Off the Post Archives for January 2011

Pitch invader who kicked AZ Alkmaar keeper Esteban Alvarado jailed for six months

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The Dutch pitch invader who attempted to kick AZ Alkmaar goalie Esteban Alvarado before finding himself on the receiving end of a couple of kicks from Alvarado has been sent to prison for six months. The incident made headlines not only for the nature of the attack, but also because Alvarado was sent-off [.

Bet’s be ‘avin you: Football betting tips for the 30 December – 1st January

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There are not many games on New Years Eve Eve, and I would advise to stay away from a home victory at Anfield. Liverpool may have not lost at home this season, but with Andy Carroll the principal striking option available, I would rather eat more turkey. Instead bet on Southampton to beat Bristol City [.

Bet’s be ‘avin you: Football betting tips for the 30 December – 1st January

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There are not many games on New Years Eve Eve, and I would advise to stay away from a home victory at Anfield. Liverpool may have not lost at home this season, but with Andy Carroll the principal striking option available, I would rather eat more turkey. Instead bet on Southampton to beat Bristol City [.

The world is watching. A huge New Years period for…

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Liverpool With one game still to play in 2011, Liverpool have dropped 19 points at home. That is 17 more than Manchester City and 14 more than Manchester United. The fortress formerly known as Anfield truly is no longer. Liverpool have been incredibly wasteful this season in front of goal, and on Friday night take [.

The world is watching. A huge New Years period for…

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Liverpool With one game still to play in 2011, Liverpool have dropped 19 points at home. That is 17 more than Manchester City and 14 more than Manchester United. The fortress formerly known as Anfield truly is no longer. Liverpool have been incredibly wasteful this season in front of goal, and on Friday night take [.

OTP Podcast: Episode 19 – Boxing Day Bouts

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Ep.19 Boxing Day Bouts by Off The Post on Mixcloud This week the OTP podcast fashions a feast of football coverage from the meaty scraps leftover from the Boxing Day bouts. Putting all Ferrero-Rocher (not a Portuguese left-back) consumption on pause for a few hours, the Pod huddles over the mic to share stories of [.

Pesky Bolton boss Owen Coyle meddling in Everton’s transfer business

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Or so the BBC's Gossip Column would have you believe!


Hard Tackle: Richie De Laet gives Gareth Bale his Christmas present (Norwich 0-2 Spurs)

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Bale love-in takes physical turn Gareth Bale was the star of the show as Tottenham eased past Norwich in a relative stroll in the park last night. In an attempt to get some sort of revenge, Richie De Laet decided to do to Bale what the Welshman had been metaphorically doing to the Norwich defence [..

Manchester City star Mario Balotelli puts £1,000 behind the bar at pub

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Drinks are on Mario Yet another great Mario Balotelli story has broken with news of the latest of the Italian's regular random acts of kindness. The Manchester City striker popped into a Manchester pub to put £1,000 behind the bar for festive drinkers before heading to Midnight Mass. Balotelli called into The Tudor pub in [.

Video: Referee Stuart Attwell now picking Arsenal set-piece takers

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"This is more suited to Arteta." A-W footyroom.com by footyroom Referee Stuart Attwell had yet another nightmare in yesterday's clash between Arsenal and Wolves. Mick McCarthy will argue that Nenad Milijas's red card was Attwell's low-point, but for comedy value we preferred this moment. The hapless ref scuppered Arsenal's free-kick routine by standing in front [.

Gillingham’s Chris Whelpdale hobbles off with split scrotum

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Gillingham winger Chris Whelpdale is suffering a sore end to 2011 after limping out of his side's Boxing Day match against Crawley Town with a split scrotum. The injury was sustained late in the match after a very high challenge by Crawley's David Hunt. Whelpdale's manager Andy Hessenthaler told BBC Radio Kent: "It's a horrific [.

Top 10 conclusions Premier League Boxing Day fixtures

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szólj hozzá: Incredible Mark Bunn save 1. While you've all been busy stuffing your faces for a few days, Blackburn boss Steve Kean might just have found a Bunn to save his bacon. Young keeper Mark Bunn put in a great performance to earn a point at Liverpool. 2. It definitely wasn't a Blue Christmas.

Top 10 conclusions Premier League Boxing Day fixtures

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szólj hozzá: Incredible Mark Bunn save 1. While you've all been busy stuffing your faces for a few days, Blackburn boss Steve Kean might just have found a Bunn to save his bacon. Young keeper Mark Bunn put in a great performance to earn a point at Liverpool. 2. It definitely wasn't a Blue Christmas.

Video: Leon Osman trips himself up and wins a penalty (Sunderland 1-1 Everton)

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The world's most effective miskick The Premier League's biggest Christmas present came from referee Howard Webb. He gave Everton the present of one Premier League point by awarding the Toffees this penalty against Sunderland. Webb pointed to the spot when Leon Osman tripped himself in the Black Cats' box after an enormous miskick.

Video: Leon Osman trips himself up and wins a penalty (Sunderland 1-1 Everton)

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The world's most effective miskick The Premier League's biggest Christmas present came from referee Howard Webb. He gave Everton the present of one Premier League point by awarding the Toffees this penalty against Sunderland. Webb pointed to the spot when Leon Osman tripped himself in the Black Cats' box after an enormous miskick.

Video: Gabriel Agbonlahor trips referee Mark Clattenburg (Stoke City 1-1 Aston Villa)

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Referee Mark Clattenburg's attempts to join a Stoke counter-attack were cynically thwarted by this challenge from Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor. The Villa man escaped without a booking. Luckily for him, Clattenburg's hair transplant escaped unscathed otherwise it would have been a red card offence.

Video: Gabriel Agbonlahor trips referee Mark Clattenburg (Stoke City 1-1 Aston Villa)

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Referee Mark Clattenburg's attempts to join a Stoke counter-attack were cynically thwarted by this challenge from Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor. The Villa man escaped without a booking. Luckily for him, Clattenburg's hair transplant escaped unscathed otherwise it would have been a red card offence.

Video: Frank Lampard’s casual bum grope on Chelsea team-mate Fernando Torres

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Frank Lampard was strolling past team-mate Fernando Torres to take his place on the Chelsea bench during last night's match against Spurs when the Spaniard's prone buttocks proved too much of a temptation. Lamps had to have a quick feel of Torres' bum. Manager Andre Villas Boas had already had a slightly less tender slap [.

The world is watching. A huge Boxing Day for…

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Newcastle United Losing to Manchester City and Chelsea was acceptable because of the start they made, expecially given that a draw with Manchester United was the meat in that particular sandwich. And in any case, the club had games against Norwich, Swansea and West Brom to redress the balance. But Newcastle have slumped, taking just [.

