Off the Post Archives for January 2010

Football Lookalikes: Rio Ferdinand and Duckbilled Platypus (courtesy of Robbie Savage)

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More Twitter 'banter' from Mr S Robbie Savage seems to think his bitchy Twitter war (or banter as he likes to call it) with Rio Ferdinand has come to a conclusion with his posting of this picture. He tweeted: "There is no comeback!" Everyone knows Rio's true lookalike is Joseph Goebbels.


Bet’s be ‘avin you: Top football betting tips for 30-31 October

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Your latest tips for the betting weekend This weeks treble bet focuses on the Championship. It is not often that the layers give us any more than a ruffle of the hair after delightedly taking our hard-earned cash. But this week there seems to be a chink in the armour. Firstly, giving odds of 2.4 [...

Andy Carroll allowed to move out of Kevin Nolan’s house

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Got me own wor house like Football loves a tearful goodbye, and today is no different. One would hope that at some point this weekend, there will be some soft background music in the Nolan household... for the housemates are no more. After it was reported that Andy Carroll had bought a new house in [.

Andy Carroll allowed to move out of Kevin Nolan’s house

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Got me own wor house like Football loves a tearful goodbye, and today is no different. One would hope that at some point this weekend, there will be some soft background music in the Nolan household... for the housemates are no more. After it was reported that Andy Carroll had bought a new house in [.

Bet’s be ‘avin you: Top football betting tips for 30-31 October

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Your latest tips for the betting weekend This weeks treble bet focuses on the Championship. It is not often that the layers give us any more than a ruffle of the hair after delightedly taking our hard-earned cash. But this week there seems to be a chink in the armour. Firstly, giving odds of 2.4 [...

Football Lookalikes: Rio Ferdinand and Duckbilled Platypus (courtesy of Robbie Savage)

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More Twitter 'banter' from Mr S Robbie Savage seems to think his bitchy Twitter war (or banter as he likes to call it) with Rio Ferdinand has come to a conclusion with his posting of this picture. He tweeted: "There is no comeback!" Everyone knows Rio's true lookalike is Joseph Goebbels.

Competition: Bristol City, Derby County and Scunthorpe United fans, we have tickets for you

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Watch some footy for free, courtesy of OTP and npower We've got four pairs of tickets to give away to forthcoming Championship matches. If you are a Bristol City, Derby or Scunthorpe fan, read on to find out how to watch your team play free of charge. npower's Football Saver* scheme for new customers is [.

The world is watching. Huge weekend for…

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Yet more managers teetering on the edge Blackpool Blackpool have far exceeded expectations, this much is clear, and wins away at Wigan, Newcastle and Liverpool have provided the Tangerine Army with much to cheer. Reality has now set in, however, and a winter of discontent looks apparent. The cracks are even starting to show at [.

Karma strikes Wayne Rooney’s ankle once again

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The fictional injury that keeps getting worse Wayne Rooney will be out of action for at least another three weeks with his formerly made-up injury, according to Sir Alex Ferguson. The Manchester United star and his manager sparked their soap opera when Rooney defied Ferguson, who had claimed he had been out of action with [.

Peru international Miguel Robosio competes in Peruvian Strictly Come Dancing / strips on national TV

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Slightly raunchier than the UK version Former Peru international Miguel Robosio once of Real Zaragoza and Almeria is currently taking part in El Gran Show, the Peruvian equivalent of Strictly Come Dancing. Except it is more like Strictly Come Stripping. We can only be thankfuk that Peter Shilton was voted off the UK [.

Nike and Cristiano Ronaldo launch CR7 Safari leopard-skin boots

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"Nice boots." Yeah, if you say so Come on, Nike! It's a bit obvious, isn't it? The only surprise is the lack of rhinestones and perhaps some stonewash, ripped denim ankle protectors. They're called the CR7 Safari. While football's most metrosexual man might be the perfect fit for these boots, we would have preferred a [.

Video: Barcelona keeper Jose Pinto banned for two matches for mimicking ref’s whistle

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Don't whistle while you work Barca goalie Jose Pinto has been banned for two Champions League games for improper conduct after whistling to convice an opposition player he was offside. FC Copenhagen's Cesar Santin was through on goal when Pinto somehow created a very convincing impersonation of the referee's whistle.

Competition: Bristol City, Derby County and Scunthorpe United fans, we have tickets for you

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Watch some footy for free, courtesy of OTP and npower We've got four pairs of tickets to give away to forthcoming Championship matches. If you are a Bristol City, Derby or Scunthorpe fan, read on to find out how to watch your team play free of charge. npower's Football Saver* scheme for new customers is [.

Nike and Cristiano Ronaldo launch CR7 Safari leopard-skin boots

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"Nice boots." Yeah, if you say so Come on, Nike! It's a bit obvious, isn't it? The only surprise is the lack of rhinestones and perhaps some stonewash, ripped denim ankle protectors. They're called the CR7 Safari. While football's most metrosexual man might be the perfect fit for these boots, we would have preferred a [.

Video: Barcelona keeper Jose Pinto banned for two matches for mimicking ref’s whistle

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Don't whistle while you work Barca goalie Jose Pinto has been banned for two Champions League games for improper conduct after whistling to convice an opposition player he was offside. FC Copenhagen's Cesar Santin was through on goal when Pinto somehow created a very convincing impersonation of the referee's whistle.

Peru international Miguel Robosio competes in Peruvian Strictly Come Dancing / strips on national TV

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Slightly raunchier than the UK version Former Peru international Miguel Robosio once of Real Zaragoza and Almeria is currently taking part in El Gran Show, the Peruvian equivalent of Strictly Come Dancing. Except it is more like Strictly Come Stripping. We can only be thankfuk that Peter Shilton was voted off the UK [.

The world is watching. Huge weekend for…

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Yet more managers teetering on the edge Blackpool Blackpool have far exceeded expectations, this much is clear, and wins away at Wigan, Newcastle and Liverpool have provided the Tangerine Army with much to cheer. Reality has now set in, however, and a winter of discontent looks apparent. The cracks are even starting to show at [.

Karma strikes Wayne Rooney’s ankle once again

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The fictional injury that keeps getting worse Wayne Rooney will be out of action for at least another three weeks with his formerly made-up injury, according to Sir Alex Ferguson. The Manchester United star and his manager sparked their soap opera when Rooney defied Ferguson, who had claimed he had been out of action with [.

Capello Index makes it into the dictionary

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Fab new word At least one aspect of England's 2010 World Cup humiliation will not be forgotten over time. The Capello Index has been included in the latest edition of the Collins English Dictionary. For future generations of schoolchildren, idly flicking through the pages looking for rude words, the Capello Index will be: n trademark [.

Video: Rohan Ricketts records hilarious video diary from Moldova

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It's James Bond There were once high expectations of former Arsenal and Tottenham youngster Rohan Ricketts. While his football career hasn't panned out quite as expected, it appears a successful media career might follow. Ricketts has already penned some insightful pieces on life as a footballer, and now he has turned documentary maker too.

Video: David Ricky Beckham visits a massage parlour

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All in the name of comedy, of course David Beckham has poked a bit of fun at his massage parlour visits with this appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He featured in a hidden camera segment of the show in which Becks got a massage from an unsuspecting masseuse while receiving instructions on what to [.

Note to Manchester City and Carlos Tevez: long-distance flights not currently recognised as cure for dead legs

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How is that helping exactly? Actually, we might be able to blame the Daily Mail instead, rather than Citeh or Tevez. They write: "Carlos Tevez will fly home to Argentina on Thursday to begin a desperate fight to be fit in time for the Manchester derby." Now, OTP is not medically-trained but we are still [.

Capello Index makes it into the dictionary

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Fab new word At least one aspect of England's 2010 World Cup humiliation will not be forgotten over time. The Capello Index has been included in the latest edition of the Collins English Dictionary. For future generations of schoolchildren, idly flicking through the pages looking for rude words, the Capello Index will be: n trademark [.

Note to Manchester City and Carlos Tevez: long-distance flights not currently recognised as cure for dead legs

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How is that helping exactly? Actually, we might be able to blame the Daily Mail instead, rather than Citeh or Tevez. They write: "Carlos Tevez will fly home to Argentina on Thursday to begin a desperate fight to be fit in time for the Manchester derby." Now, OTP is not medically-trained but we are still [.

Video: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad scores an impressive goal

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It's political football Here's a sentence we never expected to write on OTP: The video above shows what happens when the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and the President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, hooked up for a kickabout. The duo were supposedly discussing Iranian investment in the South American nation, but there was still time [.

Patience a virtue after big money signings

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Past experience should teach us to just sit tight and wait £8.2 million is lot of money to spend on a 27-year-old that had never regularly scored at a ratio over a goal every three games. It is even more to spend when it breaks a club's transfer record, more than the club spent on [...]

Video: Rohan Ricketts records hilarious video diary from Moldova

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It's James Bond There were once high expectations of former Arsenal and Tottenham youngster Rohan Ricketts. While his football career hasn't panned out quite as expected, it appears a successful media career might follow. Ricketts has already penned some insightful pieces on life as a footballer, and now he has turned documentary maker too.

Video: David Ricky Beckham visits a massage parlour

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All in the name of comedy, of course David Beckham has poked a bit of fun at his massage parlour visits with this appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He featured in a hidden camera segment of the show in which Becks got a massage from an unsuspecting masseuse while receiving instructions on what to [.

Paul the octopus dies… and the world goes mental

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RIP Paul Ok, ok, it is sad news that he has gone (why do the good ones always die so young etc) but in the 24 hours since Paul the Octopus passed away, the world seems to have gone potting mad. Here are a few of our favourite reactions: "His success made him almost a [...]


Top 10 overpaid Premier League footballers

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£££££££££££££££££££££££££ 'They are all overpaid,' I hear you cry. That may be true, but for the sake of this list we are going to assume that they are only taking their chunk of a big-money entertainment business. Spurred on by the news that bit-part Manchester United utility man John O'Shea is being offered a new [.

Video: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad scores an impressive goal

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It's political football Here's a sentence we never expected to write on OTP: The video above shows what happens when the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and the President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, hooked up for a kickabout. The duo were supposedly discussing Iranian investment in the South American nation, but there was still time [.

Patience a virtue after big money signings

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Past experience should teach us to just sit tight and wait £8.2 million is lot of money to spend on a 27-year-old that had never regularly scored at a ratio over a goal every three games. It is even more to spend when it breaks a club's transfer record, more than the club spent on [...]


Top 10 overpaid Premier League footballers

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£££££££££££££££££££££££££ 'They are all overpaid,' I hear you cry. That may be true, but for the sake of this list we are going to assume that they are only taking their chunk of a big-money entertainment business. Spurred on by the news that bit-part Manchester United utility man John O'Shea is being offered a new [.

Paul the octopus dies… and the world goes mental

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RIP Paul Ok, ok, it is sad news that he has gone (why do the good ones always die so young etc) but in the 24 hours since Paul the Octopus passed away, the world seems to have gone potting mad. Here are a few of our favourite reactions: "His success made him almost a [...]

Video: Manchester United’s loyal supporters respond to the Wayne Rooney saga

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Subtitle fun There's NSFW language in the subtitles but the audio is only offensive in musical terms.


Top 10 footballer car crashes

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Wrecks, write-offs and ruined supercars Most top flight footballers drive expensive cars that match their wage packets. Unfortunately, they don't seem to have the same control behind a wheel that they have with a ball at their feet. We take a look at the top 10 footballer's car crashes, the majority of which are write [.

Dynama Brest bring 56-year-old coach Yuri Pudishev on as sub against FC Bate

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Belarus FA names him man of the match Dynama Brest assistant manager Yuri Pudishev got an unexpected comeback when he was brought on as a sub during his side's defeat to BATE Borisov yesterday (yep, the big Brest-BATE clash). The 56-year-old has obviously still got what it takes since the Belarus FA's website named him [.

Video: Manchester City players Gareth Barry, Adam Johnson, Joe Hart and Shay Given get drunk with a group of students

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Blues on the booze There is not too many Premier League footballers with university degrees, but that didn't stop the Manchester City quartet of Gareth Barry, Adam Johnson, Joe Hart and Shay Given wanting to hunt for that authentic student experience this week. The players were in St Andrews, Scotland, to play golf on Monday [.

Video: Bayern Munich’s Anatoliy Tymoshchuk goes to extreme lengths to stop team-mate Ivica Olic getting the ball

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Bundesliga American football tactics We've watched this a few times and we are still not sure whether Anatoliy Tymoshchuk has spotted that Ivica Olic was offside when the ball is played through, or if he just really fancied getting on the scoresheet in last night's victory over Werder Bremen. Either way, the Bayern Munich man [.

Xabi Alonso risks wrath of Real Madrid fans by touting Barcelona’s Xavi for Ballon d’Or

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C-Ron snubbed by team-mate Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso is treading the tightrope of upsetting his club's touchy supporters after giving Barcelona's Xavi his backing for the Ballon d'Or. The ex-Liverpool man overlooked Real Madrid candidates Iker Casillas, Mesut Ozil, Cristiano Ronaldo and, well, himself to suggest that the one-man Barca passing machine is most [.

Video: Carlos Tevez pretends to be able to speak English in strange advert

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Meet Sir Charles Tevez Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has been poking fun at his notoriously poor English skills in the new Pepsi advert. He becomes Sir Charles Tevez, keeping proceedings at the Promo of the Year award ceremony in Manchester on track. Apparently, the basic premise is that the drinks promotion is so simple [.

Video: Tunisian goalkeeper behind goal collecting ball when the ball the other players are using crosses his goalmouth

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It has been a very bad year for north African goalies switching off at completely the wrong time. This crazy example from Tunisian keeper Nadim Thabet is the latest to come to our attention. The Etoile Sahel goalie foolishly assumes that the ball is going out of play for a goal-kick. He decides to steal [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger pulls big U-turn on Carling Cup

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I don't want to win it. Yes I do. No I don't "I know we have not won a trophy since 2005 but I do not consider that if you win the Carling Cup you will be going on a trophy parade. It is a competition for our younger players. If I don't play them [...]


Video: Tunisian goalkeeper behind goal collecting ball when the ball the other players are using crosses his goalmouth

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It has been a very bad year for north African goalies switching off at completely the wrong time. This crazy example from Tunisian keeper Nadim Thabet is the latest to come to our attention. The Etoile Sahel goalie foolishly assumes that the ball is going out of play for a goal-kick. He decides to steal [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger pulls big U-turn on Carling Cup

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I don't want to win it. Yes I do. No I don't "I know we have not won a trophy since 2005 but I do not consider that if you win the Carling Cup you will be going on a trophy parade. It is a competition for our younger players. If I don't play them [...]

