Off the Post Archives for January 2012

GIF It: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger pretends he’s a helicopter during Chelsea match

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Olivier Giroud's late spurned opportunity against Chelsea forced Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to pretend he was a helicopter landing on the Emirates touchline. Via 101GG


Bet’s be ‘avin you: Football betting tips for the 29-30 September

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£40 placed last week, and only £39 back thanks to Ibrahimovic scoring in a PSG win, which I rightly called as bet of the weekend at 8/5. Still, a profit of -£1 is not exactly what the doctor ordered. First bet this weekend is on the draw between Reading and Newcastle. Reading sit bottom of [...]


It’s a huge weekend for…Arsenal, Brendan Rodgers, Tony Pulis and Mark Hughes

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Arsenal A start to the season more positive than Arsenal fans could have hoped for, but last week's point against Manchester City was perhaps the most impressive, given Arsenal's recent record against the big four in the Premier League. Olivier Giroud is off the mark, Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski have settled instantly, and Abou [.

Jose Mourinho: ‘John Terry is not a racist… he probably just makes racist comments’

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Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has spoken out in defence of his ex-skipper John Terry, saying he is not racist. But the Special One acknowledges that Terry "probably" had a racist attitude during a game. Terry has been banned for four matches by the FA over his alleged racist comments towards QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas’ hilarious response to Hugo Lloris ‘frustration’ question

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Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas tied a journalist up in knots during a press conference after he was asked if he understood Hugo Lloris' frustration over not being in the team. AVB soon turned the tables by asking a few questions of his own. The journo was left backpedaling furiously and claiming to have asked [.

Swansea’s Ki Sung-Yeung performs Korean ballad as initiation song

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New Swansea City signing Ki Sung-Yeung was forced to sing an initiation song to ingratiate himself to his new team mates. There really isn't much to say other than that it's a sensual, loving, haunting number. Sung into a spoon. Deary me.


QPR players chanted down the phone to Stoke’s Jon Walters after he kept them up last season

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QPR's squad celebrated avoiding relegation from the Premier League last season by putting in a jubilant phone call to Stoke City striker Jon Walters. Mark Hughes' side stayed up despite their last day defeat to champions Manchester City because fellow strugglers Bolton Wanderers failed to better their result at Stoke.

Croatian side Vojakovac Viktorija appoint 24-year-old former Miss Croatia Sport as new manager

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Croatian fifth division outfit Vojakovac Viktorija have appointed a woman as their new manager. Aged 24, Tihana Nemcic is also pretty young to be a football manager. But the former Miss Croatia Sport winner has now taken up the post. And she maintains that her appointment is not a mere stunt. She said: "If a [.

Paris installs slightly homoerotic statue of Zinedine Zidane headbutting Marco Materazzi

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Statues are usually commissioned to celebrate the high-points of a successful career, not the low-points. But Paris has installed a sculpture commemorating Zinedine Zidane's World Cup final red card. The statue shows the precise moment he headbutted Italy defender Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final.

Manchester United’s Ryan Tunnicliffe wins his dad £10,000

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When Ryan Tunnicliffe made his Manchester United debut by coming on as a 76th-minute substitute in his side's 2-1 Capital One Cup victory over Newcastle, you would have been forgiven for thinking that the sheer pride of playing at Old Trafford would be enough. But there was an added bonus of his debut: he won [.

Video: Barcelona star Lionel Messi turns inadvertent car thief

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We've all strode confidently out into a supermarket car park only to find the car we're heading towards (or worse, standing next to wondering why the doors won't open) is not ours. This is the footballer equivalent of that. Lionel Messi has the same top-of-the-range car as team-mate Thiago Alcantara.

Video: Borussia Dortmund show off their ‘footbonaut’ training facility

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Footbonaut appears to be Borussia Dortmund's answer to gameshow The Cube. Receiving and passing the ball might appear to be easy, but nothing's easy in... the footbonaut. The German champions' new training facility is a four-sided ball feeding machine. The 14ft square complex has 64 targets at which players must aim.

