So, once again FIFA has drawn up its list of the 23 most famous footballers of the year, or the Ballon D'Or as they like to call it. At first glance it all seems rather straightforward. Lionel Messi? check. Cristiano Ronaldo? Check. Nearly half the players from Madrid or Barcelona? Check. Mario Balotelli?
The last few clips brought to you from the women's game recently have focused on woeful challenges and knees to the head, so happy to show you a wonderful goal from the weekend. Benfica's women's futsal team destroyed their opponents Santa Maria, and the best goal of the game came from star Rita Martins, who [.
This weekend the Premier League were shocked by footage that a Chelsea steward appeared to receive injuries after a confrontation with a supporter but, as ever, in South America things were taken a little bit further. The Superclasico took place on Sunday evening, with River Plate facing Boca Juniors at the Monumental Stadium.
1. Team in red takes the lead thanks to an own goal and adds a second courtesy of poor marking by the opposition. Blue team suddenly kicks into life and fights back to 2-2. It's impossible to know how this one will end. 2. Or perhaps not. Everton vs Liverpool and Chelsea vs Manchester United [...]
Last week we highlighted the above video a rather enjoyableimaginingof a world where Wayne Rooney moonlights as secret agent 007. The Manchester United striker's performances at international level are a bit ropey so it would be interesting to see if he could buck that trend on the biggest spying stage.
Given that Dimitar Berbatov traditionally pirouettes around the pitch like he's auditioning for Swan Lake, it's easy to jump to the assumption that a broken rib would see him off the pitch quicker than you can say 'Fergie should have played him more'. Slapped wrists for us and many others, for Dimi has proved himself [.
Stephane Mbia did nothing to stem the common belief that professional footballers havedramaticallylittle going on in between their heads after admitting anabysmalawareness of his club's geographical location. The QPR midfielder -who has recently complained that the Premier League was "nothing but battles" full of "cuts and bruises" hit theimbecilicsweet-spot at the weekend.
Head off to Barcelona for a city break and chances are you'll hear two pieces of advice: make sure to grab a tour of themagnificentNou Camp stadium and watch out for pickpockets. Now be prepared to add one more warning to the list -bewareofthievingBarcelona players... perhaps. Let us explain.
Sometimes we get so caught up in football's hyperbole and over-excitable nature that we forget what it's really about: middle-aged men fighting over sweaty shirts worn by their heroes. These two characters decided to ditch their dignity in favour of a televised wrestling match for the right to own THE very shirt worn by goalkeeper [.
Well, here is a first. We're all wellaverseto players power-hosing match officials with a myriad of swear words but now the tables have seemingly turned with the man in black turning the air blue against the Blues. That's according to Chelsea who last night complained to the Premier League about "inappropriate language" directed at [.
As we all know, the Premier League is the greatest league in the world. The evidence for this has been repeatedly put forward by a host of pundits who don't watch any other leagues by way of comparison. But OTP would like to add a little snippet to the pile of evidence. In which other [...]
Fulham superstar Chris Baird is discovering that his new role as goalscoring hero brings with it some new pressures. The defender-turned-midfielder has scored two goals in his last two Premier League games, but is still getting used to the baggage that brings. For instance, there's the goal celebration to think about.
Name: Egil Ostenstad In his 90s prime for: Southampton, Blackburn Lowdown: Ostenstad began his career with Viking Stavanger, where he became an instant favourite of the fans by helping them to league title in 1991, and scored 88 goals in six seasons at the club. Graeme Souness signed the striker for Â£800,000 for Southampton, and [.
Florent Malouda In the last year, Chelsea have begun something of an evolution, moving on players such as Salomon Kalou, Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka, Jose Bosingwa and Raul Meireles. Quite how Florent Malouda failed to be part of this exodus is beyond me, but Malouda has fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge to such [.
1. Peter Beardsley An MBE, 59 England caps, went straight from Liverpool to Everton and has a glorious face, so has to be number one. Beardsley is the only player to play for Liverpool, Everton, Manchester United and Manchester City. The only downside of Wor Peter's career was his paltry total of nine goals, but [.
This is really weird. Boca Unidos' goalkeeper Gaston Sessa was sent-off after kicking a ball and hitting a ball boy in the face. That seems an acceptable punishment, but I have two issues: 1. Did he really mean to hit the boy in the face? 2. How come the boy waited for about fifteen seconds [...]
I told you. I bloody told you. After the gangnam style 'craze' we brought you the version from the Crystal Palace cheerleaders. Now it's hit the continent. The players are the stars of the video, but they also use some glamourous assistants, and it must be said that the ladies of Zilina are certainly something [.
1. This was not exactly your typical Merseyside derby. In fact, it wasn't your typical any kind of derby. Too often these encounters are a constant poker game as the two sides try to work out what the other is holding. Four goals in the first 35 minutes proved this was anything but a nervy [...]
Normally when a video is released showing the worst ever corner, it involves two things: 1) The player is dreadful 2) There is a slip which causes the ball to spill over the byline However, this is slightly different, because the player in question is Italian international Alessandro Diamanti, who was playing for Bologna during [.
Fairly obvious stereotype alert! Reports have surfaced that Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has had a hairdryer installed in the dressing room at the Etihad Stadium. The device has been installed due to the damp winter weather in England, and a member of staff at the club said: "He doesn't like going on TV looking [.
It's January 2002 and Everton full-back Abel Xavier is appearing on Sky Sports News, doing his best to get the wheels rolling on a much touted if controversial switch to Merseyside rivals Liverpool. The Portugal international was in the middle of his interview when Gazza suddenly emerges to beg him to stay at [.
We knew it was silly to mock Emile Heskey and his Australian move. We brought you the news earlier in the week that the former (we think we can use that word now) England striker as the focus of 'Heskeycam', a camera following big Emile's every move during the game between Newcastle Jets and Melbourne [.
Scottish First Division side Dumbarton have revealed that three-quarters of applicants for their vacant manager's job have no experience beyond playing football video games. The club sacked Alan Adamson on Monday and have since been inundated by applications, mainly from people who have spent more time on the Xbox or Playstation than the training pitch.
