Off the Post Archives for January 2010

World Cup Kitman: Germany home

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This summer's hottest footy fashions Team: Germany Maker: Adidas Prem personalisation: In the absence of Michael Ballack it is looking like slim pickings. Verdict: We're up to five white shirts on the bounce on World Cup Kitman. This one is pretty smart though. Germany and Adidas seem to have a mutual agreement that you don't mess around with the [.

World Cup Songs: #7 Capello Brick Road by Johnny Spurling

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More World Cup tuneage Remember 2002 World Cup hit Sven, Sven, Sven? Well, one of the blokes behind that, Johnny Spurling is back with an Oz-themed ode to Fabio Capello (but mainly Wayne Rooney). He purports to have been in the shed at the bottom of his mum's garden for eight years working on the next [.

Video: Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez takes to the stage for a crazy dance

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Rafa not only treads the boards, but bounces on them to breaking point Rafa Benitez made a special appearance at the theatrical interpretation of the finest moment of his career. One Night In Istanbul is currently running at Liverpool Empire - to mixed reviews, it must be said - and the story's protagonist turned up to [.

World Cup Kitman: Slovenia home

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This summer's hottest footy fashions Team: Slovenia Maker: Nike Prem personalisation:Nadir Belhadj, Hassan Yebda, Adlene Guedioura. Verdict: Rounding off the Group of White Kits aka Group C is Slovenia. You will be able to keep a close watch on whether their World Cup dream is flat-lining with the help of this handy cardiograph.

World Cup Songs: #6 Wayne Rooney Is Our Hero (The Irish World Cup Song) by the Corrigan Brothers and Shay Healy

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More World Cup tuneage In the absence of the Republic of Ireland (can... worms... keep closed), some of the Irish public have adopted Wayne Rooney as their official representative at the World Cup. The Corrigan Brothers - who previously brought us Here's To Trapattoni - are back to explain precisely why Wayne Rooney is their hero.

‘Do Are Ya? Fernando Torres goes brunette

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Liverpool striker ready to find out if blondes do have more fun at World Cups Fernando Torres's spell as one of the most distinctive players in Spain's team is over after he reverted to the dark, spiky hair favoured by... well, pretty much the rest of the squad. El Nino now stands a better chance than ever [.

Video: USA surprise call-up Herculez Gomez shows off his card trick

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That's magic! Some US soccer fans have been questioning why Pachuca striker Herculez Gomez made their World Cup squad. And now we know it was for sheer entertainment value. It turns out that Gomez is some sort of David Blaine figure (despite the fact that Clint Dempsey looks a lot more like him). His glamorous assistant?

Video: USA-Czech Republic pitch invader won’t be repeating his antics for a while

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Restrained through the medium of big fall The stewards at the match between USA and Czech Republic were so focused on restraining the pitch invader that they hadn't really thought out what they would do with him once they had pulled him off a pretty high fence. Cue lots of men standing together staring at the floor.

World Cup Kitman: Algeria home

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This summer's hottest footy fashions Team: Algeria Maker: Puma Prem personalisation:Nadir Belhadj, Hassan Yebda, Adlene Guedioura. Verdict: The bright green away kit is a bit more eye-catching. This is a bit more bland - or so you might think at first glance. Yesterday, I said that the USA kit wouldn't look out of place in a Disney shop.

Hard Tackle: Jose Mourinho’s tearful goodbye with Marco Materazzi

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Inter Milan boss's farewell embrace with hard-man defender It looks like the ending to a dodgy rom-com, but it actually involves arguably the best football manager in the world and a supposedly tough veteran defender. Jose Mourinho is being driven out of Inter Milan's Appiano Gentile training centre, with only those in denial not appreciating that [.

Video: Brazilian player knocked out by team-mate kicking him in the head

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Jawline clearance Guaratinguetá's Diego Dedon is currently nursing a sore head for no good reason after some goal-line heroics in vain. The Brazilian Serie B player slid in to stop opponents Vila Nova scoring. Realising that the ball might be about to spin over the line regardless, he attempted to head the ball away despite being [.

