Off the Post Archives for January 2012

Wayne Rooney to leave Manchester United (according to Countdown)

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Superstitious Manchester United fans will be glad when the transfer window closes after TV quiz Countdown seemed to predict Wayne Rooney's departure from Old Trafford. The word game through up the letters 'ROONISOUT' during today's show. The timing could not have been eerier for United fans, just hours before the transfer deadline day circus gets [.

Turkish fans send abuse via QR code banner!

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QR ya, QR ya, QR ya Take note, Liverpool and Manchester United fans. Perhaps worried that they would spend all week painting the bedsheets only to have their nasty banner confiscated as soon as it was unfurled, fans of Turkish side Karsiyaka took a more imaginative approach to terrace abuse. They prepared a QR code [.

Video: Carlos Vela tackles the linesman (Real Sociedad v Sporting Gijon)

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Arsenal striker Carlos Vela, currently on loan at Real Sociedad, isn't renowned for his tackling. But having found himself on the receiving end of a trip from a Sporting Gijon player, the Mexican experienced immediate catharsis by being propelled into his own lunge on the linesman. The match official clearly bore no grudge with Vela, [.

Video: Craig Bellamy’s line dancing skills (Liverpool 2-1 Manchester United)

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Hoedown with Bellamy Liverpool sub Craig Bellamy might have given an insight into why the injury problems that once blighted his career seem to have cleared up: line dancing. That's right, a bit of country and Western is the perfect pitchside warm-up to make sure you don't pull any muscles when you do get onto [.

Video: Steve McClaren proves those post-match interview adverts do work

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McClaren is confused (again) If you've ever wondered whether the adverts behind managers during post-match interviews actually work, here's proof that they at least attract the attention of FC Twente manager Steve McClaren. The bewildered former England boss seemed determined to look anywhere but at the camera as a reporter attempted to discuss his side's [.

Fraizer Campbell gives the game a boost

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Fraize the Lord Football has taken something of a battering recently. The actions of a racist moron at Anfield yesterday brought the game into disrepute, and this goes alongside players being fined and suspended from clubs for homophobic abuse on Twitter. However, today at the Stadium of Light was a moment to genuinely savour, making [.

Liverpool fan arrested for racist gestures – Video

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After the race row surrounding Liverpool and Manchester United this season, everyone was hoping that yesterday's game could just pass without any unsavoury incidents. And then this pr*ck turned up. In the first game between the two clubs since the result of the FA verdict that banned Luis Suarez for eight games after making racially [.

Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck offers to take the Liverpool captaincy

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With Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard being subbed off during this afternoon's FA Cup fourth round tie and briefly wondering who would be his stand-in as captain, Manchester United youngster Danny Welbeck kindly offered to take-up the armband. Gerrard didn't take-up his offer.


Newcastle United reserve goalkeeper in corner FAIL

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No one can doubt that Tim Krul has been one of the stars of the season in the Premier League this season, with some impressive shot stopping helping Newcastle to the lofty heights on sixth place in the table. You may have underestimated the importance of Krul's form, but it becomes obvious when looking at [.

Arsenal fans produce spoof teamsheet for illiterate Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp

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Yesterday's courtroom admissions that Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp's literacy is so poor that he cannot even fill-in a teamsheet was always likely to provide Gunners with ammunition. And so it proved! Via Arseblog


Video: Bayern Munich fake Facebook press conference annoys the hell out of fans

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0 people like this Bayern Munich have scored a PR own goal after scores of fans were left furious by a fake press conference held by the club. The German giants urged supporters to join them for a press conference, which would be streamed live on their Facebook page, to hear about a major new [...]


Video: Bayern Munich fake Facebook press conference annoys the hell out of fans

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0 people like this Bayern Munich have scored a PR own goal after scores of fans were left furious by a fake press conference held by the club. The German giants urged supporters to join them for a press conference, which would be streamed live on their Facebook page, to hear about a major new [...]


Bet’s be ‘avin you: Football betting tips for the 28-29 January

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Just like in my life itself, after a promising start that indicated I would push on and improve my standing, after four weeks of the New Year I am back exactly where I started. West Ham failed to beat Forest as comfortably as suspected and PSV should be chastised for their inability to beat inferior [.

Bet’s be ‘avin you: Football betting tips for the 28-29 January

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Just like in my life itself, after a promising start that indicated I would push on and improve my standing, after four weeks of the New Year I am back exactly where I started. West Ham failed to beat Forest as comfortably as suspected and PSV should be chastised for their inability to beat inferior [.

The world is watching. A huge weekend for…

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Liverpool Whilst success in the Carling Cup provided KK with a degree of respite after last week's shambles at the Reebok Stadium, will (or perhaps more pertinently should) Liverpool fans be happy with the poorest domestic trophy and a top four finish? One suspects so, but with Liverpool six points of the Promised Land of [.

Video: Shaun Wright Phillips’ goalkeeping KO

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Don't give up the day job, Shaun It's easy to forget how far Manchester City have come in the last couple of years. Back in 2009 they were toying with the idea of making Shaun Wright Phillips their goalkeeper. But the diminutive winger's fledgling career between the sticks was brought to a premature end when [.

Proof that self-professed Luddite Harry Redknapp is actually a techno whizz

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A Wii exaggeration Harry Redknapp's tex evasion trial heard yesterday that the Tottenham manager is hopeless when it comes to technology. The court was played police recordings of Redknapp saying: "I can't work a computer, I don't know what an email is, I can't, I have never sent a fax and I've never even sent [.

Video: Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany gets tackled by a bag

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Kompany takes a tumble With all the recent talk around Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany relating to the dangers of two-footed tackles, one of the most perilous aspects of football has been overlooked: running backwards. The Belgian found out the hard way just how difficult it can be to run backwards when he was fouled [.

Harry Redknapp is almost illiterate and can’t write a teamsheet

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And that's his defence An unexpected upshot of Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp's tax evasion trial is his claims that he is a near-illiterate, disorganised technophobe who cannot even fill in a team sheet. Southwark Crown Court heard that Redknapp writes "like a two-year-old" and "can't spell".

Top 5 current footballing jailbirds

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HMP United With the current goings on surrounding Harry Redknapp allegedly in legal trouble for naming an account after his dog (or something along those lines), we look at five current footballers who have served time at the pleasure of her majesty. 1. Joey Barton The twitter-loving philosophical tearaway was sentenced to four months for [.

Video: Ridiculous play-acting from Narcisse Ekanga (Equatorial Guinea v Senegal)

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The least convincing on-field injury you're ever likely to see Good new for Newcastle fans. Demba Ba and new signing Papiss Demba Cisse are both on their way back to Tyneside after Senegal crashed out of the African Cup of Nations. The Dembas secured their early return with last night's 2-1 defeat to Equatorial Guinea.

Video: Dani Alves’ wonderstrike and dance routine (Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid)

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Dancing Dani Barcelona wing-back Dani Alves seemed to signal the end of Real Madrid's Copa Del Rey challenge with this unbelievable goal on the stroke of half-time during last night's quarter-final second leg. It wasn't quite so clean cut in the end. Despite this wonder goal giving Barca a 4-1 aggregate lead, Real fought back [.