Pelada: A little Brazilian street and beach football action

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Liverpool players don pre-match Luis Suarez t-shirts

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They don't know when to stop Liverpool continued to deal with Luis Suarez's eight-match ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra with class and dignity... by getting all their players to wear Luis Suarez t-shirts before yesterday evening's 0-0 draw with Wigan. All the Reds' players, including Suarez himself, wore a t-shirt featuring his image on [.

Top 20 #PreemptiveChelseaStatement tweets

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Yesterday, we took Twitter by storm with our #PreemptiveChelseaStatement hashtag as we pondered what might happen if Chelsea put out a statement to defend John Terry in a similar vein to Liverpool's Luis Suarez statement. 1. Some of John Terry's favourite mistresses are black. 2. John Terry once co-refereed a football match with Uriah Rennie.

Top 20 #PreemptiveChelseaStatement tweets

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Yesterday, we took Twitter by storm with our #PreemptiveChelseaStatement hashtag as we pondered what might happen if Chelsea put out a statement to defend John Terry in a similar vein to Liverpool's Luis Suarez statement. 1. Some of John Terry's favourite mistresses are black. 2. John Terry once co-refereed a football match with Uriah Rennie.

Kitman: Juventus’ shocking pink number

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Mr pink star, who do you think you are? Italians are known for their style, with the catwalks of Milan dripping with the latest fashions. It seems that Turin didn't quite get the memo. Last night Juventus took on Udinese, with place at the top of the league for the winners at stake. However, Juve [..

Video: Sunderland fan celebrates Nicklas Bendtner goal with a spot of bestiality

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No more dogging We've come to expect all sorts of things to happen from players and fans alike in the joyous moments after a goal has been scored. But as far as we can remember, this is the first time when a Premier League player has celebrated a goal within touching distance of a fan [...]


Top 10 conclusions Premier League 21 December

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1. It was a great night for goals. There were some stunning efforts from Wayne Rooney, Adam Johnson, Demba Ba and Paul Scharner can all take a bow for starters. 2. Adam Johnson must have thought twice before firing in his long-range effort against Stoke though. He usually gets a rollicking from Manchester City boss [.

OTP Podcast: Episode 18 – Christmas Special

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Ep.18 Christmas Special by Off The Post on Mixcloud After injecting mince pies into our veins, doing shots of Bucks Fizz via our retinas and recording wearing nothing but tinsel jockstraps, the OTP Podcast is in fine, slightly chafed, festive cheer for its Christmas Special. (That unorthodox preparation may partly explain why we sound like [.

Top 10 big-boned Premier League stars

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Showing that chunky lads can cut the mustard in the top flight 1. Grant Holt (Norwich) He's a big unit. When he had his moustache he looked more like a rogue DC from a 1970s police drama than a top footballer. Nonetheless, he's proved he can score in the Premier League. 2. Jonathan Walters (Stoke) [.

Analysis of Liverpool’s ridiculous statement in response to Luis Suarez’s eight-match ban

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been handed an eight-match ban and a £40,000 fine by the FA after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra. The news has been slightly overshadowed by a crazy statement released by Liverpool in the wake of the news. It ranks around the same level of Rafa [.

Norwich defender Kyle Naughton suspended for match he wouldn’t have played in anyway

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Naughty Naughton Norwich full-back Kyle Naughton picked up the most sensible booking of his career during last night's pulsating 2-2 draw with Wolves. Naughton received his fifth yellow card of the season to earn himself an automatic one-match ban. That rules him out of the Boxing Day clash with Tottenham.

Top five conclusions: Blackburn 1-2 Bolton

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1. We were desperately hoping that Steve Kean was going to sit down on the grass during the Stand Up If You Want Kean Out chants. 2. It took seeing how good a hereto hopeless Bolton side to realise precisely how bad Blackburn are at the minute. 3. On a night when the two Lancashire [...]


Today’s top five prospective Manchester United midfielders

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It must be near to January: the transfer rumour mill is going into overdrive. Manchester United's midfield problems seem to be the current hot topic. Despite Michael Carrick showing a new-found propensity for lung-busting runs into the box and scoring goals, the papers seem to think that Sir Alex Ferguson will spend money in the [.

Today’s top five prospective Manchester United midfielders

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It must be near to January: the transfer rumour mill is going into overdrive. Manchester United's midfield problems seem to be the current hot topic. Despite Michael Carrick showing a new-found propensity for lung-busting runs into the box and scoring goals, the papers seem to think that Sir Alex Ferguson will spend money in the [.

Wayne Rooney buys a horse at Manchester United team-mate Michael Owen’s stables

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Horseplay Michael Owen is a brave bloke. With little or no prospect of first-team football anymore, his horse racing interests are practically his main career now. He is now letting Wayne Rooney wangle his way into his stables and ruin that for him too. Rooney is buying a horse at Owen's Manor House Stables in [.

Random 1990s Footballer Tuesday: #15 Mikkel Beck

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Name: Mikkel Beck In his 1990s prime for: Middlesbrough, Derby County Lowdown: A striker who was unfortunately known for not being very good in English football, Beck moved to Middlesbrough from Fortuna Koln after Euro 96, a tournament in which he had played two games for Denmark. Joining ‘Boro in 1996, the club were relegated [.

The most disturbing photo of 2011: Michael Duberry dressed as Princess Leia

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These are not the Dubes you're looking for It's Michael Duberry. But with boobs. It's Michael Booberry. The former Chelsea defender is now plying his trade in League Two with Oxford United, where the Christmas parties are every bit as wild as the Premier League. Well, we're assuming that this was for a Christmas party.

Video: Yellow card for Santa Claus

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Ho, ho, ho Argentine midfielder Jonatan Germano thought he had the perfect seasonal celebration when he scored for Melbourne Heart against Brisbane Roar: he put on a Santa hat and did a happy dance over near the corner flag. Scrooge McReferee was having none of it though and booked Germano for his exuberance in the [.

The best own goal ever: Festus Baise (Sun Hei v Citizen AA)

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This outrageous scorpion kick own goal comes from Hong Kong. Sun Hei's Nigerian defender Festus Baise attempts to deal with a ball into the box from opponents Citizen AA. It doesn't look like the most threatening cross in the world, but that's before Baise makes his intervention. With the ball cut back behind him, the [.