Video: Carlos Tevez pretends to be able to speak English in strange advert

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Meet Sir Charles Tevez Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has been poking fun at his notoriously poor English skills in the new Pepsi advert. He becomes Sir Charles Tevez, keeping proceedings at the Promo of the Year award ceremony in Manchester on track. Apparently, the basic premise is that the drinks promotion is so simple [.

Video: Manchester City players Gareth Barry, Adam Johnson, Joe Hart and Shay Given get drunk with a group of students

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Blues on the booze There is not too many Premier League footballers with university degrees, but that didn't stop the Manchester City quartet of Gareth Barry, Adam Johnson, Joe Hart and Shay Given wanting to hunt for that authentic student experience this week. The players were in St Andrews, Scotland, to play golf on Monday [.

Video: Bayern Munich’s Anatoliy Tymoshchuk goes to extreme lengths to stop team-mate Ivica Olic getting the ball

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Bundesliga American football tactics We've watched this a few times and we are still not sure whether Anatoliy Tymoshchuk has spotted that Ivica Olic was offside when the ball is played through, or if he just really fancied getting on the scoresheet in last night's victory over Werder Bremen. Either way, the Bayern Munich man [.

Xabi Alonso risks wrath of Real Madrid fans by touting Barcelona’s Xavi for Ballon d’Or

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C-Ron snubbed by team-mate Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso is treading the tightrope of upsetting his club's touchy supporters after giving Barcelona's Xavi his backing for the Ballon d'Or. The ex-Liverpool man overlooked Real Madrid candidates Iker Casillas, Mesut Ozil, Cristiano Ronaldo and, well, himself to suggest that the one-man Barca passing machine is most [.

Dynama Brest bring 56-year-old coach Yuri Pudishev on as sub against FC Bate

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Belarus FA names him man of the match Dynama Brest assistant manager Yuri Pudishev got an unexpected comeback when he brought on as a sub during his side's defeat to BATE Borisov yesterday (yep, the big Brest-BATE clash). The 56-year-old has obviously still got what it takes since the Belarus FA's website named him Brest's [.

Top 10 footballer car crashes

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Wrecks, write-offs and ruined supercars Most top flight footballers drive expensive cars that match their wage packets. Unfortunately, they don't seem to have the same control behind a wheel that they have with a ball at their feet. We take a look at the top 10 footballer's car crashes, the majority of which are write [.

Video: Real Sociedad celebrate goal in a car

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OTP would care to venture that FIFA will be clamping down on corporate goal celebrations in the not too distant future and one of the catalysts will be this celebration from Real Sociedad, or Royal Society to their friends. Antoine Griezmann, erm, steers the ball into the net before running behind the goals to jump [.

Video: Brazilian player skids down a flight of stairs during match!

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Ouch! Guilherme of Brazilian Serie B outfit Ponte Preta gave a new meaning to the phrase 'in the tunnel' during his side's match against Santo Andre. With the help of a shove from an opposition player, Guilherme found himself doing his best Slinky impression. Spotted on 101GG

Video: Manchester United’s loyal supports respond to the Wayne Rooney saga

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Subtitle fun There's NSFW language in the subtitles but the audio is only offensive in musical terms.

We see your Xavi and Iniesta, and we raise you Barry Ferguson

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Barca-who? Who says the Premier League no longer attracts the best players in the world? Stats from Opta reveal that the most effective passer in England's top-flight might just be Birmingham midfielder Barry Ferguson. Last season the Scot topped the charts for most completed passes and this season it look like he will be in [.

David James admits he joined Bristol City because he was drunk

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Jamo's transfer hangover Former England keeper David James has revealed he only ended up signing for Championship side Bristol City because he was drunk. The ex-Portsmouth goalie's inebriated state led him to answer a call from an unknown number, which he would ordinarily have ignored, on the morning after his stag do.

Top three dubious Ballon d’Or nominations

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OTP's nitpicking of the World Player of the Year nominations 1. Asamoah Gyan Yes, he had a good World Cup and yes, we reckon he will come good at Sunderland. But is he World Player of the Year? Not a chance and he certainly doesn't merit a spot in the 23-man shortlist. This smacks of [...]


Video: Real Sociedad celebrate goal in a car

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OTP would care to venture that FIFA will be clamping down on corporate goal celebrations in the not too distant future and one of the catalysts will be this celebration from Real Sociedad, or Royal Society to their friends. Antoine Griezmann, erm, steers the ball into the net before running behind the goals to jump [.

Video: Brazilian player skids down a flight of stairs during match!

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Ouch! Guilherme of Brazilian Serie B outfit Ponte Preta gave a new meaning to the phrase 'in the tunnel' during his side's match against Santo Andre. With the help of a shove from an opposition player, Guilherme found himself doing his best Slinky impression. Spotted on 101GG


David James admits he joined Bristol City because he was drunk

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Jamo's transfer hangover Former England keeper David James has revealed he only ended up signing for Championship side Bristol City because he was drunk. The ex-Portsmouth goalie's inebriated state led him to answer a call from an unknown number, which he would ordinarily have ignored, on the morning after his stag do.

Top three dubious Ballon d’Or nominations

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OTP's nitpicking of the World Player of the Year nominations 1. Asamoah Gyan Yes, he had a good World Cup and yes, we reckon he will come good at Sunderland. But is he World Player of the Year? Not a chance and he certainly doesn't merit a spot in the 23-man shortlist. This smacks of [...]

Video: Jozy Altidore grills some steaks

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Philly cheesesteaks, Jozy-style If Jozy Altidore's promising young career takes an expected dip or 'does an Adu' as it is technically known, at least he has got a trade to fall back on. It turns out the Villarreal striker, who spent last season on loan at Hull, is a dab hand at making Philly cheesesteaks.

We see your Xavi and Iniesta, and we raise you Barry Ferguson

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Barca-who? Who says the Premier League no longer attracts the best players in the world? Stats from Opta reveal that the most effective passer in England's top-flight might just be Birmingham midfielder Barry Ferguson. Last season the Scot topped the charts for most completed passes and this season it look like he will be in [.

Video: Ian Holloway’s record gets stuck during post-match interview

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Vooooooooo Blackpool boss Ian Holloway is gradually getting more and more entertaining in his post-match interviews after a some what solemn start to the season. For those of you who don't speak the language of Ollie, "voooooooo" apparently translates as "pedal to the metal".


Top 10 conclusions Premier League weekend 23-24 October

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1. The Baby Killer strikes again! 2. Perhaps Manchester United should put Wayne Rooney on gardening leave for the next five years since they seemed to cope without him. Maybe this is Fergie's cunning plan for revenge. 3. A 3-0 defeat to Arsenal should help keep Manchester City's feet on the ground, albeit they played [.

Video: Manchester United pitch invader celebration fail!

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So that's why they wear studs This will probably be the last time this moron watches Manchester United play for a few years, but at least he went out with a bang. You know times are tough at United when a winning goal against Stoke is worthy of a pitch invasion. Nonetheless, one fan decided [...]


Video: PSV Eindhoven smash Feyenoord 10-0

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Eredivisie humiliation Remember those comforting days when even the most limited knowledge of Dutch football told you that the top three positions in the league was just a case of arranging Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord in the right order? Those days are no more. Feyenoord have been a slowly sinking ship for a few seasons [.

Maltese newspaper apologises after Gary Neville ‘misquoted’ in his own column

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Don't mention the Citeh! Manchester United have published a newspaper's apology about comments attributed to Gary Neville on their website. The Sunday Times of Malta issued the apology after it "misquoted" Neville despite the fact that it was Neville's own column where the quote appeared. A statement issued by editor Steve Mallia read: "With [.

Video: David Beckham scores after Landon Donovan’s shove in the back

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Erm, is that a foul? Becks bagged his second goal of the season for LA Galaxy in the final game of the MLS Regular Season (whatever that is). The ex-England skipper fired in from the edge of the box as his side beat FC Dallas 2-1. His goal did owe a considerable amount to the [...]


Some unexpected prima donna behaviour from Aston Villa’s James Collins during team photo

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Villains defender receives Photoshop touch-ups If I was Martin O'Neill, I would be a little suspicious that Aston Villa only get round to taking their team photo in October. It is almost like they knew that a pre-season team photo would not have very much longevity. Anyway, taking the picture in October proved to have [.

Lewis McGugan hits goal of the season free kick for Nottingham Forest against Ipswich

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It's genuinely not just here because I support the team! Ok Ok, so I am a Forest fan, it's revealed. But even if I was an Ipswich Town season ticket holder then this free kick would be on here. It is one of football's illogicies that when a player not known as world class scores [...]


Cesc Fabregas believes Arsenal are miles better than any normal team

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Captain overstates Arsenal's quality slightly Now I can accept that Arsenal deserved to win against Manchester City yesterday. But I cannot accept that the early sending off of Boyata did not affect the outcome of the game. In an interview this morning, Cesc Fabregas has suggested that the inequality in numbers was not a factor [.

Video: Jozy Altidore grills some steaks

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Philly cheesesteaks, Jozy-style If Jozy Altidore's promising young career takes an expected dip or 'does an Adu' as its technically known, at least he has got a trade to fall back on. It turns out the Villarreal striker, who spent last season on loan at Hull, is a dab hand at making Philly cheesesteaks.

Lewis McGugan hits goal of the season free kick for Nottingham Forest against Ipswich

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It's genuinely not just here because I support the team! Ok Ok, so I am a Forest fan, it's revealed. But even if I was an Ipswich Town season ticket holder then this free kick would be on here. It is one of football's illogicies that when a player not known as world class scores [...]

Cesc Fabregas believes Arsenal are miles better than any normal team

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Captain overstates Arsenal's quality slightly Now I can accept that Arsenal deserved to win against Manchester City yesterday. But I cannot accept that the early sending off of Boyata did not affect the outcome of the game. In an interview this morning, Cesc Fabregas has suggested that the inequality in numbers was not a factor [.

Some unexpected prima donna behaviour from Aston Villa’s James Collins during team photo

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Villains defender receives Photoshop touch-ups If I was Martin O'Neill, I would be a little suspicious that Aston Villa only get round to taking their team photo in October. It is almost like they knew that a pre-season team photo would not have very much longevity. Anyway, taking the picture in October proved to have [.

Video: David Beckham scores after Landon Donovan’s shove in the back

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Erm, is that a foul? Becks bagged his second goal of the season for LA Galaxy in the final game of the MLS Regular Season (whatever that is). The ex-England skipper fired in from the edge of the box as his side beat FC Dallas 2-1. His goal did owe a considerable amount to the [...]

Video: PSV Eindhoven smash Feyenoord 10-0

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Eredivisie humiliation Remember those comforting days when even the most limited knowledge of Dutch football told you that the top three positions in the league was just a case of arranging Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord in the right order? Those days are no more. Feyenoord have been a slowly sinking ship for a few seasons [.

Maltese newspaper apologises after Gary Neville ‘misquoted’ in his own column

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Don't mention the Citeh! Manchester United have published a newspaper's apology about comments attributed to Gary Neville on their website. The Sunday Times of Malta issued the apology after it "misquoted" Neville despite the fact that it was Neville's own column where the quote appeared. A statement issued by editor Steve Mallia read: "With [.

Top 10 conclusions Premier League weekend 23-24 October

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1. The Baby Killer strikes again! 2. Perhaps Manchester United should put Wayne Rooney on gardening leave for the next five years since they seemed to cope without him. Maybe this is Fergie's cunning plan for revenge. 3. A 3-0 defeat to Arsenal should help keep Manchester City's feet on the ground, albeit they played [.

Video: Manchester United pitch invader celebration fail!

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So that's why they wear studs This will probably be the last time this moron watches Manchester United play for a few years, but at least he went out with a bang. You know times are tough at United when a winning goal against Stoke is worthy of a pitch invasion. Nonetheless, one fan decided [...]

Video: Ian Holloway’s record gets stuck during post-match interview

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Vooooooooo Blackpool boss Ian Holloway is gradually getting more and more entertaining in his post-match interviews after a some what solemn start to the season. For those of you who don't speak the language of Ollie, "voooooooo" apparently translates as "pedal to the metal".

Bet’s be ‘avin you: Top football betting tips for 23-24 October

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This weekend's treble bet focuses on some regular goalscorers, and mixes lower league with European elite. Ricky Lambert, Adam Le Fondre and Samuel Eto'o have been scoring goals regularly for years, albeit at spectacularly different levels. Back all three to do the same at any time this weekend. £5 on Eto'o, Lambert and Le Fondre [.

Video: Horror leg break from Copa Sudamericana

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It's one of those bendy leg ones This horrendous broken leg was sustained in the Copa Sudamericana clash between Colombian side Deportes Tolima and Bolivian outfit Oriente Petrolero. Tolima's Jhon Hurtado went in studs up on Francisco Argüello. The challenge left Argüello with a nasty leg break and Hurtado (unbelievably) a yellow card.

David Ngog suffers identity crisis, thinks he’s Martin Kelly

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There's only two Martin Kellys While many Liverpool fans were wondering why there was not Jamie Carragher on the pitch at the start of the second half of their Europa League tie against Napoli last night, they could equally have been forgiven for wondering why there were two Martin Kellys. Striker David Ngog emerged after [.

The big question after last night’s Europa League action: what the hell was Andy Townsend wearing?

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Silky skills Andy Townsend's mum was obviously well prepared for the Christmas party and had already picked up this silky little number from George at Asda. Imagine her dismay when Andy raids her wardrobe and wears her new blouse on national telly. She can't wear that now! Shame on you, Andy.


Video: How to deal with an opponent who wants to stop your timewasting

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Play dead You often see British players in European and international games suffer from this: they have been fouled and either have a bit of a knock or just want to waste a bit of time, only for an opponent to hoist them back on the feet. That was the situation in last week's African [...]


Nike store vandalised with Wayne Rooney death threat

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Never supply the boots of a marked man The Manchester Nike score has been vandalised with a death threat to Wayne Rooney. A poster of Rooney at the shop front has been emblazoned with the message: "JOIN CITY AND YOU'RE DEAD." Aside from the overall hatred and concerning content, you have to be generally impressed [.