Gary Neville to deliver motivational speech to England rugby squad

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Red Nev leads rugby revolution Former Manchester United and England right-back Gary Neville is to give a speech to England's rugby players on the pride of playing for your country. Neville widely reported to have led a proposed strike by England players over Rio Ferdinand's drugs ban has been asked to talk about [.

Swansea City go overboard on commemorative DVDs

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No one can doubt that Swansea have attacked the Premier League with a refreshing desire to play 'proper' football, but despite impressing opposition fans with their measured approach and crisp passing, they are certainly learning exactly what the Premier League is about making money. Just two days after their defeat to Sunderland at the [.

Video: Nigel De Jong uses his slide tackle for good (Liverpool v Manchester City)

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szólj hozzá: ]bg0-1c,o[Matchhighlight.com] A Nigel De Jong slide tackle uses results in broken legs and studmarks in some unusual places for those on the receiving end. But the reformed Manchester City midfielder is now using his powers for good. He managed to slide tackle in a 25-yard screamer in tonight's Carling Cup semi-final against Liverpool.

OTP Podcast: Episode 22 – Spurs Spurned

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Shooting practice with Danny Morphine Ep.22 Spurs Spurned by Off The Post on Mixcloud What. A. Week. As if all the drama at Eastlands and United's training game at Arsenal wasn't enough, it's the Off The Post Podcast's 50th show! We can only assume the powers that be at Premier League HQ anticipated such a [.

Football Lookalikes: Harry Redknapp in court and Michael Caine

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You were only supposed to sub bloody Van Der Vaart off We're not sure that going to your tax evasion trial in fancy dress as a man who made his name getting his hands on a stash of Italian gold bullion is such a bright idea, 'Arry. Follow live coverage from the Harry Redknapp trial [...]


GIF It: Harry Redknapp’s court drawing

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The Harry Redknapp trial rumbles on and one cheeky scamp has got creative with the court drawing of the Tottenham manager in the dock! Spotted on Pies


GIF It: Harry Redknapp’s court drawing

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The Harry Redknapp trial rumbles on and one cheeky scamp has got creative with the court drawing of the Tottenham manager in the dock! Spotted on Pies


Video: Cardiff keeper Tom Heaton penalty hero in Carling Cup win over Crystal Palace

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Turn the Heaton szólj hozzá: CCCPhighlite www.1Goals.com Cardiff goalkeeper Tom Heaton booked his side's place in the Carling Cup Final with two penalty shootout saves against Crystal Palace. The Bluebirds progress to Wembley despite Eagles defender Anthony Gardner being the only player to find the net during the two-legged tie.

Sean Dyche’s son set to outbid Newcastle for Watford’s Adrian Mariappa

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Newcastle could find themselves in an unlikely bidding war with the son of Watford manager Sean Dyche. That's if the Hornets boss' tongue-in-cheek comments about the Magpies' bid for defender Adrian Mariappa. Dyche has rejected a bid of £750,000 and an improved bid of £2m for the 25-year-old. He said: "A bid has been made [.

Kevin Prince Boateng’s girlfriend claims their sex life is responsible for his injury problems

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The underwear model girlfriend of AC Milan star Kevin Prince Boateng reckons she is the reason behind his injury-ravaged season. Melissa Satta thinks she has done a better job of nobbling the ex-Spurs and Portsmouth man than even the toughest of Serie A centre-backs. Boateng has started just 11 Serie A games this season as [.

Kevin Prince Boateng’s girlfriend claims their sex life is responsible for his injury problems

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The underwear model girlfriend of AC Milan star Kevin Prince Boateng reckons she is the reason behind his injury-ravaged season. Melissa Satta thinks she has done a better job of nobbling the ex-Spurs and Portsmouth man than even the toughest of Serie A centre-backs. Boateng has started just 11 Serie A games this season as [.

Random 1990s Premier League player Tuesday: #18 Erik Thorstvedt

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Name: Erik Thorstvedt In his 1990s prime for: Tottenham Lowdown: Norwegian goalkeeper Thorstvedt arrived at Spurs in 1989 from Gothenburg, and played in the Premier League until 1996, when he was forced to retire with a recurring back injury. He played 97 times for his country, including the number one jersey at the 1994 World [.

Preston North End boss Graham Westley drops four players via strange late night text message

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Deepdale players discover they now need to be deep sleepers New Preston boss Graham Westley hasn't exactly endeared himself to some of his charges after sending a 2am text message that informed four players that they were being dropped. Westley sent the group text in the early hours of Saturday morning ahead of his side's [.

Video: Uzbekistan do a Henry/Pires penalty cock-up

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Penalty FAIL As Thierry Henry and Robert Pires can testify, you really do have to be as good as Johan Cruyff to do this penalty routine because when it goes wrong, it goes very wrong. Uzbekistan U23 striker Aleksandr Geynrikh is the latest player to fall foul of attempting to follow in Cruyff's footsteps.

Harry Redknapp named secret ‘bung’ account after his dog

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Spurs manager Harry Redknapp set-up a secret offshore 'bung' account named after his pet dog, a court heard yesterday. Redknapp was said to have received "bungs or offshore bonuses" from former Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric during his time at Fratton Park. The payments were allegedly received into a bank account in Monaco.

Video: Bury team-mates Giles Coke and Steven Schumacher scrap over penalty duties

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Coke-d up spot-kick row Bury captain Steven Schumacher and midfielder Giles Coke were both booked after a row over who should take a penalty during their 3-2 win over Yeovil. Having won the spot-kick, Coke grabbed the ball with the intention of taking the penalty. Skipper and usual penalty taker Schumacher attempted to pull rank, [.

Robin Van Persie professes his love for Arsenal team-mate Alex Oxlade Chamberlain in song

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Initially it appeared that Robin Van Persie had been so averse to Alex Oxlade Chamberlain's substitution against Manchester United because he had set a goal up for him moments earlier. But it has now emerged that the Arsenal skipper's angry reaction at the youngster being hauled off was due to the fact that he is [.

Video: Robin Van Persie’s reaction to Alex Oxlade Chamberlain substitution (Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United)

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mansub by arsenalist Having just benefited from an assist by the Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Robin Van Persie joined thousands of Arsenal fans in a show of dissent when Arsene Wenger replaced the young Englishman with Andrey Arshavin. Oxlade Chamberlain had looked lively and had been the only Arsenal attacker who looked like causing the Manchester [.

Top 10 conclusions Premier League weekend 21-22 January

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1. Mario Balotelli should not have been on the pitch to score the winner against Spurs. He should have been answering questions at the local nick after his stamp on Scott Parker. 2. Everyone said Spurs would miss Emmanuel Adebayor's height, but they can hardly have envisaged Jermain Defoe's little legs unable to stretch far [.

Video: Oxford defender Michael Duberry scores the ‘imperfect hat-trick’

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Double Doob boob Former Chelsea defender Michael Duberry could see the funny side of his eventful afternoon after Oxford emerged from their match against Hereford with a point from a 2-2 draw. Duberry claimed to have bagged the "imperfect hat-trick" after scoring with his left foot (og), header (og) and right foot.

