Off the Post Archives for January 2010

Top 10 conclusions Champions League draw

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What we learnt from Platini's balls 1. Damn you, Tottenham. Fancy scuppering the long-awaited Inter-Young Boys clash! 2. Rangers fans will be delighted: they love a night out in Manchester. 3. You've got to love the mid-1990s retro draw of group G. AC Milan, Ajax and Real Madrid are all in there. 4.

Motherwell boss Craig Brown gets punchy

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Ex-Scotland boss lamps Odense official Motherwell manager Craig Brown was spoken to by police after he threw a punch at an Odense official during last night's Europa League defeat. The incident happened after Well missed a late penalty. The Danish side's sporting director Kim Brink allegedly shoved 70-year-old Brown in the back causing him to swing out [.

New Manchester United signing Bebe not fit enough for reserves

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Fergie's £7.4m blind signing must have had an easy pre-season Bebe, the former Homeless World Cup player Sir Alex Ferguson signed on the basis of a recommendation from Carlos Queiroz, was deemed not fit enough to play for the reserve team this week. The Portuguese player was left out of a 16-man squad to face Manchester City's [.

Panionios fans destroy their own ground to stop AEK Athens playing Dundee United there

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Possessive Greeks Fans of Greek side Panionios were so infuriated when they heard rivals AEK Athens were going to play a Europa League clash with Dundee United at their stadium they vandalised their own ground to stop the match going ahead. AEK's pitch has been recently relaid and was not playable in time for tonight's match.

Top five Tottenham v Young Boys innuendos

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Well they are Young Boys; schoolboy humour seemed appropriate 1. Tottenham come from behind Young Boys. 2. Jermain Defoe uses his hand to beat Young Boys. 3. Peter Crouch's Young Boys threesome. 4. Crouch brings Young Boys to their knees. 5. Crouch enjoys evening with Young Boys (and he didn't even have to pay).

Leyton Orient turn down £8million transfer bid from West Ham, apparently

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All this transfer gossip gets too much for one Evertonian [Click image to enlarge] The tabloid gossip columns are usually far-fetched enough without the fans making matters worse. But this member of an Everton forum got completely the wrong end of the stick when he read that West Ham's bid for striker Kevin Gameiro, of French side [.

Jose Mourinho already has one award tied up

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Next up, the 'Americans don't get it' Award for Irony... Firstly to the calendar... not April 1. Check. Jose Mourinho is a man with an ego, this we know. We are also aware that he does not appreciate not getting his own way. However, is this any excuse for the hypocritical guff he spouted yesterday?

Premier League title contenders 2010/11

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Can City break in this year? Or will Roy's Reds return to reclaim their spot? The obvious contenders this season; Chelsea and Manchester United will still be the favourites to win however have Liverpool or Arsenal got what it takes to achieve the silverware this season? Or will Manchester City's summer spending be enough to gain [.

Top 10 Premier League debuts

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They came, they saw.... they pretty much nailed it straight away Without giving too much away, Blackpool's win last weekend sparked a little bit of debate (in my head, sure!) about the best Premiership debuts of all time. The floor was opened up to both players and clubs, and presence on the list was selected by [.

Video: Stjarnan unveil the hand grenade goal celebration

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Next of the Icelandic celebration production line... Crazy celebration experts Stjarnan have launched their latest effort during a 2-2 draw at Keflavik this week. Following on from their previous routines, the Icelandic outfit now bring you the hand grenade. Captain Halldor Orri Bjornsson is the man pulling the pin as the grenade knocks him and four team-mates [.

Is it possible to ‘axe’ a player you have never even selected?

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The Sun sticks the boot in - but does it make sense? You know things have got bad for an England manager when The Sun starts Photoshopping things onto the top of their head. It is a pair of donkey ears for Fabio Capello. Apparently, the Italian has decided to axe Jack Wilshere and Andy Carroll ahead [.

Video: German reporter gets smacked in the head by ball

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Deliberate? Everything about this video is great. I mean, watching someone get unexpectedly hit in the head by a football is usually pretty funny. Throw into the equation the fact that you can watch the ball's trajectory all the way from the ground to the reporter's head and the that she is delivering a live TV [.

Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic goes on strike

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Potters keeper refuses to play Shrewsbury After Stoke rejected two bids for him from Chelsea, Asmir Begovic found the thought of facing Shrewsbury a bit too much to take. The keeper was named in the starting line-up for last night's Carling Cup clash but refused to play. The Potters instead has to rely on Carlo Nash, the [.

One outstanding debut and top four nightmare debuts

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Johann Voskamp's superb debut got me thinking about debut nightmares The second tier of the Dutch league rarely makes the news in these parts, but new Sparta Rotterdam striker Johan Voskamp scored a stunning eight goals on his debut yesterday last week as Sparta beat Almere 12-1. A few notable contenders for worst debut are: 1.

Phil Neville has his own iPhone app

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Everton skipper tells you how to live your life Technology is great, isn't it? No need for you to answer, Mr Blatter. You can now access your favourite football blog wherever you happen to be. And when we get round to it we will probably launch an OTP app. It is just that we did not [...]


New West Brom signing Peter Odemwingie takes swipe at club programme

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Get with the programme, Baggies Goalscoring West Brom debutant Peter Odemwingie seemed to have the perfect day on Saturday with a winning goal in his first match. But the Nigeria international did find one gripe: he wasn't featured in the programme. The Baggies new boy showed a complete lack of respect for printing deadlines when he sealed [.

Goal line technology: the debate that just won’t go away

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Another week, another ref shows that glasses just won't be enough After England's torment at the World Cup when a clearly-over-the-line Frank Lampard effort was not spotted by either the ref or his assistant – though I think we've all stopped kidding ourselves now that the goal would have made the slightest bit of difference on [.

‘Do Are Ya? Is Gareth Bale channelling the spirit of Elvis?

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The King is dead... No, hang on, he's alive and well in N17 Gareth Bale's brace at Stoke, including an early contender for goal of the season (no, not his first effort), naturally put him squarely in the spotlight for the post-match telly interviews. But while there's no doubting the talent in the boy's left peg, [.

Top 10 worst Liverpool players

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The poorest Reds of the modern era, in no particular order 1. Jimmy Carter A total non-starter. 2. Sean Dundee Crocodile Dundee would have instilled more fear in opposition defences. 3. Djimi Traore The luckiest man ever to win a European Cup winners medal. Had all the poise of a young Bambi. 4. Bruno Cheyrou The new Zidane.

Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football madness

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Sky's Richard and Andy set phasers to stunned ... Sky Sports recently revived Monday Night Football coverage was possibly one of the most compelling experiences for armchair fans in a long time. Football on TV can be a divisive issue. There are those that would rather be Raymond Domenech than live life without having access to every [.

Video: Joey Barton celebrates goal with Hitler salute

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The moustache has gone to his head Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton is never far from controversy, even when he is making headlines for the right reasons. So it should not come as a surprise that he seemingly celebrated his excellent goal in the 6-0 drubbing of Aston Villa with what appeared to be a Nazi salute.

Top 10 conclusions Premier League weekend 21-22 August

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1. It's just as well Blackpool got a head start with their goal difference last week. 2. We will stand by last week's conclusion that the Wigan-Blackpool result told us more about the state of the Latics than anything else. They were really poor again. 3. The headline writers will have to come up with something more [.

Not even referees want to see Blackpool embarrassed

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Refs angling for trips to seaside? Here's the photographic evidence that proves even match officials cannot bear to see Premier League minnows Blackpool subjected to top-flight humiliation. With Arsenal coasting to victory and Blackpool's defenders unable to get close to the Gunners' speedy attacks, referee Mike Jones took it upon himself to tackle Jack Wilshere.

Jerome Boateng out for a month with aeroplane drinks trolley injury

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Man City signing joins the mile high injury club New Manchester City signing Jerome Boateng will have to wait a month for his debut after a collision with an aeroplane drinks trolley. The Germany international tore a tendon in his left knee playing for his country. The injury was aggravated when a drinks trolley smacked into it [.

Ashley Cole’s image problem

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Chelsea's PR masterplan doomed Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck says that, with the clubs help, they can go about 'improving' Ashley Cole's image in an attempt to prevent the England full-back from reuniting with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid. That will have to be some PR plan to restore Cole's image to parity [.

