Off the Post Archives for January 2012

Five reasons why Stuart Pearce didn’t celebrate England’s equaliser

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Stuart Pearce had more cameras trained on him than a Big Brother contestant committing homicide last night as the former international took the reins of the England caretaker position. Other than a super trendy haircut (lacking on the sides, just like England's wing-play), there was one remarkable piece of footage that has peaked OTP's interest.

Newcastle fan gets a letter from the Mayor of Milan confirming no Sunderland fans have been seen there

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The Mayor of Milan has written to an enterprising Newcastle fan to confirm that a Mackem has never been seen in the Italian city. Twitter user iwantcurlyhair2 wrote to the Comune di Milano asking whether a Sunderland native had ever been seen in the vicinity. And it turns out that they haven't. The letter relates [.

Top five conclusions: England 2-3 Holland

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1. On that short evidence we can deduce that Stuart Pearce's England would involve the same end result but with a dash more heroic defiance along the way. 2. Talk about conforming to national stereotypes. Klaas Jan Huntelaar is waking up with a sore head this morning after consuming too much grass last night.

Video: Marc Janko scores with his penis (Austria v Finland)

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Austria striker Marc Janko suffered mixed emotions after finding the net against Finland last night. The Porto man fired the ball past Finland keeper Lucas Hradecky using only his World Cup Willy. Janko charged down Hradecky's clearance after a backpass. The sickening feeling he experienced was soon lifted by the joy of watching the ball [.

Maccabi Haifa goalkeeper scores own goal from goal kick

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Ahead of Israel's friendly with Ukraine, Maccabi Haifa hosted their Ukranian counterparts Dynamo Kiev in a 60 minute friendly played in the strongest winds seen for some time. The wind was so strong that when Haifa keeper Assaf Mendes took a goal kick, the ball held in the air before blowing back into his own [.

Did Peter Taylor’s Bahrain get involved in a spot of match fixing?

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While Europe was playing out a round of friendly matches, the rest of the world was partaking in a series of World Cup qualification matches, and in the Asia region, qualification from the group stages was being finalised. Bahrain, managed by Peter Taylor, needed to enact a nine goal swing on Qatar and hope Qatar [.

GIF It: Klaas Jan Huntelaar’s grassy KO

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Last night we brought you the photo of Klaas Jan Huntelaar eating grass (the eyes follow you). Now the gang at 101GG have tracked down the GIF version, complete with attempts to get the striker to part with his mouthful of Wembley turf.


Klaas Jan Huntelaar: semi-conscious grass-eater (England v Holland)

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Holland striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar was transformed into a grass-eating miss after a sickening clash of heads as his scored his side's second goal. He collided with England defender Chris Smalling as he headed in from close range. Smalling left the pitch on a stretcher, although was talking to medical staff beforehand.

New England manager beware: Arsene Wenger’s seal of approval could strike again

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"If England have a problem at the World Cup tell Sven to call me. I may have a good striker for him." Arsene Wenger on Theo Walcott, April 2006 "Until the end of the season there is no problem and if he continues to play like this I am convinced he will go to Euro [...]


OTP Podcast: Episode 27 – Five Gunner Salute

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Ep. 27 Five Gunner Salute by Off The Post on Mixcloud North London looted itself once more this week, as Arsenal defibrillated their Champions League qualification chances by giving Spurs a right good spanking. The Pod set about making sense of it all: can Rosicky now legitimately be called a professional footballer and is Theo [.

OTP Podcast: Episode 27 – Five Gunner Salute

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Ep. 27 Five Gunner Salute by Off The Post on Mixcloud North London looted itself once more this week, as Arsenal defibrillated their Champions League qualification chances by giving Spurs a right good spanking. The Pod set about making sense of it all: can Rosicky now legitimately be called a professional footballer and is Theo [.

Louis Saha: ‘Footballers prefer prostitutes’

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Tottenham star Louis Saha has claimed that many young footballers use hookers in a bid to stay out of the newspapers. The former Manchester United star is currently doing the media rounds to promote his autobiography. But he claims that many players are so concerned about negative publicity from kiss-and-tell stories that they call upon [.

Spoof: Stuart Pearce names himself as England captain

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The reason for Stuart Pearce's delayed announcement of his England captain has emerged. The caretaker manager has appointed himself as the side's skipper. The controversial decision means candidates including Steven Gerrard, James Milner and Joe Hart have been overlooked for the honour in favour of Pearce captaining the side from the touchline.

Norwegian TV crew use a ladder to spy on Carlos Tevez’s Manchester City return

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A crafty Scandinavian TV crew took ladders to Manchester City's Carrington training ground to get a glimpse of Carlos Tevez's return to action. The Argentine prodigal son made his City comeback in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Preston North End yesterday. But Norway's 2 Sporten were not going to let some closed doors getting in their [.

Bring back Ray WIlkins: the most successful Chelsea manager of the Abramovich era

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Louis Saha joins the long list of Fergie Hairdryer Victim Support members

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There are some seminal moments that all Manchester United players experience in their time at the club. Their first appearance at the wondrous Theatre of Dreams, their first hot yoga session with the ageless Ryan Giggs and, most memorably, a disintegrated eardrum at the hands of a knight of the realm.

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes to hit the pubs to listen to angry fans

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Premier League chairmen usually undermine their managers by entering the dressing rooms. QPR owner Tony Fernandes is opting for the pub instead. The Air Asia chief is hitting west London's finest boozers ahead of the Hoops' next home match against Everton. Fernandes will be acting as a sort of anti-Mark Hughes agony aunt for disgruntled [.

Random 1990s Footballer Tuesday: #23 Eike Immel

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Name: Eike Immel In his 1990s prime for: Manchester City Lowdown: Although arriving in the Premier League at the impressive age of 35, German goalkeeper Immel had already enjoyed a fairly illustrious career. He was only 17 when he succeeded Horst Bertram to become Borussia Dortmund's number one, as far back as 1978.

Random 1990s Footballer Tuesday: #23 Eike Immel

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Name: Eike Immel In his 1990s prime for: Manchester City Lowdown: Although arriving in the Premier League at the impressive age of 35, German goalkeeper Immel had already enjoyed a fairly illustrious career. He was only 17 when he succeeded Horst Bertram to become Borussia Dortmund's number one, as far back as 1978.

Norwich striker Grant Holt is not playing pocket billiards or playing for England

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Norwich superstar Grant Holt has played down his England prospects in what sounded like an angry response to suggestions that he's getting a bit frisky. Believe it or not, Holt was asked if he was expecting an England call-up and not whether he was molesting himself when he said: "I'm not holding my phone tightly [.

Norwich striker Grant Holt is not playing pocket billiards or playing for England

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Norwich superstar Grant Holt has played down his England prospects in what sounded like an angry response to suggestions that he's getting a bit frisky. Believe it or not, Holt was asked if he was expecting an England call-up and not whether he was molesting himself when he said: "I'm not holding my phone tightly [.

Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher owns Andy Burton over Sky Sports sexism row

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It's turning into National Jamie Carragher Day around here. This time it's the moment that Sky Sports reporter Andy Burton attempts to coax some sort of post-euphoria retirement announcement from the Liverpool legend. Pointing out that Carra had been partaking in a spot of Wembley photography, was no longer a regular starter under Kenny Dalglish [.

Video: Young Liverpool fan pokes himself in the eye

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And is he bothered? Not in the slightest. He's going to celebrate Liverpool's Carling Cup win like a madman and worry about his shiner in the morning.