Video: Hilarious handball from Zambia goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene

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The African Cup of Nations just wouldn't be the African Cup of Nations without some questionable goalkeeping, and Zambia keeper Kennedy Mweene was first of the mark with this effort against Senegal. Mweene raced off his line to claim a ball he didn't really need to get. Only after making the catch did he pause [.

GIF It: Popular Arsenal sub Andrey Arshavin joins the Arsene Wenger and Roy Hodgson Band on vocals

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That's right, folks. The Wenger Woys are back, and they've got a brand new lead singer. Andrey Arshavin has joined the band as a singer after impressing guitarist Arsene Wenger with this little jig and sing-song after coming on as a sub for Alex Oxlade Chamberlain during yesterday's 2-1 defeat to Manchester United.

Hard Tackle: Wayne Rooney’s spit roast with Anders Lindegaard and Aaron Ramsey

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Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard is still getting to grips with the Premier League vernacular. When he was told he was going up the Arsenal this afternoon, he got completely the wrong end of the stick. Just ask Wayne Rooney.


Was Mario Balotelli’s stamp deliberate? – you decide

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyGKr2S3J4k&feature=player_detailpage You simply can't keep that man out of the news. And whilst Balotelli's principal effect in Manchester City's game against Spurs was to gain and score the injury time winner from the penalty spot, Super Mario gained some of the controversy that seems to follow him around.

Emmanuel Frimpong gets horror facial injury – responds with joke

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A cheeky chappie It was only a week ago that Arsenal and Wolves fans were loving the sight of Emmanuel Frimpong cutting down Rafael van der Vaart to size by smashing the ball into the Dutchman's face. Football karma, it appears, does not take long to act. Yesterday, in defending a corner against Aston Villa, [.

Norwegian TV invents ‘bubble football’

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Dion Bubblin' and Phil Bubb Apart from the possible introduction of video technology we all agree that football is pretty much best left alone. It is a beautiful game because it is beautifully simple, and all of the gimmicks merely threaten to get in the way of what makes the game so special. Or so [.

Video: Pepe apologises for his stamp on Lionel Messi

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Real Madrid defender Pepe has given a distinctly half-arsed apology to Barcelona's Lionel Messi for blatantly stamping on his hand during Wednesday night's El Clasico. The Portugal international said: "I wish to say yesterday's incident with Leo Messi was unintentional, but I nevertheless want to apologise to him if he was offended because all I [.

Paddy Power Premier League odds and predictions for 21 and 22 January

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Click Here to get a Free £50 with Paddy Power Norwich v Chelsea The Canaries have been this season's Blackpool, impressing with their battling spirit and attacking style in the first half of the season. The big difference being that Norwich are actually good. There's a whole lot more substance and depth to Paul Lambert's [.

Valencia fan chucked out of stadium for bouncing the ball off Levante keeper’s head

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A Valencia supporter found himself missing some of his side's match against Levante last night after being escorted out of the stadium by police. His crime? Bouncing the ball off the head of Levante goalkeeper Gustavo Munua. The fan 'returned' the ball to Munua when he came to retrieve it from fans behind his goal.

Video: French fifth division side Sable prepare to face PSG by chasing chickens

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Ah, the magic of the French cup We've just got over our annual dose of nostalgia during FA Cup third round weekend, but there was definitely a distinct lack of chicken chasing from England's footballing minnows. The FA Cup has been outdone by France's Coupe De France. Fifth division outfit Sable face the giants of [.

Bet’s be ‘avin you: Football betting tips for the 21-22 January

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£50 staked again last week but only £20 returned as Falkirk's inability to break the deadlock against Ayr cost me £91 in the seven-fold accumulator. However, that still leaves the profit at £36 for the year to date. It's unusual that my first bet is a single, as I generally try and be a little [.

The World is Watching: A Huge Weekend for…

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Roberto Martinez No-one can say that Roberto Martinez is not likeable, but personality does not a successful manager make. Wigan have now won just two of their last 20 games in all competitions, sit bottom of the Premier League and went out of the FA Cup to League Two Swindon a fortnight ago. In truth [.

Is Bournemouth chairman Eddie Mitchell now turning paparazzo on his arrested player?

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The big story in football this evening is that six players have been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman. Five Brighton players and a Bournemouth player are being questioned about an attack in July last year. The Brighton players are an 18-year-old man, a 19-year-old, two men aged 20 and one aged 24.

The best signings in 10 seasons of the January transfer window

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Since the transfer window was brought into effect by FIFA during the 2002/03 season, football fans throughout the UK have been glued to their televisions, computer screens and mobile phones, hoping for news of a blockbuster signing that will transform the fortunes of their club. With the clock ticking, cash-rich football clubs approach the looming [.

Rhyming Team-Mates: Joe Devera and…

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... Lukas Magera We can name Swindon Town boss Paolo Di Canio as our latest Shakespeare of the teamsheet. The Italian gaffer wisely paired up: Joe Devera, Lukas Magera Thanks to OTP reader Ian Hunter for the suggestion. More Rhyming Team-Mates


Video: Wrexham keeper Joslain Mayebi’s funny dance fails to win penalty shootout against Brighton

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Rockin' Robins Non-league Wrexham were a whisker away from pulling off an FA Cup shock after taking Championship side Brighton to a penalty shootout in their third round replay. Goalkeeper Joslain Mayebi did his best to put off the Seagulls' penalty takers with a bizarre goal-line dance. But it didn't have the desired effect as [.

Kitman: Liverpool confirm new kit deal with Warrior Sports

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Hockey kit for Liverpool as Adidas puck off Liverpool have announced a £25m-a-year kit deal with little-known American manufacturer Warrior, amid reports that long-term supplier Adidas no longer felt they were getting value for money from the teams on-pitch performances. Boston-based Warrior Sports Inc.

Kitman: Liverpool confirm new kit deal with Warrior Sports

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Hockey kit for Liverpool as Adidas puck off Liverpool have announced a £25m-a-year kit deal with little-known American manufacturer Warrior, amid reports that long-term supplier Adidas no longer felt they were getting value for money from the teams on-pitch performances. Boston-based Warrior Sports Inc.

Shunsuke Nakamura shows off his free kick skills – video

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Nakamura, we adore ya Ex-Celtic midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura is now plying his trade back in his homeland for Yokohama F Marinos. At the age of 34 Nakamura clearly feels that he has been doing normal training for too long, and so now just practises his free kicks in weird situations. This beauty was filmed during [.

Ex-Celtic star Shunsuke Nakamura hits free-kick into a moving bus

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Former Celtic hero Shunsuke Nakamura proved his set-piece talent has not diminished since leaving Celtic Park by performing this TV stunt in his native Japan. The 34-year-old, currently playing for Yokohama F Marinos, was tasked with firing a free-kick into a moving bus. The midfielder was positioned in a side-street and watched the bus approaching [.

Video: Pepe stamps on Lionel Messi’s hand (Real Madrid 1-2 Barcelona)

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Pep'll make a Mess of your hand An El Clasico just isn't an El Clasico without Pepe proving that he's a nasty bar steward. During last night's Copa Del Rey clash, the Real Madrid man stayed true to form. The Portugal international stamped on Lionel Messi's hand after the Barcelona star has the temerity to [.