Kitman: Wigan fan’s crazy Christmas turkey hat

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Is this the worst hat ever? It might just be. This Wigan fans donned a festive hat, probably in anticipation of a stuffing at the hands of Chelsea. But it wasn't to be as Jordi Gomez bagged a late equaliser to secure a 1-1 draw for the Latics. Great news for Roberto Martinez, but not [...]


Top 10 conclusions Premier League weekend 17-18 December

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1. Wayne Rooney's hair transplant was definitely worth it. His new quiff got the ball rolling for Manchester United in their match against QPR. 2. The QPR supporters' "Warnock for England" chants might encourage Blackburn fans to try a change of tactics. Kean for Scotland, anyone? 3. Then again, if Aston Villa keep putting in [.

Video: Royston Drenthe’s son love microphones

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Testing, testing Everton star Royston Drenthe brought his young son out to face the Match of the Day cameras after his side's match against Everton. As fascinated as dad's thoughts on the match were, they couldn't quite match up to the microphone. Drenthe Jnr just couldn't get enough of it. That's his Christmas present sorted.

Top five conclusions: Manchester City 1-0 Arsenal

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1. At last, a Sky Sports Super Sunday match that lives up to its sub-heading billing. This really was a Christmas Cracker. 2. Forget gold, frankincense and myrrh, it was all about Silva delivering the goods. 3. The Arsenal crowd are not usually that noisy at home, never mind away. Samir Nasri must be the [.

Gray and Keys’ after dinner speaking company – hoax?

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The flier above is for an after dinner speaking service offered by Andy Gray and Richard Keys, but is it a hoax? The faces on the top right of the flier do look very photoshopped, and would the pair really be as insensitive as to name their tour after the comment that got them sacked [...]


Franck Ribery gets two bookings in twenty seconds – video

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No de Cologne You would have thought that when you are an international footballer and you get yourself booked, you might just try and keep under the radar for a while. No bad challenges. No dissent. And no strangling. Not Franck Ribery. After a fairly blatant dive in Bayern Munich's game against Cologne last night, [.

Franck Ribery gets two bookings in twenty seconds – video

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No de Cologne You would have thought that when you are an international footballer and you get yourself booked, you might just try and keep under the radar for a while. No bad challenges. No dissent. And no strangling. Not Franck Ribery. After a fairly blatant dive in Bayern Munich's game against Cologne last night, [.

Wayne Rooney in bodily hygiene row with X Factor no-hoper Frankie Cocozza

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Manchester United star Wayne Rooney was at the centre of an unlikely Twitter spat with The X Factor 'wildman' Frankie Cocozza. The reality TV star tweeted: "#CelebsThatLookLikeTheyStink not really a celeb but I bet his pits are stinking, along with his breath @waynerooney." You might wonder what Rooney would gain from rising to the bait, [.

Karma delivers an AC Milan v Arsenal Champions League draw for these Spurs fans

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Ah, the age of the smartphone: you can't even enjoy a bit of chanting at your rivals' expense without it coming back to bite you. These Tottenham supporters were so delighted to be playing AC Milan in the Champions League last season that they broke into a chant of "Are you watching, Arsenal?". Their neighbours [.

Bet’s be ‘avin you: Football betting tips for the 17-18 December

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After winning an impressive £156 last week from our £55 stake, we look to again prize profit out of the hands of the bookies. First bet concerns the Premier League, and backs Blackburn to win consecutive home games for the first time in 46 years, or at least since Steve Kean took charge. They are [.

Sunderland’s Nicklas Bendtner and Lee Cattermole arrested over criminal damage to cars

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Sunderland duo Nicklas Bendtner and Lee Cattermole have been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage. The incident relates to damaged caused to cars Stowell Street, in Newcastle city centre, on 6 December. The pair, both aged 23, were arrested yesterday before later being bailed. A Northumbria police spokesman said: "Police can confirm that on 15 [.

Steaua Bucharest fans suffer tifo dyscalculia

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1e47? If you've ever seen an impressive pre-match tifo on the continent and thought to yourself that it cannot be easy to coordinate such a large scale public art display, then Steaua Bucharest are here to prove you right. The Romanian side suffered a nasty back-to-front digit (oo-er) in their ranks ahead of recent match.

Steaua Bucharest fans suffer tifo dyscalculia

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1e47? If you've ever seen an impressive pre-match tifo on the continent and thought to yourself that it cannot be easy to coordinate such a large scale public art display, then Steaua Bucharest are here to prove you right. The Romanian side suffered a nasty back-to-front digit (oo-er) in their ranks ahead of recent match.

The world is watching. A huge weekend for…

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Manchester City We are often told that our greatest tests are in response to adversity. Is now the time for Mancini to show his true worth? In truth, City should probably have won at Stamford Bridge on Monday. David Silva was brought down for a penalty, and Sergio Aguero had a chance which on other [.

Football Lookalikes: Cha Du-Ri and Scott Brown (Celtic)

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Mistaken identity What do mean you can't see it? They're like two peas in a pod. Just ask Greek referee Michael Koukoulakis, who managed to confuse the pair during last night's Europa League clash between Udinese and Celtic. The ref showed Cha Du-Ri two yellow cards during the match. But at some point between the [.

Mario Balotelli and Micah Richards bust-up sparked by a misplaced pass

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Mario hates poor passing The training ground scrap between Manchester City team-mates Mario Balotelli and Micah Richards was started by a stray pass from the England international, Mirror Football reports. Balotelli was unhappy at the accuracy of Richards' passing and told him: "If you won't pass to my feet, I won't move.

Manchester City team-mates Mario Balotelli and Micah Richards in training ground scrap

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Mario Balotelli and Micah Richards have been involved in a training ground bust-up. The pair squared up to each other at the end of a practice game ahead of Manchester City's match against Arsenal on Sunday. The confrontation followed a war of words. Richards was particularly angry by what had been said, the Guardian reports.

Ronaldinho responds to webcam insults with an on-pitch live show

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It's nothing we haven't seen before Brazilian star Ronaldinho's biggest headlines in recent months have come not from his performances on the pitch, but his performances on his webcam. As such, the Flamengo man came in for a lot of pre-match verbal from the crowd ahead of his side's match against Vasco Da Gama last [.

Chelsea captain John Terry in dispute with neighbours over fishing pond

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"No, Anton, I said I caught a bleak and a carp." John Terry is in a row with his neighbours over his plans to build a fishing pond at his £10million Surrey mansion, according to Mirror Football. The England skipper is seeking planning ­permission to develop a "featureless paddock" on the seven-acre plot, claiming it [.