Top 10 conclusions Premier League weekend 25-26 February

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1. Yet another crazy top-of-the-table clash in the Premier League. Before long we'll have commentators observing these 5-2 and 6-1 type results and saying: "Well, these things do even themselves out over the course of the season." Yesterday was Tottenham's turn. 2. (La)Sagna got Tottenham on the run once again.

Top six Mark Hughes handshake controversies

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No Premier League manager has ever turned handshakes into such a pullava as Mark Hughes. In fact, if Mark Hughes and Luis Suarez are ever in the same room, a magnetic handshake field causes them to repel. The QPR boss is always turning basic post-game etiquette into minor diplomatic incident. Here's six of Sparky's best [.

Top five Carling Cup final conclusions

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1. All the pre-match talk was of the Gerrard cousins pretending to be Hristo Stoichkov in their nan's garden during the 1994 World Cup. It would seem they caught a bit of Diana Ross' performance at the opening ceremony too. 2. Dirk Kuyt's determination to win a medal should not have been underestimated.

Try time: Jamie Carragher wreaks revenge for England’s Six Nations defeat to Wales (Liverpool v Cardiff)

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Liverpool veteran Jamie Carragher was clearly not impressed at England's disallowed try late in their Six Nations clash with Wales on Saturday. Come Sunday, and faced with Welsh opposition, Carra took things into his own hands. Literally. Picking up the ball and driving forwards, the defender obviously got the halfway line confused with the tryline [.

GIF It: Jamie Carragher’s high five FAIL

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It turns out it was quite a comedic cameo from Jamie Carragher in yesterday's Carling Cup final victory over Cardiff. As well as his rugby efforts, Carra also celebrated the penalty shootout win with this high five disaster with keeper Pepe Reina. If Kenny Dalglish ever finds himself needing to explain why the stalwart is [.

Sulley Muntari header continues the goal-line technology debate

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The debate that just will not disappear. We have seen many incidents that have heightened the clamours for the introduction of goal-line technology, but on Saturday there was probably the most high-profile instance since Frank Lampard's ghost goal in the 2010 World Cup. With AC Milan and Juventus sat first and second in Serie A [.

Bournemouth Chairman in live radio swearing rant

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An interesting day to be a Bournemouth fan. Their side was beaten 1-0 at home by MK Dons, but that was very much the start of the craziness. Towards the end of the game rumours began to surface that the wife of the club's billionaire Russian owner had forced herself into the home changing room [...]


Mario Balotelli now using his celebratory t-shirts for proclamations of love: ‘Raffaella Ti Amo’

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We've already seen Mario Balotelli celebrating a goal by revealing a t-shirt asking 'Why Always Me?'. Now he's changed tack and language to declare his love for girlfriend Raffaella Fico. After scoring against Blackburn in today's late kick-off, Balotelli lifted his shirt to show the message: "Raffaella Ti Amo.

Spoof: Luis Suarez pulls the plug on Liverpool’s Spice Boys Carling Cup final suits

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Plans for Liverpool to once again don white suits for a trip to Wembley have been shelved after an intervention by star striker Luis Suarez. The Reds famously wore white Emporio Armani suits for their last trip to Wembley in 1996, and were planning to recreate the look for tomorrow's Carling Cup final clash with [.

Portsmouth players forced to multitask after staff cuts

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The video above shows a personal message from Portsmouth manager Michael Appleton to fans of the club. When a club goes into administration, it is usual that all elements of the club pull together in an effort to save the sporting institution. But this community spirit has not been lost on Portsmouth's players this week, [.

Dean Saunders: ‘Doncaster foreigners might squeal on the floor because they used to wear uniforms or something like that’

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Doncaster Rovers manager Dean Saunders gave a strange interview to this morning's Soccer AM in which he found some very strange ways of preaching against xenophobia in football. We think. Responding to a question from Helen Chamberlain about how his experiences playing overseas help him as a manager (we think she was expecting something about [.

Free £50 bet and some ideas on how to spend it

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Click Here to Get a Free £50 Bet for All New Paddy Power Customers Chelsea v Bolton The thought that Roman Abramovich would support a three-year plan which endangered Chelsea's place in the Champions League seems unlikely. As does the belief that Andre Villas-Boas' job isnt under serious threat. It is, and anything other than [.

Video: Bolivian keeper’s dropped ball nutmeg own goal

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The star of this video is The Strongest goalkeeper Daniel Vaca (a good one for our Name Translator: Daniel Cow). He handed a goal to opponents Juan Aurich when an overhit floated free-kick landed perfectly in his hands. Vaca somehow managed to drop the ball. Backwards. Between his legs. And straight into the net.

England Under 21 set-up add to their collection of former England left-backs

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England Under 21s have doubled their quota of former England left-backs after Phil Neville joined the coaching set-up. The side is already managed by veteran England left-back Stuart Pearce, and now have his international replacement involved in their coaching too. The 35-year-old will be involved ahead of next week's match against Belgium.

The world is watching. A huge weekend for…

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AVB The end of the road? The Portuguese manager's team selection on Tuesday almost seemed like the white flag of surrender. A home game against Bolton might be the perfect respite, but is there such a thing for AVB at the moment? Chelsea have an ageing squad, a lack of pace, a lack of goals, [...]


Porto set to report Manchester City to Uefa over ‘You’re Not Incredible’ Hulk chants

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Manchester City 4-0 FC Porto footyroom.com by footyroom Porto are considering reporting Manchester City over chants aimed at their striker Hulk during last night's Europa League match. In what appears to be a fairly petty response to City reported allegedly racist chanting aimed at Mario Balotelli during the first leg, the Portuguese side have apparently [.

Spoof: Carlos Tevez apology sours after Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini enters him for Crufts

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Carlos Tevez's patched up relation with Manchester City is in tatters again after it emerged that Roberto Mancini had only allowed him back to the club in order to enter him at Crufts. The Argentine's inflammatory accusation that Roberto Mancini treated him "like a dog" took a new twist today as it emerged that the [.

Sunderland’s Fraizer Campbell named in Stuart Peace’s England squad

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No room for big Joe Lewis. Goalkeepers: Scott Carson (Bursaspor), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Robert Green (West Ham United). Defenders: Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Micah Richards (Manchester City), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

A reminder of the last time Stuart Pearce named an experimental England team

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As we told you earlier, reports suggest that Stuart Pearce is set to name an 'experimental' squad to face Holland next week. Just a quick warning so you can brace yourselves for the unexpected, the last time Pearce named an experimental England line-up it ended up with Peterborough goalkeeper Joe Lewis playing up front!

Legia Warsaw fans attack Lisbon players with snowballs

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Whilst OTP doesn't condone the throwing of missiles onto the pitch, we are still a little bit impressed by the Legia Warsaw that used the inclement weather to their advantage. Three Sporting Lisbon players were training on the pitch before the game, but after a secret signal from the ultras, fans threw snowballs at the [.

Legia Warsaw fans attack Lisbon players with snowballs

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Whilst OTP doesn't condone the throwing of missiles onto the pitch, we are still a little bit impressed by the Legia Warsaw that used the inclement weather to their advantage. Three Sporting Lisbon players were training on the pitch before the game, but after a secret signal from the ultras, fans threw snowballs at the [.

Deivid (Flamengo) misses the easiest chance ever?

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There isn't a lot better, in my opinion, than a dreadful miss. Especially if you have it on video. So when Flamengo faced Vasco da Gama in the semi final of the Guanabara Trophy, striker was left massively embarassed when his shot from three yards rebounded back off the post. With the scores level at [.

Deivid (Flamengo) misses the easiest chance ever?