The world is watching. A huge weekend for…

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Another management casualty predicted? Alex McLeish The estimation for this season was that Birmingham would be the predictable team in the Premier League: Nothing special, but no relegation danger, and finishing between 8th and 12th in the league. But after a summer spending in the region of £20million on Valles, Zigic, Foster, Jiranek and Beausejour, [.

Video: Ian Holloway’s already infamous rant on Wayne Rooney

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Blackpool boss goes mental Blackpool manager Ian Holloway launched this unexpectedly vociferous tirade against Wayne Rooney and player power in the wake of recent developments. Among other things, Ollie manages to compare Rooney to a walking house, which you don't get too often in interviews with football managers.

Video: Rio Ferdinand and Sir Alex Ferguson merk Wayne Rooney

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You got merk'd, Wazza Those cheeky pranksters Rio and Fergie have been having a laugh at Wazza's expense this week.


Wayne Rooney signs five-year contract with Manchester United

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There's no punchline: this is the truth There's nothing like a death threat to focus the mind, and that certainly appears to be the case for Wayne Rooney. Wazza has told the circus to pack up and move on by signing a new five-year deal at Manchester United. What's changed? Wayne said: "I've talked to [.

Competition: Fancy some free Crystal Palace, Derby County, Portsmouth or QPR tickets?

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Watch some footy for free, courtesy of OTP and npower We've got five pairs of tickets to give away to four great clashes in the npower Championship (next week, not tomorrow so don't panic). If you are a Crystal Palace, Derby, Portsmouth or Queens Park Rangers fan, read on to find out how to [...]


Video: Horror leg break from Copa Sudamericana

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It's one of those bendy leg ones This horrendous broken leg was sustained in the Copa Sudamericana clash between Colombian side Deportes Tolima and Bolivian outfit Oriente Petrolero. Tolima's Jhon Hurtado went in studs up on Francisco Argüello. The challenge left Argüello with a nasty leg break and Hurtado (unbelievably) a yellow card.

Competition: Fancy some free Crystal Palace, Derby County, Portsmouth or QPR tickets?

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Watch some footy for free, courtesy of OTP and npower We've got five pairs of tickets to give away to four great clashes in the npower Championship (next week, not tomorrow so don't panic). If you are a Crystal Palace, Derby, Portsmouth or Queens Park Rangers fan, read on to find out how to [...]

Video: Rio Ferdinand and Sir Alex Ferguson merk Wayne Rooney

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You got merk'd, Wazza Those cheeky pranksters Rio and Fergie have been having a laugh at Wazza's expense this week.

Wayne Rooney signs five-year contract with Manchester United

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There's no punchline: this is the truth There's nothing like a death threat to focus the mind, and that certainly appears to be the case for Wayne Rooney. Wazza has told the circus to pack up and move on by signing a new five-year deal at Manchester United. What's changed? Wayne said: "I've talked to [.

Nike store vandalised with Wayne Rooney death threat

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Never supply the boots of a marked man The Manchester Nike score has been vandalised with a death threat to Wayne Rooney. A poster of Rooney at the shop front has been emblazoned with the message: "JOIN CITY AND YOU'RE DEAD." Aside from the overall hatred and concerning content, you have to be generally impressed [.

The world is watching. A huge weekend for…

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Another management casualty predicted? Alex McLeish The estimation for this season was that Birmingham would be the predictable team in the Premier League: Nothing special, but no relegation danger, and finishing between 8th and 12th in the league. But after a summer spending in the region of £20million on Valles, Zigic, Foster, Jiranek and Beausejour, [.

Video: Ian Holloway’s already infamous rant on Wayne Rooney

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Blackpool boss goes mental Blackpool manager Ian Holloway launched this unexpectedly vociferous tirade against Wayne Rooney and player power in the wake of recent developments. Among other things, Ollie manages to compare Rooney to a walking house, which you don't get too often in interviews with football managers.

Video: How to deal with an opponent who wants to stop your timewasting

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Play dead You often see British players in European and international games suffer from this: they have been fouled and either have a bit of a knock or just want to waste a bit of time, only for an opponent to hoist them back on the feet. That was the situation in last week's African [...]

David Ngog suffers identity crisis, thinks he’s Martin Kelly

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There's only two Martin Kellys While many Liverpool fans were wondering why there was not Jamie Carragher on the pitch at the start of the second half of their Europa League tie against Napoli last night, they could equally have been forgiven for wondering why there were two Martin Kellys. Striker David Ngog emerged after [.

The big question after last night’s Europa League action: what the hell was Andy Townsend wearing?

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Silky skills Andy Townsend's mum was obviously well prepared for the Christmas party and had already picked up this silky little number from George at Asda. Imagine her dismay when Andy raids her wardrobe and wears her new blouse on national telly. She can't wear that now! Shame on you, Andy.

Brazilian referee cries after injury

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Ref goes down quicker than a Rooney escort An injury to a referee is on a list with ball boys falling over and Nani getting booked for diving for things that we like to see. What makes the injury to Cleber Abade more funny is that he squeals like a little piglet as he is [...]

Wayne Rooney confirms he wants to leave Man Utd because they can’t meet his ambitions

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Wazza pushed over the edge by Chris Smalling? Wayne Rooney has given a statement in which he admitted that he is intent on leaving Manchester United. He claimed his catalyst for telling the club he wanted to quit in August was the refusal of chief executive David Gill to give assurances that the club could [.

Video: Inter Milan 4-3 Gareth Bale

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Tottenham turn humiliation into entertainment If you had offered most of Spurs' players the chance to call off last night's Champions League clash with Inter Milan at half-time there would have been plenty of takers. At 4-0 down and reduced to 10 men, it was not looking very promising for Harry Redknapp's boys.

Video: Maurice Edu scores both goals as Rangers draw 1-1 with Valencia

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Heads up, heads down Rangers' Maurice Edu bagged two goals in their match against Valencia last night. Unfortunately, only one of them was for the right team. The USA international scored a pair of headers as the match ended 1-1. The most annoying thing for him is that the one he puts past his own [.

Former Arsenal star Robert Pires set to sign for Crawley Town. Really?

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Bobby back in Blighty Non-league Crawley Town are set to start to talks with World Cup-winner Robert Pires about a move to the club, according to the BBC. The 36-year-old former Arsenal player has been without a club since leaving Villarreal in the summer and is seemingly ready to enter discussions with the Blue Square [.

Manchester United fans have some Wayne Rooney banner fun

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Do you think there'll be one about prostitutes? Then you'd be right! Unsurprisingly, Wayne Rooney was not exactly Mr Popular at Old Trafford last night. The wantaway striker was the subject of many a nasty banner, including these two spotted by The Spoiler and their trusty satellite TV recording device.

Robbie Fowler reckons Wayne Rooney is going to join him at Perth Glory

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Yes! An excuse to post this ridiculous advert Robbie Fowler is still doing little to help those age-old rumours go away with his latest outlandish statement. The God Down Under reckons he is on the verge of convincing Wayne Rooney to join him at Perth Glory. In fact, he told the club's official website that [.

West Ham defender Manuel Da Costa arrested on suspicion of sexual assault

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Hammers centre-back 'groped breasts' West Ham player Manuel Da Costa has been arrested for allegedly molesting a clubber. The 24-year-old reportedly grabbed the young woman's breasts and bottom as she danced. He is then said assaulted the woman and two friends when a row broke out at the footballer trouble-magnet that is Faces nightclub in [.

Brazilian referee cries after injury

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Ref goes down quicker than a Rooney escort An injury to a referee is on a list with ball boys falling over and Nani getting booked for diving for things that we like to see. What makes the injury to Cleber Abade more funny is that he squeals like a little piglet as he is [...]


Robbie Fowler reckons Wayne Rooney is going to join him at Perth Glory

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Yes! An excuse to post this ridiculous advert Robbie Fowler is still doing little to help those age-old rumours go away with his latest outlandish statement. The God Down Under reckons he is on the verge of convincing Wayne Rooney to join him at Perth Glory. In fact, he told the club's official website that [.

West Ham defender Manuel Da Costa arrested on suspicion of sexual assault

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Hammers centre-back 'groped breasts' West Ham player Manuel Da Costa has been arrested for allegedly molesting a clubber. The 24-year-old reportedly grabbed the young woman's breasts and bottom as she danced. He is then said assaulted the woman and two friends when a row broke out at the footballer trouble-magnet that is Faces nightclub in [.

Video: Inter Milan 4-3 Gareth Bale

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Tottenham turn humiliation into entertainment If you had offered most of Spurs' players the chance to call off last night's Champions League clash with Inter Milan at half-time there would have been plenty of takers. At 4-0 down and reduced to 10 men, it was not looking very promising for Harry Redknapp's boys.

Video: Maurice Edu scores both goals as Rangers draw 1-1 with Valencia

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Heads up, heads down Rangers' Maurice Edu bagged two goals in their match against Valencia last night. Unfortunately, only one of them was for the right team. The USA international scored a pair of headers as the match ended 1-1. The most annoying thing for him is that the one he puts past his own [.

Former Arsenal star Robert Pires set to sign for Crawley Town. Really?

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Bobby back in Blighty Non-league Crawley Town are set to start to talks with World Cup-winner Robert Pires about a move to the club, according to the BBC. The 36-year-old former Arsenal player has been without a club since leaving Villarreal in the summer and is seemingly ready to enter discussions with the Blue Square [.

Manchester United fans have some Wayne Rooney banner fun

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Do you think there'll be one about prostitutes? Then you'd be right! Unsurprisingly, Wayne Rooney was not exactly Mr Popular at Old Trafford last night. The wantaway striker was the subject of many a nasty banner, including these two spotted by The Spoiler and their trusty satellite TV recording device.

Wayne Rooney confirms he wants to leave Man Utd because they can’t meet his ambitions

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Wazza pushed over the edge by Chris Smalling? Wayne Rooney has given a statement in which he admitted that he is intent on leaving Manchester United. He claimed his catalyst for telling the club he wanted to quit in August was the refusal of chief executive David Gill to give assurances that the club could [.

OTP Rebounds: Retro Roy Hodgson crisis talk, refereeing documentaries and energy drink spiking

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Some mid-afternoon clicking activities Interesting documentary on Swedish referee Martin Hansson (he of the Thierry Henry handball fame). In places you would swear you were watching An Idiot Abroad and it is actually Karl Pilkington [Freedom From Choice AB] "The way a manager behaves in times of crisis can often be the decisive factor in [.

OTP Rebounds: Tom Huddlestone – master negotiator, Ronaldo’s press conference smoke bomb and Neymar makes his parents cry

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Five hyperlinks which are adamant they are leaving OTP Nacho Nova booked for excessively celebrating a disallowed goal! [101GG] What if Tom Huddlestone's negotiating skills were put to better use [A Football Report] A Jenas among Genuses [The Spoiler] Neymar's parents want Juninho [Dirty Tackle] Ronaldo's press conference goes up in smoke [Footy for the [.

Manchester City’s marketing team begin work on their Wayne Rooney billboard campaign

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Welcome to Manchester And by Manchester City's marketing team we mean a random person with reasonable Photoshop skills!


Cesc Fabregas totally rips off Carlos Tevez’s ‘Happy Birthday Mum’ t-shirt

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Nil points for originality Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas celebrated his goal in a 5-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk by revealing a birthday message to his mum. His t-shirt was emblazoned with the slogan 'FELICITATS MAMA', which is Happy Birthday, Mum in Catalan. The gesture would have been even greater if he hadn't have nicked it [.

Video: Auxerre substitute sent-off against Ajax without stepping foot on the pitch

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Bad behaviour on the touchline Auxerre sub Jean-Pascal Mignot picked up a Champions League red card last night despite not playing in his side's defeat to Ajax. Mignot was warming up on the touchline in the closing minutes (a pretty pointless task, but that's besides the point) with Auxerre trailing 2-1 when he told the [.

Video: Eduardo scores against Arsenal, receives possibly best reaction to an away goal ever

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He doesn't play for you anymore Like a sick animal they nursed back to health before releasing him to the wild, Arsenal fans still have a lot of affection for Eduardo. That is why they didn't mind too much when he ruined their clean sheet in what would have been a 5-0 rout over Shakhtar [...]


Top 10 manager quotes from the vultures circling above Wayne Rooney

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And a couple of vultures who are keeping their distance OTP gives you a quick lowdown on what all the key players have got to say for themselves as they face questions about possible moves for Wayne Rooney. 1. "Everybody will be interested." Jose Mourinho, Real Madrid 2. "He is one of the greatest players [.

Special 1 TV returns to our screens

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Featuring Rafa and Woy squabbling over rotten eggs You can tell Special 1 TV has been away for a while. Mainly because Jose seems to have lost his accent a bit at the start of this new episode! But he is back into the swing of things by the end of the show. Unsurprisingly, Liverpool [...]


Photographic evidence: Sir Alex Ferguson steps up the efforts to sell Wayne Rooney

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A good old-fashioned cardboard sign should do the trick Great spot from Pies, who either had a lightbulb moment about this or were just trawling through the photos remembering the good times. Anyhow, a cute little PR stunt which involved Sir Alex Ferguson answering a young boy's homemade banner plea to bring Wayne Rooney to [.

Thirteen conclusions on Wayne Rooney leaving Manchester United

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Fly me to the Roon ...on his reasons for leaving • If we believe Sir Alex Ferguson, then "you can only guess yourself" is the answer. Rooney declared his intention to leave in the summer, at a time when Manchester United fans thought that Rooney would be glad to come back to the safety of [...]


OTP Rebounds: Retro Roy Hodgson crisis talk, refereeing documentaries and energy drink spiking

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Some mid-afternoon clicking activities Rättskiparen | The Referee [2010] from Freedom From Choice AB on Vimeo. Interesting documentary on Swedish referee Martin Hansson (he of the Thierry Henry handball fame). In places you would swear you were watching An Idiot Abroad and it is actually Karl Pilkington [Freedom From Choice AB] "The way a manager [.

Thirteen conclusions on Wayne Rooney leaving Manchester United

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Fly me to the Roon ...on his reasons for leaving • If we believe Sir Alex Ferguson, then "you can only guess yourself" is the answer. Rooney declared his intention to leave in the summer, at a time when Manchester United fans thought that Rooney would be glad to come back to the safety of [...]

Special 1 TV returns to our screens

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Featuring Rafa and Woy squabbling over rotten eggs You can tell Special 1 TV has been away for a while. Mainly because Jose seems to have lost his accent a bit at the start of this new episode! But he is back into the swing of things by the end of the show. Unsurprisingly, Liverpool [...]

