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
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 [.
Fergie's Â£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 [.
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.
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).
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 [.
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
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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
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 [.
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 [.
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.
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 [...]
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 [.
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 â€“ though I think we've all stopped kidding ourselves now that the goal would have
made the slightest bit of difference on [.
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, [.
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'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 [.
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.
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 [.
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.
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 [.
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 [.
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 Â£18m going the other direction.
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, [.
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 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 [.
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 â€˜faithful' wanting blood, and an
unofficial FA statement that the next England [.
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.
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
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.
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 [.
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.
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
EaglesÂ 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 [.
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 [...]
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.
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 39â€² shirt settled
instead for ones saying 'BELLAM [.
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.
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 [.
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 [...]
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 Â£130m on
a handful of new players, whereas Sir Alex has been [.
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.
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.
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 Â£175,000 from Paul Quinn's move south last year. So
they were understandably disgruntled when they found out the Welsh [.
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.
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
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 [.
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).
When expectation becomes ridicule So the World Cup ends in ignominious failure and everyone from
The Sun â€“ 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 [.
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.
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, [.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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 MartinÂ 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.
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
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 [.
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 [.
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.
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 [.
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.
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 [.
Dane packing for Merseyside move After weeks of rumours, Christian Poulsen is finally set on a
Â£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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [...]
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 [.
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.
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 [.
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 [.
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 â€˜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.
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.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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.
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, [.
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.
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 [.
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 [.
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
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.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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 Â£800 for an hour with 19-year-old hooker Monica Mint at a three-star Madrid
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
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.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.