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There isn't a lot better, in my opinion, than a dreadful miss. Especially if you have it on video. So when Flamengo faced Vasco da Gama in the semi final of the Guanabara Trophy, striker was left massively embarassed when his shot from three yards rebounded back off the post. With the scores level at [.

Joey Barton launches the new England kit via Twitter. D’oh!

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FA bosses and no doubt Umbro bosses will probably be fuming this morning after Joey Barton launched the new England kit via Twitter! New England kits are usually released after a carefully orchestrated photoshoot involving senior players, with images released to the media strictly embargoed until after the official launch.

England U21 manager Stuart Pearce set to name England U21 team for his senior squad

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Football managers are infamous for wanting to rely on players they've already worked with. So with England interim manager Stuart Pearce possibly in charge for just one game, he's calling upon players he knows very well from his proper job as England Under 21 manager. Newspaper reports today suggest that Pearce yesterday phoned many senior [.

Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas presents a BRIT award to Ed Sheeran

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Arsenal's best breakaway act of 2011 returned to London last night to present the BRIT awards for Best Breakthrough Act to ginger troubadour Ed Sheeran. Cesc Fabregas teamed up with Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger to present the award and managed to avoid fluffing his line. Perhaps he was scouting for new music for Pep's next [.

West Ham midfielder Henri Lansbury keeps a clean sheet during 35-minute goalkeeping stint

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West Ham's Henri Lansbury was forced to play in goal for 35 minutes after keeper Rob Green was sent of during last night's 4-1 win over Blackpool. The on-loan Arsenal youngster donned the gloves with 54 minutes on the clock with the score at 2-1. And he put in a display that will have Green [...]


Is the Premier League’s dominance of the Champions League over?

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Chelsea remain in contention to progress in the Champions League by the skin of their teeth, but last night's 3-1 defeat to Napoli leaves English football staring down the barrel of not having a single representative in the quarter-finals. With Arsenal needing to climb a mountain against AC Milan, and Manchester United and Manchester City [.

GIF It: Cristiano Ronaldo’s diving instincts get the better of him (CSKA Moscow 1-1 Real Madrid)

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His brain said 'cross it' but his body said 'dive'. Cristiano Ronaldo got himself into a bit of a tangle as he attempted to put the ball into the box during Real Madrid's Champions League clash with CSKA Moscow last night. Via 101GG


OTP Podcast: Episode 26 – Wheeler Dealin’

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Scuba Steve Bould Ep.26 Wheeler Dealin' by Off The Post on Mixcloud Ah, the magic of the FA Cup. A weekend when we all remember the glory days of football. Hazy, sepia-tinged days when plucky minnows would score ludicrous own goals at Anfield and take it on the chin with good grace and a cheeky [...]


An important revision to our ‘strangest boyband’

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Earlier we told you that Lionel Messi, Didier Drogba, Fernando Torres, Frank Lampard, Jack Wilshere and Sergio Aguero have joined forces with DJ Calvin Harris to form the strangest boyband. We'd now like to revise this on the basis of tonight's Sky Sports coverage of Napoli v Chelsea. Now THAT is the strangest boyband ever!

Another frustrating Pancake Day in the Delap household

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C'mon, Photoshop has packed in. It's not that bad an effort for Microsoft Paint!


QPR’s Jay Bothroyd and Fulham’s Dickson Etuhu battle it out on FIFA 12

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After their 6-0 drubbing at Craven Cottage earlier in the season, QPR will be looking to gain revenge over local rivals Fulham in the Premier League this Saturday, and OTP can exclusively reveal that the battle for West London supremacy has already begun – on the virtual pitch. Hoops striker Jay Bothroyd and Fulham midfielder [.

Lionel Messi, Didier Drogba, Fernando Torres, Frank Lampard, Jack Wilshere, Sergio Aguero and Calvin Harris: the world’s strangest boy band

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Move over The Wanted, One Direction and, erm, The Osmonds. There's a new boyband in town. Sort of. Lionel Messi, Didier Drogba, Fernando Torres, Frank Lampard, Jack Wilshere and Sergio Aguero have joined forces with DJ Calvin Harris for a fusion of football and music as part of a new Pepsi MAX advertising campaign.

Jose Mourinho tries to play himself into Real Madrid’s starting line-up

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Jose and his orange balls Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has been giving himself a bit of a trial. Could he be an unlikely inclusion in the Real side to face CSKA Moscow? Probably not, but Mourinho was seen practicing his ball-juggling skills and take penalties to get a feel for the orange ball his [.

Video: PSG’s Nene takes a ball to the face from a ball boy

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Ne-nor, Ne-nor, Ne-nor OTP has brought you plenty of examples of ball boys misbehaving in the past, but it's usually the away team who fall victim to their high jinx. Not so in France at the weekend, where PSG player Nene was targeted during their home match against Montpellier. As you can see, there's no [.

Random 1990s Footballer Tuesday: #22 Dominic Foley

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Name: Dominic Foley In his 1990s prime for: Wolves, Watford Lowdown: Signed by Wolves from St James' Gate in Ireland at the age of 19, Foley made his debut against Oldham Athletic in 1995. Although showing initial promise, the Irish striker was loaned out to Watford, Notts County and Ethnikos Piraeus in Greece.

SPL table’s hidden message to Rangers

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The taxman will stop at nothing to hunt Rangers down. In fact, he's even infiltrated the SPL table. Via @DanWalkerBBC


Spoof: Stoke boss Tony Pulis to ban players from wearing studs

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The great red card debate reared its ugly head once more yesterday as Stoke City manager Tony Pulis announced that his players will not be wearing studs for the rest of the season. For the second time this month Pulis has been left fuming at one of his players being dismissed for ‘raising his studs' [.

Thierry Henry gets over Arsenal with… an enormous fish tank

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Goal-dfish Thierry Henry waved goodbye to Arsenal again last week. What better way to signal the fresh start than by knocking down his North London mansion to make way for a giant 40ft fish tank? The New York Red Bulls man wants to knockdown his £5.9million pad and rebuild it around the huge aquarium while [.

Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola gives Cesc Fabregas a good shove

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Pushy Pep Pep Guardiola pushed his midfielder star Cesc Fabregas in the back of his neck after subbing him during Barcelona's victory over Valencia last night. The shove seemed to be in response to something Fabregas said as he made his way off. The former Arsenal skipper seemed in jovial spirits after the push and [.

Liverpool find a non-racist superstar goalscorer and his name is Own Goal

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Very friendly fire szólj hozzá: ]bg5-1[Matchhighlight.com] Liverpool eased past Brighton in yesterday's FA Cup fifth round clash thanks to a hat-trick from little known poacher Own Goal. The Seagulls managed to find the net four times, but still lost 6-1 since three of their efforts were own goals.

Video: Ref Andre Marriner gets clattered in the penalty area (Liverpool 6-1 Brighton)

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Foul, ref Comic Referee (Liverpool vs Brighton) by Anatolly7 Honestly, referees these days. The slightest contact in the box and they go down like a sack of spuds. Andre Marriner resisted the urge to award himself a penalty after being clattered in the penalty area during yesterday's FA Cup fifth round tie between Liverpool and [.

GIF It: Luis Suarez rediscovers his taste for human neck (Liverpool 6-1 Brighton)

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Before Luis Suarez graduated to racism rows, his bread-and-butter controversy was biting people. The recently returned Uruguay international has served his ban for abusing Patrice Evra, but back in 2010 he served a similarly lengthy ban for biting PSV Eindhoven's Otmann Bakkal. During yesterday's FA Cup win over Brighton, Suarez drew a nice correlation between [.