Video: Sergio Busquets and his industrial sized drop of the shoulder (Real Madrid 1-2 Barcelona)

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This isn't how the drop of the shoulder is taught in the Ryan Giggs Guide To Dribbling text book, but it certainly does the trick for Sergio Busquets. The Barcelona midfielder, not renowned as the most skillful member of the Barcelona team, managed to sell Mesut Ozil an outrageous dummy in the closing minutes of [.

Owen Hargreaves gets new job as Manchester City’s pitchside cameraman

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City now signing United players for oddjobs Those who felt that Owen Hargreaves would never be able to hold down a regular place in the Manchester City team can feel some what vindicated by the news that he's to be employed as a pitchside cameraman by the club. As if to reinforce his reputation for [.

OTP Podcast: Episode 21 – Swan-upmanship

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Ep.21 Swan-upmanship by Off The Post on Mixcloud Much like Thierry Henry and Paul Scholes (and Jason Euell), the OTP Podcast is back in its rightful place – that place being, of course, one of ignorance, bias and second hand stats. This week the Pod are full of praise for Swansea's dismantling of Arsenal, Alex [.

Chelsea sign DaSilva twins

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Manchester United are not the only Premier League team with the DaSilva twins on their books after Chelsea signed a trio of brothers from Luton Town. The Blues have now got their own DaSilva after they snapped up 12-year-old twins Rio and Cole Dasilva, as well as their 13-year-old brother Jay. Each sibling cost a [.

Chelsea sign DaSilva twins

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Manchester United are not the only Premier League team with the DaSilva twins on their books after Chelsea signed a trio of brothers from Luton Town. The Blues have now got their own DaSilva after they snapped up 12-year-old twins Rio and Cole Dasilva, as well as their 13-year-old brother Jay. Each sibling cost a [.

Rhyming Team-mates: Luke Varney and…

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... Benjani More teamsheet poetry for you, courtesy of OTP reader Rasputin (that might not be his real name). We're off to Portsmouth for: Luke Varney, Benjani Yesterday, we asked you to drop us a line with your suggestions, adding that putting forward Toure and Toure wasn't big or clever. Just to clarify, that rule [.

Rhyming Team-mates: Luke Varney and…

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... Benjani More teamsheet poetry for you, courtesy of OTP reader Rasputin (that might not be his real name). We're off to Portsmouth for: Luke Varney, Benjani Yesterday, we asked you to drop us a line with your suggestions, adding that putting forward Toure and Toure wasn't big or clever. Just to clarify, that rule [.

Newcastle double their Dembas, sign Papiss Demba Cisse from Freiburg

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Another Ba-rgain buy? Newcastle obviously think they've hit on a successful transfer formula, so they're sticking to it. They've brought another Senegal international striker called Demba with a history of playing in the Bundesliga. Papiss Demba Cisse has signed from Freiburg in a five-and-a-half-year deal, for an undisclosed fee thought to be in the region [.

Video: Taking a quick throw with your unsuspecting team-mate

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Sneaky throw Benfica's Maxi Pereira was eager to launch an attack after winning a throw-in level with opponents Vitoria Setubal's six-yard box. His team-mate Axel Witsel wasn't in any such rush and was happy to take his time while tying his laces. Pereira didn't want to hang around and decided to throw the ball against [.

Video: Robbie Findley’s shocking miss (Leicester City 4-0 Nottingham Forest)

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Couldn't Find the target Nottingham Forest got a 4-0 spanking from East Midlands rivals Leicester City during last night's FA Cup third round replay. The score was only 1-0 when Forest had this chance to grab an equaliser. Foxes keeper Kasper Schmeichel generously dropped the ball onto the toes of Forest striker Robbie Findley just [.

Joey Barton bemoans appearance in Paris Hilton’s Twitter profile picture

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QPR skipper Joey Barton has expressed his disappointment at an unlikely cameo appearance in Paris Hilton's Twitter photo. The pair shared a FHM cover, which "Model, Actress, Singer, Brand, Business Woman, Fashion Designer, Author, Philanthropist" Hilton has chosen as her profile picture. But bad boy Barton is not impressed.

Video: Indian defender’s two-footed lunge on his own keeper leads to comedy goal

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Worse than Kompany This crazy goal comes from India and the match between East Bengal and Pailan Arrows. Pailan defender Lalrozama Fanai, for some reason best known to himself, dealt with a through-ball by launching into a two-footed lunge on his goalkeeper Ravi Kumar. The ball bobbled through to East Bengal striker Tolgay Ozbey for [.

Prince William laughs at Alex McLeish’s appointment as Aston Villa manager

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Roaring Royal A few months late, this video has risen to prominence after being spotted by the Birmingham Mail. It shows Aston Villa fan Prince William appearing to let out a hysterical laugh when asked about Alex McLeish on the day the former Birmingham boss took charge at Villa Park last August. The Duke of [.

Kitman: Club Tijuana hold the scariest kit launch of all time

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Challenging the mascot's child-friendly image In England, mascots are cuddly, blundering buffoons with a penchant for winding up opposing fans and scoring penalties. In Mexico, mascots are Satan's pets. At least if you happen to support Club Tijuana, who used their club mascot to scare supporters into buying their new kit.

Rhyming Team-mates: Jamie Mackie and…

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... Akos Buzsaky. In our new feature celebrating the poetry of teamsheets, we take a trip to QPR and bring you this couplet: Jamie Mackie, Akos Buzsaky Why? Good question, and one that's applicable to swathes of OTP content. We counter it: why not? If you'd like to suggest some Rhyming Team-mates, drop us a [.

Premier League Name Translator: Serge Omen (Manchester City)

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Cutting through the exotic monikers of Premier League imports Manchester City fans are hoping that this could be their season to win the Premier League. And they've already good at least one good omen on their side thanks to the Premier League Name Translator. That's right, Sergio Aguero is Serge Omen.

Random 1990s Premier League player Tuesday: #17 David Phillips

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Name: David Phillips In his 1990s prime for: Norwich City, Nottingham Forest Lowdown: Phillips was already 29 when the Premier League started, having played for Coventry, Plymouth and Manchester City throughout the 1980s, including winning the FA Cup in 1987 with Coventry. However, he became Norwich City's record signing when he joined for £550,000 and [.

Robin Van Persie keeps son Shaqueel out of Arsenal’s grasp

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No Shaq attack for Gunners Robin Van Persie's son has snubbed a move to Arsenal in favour of his local junior football team. Arsenal fans might be more concerned about keeping Van Persie Senior on their books, but the Gunners had invited five-year-old Shaqueel Van Persie to join their youth ranks. OTP isn't sure what [.

Slam dunk: Maynor Figueroa’s basketball defending (Wigan 0-1 Manchester City)

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Fed-up of a night of Sergio Aguero running in behind the Wigan defence, Latics left-back Maynor Figueroa came up with a new way of defending Manchester City's counter attacks. After misjudging the flight of the ball, Figueroa opted for a leaping handball to deny Aguero a clear run on goal. Referee Chris Foy opted to [.