David Villa breaks leg in Club World Cup – video

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Al-Sadd state of affairs The Club World Cup receives criticism from some quarters for being nothing more than a publicity exercise, allowing FIFA to show off some of its clubs in a money-spinning tournament for the Asian market. Barcelona have today paid the price for taking the competition seriously and fielding a strong side, when [.

Stan Collymore and Jim Rosenthal sing ‘Thursday night, Channel 5′ during Europa League coverage

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The derogatory chanting aimed at Manchester United and Manchester City following their Europa League 'qualification' not least by Ashley Cole could be taken as an insult by the broadcaster. Instead they wisely decided to treat it as free advertising. Presenters Jim Rosenthal and Stan Collymore enjoyed a singalong of the song over a [.

Stan Collymore and Jim Rosenthal sing ‘Thursday night, Channel 5′ during Europa League coverage

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The derogatory chanting aimed at Manchester United and Manchester City following their Europa League 'qualification' not least by Ashley Cole could be taken as an insult by the broadcaster. Instead they wisely decided to treat it as free advertising. Presenters Jim Rosenthal and Stan Collymore enjoyed a singalong of the song over a [.

Neymar rejects move to Europe due to snow, coldness and the lack of his favourite soft drink

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Behind the transfer talk Brazilian star Neymar has revealed his reasons for turning down a move to Europe and signing a new contract with Santos in a new advert for Gurana soft drink. In the commercial, young Neymar finds that his skills are not suited to the snowy conditions. A quick dip in the sea [.

Top twenty Christmas Premier League footballers

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It's the time of year for awful cracker gags, so here are twenty footballers from the Premier League that wouldn't look out of place at Christmas. As you can see, 'tis also the season for barrel scraping: 1. Frank-incense Lampard (Chelsea) 2. Roque Santa Cruz (Man City) 3. David Eggnog (Bolton) 4. Rory Delapland (Stoke) [.

Video: Wilson Palacios takes the worst corner ever (Besiktas v Stoke)

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Wilson, Wilson, Wilson Quite often footballers get stick for not beating the first man with their corners. This effort from Stoke midfielder Wilson Palacios would have loved to make it to the first man. Being cleared by a defender at the near post with a comfortable header would have been perfection for this corner.

Ashley Cole sparked Chelsea v Man City tunnel bust-up by chanting: “Thursday night, Channel 5″

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Europ-ing for a fight Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole reportedly sparked a clash in the tunnel following his side's win over Manchester City by mocking their recent Champions League exit. City boss Roberto Mancini had already laid the blame for the bust-up with Cole, but said he wasn't sure what he had said to cause the [.

OTP Podcast: Episode 17 – Mario Balti-telli

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Grant Holt: dexterous dolphin Ep.17 Mario Balti-telli by Off The Post on Mixcloud Like Mario Balotelli wolfing down a late night curry, the Off The Post Podcast is back and ready to tuck into all the tasty morsels of this weekend's Premier League that we couldn't pilau eyes away from. Prepare for naan other than [.

Video: Napoli players shoot a very strange 2012 calendar

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Shooting practice Football club calendars are usually a selection of 12 action shots of players fronted with a nice corporate cover (unless you're Bradford City, of course). But no so at Napoli. The Serie A outfit got their players to don an array of strange costumes as they shot their quirky 2012 calendar.

Figueirense U20 striker Pottker sent-off for competing drop-ball and scoring

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A competitive drop-ball is a rare pleasure in football these days. It's one of the rare occasions when players can get away with hacking at each other. There's no hacking in this video, but Figueirense under 20 striker Pottker decided that he was going to ignore the fair play convention for returning possession to the [.

Mike Ashley announces plan to overcome Newcastle’s injury crisis

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Newcastle fans probably have a nasty feeling this sign doesn't only refer to Sports Direct but also to the Sports Direct Arena. Photo via @BryanRoberts72


Mario Balotelli steals Manchester City team-mate Sergio Aguero’s gloves

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Mario strikes again If you thought Mario Balotelli's form was warmer than fellow striker Sergio Aguero during Manchester City's loss to Chelsea last night, now you know why. The cheeky Italian pinched his team-mates gloves before kick-off while the Argentine star made some final adjustments to his boots.

Savile Rogue football scarf competition winner

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It could be you... Thanks to everyone who entered the competition to win a Savile Rogue football scarf. It was a very popular competition, but the triumphant winner selected at random is... Tom Hostler. Tom opted for the Mancini-esque Manchester City scarf featured above as his prize. Hopefully that will cheer him up [.

Olympic gold medalist Sir Chris Hoy targeted by Tottenham fans angry at referee Chris Foy

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Pedal-ty, ref! Four-times Olympic cycling gold medalist Sir Chris Hoy has revealed he has become the victim of Twitter hate campaign orchestrated by stupid Tottenham supporters. The confused Spurs fans were angry at referee Chris Foy (note: Foy, not Hoy) following his performance in their match at Stoke on Sunday.

Top five worst football Christmas gifts

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‘Tis the time for giving. But with the Premier League and its clubs rolling on as a relentless money-making machine, we choose the worst that club websites have to offer. To keep it fair, there is one from each of the ‘Big Five': 1. Arsenal Fish and Chips sweets I can see the reasoning behind [..

‘Arrogant’ Nicklas Bendtner begs for someone to buy his pizza

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Any change? Any change? Sunderland striker Nicklas Bendtner shocked diners in his native Denmark by resorting to begging for someone to buy him a late night pizza. The on-loan Arsenal man called into Pizza Huset after a drunken night out with actress Julie Zangenberg. With a taxi waiting outside, Bendtner ordered two pizzas.

Mario Balotelli’s curry menu

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After Mario Balotelli's controversial late night curry, an OTP source has provided a copy of the Manchester City striker's receipts. No wonder Roberto Mancini was angry: it's a bit heavy on the stomach. Breaking into a women's jail-frezi Why always me-sala? Madras-cal Achar-red mansion Tikka pot-shot at a youth teamer Mafia pathia


Random 1990s Footballer Tuesday: #14 Rigobert Song

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Name: Rigobert Song In his 1990s prime for: Liverpool Lowdown: The Cameroonian defender became something of a cult figure at Anfield, but like Djimi Traore after him, this was often due to his reputation as a player prone to gaffes as well as strong challenges, with the added benefit of the occasional crazy hair cut.

Top five conclusions: Chelsea 2-1 Manchester City

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1. OTP is absolutely delighted with the result. After 90 minutes held captive by Ray Wilkins, we developed Stockholm syndrome and are now fully behind the Chelsea cause. 2. A Chelsea win can rarely have been celebrated so much by Manchester United fans. It was a good result for neutrals too, including the aforementioned Wilkins.