Valencia’s Ever Banega run over by his own car

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Banega does a Brian Harvey Valencia midfielder Ever Banega needs surgery on his ankle after running himself over. The Argentina international is reported to have forgot to put his handbrake on at a petrol station and ended up being mowed down by his car. A Valencia statement said: "The player Ever Banega has suffered an [.

Stevenage keeper and Tottenham fan Chris Day relishes free admission to White Hart Lane in FA Cup replay

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Day tripper S-T footyroom.com by footyroom Stevenage goalkeeper Chris Day is already looking forward to his side's FA Cup fifth round replay at Tottenham because he won't have to pay to get into his beloved White Hart Lane. Day, who started his career at Spurs, helped his League One side to a 0-0 home [.

Manchester City loanee John Guidetti sent off for removing shirt

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We are given various reasons for booking players for the removal of shirts during goal celebrations, but whether it be religious sensitivity or the displaying of sponsors' logos, it cannot be argues that footballlers don't know the rules. So when Feyenoord striker John Guidetti, on loan from Manchester City, scored a penalty against Waalwijk, he [.

Fernando Torres’ Facebook page doesn’t rate him

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Things have not gone well for Torres recently, I think that much is clear. But things have hit a new low for the striker, as he has been zinged on his own facebook page. But even with nine million fans, a story was released on his Facebook homepage declaring that most Chelsea fans preferred Didier [.

Times Arsenal fans would rather have had Theo Walcott than Alex Oxlade Chamberlain: #1

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szólj hozzá: SUN vs ARS | 2-0 Ox-Chambo OG There's no way Walcott would have converted this chance.


Crazy Italian fan travels 1,700 miles to watch Truro City

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Tru love An Italian fan of non-league outfit Truro City is currently undertaking a 1,700-mile round trip to watch his team in action at Dover Athletic. Student Jacopo Ghirardon left his family home in Chioggia, just south of Venice, at 2pm this afternoon to start his 21-hour trip to Dover's Perry's Crabble Stadium, the home [.

Man arrested for reinstating Newcastle’s St James’ Park sign in paint

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A 29-year-old man has been arrested for criminal damage after the words St James' Park were daubed in white paint on a wall where Newcastle owners had yesterday removed some St James' Park lettering. The removal of the signage outside the ground was filmed sparking fury among Magpies supporters. Somebody decided to rectify the lettering [.

Spoof: New York Red Bulls furious over bearded Theo Walcott

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New York Red Fools Arsenal have sparked controversy across the pond after claims they sent an imposter back to New York in what's being seen as a desperate attempt to keep hold of Thierry Henry. Red Bulls sporting director Erik Soler told the New York Times: "A gentleman showed up for training on Friday with [.

Video: England women’s goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain nearly beheads a photographer

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Goalkeepers in the women's game often get a hard time, but OTP can't understand why. Look at the pinpoint distribution from Bristol Academy's Siobhan Chamberlain as she attempts to return the ball to Everton's Jill Scott but instead nearly beheads a photographer during a photo-shoot for the FA.


Video: Wonderstrike from Valencia’s Mehmet Topal stuns Stoke

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Pick that out the 'met Mehmet Topal'ın muhteşem golü. It's safe to say that Valancia didn't have the most comfortable of evenings at the Britannia Stadium last night, so you can imagine the Spanish outfit were pretty pleased when Mehmet Topal stepped forward to deliver this thunderbolt. The strike gave a precious away goal and [.

Wigan ban 17 fans over flares

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That's of the fire kind, not dodgy trousers Wigan's DW Stadium is not exactly renowned as a Turkish-style cauldron of atmosphere, and that's not likely to change any time soon after 17 fans were banned for setting of a flare at their away match at Bolton. A 16-year-old was charged with possession of a flare [.

Bet’s be ‘avin you: Football betting tips for the 18-19 February

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Given that the ‘Magic of the FA Cup' has returned this week, this week's column will be sponsored by the use of clichés. So with Chelsea facing Birmingham at Stamford Bridge, manager AVB is really feeling the pressure, but if you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen. Chelsea have lost just 1 [.

Skint Portsmouth can’t afford a scan to check on Liam Lawrence’s calf injury

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Scan't pay for that Cash-strapped Championship side Portsmouth are unable to find out the extent of an injury to midfielder Liam Lawrence because they can't afford to pay for a scan, manager Michael Appleton has revealed. Pompey are expected to re-enter administration today after their well-documented financial problems resurfaced.

The world is watching. A huge weekend for…

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AVB Another difficult week for Chelsea's manager, and you would be forgiven for thinking that he now lives on borrowed time. Reports are that his players are still in touch with their former manager and have had disagreements with management about their tactics in games. One thing is clear – Chelsea's results simply aren't good [.

‘Do Are Ya? Porto’s Alvaro Pereira and his girly bun

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Porto defender Alvaro Pereira is using tonight's Europa League clash with Manchester City to promote the cause of the bun: it's not just for seven-year-old girls. Hopefully Mario Balotelli has taken note and got some inspiration for his next hairdo.


Bayer Leverkusen players ordered to auction Messi shirts after scrapping over one at half-time

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No need to get shirty Bayer Leverkusen sports director Rudi Voller has vowed that two Lionel Messi shirts acquired during his side's Tuesday night defeat to Barcelona will both be auctioned for charity after his players fought over one of them at half-time. Defenders Michal Kadlec and Manuel Friedrich battled to get Messi's shirt as [.

Michael Ball reveals he had to pay Everton £4,000 every time he wanted to play for Rangers

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Ball-ache of playing for Rangers Ex-Rangers left-back Michael Ball says he realised the club was heading for financial meltdown because he had to pay £4,000 to former club Everton every time he wanted to play for the Scottish giants. The England international found his career was caught up in an pay deal between the [.

Have the new Arsenal, Manchester United and Barcelona kit designs been released?

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In a leaked photo that appeared all over the information superhighway in the last few hours, the new kit designs for Arsenal, Manchester United and Barcelona have been discovered. Whilst photos such as these have occasionally turned out to be hoaxes, this looks fairly legit, so let's take each in turn.

AC Milan fans reckon Silvio Berlusconi had his wicked way with the Queen

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Arsenal fans will not have found much to smile about at the San Siro last night, but they might have been able to raise a bit of a smirk for this banner (if their Italian was up to scratch). AC Milan supporters held up a banner suggesting that he "trumpeted" the Queen. Apparently, that's Italian [...

Nani and Danny Welbeck forget their passports for Amsterdam trips

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Footballers, eh? Not the brightest bunch we are sure you will agree. But you would have thought that after playing this season in the Champions League, Manchester United's players would be used to having the basics ready for an away trip in Europe – Pants, check. Louis Vuitton washbag, check. Dr Beats headphones, check.

Manchester United players go to great lengths to avoid the Europa League

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Manchester United's appetite for the Europa League was demonstrated when Nani and Danny Welbeck turned up to the airport without their passports yesterday. The pair had both left their identification at home and were left hanging around at the security area of Manchester Airport waiting for their passports to be delivered by a member of [.

Video: Kevin Prince Boateng channels Marco Van Basten with a great volleyed goal (AC Milan v Arsenal)

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Kevin Prince Boateng's volley to open the scoring for AC Milan and Arsenal in tonight's Champions League clash was so sweet that, not only did it beat the keeper, it was also too hot for the goal to handle. The hapless San Siro infrastructure could only spit out the stunning effort.