Under-fire Liverpool man Stewart Downing hushed a few of his critics in the Kop with a stunning winning goal against Anzhi in last night's Europa League match. Ironically, the England international derided his team-mates over his new role as a makeshift left-back had been shunted to left-back at the time he scored the [.
Prime Minister David Cameron has been under considerable pressure in recent weeks, so when he needed to find some inspirational words he decided to borrow some belonging to everyone's favourite fictional England manager, Mike Bassett. Via 101GG
Liverpool fans were wrongly up in arms last night when Daniel Agger had a goal disallowed in the Europa League clash with Anzhi. The only arms that mattered were those of goalkeeper Vladimir Gabulov, which were holding the ball when Agger nicked it. Channeling the spirit of Anfield favourite George Best, the Danish [.
This. Is. Class. A parody video made by Huffington Post of Wayne Rooney playing the role of James Bond has been cobbled together from pieces of all Rooney's 'acting' work from various advert roles he has carried out. Rooney has left mere goalscoring behind and now focuses on infiltrating hair transplant labs and fighting the [.
Javier Hernandez may not have played as much as he would like thus far this season, but the Mexican striker is the subject of a cartoon pilot named Chicharito Unidos Created by Eddie Mort, the cartoon features the Mexican striker returning to Guadalajara, the club from which he signed for United. Upon returning, Hernandez discovers [.
"You alright there, big man?" Sky Sports pundit Ruud Gullit nearly fell off his chair as he, Jeff Stelling, Graeme Souness and Jamie Redknapp dissected Manchester City's defeat to Ajax). The Dutchman literally stopped Jamie in his tracks as he struggled to remain in a seated position for the duration of the broadcast.
Nottingham Forest's Billy Sharp has possibly created a new trend. Whileyou can get booked for going into the crowd to celebrate, the laws of the game do not stipulate anything regarding taking foodstuffs from supporters. So when Sharp scored the opener at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday, he ventured over to the travelling support, and took [.
Manchester United's defence Alex Ferguson admitted after Tuesday night's victory over Braga that he didn't know why his side had conceded so many goals, but it is certainly a growing concern. Fergie's side have let more goals go in than eight other teams, including Sunderland, Stoke and West Ham. They are also having to come [.
A third consecutive week of significant profit, with the accumulator winning, providing a 157% return on stake. Going for four in a row with some more bets across the English leagues. Decided to keep the same format as last week, ie a speculative single, an accumulator and two goalscorer bets. The single will this week [.
Watched all the presidential debates. If I had to vote would vote Obama. Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) October 23, 2012 Wayne Rooney has previously admitted that he can only get to sleep at night when he's listening to droning noises. Previously he's used vacuum cleaners and hairdryers too send him off to the land of [.
Stewart Downing was derided as 'Left Back' by three of his team-mates when they went bowling together. The 10-pin action was captured in this week's enthralling episode of the cult documentary series Being Liverpool (we refuse to use the unnecessary colon). Downing hit everybody's favourite out-of-town shoe exchange with Jordan Henderson, Martin Kelly and John [.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has publicly admitted that he didn't prepare his side properly for a match for the third time. The Italian blamed himself for tonight's 3-1 defeat to Ajax, claiming his build-up to the game was at fault. He said: "It was probably my fault because I prepared badly for this game, [.
John Terry drew a line under his racism row with Anton Ferdinand once and for all by giving a Black Power salute ahead of tonight's Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk. The Chelsea skipper also wore a 'Unite Against Racism' armband to really make his point. Clearly a reformed character.
Barcelona left it very late to find a winner against Celtic this evening. So the Barca players were understandably delighted when full-back Jordi Alba popped up with a winner in the final minute of injury time. In fact, they were so happy they nearly ripped his shirt off in celebration. Neil Lennon did something very [.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been defending his club's decision to charter a private jet for a 15 minute flight to Saturday's away match at Norwich. The Frenchman said there were no trains running at suitable times and his squad couldn't risk getting snarled up in London's Friday evening rush hour traffic.
Polish amateur side Victorii Kaluszyn have become a surprise YouTube hit after their fans were filmed mimicking a linesman during a recent match. The supporters stalked the assistant referee up and down the touchline, copying his every move. Via 101GG
1. QPR For a team with the quality of players that QPR possess to be propping up the table with three points from eight games is, frankly, ridiculous. Even the much maligned Southampton, with their shambolic back-five, sit above them in the table. And Chris Hughton's Norwich, whose biggest name (quite literally) is Grant Holt, [.
This arguably wins the prizes for the best goalkeeping 15 minutes of the season and the ballsiest refereeing pedantry of all time. With Universitario leading 1-0 against Oriente Petrolero, they were awarded a penalty by the referee. Jose Gabriel Rios was the man to step forward, but he saw his spot kick saved by the [.
Sometimes the headline tells the full story... This Getafe fan looks like a serious legend for the ridiculous cigar he is puffing on before his side's match against Levante. I'd say Jimmy Saville would be proud, but probably best to leave that alone for a while.
Ok, let's get the joke out of the way early doors, all England players are wallys, yadda yadda. Now that's dealt with you can focus on something which is actually quite lovely. To celebrate 25 years of the Where's Wally? cartoon puzzle, a special edition has been created that will be placed within Wembley Stadium.
Celtic's players have been banned from swapping shirts with illustrious Champions League opponents Barcelona in a bid to stop them being starstruck. Manager Neil Lennon hopes the move will keep his side focused on the match rather than playing a game of 'Who Will Be Standing Closest To Lionel Messi At The Final Whistle?
Something's up in America at the moment. Last week we brought you the American college girl who kneed her opponent in the face, and today footage of a quite ridiculous fight in an American high school match in Minnesota. Totino Grace were playing Prairie Seeds (the team names were as disgraceful as the violence), and [.
Which club will win La Liga Primera this season? First we will look at what the bookmakers are predicting for Spain's top flight football league this season, and then review the current situation. However, if you are thinking of betting on a club other than Barcelona or Real Madrid, may we humbly suggest that you [.