Miroslav Klose scores handball goal for Lazio, tells referee to disallow it

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Thierry Henry take note, this is how you do fair play. In the third minute of Lazio's trip to Napoli last night, Lazio were given a goal after German striker Miroslav Klose netted from close range from a corner. Napoli's players immediately remonstrated that the goal should not have scored because Kloe had handled the [.

Chelsea captain John Terry handed four-match ban and fine

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John Terry has been banned for four matches and fined £220,000. An FA hearing found the Chelsea skipper guilty of misconduct following his altercation with QPR defender Anton Ferdinand in a match in October 2011. The 31-year-old was cleared in court of racially abusing Ferdinand. Terry has 14 days to appeal against the decision, so [.

When watching football on TV is not enough…

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Which team is the best in the world? Who's the best player? They're questions we've all attempted to answer at the pub. And the suits at FIFA have tried to provide a more sober answer by creating various statistic bodies that work meticulously to create numerous football rankings systems. But despite their sophisticated mathematical algorithms, [.

Things you thought you’d never see again: Gareth Barry scoring for Aston Villa

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Like most people, OTP assumed that Gareth Barry's days of scoring goals for Aston Villa were over. The ex-Villans skipper-turned-Judas has been a hate figure at Villa Park since leaving the club to join Manchester City. But he couldn't resist rolling back the years during last night's Capital One Cup clash between the two sides.

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini says other managers should ‘shut up’

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Roberto Mancini has advised fellow Premier League managers to "shut up" after a touchline squabble with Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert. The pair clashed over a tackle on City's Gareth Barry by Villa youngster Joe Bennett. The prompted Mancini to observe: "There are some managers it is better to shut up.

Dinamo Zagreb’s Domagoj Vida fined £80,000 for opening beer can en route to match

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Dinamo Zagreb have handed defender Domagoj Vida a €100,000 (£80,000) fine after he opened a can of beer on the team bus on the way to a game. The squad were leaving Zagreb on Monday evening ahead of a cup game against lower-league side NK Vrsar on Tuesday when Vida decided a few bevvies would [...

Liverpool John Lennon Airport sign falls prey to some witty football banter

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An Evertonian armed with a sense of humour, a marker pen and a two-hour delay has taken the opportunity to mock Liverpool's current Premier League plight before jetting off to sunnier climes. The tagline of the city's Liverpool John Lennon Airport is: "Above us only sky." But it now comes with the additional comment: "Below [.

Brazilian Ronaldo takes to the TV to slim down

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Now I love Ronaldo. He was my footballing hero growing up, and possibly the greatest striker of my lifetime (I'm 27). But even with that in mind, it has to be remarked that the Brazilian hero has let himself go. In fact, given that he was fairly rotund whilst playing international and top-level domestic football, [.

GIF It: Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker’s 360-degree knee-slide celebration

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When your legs are as long as Per Mertesacker's even very basic activities can become tricky. The giant German tried to follow in the tracks of his Arsenal team-mates led by goalscorer Laurent Koscielny by sliding on his knees to celebrate their equaliser against Manchester City. But for Mertesacker, a knee-slide is a [.

Should Manchester United’s Jonny Evans have been sent-off for two-footed lunge on Liverpool’s Jonjo Shelvey?

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In the fallout from yesterday's match between Liverpool and Manchester United, some Kopites are pondering who exactly was lunging in with two feet off the ground in the incident that saw midfielder Jonjo Shelvey sent-off. While Shelvey's dive and scissor movement was deemed to be reckless, this conveniently paused freeze-frame shows that Manchester United defender [.

Top 10 conclusions Premier League weekend 22-23 September

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Shelvey increpa a Ferguson al entrar al túnel de... by rrmisas 1. After all the pre-match diplomatic work to ensure Manchester United didn't burst into their 'Always the victims, it's never your fault' chant, perhaps Jonjo Shelvey shouldn't have followed his two-footed lunge by pointing at Sir Alex Ferguson and saying: "That's your fault!