Japanese girl transforms into Newcastle striker Leon Best – video

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The king of Leon A Japanese girl has posted a video of herself on Youtube where she uses make up to transform herself into a lookalike of Leon Best. Several hours after going viral, internet forums stated that she was actually trying to liken herself to Hip-Hop star Drake, but the likeness to the Newcaste [.

Video: Chelsea skipper John Terry gets whacked in the Bosingwas during playground kickabout

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One schoolboy had his moment of glory during a kickabout with John Terry when he volleyed the ball at the England captain's nuts. The ball sat up nicely to present the youngster with a chance that many people up and down the country would relish. The Chelsea man clearly felt the impact, although he was [.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gets confused, thinks he’s Andre Villas Boas

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Crouching Wenger, Hidden Title Ambitions If Arsene Wenger is looking for some fresh ideas to combat Arsenal's unpredictable form, it seems a bit strange that the man he wants to emulate is Andre Villas-Boas. The Chelsea manager's pitchside crouching is an impressive feat for a man in his thirties. If Wenger's looking to adopt the [.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gets confused, thinks he’s Andre Villas Boas

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Crouching Wenger, Hidden Title Ambitions If Arsene Wenger is looking for some fresh ideas to combat Arsenal's unpredictable form, it seems a bit strange that the man he wants to emulate is Andre Villas-Boas. The Chelsea manager's pitchside crouching is an impressive feat for a man in his thirties. If Wenger's looking to adopt the [.

Video: Gary Lineker’s autocue fails on Match of the Day

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Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker showed off his rabbit in the headlights look during Saturday night's programme when his autocue packed in part-way through a link. Lineker immediately flags up the problem to viewers before commenting that it is "not really something you want to happen in the middle of a programme".

Video: Gary Lineker’s autocue fails on Match of the Day

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Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker showed off his rabbit in the headlights look during Saturday night's programme when his autocue packed in part-way through a link. Lineker immediately flags up the problem to viewers before commenting that it is "not really something you want to happen in the middle of a programme".

Dean Windass reveals suicide attempts

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Hull legend Dean Windass has attempted suicide twice in recent days, he has revealed. The Tigers' Wembley hero confessed he had tried to end his life as booze and depression took their grip after a series of problems in his personal life. The Soccer Saturday reporter said: "People have this image of me as this [.

Top 10 conclusions Premier League weekend 14-15 January

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1. Paul Scholes: he does, indeed, score goals. 2. Poor old Arsenal come unstuck once again when they have to adapt their game against one of those physical south Wales teams. 3. Bolton keeper Adam Bogdan knows that if you can keep penalties away from Wayne Rooney's magic thatch then you're onto a winner.

Video: Rafael Van Der Vaart gets ‘Frimponged’ by on-loan Arsenal man Emmanuel Frimpong (Tottenham 1-1 Wolves)

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You know when you've been Frimponged Many Arsenal fans were not particularly happy when their burgeoning cult hero Emmanuel Frimpong departed to join Wolves on loan. But even the doubters are probably convinced that the deal was for the greater good after Frimpong took out Spurs star Rafael Van Der Vaart with this clearance.

Video: Injured Yohan Cabaye experiences glove anger (Newcastle v QPR)

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Ah weel fro ze gloves in your general deerecshon OTP isn't quite sure if this response was prompted by the Shaun Derry foul that forced Yohan Cabaye off the pitch during Newcastle's match against QPR, or by the fact that neither the ref, his team-mates, his manager or the physio appeared to believe he was [.

The silliest rumour of the transfer window?

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Get Real Everyone knows that the transfer window is silly season in football, with clubs overvaluing their players, agents hawking out their stars to all and sundry, and the tabloid newspapers sticking a pin in a map and guessing which players are going left, right and centre. The People newspaper has excelled itself this morning, [.

Video: Paul Scholes scores on his Premier League return (Manchester United v Bolton Wanderers)

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He does score goals szólj hozzá: c,o1-0F[][Matchhighlight.com] Paul Scholes made a dramatic goal-scoring comeback for Manchester United in his first Premier League start since coming out of retirement. The Scholes of old had a habit of arriving in the penalty area at just the right time. These days he's happy to hang around at the [.

Rivaldo completes Angola move

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Unlikely transfer for Brazil great As retirement homes for formerly great footballers go, Angola is probably a new one. But having already attempted the ex-Soviet state and return to South America routes, Brazilian World Cup winner Rivaldo is blazing a new trail. He's signed for Angolan side Kabuscorp.

Oxford City player Lee Steele sacked for homophobic tweet

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Beg, borrow and Steele for a new job Conference South side Oxford City have sacked forward Lee Steele after he tweeted a homophobic message about ex-rugby international Gareth Thomas. Whilst watching Celebrity Big Brother (surely a sackable offence in itself) Steele tweeted: I wouldn't fancy the bed next to Gareth Thomas #padlockmyarse A statement from [.

Win one of five pairs of gold adizero F50 football boots to celebrate Leo Messi’s Ballon D’Or win

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Lionel Messi won his third Ballon D'Or this week. To celebrate he will be donning a very special pair of boots for Barcelona's match against Real Betis this weekend. The customised adizero F50 boots have been produced in a celebratory gold colourway and feature the flag of Argentina, the years of Leo's Ballon d'Or successes [.

Manchester United bad boy / Newcastle target Ravel Morrison won’t see HP sauce going to waste

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Ravel Morrison's bad boy reputation is such that Sir Alex Ferguson is currently considering offloading one of the hottest talents to come through the Manchester United academy. Perhaps in a last-ditch attempt to prove he is growing-up, Morrison has shown that he does not like to see condiments being wasted and is determined to finish [.

Great Premier League betting tips from Paddy Power

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Click Here to get a free £50 Bet with Paddy Power Liverpool v Stoke According to reports, Liverpool are desperate to offload Andy Carroll this January. Unfortunately, there's no great demand for Noel Fielding look-a-likes so they may be stuck with the Geordie. Add into the mix the drawn out Luis Suarez racism row and [.

Great Premier League betting tips from Paddy Power

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Click Here to get a free £50 Bet with Paddy Power Liverpool v Stoke According to reports, Liverpool are desperate to offload Andy Carroll this January. Unfortunately, there's no great demand for Noel Fielding look-a-likes so they may be stuck with the Geordie. Add into the mix the drawn out Luis Suarez racism row and [.

Video: Schalke hero Raul sings along to his own theme tune while driving

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Schalke we sing a song for you? Raul got an unusual treat earlier this week when he was flagged down by Schalke fans who passed him a CD of a special recording they had made of his chant 'Senor Raul'. The fans who went to the effort of making the CD know that the gesture [...]


Video: Schalke hero Raul sings along to his own theme tune while driving

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Schalke we sing a song for you? Raul got an unusual treat earlier this week when he was flagged down by Schalke fans who passed him a CD of a special recording they had made of his chant 'Senor Raul'. The fans who went to the effort of making the CD know that the gesture [...]