Former Hull City and Preston manager Phil Brown already has a considerable reputation for being a bit of a prat. But he tried to enhance that image with his input during a radio debate on racism in football this morning. Brown was a guest on Victoria Derbyshire's show on BBC Radio 5 Live this morning.
Garth Crooks has become the new Mark Lawrenson in my eyes. I used to criticise Lawro's BBC website predictions on a weekly basis, but it became akin to shooting fish in a barrel. Now, Crooks' Team of the Week feature is the recipient of my rant. A couple of weeks ago we examined Crooks' decision [...
Juventus' Leonardo Bonucci escaped unharmed from an attempt to rob him at gunpoint by punching his attacker in the face. The Italy international was leaving a Ferrari dealership in Turin with his wife and baby when he was approached. A man held a gun against his head and demanded Bonucci hand over his expensive watch.
Welcome to Cyprus, where you end up more severely injured after receiving treatment than you were beforehand. The big match on Sunday afternoon in Cyprus saw second placed Anorthosis entertain sixth-placed Omonia Nicosia, however the match was suspended for 10 minutes in the second half due to incredible scenes of fan violence.
Our friends at Dirty Tackle inform us that Argentinian side River Plate have been disparagingly referred to as 'chickens' since letting a two-goal lead slip in the second leg of the 1966 Copa Libertadores final against Penarol. Opponents Quilmes spotted a great opportunity for a visual gag and released some chickens on the pitch ahead [.
Stok1 1. Even with 10 men Manchester City ground out a result against West Brom, Fergie-style. 2. Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas might see his team take the lead against former club Chelsea, but holding on for the victory against the Blues' irresistible attacking midfielders is another Mata entirely. 3.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez's inability to remain vertical has already been quite a talking point this season. Pundits and opposition fans accuse him of diving, while other pundits, Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool fans think the Uruguayan gets a tough time from referees. The latter point was emphasised when Anfield erupted in jubilation after Suarez was [.
The idiot who ran onto the pitch and punched Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland might have inadvertently done Leeds a favour. The attack was the main talking point after Friday night's Championship clash between the Yorkshire rivals. Had the assault not taken place, a bit more attention might have been given to Leeds fans glorifying [.
The South African Football Association has announced the sad news that national team assistant coach Thomas Madigage has been killed in a car accident. The accident happened near Burgersfort in Limpopo, and reports in the country suggest that his car may have hit a donkey that wandered onto the road.
Footballer's aren't renowned for being the cleverest folk, but York City's Matty Blair might have just taken the biscuit for getting the stupidest injury he has been ruled out after being hurt by a training ground dummy. Blair had to go to hospital for stitches after falling over into a mannequin set up for [.
We all know that Barcelona are bloody brilliant at passing, but this video just shows how good. Who Ate All The Pies spotted this video from an open session that Barcelona ran at Wembley. They employ two players to try and chase the ball around a circle, but the ball moves so fast that they [...]
In his time at Manchester United, it is fair to say that Paul Pogba annoyed Alex Ferguson somewhat, and his contract demands eventually led to Fergie telling him to do one, with the midfielder accepting a contract from Italian giants Juve. On Saturday night Juventus faced Napoli in a top of the table clash in [.
If anything highlights the difference between the haves and the have nots in the modern game, it is this reaction from Spain. The people in question are the players of Spanish Third Tier side Alcoyano. That's the players not the fans. They are reacting to the news that their side has been drawn to play [.
Tonight's televised Championship clash between Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United was overshadowed by an on-pitch assault on Owls keeper Chris Kirkland. The former Liverpool player had just conceded an equaliser when injury was added to insult by a moronic Leeds fan who ran onto the pitch and blind-sided him.
A return to great profit last weekend, with Â£40 staked and Â£83.50 returned. Our treble won with ease and England's 5-0 also covered. In fact, a 93rd minute goal conceded by Sheffield United cost us another Â£46. Lovely stuff. Back to domestic action this week, and another Â£40 to stake. The first bet focuses on [.
Today marks the 10th anniversary of Wayne Rooney bursting onto the scene with a stunning first Premier League goal against Arsenal in 2002. A decade later Wazza is arguably still the most gifted player at England's disposal but continues to attract criticism for his form and fitness. Has Rooney lived up to his early promise [.
Mr Likeable, El Hadji Diouf, has taken a considerable swipe at former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard in an interview with a French newspaper. Asked about criticism of him in Gerrard's autobiography, the Leeds striker said: "Steven Gerrard's words? It is jealousy. I was the most important man at that time and I had everyone at [.
US women's soccer has a reputation for being a little nasty. Last year we brought you Elizabeth Lambert, who was banned for punching, kicking and pulling the hair of opponents, but this story might just take the honour of the worst behaviour we have seen on a football field. When Makenzie Clark hit the deck [.
Reading striker Jason Roberts has announced that he will not be wearing the customary 'Kick It Out' this weekend, after revealing his anger and disappointment at the lack of action from all quarters in tackling racism recently. The Grenadan striker spoke about his frustration that Kick It Out, despite promising much, have not shown the [.
Chelsea skipper John Terry is the cover star of this month's Red Issue fanzine. The Manchester United publication went to press just as Terry was apologising for the language he used towards QPR defender Anton Ferdinand last year. The mocking cover image probably speaks for itself. Via 101GG
Mark Hughes This is getting silly now. Another bad results followed by a vote of confidence from Tony Fernandes. But the fact remains that QPR are failing miserably currently, and Harry Redknapp is potentially waiting in the wings. They sit bottom of the table and have lost their last four games in all competitions.
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his 100th cap for Portugal with a distinctly underwhelming performance in the 1-1 draw with Northern Ireland. In fact, his highlight of the match was actually collecting the cap before kick-off. Ever the slave to fashion, the Real Madrid man sat his new headgear at a rather jaunty angle to pose for [.
England players were given sleeping pills Many of the players had popped ProPlus caffeine energy pills ahead of the planned kick-off on Tuesday evening. Given that they ended up expending virtually no energy at all, some players feared they would be bouncing around their hotel room all night rather than enjoing a peaceful pre-match slumber [.