OTP Podcast: Episode 25 – Big Mick RIP

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Ep.25 Big Mick R.I.P. by Off The Post on Mixcloud While the rest of the world is still whipped up into a frenzy about all things Liverpool, the OTP Pod tip-toes around the big issues and asks some truly pertinent questions: how can we replace the controversy-causing handshakes at the start of Premier League matches?

Is Lee Clark’s sacking as Huddersfield manager officially the craziest ever?

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When OTP heard that Lee Clark had today been sacked as Huddersfield Town manager, our first thoughts were: "Hmmm, thought they were doing pretty well. We must have lost track of their recent results." But after double-checking our facts, the League One table and the Terriers' results, it turns out we were right.

Are Jose Mourinho text messages undermining Chelsea boss Andre Villas Boas?

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Yes, they are. That's according to Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa, Andre Villas Boas' former boss at the Portuguese club. He reckons that his old manager is struggling to impose his ideas at Stamford Bridge because senior members of the squad are still in regular contact with Jose Mourinho.

Rangers fans concerned as true identities of administrators Duff and Phelps are revealed

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Rangers fans have expressed their concern for the future of the club after mystery administrators Duff and Phelps were outed by OTP. At a press conference yesterday a bloke named as 'Paul Clark' read out a statement on behalf of the administrator. But we can now reveal that was just a front and the true [.

Ex-Man Utd keeper Roy Carroll makes good first impression at Olympiakos

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Carroll King Roy Carroll emerged from the footballing wilderness last night with a substitute appearance for Greek side Olympiakos in their Europa League match against Russia's Rubin Kazan. His first involvement? Saving a penalty. The former Manchester United keeper joined the club in the January transfer window after a €100,000 move from OFI Crete.

Meet Aston Villa’s exciting new attacking winger

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Aston Villa fans might not be convinced by the club's current transfer policy, but their new signing is a potent attacking threat, comfortable on either wing, who will make sure the team can get the ball down and play. Gee the harris hawk has been brought to Villa Park to scare off pesky magpies who [.

Classic Arsenal v AC Milan Champions League action: Cesc Fabregas scores (March 2008)

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Whatever your predictions for tonight's Champions League meeting between Arsenal and AC Milan, you can guarantee that Cesc Fabregas will not be on the scoresheet. Back in 2008, he was. And it wasn't a bad finish either. This strike came in the 84th minute of the second leg to break the deadlock, so everyone was [.

Rangers go into administration, Celtic pretty much wrap-up title

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Rangers have been officially placed in administation, incurring an automatic 10 point penalty which all but gives rivals Celtic the SPL title. London company Duff and Phelps were appointed as the Ibrox side's administrator and took over running of the club at 2.50pm this afternoon. The move comes after Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs failed [.

Fergie and Kenny Dalglish join the Wenger Woys

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It started out as a joyful collaboration between Arsene Wenger and Roy Hodgson. Then Andrey Arshavin joined on vocals. Now the Wenger Boys are getting mighty crowded. Kenny Dalglish will now be playing bongos and Sir Alex Ferguson is a Bez-type figure. Great work from RedCafe poster Olly.


Manchester United star Danny Welbeck reveals he ‘never looked back’ after Manchester City released him aged eight

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Danny Welbeck has revealed he could have been the local hero of the blue half of Manchester if City hadn't released him when he was eight-years-old. The young striker was on City's books as a six-year-old, but was shown the door from Maine Road in December 1998. That looks like a bad move now, but [.

The death curse of Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey gets its own video

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It's a bit of a running joke that the goalscoring exploits of Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey tend to cause world figures to meet their demise. The Wales skipper's goals tend to coincide with notable deaths. His strike against Sunderland at the weekend prompted Whitney Houston's passing the following day. His killing spree started in May 2011 [.

Video: Mexican coach orders his side to miss unsporting penalty

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Fair play While we were busy talking about a non-handshake at the weekend, Mexican football was able to celebrate a wonderful piece of sporting behaviour... eventually. The incident arises out of some distinctly unsporting behaviour as Estudiantes decided against giving the ball back to opponents Pachuca under 20s after an injury to an Estudiantes player.

Belgian linesman hit by piece of cardboard, performs Hollywood death stagger

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Showing match officials the card Match officials have obviously been spending too long watching players overreacting to injuries. Belgian assistant referee Frederick Geldhof was hit by a piece of cardboard during the match between Lierse and Zulte Waregem. While OTP is sure it was quite sore, the linesman's moveie death stagger is probably a bit [.

The Valentine’s Day XI

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A romantic gesture to you, OTP style. It's a team of Valentine's Day-themed players. 1. Joe Hart 2. Ryan Valentine 3. Gael Cliched Gift 4. Kern Cupid 5. Ron Flowers 6. Don Juan Mata 7. Danny Rose 8. Paul 'H. Samuel' Jewell-ery 9. John Hartson 10. Vagner Love 11. Nacho Casanova


Mick McCarthy sacked by Wolves #mccarthyforengland

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Wolves have confirmed they have sacked manager Mick McCarthy. A 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Black Country rivals West Brom proved to be the final nail in the under-fire boss' coffin. A statement on the Wolves website read: "Wolves have today announced that manager, Mick McCarthy, has left the Club with immediate effect.

Lookalikes: Fulham striker Pavel Pogrebnyak and Dolph Lundgren

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Fulham's new striker Pavel Pogrebnyak has already shown that he can box clever in the Premier League with a debut goal against Stoke. And that's presumably due to his remarkable likeness to Ivan Drago from Rocky IV. The big Russian is a dead ringer for Hollywood muscle man Dolph Lundgren.


Video: Young Aston Villa mascot does a ‘Suarez handshake’ to his Man City counterpart

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Who says footballers aren't role models? A young Manchester City mascot was left feeling like Patrice Evra yesterday after the Aston Villa mascot snubbed a handshake with him. The hilarious footage came from yesterday's match at Villa Park, hot on the heels of Luis Suarez's refusal to shake hands with Patrice Evra.

Liverpool finally work out how to nip a crisis in the bud (just a shame it had to take so long)

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Since we have been critical of Liverpool's handling of the Luis Suarez/Patrice Evra racism row (here, here and here), it makes sense to also point that they have eventually worked out the sort of response these situations require. The club, Kenny Dalglish and Luis Suarez all issued apologies for events at Old Trafford on Saturday, [.

Nivea for Men not fussed about appealing to the locals at Swansea City

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We're guessing Nivea for Men were targeting Match of the Day viewers with their pitchside advertising at the Liberty Stadium, rather than the thousands of Welsh people in attendance.


Top 10 conclusions Premier League weekend 11-12 February

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1. Luis Suarez was a bit of a muppet. Hopefully we can now safely conclude that without the ridiculous defence arguments that have been put forward by some Liverpool fans in recent weeks since he has now apologised for his actions. 2. Suarez wasn't the only one making a poor decision to pull his hand [.

Chelsea manager Andre Villas Boas isn’t losing the plot…

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... because any tactical decisions you might feel he's got wrong were actually made after careful consultation with his trusted assistant manager Mr Bunny.


Police seize Manchester United fanzine due to Suarez KKK mask

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The fallout from the Manchester United v Liverpool hate-fuelled game yesterday continues. It has been revealed that yesterday morning Police swooped to confiscate every copy of the Manchester United fanzine Red Issue, which contained a cut-out image of a Luis Suarez Klu Klux Klan mask. Greater Manchester Police stated that they carried out the action [.