The world is watching. A huge weekend for…

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Pressure at Elland Road, A response needed from City and an ACON-affected Newcastle Manchester City A club in crisis, we have been told. And whilst City may not be sweating just yet at the top of the Premier League, their record since Christmas reads P5, W1, D1, L3. They have been dumped out of one [.

The world is watching. A huge weekend for…

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Pressure at Elland Road, A response needed from City and an ACON-affected Newcastle Manchester City A club in crisis, we have been told. And whilst City may not be sweating just yet at the top of the Premier League, their record since Christmas reads P5, W1, D1, L3. They have been dumped out of one [.

Mark Lawrenson immune to Thierry Henry-mania, says he won’t score again for Arsenal

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BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson reckons Thierry Henry won't find the net in another competitive game for Arsenal before he jets back to America. The ex-Liverpool defender is refusing to join the Henry love-in and says he would be happy to wager that Henry's days of scoring in the Premier League are over. In his BBC [.

Freiburg player made late night call to club doctor to check he could take Viagra

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Pill-ow talk Freiburg's club doctor has revealed he once received a 3am phonecall from a player who wanted to check he wouldn't be breaking doping rules by taking Viagra. Doctor Andreas Aust proved he has plenty of patience for his patients by taking the call and giving the mystery player the all-clear to play the [.

Bet’s be ‘avin you: Football betting tips for the 14-15 January

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First column of the new year last week, and we managed to purloin £136 from our £50 stake, leaving us with a profit of £86. With a degree of trepidation I decided to state my profit and loss and the bottom of the column each week, something that will come back to haunt me more [...]


Manchester City star Mario Balotelli calls into a school to use the toilet

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Yep, it's another zany Mario Balotelli story. This time everyone's favourite eccentric Italian striker has called into a school to empty his bladder. The Manchester City man made an impromptu visit to Xaverian College in Manchester at around 1.30pm this afternoon. He parked his white Bentley on the 1,800-pupil school's car park before walking inside [.

Ex-Portsmouth defender Linvoy Primus is ten-pin bowling superstar

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We like it when the internet throws up a slightly unexpected video. For example, when we got up this morning we didn't know we would be writing about Portsmouth cult hero Linvoy Primus. And we definitely didn't think we would be featuring him bowling. Big Linvoy doesn't even have to watch the ball as it [.

Video: Glen Johnson proves a two-footed lunge isn’t always a red card (Manchester City 0-1 Liverpool)

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Glen's in good Kompany terrible tackle by soccermr With a huge degree of inevitability following Vincent Kompany's red card at the weekend, a Manchester City was on the receiving end of a two-footed challenge in last night's match against Liverpool. And it went unpunished. Glen Johnson dived into a challenge with Joleon Lescott.

Ex-referee Jeff Winter’s website features bizarre anti-Catholic rant about Celtic

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Winter of discontent Former Premier League referee Jeff Winter has got a few questions to answer this morning after a strange sectarian article appeared on his official website. Winter has been blogging his travels around Australia and New Zealand over the festive period. But one of the blog posts takes a very peculiar take on [.

Ipswich manager Paul Jewell goes all Andy Gray on us

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No Tractor Girls allowed Ipswich Town boss Paul Jewell is at the centre of a sexism row after post-match comments about a female assistant referee. The Tractor Boys' gaffer was infuriated after his side were refused a late penalty at Birmingham only for the home side to grab a winner. He was in no doubt [.

Spurs’ Benoit Assou Ekotto experiences London riots karma

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After August's rioting in London, Tottenham full-back Benoit Assou Ekotto was one of the most vocal and active footballing voices suggesting that the game could be doing more to deal with social problems in their local area. The Cameroon international took to the streets to see some of the worst affected areas for himself after [.

GIF It: Manchester United legend Roy Keane bullies a young Danny Welbeck

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No we know how Roy Keane controlled the Manchester United dressing room as captain for so long. He ruled with an iron fist, starting with childish bullying of the United junior teams!


Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini shows off his new snot hair gel

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Green moon rising Roberto Mancini chose his pre-match interview with the BBC ahead of tonight's Carling Cup semi-final against Liverpool as the moment to demonstrate his new nostril-shaped hair gel dispenser. There you go, Michael Owen: a free supply of hair gel.


Video: A near own goal hat-trick from the A-League

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The A-League's answer to Richard Dunne If new Melbourne Victory coach Jim Magilton was paying attention last weekend, he would have seen that the key to success in the A-League is simple: get out of the way of the opposition and leave them to it. The former Southampton, Ipswich and Northern Ireland midfielder was on [.

Vinnie Jones delivers CPR to a soundtrack of the Bee Gees for British Heart Foundation

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Ex-Wimbledon hardman Vinnie Jones is putting his reputation to good use with this amusing advert for the British Heart Foundation. If you were wondering what to do if some geezer collapses in front of you, wonder no more. No kissing required.


Sepp Blatter adds dad dancing to list of evils – video

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The hips don't lie, but he does Not happy with simply annoying almost everyone in football with his views from the dark agaes on racism and women's football, Sepp Blatter did his best to make everyone wretch at the Ballon d'or awards on Monday night. As he entered the stage with Shakira, Blatter wiggled his [.

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny apologises for comparing Aaron Ramsey to a ‘rapist’

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Wojciech Szczesny has apologised for a Twitter update in which he said team-mate Aaron Ramsey looked "like a rapist". The 21-year-old was responding to a photo of Ramsey attending a golf event. Clearly unimpressed with the Wales captain's appearance, he wrote: "I don't wanna be rude mate but you look like a rapist on that [.

He’s behind you: Real Sociedad keeper Enaut Zubikarai does a Shay Given

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Enaut to know better This goalkeeping howler was arguably the least of Real Sociedad's worries as they lost 6-1 to Mallorca last night. But it's funny nonetheless. You know the routine made famous by Shay Given by know: goalkeeper thinks his penalty area is clear, drops the ball to the ground, and elusive [.

Manchester United striker Michael Owen begs for hair gel on Twitter

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Millionaire benchwarmer Michael Owen is shamelessly begging for free hair products on Twitter. The Manchester United star revealed he had been sent some freebies of the range and enjoyed them so much that he now wants to be sent more for free. Rather than splashing out some loose change on his new favourite product, Owen [.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis aims to perform a reverse Demba Ba

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The new timebomb Stoke City are aiming to make amends for their 'turning down The Beatles' moment with their latest transfer target. Tony Pulis and co. infamously rejected the Premier League's current in-form striker, Demba Ba, this time last year. Ba failed a medical at the Britannia Stadium, with Pulis subsequently describing the Senegal international's [.

Arsenal ballboy creates offensive advertising hoarding message to Leeds fans

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A ballboy at last night's match between Arsenal and Leeds positioned himself in a rather unfortunate spot in front of this Nike advert. Shades of the Thomas Cook advert at Manchester City. Spotted on @SavileRogue


Top five footballing candidates to become Prime Minister

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With the news that Eric Cantona wants to become the next French president, OTP turned its thoughts to the UK and potential candidates to become the next Prime Minister. 1. Steve Kean He has proven practical experience of tackling youth unemployment by offering jobs in Blackburn's defence. Plus, the British public have already demonstrated that [.