It just doesn't get any easier at Anfield. After the club's failure to buy a striker in the closing days of the transfer window (and actually allowing Andy Carroll to leave on a loan deal), they were left with only Luis Suarez and Fabio Borini as forwards on the books. With Suarez on a mission [...]
Newcastle bad boy Nile Ranger has been banned from training with the first-team until he can go six weeks without turning up late. Manager Alan Pardew is sick of the striker's tardiness and has told him he won't be considered for selection until he manages a prolonged stint of turning up on time for training.
While looking for a video to accompany our post on Nile Ranger being banned from Newcastle's first-team until he turns up on time for six weeks we came across this and thought it deserved a post of its own. Alan Pardew might be questioning Ranger's commitment to being a footballer, but there's no questioning his [.
With many fans left disappointed at the prospect of travelling all the way to Warsaw to not even see a football match, these cheeky shaps made the best of a bad situation by taking a bath. In fairness, it shows you quite how much rain did fall in the city, and makes the decision to [...]
Andre Villas-Boas will be looking for revenge this weekend when Spurs take on Chelsea at White Hart Lane. Ethan Rowe, Tfbets.com tipster, explains where you should put your money. AVB and Chelsea will meet again on Saturday in what is a crucial match for the Spurs manager to continue restoring his reputation.
Who's popped up on Roy's Radar over the international break and who's done themselves no favours. Good Week Phil Jagielka An assured defensive performance and clean sheet against San Marino may well be the defensive equivalent of an open goal, but an equally assured performance, albeit without the clean sheet, against Poland and in [.
In February this year, writing 'St James' Park' on the wall you can see above was an arrestable offence. Now, it's a cause for celebration. The iconic St James' Park lettering was removed from the wall much to the dismay of the Toon Army when the club decided to step up its attempts [...]
John Terry has announced he will not appeal against the four-match ban he received for racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand and has apologised for the language he used. The Chelsea captain apologised in a statement, which reads: "After careful consideration, I have decided not to appeal against the FA judgment.
KEAN IN! KEAN IN! KEAN IN! Blackburn Rovers might have just got rid of manager Steve Kean, but they've no interest in forcing his namesake out of the club. Young goalkeeper Jake Kean has just signed a new contract that will keep him at Ewood Park until 2016. The England Under 20 international is tipped [.
The fallout from the racism that overshadowed England U21â€²s victory in Serbia this week continues after the Serbian FA released an inflammatory video on their official YouTube account. The video is entitled: "Danny Rose is lying to whom?" It's accompanied by a lengthy spiel, which digs further into the Serbian position that there was no [.
You expect certain levels of professionalism from match officials and posing for a photo with a player midway through the match probably falls short of those levels. But this enterprising assistant referee was not going to pass-up the opportunity to grab a picture of him and Lionel Messi. He chose half-time during yesterday's match between [.
1. He might have scored England's goal with the top of his arm, but Wayne Rooney also has to shoulder responsibility for spurning England's best chance and looking pretty poor throughout. 2. Joe Hart's impersonation of David De Gea is now near-perfect. 3. There was more life in the pitch than in the England players.
Serbia have followed up the horrible scenes at the end of last night's under-21 defeat to England, with an official statement denying there was any racist incidents in the stadium and making a personal attack on Danny Rose. The statement read: "FA of Serbia absolutely refuses and denies that there were any occurrences of racism [.
With no prospect of action on the pitch in the Poland-England match last night, Ashley Cole resorted to a cheeky tackle from behind in the tunnel instead. The Chelsea defender fouled a member of England's backroom staff as England awaited confirmation that they could return to their hotel. Via 101GG
Brazil star Neymar has been dropping hints about a future move to Europe by saying he's keen to start learning English... or possibly Spanish. The Santos player mentioned learning English twice, and Spanish just once if Chelsea fans want to read anything into that. He said: "I want to learn English and Spanish, but between [.
By now, Roy Hodgson is sick of the sight of water. But in his pre-match press conference ahead of the World Cup qualifier between England and Poland, he was happy to splash it around quite freely. The England boss played the part of butler to captain Steven Gerrard as the Liverpool man prepared to answer [.
Clint Dempsey is celebrating a goal for the USA against Guatemala, but the giant cardboard cut-out version of his head doesn't seem particularly impressed. This sort of thing has got to mess with your head!
SER 0-1 ENG (U21) by Ricardo109x England Under 21â€²s qualified for the European Championships with a 0-1 win in Serbia this evening but the result was overshadowed by Danny Rose's very clear indication that he felt he had been racially abused. Connor Wickham's late effort scored on the counter attack with Serbia's keeper [.
Reports of Michael Laudrup being comfortably the best player in Swansea training have led to other managers showing off their skills in a bid to be considered equal to the Great Dane. Algerian coach Vahid Halilhodzic has done his audition, with his natty skills whilst on the touchline during his side's game against Libya last [.
The Baywatch titles sequence helped to imprint the likes of Pamela Anderson and Yasmine Bleeth on the global public consciousnesses. The players of Swedish women's team Kristianstads DFF have banked on the very same titles sequence doing the same for them. The squad have remade the, erm, iconic opening credits to everybody's favourite US-based lifeguard [.
England's pre-match press conference ahead of tonight's match against Poland descended into hilarity when captain Steven Gerrard forgot what language he spoke. While most of those assembled listened to a journalist asking a question in English, Gerrard sat with his head bowed and headphones, listening intently to the Polish translation of the question.
Referee Kenn Hansen found himself a bit too close to the action during the under-21 match between Holland and Slovakia. The official was in the way of a hoofed clearance from Chelsea defender Jeffrey Bruma and took a rather painful whack in the process. The incident clearly took the wind taken out of Hansen's sails.
Ok, this is getting silly. Only last week we brought you Juan Mata singing the Macarena to Chelsea fans. We all know what the rivalry is like between London teams, so it is no surprise that one of Arsenal's foreign signings has followed suit with his own little number. Olivier Giroud sung the Beatles tune [.