Micah Richards closes down Twitter account after suffering racial abuse

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Football's season horribilis continues apace. On a day when all eyes were focussed on the horrible happenings at Old Trafford, There was more sad news in terms of racism, with Manchester City star announcing that he was closing his Twitter account due to receiving racist abuse from numerous morons. After recent incidents involving Shola Ameobi [.

Video: Sunderland’s James McClean scores after injured Per Mertesacker falls over

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Down like a sacker spuds Sunderland forward James McClean scored a cheeky opener against Arsenal after defender Per Mertesacker generously fell over. The German defender left the field on a stretcher after the incident. That prompted Soccer Saturday pundit Robbie Fowler who had taken to calling the Arsenal man "Metzelder" to say: "I [.

Video: Sir Alex Ferguson says Luis Suarez is a ‘disgrace’ and should never play for Liverpool again

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Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson didn't mince his words over Luis Suarez's refusal to shake hands with Patrice Evra. The Scot said that Suarez should never play for the Liverpool again. "Suarez is a disgrace to Liverpool Football Club," said Ferguson. "He should not be allowed to play for Liverpool again.

Video: Rio Ferdinand’s outstanding faceplant (Manchester United v Liverpool)

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Rio eats grass After the handshake controversy, Manchester United captain Patrice Evra made it his ambition to plant one on Luis Suarez within the first minute of this afternoon's match. But he missed and it was team-mate Rio Ferdinand who felt the brunt of his challenge instead, leading to this spectacular faceplant.

Video: Luis Suarez blasts the ball into the crowd (Manchester United v Liverpool)

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was cutting an increasingly frustrated figure during the first-half of his side's match against Manchester United this lunchtime. After his refusal to shake Evra's hand before kick-off, Suarez was jeered throughout the first-half. He then showed his frustration very publicly when he felt he should have had a free-kick when through [.

Manchester United highlight potential new transfer target

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Sir Alex Ferguson had identified a weakness in his team. Could this be the man to solve the problem?


Video: Luis Suarez refuses Patrice Evra handshake (Manchester United v Liverpool)

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Any hope of the Manchester United v Liverpool match passing without the racism row blowing up again disappeared during the pre-match formalities when Luis Suarez refused to shake hands with Patrice Evra. Evra held his hand out for Suarez and, having been snubbed, grabbed at the Uruguayan in an attempt to enforce a handshake.

Defensive howler hands Manchester United reserves a goal against Manchester City

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Manchester United reserves couldn't manage victory against Manchester City's 'elite development squad' despite this generous gift from their neighbours. City goalkeeper Eirik Johansen found himself in a nasty tangle with defender Reece Wabara, presenting United's Jesse Lingard with the simplest of finishes.

‘Do Are Ya? Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho chops his hair off

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New Mou 'Do It's not quite as severe as the last time he shaved his head, but Jose Mourinho has opted for another closely cropped hairdo. We're mainly posting this as a public service as a lot of Google traffic is finding an old Mourinho 'Do Are Ya? post as they frantically search to see [...]


Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing puts in extra training sessions at home ahead of Manchester United game

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Pint-sized midfielder Jay Spearing is aiming to be in peak condition for the big match tomorrow. So much so that he's installed a home gym of sorts. Via @FeintZebra


Top five managers who are not interested in the England job

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After spending yesterday not thinking about the England job, Harry Redknapp has now given it some thought and decided that he is "flattered". Meanwhile, the rest of English football's great and not-so-great have been falling over themselves to declare that they have no interest in the vacancy. 1. Arsene Wenger "I have never really been [.

Top 10 things Harry Redknapp IS thinking about

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As we all know, Harry Redknapp has not even thought about becoming England manager. Given that the possibility of him doing just that is on all major news bulletins, OTP wondered what exactly he is thinking about. 1. Business investments 'Arry's still not got round to investing that money that Milan Mandaric gave him to [.

Bet’s be ‘avin you: Football betting tips for the 11-12 February

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Ok, ok it's not going that well, although we did receive £10 back on our £30 stake last week after the lower league football programme was decimated by the snow. Still, with QPR refusing to do the business at home to Wolves all was lost. This weekend will hopefully see far more football on, and [..

Sunderland pair Nicklas Bendtner and Lee Cattermole charged over car damage

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Nicklas Bendtner and Lee Cattermole have both been charged with five counts of criminal damage in relation to an incident involving cars parked in Newcastle city centre. Midfielder Cattermole, aged 24, and 23-year-old Danish striker Bendtner were both arrested following an incident in Stowell Street on 6 December.

Video: Samsunspor team bus gets hit by a train!

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Lucky escape This is absolutely crazy. Thankfully for the players of Turkish side Samsunspor, as train collisions go this is very much at the low speed end of the scale. It must have been pretty terrifying nonetheless. CCTV cameras show the team's coach waiting at traffic lights on a roundabout. When they set off, their [.

The world is watching. Huge weekend for…

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Luis Suarez And so the villain enters stage left. After nine games out, Luis Suarez returned for twenty minutes on Monday, but it will be his second game that will raise the intrigue this Premier League weekend. Suarez announced this week that Manchester United fans booing him would simply make him play better, but one [.

Watch the FA press conference on Fabio Capello live NOW

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The main points from the FA: Stuart Peace WILL manage England for the forthcoming Holland friendly. Euro 2012 is important but there is a longer term strategy. It cannot be the sole responsibility of the manager to achieve success The process to appoint a new manager will not be rushed. The FA will be interested [.

Meet the youngest international manager in the world

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Watson for England By the age of 25, it's normally time to settle down in a job, accept that Phil Collins does indeed have a few catchy numbers and limber up for a begrudging jog towards reproduction and sensible haircuts. Certainly, the fantasy of becoming a respected figure on the global footballing stage is over.

New FA HQ prompts rumours they already have a next England manager lined up

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GIF It: Chelsea / Swansea midfielder Josh McEachran’s literary self-flagellation

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Have you been wondering what it takes to make it to the top-flight? Here's your answer: beat yourself with a book several times a day. Chelsea players opt for books from the Horrible Histories series, but a Harry Potter could work just as well for you. Spotted on Dirty Tackle


20 questions raised from the Capello / Terry mess

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1. If Terry had his armband removed on a principle of guilty until proved innocent, how come Harry's name wasn't out of the equation when he was charged? 2. Why did the FA not consult Capello before removing the captaincy from John Terry? 3. If Fabio was not shamed of his opinion, why did he [...]


Big fat Adriano being kept under house arrest in hotel

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World's worst room service Corinthians are keeping their biggest star (literally) under house arrest in a bid to halt the seemingly unstoppable expansion of his waistline. Former Inter Milan star Adriano is being kept under lock and key at a hotel after the club decided to show tough love to their striker to help his [.

England players’ Twitter reactions to Fabio Capello’s resignation

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Some of England's top players have been responding on Twitter to Fabio Capello quitting as manager of the national team. Even in the handful of responses from the squad, it is apparent that Harry Redknapp is the overwhelming favourite to take over. Gutted capello has quit. Good guy and top coach. Got to be english [.

Pitch invader accidentally performs brutal tackle from behind on Justin Hoyte (Middlesbrough v Sunderland)

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Hoyte-y toity The undoubted highlight of Sunderland's extra-time FA Cup victory over local rivals Middlesbrough last night was this bizarre slide tackle on Boro defender Justin Hoyte from a pitch invader. A couple of morons ran onto the pitch. One of them lost his footing behind Hoyte and ended up sliding through the back of [.