Emile Heskey Signs for Newcastle… Jets

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Former England striker Emile Heskey has been unveiled as the marquee signing of Newcastle Jets in Australia's A-League this season. The former Leicester City, Liverpool, Birmingham, Wigan and Aston Villa whipping boy is expected to be available for the season opener on October 7. Under the marquee system, each A-League club is allowed one player [.

Video: Manchester City defender Gael Clichy upset at being blanked by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

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It's difficult to know what sort of a reaction Gael Clichy was expecting from former manager Arsene Wenger ahead of Sunday's clash between Manchester City and Arsenal. He must know that Wenger is the grudge-bearing type and that the constant stream of players agitated to quit the Emirates for City or Barcelona is the source [.

Video: Brazilian physio runs onto the pitch to make last-ditch tackle

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Brazilian lower league outfit Ponta Pora recorded a 1-0 win over opponents Coxim last Sunday, but the victory was marred ever so slightly by the incident shown in the video above. In the final minute of the game, Coxim broke into the Ponta Pora penalty area. With the Coxim player one-on-one with the keeper and [.

Video: Arsenal rebel Theo Walcott fails to see the irony

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Arsenal winger (*ahem*) Theo Walcott is renowned for being one of the Premier League's more intelligent players. But he must have been busy at the Southampton academy on the day his English class covered irony. The England international has been accused of stalling over a new deal at the Emirates Stadium over his pay demands.

Random 1990s Footballer Tuesday: #39 Orlando Trustfull

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Name: Orlando Trustfull In his 90s prime for: Sheffield Wednesday Lowdown: Started his youth career at Ajax, where he was part of the famous academy set-up for five years before being allowed to leave to join HFC Haarlem, where he began his professional career. After just fourteen games he was snapped up by Dordrecht, where [.

“F**k me! I’m f**ked!” – Referee Mike Dean feels the pace of Manchester City v Arsenal

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If anybody had needed confirmation that the opening 20 minutes of Manchester City vs Arsenal had been played at a decent pace, it was provided by referee Mike Dean. As TV cameras focused on Lukas Podolski, Dean could be seen in the background, spitting, pulling silly faces and appearing to proclaim: "F**k me!

Ex-Wolves and Sunderland boss Mick McCarthy speaks out on energy drink spoiled brats

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Mick McCarthy has revealed that the pampered nature of modern footballer rears its head in the form of tantrums over energy drinks. The former Wolves, Sunderland and Republic of Ireland manager told the story as an example of how prima dona Premier League stars get unsettled by the smallest things. He told Radio Five presenter [.

Ref Lee Probert gets caught in a 50/50 tackle between Steve Sidwell and Ben Watson (Fulham v Wigan)

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Фаулираха съдията на мача Уигън Фулъм by FootballKing2192 Fulham v Wigan didn't look like a tough match to referee on paper, but it's one that Lee Probert will still be feeling tomorrow morning. The hapless match official got himself caught as the meat in a footballer sandwich.

Video: Lyon’s Bafetimbi Gomis celebrates Europa League goal with a dummy

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ليون 2 : 1 سبارتا براغ by kooralive There was no shortage of clubs naming some very young players in the starting line-ups for last night's round of Europa League games, but Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis took it too far. The France international whipped a baby's dummy as in a dummy that would ordinarily [.

Bet’s be ‘avin you: Football betting tips for the 22-23 September

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First bets this week look at the two biggest games in the Premier League, both taking place on Sunday, with Liverpool hosting Manchester United and unbeaten Arsenal travelling to unbeaten Manchester City. You should be aware that Paddy Power are offering refunds on selected markets on both games if they are drawn, and first goalscorer [.

Tottenham boss Andre Villas Boas angling for job as Michel Platini’s underling if Spurs doesn’t work out

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Spurs manager Andre Villas Boas knows only too well that a Premier League manager could easily find themselves out of work before the end of the season. We presume that's why he used his post-match press conference after Spurs' 0-0 draw with Lazio to suck-up to Uefa boss Michel Platini. AVB launched his manifesto for [.