James Milner completes £18m (plus £8m Stephen Ireland) move to Manchester City

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Yawwnnnn The most tedious summer transfer saga since Xabi Alonso threw two fingers in the general direction of Liverpool and Gareth Barry wound up going to Manchester City anyway, ended this week with the transfer of James Milner to Manchester City from Aston Villa in exchange for Stephen Ireland and £18m going the other direction.

Manchester City v Liverpool: A curmudgeon’s preview

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Early must-win game for both clubs Maybe I'm becoming disenchanted with the whole Premier League. I can't believe I waited so long for this crap to start and I'm already really annoyed. Actually, I think I'm just annoyed with Manchester City but that's a story for another time. Looking down the fixture list this weekend, [.

Nemanja Vidic signs contract extension to 2014

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Serbian defender ends speculation Nemanja Vidic has ended speculation about his future by signing a two-year contract extension with the Red Devil's to June 2014. Vidic, aged 28, had been a reputed target for Real Madrid but the fans favourite will now continue to light up Old Trafford with his impression of a brick wall for the [.

Who will be Aston Villa’s next manager?

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Who can replace Aston's Martin? Since Martin 'the players were magnificent' O'Neill's sudden departure at Aston Villa, speculation has been rife as to who will take over from the Northern Irishman at Villa Park. One of the questions owner Randy Lerner will have to ask himself is whether to go British or foreign in his pursuit [.

Who could manage England?

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English? Check. Qualified? Erm... If anything, England's failure in South Africa has given the affable gents (and ladies) who earn a crust writing on the back pages of the tabloids plenty of Capello shaped flesh to chew on. With the press and the England ‘faithful' wanting blood, and an unofficial FA statement that the next England [.

Top five players who were desperate to leave this summer

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Home isn't where the heart is 1. Cesc Fabregas His highly coveted move to his home club never quite worked out. Arsene Wenger's smooth voice managed to appeal to his inner Gooner so he'll be sticking around for another season. No amount of Barca players' shirt kidnappings and press outbursts could make the deal go through.

Video: Robbie Savage sings the Black Eyed Peas on his way to match

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Yes, it's as good as it sounds For some reason best known to himself, Robbie Savage has allowed himself to be filmed driving to a recent Derby County match. En route he decided to sing along to the Black Eyed Peas' I Got A Feeling, reworking the lyrics slightly to predict a victory for the Rams [...

Video: Mario Balotelli scores debut goal for Manchester City

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Super Mario announces his arrival Mario Balotelli made the perfect start to life at Manchester City as he scored the only goal of the game in his new side's Europa League clash with FC Timisoar. The former Inter Milan striker bagged his debut goal when he turned in Emmanuel Adebayor's cross-shot from inside the six-yard box.

Rio Ferdinand and Robbie Savage’s tattoo Twitter spat

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Twitter: where you can see footballers bickering like kids Rio Ferdinand and Robbie Savage have been enjoying a spot of Twitter banter. The Manchester United defender has been taking a pop at Savage's classy tattoos, while the Derby man got his revenge with a jibe at Rio's injury woes. In Savage's words: "Rio had a pop [.

Video: Jan Lecjaks scores a glorious own goal (Partizan Belgrade v Anderlecht)

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Anderlecht's Jan Lecjaks announced his arrival to Champions League football with this rather nice own goal against Partizan Belgrade. The 20-year-old Czech defender watched the cross onto his left foot before volleying past goalkeeper Silvio Proto. Fortunately for Lecjaks, Anderlecht emerged with two away goals and a respectable 2-2 result.

Artist Dimitar Berbatov likes to sketch his team-mates

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Berba is Old Trafford caricature artist Dimitar Berbatov got so carried away with Cantona-esque analogies that he ended up revealing his secret sideline. The Manchester United striker got all arty farty as he discussed how his "beautiful" play would help Sir Alex Ferguson's team to win back the title.

Final swansong for Edgar Davids at Crystal Palace?

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Eagles make 'come to bed eyes' at speccy star Former Spurs and Ajax ace Edgar Davids, aged 37, is apparently in line for a shock move from the footballers' retirement home to Crystal Palace. Davids was approached by Leicester to shuffle out of retirement in October of last year but a short term deal could not be [.

Anti-football: to football or not to football, that is the question.