The England worst haircuts XI

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The England national football team will jet off to Poland and Ukraine next summer with the hope of achieving something their forbearers have not. Namely, winning the European Football Championship. Yet the inhabitants of Krakow and Kiev would be hard pressed to place a cigarette paper between our brave English Lions, with their matching suits, [.

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli set for £150,000 over late night curry

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Why always Masala? Mario Balotelli is in line for a big fine from Manchester City after breaking a club curfew to satisfy his need for curry. The Italian reportedly enjoyed an Indian meal with friends in the early hours of Sunday morning, despite City's being in action against Chelsea this evening. The late night meal [.

Chelsea boss Andre Villas Boas goes a bit mad

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AVB craziness Last time Chelsea had a Portuguese manager there was usually a whirlwind of conspiracy theories and paranoia swirling around. But with Jose Mourinho at the helm it was usually created for the benefit of the club. Under Andre Villas Boas it seems the manager himself is the biggest victim.

Barcelona overcome plane rat infestation to win El Clasico against Real Madrid

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A ro-dent in Real's title hopes It might sounds like a dodgy Samuel L. Jackson sequel, but Barcelona had to beat rats on a plane before they could triumph over Real Madrid on Saturday evening. Pep Guardiola's team were held up when it emerged that an infestation of Madrid-based rats had boarded their plane.

Video: Wojciech Szczesny kisses the magical left boot of Arsenal team-mate Robin Van Persie

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Paying lip service to RVP Arsenal keeper and all-round character Wojciech Szczesny celebrated the Gunners' 1-0 win over Everton an Saturday by getting intimate with Robin Van Persie's foot. The Pole puckered up and planted a kiss on the left boot of his team-mate, whose stunning left-footed volley had won the match for Arsene Wenger's [.

Video: Jimmy Kebe pulls his socks up, gets Jack Collison sent-off (Reading v West Ham)

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One of the more bizarre incidents of the weekend's action came from the clash between Reading and West Ham. The Royals' Jimmy Kebe decided to rub salt into the Hammers' wounds with a bit of sock-related showboating. The Mali international chose to highlight the amount of time he was getting on the ball by pulling [.

Top 10 conclusions Premier League weekend 10-11 December

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1. Arsenal anniversary celebrations like most Arsenal matches would be a duller place without Robin Van Persie. What a sweet goal. 2. If Martin O'Neill continues to bring that level of luck to Sunderland, Black Cats fans will be delighted to have him around the place. 3. Just imagine what Stoke City could [.

Top 10 conclusions Premier League weekend 10-11 December

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1. Arsenal anniversary celebrations like most Arsenal matches would be a duller place without Robin Van Persie. What a sweet goal. 2. If Martin O'Neill continues to bring that level of luck to Sunderland, Black Cats fans will be delighted to have him around the place. 3. Just imagine what Stoke City could [.

Football Lookalikes: Simon Vukcevic and Phil Thompson

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You nose it Form is temporary, but class is permanent. At least that's true when it comes to the noses of Blackburn goalscorer Simon Vukcevic and Liverpool legend Phil Thompson.


Football Lookalikes: Simon Vukcevic and Phil Thompson

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You nose it Form is temporary, but class is permanent. At least that's true when it comes to the noses of Blackburn goalscorer Simon Vukcevic and Liverpool legend Phil Thompson.


Iain Duncan Smith: ‘Footballers to blame for the London riots’

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The standing of professional footballers in society was one of the reasons for the London riots, according to a Tory minister. Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith reckons the fact that young people look up to Premier League stars caused the public disorder. He told The Guardian: "If you look at the footballers, you [.

Arsenal unveil statues of three heroes

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It was an emotional day at Arsenal yesterday, as the club unveiled three statues to celebrate the heroes of the club's 125th birthday. Former manager Herbert Chapman, club cuptain Tony Adams and record goalscorer Thierry Henry were honoured, and Henry made an emotional speech to mark the occasion, tears in his eyes as he described [.

Rangers star Sone Aluko’s brilliant analysis of keyboard warriors

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Another way Aluking at it All football personalities on the Internet are subject to the wrath of online hardmen. Even your humble OTP is subject to the odd death-threat every once in a while. But there's no doubt that the players themselves bear the brunt of this. So the cutting insight provided by Rangers new [.

Jack Wilshere outs Arsenal’s dodgy cardigan wearer

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Nice gear Arsenal star Jack Wilshere has taken to Twitter to out Bacary Sagna as the owner of this horrendous cardigan. The offending/offensive piece of gear was suspended from the ceiling of Arsenal's dressing room presumably at their London Colney training ground while Wilshere engaged his Twitter followers in a game of Guess [.

Bolton striker Ivan Klasnic’s wife divorces him over flat full of other women’s clothes

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WAG Bolts The wife of Bolton striker Ivan Klasnic has revealed she is divorcing him after finding a wardrobe full of other women's blouses in his Manchester bachelor pad. Patrica Klasnic says she discovered the clothes and some photos that were not to her liking when she arrived unannounced from the family home in Germany.

Bet’s be ‘avin you: Football betting tips for the 10-11 December

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The big winners in our Premier League bet of the week this week are Norwich. With Newcastle having Coloccini, Taylor, Guthrie, Marveaux and Tiote out, their centre backs could be Danny Simpson and James Perch. The Canaries at odds of 2.5 at a ground where they have beaten Sunderland, Swansea and QPR seems generous.

Manchester United defender Phil Jones stars in Home Alone

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The festive season wouldn't be the same without a bit of Home Alone action. Macauley Culkin is a bit old for the role now, so with the assistance of the Feint Zebra we've drafted in Sir Alex Ferguson's favourite new kid to take his place. See Jones trying on some aftershave after the jump.


The Premier League is getting another Balotelli!

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Result! This might just be the best news OTP has heard all year. The Premier League is set to double its Balotelli quota after Stoke handed a trial to Mario's brother Enoch. The 19-year-old played in the Potters' reserve match at Burton Albion this week after spending three weeks training with the club.

The world is watching. A huge weeked for…

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The MO'N era, Liverpool's third time lucky and the basement boys Liverpool A strange season thus far for Kenny Dalglish's men. Two wins against Chelsea, a point against Manchester City and the same against Manchester United. Defeats against Stoke and Fulham, and home draws against Norwich and Swansea.