Love-struck Lukas Podolski wants an Arsenal tattoo after just five dates

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Lukas Podolski has only just ended his on-off 17-year relationship with FC Cologne and he's already plotting a tattoo in honour of his new flame. But the Germany international isn't going to rush any decision to mark his affection for new club Arsenal in ink. Asked whether a Gunners' tattoo to match his Cologne one [.

It’s a huge weekend for…Roberto Mancini, football decency, Southampton and Nigel Pearson

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Roberto Mancini Winning the Premier League is no mean feat, but Roberto Mancini won a lot of league titles at Inter Milan. He lost his job, however, because the club felt that he had taken them as far as possible. No-one is saying that Mancini is in trouble yet, but his performances as manager in [..

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup supports paying rival teams to win games

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Michael Laudrup says he has no problem with clubs offering financial incentives for rivals clubs to win games. The Swansea manager was asked about the current Italian match-fixing scandals because of his experience of playing in Serie A. But instead of straight-batting the questions, he strangely decided to open a debate on what constitutes match-fixing.

Ex-Juventus star Mauro Camoranesi fined £40,000 for 1994 horror tackle

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Former Italy international Mauro Camoranesi has been hit with a £40,000 fine for a foul he committed 18 years ago. The World Cup winner has been ordered to pay the fine plus interest in compensation and damages by a court in his native Argentina. The case relates to a tackle Camoranesi, then of Aldosivi, made [.

One-legged footballer Nico Calabria scores a sweet volley

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One-legged striker Nico Calabria helped himself to this incredible volley during Concord-Carlisle's 9-0 win against Newton South. Calabria, who was born without a right leg, takes to the pitch for his side with the aid of crutches. But that didn't stop him producing this stunning goal. Via 101GG


Lyon’s Mouhamadou Dabo suffers worrying seizure

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With the terrible incident regarding Fabrice Muamba still fresh in the mind, such was the seriousness of the situation, there was understandably significant concern when Lyon's Mouhamadou Dabo collapsed on the pitch during Thursday's 2-1 home victory over Sparta Prague. The injury occurred when the player went up for a header.

GIF It: Liverpool’s Andre Wisdom gets outfoxed by the multi-ball system

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Liverpool youngster Andre Wisdom scored a great goal to mark his debut for the club against Young Boys tonight. But he didn't always cover himself in such glory. The right-back got caught out playing a one-man skills session on the touchline. Collecting the ball for what he presumably thought was his throw, Wisdom accidentally did [.

GIF It: Liverpool benefit from comedy own goal against Young Boys Bern

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Liverpool took an early lead in their Europa League match against Young Boys thanks to a wonderful header from fan favourite Own Goal. He's arguably their most potent attacking threat after Luis Suarez! Juhani Ojala was the fall guy who found himself on the scoresheet after a team-mate, under no pressure whatsoever, decided to head [.

Hard Tackle: Zlatan Ibrahimovic appreciates his own goal

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We all know that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has a very high opinion of himself, but there was evidence on Tuesday night that he had taken this a little to far. After scoring the opening goal in PSG's 4-1 home win in the Champions League, Zlatan celebrated by looking mean, moody and horny. He made it obvious [.

Top five conclusions: Chelsea 2-2 Juventus

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1. Roberto Di Matteo's new Brazilian terrified the Old Lady. It was some full debut for Oscar as he fired Chelsea into a 2-0 lead with two long-range efforts. 2.The Union of Backroom Staff Unexpectedly Flung Into Champions League Management is a very close-knit group. 3. John Terry will know for next time that you [.

Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele is fuelled by green pancakes

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The secret of Mousa Dembele's rise to become one of the Premier League's top players is out of the bag: green spinach pancakes. The Tottenham star took to Twitter to post a photo of his not-exactly-mouthwatering snack, rustled up by his mum. The green pancakes are made with spinach and then cooked in olive oil.

Video: Tommy Smith’s hilarious belly-flop own goal (Wolves 2-0 Ipswich)

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Second-bottom Championship side Ipswich are having enough trouble keeping opposition strikers at bay right now without their own defenders getting in on the act. Centre-back Tommy Smith weighed in with a comedy own goal during last night's 2-0 defeat to Wolves. We think and it's only a theory that he might be intending [.