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Xabi Alonso takes a dive Tuning in to last night's Champions League play off between Braga and Sevilla, the first action as I turn on is a player wail in agony and a foul given. Followed by a replay of what I can only describe as a clean tackle, if not the slightest of touches to [...]


Hard Tackle: Dirty Alan Smith grooms Javier Hernandez

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Ooh, that's a lovely shampoo We have just spotted this photo from Monday night's Premier League clash between Manchester United and Newcastle United. And once we had finished vomiting in our mouths a little, we knew we had to share it with you. Dirty old Alan Smith attempts to groom his very own Little Pea.

Cardiff City shop runs out of ‘Y’s and ‘9’s after Craig Bellamy signing

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Meet Craig Bellam-three Cardiff City fans had to use their imagination to get a shirt personalised with the name of their new hero after the club shop ran out of the letter Y and number 9. Determined (if far from thrifty) fans unable to get their desired 'BELLAMY 39′ shirt settled instead for ones saying 'BELLAM [.

Video: Hapoel Tel Aviv’s Itay Shechter brings the synagogue to Champions League

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Israeli caps victory with cap Stjarnan are probably working on their sychronised swimming goal celebration at the minute, but Hapoel Tel Aviv's Itay Shechter produced a blindingly obvious celebration that we have never been before. If you want to copy it, being Jewish or having access to some very small hats will help.

No more players needed at Barcelona

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Says Busquets. Catalans weep. Sergio Busquets has publicly said that he doesn't want Barcelona to add anyone to their squad. Ridiculously, he thinks that the squad is fine as is and that room should be made for some of the youth team players to emerge. He said: "The fact that Toure has left does not mean anything [.

Who will be the Arsenal new keeper?

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The answer is still not a Given No team has a flawless goalkeeper, that's a fact. But it's obvious that there are a lot of keepers in the sport who will sway the outcome of a match to a positive when the team playing in front of him isn't at it's usual defensive best. For several [...]


Will the UEFA financial regulations save football?

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Manchester's spending sprees may soon be over Ferguson has been at it again, this time making thinly-veiled digs at those noisy neighbours, Manchester City, about the amount of money being splashed about in the transfer window. Manchester City are reported to have spent around £130m on a handful of new players, whereas Sir Alex has been [.

Pre-match interviews tempting fate

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Big mouths strike again There are occasionally stories that make it into the public domain about the superstitions players or clubs have. Stepping on to the pitch with your 'good' foot first, kissing the pitch etc. But it seems this doesn't extend to avoiding foot-in-mouth syndrome. Take Momo Diame for example.

Mido wrecks loan move by playing Rogue Traders

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Egyptian star makes unannounced inspection visit Middlesbrough's chances of offloading Mido took a severe blow when he ruined a potential loan move to Turkish side Kayserispor by being "arrogant". The tubby Egyptian allegedly turned up uninvited at the club's training ground to make a surprise inspection of the facilities on offer.

Cardiff face winding up order over unpaid transfer fee worth four weeks of Craig Bellamy’s wages

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Motherwell would like to know how Man City striker jumped queue Cardiff City have been threatened with court action and a possible winding-up order by Scottish side Motherwell over an unpaid transfer fee. Well claim the Bluebirds owe £175,000 from Paul Quinn's move south last year. So they were understandably disgruntled when they found out the Welsh [.

Nicolas Anelka takes involuntary international retirement

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Chelsea striker handed Dr Evil-esque ban France striker Nicolas Anelka's international career appears to be over after he received a billion-match an 18-match ban from the French Football Federation. The 31-year-old was disciplined for his row with the coach Raymond Domenech which saw France's World Cup descend into farce and industrial action.

Chelsea launch PR plan to lower Ashley Cole’s profile by giving interview to Daily Mail about it

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Chairman briefs media on how they plan to keep Cole out of media Chelsea have hatched a cunning plan to keep Ashley Cole at Stamford Bridge: they are going to help him lower his profile and improve his media image. To help with this they have managed to get an Ashley Cole story in the Daily [...]


Everton fans adapt to new away kit better than expected

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Pretty in pink (sort of) When Everton's shocking pink away kit topped out worst Premier League kits list, OTP said it would be a brave Evertonian who took to wearing the shirt to away games. How wrong we were. Some Toffees have really embraced the opportunity to explore their feminine side, even going as far as to [.