Photographic evidence: Sir Alex Ferguson steps up the efforts to sell Wayne Rooney

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A good old-fashioned cardboard sign should do the trick Great spot from Pies, who either had a lightbulb moment about this or were just trawling through the photos remembering the good times. Anyhow, a cute little PR stunt which involved Sir Alex Ferguson answering a young boy's homemade banner plea to bring Wayne Rooney to [.

Top 10 manager quotes from the vultures circling above Wayne Rooney

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And a couple of vultures who are keeping their distance OTP gives you a quick lowdown on what all the key players have got to say for themselves as they face questions about possible moves for Wayne Rooney. 1. "Everybody will be interested." Jose Mourinho, Real Madrid 2. "He is one of the greatest players [.

Cesc Fabregas totally rips off Carlos Tevez’s ‘Happy Birthday Mum’ t-shirt

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Nil points for originality Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas celebrated his goal in a 5-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk by revealing a birthday message to his mum. His t-shirt was emblazoned with the slogan 'FELICITATS MAMA', which is Happy Birthday, Mum in Catalan. The gesture would have been even greater if he hadn't have nicked it [.

Video: Auxerre substitute sent-off against Ajax without stepping foot on the pitch

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Bad behaviour on the touchline Auxerre sub Jean-Pascal Mignot picked up a Champions League red card last night despite not playing in his side's defeat to Ajax. Mignot was warming up on the touchline in the closing minutes (a pretty pointless task, but that's besides the point) with Auxerre trailing 2-1 when he told the [.

Video: Eduardo scores against Arsenal, receives possibly best reaction to an away goal ever

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He doesn't play for you anymore Like a sick animal they nursed back to health before releasing him to the wild, Arsenal fans still have a lot of affection for Eduardo. That is why they didn't mind too much when he ruined their clean sheet in what would have been a 5-0 rout over Shakhtar [...]

OTP Rebounds: Tom Huddlestone – master negotiator, Ronaldo’s press conference smoke bomb and Neymar makes his parents cry

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Five hyperlinks which are adamant they are leaving OTP Nacho Nova booked for excessively celebrating a disallowed goal! [101GG] What if Tom Huddlestone's negotiating skills were put to better use [A Football Report] A Jenas among Genuses [The Spoiler] Neymar's parents want Juninho [Dirty Tackle] Ronaldo's press conference goes up in smoke [Footy for the [.

Manchester City’s marketing team begin work on their Wayne Rooney billboard campaign

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Welcome to Manchester And by Manchester City's marketing team we mean a random person with reasonable Photoshop skills!

Sir Alex Ferguson admits Wayne Rooney does want to leave Manchester United

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Wazza wants out. It's official When the media assembled for their press conference with Sir Alex Ferguson this afternoon they were certainly after some juicy gossip to keep the Wayne Rooney saga rumbling on a bit longer, but I don't think they expected this. Sir Alex Ferguson has freely admitted that Rooney does want to [.

Video: Alan Hansen says Mick McCarthy is “the f***ing man” on MOTD

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Short on analysis, high on profanities (you can borrow that, Stan) Mick McCarthy's hilarious post-match irony following Wolves' draw with West Ham on Saturday got him into OTP's Top 10 conclusions. But that wasn't the only feedback he received on his rant. Alan Hansen's immediate reaction, live on Match of the Day, was that it [.

Football Manager 2011 is on its way!

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Sponsored post The launch of a new Football Manager game is always a tricky time. The drip-fed revelations about the forthcoming release will always be bittersweet to true FM addicts. Yes, it means that you will soon get your hands on a shiny new version of the game with players at the correct clubs, clubs [.

Video: Andy Gray commits a series of horror tackles on Richard Keys

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When suits get dirty Last night's match between Blackburn and Sunderland was so dull that Andy Gray and Richard Keys started acting out their own match instead on Monday Night Football. And there were plenty of juicy tackles. Well, that might be stretching the truth slightly but Gray did provide a horror tackle masterclass for [.

Video: Referee blows for full-time on 80mins

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Ref can't tell the time In England, teams visiting Old Trafford are familiar with referees who would happily let the match roll on towards 100mins. But in Poland they have precisely the opposite problem. The recent match between Korona Kielce and Belchatow briefly descended into farce when the referee blew the full-time whistle.

Wayne Rooney’s Spanish for beginners

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A quick guide to Wazza's probable new lingo With a move to Spain looking increasingly on the cards for Wayne Rooney, OTP decided to smooth any possible transfer to Real Madrid by helping Wazza with a few key words and phrases that he might need in his new life abroad. 1. Prostituta Prostitute (duh!

Video: Alan Hansen says Mick McCarthy is “the f***ing man” on MOTD

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Short on analysis, high on profanities (you can borrow that, Stan) Mick McCarthy's hilarious post-match irony following Wolves' draw with West Ham on Saturday got him into OTP's Top 10 conclusions. But that wasn't the only feedback he received on his rant. Alan Hansen's immediate reaction, live on Match of the Day, was that it [.

Football Manager 2011 is on its way!

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Sponsored post The launch of a new Football Manager game is always a tricky time. The drip-fed revelations about the forthcoming release will always be bittersweet to true FM addicts. Yes, it means that you will soon get your hands on a shiny new version of the game with players at the correct clubs, clubs [.

Wayne Rooney’s Spanish for beginners

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A quick guide to Wazza's probable new lingo With a move to Spain looking increasingly on the cards for Wayne Rooney, OTP decided to smooth any possible transfer to Real Madrid by helping Wazza with a few key words and phrases that he might need in his new life abroad. 1. Prostituta Prostitute (duh!

Zlatan Ibrahimovic throws hat into ring for Barcelona manager’s job

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Man, that job would be Swede AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has put himself forward as the next manager of Barcelona and he reckons he could do a pretty good job. The Sweden international, on-loan at the San Siro from Barca, reckons the Nou Camp job is easy-peasy. He said: "In Barca, anyone can [.

Video: Referee blows for full-time on 80mins

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Ref can't tell the time In England, teams visiting Old Trafford are familiar with referees who would happily let the match roll on towards 100mins. But in Poland they have precisely the opposite problem. The recent match between Korona Kielce and Belchatow briefly descended into farce when the referee blew the full-time whistle.

Top 10 conclusions Premier League weekend 16-17 October

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1. John W Henry probably has a decent enough grasp of soccer to know that wasn't great from his new club. 2. The same can't be said of Roy Hodgson, sadly. OTP believes he has the experience, nous and ability to turn things around at Anfield but his post-match comments about how good Liverpool were [.

Video: Blackpool manager Ian Holloway does some Doritos product placement

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Ollie using MOTD to send out subliminal crisp messages Blackpool boss Ian Holloway will probably be receiving a lifetime's supply of tortilla crisps this morning after inadvertently doing a bit of corporate shill on MOTD. Ollie mentions Doritos in his own unique roundabout way of suggesting that crisp-munching MOTD viewers would see that referee Phil [.

Video: When Glentoran’s Matty Burrows isn’t scoring spectacular backheel goals…

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... he's doing this instead It's been quite a few weeks for Glentoran striker Matty Burrows. He was virtually unknown before scoring this outrageous backheel goal against Portadown. Time for him to step back from the limelight after his 15 minutes of fame? Well, not just yet. Burrows followed up his wonder goal with this [.

Arsenal star Robin Van Persie’s injury curse now affecting kids he meets

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Gunners crock is rubbing off on young children (not like that) In the world of Robin Van Persie, you never know where your next injury is coming from. Simple tasks become potential hazards. Even something as innocuous as a walk round a football pitch could result in injury. The Arsenal striker does actually escape this [.

Video: Malaga’s Albert Luque indulges in some strange ear-pulling on Real Madrid’s Pepe

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Lug-tugging This half-time scuffle between Malaga and Real Madrid was apparently sparked by Pepe pointing to the scoreboard showing that his side were leading 0-2 as the team's left the pitch. An incensed Albert Luque decided the only way to deal with such an affront was to yank Pepe's ear. Afterwards Luque defended his actions.

Wayne Rooney says “Later, w**kers” to Manchester United, apparently

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Taking paraphrasing to new levels Now, Fox News is the last place in the world you would expect to find a misleading headline. That's why OTP was shocked to discover their angle on the reports that Wayne Rooney is set to quit Manchester United. We're now waiting for further developments to find out whether he [.

Beginning of the end for Ledley King?

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King of the treatment room out yet again It is the curse of the Sunday League footballer. A training session on a Tuesday followed by ninety minutes on a Sunday morning, followed by three or four week days of staggering round an office: "hammy's a bit tight", "back's giving me a bit of jip", "oh [...

Tom Hicks labels Liverpool fans as terrorists

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Kop a load of this Tom Hicks hasn't necessarily enamoured himself to Liverpool fans, and it seems that nothing changes even after being forced to leave the club. Rather than skulking off to his room like a chastised chld, Hicks instead went out all guns blazing in an interview with Sky Sports News. Alongside a [.

Betting on professional football

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Sponsored post As it has grown in popularity, betting on football has seen a rise in diversity as well. No longer is betting on a game of football a simple case of marking your pools coupon or only betting on the outcome of the game in terms of a win, lose or draw. All kinds [...]


Zlatan Ibrahimovic throws hat into ring for Barcelona manager’s job

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Man, that job would be Swede AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has put himself forward as the next manager of Barcelona and he reckons he could do a pretty good job. The Sweden international, on-loan at the San Siro from Barca, reckons the Nou Camp job is easy-peasy. He said: "In Barca, anyone can [.

Betting on professional football

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Sponsored post As it has grown in popularity, betting on football has seen a rise in diversity as well. No longer is betting on a game of football a simple case of marking your pools coupon or only betting on the outcome of the game in terms of a win, lose or draw. All kinds [...]

Tom Hicks labels Liverpool fans as terrorists

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Kop a load of this Tom Hicks hasn't necessarily enamoured himself to Liverpool fans, and it seems that nothing changes even after being forced to leave the club. Rather than skulking off to his room like a chastised chld, Hicks instead went out all guns blazing in an interview with Sky Sports News. Alongside a [.

Beginning of the end for Ledley King?

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King of the treatment room out yet again It is the curse of the Sunday League footballer. A training session on a Tuesday followed by ninety minutes on a Sunday morning, followed by three or four week days of staggering round an office: "hammy's a bit tight", "back's giving me a bit of jip", "oh [...

Wayne Rooney says “Later, w**kers” to Manchester United, apparently

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Taking paraphrasing to new levels Now, Fox News is the last place in the world you would expect to find a misleading headline. That's why OTP was shocked to discover their angle on the reports that Wayne Rooney is set to quit Manchester United. We're now waiting for further developments to find out whether he [.

Video: Malaga’s Albert Luque indulges in some strange ear-pulling on Real Madrid’s Pepe

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Lug-tugging This half-time scuffle between Malaga and Real Madrid was apparently sparked by Pepe pointing to the scoreboard showing that his side were leading 0-2 as the team's left the pitch. An incensed Albert Luque decided the only way to deal with such an affront was to yank Pepe's ear. Afterwards Luque defended his actions.

Video: When Glentoran’s Matty Burrows isn’t scoring spectacular backheel goals…

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... he's doing this instead It's been quite a few weeks for Glentoran striker Matty Burrows. He was virtually unknown before scoring this outrageous backheel goal against Portadown. Time for him to step back from the limelight after his 15 minutes of fame? Well, not just yet. Burrows followed up his wonder goal with this [.

Arsenal star Robin Van Persie’s injury curse now affecting kids he meets

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Gunners crock is rubbing off on young children (not like that) In the world of Robin Van Persie, you never know where your next injury is coming from. Simple tasks become potential hazards. Even something as innocuous as a walk round a football pitch could result in injury. The Arsenal striker does actually escape this [.

Top 10 conclusions Premier League weekend 16-17 October

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1. John W Henry probably has a decent enough grasp of soccer to know that wasn't great from his new club. 2. The same can't be said of Roy Hodgson, sadly. OTP believes he has the experience, nous and ability to turn things around at Anfield but his post-match comments about how good Liverpool were [.

Video: Blackpool manager Ian Holloway does some Doritos product placement

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Ollie using MOTD to send out subliminal crisp messages Blackpool boss Ian Holloway will probably be receiving a lifetime's supply of tortilla crisps this morning after inadvertently doing a bit of corporate shill on MOTD. Ollie mentions Doritos in his own unique roundabout way of suggesting that crisp-munching MOTD viewers would see that referee Phil [.

Game against France gives Fabio Capello chance to use youth

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OTP gives Fabio a helping hand Shortly after England's dour borefest on Tuesday night, Fabio Capello announced that he would be ringing the changes for November's friendly against France, putting faith in youngsters to see exactly what they could show against quality, if recently farcical, opposition (Fabio didn't actually say that last bit).

Top five Merseyside derbies of the last 20 years

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And you'll never walk to the theme tune from Z Cars In the last five seasons alone, matches between Liverpool and Everton have produced 25 goals, ten red cards and five goals in the last five minutes of games. Today we look forward to tomorrow's derby by looking back at some of the best since [...]

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish imposes golf ban

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A good walk spoiled Birmingham's players have been banned from playing golf 48 hours before matches. Blues boss Alex McLeish has told his players they should not be sneaking in a quick round on their rest days. City's squad have now received a code of conduct, which makes it clear that they are expected to [.

Chelsea sign 11 year old striker Michael Gyasi from Northampton Town

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Striker probably not set to face Villa tomorrow Is Michael Gyasi the happiest kid in the land? Yesterday Chelsea were able to confirm the signing of German born Gyasi for a down-payment of £10,000, and more money will be due if the player turns professional. The signing of an 11 year old from a club [.

The world is watching. Huge weekend for …

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After weeks of being unable to do so, I am staying away from Merseyside this weekend. Obviously, unless you have been down a Chilean mine you will realise that there is still a fair amount occurring in the city of Liverpool, but this week I am keen to keep things on-field. Owen Hargreaves Owen Hargreaves [.

Video: Sam Allardyce wages war on perception

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Blackburn boss has watched Inception too many times Remember yesterday's hilarious Sam Allardyce press conference in which he wanted to talk mainly about facts and perception? We told you our favourite quote of the entire rant... and now we have the video of said quote. Bloody perception! Ruining our game.

