Off the Post Archives for January 2010

COMPETITION: Win a copy of Danny Baker’s The Game DVD

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Sunday League fun Off The Post has three copies of football cult classic Danny Baker's The Game to give away. The six-part series was filmed on Hackney Marshes in the 1980s as Baker charts the fortunes of Sunday League outfits in the East London Sunday League Division 4. That means lots of hungover, slightly overweight men [.

Video: Fulham defeat Hamburg to reach Europa League final

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Cottagers reach first European final Fulham beat Hamburg 2-1 at Craven Cottage to reach their first ever European final. Roy Hodgson's men came from a goal behind to see off the German side after a goalless first-leg in Hamburg. Goals from Simon Davies and Zoltan Gera ensured their progress to face Atletico Madrid in the final in [.

Anfield magpie brings Liverpool one for sorrow against Atletico Madrid

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Bird brings bad luck They reckon a single magpie brings sorrow, but it was the one away goal from Diego Forlan that caused most tears at Anfield last night as Liverpool missed out on a place in the Europa League final. The Reds had a black-and-white visitor on the pitch which seemed unable to fly away - [.

Andrey Arshavin dresses up in Scouts uniform

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Arsenal star shows of his woggle We knew Arsene Wenger had probably had Arsenal's scouts run the rule over Andrey Arshavin before splashing the cash on the Russia attacker, but this isn't really what we had in mind. Arshavin dressed up in a Scouts uniform to promote a Junior Gunners event which will see 200 young [.

Video: Jose Mourinho’s hilarious celebration

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The Special Point It began with a fairly routine Alan Shearer wheel away with the arm aloft, incorporated a scuffle with Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes, infuriated thousands of Barca fans, and ended with a man looking slightly possessed pointing towards the Inter Milan fans in the upper reaches of the Nou Camp.

GIF It: Peekaboo with Sergio Busquets

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Sneaky Barca midfielder Barcelona's Sergio Busquets courted controversy in last night's Champions League semi-final defeat to Inter Milan. On the deck clutching his face after the incident which saw Inter's Thiago Motta red-carded, Busquets was caught be the camera having a sneaky peak to see if it was safe to come out yet.

Thiago Motta foresees his own downfall

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Red-carded player's press conference predictions Inter Milan's Thiago Motta was on press conference duty yesterday ahead of tonight's Champions League semi-final second leg clash against his former club Barcelona. Among his comments, Motta had this to say: "I watch Barcelona on television and see the players diving, but the important thing for us to do is [.

World Cup Songs: #3 Waka Waka (This Time For Africa) by Shakira

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Official 2010 tuneage This is the tune FIFA, in their infinite wisdom, have chosen to be the official song of the 2010 World Cup. Shakira gets the chance to belt out some pretty pedestrian inspirational lyrics. Well, you wouldn't expect anything less from an official World Cup song, would you?


Theo Walcott reveals Wayne Rooney cue-snapping antics

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Wazza doesn't like to lose Arsenal star Theo Walcott has told how Wayne Rooney snapped his pool cue after s losing to him. The 21-year-old said he always want to be on Rooney's team because of the Manchester United star's relentless competitive nature. Walcott said: "Wayne is so competitive, even in training - I always want to [.

Video: Lyon 0-3 Bayern Munich

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Bayern through to Champions League final An Ivica Olic hat-trick fired Bayern Munich into the Champions League final as they cruised to a 0-3 away win at Lyon. The result secured a 0-4 aggregative victory over the French outfit. Lyon finished the match with 10 men. Brazilian defender Cris was harshly booked for a tackle in the [.

Manchester City have no right to bring in new goalkeeper

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Emergency? What emergency? No one likes to see a player get injured (OK, that's not strictly true), especially such a talented individual as Man City goalkeeper Shay Given. But the fall out from the dislocated shoulder the Republic of Ireland number one suffered at the Emirates on Saturday has caused much debate in the football world.