Video: Eloborate celebration specialists Stjarnan back with rowing and bobsleigh

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Goal celebration choreographers are back Icelandic side Stjarnan, now an internet sensation thanks to their magnificent goal celebration routines, have unveiled their latest masterpieces. Their team unveiled a new rowing boat celebration during a 5-0 victory over Haukar (they will have to start winning less convincingly or they might run out of ideas).

The curse of the new Jack Wilshere

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When expectation becomes ridicule So the World Cup ends in ignominious failure and everyone from The Sun – with it's relentlessly stupid, and ridiculous ill-judged "Maybe, Just Maybe" ad campaign, to the bloke who sells knock-off England kits down the market have opined and whined about the state of the English game and the betrayal and [.

New Premier League squad rules explained

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What's all this home-grown nonsense about? With top-flight managers juggling players around in their heads, and Arsene Wenger complaining about the 'disastrous' decision, Premier League clubs now have to name a 25-man squad at the end of each transfer window, with a minimum of eight home-grown players in this squad.

Top five players to watch out for this season

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Not bad, this lot. 1. Joe Cole (Liverpool) This is Joe's season to shine on Merseyside. Much was made over which team would land his childish scribble over the summer, and after much deliberation (they met his pay demands) Liverpool won out. He was supposed to be England's saviour during that tournament they attended over the summer, [.

Paul Scholes: this year’s Ryan Giggs?

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Can't tackle, can do everything else Manchester United seem set on showing the world what happens when you put your faith in players for several years rather than several weeks. Take Ryan Giggs, a player many regard as one of the finest players ever to grace football and one most English men wish was born here [.

Top five best Premier League kits 2010/11

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Classy kits for the new season 1. Tottenham home Something a bit different from Tottenham, and we think it works well. Quite simple but a bit unusual and has a certain retro charm. Good work, Puma. 2. Manchester United home Some informal dip-sampling suggests that this is a bit of a Marmite kit. While OTP would rather eat [.

Competition: Win two tickets to the Aston Villa v Birmingham derby match

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The hottest ticket in the Midlands, and we have got two to give away OTP has a pair of tickets to the Birmingham derby to give to a lucky reader. Aston Villa and Birmingham City meet at Villa Park on October 31 and you could be there courtesy of Villa's sponsors FxPro. The foreign exchange trading company [.

Video: The awesome new Match of the Day credits

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MOTD goes back to the future The BBC took us by surprise this weekend with some amazing new opening credits for Match of the Day to herald the new season. The titles cleverly (if in some places a little crudely) knit together footage of footballing heroes of the past with the Premier League's current top talent [.

Lionel Messi singles out Aston Villa’s Ashley Young for Twitter praise

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Praise indeed for Villa winger Ashley Young has found out he has a not-so-secret admirer in Spain after Lionel Messi tweeted a glowing reference for the Aston Villa star. The Barcelona attacker was on Twitter as he tuned into Villa's victory over West Ham on Saturday. Messi tweeted: "The Villa vs. West Ham match is really exciting [.

Diego Maradona wants to manage Villa

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Is he still having cocaine problems? Former Argentina manager Diego Maradona has hinted that he wouldn't mind managing Premier League outfit Aston Villa. Previous manager Martin O'Neill walked out on the club last week, leaving caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald in charge for the first weekend of the new season, when they beat West Ham 3-0.

Video: Wolves’ David Jones scores a cheeky free-kick against Stoke

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Set-piece magic Poor old David Jones must have spent all summer working on this, hoping that a player at the World Cup might show similar imagination. But at the first opportunity he showed the world's top players a thing or two about flair with this early goal of the season contender against Stoke.

Top 10 conclusions Premier League weekend 14-15

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1. Chelsea are so selfish. They just couldn't let Blackpool have the glory could they? 2. Having said that, we reckon the result at the DW Stadium told us much more about the state of Wigan than Blackpool. 3. It looks like Aston Villa have got over Martin O'Neill pretty quickly. A few more results like that [.

Video: Pepe Reina’s own goal howler (Liverpool v Arsenal)

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Scrambled into his own net Straight out of the Robert Green collection of goalkeeping howlers that get worse each time you see them comes this from Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina. Picture the scene: it is the 88th minute. Your side has played the entire second half with 10 men. They have even taken the lead with [.

