in front of Delap before being ushered out of
the way by the referee.
Ah, you didn't say that when you were in the Champions League! Leeds United fans in the process of
watching their side being unceremoniously dumped out of the FA Cup by a Rio Ferdinand lookalike and
his band of merry men decided to turn TV critics and offer some advice to the ITV team packed into
A red card that's sillier than Ronaldo's! Poor old Adrian Bastia. The Asteras Tripolis player
thought he was being a good citizen - helping out the stewards, stopping his fellow professionals
getting beaten up - when he tripped a pitch invader towards the end of his side's match against