Poland's incoming FA president Zbigniew Boniek reckons his eight-year-old grandson is better on the pitch than England striker Andy Carroll. The former Juventus player, who led his nation to the semi-finals of the 1982 World Cup, is not impressed by the Â£35million man's mobility. He said: "My grandson Mateo moves better on the pitch than [.
Name: Jose Dominguez In his 90s prime for: Tottenham Lowdown: After being released by Benfica at the age of 18, Dominguez actually started his professional careeer in England with Birmingham City. He stayed for just one season as the club were relegated from Division One to Division Two, and impressively managed to gain a move [.
Footballers love advertising products, and who can really blame them with the easy money on offer. Manchester City's Joe Hart is the latest man to jump on the bandwagon, advertising for Latin American soft drink Big Cola. With the company looking to branch out into SOuth East Asia, where the Premier League is hugely popular, [.
'The Great Scouse Summer Splurge of 2011' as absolutely nobody calls it will be forever be remembered with heavy hearts by Liverpool fans. Armed with long promised funds from across the Pond, newly-appointed permanent manager Kenny Dalglish and his trusty director of football Damien Comolli waded into the murky depths of the transfer [.
Tsanko Tsvetanov has been sacked by Bulgarian outfit Etar Veliko Tarnovo for a third time since August. The Lazarus-like manager had already faced the chop after a 0-1 defeat away at Beroe Stara Zagora in August. But Etar's fans were not ready to part with Tsvetanov and he was reinstated after a protest.
Oldham Athletic winger Lee Croft has denied he racially abused a ball-boy during a mid-game row on Saturday. Croft was seen ranting at the Sheffield United youngster after he petulantly kicked the ball away to waste time before a Latics throw-in. The 27-year-old denied his rant included any racist language.
Manchester United star Ryan Tunnicliffe has been charged with drink-driving. The 19-year-old midfielder was arrested after a car collided with a van in Heywood, Greater Manchester, on Saturday afternoon. Police said a Range Rover was involved in a collision with a van and then the wall of a house. Tunnicliffe was charged with driving with [.
This pretty disgusting footage comes the match between Brazilian sides Santa Cruz and Fortaleza. Santa Cruz's Esley is pretty angry that a robust challenge from Fortaleza's Chicao caused a cut on his face. He demonstrates his disapproval at having blood all over his face by chasing after Chicao and wiping the blood on his face.
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni's relations with the squad appear to have soured even more, with defender Stephen Kelly initially refusing to board a flight to the Faroe Islands. The Fulham player wouldn't get on the plane after arguing with assistant manager Marco Tardelli in the final training session before the squad was due [.
Falcao spent the start of last week filling the voids created in newspaper columns by the international break, and finished the week showing why he's the hottest striker in world football at the moment. The Atletico Madrid man has been tipped to move to Manchester City or Chelsea in January or, more likely, next summer.
A few high-profile diving incidents followed by the vacuum of the international break put 'simulation' at the top of the footballing agenda in recent days. Perhaps the most attention-grabbing piece of analysis on the subject was provided by Alan Hansen, who noted that Liverpool's Luis Suarez "goes down too easily".
The Asian Football Confederation has apologised to the United Arab Emirates for using an inaccurate nickname taken from Wikipedia on its official website. The UAE's team were nicknamed the 'Sand Monkeys' by the AFC after the moniker was copied blindly from a hacked Wikipedia page. The apology reads: "The AFC apologises for an editorial mistake [.
There is a lot of sexist rubbish spouted about women's football from people that, quite frankly, should know better. But this just might be the worst thing I've seen on a football field. With the French Under-17s needing to score their decisive penalty to beat their Nigerian counterparts in their Second Round game, up stepped [.
The tradition of swapping shirts after matches is a fairly standard procedure, particularly in the international game. However, a San Marino player went slightly further by asking Wayne Rooney if he could have the striker's shorts. The player was annoyed that a team mate had pipped him to getting Rooney's shirt, and therefore resorted to [.
There were some raised eyebrows when Emile Heskey made the decision to move to the Australian A-League after his release from Aston Villa. In truth, the move always looked a good idea, firstly because the standard of football there is lower than the Premier League, but also because in England he had almost turned into [.
Senegal against the Ivory Coast was always going to be a spicy affair with African Cup of Nations qualification at stake, and so it proved in Dakar when fans rioted and caused the match to be abandoned. Didier Drogba had just scored a penalty for the Ivory Coast to put them 2-0 up on the [...]
San Siro, Nou Camp, Underhill. Dutch midfielder Edgar Davids has confirmed he has joined League Two side Barnet as player-coach. The former Ajax, Milan, Inter, Barcelona and Tottenham player was most recently in action for Crystal Palace and is still based in London. He tweeted: "Happy to say I will join my local football club [.
Paolo Di Canio says he ultimate aim is to become England manager. The Swindon Town manager was asked about reports linking him with the vacant Bolton job. He said he was flattered by those rumours, but he clearly has bigger fish to fry. He said: "But the dream is, once I'm well known here and [...]
Come back, Andy Carroll: all is forgiven. Liverpool's threadbare strikeforce is looking even thinner this morning after it emerged that Fabio Borini will be out for some time with a broken foot. The 21-year-old striker broke the bone in his foot during a training session with Italy under 21s. That's likely to see him sidelined [.
Another slightly frustrating weekend last time out. Not a disaster in that we got Â£37.50 return from the Â£40 stake, but extremely close to another winner. Must do better Daniel. Luckily it's international weekend, which means absolutely no value knocking about and short odds on all the teams you want.
Wayne Rooney This arguably isn't a â€˜huge' weekend for anyone in England colours. San Marino will be beaten at a performance approaching 10% of potential, and is more an advert for pre-qualifying for the World Cup. However, with Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard both injured, the captain's armband falls to Rooney, who last captained the [.
Chelsea defenders are finding themselves under-fire from all angles at the minute, not least David Luiz. The curly-haired centre-back took a double punch to the face from goalkeeper Diego Alves during Brazil's friendly with Iraq. Alves came for a cross, got nothing on the ball and everything on Luiz.
Forgetting the loose morals of the issue, we are thinking of creating a baby football team. Last year we scouted our striker: the one-year-old Dutch baby who was given an eighteen month contract by VVV Venlo after showing his skills in the playroom. We now also have our goalkeeper, who showed incredible bravery in saving [.