Top five worst Premier League kits 2010/11

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OTP celebrates these barrel-scraping examples of kit design 1. Everton away If last season's black with pink pinstripes away kit was controversial, Everton's new away kit is downright offensive. Whether the Toffees are attempting to market their kits as his and hers rather than home and away we cannot confirm.

Should Arsene Wenger renew his contract with Arsenal?

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Time for the professor to teach elsewhere? Since 1996, Arsenal have undergone their French revolution under Arsene Wenger - a change that over the long run has been very positive for the club. But has his time in London run out? Wenger's CV at Arsenal includes three Premier League titles and four FA Cups, as well as [.

Fat West Ham striker Benni McCarthy threatened with fine over waistline

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Slim down or else West Ham owner David Sullivan has threatened to fine forward Benni McCarthy if he doesn't lose weight. The tubby striker missed out on a World Cup on homesoil with South Africa because of concerns over his fitness, and now his club reckon his eating habit could be in breach of his contract.

Manchester City: champions elect or perennial underachievers?

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Can the title challengers actually put their talent to good use? Many pundits are calling this Man City's year, saying that the side will go from 11 superstars who can't work together, relying on moments of genius to win matches, to a team, gelling together and putting their obvious superiority on paper into dominance on the [.

Christian Poulsen finally set for Liverpool

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Dane packing for Merseyside move After weeks of rumours, Christian Poulsen is finally set on a £4.5m move to Liverpool from Italian giants Juventus. Roy Hodgson, along with Liverpool fans, has been waiting with bated breath to see if the club would finally be sold; this would have released a myriad of transfer funds and likely [.

James Milner transfer deal stalls on Stephen Ireland’s demands for a £2m ’signing-off’ fee

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Crazy midfielder follows lead of every football club on the planet Stephen Ireland has, quite rightly, gained a reputation as a stupid footballer over recent years with some of his antics. But he is not quite as stupid as he looks. The midfielder has been watching Manchester City's transfer dealings from close quarters and spotted (as many [.

Steve Coppell: A loss to management?

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The Championship won't be the same without him! So Steve Coppell has announced his retirement from football management, some four months after he took charge of Bristol City, leaving with an impressive record of having played two games, winning 0 of them and losing both of them. Rumour has it that he quit because of a [.

Who on earth is Bébé? 10 things you need to know about United’s new signing

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United sign former homeless star Sir Alex Ferguson has made one of the biggest shocks this summer by splashing out around £7.5million on Portuguese striker Bébé. The 20-year-old joins United subject to passing a medical and will take United's summer spending to around £25million. Never heard of him?

Fabio Capello tells David Beckham his England career is over

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The end of an era, but does it mark the beginning of a brighter one? Never have so few words meant so much. OK, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but when was the last time that the suggestion of a player in his 36th year being "a little bit old" caused such [...]


Top 10 matches for your diary for the 2010/11 season

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Mark these potentially cracking games in your diary... 1. Tow Law Town v Jarrow Roofing Boldon CAFC, FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round, August 14 Ritchie McLoughlin of Jarrow Roofing Boldon CAFC is Jose Mourinho's nightmare: founder, chairman and manager of the club. But his meddling has helped them to some success in the Northern League, and they'll [.

Video: QPR fan goes mental at defeat to Port Vale

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Featuring some NSFW language This QPR supporter might just have a few anger management issues. A season of underachievement for to Hoops last time around is still fresh on his mind despite the summer break and the prospect of losing to Port 'f***ing' Vale in the Carling Cup is enough to tip him over the edge.

Mesut Ozil to Manchester United? Club website suggests he’s on his way

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Transfer coup or just wishful thinking? Manchester United employed an unorthodox method of revealing new signing Mesut Ozil from Werder Bremen yesterday, by publishing a "player profile" for the German World Cup star on their website. Either that or the cyber defences of the world's most valuable club have been circumvented from the bedroom of a [.

Top 10 conclusions: England 2-1 Hungary

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1. England get caught out by a lack of goal-line technology again - this time at the other end of the pitch. 2. That was a true captain's performance from Steven Gerrard. His two excellent goals demonstrated two very different goalscoring aspects of his game and they were both joy to watch. 3. OTP had forgotten how [.