Video: Thierry Henry scores on dream Arsenal return (Arsenal 1-0 Leeds)

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Thierry Henry proved he can still cut it at Championship level, at least with a goalscoring Arsenal comeback. The returning legend bagged the only goal in a 1-0 win over Leeds in last night's FA Cup third round clash. Henry entered the action as a second half substitute for Marouane Chamakh (as if [.

Video: ESPN pundit Martin Keown gets hit in the face by a ball before Arsenal v Leeds

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Ke-owned They really were rolling back the years at Arsenal last night. Thierry Henry was back on the scoresheet and Martin Keown returned to make an imperious defensive header. Sort of. The former Gunners defender got smacked in the face as he appeared on ESPN's pitchside pre-match build-up ahead of Arsenal's FA Cup tie with [.

Random 1990s Footballer Tuesday: #16 Garry Flitcroft

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Name: Garry Flitcroft In his 1990s prime for: Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers  Lowdown: After rejecting Manchester United in favour of playing for the blue half of Manchester, Flitcroft started his career in 1991, making 142 appearances for the club. He joined Blackburn in 1996 for an impressive £3.

Manchester United legend Eric Cantona to run for French presidency

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Le King wants to become Le President Eric Cantona has revealed he wants to become the next president of France. The 45-year-old has launched a campaign to secure his place in the running for this year's presidential election. He is trying to secure the 500 signatures he needs to run. He has written to France's [.

Paul Scholes’ Manchester United comeback analysis (via Performa Sports app)

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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes made a shock return to Manchester United's midfield eight months after his retirement in yesterday's FA Cup clash with Manchester City. OTP decided to run the rule over Scholes' second debut with the aid of the Performa Sports iPad sports analysis app. So here's a statistical look at Scholes' influence [.

Neil Warnock agrees severance package with QPR owner Tony Fernandes

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An amicable split.


Video: Arnaud Mendy’s sweet swivel and volley goal (Macclesfield Town 2-2 Bolton)

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Mendy it like Beckham (or at least Henry) If Macclesfield player Arnaud Mendy had dreamt of scoring against Bolton the night before their FA Cup third round tie on Saturday, he would have struggled to do a better job than he did in the match itself. Thierry Henry's FA Cup comeback could be tonight, but [.

Jonas Gutierrez’s rarely seen Spiderman mask gets another outing (Newcastle v Blackburn)

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Dusting off the cobwebs When Jonas Gutierrez arrived on these shores a few years ago we were excitedly informed that this pony-tailed Argentine liked to stash a Spiderman mask about his person and put it on whenever he scored. Sounded great. Nobody bothered to mention that he hardly ever scores. The Newcastle winger didn't find [.

Mario Balotelli has punching contest with United fan

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Yes, he has been at it again. Whilst walking around Manchester city centre the striker spotted Matt Sherington playing on a punchbag machine in a ten pin bowling alley. Realising Matt was wearing a United shirt, Mario immediately challenged him to a punch-off on the machine. However, despite taking a run up for a number [.

Top 10 FA Cup third round weekend

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1. Poor old Olympic cycling champion Chris Hoy probably had another busy Sunday explaining that he's not a referee to irate Manchester City fans. 2. Great to see Paolo Di Canio at the centre of the biggest shock of the weekend as Swindon saw off Wigan. He might be left disappointed by his hopes to [.

Diego Maradona launches attack on Leonardo, defines irony

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Oh, Diego Diego Maradona has hit out at Paris St Germain boss Leonardo by seeming to suggest that the Brazilian is only in his role due to the masses of money on offer at the Qatari-owned French outfit. El Diego said: "I wonder if he is a player, coach, agent or oil dealer. I do [...]


Liverpool winger Stewart Downing arrested for allegedly punching ex-girlfriend

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England international Stewart Downing has been arrested after allegedly punching his ex-girlfriend in a nightclub row. The Liverpool star is reported to have punched the woman, with whom he is thought to have a child. Downing, aged 27, was arrested at the Cross Keys club in Yarm, near Middlesborough, at about 1am this morning.

Hatem Ben Arfa – The greatest ever FA Cup goal?

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No more than Arfa chance He has struggled to hold down a first team place recently, but Hatem Ben Arfa showed Alan Pardew his true class in their FA Cup third round tie against Blackburn yesterday, scoring one of the best goals the old competition has ever witnessed. With Newcastle trailing 1-0 and seventy minutes [.

Romarinho scores a goal to make us all feel old – video

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Remember USA '94? Remember Brazil scoring goals and then acting out that rock-the-baby celebration? If your answers to the above two questions are yes then the video above is certain to make you feel old. It is currently the season break in Brazil, but football fans have been watching the Sao Paulo Junior Cup, trying [.

Paul Scholes comes out of retirement for Manchester United, on bench against City

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Paul Scholes: he may score goals again Paul Scholes has made a remarkable return to Manchester United and could make his second debut in today's FA Cup clash against Manchester City. The 36-year-old has answered an SOS from Sir Alex Ferguson and agreed to un-hang his boots for the remainder of the season.

GIF It: Binocular-wearing Manchester United fan takes out Luis Suarez

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The festive period keeps on giving. Or should that be gif-ing. During the Manchester United v Blackburn Rovers match on New Year's Eve, a strange woman wearing binocular glasses appeared on TV screens. A creative poster on Manchester United forum RedCafe has used her rather fetching eyewear to take a pot-shot at current public enemy [.

Video: Oldham defender Tom Adeyemi reduced to tears by alleged ‘racist’ abuse from Liverpool fans

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At the end of the week in which Liverpool attempted to draw a line under the Luis Suarez controversy, the club found itself at the centre of a new allegation of racism last night. Oldham player Tom Adeyemi was pictured crying on the pitch during his side's FA Cup third round tie at Anfield, reportedly [.

Video: The reason Everton keeper Tim Howard didn’t celebrate his goal against Bolton

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He knows How-ard it can be If you thought Everton keeper Tim Howard looked a bit glum after finding the net against Bolton on Wednesday evening, the video above indicates precisely why he wasn't overjoyed. In his post-match interview, Howard said: "It's not a nice place to be. I've been there before — a long, [.

Kitman: Harry Redknapp furious as Spurs players cut their socks up

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'Arry angered by sock butchery Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is said to launched a dressing room rant at his players over their new craze for cutting the feet off their socks. Football's latest fashion fad has seen many Premier League players opting to play in tennis-style ankle socks, believing it gives them better traction inside [.

Bet’s be ‘avin you: Football betting tips for the 7-8 January

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Ahhh, the relief of the FA Cup, where you forget how sh*te your club is in the league for one day, only to remember just how p*ss poor they are come 5pm on Saturday when they no longer have the pleasure of Peter Beardsley drawing their ball out of the bag (the least sexiest image [...]


The world is watching. A huge FA Cup weekend for…

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Southampton The Saints' rise under Nigel Adkins has been mightily impressive, and they are still in a position to 'do a Norwich' and gain consecutive promotions up into the Premier League, but the wheels have fallen off a touch recently. In fact, Southampton have won just of their last six games, including defeats to Bristol [.