Video: Peter Shilton and Frank Lampard show off their volleying skills

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A volley of volleys England goalkeeping legend Peter Shilton teaches Frank Lampard a few things about kicking the ball in this new viral for Tesco FA Skills sessions. Shilton, slightly aided by some graphical trickery, ups the stakes in a game of keepy-uppy with a Peter Kay-esque volley. Computer-aided Lampard is up to the challenge, at least [.

Video: John Barnes re-makes his World In Motion rap for Mars

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You've got to hold and give... The sweatshirt might be a few sizes bigger and there is an ever so slightly more corporate feel to it, but John Barnes has re-created his Englandneworder rap for this new Mars advert. The famous World In Motion rap has been reworded (Englandreworder, if you will) to encourage you to pick [.

Video: Nike Write The Future commercial

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Amazing advert While OTP was battling the technical gremlins last week, we failed to bring you Nike's Write The Future advert. We are compelled to do so now on the grounds that it might be the greatest advert ever. Any commercial containing a bearded Wayne Rooney living in a caravan and Cristiano Ronaldo nutmegging Homer Simpson [.

World Cup Kitman: USA home

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This summer's hottest footy fashions Team: USA Maker: Nike Prem personalisation:Tim Howard, Marcus Hahnemann, Brag Guzan, Jonathan Spector, Clint Dempsey, Stuart Holden, Jozy Altidore, Eddie Johnson. Verdict: Nike usually provide USA with some nice retro kits, but this one misses the mark a bit for us.

World Cup Name Translator: John Two Saints

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Making sure you know your Thierry Henrys from your Terry Henrys Sometimes in football one saint is just not enough. To really succeed at the top level you need two saints. And even that might not be enough to help you succeed in the Premier League. Just ask John Two Saints aka Giovani Dos Santos. [.

World Cup Songs: #5 If I Can Dream by Terry Venables

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More World Cup tuneage Terry Venables has launched his charity single with The Sun at London's 02 Arena. His version of Elvis' If I Can Dream has been getting considerable airtime with a TV advertising campaign. Will it be enough to spur England to victory? Will it be enough to convice you to download it?

Fabio Capello’s World Cup hot-or-not: Post Mexico

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The movers and shakers in England's potential World Cup squad HOT Rob Green - Pulled a couple of superb saves in his 45 minutes that will have caught Capello's eye. Ledley King - Not at his best, but everyone - including Fabio - knows what he is capable of for England. His knee held up and he weighed [.

Video: Ian Holloway leads Blackpool’s homecoming celebrations

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Ollie take to the mic Blackpool boss Ian Holloway showed off his full repertoire of silly jigs as he celebrated his side's promotion to the Premier League. He niftily rewrites his side's "We Are Premier League" chant on the spot to get the fans involved. But he doesn't take too kindly to chants about Preston and asks [.

Top 10 conclusions England 3-1 Mexico

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1. Hallelujah, Wayne Rooney emerged unscathed. 2. More worrying signs against a side which is comfortable in possession. England were forced to play on the break in the first half. 3. Glen Johnson cannot defend... but he knows how to attack. A fantastic strike from the right-back. 4. Wembley's pitch held relatively firm to ensure it didn't [.

Video: William Gallas in buggy crash

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Willy wipes out France coach Raymond Domenech is often on the receiving end of criticism for his peculiar decisions. And after this crash involving William Gallas, sending his team for a pre-World Cup dune buggy race will probably be added to the list. Gallas escaped with only a grazed arm but will be counting his lucky stars [.

OTP’s big money transfer is complete…

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... fingers crossed The intermittent technical issues on OTP over the last few weeks have been because we are swapping servers. Hopefully that has been resolved today and your regular OTP service should be resumed later today or tomorrow.


World Cup Name Translator: Anthony of Christmas

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Making sure you know your Thierry Henrys from your Terry Henrys Three wise men, shepherds, an inn-keeper, Mary, Joseph and, of course, Jesus. All familiar names in any nativity, but does Anthony of Christmas ring any jingle bells? Well, it should. He will be hoping to bring the gift of goals to Italy's World Cup campaign.