1. "Nice to see your home fans boo you." Line one, paragraph one of Being An England Captain reads: "Do not under any circumstances criticise the fans." Rooney chose to do just that with an impromptu piece to camera following the 2010 World Cup group match against Algeria. 2. Getting himself suspended for the start [.
Something about the FA is currently driving Chelsea left-backs to post sweary hashtags on Twitter. After Ashley Cole's "#BUNCHOFTWATS" controversy, Ryan Bertrand is the latest Blues full-back to turn the air on the social networking site blue. Bertrand withdrew from the squad this morning, with the FA citing a sore throat as the reason for [.
Arsenal are doing everything possible to help new striker Lukas Podolski to continue his successful start to life at the club. That includes helping him to integrate with the local community by wheeling out "club legend" Ray Parlour to help him learn some cockney rhyming slang. The Germany international hit the classroom while the Romford [.
The song Gangnam style by South Korean pop sensation Psy has fairly quickly pretty much taken over the world, and if you have ever met me I'd like to think you realise that that fact makes me feel physically sick. It has has its effect on sport recently, with both Kevin Pietersen and the West [...]
You might think that definition of a difficult football match is waking up after the alarm on a Sunday, being forced to wear kit that is dirty and smelly from last week, trying to pick your way down a left flank littered with empty beer cans and syringes and ultimately losing out to a team [...]
Francesco Totti has been Mr Roma for some time, but it now appears that he is Mr Rome too. After having previously released a best-selling joke book, Totti has now reverted to travel guides, putting his gladiatorial frame on the cover of E mo' te spiego Roma, or a Guide to Rome. The book is [...]
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has probably done his reputation more harm than hindrance by letting TV cameras behind the scenes for the Being Liverpool documentary. All too often the show, broadcast on Fridays on Channel 5, leaves the Ulsterman looking and sound like a footballing David Brent. And a stunt from this week's show is [.
Newcastle's Muslim players have been warned that wearing shirts bearing the logo of new sponsors Wonga would infringe Sharia law. The Magpies announced a Â£24 million deal with the payday loan company yesterday. Now the Muslim Council of Britain has spoken out to warn the likes of Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse, Cheick Tiote and Hatem [.
Martin 'Mad Dog' Allen is known for his unusual management techniques, but his latest tactic is special even by his standards. The Gillingham boss plucked a random autograph hunter from the streets of Stoke-on-Trent to deliver a pre-match team-talk to his squad. Allen wrote in his programme notes for their recent match against Rochdale: "Last [.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere continued his comeback from his lengthy injury lay-off with another match for the Gunners' under 21 team. The England international showed some nice touches in the match against Reading under 21. He played a part in the build-up to both goals in a 2-0 win for Terry Burton's side.
Rangers are discovering that life in the Scottish Third Division can be a bit tougher than the relative luxury of the SPL. This point was neatly illustrated by last weekend's trip to Stirling Albion. Ian Black got a nice imprint of some Third Division studs on his chest, kung-fu style. Via 101GG
Juan Carlos was envisaging a nice out-swinger for one of his team-mates to attack as he prepared to take a corner kick against Real Sociedad at the weekend. Instead he destroyed the corner flag and left the ball sitting exactly where he left it. There's not really an outcome to this situation that isn't embarrassing [.
Prince William gave Ashley Cole a fake ticking off when he met England's squad at the opening of the St George's Park training centre at Burton-upon-Trent. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were officially opening the new complex. And William opted for humour to deal with a potentially awkward encounter with Cole.
Newcastle's stadium has always been known as St James' Park to just about everyone. Since November 2011, it has officially been called the Sports Direct Arena, except that nobody called it that. But now it's got its name back for good courtesy of payday lender Wonga... and it hasn't even had to pay a grossly [.
... Shaun Maloney. Wigan boss Roberto Martinez isn't necessarily having the best start to the season, but he does deserve some credit for his business in the summer. Plotting his line-up in the summer, he probably murmured aloud in his best south Wales Spanish brogue: Arouna Kone, Shaun Maloney And he knew he was on [.
Name: Ulrich Van Gobbel In his 90s prime for: Southampton Lowdown: Using the word "prime" above is perhaps a little loose, as we voted Dutchman Van Gobbel into our list of worst Premier League signings made by Southampton. It is fair to say, however, that the defender has one of THE greatest Premier League names.
While we were tracking down that Luis Suarez lasso GIF, we found Sir Alex Ferguson checking out champions Manchester City during their match against Borussia Dortmund last week. It's safe to say that the Manchester United gaffer didn't exactly find it enthralling. Via Olly-RedCafe
Yee-haw!!! Sherrif Brendan Rodgers has been defending Luis Suarez against those who would besmirch his good name and call him a diver. And this GIF shows that his penalty area tumble against Stoke was purely down to some lasso-based tomfoolery. Via Olly @ RedCafe
The first thing Lukasz Piszczek did after Borussia Dortmund's 1-1 with Hannover at the weekend was go for a pee check (i.e. make sure he was still capable of passing water). The Poland international saw a couple of balls rebound off the post in particularly painful fashion. One of the finest performances of the Babb [.
The BBC's football coverage has many reasons to raise your anger. Mark Lawrenson's unintelligent predictions, Colin Murray continued employment and Garth Crooks stoned extended questions. Garth's Team of the Week feature is also something of a joke. Firstly, quite why anyone would be rushing to see which players Crooks thinks have played well is beyond [.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez might have a reputation as a diver, but at least he usually commits to it. During yesterday's match against Stoke he looked like a seven-year-old child attempting his first belly-flop at the deep-end. You could argue that presenting footage in GIF format necessitates going to ground in installments, but this takes [.
Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote picks up enough bookings over the course of a season down to his tackling. He can't afford to start picking them up for his art, too. The Ivorian gave a splendid performance of a man wronged by a Howard Webb decision. The anguish was there for all to see.
szÃ³lj hozzÃ¡: CheNor31haz 1. After a week of seeing plenty of Chelsea's ugly side, it was a pleasant change to see Juan Mata and Eden Hazard doing their stuff. 2. It was a close call between Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale to find the worst dive of the weekend. 3. After letting a two-goal lead [...]