The Wenger Woys: Arsene Wenger and Roy Hodgson band launch their debut single

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Magic Earlier this week we brought you the video of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger playing guitar while West Brom boss Roy Hodgson was head-banging. Well, Hodgson was clearly so into the music that Wenger has now invited him to join the band as drummer. Somebody has taken this to the next level and put together [.

Owen Coyle is happier to see Mick McCarthy than Mick McCarthy is to see Owen Coyle

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Why are smiling when there's so much to be miserable about, Coyle? Another gem we missed over the holidays. Mick McCarthy only smiles at Mick McCarthy's jokes (and occasionally at a bit of smut).


OTP Podcast: Episode 20 – The O’Neill Appeal

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Whipping Stephen Warnock Ep.20 The O'Neill Appeal by Off The Post on Mixcloud Happy New Year one and all! The Off The Post Podcast is the audio equivalent of a hangover on New Year's Day: uncomfortable at times, occasionally vomit-inducing, but if you get your head down you can just about push through it.

Video: Patrice Evra calls Chelsea “motherf***ing n***ers”

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The Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra racism row took an unexpected bizarre twist today as this footage of Evra using the n-word emerged. In footage from a French TV documentary about Monaco's 2004 Champions League adventure, Evra is seen referring to opponents Chelsea as "motherf***ing n***ers". He also calls Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink a "motherf***er" and [.

Olympic coin to explain the offside rule

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He's got a 50p head It is quite easy to remember the old mantra so close to Christmas: It's the thought that counts. Which is why rather than spending 50p buying your loved one a biro, bag of crisps or chocolate bar, you can instead enable her to understand briefly the most confusing rule in [...]


Liverpool and Luis Suarez finally realise the reaction his racism ban needed: an apology

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Suarez bans himself from saying "negro" on English pitches Liverpool have gone some way towards repairing the damage done by their mismanagement of the Luis Suarez racism controversy after their star striker issued an apology. Only yesterday, manager Kenny Dalglish was sticking to his guns as the club continued to claim they were being victimised [.

GIF It: Sir Alex Ferguson enjoys Phil Jones’ comedy own goal (Newcastle 3-0 Manchester United)

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Aw, everyone was so much happier when Phil Jones was scoring at the right end. But this little GIF mash-up gives us some insight as to what it might look like if Fergie could see the funny side of Jones' howler (like the rest of us).


Video: Phil Jones scores a comedy own goal (Newcastle 3-0 Manchester United)

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szólj hozzá: ob;3-0c,o[Matchhighlight.com] Fergie's favourite neo-fledgling blotted his copybook this evening, putting the icing on Newcastle's cake with this own goal. Phil Jones scored the Magpies' third goal in a comfortable 3-0 win over United. Close your eyes and attempt to headbutt your knee.

Video: Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard scores against Bolton

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It's been a blustery day across the UK and nobody has taken advantage of that better than Everton keeper Tim Howard. The USA international opened the scoring against Bolton in this evening's encounter with this wind-assisted effort. The Trotters' reserve keeper Adam Bogdan was the man beaten by his fellow member of the goalkeeping union.

Newcastle striker Demba Ba is a strawberry syrup fuelled goal machine

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Sweet strike Demba Ba has revealed the secret of his stunning Premier League scoring streak: strawberry syrup. The sweet-toothed Newcastle hitman needs his daily syrup fix to keep him on top form. Speaking to Sky Sports before opening the scoring in tonight's match against Manchester United, Ba said: "I love syrup.

Arsene Wenger and Roy Hodgson rock out

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We brought you the GIF of Arsene Wenger unable to find his pocket and the GIF of Roy Hodgson banging his head. Now someone has put the two together and added a guitar to form a Premier League rock supergroup.


Video: Brazilian player treated to very close inspection of stretcher bearer’s bum

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Hold on tight and hold your nose Lifting a stretcher should not be one of life's more complicated tasks, and yet it catches out hapless stretcher bearers on a surprisingly regular basis. This incident comes Brazil and the match between Internacional and Confianca. The injured player should have known he was in for a rough [.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini’s confused old man interview after Sunderland match

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We're just catching up with this after the festive interruptions. Befuddled old man Roberto Mancini is certain that he's been mugged by Sunderland before, he just can't quite place the date. Cue an entertaining Match of the Day interview as the Manchester City gaffer spends most of the time correcting and re-correcting himself on whether [.

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish continues the club’s embarrassing stance on Luis Suarez’s racism ban

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Reds still feeling victimised Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish stuck to his guns over the Luis Suarez-Patrice Evra racism row following last night's defeat to Manchester City, despite the club confirming that they will not appeal their striker's eight-match ban. Suarez sat out the City match to start his suspension, prompting suggestions that Liverpool might change [.

Chelsea skipper John Terry appears on Indian cigarette packets

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Blurry JT gets Indian government into bother John Terry is said to be considering legal action after his image was used on cigarette packets as part of an anti-smoking initiative by the Indian government. A blurry image of the Chelsea captain boasting a pair of blackened lungs has appeared on packaging accompanied by the warning: [.

Pepe Reina drops clanger then kicks the ball at himself (Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool)

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Liverpool's usually dependable keeper Pepe Reina could have guessed it wasn't his night when he let Sergio Aguero's effort squirm under his body to give Manchester City the lead in this evening's match. As if to reinforce the point, when the Spaniard attempted to blast the ball into the net in disgust afterwards, it his [.

Video: Blackburn boss Steve Kean tackled by Morten Gamst Pedersen

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Kean down and out After months of abuse and attacks, Blackburn manager Steve Kean must have thought the coast was finally clear following his side's shock win at Manchester United. The minute he let his guard down he came under attack from his own players. Morten Gamst Pedersen put in this crunching tackle during the [.

GIF It: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger can’t find his pocket

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Pocket problems Arsene Wenger's knee-length puffa jacket has long been offensive to many onlookers... and now it has turned against its owner too. The Arsenal boss found it surprisingly difficult to put his hands in his pockets during last night's defeat to Fulham. Spotted on 101GG


Video: Ji Dong-Won gets unwanted kiss from fan (Sunderland 1-0 Manchester City)

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Won on the lips Fan kiss a player right on the mouth by Anatolly7 Sunderland striker Ji Dong-Won got an unsolicited introduction to the passion of English football with a post-goal snog from a persistent fan. The South Korean starlet found himself on the receiving end of some love from a Black Cats supporter after [.

Gary Ablett 1965-2012 RIP

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Former Everton and Liverpool defender has passed away this morning after a 16-month battle with non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Ablett was just 46. Gary began his career at Anfield as a trainee in 1982, and made his debut in 1986. after winning titles with Liverpool in 1988 and 1990 and the FA Cup in 1989, Ablett was [.

Roy Hodgson tries headbanging – videos

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Wock and Woll from Woy It would be fair to say that Roy Hodgson wasn't too enamoured with his side losing their home game against Everton on New Years Day. If we're honest, it was the sort of game that made the inevitable hangover even worse, such was the poor quality. But let's hope that [...]