Video: Lionel Messi, David Villa and Zinedine Zidane pimp the Adidas F50 adiZero

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They're light and fast (just like Messi) Adidas are pushing their new F50 adiZero boots ahead of the World Cup. They reckon it is the lightest boot yet and, as such, makes the players wearing them very fast. Each boots weighs the same as a frisbee. Hopefully that is not a recipe for broken metatarsals.

World Cup Kitman: England home

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This summer's hottest footy fashions Team: England Maker: Umbro Prem personalisation: You're safe with most of the squad for this one! Verdict: We've loved it since it first came on the scene last year (even if it did nearly result in a court case for OTP!) Some think it a little too plain, but we have fallen for its [.

World Cup Kitman: Greece

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This summer's hottest footy fashions Team: Greece Maker: Adidas Prem personalisation: Sotirios Kyrgiakos Verdict: Adidas very kindly incorporated graphs of the Greek economy into the shirt, so this design is very much of its time. The simple design lends itself to Greece's rather fetching crest. Unfortunately if you are a Greece supporter, you probably need enough Euros to pay [.

Video: Puma Hardchorus launches its very own Eurovision Song Contest

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Terrace culture's emotional side Remember the Puma Hardchorus and their touching Valentine's rendition of Savage Garden's Truly Madly Deeply? Well, they are back and this time they have got the neighbours involved. Terry Wogan introduces Hardchorus's very own version of the Eurovision Song Contest, complete with hooligan choirs form France, Germany, Italy and, of course, England.

Steve McClaren reveals his secret tactical guru: Al Pacino

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Oh, and Bono too The now ex-FC Twente manager Steve McClaren ensured his team wrapped up the Dutch title successfully with a superb, moving motivational team-talk. But rather than amuse his players with his comedy accent, he decided to let Al Pacino do the talking instead. Showing off his rather nifty video editing skills, the former England [.

World Cup Name Translator: Spear-island Bather

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Making sure you know your Thierry Henrys from your Terry Henrys While this midfielder's first name undoubtedly means Spear-island, there is a couple of translations of his surname. It can mean someone who works in the public baths or it can just be someone who cannot get enough of the public baths. Either way, Spear-island Bather is [.

Video: Real Betis’ Mehmet Aurelio takes possibly the worst penalty of all time

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High quality penalty FAILage Real Betis could be forgiven that the wise head of 32-year-old Turkish international Mehmet Aurelio could cope with the responsibility of taking a penalty in their match against Gimnastic. He responded with an effort that made Chris Waddle's Italia 90 spot-kick look vaguely accurate.

Charlie McCann gives his thoughts on the Champions League final for Stan James

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Sponsored post Bookmakers Stan James have put together this preview of Saturday's Champions League final between Inter Milan and Bayern Munich. Charlie McCann looks at the possibilities and the betting ahead of the match. And to celebrate the occasionm Stan James will match your first £25 bet on the Champions League final.

World Cup Name Translator: John He Kills

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Oh yes! It's back! Hot on the heels of our popular Premier League Name Translator, it's the World Cup Name Translator. The Translator will be cutting through the various lingos at this summer's tournament to make sure you know your Thierry Henrys from your Terry Henrys. First up, a member of Spain's preliminary squad whose moniker sounds [.

World Cup Kitman: Nigeria home

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This summer's hottest footy fashions Team: Nigeria Maker: Adidas - two African kits so far and neither have been Puma! Prem personalisation: Yakubu, Victor Anichebe, John Utaka, Joseph Yobo, Danny Shittu, Dickson Etuhu, John Obi Mikel, Nwanko Kanu. Verdict: Well, we mentioned that Puma's domination of the African kit market doesn't extend to Nigeria, but on this occasion it [.