Video: Burton manager Paul Peschisolido drenched by water sprinkler

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Watered down interview Burton Albion boss Paul Peschisolido got caught out by a water sprinkler as he conducted a post-match interview with the BBC's Football League Show. The Canadian was forced to make a dash for dry land. Apparently, the groundsman is now available on a free transfer. Via Soccer Portal


Nolberto Solano arrested over alleged rape

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Leicester player quizzed on sex attack Nolberto Solano has been arrested on suspicion of rape after a 22-year-old woman claimed he attacked her. The 35-year-old was nicked at a house in Gosforth, Newcastle. The former Magpies midfielder still lives in the city. The Leicester player was released on bail pending further enquiries.

Video: Embarrassing dive from the Faroe Islands

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The soap opera slap comes to football With Manchester City relying on a previously unknown goalkeeper following Shay Given's injury at the weekend, a lot of questions have been asked about whether footballers from the Faroe Island can be up to Premier League quality. While the jury is still out on Gunnar Nielsen, Kaj Ennigarð - who [.

Video: Lucas Neill and Arda Turan star in cheesy credit card advert

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Don't Turk yourself seriously Playing in Turkey doesn't play quite as well as the Premier League, so Lucas Neill has been topping up his wages by showing off his acting skills. He and Arda Turan are clearly both keen linguists: each talking in their native tongue and the other understanding perfectly without any translation.

‘Do Are Ya? Emmanuel Adebayor pigtails

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Grown man sports five-year-old girl's hair After stirring up all manner of controversy when Manchester City played Arsenal earlier this season, Emmanuel Adebayor went for the inconspicuous look for his return to the Emirates Stadium. I am not entirely convinced the Gooners needed any more ammunition.

Video: Celta Vigo keeper charges 40 yards out of his goal to confront midfielder

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Who said goalies don't run? Celta Vigo keeper Yoel Rodriguez clearly blamed midfielder Roberto Trashorras when he conceded the winning goal in the 86th minute of their defeat against Villarreal B on Saturday. He charged out of his goal as the ball crossed the line to confront Trashorras near the centre circle and shove him around [.

Top 10 conclusions Premier League weekend 24-25 April

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1. The pundits who had been pointing out how tough Stoke are to break down away from home well and truly cursed the Potters. 2. A Paul Scholes header last week, two Ryan Giggs penalties this week. Sunderland will be on their guard against a Gary Neville hat-trick next week. 3. That's United's hopes of nicking [.

Wayne Rooney take thinly-veiled pop at Liverpool

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Wazza starts mind games Fergie would be proud of Wayne Rooney took the opportunity to pay Liverpool a backhanded compliment as he was named PFA player of the year last night. The Manchester United star was questioned on his side's reliance on Liverpool getting something against Chelsea next week. Rooney managed to squeeze in a bit of [.

Video: Daniel Sturridge’s dancing goal celebration

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Chelsea youngster busts a move Chelsea starlet Daniel Sturridge celebrated his first Premier League goal in the 7-0 thrashing of Stoke by launching into an on-pitch dance routine. His team-mates don't look very eager to join in so he eventually packs in and runs to Didier Drogba for a more understated celebration.

World Cup Songs: #2 Noble England by Rik Mayall

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Another unoffical anthem A World Cup song by Rik Mayall? Yes, I wasn't quite sure how that would sound either. It turns out it is more like a piece of drama set to music. The Young Ones and Bottom star (very appropriately dressed for today) recites a reworking of the words of Shakespeare's Henry V. It doesn't really [.

Top 10 Premier League Georges

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It's St George's Day after all 1. George Ndah George Ndah dragon. 2. Georgi Hristov Hardly a George to bring out the best in English national pride (see video above). 3. George McCartney A solid performer for both Sunderland and West Ham. 4. Finidi George Ah, a commentating dilemma from the past: Finidi George or George Finidi?