AC Milan have been hit with a â‚¬8,000 fine after their fan's unfurled a banner referencing former player Antonio Cassano's heart surgery. The Italy international requested a move in the summer and ended up being transferred to local rivals Inter Milan. That has, predictably, made him a hate figure among Milan fans and that theme [.
The goal celebrations on FIFA 13 have thrown up this rather unusual effort, which seems to show the goalscorer fraternising with the opposition goalkeeper they've just humiliated. Presumably this is where the phrase 'keeping a clean sheet' originates. Via Dirty Tackle
The problem about social media is that everything you say is documented, something that came back to haunt Henry Winter recently. Criticising Mike Ashley upon the appointment of Alan Pardew, The Daily Telegraph Chief Football Writer stated that he would swim across the Tyne if a long-term commitment was ever given to Pardew by the [.
What is it about footballers thinking that they can be pop stars? Chris Waddle and Glenn Hoddle disgraced the nation on Top of the Pops with Diamond Lights, and the less said about Andrew/Andy Cole's single 'Outstanding' in the 90s the better. Let's just say it was vomit-inducing. You can add Chelsea's Juan Mata to [.
There is some strange merchandise available on club websites as clubs look to squeeze as much cash as they possibly can out of their loyal supporters. My personal favourite was the irony of a child's moneybox for sale on the Arsenal website, presumably used to start the ten-year save for a season ticket.
1. He misread the FA report and thought that they were accusing him of calling them a #BUNCHOFTWATS. 2. #BUNCHOFTWATS actually refers to bun choft wats. It's a perfectly harmless hashtag about bun (a small cake), choft (according to Urban Dictionary, someone who pretends to live inside the internet) and wats (a Cambodian monastery).
River Plate coach Matias Almeyda hit the headlines last speak with allegations about doping and match-fixing he witnessed during his time playing in Italy. And now he's spoken out about those claims. The former Lazio, Parma, Inter Milan and Brescia man alleges in his book that players at Parma received IV drips before matches.
Thomas Vermaelen found out on Wednesday night why gymnasts use a lot of chalk on their hands before attempting a parallel bars routine. And why they don't do their routines in the rain. The Arsenal defender attempted to swing on the crossbar during his side's Champions League win over Olympiakos. But it didn't quite go [.
Gary Lineker has caused outrage after using his broadcasting slot on Al Jazeera's Champions League coverage to compare a Muslim prayer goal celebration to eating grass. Way to play to the Al Jazeera crowd, Gary. Lineker was commentating on highlights of Karim Ait-Fana's goal for Montpellier against Schalke when he said: "A terrific effort from [.
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has revealed the fun but testing nature of working with Mario Balotelli. In an interview with CNN, Mourinho claimed it was "funny" managing Balotelli at Inter Milan. But he then gave an example which you suspect he's only begun to laugh at in hindsight. He said: "The most problematic players [.
Real Madrid In truth, it's a big game for La Liga full stop, with the first El Clasico of the league season taking place on Sunday evening. For Real Madrid, however, the game is monumental. Lose at the home of their greatest rivals and they will be eleven points behind Barcelona. Given that last season [.
You won't be surprised to learn that the referee spotted this subtle foul by Giampiero Pinzi and duly showed him a yellow card during last night's Europa League match between Liverpool and Udinese. Apart from laughing at just how cynical the foul is, OTP also has to wonder, if you've been following Stewart Downing's form [.
It's Friday, so that means it's time for some more betting tips ahead of this weekend's action. We've scoured www.onlinebettingoffers.com, so now it's time to win some money with our free bets. First bet of this weekend is another both team to score accumulator, and keeping it purely Football League.
A Uefa document encouraging club officials and managers to help build the prestige of the Europa League was found following a press conference at Tottenham. The prompt sheet reveals European football's governing body are trying to get participating clubs to talk about the competition in glowing turns as they seek to overturn its reputation as [.
Glentoran player Ryan Newberry has been handed an eight-month ban after punching a window while on international duty. The 22-year-old was representing Northern Ireland Juniors at the Uefa Regions Cup in Macedonia at the time. He got into an argument with team-mate David Wright, of Bangor, after being thrown into a fountain during a night [.
The defence that saw John Terry cleared of racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand was "improbable, implausible and contrived". That's the finding of the FA panel that found him guilty of misconduct. Terry has been banned for four matches and fined Â£220,000, but only today has a 63-page report explaining how the panel reached that decision [.
Ashley Cole looks set for a fine and suspension of his own after using an expletive in his Twitter review of the FA's report into the John Terry racism case. The Chelsea left-back's evidence was called into question in the 63-page report published today, prompting Cole to tweet: "Hahahahaa, well done #fa I lied did [.
szÃ³lj hozzÃ¡: CitDor11Bal Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller obviously thought he had a good chance of getting inside the head of Manchester City sub Mario Balotelli ahead of a late penalty at the Etihad Stadium. He came off his line to whisper a few home truths to Balotelli, but the striker simply ignored the mouthy [.
A quick glance at Liverpool defensive duo Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel always suggested an element of masochism. And that has proved to be the case, with Agger revealing that he's currently "enjoying" playing with a fractured knee-cap. The injury was sustained in the halfway line balls-up that ultimately led to Manchester United's winning goal [.
Recent PSG signing Ezequiel Lavezzi vented his frustration very publicly by kicking a coolbox after being subbed by Carlo Ancelotti during last night's Champions League match at Porto. The former Napoli man has seen the start of his career in Paris ruined by injury. He came off the bench against Porto as a 73rd minute [.
After Manchester City's last Champions League outing, Roberto Mancini made criticising Joe Hart his first priority. After last night's draw with Borussia Dortmund, the Italian made sure that the first thing he did was praise Hart. Mancini felt Hart was 'judging' the team after the defeat to Real Madrid.