Video: Peter Crouch, Gareth Barry, Shaun Wright Phillips, Jermain Defoe and Chris Kamara show off their acting skills in FA viral

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Kammy takes one for the team The FA has drafted in some famous faces to help it to rip-off a classic YouTube advert. England stars Peter Crouch, Gareth Barry, Shaun Wright Phillips and Jermain Defoe star alongside pundit extraordinaire Chris Kamara in an advert promoting grass-roots footy. Though they don't seem to be openly admitting it, the [.

World Cup Kitman: South Korea home

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This summer's hottest footy fashions Team: South Korea Maker: Nike make they World Cup Kitman bow. Prem personalisation: Park-Ji Sung, Lee Chung-Yong, Cho Won-Hee. Verdict: That pattern is making me a bit sick as I write this. Perhaps the intention is to distract the opposition and, if so, it will probably work.

Video: Athletic Bilbao versus 200 kids

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'The impossible match' Athletic Bilbao played a fixture dubbed the impossible match as they said farewell to club legend Joseba Etxeberria. The La Liga side faced a team of 200 local youngsters - 100 in each half - in front of 20,000 fans at San Mames. The kids made the most of their numerical advantage to take [.

Brazilian legend Romario to enter politics

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Striker to run for Congress Romario is set to run for a seat in the Brazilian Congress in October's general election. The former Brazil striker will be a candidate for the Brazilian Socialist Party. Reports suggest that he joined the party last year, but his former managers will testify that he joined the party long before [.

Hard Tackle: Oxford United’s Alfie Potter celebrates promotion by groping a racist

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The thrills of promotion Oxford's Alfie Potter was so delighted at securing promotion to the Football League that he felt obliged to grab the Blue Square Premier League's best-known racist Sam Deering in some very delicate places. And Deering seems to rather enjoy it all. Spotted on 101GG


OTP Rebounds: Panini art, bad World Cup geography, and Oguchi Onyewu wants to play for nothing

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What's happening elsewhere? Panini sticker art for a good cause [Got, Got, Got, Need!] South America and Africa: when continents look similar [Dirty Tackle] USA defender Oguchi Onyewu has offered to play for free to make up for his injury hit season at AC Milan [BBC Sport] Kevin-Prince Boateng is a traitor to Germany [Bild] Barca's kneejerk season retrospective [YouTube] [.

World Cup Kitman: Argentina home

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This summer's hottest footy fashions Team: Argentina Maker: Adidas (that's four out of five so far) Prem personalisation: Javier Mascherano, Fabricio Coloccini, Jonás Gutiérrez (next season, at least), Carlos Tevez, Maxi Rodriguez. Verdict: They never mess about with it too much, do they? And it is usually pretty stylish.

Video: Millwall fan takes left hook from policeman

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The long arm of the law There were some unfortunate scenes at the League One play-off semi-final first leg between Huddersfield and Millwall. Unless you are a fan of watching Millwall fans being punched in the face by policemen, in which case you will find the video above very pleasing. It is impossible to know the ins-and-outs [.

‘Do Are Ya? Ryan Giggs gets hair replacement treatment

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Man Utd star's baldness treatment rumbled Ryan Giggs's Manchester United have reportedly had suspicions for some time that his once receding hairline seemed to be on the mend. And now he has been caught red handed. The 36-year-old was spotted leaving the Advanced Hair Studio in Salford where he has spent £6,000 on a course of hair [.

Top five FA Cup final conclusions: Chelsea 1-0 Portsmouth

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1. Last week's penalty-taking strop from Didier Drogba isn't seeming so childish now - he had obviously had a vision of things to come. 2. Kevin Prince Boateng has probably retaken that penalty a few times in his head since Saturday. 3. Salomon Kalou will be hoping that victory prevents his miss going down in FA Cup [.

Video: Carlo Ancelotti leads Chelsea’s open-top bus karaoke

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Chelsea's Got Talent (just not for singing) Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti took to the microphone to belt out his rendition of the Blues' anthem Cantare during their open-top bus tour to celebrate winning the double. He might not have been note-perfect but he certainly put Petr Cech to shame (allow him to burst your eardrums after the [.