Video: Super striker Diego Forlan’s assist and goal (Atletico Madrid 1-0 Liverpool)

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The one-man big man, little man combination Who needs a striker partnership when you are as good as Diego Forlan? The former Manchester United hotshot proved he is as good as two players by setting up his own winning goal against Liverpool last night. The ball was crossed into the box where it was expertly knocked down [.

Video: Bajram Fetai’s knockout celebration (FC Nordsjaelland v Silkeborg)

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Revenge by goal celebration Striker Bajram Fetai was kicked out of Danish club Silkeborg back in 2006 over a fight with his team-mates. After leaving under a bit of a cloud, Fetai was understandably delighted to find the net against his former club for new side FC Nordsjaelland. He and his new team-mates broke into a hilarious [.

Video: Franck Ribery red card (Bayern Munich v Lyon)

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Is this the end of Ribery's season? As if Franck Ribery wasn't in enough trouble for going in too low, last night he got into a spot of bother for going in too high. And French opinion polls are suggesting he should be left out of the World Cup squad on moral grounds.


Boy George reveals Nemanja Vidic fetish

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Loving would be easy if Vidic was my Siamese twin Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic has got a new admirer in the unlikely shape of pop star Boy George. The Culture Club singer revealed his secret love for Vidic when asked who he would most like to be his celebrity Siamese twin (Sony Ericsson flying in [.

Charles N’Zogbia arrested for sending ringer to sit driving test

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Latics winger allegedly failed to perceive hazard of wacky plan Wigan star Charles N'Zogbia was nicked by police and officials from the Driving Standards Agency when he turned up to take his driving test over allegations that he sent a ringer to sit the theory part of the test for him. The 23-year-old arrived at the Sale [.

Jose Mourinho: ‘Barcelona will try to blame me for volcano’

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Inter coach blows his top Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho reckons Barcelona will accuse him of causing Icelandic volcano eruption which disrupted their travel plans ahead of their Champions League semi-final clash. The ex-Chelsea manager was responding to a post-match tunnel bust-up with Barca midfielder Xavi.

Karim Benzema and Hatem Ben Arfa drawn into French child prostitution scandal

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A pair of new Zidanes rumoured to be named in police's child hooker investigation Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema and Marseille's Hatem Ben Arfa are rumoured to be the next big-name French footballers to be quizzed by police in an underage prostitution scandal. Yesterday we told you Franck Ribery had spoken to officers about claims he [.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly II viral

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Purple is the new black You could be forgiven for thinking the message behind Nike's new viral was that you can even play on the Wembley pitch with their boots. But no, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is here to show you that our national stadium isn't the only pitch whose turf is constantly been ripped up and that [.

Pep Guardiola: ‘Arsenal uncompetitive and Arsene Wenger not a good coach’

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Read between the lines Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has taken an inadvertent swipe at Arsenal and Arsene Wenger ahead of his side's Champions League semi-final clash with Inter Milan. The Gunners were the - probably unintended - victims of Guardiola's mind-games with Jose Mourinho as the Barca boss effectively said that Arsenal were not as competitive as [.

Franck Ribery caught up in child prostitute scandal

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France star quizzed on sex raid Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery was summoned before a judge to be questioned over claims he had paid for an underage hooker. The married France international was called as a witness after a dawn raid on the Zaman cafe in Paris, which doubled up as a legal brothel. Chelsea target Ribery [.

Video: Newcastle win title, Plymouth relegated

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Contrasting fortunes The full range of footballing emotions were on display at Home Park last night. Newcastle's 2-0 victory ensured they return to the Premier League as champions while also confirming Plymouth's relegation to League One. The Toon Army took 2,500 supporters on the mammoth away trip and they did not end up disappointed.