Video: The Asian Champions League – where on-pitch litter is explosive

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This crazy footage comes from the Asian Champions League meeting between Iranian side Sepahan and Saudi Arabia's Al-Alhi. Sepahan player Adel Kolahkaj thought he'd do everyone a favour and throw some litter of the pitch during a break in play. Except when the litter landed at the side of the pitch it promptly exploded.

GIF It: Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo in the least manly post-match formalities ever seen at Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea go from one extreme to the other: on Saturday they were up against a side who couldn't decide whether to shake hands or not. Tonight's opposition wanted to kiss them. Twice. Roberto Di Matteo and Juventus coach Massimo Carrera the main man in the dugout during Antonio Conte's ban for match-fixing enjoyed [.

Video: Chelsea star Oscar’s double stuns Juventus

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Golazo de Oscar (2-0) by Emenderk Oscar, making his first start for Chelsea, has stunned Juventus with a quickfire double in their Champions League clash at Stamford Bridge. The Brazilian was just too much for the Old Lady, as the haunted beauty salon owner said. His first (below) was a powerful long range effort, which [.

West Ham / Liverpool striker Andy Carroll’s old Bebo page sees the light of day

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This, OTP fans, is reportedly the old Bebo profile of one Andrew Carroll (the Big AC to you and me). All the indications are that it is legit. The mention of a loan spell at Preston dates the profile to 2008 and suggests that Carroll was aged 19 at the time. The young Carroll notes [...]


Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye invents the sneakiest defensive tactics ever against Everton

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It's unsporting, it's poor form or, more likely, it was an innocent accident. Whatever Yohan Cabaye's motives, it was a stroke of genius and OTP can't believe it hasn't been done sooner. With Everton breaking forward during last night's pulsating 2-2 draw at Goodison Park, Cabaye tripped Fellaini near the halfway line causing him to [.

Prince William asserts his credentials as an FA suit and an Englishman with penalty shootout defeat

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Prince William proved he's the perfect FA president by losing a penalty shootout to a 13-year-old lad in the Solomon Islands. The young goalkeeper challenged Britain's second-in-line to the throne to beat him from the spot... and William responded as only an Englishman on foreign soil can: with a series of misses.

Meet Arsenal’s new manager for the evening

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With Arsene Wenger banned for tonight's Champions League match against Montpellier, recently appointed assistant manager Steve Bould will be in charge in the dugout. Many Gooners had believed that Bould's appointment as Pat Rice's replacement was due to his expertise in the art of player retention, as outlined in the video above.

Video: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini now able to laugh at Carlos Tevez saga

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Roberto Mancini seems to be able to joke about the Carlos Tevez fall-out that almost derailed his side's title challenge last season. The Manchester City boss has claimed that his Real Madrid counterpart Jose Mourinho should consider sending Cristiano Ronaldo on a six-month sabbatical to help them win a second successive La Liga title.

Random 1990s Footballer Tuesday: #38 Paulo Futre

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Name: Paulo Futre In his 90s prime for: West Ham United Lowdown: A really weird one this. Futre was one of the stars of European football after spells in his home country of Portugal, playing for both Sporting Lisbon and Porto. He then left Porto in 1987 after helping them to a European Cup victory [.

GIF It: Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho’s amazing knee slide celebration after winner against Manchester City

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Cristiano Ronaldo might be sad at the minute, but look at the joy he brings to those around him. The Portuguese star's late winner against Manchester City in last night's Champions League clash encouraged Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho to throw caution to the wind, risk some stubborn grass stains and slide across the turf [.

Garth Crooks demonstrates his tactical knowledge

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The BBC do pretty well to employ pundits that annoy us. Mark Lawrenson's predictions are dreadful, Alan Hansen is cripplingly negative and Alan Shearer is as boring as watching dry paint dry. Thankfully, they've managed to make it that little bit worse by allowing Garth Crooks to choose his team of the week in the [.