World Cup Songs: #5 Three Lions 2010 by The Squad (featuring Robbie Williams and Russell Brand)

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More World Cup tuneage Oh hello. What have we here? Three Lions is back. We are 14 years down the line from the original and 12 years have passed since the last remake. In that time 30 years of hurt have become "all those years of hurt". Also new on the scene are some operatic vocals, [...]


World Cup Kitman: France home

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This summer's hottest footy fashions Team: France Maker: Adidas Prem personalisation: Take your pick - William Gallas, Patrice Evra, Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy, Florent Malouda, Abou Diaby, Nicolas Anelka. Verdict: The kit is a much darker blue than we were used to seeing Les Bleus in during their glory years.

Hard Tackle: Which Manchester United star got a nasty burn from waxing?

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Smart money on Ronaldo An article in Manchester United's official magazine has revealed one of their player's was left with a nasty burn on their tackle from hair removal cream. The very Red Devil was not named in the story, which appeared in the column of former player and current academy director Brian McClair.

Video: Carlsberg’s England World Cup team talk

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If Carlsberg did team talks... Carlsberg have put together this inspirational pre-World Cup team talk for England's players. The video calls in a host off footballing and national heroes, as well as one or two quirky figures. Featured are Stuart Pearce, Trevor Brooking, Jack Charlton, Kelly Holmes, Steve Redgrave, Ellen MacArthur, Nigel Benn, Phil 'The Power' Taylor, [.

Fulham drive Lily Allen to tears with Europa League final heartbreak

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Cottagers make Lily cry Pop star Lily Allen was spotted crying in the crowd as Diego Forlan's late extra-time winner condemned her beloved Fulham to defeat against Atletico Madrid in the Europa League final. The former Manchester United striker's goal was all too much for Allen, who had flown to Hamburg with her grandad to watch the [.

Top six players who can feel hard done by at missing England World Cup squad

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Snubbed by Fab Cap 1. Bobby Zamora The Fulham striker could create a decent argument that he has been a more consistent striker this season than some of those Capello did select. His firepower is untested at international level, but he will be disappointed that the England boss did not even run the rule over him at [.

Video: Disabled pitch invader at Chesterfield

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There's some wheelchairs on the pitch. They think it's all over... We have been on the lookout for this clip since the weekend and it has now been tracked down by our friends at 101GG. When Chesterfield bagged a later winner during their final game at Saltergate, the emotion was too much for many fans and there [.

World Cup Kitman: Uruguay home

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This summer's hottest footy fashions Team: Uruguay Maker: Puma Prem personalisation: Diego Arismendi (if he makes the squad), Diego Forlan (if you fancy a blast from the past) Verdict: Breaking Adidas's monopoly on the Group A kits is the little Puma number for Uruguay. It comes in the South American nation's traditional baby blue and features three-in-one-looking collar which [.

Win a £50,000 football experience with Pepsi Max

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OTP gets involved in Pepsi Max competition Pepsi Max is looking for groups of mates to show off their footy skills, have an amusing kick about or just act out their dream football scenario on film. Simply make a 60 second film, upload it at www.maxitlegends.com and then get your friends to vote for it on the [.

World Cup Kitman: Mexico home

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This summer's hottest footy fashions Team: Mexico Maker: Adidas Prem personalisation: Carlos Vela, Guillermo Franco Verdict: Mexico's home kit has more than a nod to the late 1980s and early 1990s, mainly due to the diamond pattern on the strip but also because it has more than a hint of the Power Rangers about it.

Hard Tackle: Are Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gerard Pique gay?

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Barca pair caught in a close embrace Barcelona duo Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gerard Pique have caused quite a stir in the Spanish media after being photographed standing very close to each other and looking rather cosy. The tabloids went to town on the image, and one intrepid TV reporter decided to confront Ibra on the story as [.

‘Do Are Ya? Ryan Giggs gets hair replacement treatment

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Man Utd star's baldness treatment rumbled Ryan Giggs's Manchester United have reportedly had suspicions for some time that his once receding hairline seemed to be on the mend. And now he has been caught red handed. The 36-year-old was spotted leaving the Advanced Hair Studio in Salford where he has spent £6,000 on a course of hair [.