Liveblog: Afghanistan v Nepal (and watch the match)

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Liveblog: Afghanistan v Nepal Paddy is here to liveblog the match. You can chip in with comments on the liveblog panel above or by using the hashtag #nepalOTP on Twitter. If everything's working OK from a technical point-of-view you should be able to watch the match live in the video above too. 'Why Afghanistan v [.

Top 10 positive aspects to the elimination of City and United

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Thursday becomes Fergsday 1) Thursday nights become big again. It is a certain scenario that we will have each of the current big four (yes I know, I have replaced Liverpool with City) live on our screen over a period of three nights midweek. 2) For those worried about the effect on England's UEFA coefficient, [.

Wayne Rooney’s Euro 2012 ban reduced to two matches

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England striker Wayne Rooney has succeeded in his appeal against a three-match Euro 2012 ban. He will now miss the first two games of the tournament. Rooney was banned for three matches for violent conduct following his red card in England's final qualifying match against Montenegro. He appeared before a UEFA disciplinary hearing in Nyon [.

Wayne Rooney’s Euro 2012 ban reduced to two matches

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England striker Wayne Rooney has succeeded in his appeal against a three-match Euro 2012 ban. He will now miss the first two games of the tournament. Rooney was banned for three matches for violent conduct following his red card in England's final qualifying match against Montenegro. He appeared before a UEFA disciplinary hearing in Nyon [.

Lyon’s quick-fire seven goals against Dinamo Zagreb raises a few questions

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Jim(my Briand)'ll fix it Lyon progressed in the Champions League after a remarkable 1-7 win at Dinamo Zagreb last night. The six-goal margin built up over a period of 30 minutes was just what the French side needed to overhaul Ajax and pip them to qualification on goal difference. Needless to say, Lyon's [.

Manchester United KO sparks Sir Alex Ferguson v Roy Keane row

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United legends divided Manchester United's Champions League exit has created a bit of a rift between Sir Alex Ferguson and Roy Keane. Fergie is obviously not overly pleased to see his former fledglings now giving honest appraisals of United performances as TV pundits. He turned on Keane after being asked about his former skipper's views [.

Video: David De Gea also forgets one of the key benefits of being a goalkeeper (Basel 2-1 Manchester United)

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Basel faulty Hot on the heels of but not quite as severe as Vito Mannone's howler, Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea got in on the act with his own bout of memory loss. De Gea also forgot that as a goalkeeper he is entitled to catch, punch or stroke the ball when [...]


Website tries to claim that Manchester United qualified

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To be honest, Flashscore is an important website for the football obsessive that also likes more than a little flutter. Providing live scores, scorers and statistics from games across the globe, it becomes the one-stop shop for midweek betting nerves. We were, however, slightly intrigued to discover that the creators of the site are Manchester [.

Top five conclusions: Manchester United and Manchester City’s Champions League exits

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1. The reporter in the video above is probably feeling pleasantly vindicated this morning. 2. It's the same old story for Manchester United: a great team to a certain point, but they always come unstuck against Baselona. 3. A few media storylines about Manchester becoming the hotbed of elite football in England will have to [.

Over-hyped England flops XI

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The British media is a wonderful thing, responsible for bigging up any footballer that shows even an ounce of ability at whatever level over even the shortest amount of time. If said players are English, extra-strength arse-sore cream is complimentary at all pharmacies, followed by a voucher for free anti-depressants when the tabloid rimming descends [.

VIdeo: Andy Carroll and Lukasz Fabianski’s post-goal snog on FIFA 12

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Gooner Kop a feel FIFA 12 has already thrown up some hilarious glitches. The latest sees Andy Carroll choosing to celebrate a goal and people say FIFA is realistic by getting very passionate with Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski. Video via @James_Dart


OTP Podcast: Episode 16 – Yak Attack

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Mick McCarthy... bareback Ep.16 Yak Attack by Off The Post on Mixcloud Coming at you like Mick McCarthy riding a stallion bareback across an open field, the Off The Post Podcast is back and ready to gallop through the weekend's Premier League action, hopefully coming out the other side with something vaguely resembling coherent audio.

Carlos Tevez saves Christmas from the evil Sepp Blatter

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A new video from the excellent FitbaThatba documenting how Carlos Tevez saved Christmas from Sepp Blatter. It's A Christmas Carol for the Premier League age.


Blackburn turn to Google Adwords to attract more protesters, erm, fans

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CPC: Click, Protest, Complain Premier League strugglers Blackburn Rovers have obviously decided there's not enough people on Steve Kean's back on Ewood Park matchdays at present. Rovers have launched a Google Adwords advertising campaign offering cut-price tickets for the forthcoming matches against Swansea, West Brom and Bolton.

Video: Vito Mannone forgets one of the key benefits of being a goalkeeper (Olympiakos 3-1 Arsenal)

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That being the fact that you're allowed to handle the ball inside the penalty area. Rather than catch David Fuster's time effort for Olympiakos last night, Arsenal's sub keeper Mannone on in place of the injured Lukasz Fabianski decided to attempt some sort of martial arts volleyed clearance. That plan didn't really work.

Competition: Win a tasty Savile Rogue cashmere football scarf

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In an age when football merchandise tends to consist of club logos printed onto cheap tat made from acrylic or polyester, it's always reassuring to come across something a bit different. Something with a touch of class. So we've teamed up with Savile Rogue to give you the chance to win one of the world's [.

Top Five Alternatives to Peter Ridsdale

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Preston have appointed Peter Ridsdale as their new Chairman of Football which, given that the man collects clubs in financial difficulties like Panini stickers, is a strange move. Here are five men who have done a worse job, and may well be the only ones: 5) Ken Richardson Doncaster Hired two gangsters to burn [.

Notts County striker Lee Hughes arrested over sexual assault

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Notts County's Lee Hughes has been arrested on suspicion of a sexual assault. Hughes was arrested at a hotel in south London after police were called to an incident at 11pm on Saturday. A 35-year-old man, reportedly Hughes, was arrested at the hotel in Croydon and taken into custody. He was bailed until a date [.

Notts County striker Lee Hughes arrested over sexual assault

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Notts County's Lee Hughes has been arrested on suspicion of a sexual assault. Hughes was arrested at a hotel in south London after police were called to an incident at 11pm on Saturday. A 35-year-old man, reportedly Hughes, was arrested at the hotel in Croydon and taken into custody. He was bailed until a date [.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez give middle-finger salute to Fulham fans

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Luis Swear-ez Liverpool star Luis Suarez is likely to find himself in more trouble after being photographed apparently making a one-fingered gesture in the direction of Fulham supporters after last night's match at Craven Cottage. The Uruguayan is already in hot water with the FA after being charged for making racist remarks towards Manchester United [.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez give middle-finger salute to Fulham fans

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Luis Swear-ez Liverpool star Luis Suarez is likely to find himself in more trouble after being photographed apparently making a one-fingered gesture in the direction of Fulham supporters after last night's match at Craven Cottage. The Uruguayan is already in hot water with the FA after being charged for making racist remarks towards Manchester United [.