Video: Fenerbahçe’s Bilica digs up penalty spot to win match against Besiktas

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When gamesmanship pays off Fenerbahçe player Bilica managed to find an unusual way to secure victory for his side against Besiktas. The Brazilian showed Fernando Torres how it is done by digging up the penalty spot before the kick was taken, just like the Liverpool striker attempted to against Manchester United.

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Terry Venables singing Elvis’ If I Can Dream

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El Tel croons for England Ex-England boss Terry Venables has led a choir including Harry Redknapp and Ian Wright in a performance of Elvis Presley's If I Can Dream in a bid to sing the Three Lions to World Cup glory while simultaneously promoting The Sun. Were the choir needed to drown out 'Arry? We suspect so.

Video: Team-mate offers tips on gamesmanship

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Stay down, fool! IK Start's Costa Rican player Christian Bolanos taught his Scandinavian team-mates a valuable lesson in rule-bending during their victory over Brann Bergen. With his team leading 4-3 and the match deep into injury time, Bolanos noticed a player who had gone down with a knock was attempting to get back to his feet.

Video: Tomislav Bosec gets slapped for goal celebration

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Note to self: celebrate with own team's supporters This fantastic celebration fail comes from the Croatian league. Inter Zapresic's Tomislav Bosec scored a goal against rivals NK Zadar and hurdled the advertising hoardings to celebrate with the fans. Unfortunately, the supporters behind the goal were NK Zadar fans.

Burnley not losing any sleep over relegation battle

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Clarets get new beds in sponsorship deal Burnley have made an unlikely late signing to help in their fight for Premier League survival. The Clarets sealed a sponsorship deal with Sealy beds which will see their squad supplied with special posturepedic mattresses Manager Brian Laws said: "We are extremely thankful to Sealy beds, who have been generous [.

Top 10 conclusions Premier League weekend 17-18 April

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1. The title race that is going down to the wire, then is all over, then is going down to the wire, then is all over, is going down to the wire again. 2. But it isn't going down to the wire for Arsenal after their sucker punch from Wigan. 3. The Paul Scholes, He Scores [...]


Man City fans’ cheeky Love Glazer, Hate United banner

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Citeh poke fun at rivals' protest Manchester City supporters at Saturday's derby match with Manchester United took a dig at their opponents' ownership issues with this rather amusing Love Glazer, Hate United banner. It probably wasn't quite as funny by the end of injury time though.


Hard Tackle: Gary Neville snogs Paul Scholes

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Video: Wigan’s stunning comeback against Arsenal

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Wigan 3-2 Arsenal Wigan secured the comeback of the season with a sensational turnaround against Arsenal this afternoon. The Gunners seemed to be coasting to victory at 0-2 up with 10 minutes remaining. But goals from Ben Watson, Titus Bramble and a lovely strike from Charles N'Zogbia turned the game on its head.

Video: German youth team attempts crazy anti-football tactics

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Goodbye, German ruthless efficiency stereotype A German youth team brought tactics from the Roman Empire onto the football pitch when they unveiled their new kick-off routine. The shildkrotentaktik, or turtle tactic, involved most of the team's players forming a defensive barrier around the player in possession and attempting to edge up the pitch.

Darren Bent’s long-winded plan to secure move to Man Utd?

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Sunderland striker to wed Fergie's daughter-in-law Darren Bent has reportedly got engaged to Nadine Ferguson, the ex-wife of Preston manager Darren Ferguson. The Sun reports the England striker popped the question to the 31-year-old just four months after meeting her by giving her a £10,000 diamond-encrusted engagement ring.

Video: Danny Rose’s other spectacular strike

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Tottenham youngster only scores from outside the box After his stunning goal against Arsenal on Wednesday night, it has now emerged that Danny Rose's only previous senior goal was also a long-range strike... into his own net. He found the net with a 25-yard own goal while on-loan at Watford last season.

Video: Samuel Eto’o fronts Puma viral

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Africa's adoptive football outfitters celebrate a homecoming Puma is to African football what Burberry is to chavs. So it is only natural that with a World Cup in Africa looming they would want to roll out their big guns. And that is exactly what they have done.