Top 10 conclusions Premier League 9 May

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1. Since their fans are so accustomed to seeing them score seven goals, it is probably just as well Chelsea went one better to wrap up the title. 2. Fergie was probably had 9 May pencilled in his diary as a day to pinch records from Liverpool. Instead Chelsea nicked his Premier League goalscoring record (well, [.

World Cup Kitman: South Africa home

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This summer's hottest footy fashions Team: World Cup hosts South Africa Maker: Adidas Prem personalisation: Steven Pienaar, Aaron Mokoena, Benni McCarthy Verdict: Relatively muted by South Africa's standards, a zebra-esque pattern and a slightly crazy collar are the only reminders of some of the magic eye kits of previous efforts.

Video: Steven Gerrard gets pushy with fan

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Liverpool skipper doesn't like fan's man-marking tactics Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard allowed the frustration of capping a disappointing season with a 0-0 draw at Hull to spill over. He got worked up with grabby fans during the traditional final day pitch invasion. The England international turned to give one fan a shove before continuing his march off [.

Video: Does listening to your team on the radio ruin your driving?

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Insurance company con us into free advert with mildly interesting story Football fans who listen to their team on the radio while driving suffer effects that hinder their driving, according to an insurer. More Than found that seven million motorists get symptoms including sudden heart rate increases, decreased levels of concentration, sweaty hands and mild feelings [.

England’s qualification for the World Cup

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Sponsored post England were handed a difficult qualifying group for the 2010 World Cup. Despite being the strongest of the teams, England were given tricky ties against rivals Croatia, Ukraine, and Belarus. The team started their campaign strongly, back in 2008, against Andorra. In front of a 17,500 partisan crowd, John Terry and co secured a [.

John O’Shea, Jonny Evans and Darren Fletcher spill the beans on their Man Utd team-mates

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United trio tell all Wayne Rooney: the pyromaniac whose wife leaves his clothes out the night before, and other Old Trafford dressing room revelations.


One-man teams don’t win World Cups

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Sponsored post It is a blow to lose your best player but the top teams can always live without one player, even if it's their best player. One-man teams really struggle once their star player is missing. One example of a one man team is Arsenal. This may be controversial: they admittedly have some top players such [.

The Premier League Cabinet

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A hung Parliament fit to rule the Premier League Prime Minister: Carlo Ancelotti Looks like he is going to get the Premiership with a very slim majority. Chancellor of the Exchequer: Harry Redknapp Budget deficit? 'Arry'll soon budge it. We are not sure he would be 100 per cent up front with his policies, but Pini Zahavi is sure [.

Denmark are back! Can they make an impact at the World Cup?

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Sponsored post After an unusual absence from the World Cup, Denmark will be looking to make amends in South Africa this summer. Three previous appearances at the finals have been relatively successful – reaching the second round twice, and the quarter-finals once. However, their biggest national success to date was securing the 1992 UEFA European Championships [.

World Cup Songs: #4 Hat Trick of Lions by Jeff Christie v Movistar feat. Aggi Dukes

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More World Cup tuneage Jeff Christie hit the top of the UK charts in June 1970 with his imaginatively-named band Christie. Their song Yellow River knocked classic World Cup anthem Back Home off number one spot. It has now been reworked with England-themed lyrics and retitled Hat Trick of Lions. It provides an unexpected little slice of [.

Defending World Cup champions Italy

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Sponsored post Italy are the defending champions of the FIFA World Cup, and will be looking to win successive competitions in South Africa 2010. Many experts believe that their triumph four years ago in Germany can be attributed to the fact that many of their best players were reaching their peak. However, their squad for the [.

Video: Motherwell 6-6 Hibernian

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Points shared in twelve-goal thriller Motherwell scored a thrilling injury time equaliser in a match they were losing 2-6 to Hibernian with 25 minutes to play. Well even found time to miss a penalty before on-loan Everton youngster Lukas Jutkiewicz produced a stunning finish in the third minute of time added on to secure a point.