Manchester United midfielder Anderson becomes accidental breeder of massive dogs

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Injured Manchester United star Anderson has found a temporary new career as a dog breeder after a pet shop mix-up. The Brazilian decided to buy two huge Bernese mountain dogs as pets, but failed to specify that he wanted two of the same sex. He is now the proud owner of 10 canine companions. Several [.

Manchester United midfielder Anderson becomes accidental breeder of massive dogs

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Injured Manchester United star Anderson has found a temporary new career as a dog breeder after a pet shop mix-up. The Brazilian decided to buy two huge Bernese mountain dogs as pets, but failed to specify that he wanted two of the same sex. He is now the proud owner of 10 canine companions. Several [.

Video: Parma v Palermo highlights / fog lights

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The worst match I've never seen It looks like the match between Parma and Palermo was going ahead at the weekend no matter what, judging by the footage that has emerged from the match. The Serie A clash is like to generate more than a few refund requests since most of the spectators in the [...]


Video: Manchester City star Mario Balotelli does not have a career in cake decoration

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Mario scuppers potential move to Norwich. Delia couldn't work with this He might be able to score a goal with his shoulder, but he cannot decorate a Christmas cake to save his life. Mario Balotelli stole the show as he inevitably does when City TV invited several players to take part in a [...]


Jan Aage Fjortoft, Claus Lundekvam, Lars Bohinen and Thomas Myhre play electric shock football

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The great Norwegian Merlin sticker album reunion As always on Tuesdays, today will be Random 1990s Football Tuesday on OTP but we really have a bumper edition for you today. We will have the usual column for you later, but in the meantime here are retro Premier League legends Jan Aage Fjortoft, Claus Lundekvam, Lars [.

Random 1990s Footballer Tuesday: #13 Michel Vonk

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Name: Michel Vonk In his 1990s prime for: Manchester City and Sheffield United Lowdown: Michel Vonk, a Dutch centre back, joined Manchester City during the summer before the inaugural Premier League season for a fee of £500,000 from AZ Alkmaar, becoming one of only eleven foreigners to appear on the first day off the new [.

Ex-Manchester United player Ronnie Wallwork jailed over stolen car parts

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Former Manchester United and West Brom midfielder Ronnie Wallwork has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for his part in an illegal operation involving stolen cars. Wallwork, aged 34, was caught breaking down stolen cars and selling the parts. Police stumbled upon the ex-England under 20 international operating from a rented scrapyard unit in [.

Jack Wilshere’s son cries at photo of Arsenal team-mate Emmanuel Frimpong

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Frightening Frimpong Archie Wilshere, son of Arsenal star Jack, was reduced to tears when his dad showed him a photo of fellow Gooner Emmanuel Frimpong ripping up a Premier League ball. Wilshere Senior tweeted both the picture and the news that Archie was terrified of it. He wrote: "Showed Archie this earlier and he cried!

GIF It: Phil Jones and Sir Alex Ferguson’s cross-pitch waving celebration (Aston Villa 0-1 Manchester United)

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Phil Jones and Sir Alex Ferguson celebrated the wonderkid's first goal for Manchester United with a quick game of 'proud grandad at the school nativity'. The England international gave a quick salute in the direction of the dugout after scoring the winning goal against Aston Villa on Saturday. Fergie and his backroom staff responded with [.

GIF It: Phil Jones and Sir Alex Ferguson’s cross-pitch waving celebration (Aston Villa 0-1 Manchester United)

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Phil Jones and Sir Alex Ferguson celebrated the wonderkid's first goal for Manchester United with a quick game of 'proud grandad at the school nativity'. The England international gave a quick salute in the direction of the dugout after scoring the winning goal against Aston Villa on Saturday. Fergie and his backroom staff responded with [.

Top 10 conclusions Premier League weekend 3-4 December

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1. Mario Balotelli responded to his latest bout of controversy with a typical shrug of the shoulders, but he put it to great effect on this occasion. 2. Feed the Yak some Venky's chicken and he will score. 3. The 'Kean Out' protests are always likely to sound a tad more hollow after a 4-2 [...]


Video: Emile Heskey’s wayward shot goes for a throw-in (Aston Villa 0-1 Manchester United)

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Emile's rugby tactics Aston Villa striker Emile Heskey celebrated his 500th Premier League appearance in style with this shot against Manchester United. The former England international proved that most of his appearances have been as starts when he was reprimanded by the fourth official for entering the field of play before the electronic substitution board [.

Thomas Cook advert falls prey to pitchside microphone (Manchester City v Norwich City)

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Advertising standards An unfortunately positioned television microphone gave one of Manchester City's sponsors an entirely different line of business. Perhaps Thomas Cock should be Jamie Redknapp's alter ego next time he does a commercial for his favourite travel agents. Don't just bock it, folks. Or maybe it was pitchside instruction to Mario Balotelli and also [.

Mario Balotelli scores a Mario Balotelli goal

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The cold shoulder It would be difficult to create a goal that could be more Mario Balotelli than Manchester City's fourth goal against Norwich in their 5-1 victory yesterday. Build up: Mario is seen swaggering around the area, arms by his side, seemingly with no intention of getting involved in the game Prelude: Ball finds [.

Brazilian legend Socrates dies

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Another sad Sunday For the second Sunday in a row, football is mourning the sad loss of one of its heroes at an age at which they should still be in the prime of their life. Legendary Brazilian midfielder Socrates has passed away after being on a life support machine due to an intestinal infection. [.

Video: Peter Lovenkrands goes headfirst over the advertising hoardings (Newcastle v Chelsea)

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Peter Lovenkrands is a great source of humour. Firstly, he gives you a great laugh anytime he still manages to get into a Premier League starting line-up. Secondly, and not quite as regularly, he cartwheels over advertising hoardings.


Robinho misses from two yards out for AC Milan

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AC Minan would have finished that chance AC Milan have been criticised this season because, despite winning games, they have been missing relatively easy chances. Never has this been more apparent than last night, when Milan beat Genoa away from home. The headlines, however, concerned Brazilian star Robinho, who managed to miss an open goal [.