England Euro 2012 team (probable)

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OTP gazes into its crystal ball to see who might take to the pitch to face France on June 11. 1. Shaka Hislop [Bloody Trinidad and Tobago] David James 2. Pascal Chimbonda [Passport TBC - but he's already played for two international teams so shouldn't be a problem] 3. Julian Dicks 4. Izzy Iriekpen 5.

Fabio Capello quits as England manager

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Fabio Capello will not lead England to this summer's European Championship after resigning from his post as manager. The Italian's resignation comes following crunch talks with the FA over his outspoken criticism of the decision to strip John Terry of the England captaincy before his trial for allegedly racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.

The post trial reaction Harry Redknapp should have delivered

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Alas, Tottenham manager didn't step out onto the steps of Southwark Crown Court and deliver this speech.


OTP Podcast: Episode 24 – Chelsea Choke

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Ep.24 Chelsea Choke by Off The Post on Mixcloud The transfer window may have slammed shut last week, but someone left the OTP cage door open and we're back to wreak more Premier League based audio havoc. So strap in as we ride the goals rollercoaster at Stamford Bridge whilst also taking in the delights [.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp cleared of tax evasion

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Spurs boss Harry Redknapp and his co-defendant Milan Mandaric have been cleared of tax evasion. The jury at Southwark Crown Court found that Redknapp had not deliberately avoiding tax on payments made to him by his then Portsmouth chairman Mandaric.


‘Do Are Ya? Double red card over Afro-pulling (Lierse v Standard Liege)

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Afro aggro A match in the Belgian league descended into a bit of a girly catfight, complete with hair pulling, last pulling. Lierse and Standard each had a player sent-off, despite red-carded Standard defender Felipe being the victim of the hair attack. Boban Grncarov Lierse's Macedonian defender conceded a free-kick in the Liege [.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson goes all gangsta on us

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Peace out, Ferg With racism in football very much in the spotlight at the moment, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is preaching for peace on the streets... and he's doing gangsta poses with Falkirk striker Farid El Alagui to emphasise his point. The result is possibly the greatest photograph of all time.

Footballmates.com puts you in touch with your old team-mates

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If you've had more clubs than Marcus Bent, or if you've just fallen out of touch with your old team-mates, a new website is aiming to put you back in touch with those lucky enough to have been on the receiving end of your exquisite range of passing over the years. Footballmates.com connects you with [.

Luis Suarez judo kicks Scott Parker (Liverpool 0-0 Spurs)

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Luis Suarez made his Liverpool comeback last night following his eight-match ban during last night's 0-0 draw with Tottenham. You can imagine that the Uruguayan's final instructions before coming on as a substitute probably didn't go: "Barge over the guy with the Afro and then kick someone in the stomach.

Luis Suarez judo kicks Scott Parker (Liverpool 0-0 Spurs)

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Luis Suarez made his Liverpool comeback last night following his eight-match ban during last night's 0-0 draw with Tottenham. You can imagine that the Uruguayan's final instructions before coming on as a substitute probably didn't go: "Barge over the guy with the Afro and then kick someone in the stomach.

Worst 5 Joey Barton tweets

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I would hope that it wouldn't surprise any of our readership that I am not a Joey Barton fan. His mock-philosophical guff makes me feel like vomiting, and the assumption that his opinions have more validity than the rest of us just because he used to be violent and has now apparently reformed makes my [.

GIF It: The Liverpool Cat in full

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Last night we brought you one of the first pictures of the Liverpool cat, which invaded the pitch during last night's Liverpool v Spurs match. Now here is a GIF of the full incident. Note how Brad Friedel half-stalks the feline intruder before realising that this could prove to be the defining moment of his [.

A Liverpool Cat inspired feline XI

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A cat-themed team to celebrate last night's pitch invader at Anfield 1. Pussy Whiskerlainen 2. Kevin Muscat 3. Anton Furdinand 4. Claws Lundekvam 5. Darren Purrse 6. Lee Cattermole 7. Dirk Cat 8. Marouane Felinei 9. Dave Kitten 10. Tabby Agbonlahor 11. Ryo Miaowchi Manager: Kenny Dogleash (a cat's best friend)


Random 1990s Footballer Tuesday: #20 Bruce Dyer

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Name: Bruce Dyer In his 1990s prime for: Crystal Palace Lowdown: After beginning his career with Watford in 1993, Dyer was sold to Crystal Palace after less than one season with the club, moving for £1.1million, the record transfer fee for an English teenager at the time and England's first £1million teenager.

Cat on the pitch (Liverpool v Tottenham)

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There was an usual pitch invader at Anfield this evening when the Liverpool v Spurs match fell victim to a feline hooligan!


The many outfits of Chris Kamara

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Kammy's costume change Soccer Saturday reporter Chris Kamara took advantage of the array of winter wear on display at QPR's match against Wolves at the weekend by wearing a different outfit each time presenter Jeff Stelling checked in with him. Explaining his prank, Kammy said: "I jokingly heard him tell one reporter wearing a hat [.

Mark Hughes’ defence for Djibril Cisse’s red card (QPR 1-2 Wolves)

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Hughes refuses to Mark Cisse's card QPR boss Mark Hughes defended new signing Djibril Cisse after his sending off against Wolves. The Frenchman was dismissed for putting his hands around the throat of Wolves centre-back Roger Johnson after the defender went through the back of him. Hughes said the response was understandable given Cisse's two [.

Mark Hughes’ defence for Djibril Cisse’s red card (QPR 1-2 Wolves)

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Hughes refuses to Mark Cisse's card QPR boss Mark Hughes defended new signing Djibril Cisse after his sending off against Wolves. The Frenchman was dismissed for putting his hands around the throat of Wolves centre-back Roger Johnson after the defender went through the back of him. Hughes said the response was understandable given Cisse's two [.

Chelsea spell their name wrong in pitchside advertising hoardings!

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Super Chelse Misfiring striker Fernando Torres is not the only person at Chelsea who isn't doing his job properly at the moment. Somebody managed to spell the club's name incorrectly in an electronic advert. The ad, which was displayed during yesterday's 3-3 draw with Manchester United, invited people to visit chelsefc.

John Terry launches ‘hug a black person’ campaign (Chelsea 3-3 Manchester United)

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Captain Cuddles John Terry must have thought yesterday was going to be a dream afternoon for him. Three points against Manchester United, plus the perfect opportunity to put his new PR campaign into action. An unsuspecting Ramires was the bemused recipient of the former England captain's affection as JT addressed his race relations isses with [.

Top 10 conclusions Premier League weekend 4-5 February

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1. OTP proposes that to avoid the controversy and time delays of getting a couple of penalties every week, Manchester United should start all matches with a two-goal headstart. 2. Feed the Ox and he will score. 3. Aston Villa will be looking at the fixture list this morning and hoping that they having got [.

Video: Mario Balotelli performs a magic trick during Manchester City v Fulham

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Is there no end to his talents? While his team-mates were freezing their Ball-otellis off during a 3-0 win against Fulham, Manchester City star Mario Balotelli was performing as a magician in an executive box at the Emirates. The enigmatic Italian entertained his fellow diners by making a can of Coke disappear.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis emails photo of Robert Huth’s sending off against Sunderland to Match of the Day

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Tony Pulis' Technical Area Tony Pulis was so unhappy with Robert Huth's red card against Sunderland that he emailed Match of the Day attaching a photo showing that the big defender's boots didn't make contact with David Meyler. Quite why the Potters boss thought MOTD would be lacking camera angles of the incident is unclear, [.

Nottingham Forest owner Nigel Doughty found dead

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Forgive me for any emotion, but I love Nottingham Forest. And Nigel Doughty saved my club. After buying the club for £11 million in 1999 after the club had entered administration, Doughty ploughed £100 million of his own money into the club, allowing Forest to mount a series of playoff campaigns in an effort to [.