John Terry, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole and Rio Ferdinand wear West Ham colours again

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England stars turn out for testimonial Chelsea stars John Terry, Frank Lampard and Joe Cole and Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand donned the shirt of their former club to honour West Ham academy director Tony Carr. Ferdinand could find himself the victim of a bit of end-of-season hairdryer treatment from Sir Alex Ferguson after staying on the [.

Video: Spurs’ Peter Crouch scores £60 million goal against Man City

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Oh well - they didn't really need £60 million Tottenham secured Champions League football for next season after winning their effective fourth-place playoff with Manchester City at Eastlands. Peter Crouch headed the winner nine minutes from time after controversial on-loan goalkeeper Marton Fulop palmed the ball onto his forehead.

Top 10 conclusions Premier League weekend 1-3 May

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1. Steven Gerrard dispelled those 'Liverpool will let Chelsea win the title' myths with his assist for Didier Drogba. 2. Yes, Wigan have beaten Chelsea once this season but the chances of lightning striking twice are pretty slim. 3. Goodbye, Hull. Not being able to hold on to their vital win in the closing seconds probably [.

GIF It: Wolves boss Mick McCarthy loves a bit of smut

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Premier League animated innuendo Wolves manager Mick McCarthy gets tactical. Thanks to OTP reader Simon Leonard for the spot.


Didier Drogba and Cristiano Ronaldo strip to their pants for Vanity Fair

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The World Cup of undies Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo feature on the cover of next month's Vanity Fair magazine in their pants. The duo are the cover stars of a photoshoot by celebrity snapper Annie Leibovitz which see several World Cup stars take their kit off. Landon Donovan, Sulley Muntari, Alex Pato [.

Tottenham ball boy runs on to the pitch while ball is still in play

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Can ball boys get sacked? A Spurs ball boy was the unexpected star of the weekend's Premier League action when he ran onto the pitch to retrieve the ball while it was still in play. The nippy youngster beat Bolton defender Paul Robinson to the ball forcing the referee to restart play with a drop ball.

Harry Redknapp can’t resist goalkeeper jibe at Manchester City

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'Arry's in a crisis Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has taken a sarcastic dig at Champions League qualification rivals Manchester City over their decision to appeal to the Premier League for permission to sign goalkeeper Marton Fulop following an injury to Shay Given. The Spurs boss was asked about the fitness of Heurelho Gomes after his keeper received [.

Video: Avram Grant does his best Winston Churchill impression

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Pompey boss auditions for new MC job Generally football pitches and microphones don't mix very well. Just ask Delia Smith, Phil Brown or Diana Ross. But Portsmouth boss Avram Grant didn't let that stop him rocking the mic after their victory over Wolves at Fratton Park today. Buoyed by a rare positive result, Grant went into Winston [.

Don’t blame it on the sunshine. Don’t blame it on the moonlight. Don’t blame it on the good times. Blame it on Dave Kitson

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Stoke striker can almost smell his move away from Britannia Dave Kitson was almost certain to leave Stoke City this summer. But to make extra sure that he gets his transfer, the misfiring striker has launched a public attack on manager Tony Pulis. After the Potters boss hit out at Kitson's reaction to being substituted in the [.

‘Do Are Ya? Avram Grant’s hair dye

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The Toad goes a shade darker It appears that since Portsmouth confirmed their relegation from the Premier League, manager Avram Grant has been drowning his sorrows in a bottle of Just For Men. Whether he wants to be looking his best for the FA Cup final or is attempting to sport a more youthful look as he [.

Cesc Fabregas, Steven Gerrard, David Villa and Didier Drogba to battle it out in gladiatorial skills contest

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A:3K event to put players' skills to the test Six of the world's best footballers are going to battle it out in a gladiatorial-style skills competition at London's O2 Arena. Cesc Fabregas, Steven Gerrard, Didier Drogba and David Villa have already been confirmed for the event, with speculation that Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney will complete [.