Video: Steve McClaren’s FC Twente team bus attacked with stones

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Ex-England match bemoans Dutch rock throwers FC Twente boss Steve McClaren said he was shocked (that is genuinely shocked, not socked in a faux Dutch accent) after his team's bus was attacked by stones as they travelled to their match against AZ Alkmaar. The former Middlesbrough coach revealed that Ronnie Stam and Kenneth Perez had a lucky [.

Video: Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

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Spurs grab bragging rights and a Champions League lifeline Tottenham effectively ended the title challenge of north London rivals Arsenal with a 2-1 win at White Hart Lane. And the result ensures Spurs keep the pressure on Manchester City as they battle for the fourth Champions League spot. Harry Redknapp's team bounced back from Sunday's FA Cup [.

Don Fabio Capello faces losing out in Wembley turf wars

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Not so supergrass The Wembley playing surface is a national embarrasment. It has become a major talking point in the wake of last weekend's FA Cup semi finals. Harry Redknapp, Avram Grant and Martin O'Neill added their voices to those of Sir Alex Ferguson and England manager Fabio Capello in lamenting the pitch.

Lionel Messi even winks better than Cristiano Ronaldo

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You can wink a winker Lionel Messi managed to destroy Cristiano Ronaldo's self-confidence even before Barcelona defeated Real Madrid 2-0 in El Clasico at the weekend. The Argentine offered a pre-match wink to football's most famous winker, as if to say 'I'm the biggest winker on this pitch'. And so it proved.

Video: Celtic boss Neil Lennon settles into the stress of football management

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Hoops boss goes loopy You hear a lot of new managers saying they were kicking every ball from the touchline, but you don't see too many physically taking an air-kick to spur their players on. But under-pressure Celtic boss Neil Lennon did just that as his side beat Motherwell 2-1 last night. Presumably his air-kick was not [.

Video: Nicolas Anelka heads Chelsea closer to Premier League title

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Nic the title On any given week, there is a fairly good chance that Nicolas Anelka will be playing against one of his former club. But his headed winner against his old chums at Bolton could prove to be one of the most decisive in the run-in. The Frenchman's goal just before half-time gave Chelsea a 1-0 [.

Tic tac launches England-themed pack

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Shake your Tic tacs, football stylee Mint manufacturers Tic tac have got into the World Cup spirit with a new packet kitted out in England colours. And they are encouraging England supporters to get involved by submitted their own England anthems with aid of a pack of Tic tacs.


England should be expecting World Cup semi-final after easy draw

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Every England fan gave a huge sigh of relief when the World Cup draw was made in December. No England fan could honestly say they weren't very happy to draw USA, Algeria and Slovenia. Admittedly USA are not bad, but England should still beat them fairly comfortably. What most fans still haven't realised is how [.

Betting on England at the 2010 World Cup

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England fans around the world share the sense that they're in for something special at the 2010 Football World Cup. While previous tournaments have seen England's chances hyped up only for the team to disappoint, the current crop of England players look more than capable of getting the job done in South Africa.

Video: Bayern Munich defeat Man Utd, the Lego version

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Typical German engineering, eh Fergie?! Manchester United's Champions League quarter-final defeat to Bayern Munich last week has become the subject of a Lego re-creation. The video relives Bayern's two goals at Old Trafford last Wednesday, including Arjen Robben's wonderstrike and celebration. They got his hairdo fairly accurate too.

Video: Sevilla keeper Andres Palop falls from his crossbar

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Spanish goalie has onomatopoeic name Andres Palop's push to get into Spain's gymnastics squad fell flat on its face this weekend. The Sevilla goalkeeper was swinging from his crossbar, as keeper's are wont to do, when he came crashing back to the ground with quite a thud. His attempts to pretend nothing had happened didn't wash with [.