Top 10 conclusions: Euro 2012 draw

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1. It could definitely have been worse for England. Far, far worse. Yet the caution about our prospects against the likes of the Ukraine and Sweden is reassuring. 2. England v France at the European Championships just won't be the same without a vomiting Zinedine Zidane. 3. Spain, Italy and the Republic of Ireland make [.

Competition: Grab all the balls from England’s group at the Euro 2012 draw

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If you watched the Euro 2012 this evening you can't have failed to notice the new Adidas Tango 12, the official Euro 2012 matchball (if you did, it's above). And you probably also saw the miniature replicas that were used as the draw balls. We've teamed up with Adidas to give you the chance to [...]


Live: Euro 2012 draw

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Euro 2012 draw


Blackburn owners Venky’s wanted Kelly Rowland and Akon to calm disgruntled fans

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Ewoodstock Blackburn Rovers' owners aimed to take the stung out of their supporters' anger by hosting a free R&B concert for them at the start of the season. Fans were already angry at the performance of owners Venky's and manager Steve Kean before their appalling start to the current campaign. Now The Guardian has seen [.

Wrexham fans try to break into Shrewsbury manager Graham Turner’s office

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Wre-cking crew Two car loads of Wrexham supporters this week drove to Shrewsbury Town's ground to try to break into the office of manager Graham Turner. When they failed to break-in they instead decided to spray paint 'Wrexham FC' onto the stadium. Unfortunately for them, Shrewsbury's senior events officer Steve Gittins was monitoring the club's [.

Sevilla fans pay to get their photo printed on the shirt number

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Shirt numbers become a revenue stream Sevilla are offering their supporters the chance to get their ugly mugs on their hero's shirt. The La Liga side have lauched a scheme allowing fans to buy a 2mm x 2mm square within a shirt number of a player of their choice. The tiny photo will then appear [...]


Sevilla fans pay to get their photo printed on the shirt number

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Shirt numbers become a revenue stream Sevilla are offering their supporters the chance to get their ugly mugs on their hero's shirt. The La Liga side have lauched a scheme allowing fans to buy a 2mm x 2mm square within a shirt number of a player of their choice. The tiny photo will then appear [...]


Bet’s be ‘avin you: Football betting tips for the 2-4 December

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First bet this week covers the FA Cup Second Round games. With teams after a plum draw in the Third Round, teams will be battling over three days this weekend. Qui sera sera and all that. Firstly, Cheltenham seem long odds at Luton given their recent form in League 2, and they should be combined [...

Bet’s be ‘avin you: Football betting tips for the 2-4 December

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First bet this week covers the FA Cup Second Round games. With teams after a plum draw in the Third Round, teams will be battling over three days this weekend. Qui sera sera and all that. Firstly, Cheltenham seem long odds at Luton given their recent form in League 2, and they should be combined [...

The world is watching. A huge weekend for…

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Mick McCarthy The Sky game on Sunday looked instantly unglamorous, but was at least billed as the battle of the P45s. Unfortunately for McCarthy, once one manager bites the bullet, others often follow suit. Wolves' last ten Premier League games read as follows: Won 1, Drawn 1, Lost 8, For 9, Against 22.

The world is watching. A huge weekend for…

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Mick McCarthy The Sky game on Sunday looked instantly unglamorous, but was at least billed as the battle of the P45s. Unfortunately for McCarthy, once one manager bites the bullet, others often follow suit. Wolves' last ten Premier League games read as follows: Won 1, Drawn 1, Lost 8, For 9, Against 22.

Retired Chelsea player signs new contract

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Out of the blue Chelsea defender Sam Hutchinson has signed a new one-and-a-half year contract at Stamford Bridge despite retiring more than a year ago. The 22-year-old hung up his boots in August 2010 due to a knee injury. He had played four times for the Blues and had been singled out by Jose [...

Trigger-happy Stoke stadium announcer repeatedly interrupts Ukrainian counterpart

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Ladies and Gentl... The sombre atmosphere at Stoke City ahead of a tribute to Gary Speed before their Europa League clash with Dynamo Kiev was briefly lightened by some PA system comedy. The Potters' stadium announcer was eager to introduce the tribute to Speed to the Britannia Stadium faithful. But every time he attempted to [.

Video: Ref’s camp yellow card FAIL (Stoke City v Dynamo Kiev)

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A silly booking You know how continental referees love to deliver their yellow cards with a bit of a flourish? Well, German official Florian Meyer hadn't counted on the blustery conditions generated by the Britannia Stadium's missing corners when he tried to show off during tonight's Europa League match between Stoke and Dynamo Kiev.

Neymar refuses to pay £6000 Twitter fine

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7.2 million reasons for paying up Most modern footballers have more money than sense, which often helps as their unintelligence and lack of forethought lands them in trouble. However, Neymar, who earns a reported £7.2million a year whilst only being 19, Has refused to cave in and pay a fine, despite orders from courts in [.

Ryan Babel’s public spat with jailbird Spongebob Squarepants

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Hoffenheim man's sweary exchange with TV character Ex-Liverpool star Ryan Babel picked an unlikely fight with kids' cartoon character Spongebob Squarepants over his smoking habits. The Hoffenheim attacker explained on Twitter how he fell out with a children's entertainer dressed as the TV character this week.

Video: Crystal Palace stun Manchester United in Carling Cup

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Eagles flying high at Old Trafford Manchester United were knocked out of the Carling Cup last night as Championship side Crystal Palace pulled off a shock win at Old Trafford. The Eagles took the lead through a stunning 35-yard strike from Darren Ambrose. Federico Macheda immediately struck back from the penalty spot.

Video: Manchester United youngster Ezekiel Fryers gets fouled by a ghost… twice!

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Carling Cup slapstick Manchester United debutant Ezekiel Fryers had a decent match against Crystal Palace after coming on as a sub for Fabio. Alas, that will be overshadowed firstly by the fact that Palace pulled off a big upset to beat United and secondly by the bizarre incidents in the video above.

Video: Club Brugge’s amazing 3-4 comeback against Maribor

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A great match for the Europa League generation Portuguese side Maribor must have thought they were coasting to an easy victory after going 3-0 up against Club Brugge last night. But the Belgian outfit fought back and, in a remarkable turnaround, managed to pull of a 3-4 victory. Video via 101GG


Five Manchester United players who are drinking in the last chance saloon

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Following Manchester United's Carling Cup exit against Crystal Palace last night, OTP looks at five players on display night who are treading a tightrope if they want to continue their careers at Old Trafford. 1. Darron Gibson It looked like Fergie was going to ship Gibson out on the regular Manchester-Sunderland service during the summer.