Video: Arsenal goalie Vito Mannone talks the talk, fails to walk the walk

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That's not the way to convince Arsene Third-choice Arsenal keeper Vito Mannone began his spell on international duty with Italy under 21s by making some disparaging comments about his rivals a place in the Gunners' line-up, Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski. He said: "I get annoyed when I don't play, it's not as if the [.

RIP Malcolm Allison

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Big Mal has sadly passed away Malcolm Allison's career in football management was over long before OTP started, which is a great shame. He would have been an endless source of entertaining material. Outspoken, charismatic and backed up by being a great manager, he is pretty much the blueprint of what we like to see [.

How to use free bets

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Sponsored post Find them (at Freebets for instance), select them and use them. Free bets are the singly best way to make sure that you do better then the bookie. You have no doubt heard people say that it is the bookmaker who always wins. That is, in fact, a myth. Quite often the bookie [...]


Two rich Arsenal youngsters, at a loose end on a Friday afternoon in a big city…

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... what would you do? Kieran Gibbs and Henri Lansbury took their mums out to lunch. Bless them.


Keeping up with football on Sky

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Sponsored post If you're a big fan of football, one of the best places to keep up to date with all the news and goings on is Sky, whether that's via Sky Sports channels as part of Sky TV, the Sky Sports website, Sky Sports News Radio or even the sports section of Sky Magazine. [...]


Bets be ‘avin you: Top football betting tips for 16-17 October

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It's OTP's new betting column It is with a sigh of relief and feeling of anticipation that football fans and punters nationwide welcome back domestic football. Our 'naughty' bets now can consist of the Turkish Super Lig as oppose to some dreadful Euro U-19 qualifiers. A full programme in England and Scotland means that there [.

Bets be ‘avin you: Top football betting tips for 16-17 October

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It's OTP's new betting column It is with a sigh of relief and feeling of anticipation that football fans and punters nationwide welcome back domestic football. Our 'naughty' bets now can consist of the Turkish Super Lig as oppose to some dreadful Euro U-19 qualifiers. A full programme in England and Scotland means that there [.

Keeping up with football on Sky

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Sponsored post If you're a big fan of football, one of the best places to keep up to date with all the news and goings on is Sky, whether that's via Sky Sports channels as part of Sky TV, the Sky Sports website, Sky Sports News Radio or even the sports section of Sky Magazine. [...]

How to use free bets

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Sponsored post Find them (at Freebets for instance), select them and use them. Free bets are the singly best way to make sure that you do better then the bookie. You have no doubt heard people say that it is the bookmaker who always wins. That is, in fact, a myth. Quite often the bookie [...]

Two rich Arsenal youngsters, at a loose end on a Friday afternoon in a big city…

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... what would you do? Kieran Gibbs and Henri Lansbury took their mums out to lunch. Bless them.

RIP Malcolm Allison

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Big Mal has sadly passed away Malcolm Allison's career in football management was over long before OTP started, which is a great shame. He would have been an endless source of entertaining material. Outspoken, charismatic and backed up by being a great manager, he is pretty much the blueprint of what we like to see [.

Video: Sam Allardyce wages war on perception

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Blackburn boss has watched Inception too many times Remember yesterday's hilarious Sam Allardyce press conference in which he wanted to talk mainly about facts and perception? We told you our favourite quote of the entire rant... and now we have the video of said quote. Bloody perception! Ruining our game.

Video: Arsenal goalie Vito Mannone talks the talk, fails to walk the walk

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That's not the way to convince Arsene Third-choice Arsenal keeper Vito Mannone began his spell on international duty with Italy under 21s by making some disparaging comments about his rivals a place in the Gunners' line-up, Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski. He said: "I get annoyed when I don't play, it's not as if the [.

The world is watching. Huge weekend for …

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After weeks of being unable to do so, I am staying away from Merseyside this weekend. Obviously, unless you have been down a Chilean mine you will realise that there is still a fair amount occurring in the city of Liverpool, but this week I am keen to keep things on-field. Owen Hargreaves Owen Hargreaves [.

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish imposes golf ban

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A good walk spoiled Birmingham's players have been banned from playing golf 48 hours before matches. Blues boss Alex McLeish has told his players they should not be sneaking in a quick round on their rest days. City's squad have now received a code of conduct, which makes it clear that they are expected to [.

Chelsea sign 11 year old striker Michael Gyasi from Northampton Town

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Striker probably not set to face Villa tomorrow Is Michael Gyasi the happiest kid in the land? Yesterday Chelsea were able to confirm the signing of German born Gyasi for a down-payment of £10,000, and more money will be due if the player turns professional. The signing of an 11 year old from a club [.

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce wants to talk about facts

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He's only gone and done a Rafa Premier League manager wants to talk about facts and provides the media with a dossier of evidence to support the facts: sound familiar? Well, it wasn't quite a Rafa rant, but Sam Allardyce has followed in Benitez's footsteps. The Blackburn boss was reacting to comments made by Danny [.

Off The Post helps Italian police track down Serbia hooligan

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Well, sort of Italian police have captured the ringleader of the hooligan activity which led to Italy's Euro 2012 qualifying match against Serbia being abandoned on Tuesday night. Officers found 30-year-old Ivan Bogdanov stowed away in the luggage compartment of a coach carrying Serbian supporters. You will recall Bogdanov as the balaclava-clad man pictured cutting [.

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce wants to talk about facts

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He's only gone and done a Rafa Premier League manager wants to talk about facts and provides the media with a dossier of evidence to support the facts: sound familiar? Well, it wasn't quite a Rafa rant, but Sam Allardyce has followed in Benitez's footsteps. The Blackburn boss was reacting to comments made by Danny [.

Off The Post helps Italian police track down Serbia hooligan

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Well, sort of Italian police have captured the ringleader of the hooligan activity which led to Italy's Euro 2012 qualifying match against Serbia being abandoned on Tuesday night. Officers found 30-year-old Ivan Bogdanov stowed away in the luggage compartment of a coach carrying Serbian supporters. You will recall Bogdanov as the balaclava-clad man pictured cutting [.

BBC still struggling to comprehend that The Firm was a film, not reality

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Tom Cruise's stunning performance continues to mess with the Beeb's mind When the BBC needed an American lawyer to comment on the latest twist in the Liverpool saga they knew exactly who to call. But when they were informed that Gregory Peck had passed away, they had to settle for Tom Cruise instead.

Video: USA women striker Abby Wambach hits man and his food with wayward shot

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Try the Wambach diet USA women striker Abby Wambach was helping fans to keep in shape before their match against China last week. During the pre-match warm-up, she managed a direct hit on a man making his way to his seat with his freshly purchased junk food. She's a bit like a more aggressive Jamie [.

Liverpool takeover is OFF again for now as Hicks and Gillett take out injunction

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H&G dignity sell out goes through smoothly The seemingly unstoppable takeover of Liverpool by NESV has hit trouble once again after Tom Hicks and George Gillett went to a Texas court to block the move. The American court imposed a temporary restraining order to prevent the sale going through last night.

Sky’s 3D sports pubs

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Sponsored post The launch of Europe's first ever 3D channel, Sky 3D, is now two weeks old. The channel began broadcasting on October 1, with the 2010 Ryder Cup live from Celtic Manor. However, although this will mark the wide availability of Sky in 3D to the general public, Sky have been giving us glimpses [.

Wayne Rooney forgets to keep up the story about his fake ankle injury

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Wazza spills the beans Wayne Rooney has left himself open to a nasty bout of hairdryer treatment after defying Sir Alex Ferguson by denying he is currently carrying an injury. His Manchester United manager claimed that he had not played in recent club games because of a "niggling" ankle injury. But suspicions that Rooney's absence [.

Sky’s 3D sports pubs

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Sponsored post The launch of Europe's first ever 3D channel, Sky 3D, is now two weeks old. The channel began broadcasting on October 1, with the 2010 Ryder Cup live from Celtic Manor. However, although this will mark the wide availability of Sky in 3D to the general public, Sky have been giving us glimpses [.

Wayne Rooney forgets to keep up the story about his fake ankle injury

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Wazza spills the beans Wayne Rooney has left himself open to a nasty bout of hairdryer treatment after defying Sir Alex Ferguson by denying he is currently carrying an injury. His Manchester United manager claimed that he had not played in recent club games because of a "niggling" ankle injuries. But suspicions that Rooney's absence [.

BBC still struggling to comprehend that The Firm was a film, not reality

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Tom Cruise's stunning performance continues to mess with the Beeb's mind When the BBC needed an American lawyer to comment on the latest twist in the Liverpool saga they knew exactly who to call. But when they were informed that Gregory Peck had passed away, they had to settle for Tom Cruise instead.

Video: USA women striker Abby Wambach hits man and his food with wayward shot

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Try the Wambach diet USA women striker Abby Wambach was helping fans to keep in shape before their match against China last week. During the pre-match warm-up, she managed a direct hit on a man making his way to his seat with his freshly purchased junk food. She's a bit like a more aggressive Jamie [.

Liverpool takeover is OFF again for now as Hicks and Gillett take out injunction

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H&G dignity sell out goes through smoothly The seemingly unstoppable takeover of Liverpool by NESV has hit trouble once again after Tom Hicks and George Gillett went to a Texas court to block the move. The American court imposed a temporary restraining order to prevent the sale going through last night.

Sunderland’s Anton Ferdinand arrested, currently behind bars

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Rio's brother gets nicked Anton Ferdinand is currently in police custody after handing himself in at a Newcastle police station. Yesterday, OTP told you that a warrant had been issued for his arrest after he missed a court hearing on Monday. The Sunderland defender had been due to be sentenced after being convicted of using [.

Video: Italy v Serbia Euro 2012 qualifier suspended after crowd trouble

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The pitch is on fire Italy's match against Serbia was suspended after just six minutes following rioting by the visiting supporters. The game, which was being played in Genoa, had already been delayed for 30 minutes by the hooligans. Scottish referee Craig Thomson eventually got the game under way, only to call it off minutes [.

Top five conclusions: England 0-0 Montenegro

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1. OTP is quite happy with this result. Qualifying blips provide a healthy dose of reality ahead of tournaments. 2. You can see Kevin Davies having a role to play in the England squad (elbowing defenders and flicking the ball on), but it would probably need to be with Jermain Defoe or Darren Bent. 3.

Romelu Lukaku ticks the boxes in quest for next world superstar

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Rumours of Arsenal move raise the inevitable questions Predicting stars of the future is a notoriously difficult and dangerous task. It could be labelled Freddie Adu syndrome. We watch a few youtube clips, read a few tabloid headlines, and make more than a few assumptions. Next on this particular pedestal may be a Belgian striker [.

Bolton striker Johan Elmander got tired of being screamed at by Gary Megson

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What's the Swedish for ginger whinger? Johan Elmander has hit out at former Bolton Wanderers manager Gary Megson, blaming him for the poor form that blighted the start of his career at the Reebok Stadium. The Swede, a £10 million buy from Toulouse, reckons Megson's style of management did nothing to help him find his [.

Dear Serbian hooligans, have you considered long-sleeve tops?

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Any distinguishing features? In our earlier post on the Italy-Serbia match that wasn't, we referred to the poor balaclava-wearing fisherman who seemed to be taking all the blame for the crowd trouble. OTP sources are now suggesting that he wasn't innocently cutting his fishing net at all and so, with this in mind, we are [.

Video: Flamengo’s Renato floors pitch invader, referee puts the boot in

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Who's the hooligan? This crazy footage comes from Brazil, where Flamengo just seconds away from the final whistle in a 2-2 draw with Avai have had a player sent-off. An angry Flamengo fan runs onto the pitch intent on, at the very least, remonstrating with the match officials. Flamengo player Renato takes decisive [.

Court rules Liverpool sale can go ahead

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Hicks and Gillett lose court case Liverpool's sale to NESV can go ahead after the High Court ruled in favour of Royal Bank of Scotland. Owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett's attempts to block the deal with the owners of Boston Red Sox baseball team were thrown out by the judge. Whether it will or [..

Lewis Holtby tempts fate with FC Mainz

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Young midfielder makes outrageous claim FC Mainz have been the surprise package of European football this season, making headlines for winning all seven of their Bundesliga games. One might suspect that the word from the top would be to remain calm at such a time, and aim to be nothing more than quietly confident.

Sunderland’s Anton Ferdinand arrested, currently behind bars

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Rio's brother gets nicked Anton Ferdinand is currently in police custody after handing himself in at a Newcastle police station. Yesterday, OTP told you that a warrant had been issued for his arrest after he missed a court hearing on Monday. The Sunderland defender had been due to be sentenced after being convicted of using [.

Lewis Holtby tempts fate with FC Mainz

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Young midfielder makes outrageous claim FC Mainz have been the surprise package of European football this season, making headlines for winning all seven of their Bundesliga games. One might suspect that the word from the top would be to remain calm at such a time, and aim to be nothing more than quietly confident.

Court rules Liverpool sale can go ahead

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Hicks and Gillett lose court case Liverpool's sale to NESV can go ahead after the High Court ruled in favour of Royal Bank of Scotland. Owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett's attempts to block the deal with the owners of Boston Red Sox baseball team were thrown out by the judge. Whether it will or [..

Video: Flamengo’s Renato floors pitch invader, referee puts the boot in

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Who's the hooligan? This crazy footage comes from Brazil, where Flamengo just seconds away from the final whistle in a 2-2 draw with Avai have had a player sent-off. An angry Flamengo fan runs onto the pitch intent on, at the very least, remonstrating with the match officials. Flamengo player Renato takes decisive [.

Dear Serbian hooligans, have you considered long-sleeve tops?

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Any distinguishing features? In our earlier post on the Italy-Serbia match that wasn't, we referred to the poor balaclava-wearing fisherman who seemed to be taking all the blame for the crowd trouble. OTP sources are now suggesting that he wasn't innocently cutting his fishing net at all and so, with this in mind, we are [.

Top five conclusions: England 0-0 Montenegro

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1. OTP is quite happy with this result. Qualifying blips provide a healthy dose of reality ahead of tournaments. 2. You can see Kevin Davies having a role to play in the England squad (elbowing defenders and flicking the ball on), but it would probably need to be with Jermain Defoe or Darren Bent. 3.

Romelu Lukaku ticks the boxes in quest for next world superstar

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Rumours of Arsenal move raise the inevitable questions Predicting stars of the future is a notoriously difficult and dangerous task. It could be labelled Freddie Adu syndrome. We watch a few youtube clips, read a few tabloid headlines, and make more than a few assumptions. Next on this particular pedestal may be a Belgian striker [.