Stjarnan are back with more celebrations

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And women say men don't know the pain of child-birth... The small Icelandic football team Stjarnan FC have gained a degree of notoriety recently with their truly epic ‘fishing' celebration. It is above for those of you as behind on your footballing news as Marlon King. This is quite possibly my favourite celebration ever.

FIFA investigates North Korea ‘punishment’ claims

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World Cup fallout, Communist style An investigation has been launched into allegations that North Korea's World Cup squad was tortured after suffering three defeats in South Africa. The players and coaches were reportedly humiliated publicly before being sentenced to forced labour at a residential building site in Pyongyang.

England v Hungary preview

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Time for the Three Lions to Roar The England football revival supposedly begins tonight in what is possibly the most important international friendly in our history. Steven Gerrard's open invitation to boo the England players will be met with more enthusiasm and swiftness by the England faithful than Sven putting himself in the frame for the [.

Video: The horror tackle Mauro Camoranesi is paying for, 16 years on

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Italian international forced to payout for X-rated tackle Juventus midfielder Mauro Camoranesi has been order to pay a $50,000 indemnity to an opponent he injured with a gruesome tackle in 1994. The Argentine-born Italy World Cup winner was still a teenager - and his famous ponytail was just a twinkle in his eye - when he left [.

Liverpool star Fernando Torres flags down police officer to step photographer following him

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El Nino suffers paparazzi problems Fernando Torres stopped a police officer to complain that a photographer was following him home. The striker pulled up in his black Aston Martin to ask the officer to take action against a car that he believed was tailing him. A press photographer in a car also stopped in Beaconsfield Road of [.

Video: England under 21s beat Uzbekistan 2-0

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Rose and Kelly give England youngsters victory England under 21s defeated Uzbekistan 2-0 with Fabio Capello watching on in a match they dominated but struggled to find the net. The breakthrough eventually came in the 64th minute when Tottenham's Danny Rose fired in the rebound from Daniel Sturridge's blocked shot.

Video: It’s literally a five-horse race for the title

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Ex-footy stars enjoy a spot of horse racing With many bookies marking this Premier League season down as a five-horse race, five former players from each of the top sides took to their horses to battle it out for the pre-season bragging rights. Kerry Dixon of Chelsea, David May of Manchester United, Steve Lomas of Manchester City, [.

Who the fudge is Frankie Fielding? 10 things you need to know about England’s new keeper

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Your lowdown on England's surprise call-up Fabio Capello has drafted Blackburn's young goalkeeper Frankie Fielding into his squad to face Hungary tomorrow evening. The 22-year-old has been brought in along with fellow under 21 keeper Scott Loach following the retirement of Paul Robinson and withdrawal of Ben Foster.

Martin O’Neill quits his job, Aston Villa players text each other photos of champagne bottles

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Villains live up to their name Martin O'Neill yesterday quit as manager of Aston Villa just five days before the start of the new Premier League season. The Northern Irishman's position has long been the subject of rumour, but the timing of his departure still comes as a surprise. Kevin MacDonald has been appointed caretaker boss, but [.

What are your hopes for the new season?

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The Sun wants to know Or more precisely, what are this random ensemble of celebrities' new hopes for the season? Alice Cooper outs himself as a Liverpool fan on musical grounds!


Do you want to write for Off The Post?

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We're hiring How would you like to write for your favourite football blog? Well, now you can. OTP is looking for a talented writer to chip in with a couple of posts a day. Our requirements are: You must be a talented writer Either you or your spellchecker must be capable of producing copy that is not riddled [.

Competition: Win a football shirt of your choice

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Free footy gear The new season is either under way or nearly upon us (depending on who you happen to support) and to celebrate we have got a football shirt of your choice to give away, which you can wear with pride while you still have that early season optimism. Our prize has been provided by Promotionalcodes.

Fabio Capello’s Community Shield shambles in photos - blanked by Ashley Cole, shakes hands with ‘injured’ Michael Carrick

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England boss gets cold shoulder Things have got a bit worse for England manager Fabio Capello since we gave our thoughts on his new-look squad. Wes Brown has now joined Paul Robinson in retiring from international football after being picked by the Italian. And during the post-Community Shield formalities the England boss was snubbed by Ashley Cole.