Anxiety is rising among celebrities of the world after Aaron Ramsey found the net in Arsenal's Champions League win over Olympiakos. The Welshman's rare goals for the Gunners tend to prompt death among well-known global figures. So far he's seen off Whitney Houston, Osama Bin Laden, Steve Jobs and Colonel Ghadafi The world waits to [.
Ryan Shawcross and Fraser Forster led the surprise call-ups as Roy Hodgson announced his England squad to face San Marino and Poland later this month. Stoke centre-back Shawcross has been resisting some very strong overtures to play for Wales in recent months. While Celtic keeper Forster had been tipped in some quarters to bolster England's [.
With football teams at lower levels beginning to feel the effects of the recession, despite leagues such as the Premier League remaining wilfully ignorant, clubs are going to further and further levels in order to raise some much needed cash. Greek team Voukefala, who hail from Larissa, have perhaps gone one stage too far, however.
Last weekend I played a match that was abandoned after a sharp shower cause some puddles to appear on the pitch. I now feel like a proper half job Henry. Because just take a look at the video above, which sees a game in South America interrupted by a tornado coming over the pitch. Ridiculously, [...]
Despite the fact that standing in the centre circle immediately before kick-off in a televised football match means you're almost certainly being watched by millions of people, Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey took the opportunity to tie a knot in his penis. Perhaps he needs to remember to collect his dry cleaning tomorrow or something like [.
szÃ³lj hozzÃ¡: M0-1D www.fasthighlights.com 1. Say what you like about Mario Balotelli, that lad knows how to take a penalty. 2. If Roberto Mancini felt Joe Hart was judging his team-mates after the Real Madrid match, hopefully he'll feel he'e entitled to judge them after tonight's display. 3. City's back four looks very shaky.
Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson has revealed he's so far politely rebutted advances from Finland to pledge his international career to them. The 20-year-old is a Finland U21 international and the Scandinavians are keen to tie him down at senior level. But the right-back has so far snubbed his mother's homeland.
A high school goalkeeper dubbed the 'worst goalie ever' has found top form after his team-mates organised a confidence-building Facebook campaign. Daniel Cui had originally been the target of mocking photos on the social networking site after a series of woeful performances. But his team-mates rallied around by posting photos of him making saves as [.
Barcelona stalwart Carlos Puyol is out of this weekend's El Clasico and faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after dislocating his elbow during last night's Champions League clash with Benfica. The skipper fell awkwardly after jumping for a header and popped his elbow out. Despite the gruesome scenes, this being Puyol, you half expected [.
The referee due to take charge of last night's Championship match between Barnsley and Peterborough was pulled from the fixture after being arrested for allegedly hacking the email account of an FA colleague. Dean Mohareb, aged 29, was arrested on Sunday at his home by Greater Manchester Police. He is suspected of accessing the emails [.
Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie has long been heralded as being able to 'score when he wants', but now he wants to be able to set goals up just as freely. The former Arsenal man was speaking after his two goals gave United a 1-2 victory against Cluj in last night's Champions League match [.
Oh yes! It doesn't get any better than this, folks. Video has been found of footballing punchline Emile Heskey appearing on children's TV programme the Rod Hull and Emu Show. The footage comes from 1988, when Heskey was aged 11, and was broadcast the following year. There is a hint that the UK might not [.
http://youtu.be/Uc8108ZtgCY Anyone that watches, follows, bets on or cares about the Championship knows that it is the most ridiculously unpredictable league. New Leicester City signing Anthony Knockaert got in on the surprise act by scoring two incredible, if completely different, goals against Hudderfield on Tuesday night to give his side an away victory.
With Theo Walcott seemingly refusing to sign a new contract, it seems that Arsene Wenger has his work cut out to keep another of his stars at the club, with reported interest from England. Whilst Walcott hasn't necessarily hit the heights that many Arsenal would have hoped, it does appear that some fans are prepared [.
Swiss side St Gallen were thwarted in their attempts to score the cheekiest penalty of all time against Grasshopper. Striker Oscar Scarrione was preparing to take the kick, only to decide that he needed a monster run-up. As he stepped outside the 'D' seemingly as part of his pre-kick routine- team-mate Pa Madou to [.
Finnish side HJK Helsinki scored a bizarre goal against FC Haka as they managed to put one of two balls on the pitch at the time into the back of the net. The referee allowed the goal to stand, despite the fact that the match had broken down into two separate games at the time. [...]
As substitutions go, Mark Hughes' decision to bring Adel Taarabt off the bench against West Ham last night was a pretty good one. QPR were losing 0-2 and showing little sign of getting back into the game when Taarabt came on early in the second half. A mere 81 seconds later he produced the goal [...]
Arsenal star Jack Wilshere made his long-awaited return from an injury lay-off that has lasted more than a year by playing in an under 21 fixture against West Brom yesterday. The England midfielder played an hour of the match as he battles to return to full fitness and stake his place for a return to [.
Serbia U17 scored a joyous goal in their match against Moldova yesterday. Straight off the training ground... and their training ground is obviously pretty good fun. A corner was passed to a player lurking in the old Teddy Sheringham position, only for him to step over the ball. A team-mate behind him repeated the dummy.
Name: Jaime Moreno In his 90s prime for: Middlesbrough Lowdown: Although Moreno is one of the most famous players in MLS history, it is easy to forget that he brought his South American â€˜magic' to England. After beginning his career at Blooming in his home country of Bolivia, Moreno had a brief spell at Independiente [.
No wonder Manchester United's players were out of sorts for their match against Tottenham on Saturday. After all, their team talk seemingly included a suggestion that they watch out for the pace of Batman. In his pre-match inteview, Sir Alex Ferguson flagged up the threat posed to his side by "Christian Bale".
Stoke were feeling hard done by after losing their match against Chelsea a week ago. Their matchday programme appears to concur that the 1-0 defeat was not a fair reflection of that match and awarded the Potters a point. Via Mirror Football
1. Congratulations, Manchester United and Tottenham. That might just be the first Saturday tea-time kick-off Premier League match in which the football was more interesting than your tea. 2. And particular congratulations to Rio Ferdinand. Being skinned by Gareth Bale earned Maicon the biggest payday of his career.