Bolton striker Johan Elmander got tired of being screamed at by Gary Megson

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What's the Swedish for ginger whinger? Johan Elmander has hit out at former Bolton Wanderers manager Gary Megson, blaming him for the poor form that blighted the start of his career at the Reebok Stadium. The Swede, a £10 million buy from Toulouse, reckons Megson's style of management did nothing to help him find his [.

Video: Italy v Serbia Euro 2012 qualifier suspended after crowd trouble

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The pitch is on fire Italy's match against Serbia was suspended after just six minutes following rioting by the visiting supporters. The game, which was being played in Genoa, had already been delayed for 30 minutes by the hooligans. Scottish referee Craig Thomson eventually got the game under way, only to call it off minutes [.

Video: Royston Drenthe furthers his rapping career

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No Ryan Babel this time. Must be a gangsta feud Real Madrid, erm... not really sure what position you would say he played for them... Hmm. Real Madrid no-hoper Royston Drenthe has made a further stride towards a career in rap music rather than football with his latest collaboration. The Dutchman currently on loan [.

Velez Sarsfield lower the tone with heart attack celebration

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Doesn't necessarily fit the bill It has been a strange old season for celebrations, with teams from Iceland, Finland and Japan resorting to the weird and the wonderful to celebrate goals (what happened to the good ol' handshake?) However, Santiago Silva of Velez Sarsfield might have just lowered the tone.

Competition: It’s another massive OTP ticket giveaway

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Watch some footy for free, courtesy of OTP and npower After last week's competition (hope you enjoyed your matches, winners), we have another huge ticket giveaway this week. Thanks to npower, sponsors of the Football League, we have a pair of tickets for 29 of this weekend's Football League matches to give to lucky readers.

Video: Scotland under 21s’ Chris Maguire scores from kick-off

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The sort of goal that earns you a 2-1 defeat to Iceland U21 Just like their senior squad, Scotland under 21s don't bother going into the opposition half to attack but for very different reasons. Whereas Craig Levein's squad get a nosebleed if they cross the halfway line, the youngsters just ping the ball [.

Fulham’s Danny Murphy drops out as England pundit

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Outspoken Cottagers captain stands up ITV As a former Wales manager, Mark Hughes knows all about players dropping their international commitments at short notice. But is now seems he is behind an international withdrawal with a twist. His Fulham skipper Danny Murphy has decided not to appear as a pundit on tonight's ITV coverage of [.

Rio Ferdinand confuses Jack Wilshere and Adam Johnson with toddlers (or possibly dwarves)

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Those pesky kids Rio Ferdinand has returned to the England squad to reclaim his captaincy and paint himself as the grumpy elder statesman of the national team set-up. Old man Rio is fed-up of those silly boys Jack Wilshere and Adam Johnson getting in his way and treading on his toes. He said: It's nice [.

Top 10 playmakers in football history

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A truly better job than the Daily Mail On the basis that Monday evening is football pub quiz night, Tuesdays will often bring some sort of countdown or top 10 feature, on the basis that it will generally have been argued at length the night before. This week is no different, and the topic of [...]


Warrant issued for Anton Ferdinand’s arrest

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Sunderland defender wanted by the law WANTED: FOR CRIMES AGAINST DEFENDING. Nah, not really. Sunderland's Anton Ferdinand has had an arrest warrant issued against after he failed to appear in court. The brother of England captain Rio could now be arrested and kept in custody if officers track him down before he hands himself in.

Fancy taking a penalty at Old Trafford and the Nou Camp, Man Utd and Barcelona fans?

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How would you like to take a penalty in front of thousands of fans at two of the world's biggest stadiums? Betfair is giving six lucky fans the chance to go head-to-head in a penalty shootout at both Old Trafford and the Nou Camp. The Betfair Penalty Champions campaign will give supporters the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity [.

Peter Lim shows anti-Liverpool past

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Please set up one of your bars in the Kop Poor old Liverpool just can't seem to get it right. Just as it looks like a new knight in shining armour may save the club with a new bid, it turns out he hasn't always been pro-Liverpool. In fact, it is widely accepted that Lim [...]


Video: Royston Drenthe furthers his rapping career

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No Ryan Babel this time. Must be a gangsta feud Real Madrid, erm... not really sure what position you would say he played for them... Hmm. Real Madrid no-hoper Royston Drenthe has made a further stride towards a career in rap music rather than football with his latest collaboration. The Dutchman currently on loan [.

Peter Lim shows anti-Liverpool past

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Please set up one of your bars in the Kop Poor old Liverpool just can't seem to get it right. Just as it looks like a new knight in shining armour may save the club with a new bid, it turns out he hasn't always been pro-Liverpool. In fact, it is widely accepted that Lim [...]

Fancy taking a penalty at Old Trafford and the Nou Camp, Man Utd and Barcelona fans?

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How would you like to take a penalty in front of thousands of fans at two of the world's biggest stadiums? Betfair is giving six lucky fans the chance to go head-to-head in a penalty shootout at both Old Trafford and the Nou Camp. The Betfair Penalty Champions campaign will give supporters the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity [.

Top 10 playmakers in football history

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A truly better job than the Daily Mail On the basis that Monday evening's is football pub quiz night, Tuesdays will often bring some sort of countdown or top ten feature, on the basis that it will generally have been argued at length the night before. This week is no different, and the topic of [...]

Warrant issued for Anton Ferdinand’s arrest

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Sunderland defender wanted by the law WANTED: FOR CRIMES AGAINST DEFENDING. Nah, not really. Sunderland's Anton Ferdinand has had an arrest warrant issued against after he failed to appear in court. The brother of England captain Rio could now be arrested and kept in custody if officers track him down before he hands himself in.

Rio Ferdinand confuses Jack Wilshere and Adam Johnson with toddlers (or possibly dwarves)

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Those pesky kids Rio Ferdinand has returned to the England squad to reclaim his captaincy and paint himself as the grumpy elder statesman of the national team set-up. Old man Rio is fed-up of those silly boys Jack Wilshere and Adam Johnson getting in his way and treading on his toes. He said: It's nice [.

Fulham’s Danny Murphy drops out as England pundit

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Outspoken Cottagers captain stands up ITV As a former Wales manager, Mark Hughes knows all about players dropping their international commitments at short notice. But is now seems he is behind an international withdrawal with a twist. His Fulham skipper Danny Murphy has decided not to appear as a pundit on tonight's ITV coverage of [.

Competition: It’s another massive OTP ticket giveaway

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Watch some footy for free, courtesy of OTP and npower After last week's competition (hope you enjoyed your matches, winners), we have another huge ticket giveaway this week. Thanks to npower, sponsors of the Football League, we have a pair of tickets for 29 of this weekend's Football League matches to give to lucky readers.

Video: Scotland under 21s’ Chris Maguire scores from kick-off

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The sort of goal that earns you a 2-1 defeat to Iceland U21 Just like their senior squad, Scotland under 21s don't bother going into the opposition half to attack but for very different reasons. Whereas Craig Levein's squad get a nosebleed if they cross the halfway line, the youngsters just ping the ball [.

Velez Sarsfield lower the tone with latest celebration

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Doesn't necessarily fit the bill It has been a strange old celebrations, with teams from Iceland, Finland and Japan resorting to the weird and the wonderful to celebrate goals (what happened to the good ol' handshake?) However, Santiago Silva of Velez Sarsfield might have just lowered the tone. After scoring a penalty against Colon, Silva [.

David Healy becoming the forgotten man of British football

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Time hasn't been a great Healy-er. Apologies It would be remiss of me, before starting this article, to congratulate Northern Ireland. Friday's result was a fantastic draw against the Italians, particularly after a stunning win in Slovenia. This was a starting line up that contained Warren Feeney of Oldham Athletic, and Grant McCann of Peterborough [.

Ex-Norwich boss Bryan Gunn now selling mobile phones

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Canary gets a new career Former Norwich City boss Bryan Gunn has swapped football management for the rough and tumble of the East Anglian telecommunications industry. Since March this year, the Canaries legend has been working as Director of Business Development at Norfolk company OneStream. In the company's September newsletter, Gunn praised a Blackberry app [.

Dear Mr Rapist (Liverpool’s Dear Mr Hicks video spoof)

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Liverpool takeover dilemma gets a reality check You might recall that the epic Dear Mr Hicks protest video produced by Liverpool supporters contained some rather ill-advised comparisons to rape. Inevitably, these have been seized upon to produce the Dear Mr Rapist spoof video. It is probably fair to say it serves to give a bit [.

Fiorentina keeper Artur Boruc says he got ‘lazy’ at Celtic

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And fat too. Don't forget fat Ex-Celtic keeper Artur Boruc has revealed he got lazy because fans of the Glasgow club adored him so much. The Polish international has lost three stones since quitting Parkhead in the summer to join Italian side Fiorentina. He now admits that five years with Celtic had made him lazy.

FIFA 11 spelling FAIL!

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How are your bicycycle kicks these days? Oh dear! Sack the proofreader because EA Sports have let a nasty typo slip into FIFA 11. It seems you can train to improve your bicycycle kicks. Not be confused with a scississor kick. Spotted on @NelMaNo

Video: Drunken Joe Hart sings The Zutons’ Valerie

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Stag do karaoke with the England keeper England keeper Joe Hart took to a Spanish bar to deliver his very own rendition of Valerie by The Zutons. If Amy Winehouse made the song her own when she covered it, Hart's version is also very distinguishable from the original. The footage was released by the News [.

Video: Peter Shilton dances the salsa on Strictly Come Dancing

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England's most-capped player embarrasses himself Ex-England keeper Peter Shilton has taken the reality TV shilling and is currently appearing on BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing. It appears all that goalkeeping agility doesn't necessarily transfer to the dancefloor. Shilton attempted to take on the salsa with partner Erin Boag and.

Video: Northern Ireland’s Steven Davis kicks the corner flag instead of the ball

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Corner kick FAIL Less speed, more haste would be the official motto of Steven Davis's quick corner-taking technique. The Northern Ireland midfielder's attempts to spear Italy's players with a corner flag failed during Friday night's match at Windsor Park as the Rangers man was unable to get the necessary elevation.

Carlos Tevez reiterates threat to quit football

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I'd quite honestly do it for free Carlos Tevez is a strange one. Towards the end of his stint at Manchester United the Argentinian complained that he simply wasn't playing enough football, and didn't feel loved by the club. Fast forward 18 months, and the worm has turned. Suddenly Carlos feels that he is playing [.

Mirko Vucinic gets angry and naked against Switzerland

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No, no idea at all Montenegro are proving to be dark horses in qualification for Euro 2012, and England will need to be on their guard on Tuesday. Their celebrations, however, are dreadful. Last night Mirko Vucinic scored the winner against Switzerland, and quite literally went mental, taking off his shorts despite team mates trying [.

OTP Rebounds: The dirtiest Premier League players, more Man Utd maths and Woy wumbles talkSPORT

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A quick one-two with the interweb Daniel Agger lifts the lid on life under Roy Hodgson, but Woy knows exactly what talkSPORT are up to [talkSPORT] It's the Premier League's Dirty Dozen (minus two) [Pies] Man Utd's accountant on similar form to Rooney [Guardian] A very quick goal from the States. [Dirty Tackle] The best [.

Wes Brown to be sold after clash with Sir Alex Ferguson?

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Row explains defender's absence this season Rumours are abound this morning that Wes Brown will be sold by Manchester United in January after a blazing row with boss Fergie. Apparently it has taken three months for the story to come out, as the argument took place on the pre-season tour to America. For some reason, [.

Marko Vucinic gets angry and naked against Switzerland

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No, no idea at all Montenegro are proving to be dark horses in qualification for Euro 2012, and England will need to be on their guard on Tuesday. Their celebrations, however, are dreadful. Last night Marko Vucinic scored the winner against Switzerland, and quite literally went mental, taking off his shorts despite team mates trying [.

Wes Brown to be sold after clash with Sir Alex Ferguson?

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Row explains defender's absence this season Rumours are abound this morning that Wes Brown will be sold by Manchester United in January after a blazing row with boss Fergie. Apparently it has taken three months for the story to come out, as the argument took place on the pre-season tour to America. For some reason, [.

Video: Sergio Ramos nearly sparks national crisis in Spain over regional languages

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Presser gets political Spanish footballers have been getting very politically active this week. After Oleguer (apologies to him for rounding him up as a 'Spanish' footballer) joined a squatters protest, Sergio Ramos has now set tongues of various dialects wagging with his performance in a press conference yesterday.

OTP Rebounds: The dirtiest Premier League players, more Man Utd maths and Woy wumbles talkSPORT

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A quick one-two with the interweb Daniel Agger lifts the lid on life under Roy Hodgson, but Woy knows exactly what talkSPORT are up to [talkSPORT] It's the Premier League's Dirty Dozen (minus two) [Pies] Man Utd's accountant on similar form to Rooney [Guardian] A very quick goal from the States. [Dirty Tackle] The best [.

Video: Sergio Ramos nearly sparks national crisis in Spain over regional languages

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Presser gets political Spanish footballers have been getting very politically active this week. After Oleguer (apologies to him for rounding him up as a 'Spanish' footballer) joined a squatters protest, Sergio Ramos has now set tongues of various dialects wagging with his performance in a press conference yesterday.

The world is watching. It’s a huge weekend for …

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With an evident international feel this week Craig Levein One of the lowest points in my football obsession was watching Scotland's game against Leichtenstein at Hampden. I still wake up in a cold sweat after nightmares about the lack of desire, lack of quality and lack of natural talent on display that night.

Video: The only red card of Nigel De Jong’s career

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And even that was for two bookings For all the controversy this week, our pals at Footy for the Soul inform us that everyone's favourite tough-tackling midfielder Nigel De Jong has only been sent-off once so far in his eight-year career. We're tempted to suggest that this must be due to borrowing Mark Van Bommel's [.

Rise in football hooliganism: there’s only one solution

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And OTP has the answer A report by the BBC claims that a new generation of football hooligans is threatening to ruin the sport's reputation. Police figures, seen by the Beeb, show that there were 103 incidents of hooliganism involving young people last season, up from 38 in 2007. Now is the time to nip [.