Video: Man Utd’s Javier Hernandez accidental diving header against Chelsea

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Comical Community Shield action Manchester United's new signing Javier 'Chicarito' Hernandez can presumably claim a debut goal AND assist for his part in the second goal of a 3-1 Community Shield victory over Chelsea. The Mexican international managed to kick Luis Antonio Valencia's cross against his own face and into the back of the net for a [.

Portsmouth continue their Premier League form in the Championship

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Play up, Pompey Portsmouth might reflect that, given that they are still in business, last week was a successful week. On the pitch it was more of the same for Pompey fans though. After enduring a miserable relegation season last year they could have been forgiven for thinking that life in the Championship might provide a little [.

Video: Bayern Munich take on 30-man team

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Crazy German fitness training Bayern Munich worked on their pre-season fitness with a bizarre friendly against a 30-man opposition. The Fitness First Winter Stars squad was made up of Winter Olympics gold medal-winners and a sprinkling of Bayern veterans, including Lothar Matthaus. With the professionals coasting to victory in the 20-minutes each way match, the Winter Stars [.

Top 10 conclusions on the new-look England squad

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OTP's thoughts on Fabio Capello's much altered selection 1 Don't score at a major tournament for Fabio Capello: he's ditched two-thirds of his World Cup goalscorers. 2. OTP is struggling to decide whether it would have made Paul Robinson more of a prima donna if he had retired from international football when he wasn't even being selected [.

Peter Crouch cheated on Abbey Clancy with £800 prostitute

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Hooker criticises Crouchy's shoes Tottenham striker Peter Crouch cheated on his model fiancee with a 19-year-old prostitute during a stag weekend in Madrid, claims the News of the World. The 6ft 7in striker allegedly paid £800 for an hour with 19-year-old hooker Monica Mint at a three-star Madrid hotel.

Video: John Bostock scores a screamer on his Hull City debut

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Spurs loanee makes immediate impression Tottenham midfielder and England under 19 starlet John Bostock made an immediate impression after joining Championship outfit Hull City on loan. The youngster fired in the opening goal from 30-yards as the Tigers defeated Swansea. Video via 101GG


Video: Joe Cole helps Liverpool to victory against Rabotnicki

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Reds comfortably through in Europa League Liverpool eased past Macedonian side Rabotnicki in their Europa League third-round qualifying match with a 4-0 aggregate win. New signing Joe Cole was among the best performers on the night, setting up the opening goal for David Ngog and generally giving a good account of himself.

Video: Spoilsport referee blows for full-time as 65-yard strike flies into net

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Officious official ruins goal If David Beckham's most famous goal had been scored in Brazil and in the final minute of the match then history might look at the career of Wimbledon goalkeeper Neil Sullivan in a completely different light. That's because the Brazilian ref may well have blown for full-time as his long-range effort was [.

Video: Andriy Shevchenko steals male journalist’s girly purse

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How to make sure you get a fair wage for post-match interviews Apologies if you have already seen this while we were on holiday, but it is too good not to post. Ex-Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko seems to be getting a bit flirty with the bloke interviewing him. At the end of the interview it turns out [.

Robert Green encourages West Ham team-mates to abuse him

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Sports psychology devotee tries to recreate post-World Cup venom West Ham's squad have been actively encouraged to jeer and shout insults at goalkeeper Robert Green as he prepares for the new season. The 30-year-old is desperate to make sure he is not distracted by opposition fans who single him out for his disastrous World Cup error [.

Video: Ryan Guy shows off his somersault throw-in against Manchester United

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Acrobatic set-piece St Patrick's Athletic's Ryan Guy got the chance to perform his somersault throw-in to a large audience as he represented the Airtricity League XI in their defeat to Manchester United yesterday. OTP had always understood that the purpose of such elaborate routines was to throw the ball further, which doesn't really seem to happen here [.

‘Do Are Ya? Joey Barton’s ‘moustache’

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Bad boy midfielder's poor facial hair Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton has been doing his bit to improve team spirit at St James' Park with a comedy moustache that has his team-mates in stitches. The ex-Man City player's top lip is slightly darkened by stubble, but his as yet unsuccessful struggle to grow a full moustache has had [.