Sandro shows off his karate moves

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Danny Rose may not have achieved an awful lot in his Spurs career since his left-footed wonder volley in the North London derby. But now he must be thanked for bringing the video above to our attention. Letting us into the sanctity of the Spurs dressing room, Rose filmed fellow midfielder Sandro performing some impressive [.

Free £50 bet (and some tips on how to invest it)

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Click Here to Get a Free £50 Bet for All New Paddy Power Customers Chelsea v Man United On the face of it, Chelsea reaching for Bolton's best defender to help shore up their own leaky backline looks a bit odd. It'd be like the Belgians asking France to protect them from a German invasion [...]


Bet’s be ‘avin you: Football betting tips for the 4-5 February

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People talk about the magic of the FA Cup, but don't tell that to me or Hull fans who staked emotion or cold, hard cash on their team winning last Saturday. I knew I shouldn't have trusted Matt ‘Tubbsy' Tubbs after he snuck an equaliser for Salisbury City against Forest a few years back. Still, [..

John Terry stripped of the England captaincy (again)

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It's like deja vu, all over again John Terry was ditched as England captain this morning. 'Sources close to the Chelsea captain' said he was stripped of the armband metaphorically, alas at 10am during a phone call from FA chairman David Bernstein. The decision was made because Terry is due to stand trial [.

The world is watching. A huge weekend for…

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A weekend for remembrance The Premier League and Football League are enthralling, wonderful spectacles, but sometimes a greater force overtakes our love for all things football. On Wednesday afternoon, 80 people went to a football match in Egypt to support their team. They could never know that they would never come home.

The world is watching. A huge weekend for…

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A weekend for remembrance The Premier League and Football League are enthralling, wonderful spectacles, but sometimes a greater force overtakes our love for all things football. On Wednesday afternoon, 80 people went to a football match in Egypt to support their team. They could never know that they would never come home.

Video: Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp has still got it

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Trademark volley from the non-flying Dutchman Bergkamp still got it by soccermr Ajax's coaching team like to roll back the years from time to time. Take this video, for instance. Frank De Boer play a lovely Hollywood pass, Dennis Bergkamp gets on the end of it and works his magic by firing in a glorious [.

Video: Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp has still got it

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Trademark volley from the non-flying Dutchman Bergkamp still got it by soccermr Ajax's coaching team like to roll back the years from time to time. Take this video, for instance. Frank De Boer play a lovely Hollywood pass, Dennis Bergkamp gets on the end of it and works his magic by firing in a glorious [.

Video: Inter Milan’s John Obi takes an impromptu ice bath during the match

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Snow joke Much of Europe is currently covered in snow, which is creating the usual blend of havoc and child-like entertainment. Inter Milan player John Obi experienced a bit of both when he went over a pitchside advertising hoarding during his side's match against Palermo and landed straight in a big pile of snow that [.

Glentoran’s Leon Knight receives three-match ban over Twitter comments

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Tweet ban The Irish FA has handed a three-game ban to ex-Chelsea striker Leon Knight for comments he posted on Twitter. Knight's often outspoken use of the social networking site has raised eyebrows in the past. In fact, nobody is quite sure which comments in particular have landed the Glentoran man in trouble.

Arsenal fans plan bizarre bin-bag protest

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What a load of rubbish! Arsenal supporters are planning to put black bin-bags over empty seats during Saturday's match against Blackburn to highlight dwindling attendances at the Emirates. One point from their last four games has seen the Gunners drop to seventh in the table. A protest group is now aiming to draw attention to [.

Video: Djibril Cisse scores a goal on his Premier League return (QPR 2-2 Aston Villa)

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Aston Villa vs Queens Park Rangers 0-1 by motifoot Djibril Cisse made an instinct impact for new club QPR as he found the net just a day after joining the club. The France international scored just 11mins into his debut, maintaining his record of grabbing a goal on his outing for every Premier League team [.

Lookalikes: Darren Bent pretends to be Pele, missing a digit

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Premier League centurion Darren Bent has mimicked Pele to celebrate bagging his 100th top-flight goal. Alas, the Aston Villa striker is a nought short.


Video: Horrific scenes from the Egyptian football riots (Al Masry v Al Ahly)

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No doubt you've already seen the horrendous footage of Al Masry fans storming the pitch to attack Al Ahly players and supporters. In case you haven't, it's in the video above. Absolute carnage broke out when Al Masry secured a 3-1 victory over their fierce rivals. The home fans many of them armed [.

Video: Carlos Puyol shows how they make centre-backs, Barcelona style

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Attack is the best form of defence Barcelona skipper Carlos Puyol got momentarily confused during last night's match against Valencia and thought he was his FIFA 12 alter ego being controlled by a fearless seven-year-old. The veteran stormed out of defence and threw two outrageous roulettes to beat two defenders!

Jay Rodriguez’s horror penalty FAIL

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Oh God Jay Rod It isn't much fun being a Nottingham Forest fan at the moment, this much I can vouch for. Second bottom of the Championship despite being tipped for promotion during preseason, fans have not seen the club score at home since November, and third manager of the season Steve Cotterill looks seemingly [.

Candidates to be next Leeds manager are a retro 1990s dream

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Being forced to sell his captain during the January and consequently losing matches heavily did for Simon Grayson. While OTP feels slightly sorry for the recently sacked Grayson, we won't be dwelling on his departure for too long because there are some exciting prospects in contention to be the new boss at Elland [.

OTP Podcast: Episode 23 – Deadline Daze

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Ep.23 Deadline Daze by Off The Post on Mixcloud The Pod lived the ultimate football punditry dream last night – recording whilst all the frenetic bedlam of Deadline Day played out. With producer Stu alerting us of live developments throughout, the Pod's narrative zig-zagged back and forth like Bellamy's rubber band dance in the FA [.

‘Do Are Ya? Benoit Assou Ekotto’s afro is back!

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By far the best arrival of Transfer Deadline Day was Benoit Assou Ekotto's crazy afro. The Tottenham left-back has ditched his cornrows to rejuvenate his Jackson Five look, and we can only applaud. Excellent work, Benoit.


Top five twin team-mates in English football

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After Blackburn got their very own Olsson twins yesterday, we look at the best of twin team-mates to grace English football. 1. Rafael and Fabio Da Silva Arguably English football's top-achieving twins to date, in tag team terms. Unlike some sets of footballing twins, the talent seems to be fairly equal between the pair.

Top 10 conclusions Premier League matches 31 January

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1. There's not too many Manchester United fans moaning this morning that Darron Gibson is a one-trick pony who only hits piledrivers from the edge of the box. 2. Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart didn't realise that having a man on the post was an occupational hazard rather than a tactical decision at Goodison Park.

Top 10 Transfer Deadline Day conclusions

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1. No, Roberto Mancini, you completely misheard Arsene Wenger. He said a pizza row would help you finish ahead of Manchester United, not Pizarro. 2. Chelsea's deal to send Belgian manboy Kevin De Bruyen back to Genk on-loan includes a break clause that says if the 20-year-old hasn't hit puberty by June then the deal [.

Swansea beware: Curtis Obeng is coming to show you his pants and eat your burgers

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Curt it out Swansea City captured former Manchester City youngster Curtis Obeng from non-league Wrexham yesterday. Brendan Rodgers' first task is to put all the local branches of McDonalds on red alert to make sure his new signing doesn't ruin his nutritional programme with a two-at-a-time burger fix.