The world is watching. It’s a huge weekend for …

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With an evident international feel this week Craig Levein One of the lowest points in my football obsession was watching Scotland's game against Leichtenstein at Hampden. I still wake up in a cold sweat after nightmares about the lack of desire, lack of quality and lack of natural talent on display that night.

Rise in football hooliganism: there’s only one solution

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And OTP has the answer A report by the BBC claims that a new generation of football hooligans is threatening to ruin the sport's reputation. Police figures, seen by the Beeb, show that there were 103 incidents of hooliganism involving young people last season, up from 38 in 2007. Now is the time to nip [.

Federico Macheda clarifies his ‘Wayne Rooney is a chav’ comments

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He actual meant he was "genuine" Manchester United youngster Federico Macheda has been talking to the Gazzetto dello Sport again, this time to amend his comment that Wayne Rooney is a chav. The Italy under 21 striker said: "I like him and I have maximum respect for him. What I wanted to say is that [.

Video: Can goalkeepers take penalties? Yes! Erm, and no

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Sudden death goalie shootout fun The Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie between Sheffield Wednesday and Chesterfield went right down to the wire on Wednesday night. The match went to penalties, of which each side ended up taking penalties. The mathematically astute among you will have noted that this meant the keepers had to take a penalty [.

Uefa gives Steaua Bucharest’s Pantelis Kapetanos four-match ban for running punch

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You looking at me? Steaua Bucharest forward Pantelis Kapetanos has been given a four-match European ban for a random punch on an opponent. The Greek player punched Napoli defender Fabiano Santacroce in the face in open play during last week's Europa League clash. Santacroce's main offence seemed to be useless defending, as he stood around [.

Video: The only red card of Nigel De Jong’s career

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And even that was for two bookings For all the controversy this week, our pals at Footy for the Soul inform us that everyone's favourite tough-tackling midfielder Nigel De Jong has only been sent-off once so far in his eight-year career. We're tempted to suggest that this must be due to borrowing Mark Van Bommel's [.

Video: Can goalkeepers take penalties? Yes! Erm, and no

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Sudden death goalie shootout fun The Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie between Sheffield Wednesday and Chesterfield went right down to the wire on Wednesday night. The match went to penalties, of which each side ended up taking penalties. The mathematically astute among you will have noted that this meant the keepers had to take a penalty [.

Uefa gives Steaua Bucharest’s Pantelis Kapetanos four-match ban for running punch

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You looking at me? Steaua Bucharest forward Pantelis Kapetanos has been given a four-match European ban for a random punch on an opponent. The Greek player punched Napoli defender Fabiano Santacroce in the face in open play during last week's Europa League clash. Santacroce's main offence seemed to be useless defending, as he stood around [.

Federico Macheda clarifies his ‘Wayne Rooney is a chav’ comments

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He actual meant he was "genuine" Manchester United youngster Federico Macheda has been talking to the Gazzetto dello Sport again, this time to amend his comment that Wayne Rooney is a chav. The Italy under 21 striker said: "I like him and I have maximum respect for him. What I wanted to say is that [.

Dropping of Nigel de Jong was the wrong reaction from Van Marwijk

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I have put the tin hat on, and am preparing for the verbal assault I may receive Firstly, I understand that Nigel de Jong has got a reputation, and that there is no smoke without fire. In a warm-up game for the World Cup against the USA, de Jong broke the leg of Stuart Holden. [...]

Video: Is Gerry Marsden from Gerry and the Pacemakers being very rude about Liverpool?

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You'll never swear alone Gerry Marsden, the man whose version of You'll Never Walk Alone was adopted as Liverpool's anthem, has been giving EA Sports a tour of Anfield to celebrate the release of FIFA 11. Unfortunately, he we think unwittingly gives a very neat appraisal of the current squad. We just wanted [.

Dropping of Nigel de Jong was the wrong reaction from Van Marwijk

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I have put the tin hat on, and am preparing for the verbal assault I may receive Firstly, I understand that Nigel de Jong has got a reputation, and that there is no smoke without fire. In a warm-up game for the World Cup against the USA, de Jong broke the leg of Stuart Holden. [...]


OTP Rebounds: Tom Hicks’ shocking telephone transcript, Scottish footballers and their Popemobiles and Rio live tweets Jeremy Kyle

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Sending you downfield, route one It's a busy life as a professional football. Rio Ferdinand spent today live tweeting Jeremy Kyle. [Twitter] Tom Hicks seeks the assistance of someone with similar business scruples [Caught Offside] Aberdeen players in trouble over Facebook sectarianism [BBC] Paul McGrath still battling the booze, and not entirely successfully [Irish Independent] [.

Video: Is Gerry Marsden from Gerry and the Pacemakers being very rude about Liverpool?

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You'll never swear alone Gerry Marsden, the man whose version of You'll Never Walk Alone was adopted as Liverpool's anthem, has been giving EA Sports a tour of Anfield to celebrate the release of FIFA 11. Unfortunately, he we think unwittingly gives a very neat appraisal of the current squad. We just wanted [.

Sports betting basics

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Sponsored post Not all sports betters are brilliant mathematicians, so in this article we intend to look at some of the very basic mathematics of sports betting. The first thing we will look at is the probability of winning. If a bookmaker is offering 2/1, then for every £100 that is bet the punter will [.

OTP Rebounds: Tom Hicks’ shocking telephone transcript, Scottish footballers and their Popemobiles and Rio live tweets Jeremy Kyle

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Sending you downfield, route one It's a busy life as a professional football. Rio Ferdinand spent today live tweeting Jeremy Kyle. [Twitter] Tom Hicks seeks the assistance of someone with similar business scruples [Caught Offside] Aberdeen players in trouble over Facebook sectarianism [BBC] Paul McGrath still battling the booze, and not entirely successfully [Irish Independent] [.

Sir Alex Ferguson gets his Chelsea maths all wrong

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Self-reassurance statistics simply do not add up Chelsea's start to this season has been accompanied by the mantra: "Ah, but they have had an easy start". It has been the default mechanism of Alex Ferguson, who has made more statements today to explain how his side find themselves five points behind Chelsea.

Sports betting basics

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Sponsored post Not all sports betters are brilliant mathematicians, so in this article we intend to look at some of the very basic mathematics of sports betting. The first thing we will look at is the probability of winning. If a bookmaker is offering 2/1, then for every £100 that is bet the punter will [.

Video: Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton reveals new owners are a bit kinky

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An unfortunate spoonerism Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton was understandably very excited after securing a takeover deal for the club. But overseeing the sale was not the only exciting thing on his mind as he gave an interview to club television channel LFC TV. He successfully negotiates the name of the new owners' baseball team at [.

Hard Tackle: Anthony Annan commits a few sexual touching offences on opponent

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Ghana midfielder adds another aspect to his dirty reputation Rosenborg's Anthony Annan is never normally too far from trouble. This time he is causing a stir after being caught on video groping Andre Muri of Valarenga. Annan was spotted not that he was being very discreet about it squeezing Muri's testicles and shoving [.

‘Wayne Rooney is a bit of a chav,’ says Man Utd team-mate Federico Macheda

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Italian striker states the obvious Federico Macheda has decided to test how Wayne Rooney's temper is holding up in the wake of the tabloid revelations about his private life by calling him "a bit of a chav" in an Italian newspaper. The Italy under 21 star told Gazzetto dello Sport: "Rooney is a really great [.

Vito Mannone wades in on the Arsenal goalkeeping crisis

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Young Italian footballer gives embarrassing quotes to newspaper, part two Arsenal's third-choice goalkeeper Vito Mannone has taken a pop at his rivals for a place between the Gunners' sticks. The young Italian decided he would give the confidence of Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski a much needed boost in an interview with Gazzetto dello Sport.

Alex Ferguson gets his Chelsea maths all wrong

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Self-reassurance statistics simply do not add up Chelsea's start to this season has been accompanied by the mantra "Ah, but they have had an easy start". It has been the default mechanism of Alex Ferguson, who has made more statements today to explain how his side find themselves five points behind Chelsea: "If you look [.

Vito Mannone wades in on the Arsenal goalkeeping crisis

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Young Italian footballer gives embarrassing quotes to newspaper, part two Arsenal's third-choice goalkeeper Vito Mannone has taken a pop at his rivals for a place between the Gunners' sticks. The young Italian decided he would give the confidence of Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski a much needed boost in an interview with Gazzetto dello Sport.

‘Wayne Rooney is a bit of a chav,’ says Man Utd team-mate Federico Macheda

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Italian striker states the obvious Federico Macheda has decided to test how Wayne Rooney's temper is holding up in the wake of the tabloid revelations about his private life by calling him "a bit of a chav" in an Italian newspaper. The Italy under 21 star told Gazzetto dello Sport: "Rooney is a really great [.

Hard Tackle: Anthony Annan commits a few sexual touching offences on opponent

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Ghana midfielder adds another aspect to his dirty reputation Rosenborg's Anthony Annan is never normally too far from trouble. This time he is causing a stir after being caught on video groping Andre Muri of Valarenga. Annan was spotted not that he was being very discreet about it squeezing Muri's testicles and shoving [.

Video: Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton reveals new owners are a bit kinky

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An unfortunate spoonerism Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton was understandably very excited after securing a takeover deal for the club. But overseeing the sale was not the only exciting thing on his mind as he gave an interview to club television channel LFC TV. He successfully negotiates the name of the new owners' baseball team at [.

Burton Albion set to play 47-year-old goalkeeping coach Kevin Poole

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He's been using Oil of Poole-ay Veteran goalkeeper Kevin Poole is set to start in goal for Burton Albion tonight in their Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie against Rotherham. The 47-year-old goalkeeping coach, who is the oldest player in the Football League, wanted to hang up his gloves last season, but was convinced to register as [.

Top 10 signings of the season… so far

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And not a James Perch or Christian Poulsen in sight Yes, we have only had seven games of the Premier League season, and yes it is the beginning of October. Even so, during the summer transfer window 120 players were signed by Premier League clubs. Who has impressed so far? 10. Ali Al-Habsi – Wigan [.

Liverpool fans can keep their scarves close at hand

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Or give their new owners a very warm welcome Liverpool supporters might be relieved to be getting rid of Tom Hicks and George Gillett (if the other directors do eventually prise the club out of their grip) after months of protests. The unfortunate aspect of the takeover news is that the campaign against Hicks and [.

Video: Glentoran’s Matty Burrows scores a sexy backheel goal

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Drogba, eat your heart out Didier Drogba might have taken all the plaudits at the weekend with his backheel goal against Arsenal, but the Chelsea man was only about two yards out. He was well and truly trumped last night by Matty Burrows of Northern Irish outfit Glentoran. He scored this outrageous backheel from about [.

Competition: We have dozens of Football League tickets to give away!

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It's a ticket bonanza, courtesy of npower Fancy taking in some Football League action this weekend? Well, OTP has teamed up with npower, sponsors of the Football League, to allow you to do just that. We have five pairs of tickets to a range of League One and League Two matches up for grabs. npower's [.

OTP Rebounds: Strike one, strike two and you’re out (to get Rio)

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Some URL tiki-taka Liverpool's great and not-so-great give Tom Hicks a piece of their minds. [YouTube] Liverpool and Boston Red Sox fans: like peas in a pod [BBC] Moving on from baseball to a different kind of strikes. It's the London Underground, football-stylee [Football Supporters' Federation] Rio Ferdinand's free tickets for celeb fan Tinchy Stryder [.

Alexander Skarsgard gees up Hammarby crowd

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Swedish actor acts as conductor to rowdy crowd Alexander Skarsgard is not a no name. He is the star of True Blood, Generation Kill and Battleship. He is a Hollywood actor. So what on earth is he doing swinging from a pole conducting football chants? And more importantly, how does he look so cool and [.

Exiled journeyman striker Leon Knight blows his top on Twitter over blocked transfer

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Watch your backs, Rushden and Diamonds! Ex-Chelsea striker Leon Knight has unleashed a crazed Twitter rant against Blue Square Premier outfit Rushden and Diamonds after they blocked a possible move to Darlington. Rushden & Diamonds sacked Knight in 2008 for "continuous breaches" of the club's code of conduct.

Peter Shilton begins campaigning to defend his England caps record

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Shilts thinks Fabio needs to look to the future. Hmm, wonder why? England's most-capped player Peter Shilton has revealed that he doesn't think David Beckham should play for England again. The legendary keeper has 125 caps, and Beckham is currently 10 short of the record. Perhaps that's why Shilton has chosen to speak up against [.

Manager sacked by telephone… during match!

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Although perhaps answering your phone during match is a sackable offence An amateur club from Sussex has achieved the unenviable record of becoming the first team to sack their manager by telephone during a match. Chichester City gave manager Mark Poulton the boot as he sat in the dugout watching his side leading rivals Redhill [.

Manager sacked by telephone… during match!

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Although perhaps answering your phone during match is a sackable offence An amateur club from Sussex has achieved the unenviable record of becoming the first team to sack their manager by telephone during a match. Chichester City gave manager Mark Poulton the boot as he sat in the dugout watching his side leading rivals Redhill [.

Exiled journeyman striker Leon Knight blows his top on Twitter over blocked transfer

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Watch your backs, Rushden and Diamonds! Ex-Chelsea striker Leon Knight has unleashed a crazed Twitter rant against Blue Square Premier outfit Rushden and Diamonds after they blocked a possible move to Darlington. Rushden & Diamonds sacked Knight in 2008 for "continuous breaches" of the club's code of conduct.

Peter Shilton begins campaigning to defend his England caps record

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Shilts thinks Fabio needs to look to the future. Hmm, wonder why? England's most-capped player Peter Shilton has revealed that he doesn't think David Beckham should play for England again. The legendary keeper has 125 caps, and Beckham is currently 10 short of the record. Perhaps that's why Shilton has chosen to speak up against [.

Alexander Skarsgard gees up Hammarby crowd

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Swedish actor acts as conductor to rowdy crowd Alexander Skarsgard is not a no name. He is the star of True Blood, Generation Kill and Battleship. He is a Hollywood actor. So what on earth is he doing swinging from a pole conducting football chants? And more importantly, how does he look so cool and [.

OTP Rebounds: Strike one, strike two and you’re out (to get Rio)

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Some URL tiki-taka Liverpool's great and not-so-great give Tom Hicks a piece of their minds. [YouTube] Liverpool and Boston Red Sox fans: like peas in a pod [BBC] Moving on from baseball to a different kind of strikes. It's the London Underground, football-stylee [Football Supporters' Federation] Rio Ferdinand's free tickets for celeb fan Tinchy Stryder [.