Top 10 conclusions FA Cup semi-final and Premier League weekend 10-11

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1. Whoever pitch the FA Cup Semi-Final On Ice idea to the ITV executives really made an error of judgement. 2. A point away at Blackburn might not be everyone's idea of a disaster, but that probably rounds off a week from hell for Sir Alex Ferguson. 3. Portsmouth should sign Juninho on a short-term deal.

Top 10 conclusions Premier League weekend 3-4 April

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1. Your 30-goal striker is more use on the bench than in the stands. 2. Fergie and Mike Phelan were both infuriated by the incompetency of the officials in allowing Didier Drogba's offside goal. No mention of Federico Macheda's handball goal though... 3. And a year to the day after Macheda's late winner against Aston Villa, it [.

Video: Wayne Rooney attempts to have a crafty pint during Man Utd v Chelsea

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Wazza driven to drink Frustrated spectator Wayne Rooney decided to hit the booze as he watched Manchester United's defeat to Chelsea from his box. The crocked striker sneakily ordered a pint, which was left on a trolley safely away from his vicinity. Wazza makes his move and begins pouring his pint into what is presumably an opaque [.

Fighting team-mates: Cardiff’s David Marshall and Anthony Gerrard enjoy a spot of handbags

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Bluebirds scrap it out among themselves Cardiff duo David Marshall and Anthony Gerrard can thank themselves very fortunate that referee Chris Foy was in patient mood as they had a spat during their draw against Nottingham Forest yesterday. The scrap erupted out of nothing after the pair both attempted to deal with a cross.

Video: Chris Kamara misses a red card at Portsmouth v Blackburn

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Classic Kammy moment Chris Kamara manages to defeat the object of Sky Sports News sending reporters to football grounds by managing to miss Anthony Vanden Borre's sending off during Portsmouth's 0-0 draw against Blackburn on Saturday. Jeff Stelling has to fill a bemused Kamara in on the details!


Which relegation-threatened players are plotting careers abroad?

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Prem strugglers plan to ditch Championship for Bundesliga OTP sources report overhearing three very well-known Premier League players from a team currently battling relegation plotting their next career moves. The players, a goalkeeper and two midfielders all capped at international level, seemed unanimous in their plans to move abroad.

Lionel Messi gives Arsenal a footballing masterclass (Barcelona 4-1 Arsenal)

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Little Leo shows why he's the best As if further proof was needed, Lionel Messi showed that he truly is in a different class to every other footballer on the planet at the moment with a stunning display to end Arsenal's Champions League run. The Barcelona star scored a first-half hat-trick and put a cherry on the [.

Burnley’s Kevin McDonald apologises for hitting pub at half-time

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A glass of your finest Claret please Kevin McDonald has apologised to Burnley's fans, players and management after walking out of Turf Moor at half-time during last weekend's thrashing by Manchester City to go to the pub. The Scot was subbed at the interval by manager Brian Laws with the Clarets 5-0 down.

Clive Tyldesley gets another Man Utd v Bayern Munich comeback to talk about

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United crash out of Champions League No English representation in the Champions League semi-finals? How very retro. And it was Manchester United who confirmed we were going back to the old skool with their away goals defeat to Bayern Munich last night. If you haven't seen it, Arjen Robben's winning goal is well worth watching.

Peter Crouch gets his kicks being covered in photos of little kids

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Back the kid, erm, bid Latter day fairytale giant, Peter Crouch, is the face of the latest push to back England's 2018 World Cup bid. The Spurs striker is encouraging you to sign up online to show your support through the medium of allowing himself to be attacked by a gang of kids. Quite fittingly, the gang [.

Video: Richard Keys swears at Theo Walcott live on air

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Sky Sports mic blunder Viewers of Wednesday night's Champions League match between Barcelona and Arsenal were treated to an unusual commentary. Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys' mid-match swearing and moaning in the studio was broadcast along with the regular commentary, with some interesting consequences.