Video: Glentoran’s Matty Burrows scores a sexy backheel goal

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Drogba eat your heart out Didier Drogba might have taken all the plaudits at the weekend with his backheel goal against Arsenal, but the Chelsea man was only about two yards out. He was well and truly trumped last night by Matty Burrows of Northern Irish outfit Glentoran. He scored this outrageous backheel from about [.

Liverpool fans can keep their scarves close at hand

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Or give their new owners a very warm welcome Liverpool supporters might be relieved to be getting rid of Tom Hicks and George Gillett (if the other directors do eventually prise the club out of their grip) after months of protests. The unfortunate aspect of the takeover news is that the campaign against Hicks and [.

Top 10 signings of the season… so far

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And not a James Perch or Christian Poulsen in sight Yes, we have only had seven games of the Premier League season, and yes it is the beginning of October. Even so, during the summer transfer window 120 players were signed by Premier League clubs. Who has impressed so far? 10. Ali Al-Habsi – Wigan [.

Burton Albion set to play 47-year-old goalkeeping coach Kevin Poole

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He's been using Oil of Poole-ay Veteran goalkeeper Kevin Poole is set to start in goal for Burton Albion tonight in their Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie against Rotherham. The 47-year-old goalkeeping coach, who is the oldest player in the Football League, wanted to hang up his gloves last season, but was convinced to register as [.

Video: Norwegian player attempts subtle tug on opponent’s shorts to slow him down

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Did you just pull him back? Everyone know that shirt-pulling is an automatic yellow card if you get caught, and it is safe to assume that this applies to all parts of your football kit (even your Liverpool Red Sox). So with this Norwegian defender already set for a booking for a blatant tug on [...]


It’s the Liverpool Red Sox

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What does farce descend into? Liverpool's ownership soap opera picked up considerable pace yesterday evening, with news that the club is to be bought by the owners of the Boston Red Sox baseball team. A statement on the club website confirmed that two "excellent" takeover offers. It also claimed that owners Tom Hicks and George [.

The biggest job of Sven’s career?

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Perhaps the most ridiculous thing about Sven-Goran's Eriksson's appointment as manager of Leicester City is that it is in no way surprising. Nothing now surprises us about Sven. Less than ten years ago, Eriksso was appointed manager of England. He was seen as the saviour, seen as the answer to the mediocrity of a national [.

Video: Finnish club’s bizarre Arabian Nights celebration

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Brazilian trio back Qatar 2022 OK, these wacky goal celebrations are going a bit too far now. This one, from the Finnish third division, features a box of props and a self-confessed sales pitch from one of the participants. The offenders are HIK's Brazilian triumvirate of Marcello Matrone, Alysson Gomes and Bruno.

Ajax defender Oleguer joins squatters protest

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Politically outspoken defender strikes again Controversial Ajax defender Oleguer joined anti-capitalist squatters for a protest in Amsterdam on Friday. The right-back arrived at the scene with a camera round his neck and took photos of the protest, including a photo of a camera crew he spotted filming him.

Mark van Bommel springs to the defence of Nigel De Jong

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Meaningless words When does someone defending your reputation and saying that you are not a dirty player count for absolutely nothing? The answer, of course, is when the person giving you the glowing reference in Mark van Bommel. Dropped De Jong's midfield partner in crime (sometimes literally) at the World Cup has spoken up in [.

Competition: We have dozens of Football League tickets to give away!

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It's a ticket bonanza, courtesy of npower Fancy taking in some Football League action this weekend? Well, OTP has teamed up with npower, sponsors of the Football League, to allow you to do just that. We have five pairs of tickets to a range of League One and League Two matches up for grabs. npower's [.

Video: Bolivian president Evo Morales knees opponent in the balls during friendly

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Jovial stadium opening turns into political grudge match Getting your country's president to open your new pitch is probably quite a coup wherever you live. But getting him to round up a team of political allies and pitching them against members of the opposition party is asking for trouble. And so it proved in Bolivia, [.

Hertha Berlin’s Niemeyer touches chest of female referee

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A move to Rapid Boob-carressed on the cards? It should have been a proud moment for Bibiana Steinhaus. It was her first appearance on live television as a referee, and she had been doing a fine job until the 55th minute. All she would have been hoping for is a lack of sexist innuendo in [...]


Nigeria suspended from all football by FIFA

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FIFA have taken the step of suspending FIFA from all football, citing government interference as the reason. Actions by the Nigerian Football Federation include starting the new season without relegation from the previous season, and court orders disallowing from the executive committee from carrying out their duties.

Bolton striker Kevin Davies named in England squad

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Trotters veteran in line for first cap Uncapped Bolton striker Kevin Davies has been called up for England's squad to play Montenegro. Davies' inclusion is the only real surprise in Fabio Capello's squad. Andy Carroll had been tipped for a call-up after being left out of the under 21 squad, but he misses out on [.

Mexican newspaper makes very serious allegations against Man Utd’s Javier Hernandez

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Translation FAIL Oops. Mexican newspaper Record obviously thought Javier Hernandez's goalscoring heroics last week made him a candidate for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's old Baby-Faced Assassin nickname. Alas, the best laid schemes of mice and men and Mexican journalist go oft awry when you rely on an internet translation site.

Man City’s Nigel De Jong dropped by Holland, Bert van Marwijk wants a chat about breaking legs

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Dutch coach worried naughty Nigel is giving him a bad reputation Holland coach Bert van Marwijk has dropped Manchester City midfielder Nigel De Jong from his squad to play Moldova and Sweden following his leg-breaking tackle on Newcastle's Hatem Ben Arfa. He said: "I've seen the pictures back. It was a wild and unnecessary offence.

Video: Karl Henry’s horror tackle ruins Roberto Martinez’s plans (Wigan v Wolves)

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Wolves' cunning plan to thwart Wigan Wolverhampton Wanderers captain Karl Henry saw red on Saturday for this reckless (and pointless) lunge at Jordi Gomez's legs. Fortunately, Gomez was fit enough to score a beautiful free-kick later in the game, but he was lucky not to have a broken leg. Latics boss Roberto Martinez seemed to [.

Top 10 conclusions Premier League weekend 2-3 October

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1. So much for the Big Four. It's looking distinctly like a Big One at the minute. 2. Didier Drogba would love to play against Arsenal every week. More on the squealing Elvis celebration later. 3. Manchester United seemingly let their dressing room set the tone for their performance against Sunderland.

Video: Didier Drogba’s squealing Elvis celebration (Chelsea v Arsenal)

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Thank ya verr much Don't step on his Blue Suede Shoes! Didier Drogba channelled the spirit of Elvis after his sublime backheeled goal against Arsenal yesterday. The Ivorian showed the Stamford Bridge corner flag some of the King's best moves before letting out a screech of which even the most highly-strung of seven-year-old girls would [.

West Ham owner David Gold lifts the lid on his unsavoury teenage habit

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You did what now? If any West Ham fans have ever wondered what that was dripping on their heads at Upton Park, then wonder no more. Hammers owner David Gold issued a full confession during last night's Match of the Day 2. As far as OTP understood at the time (and seemingly the person who [...]


Di Matteo keen to show attacking is the new defence

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Baggies have more boing boing than ever before West Brom have always been seen as a halfway house in Premier League terms. Before continuing, and as a non-bitter Nottingham Forest fan, there is nothing wrong with being labelled a yo-yo team. You get the whirlwind of a Premier League season alongside the evident financial benefits.

Andrea Pirlo scores wonder goal for AC Milan

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You have to feel for Mirante in the Parma goal. He managed to keep out Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ronaldinhoa and Robinho in his side's game against AC Milan, and yet saw his side lose to a wonder goal from distance from Andrea Pirlo. Pirlo, who only scored one goal in forty games last season, picked up [..

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OTP Rebounds: Bankrupt footballers, not famous enough footballers and German stadium naming fun

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Sharing the love Former Northern Ireland international and Man Utd winger Keith Gillespie is declared bankrupt [Guardian] Being captain of Plymouth Argyle does not allow you to skip jury service [Mirror] Welcome to the Herr Random Arena [The Spoiler] Ricardo Quaresma: bird-catcher [Dirty Tackle] In case you missed it, Brazilian footballers can't play golf [OTP]


Peter Schmeichel suffers laughing fit on live television

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And we thought Tyldesley was unprofessional Match of the Day has taken a fair bit of stick recently. Shearer has been innaccurate, and the rest merely mediocre. But it could have been worse. Peter Schmeichel was in the studio for OB Odense vs Stuttgart in the Europe League last night. When the cameras turned to [.

David Ginola blown up in Tottenham video

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Spurs do their bit for the environment I think this can come under the label of publicity stunt. In an apparent effort to persuade their fans to lower their carbon footprint, Tottenham Hotspur have produced a viral video to highlight environmental problems, including a freak blowing up of legend David Ginola.

David Ginola blown up in Tottenham video

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Spurs do their bit for the environment I think this can come under the label of publicity stunt. In an apparent effort to persuade their fans to lower their carbon footprint, Tottenham Hotspur have produced a viral video to highlight environmental problems, including a freak blowing up of legend David Ginola.

Peter Schmeichel suffers laughing fit on live television

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And we thought Tyldesley was unprofessional Match of the Day has taken a fair bit of stick recently. Shearer has been innaccurate, and the rest merely mediocre. But it could have been worse. Peter Schmeichel was in the studio for OB Odense vs Stuttgart in the Europe League last night. When the cameras turned to [.

OTP Rebounds: Bankrupt footballers, not famous enough footballers and German stadium naming fun

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Sharing the love Former Northern Ireland international and Man Utd winger Keith Gillespie is declared bankrupt [Guardian] Being captain of Plymouth Argyle does not allow you to skip jury service [Mirror] Welcome to the Herr Random Arena [The Spoiler] Ricardo Quaresma: bird-catcher [Dirty Tackle] In case you missed it, Brazilian footballers can't play golf [OTP]

Clive Tyldesley rides to the rescue of Match of the Day

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ITV commentator defends BBC's flagship footy show Commentator and it now appears blogger Clive Tyldesley has sprung to the defence of Match of the Day following a couple of weeks in which the show has taken a bashing in the media and on social networking sites. OK, Twitter. The criticism was sparked by [.

Video: French art collective re-enacts France v Germany penalty shootout, 1982

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It's not penalties, it's art This is pretty impressive in a geeky sort of way. A group of French artists took it upon themselves to re-enact France's penalty shootout defeat to Germany in the 1982 World Cup. The ambitious lot had initially hoped to do the entire match before spotting a few tiny logistical problems.

Video: Laurent Blanc forgets to name two players in France squad, including Arsenal’s Samir Nasri

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Gunner inadvertently dropped From the evidence in this video, it appears France coach Laurent Blanc needs to improve his handwriting and invest in some new glasses. The hapless manager missed two players out of his squad as he made the official announcement ahead of matches against Romania and Luxembourg.

Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez in angry stand-off with farmer

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Chicharito experiences road rage, country style Manchester United's midweek hero Javier Hernandez nearly found himself in a ditch with a smashed up car after a heated stand-off with a farmer. The Mexican international was taking a shortcut to United's Carrington training ground when he met a tractor on the single-track road.

Video: Japanese side has been doing Stjarnan style celebrations all season

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More post-goal craziness Japanese side Sanfrecce Hiroshima gained a bit of internet notoriety earlier this year after being caught 'stealing' the fish goal celebration of Icelandic outfit Stjarnan. But now it turns out that they have been at it all season with the bizarre celebrations. The video compiles the lot, including at the end [.

Video: Hungarian coach shows his players how it’s done

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Old man kicks ball It's not unusual for players to pick up football tips from their coach, but you don't expect the coach to be quite so hands (or should that be feet) on during in a match. And particularly not when the coach is 69 years old. But that didn't stop Mezey György, of [...]


The world is watching. Huge weekend for…

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1. Roy Hodgson Two weeks ago it was Woy. Last week it was Gerrard. Now it is back to Roy again. Quite simply this is huge. If Liverpool lose to Blackpool on Sunday, Hodgson might well be sacked. If they draw, public opinion would swarm against him. Simply put, this is Liverpool's worst start in [...]


Clive Tyldesley rides to the rescue of Match of the Day

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ITV commentator defends BBC's flagship footy show Commentator and it now appears blogger Clive Tyldesley has sprung to the defence of Match of the Day following a couple of weeks in which the show has taken a bashing in the media and on social networking sites. OK, Twitter. The criticism was sparked by [.

The world is watching. Huge weekend for…

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1. Roy Hodgson Two weeks ago it was Woy. Last week it was Gerrard. Now it is back to Roy again. Quite simply this is huge. If Liverpool lose to Blackpool on Sunday, Hodgson might well be sacked. If they draw, public opinion would swarm against him. Simply put, this is Liverpool's worst start in [...]

Video: Hungarian coach shows his players how it’s done

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Old man kicks ball It's not unusual for players to pick up football tips from their coach, but you don't expect the coach to be quite so hands (or should that be feet) on during in a match. And particularly not when the coach is 69 years old. But that didn't stop Mezey György, of [...]

Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez in angry stand-off with farmer

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Chicharito experiences road rage, country style Manchester United's midweek hero Javier Hernandez nearly found himself in a ditch with a smashed up car after a heated stand-off with a farmer. The Mexican international was taking a shortcut to United's Carrington training ground when he met a tractor on the single-track road.

Video: Japanese side has been doing Stjarnan style celebrations all season

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More post-goal craziness Japanese side Sanfrecce Hiroshima gained a bit of internet notoriety earlier this year after being caught 'stealing' the fish goal celebration of Icelandic outfit Stjarnan. But now it turns out that they have been at it all season with the bizarre celebrations. The video compiles the lot, including at the end [.

Video: French art collective re-enacts France v Germany penalty shootout, 1982

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It's not penalties, it's art This is pretty impressive in a geeky sort of way. A group of French artists took it upon themselves to re-enact France's penalty shootout defeat to Germany in the 1982 World Cup. The ambitious lot had initially hoped to do the entire match before spotting a few tiny logistical problems.

Video: Laurent Blanc forgets to name two players in France squad, including Arsenal’s Samir Nasri

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Gunner inadvertently dropped From the evidence in this video, it appears France coach Laurent Blanc needs to improve his handwriting and invest in some new glasses. The hapless manager missed two players out of his squad as he made the official announcement ahead of matches against Romania and Luxembourg.