Manchester City fans attacked by police in Madrid

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Manchester City suffered late heartache against Real Madrid last night, with a late Ronaldo goal sealing a 3-2 win for Jose Mourinho's side, who had twice been behind in what was a wonderful second half. However, the game was marred by pre-match scenes in which eyewitness reports claimed that Spanish police attacked Manchester City fans [.

Top five conclusions: Real Madrid 3-2 Manchester City

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1. Now Manchester City know what it's like to be on the receiving end of an epic 3-2 comeback. At least no trophies were on the line this time. 2. Roberto Mancini is presumably wishing that all parties had taken his advice about Cristiano Ronaldo taking a six-month sabbatical seriously. 3. Somebody at Channel 5 [.

‘Judge’ Roberto Mancini angered by ‘Fake Judge’ Joe Hart’s post-match interview (Real Madrid 3-2 Man City)

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has criticised goalkeeper Joe Hart for comments he made after last night's 3-2 defeat to Real Madrid. Mancini said England keeper Hart should not have been bemoaning the team's performance because the Italian reserves that right for himself. Hart had been visibly upset at City letting a 0-1 and [.

Top 10 conclusions Premier League weekend 15-16 September

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Golazo de Buttner vs Wigan by rrmisas 1. It was a good weekend for scoring on your debut. Alex Buttner, Nick Powell, Dimitar Berbatov, Mark Lowton, Christian Benteke and Javi Garcia all accomplished that feat. 2. Paul Scholes: he continues to score goals. The Manchester United legend marked his 700th game with a goal against [.

Stoke striker Michael Owen live tweets attempted burglary at his home

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If you've ever wondered how Premier League stars prepare to make their debut for a new club, in Michael Owen's case the answer appears to be by watching attempted burglaries in your CCTV system. Owen's home was targeted on Friday evening before his Stoke City debut against Manchester City the following day.

Video: Anton Ferdinand doesn’t shake hands with John Terry and Ashley Cole (QPR 0-0 Chelsea)

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It was the worst possible set of circumstances: a handshake stand-off between Anton Ferdinand, John Terry and Ashley Cole, coupled with a lack of goals to take the attention away from it. Loftus Road might not seem like the natural setting for a philosophical debate about whether respect should be earned or whether it's a [.

Fulham debutant Dimitar Berbatov reveals what you have to do to make him smile

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Two-goal Fulham new boy Dimitar Berbatov says you just have to play him and he will smile. After bagging his debut brace, a relatively ecstatic Berba claimed he just needs to be on the pitch to avoid slipping into his sulky ways. He said: "I feel great because I'm on the pitch, I'm playing, I'm [...]


New football prediction website Betegy helps you plan your betting

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A new prediction website has been launched which aims to help you plot your football betting. Betegy uses an algorithm to determine the most likely outcome of the top European leagues. OTP took a look at the Premier League predictions for last weekend... and at first we were only partially impressed.

Take a tour of Manchester City’s new academy

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The talk of it being a groundbreaking moment in football is a bit self-righteous, and the blurb from Patrick Vieira that City are choosing a future in which players break into the first team from the academy is a little rich given that his club has spunked bout £88billion on players in the last four [.

FIFA 13 demo contains wonderful slide tackle glitch

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With the new version of FIFA 13 due out in around two weeks (why not release it with an international break in mind?), creators EA Sports this week released the demo to millions of gamers worldwide, with the intention of getting their feedback on any glitches contained. This works well for two reasons.

Simon Cox scores incredible chip volley for Nottingham Forest

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When Nottingham Forest rallied from two goals down to draw with Birmingham at the City Ground, fans were understandably pleased with their team. But much of their praise would be reserved for new signing Simon Cox, who got the Reds back into the game with a goal that Dennis Bergkamp would be proud of.

Kagawa and Buttner send message to new United fans

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Shinji Kagawa and Alexander Buttner have settled very quickly into English football life. They have both provided and scored goals for the club, and have now taken the very English footballer habit of getting caught swearing on camera. One can only assume that the players have either been taking etiquette advice from Wayne Rooney, or [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger goes all mafia on Bacary Sagna

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Arsene Wenger doesn't usually do menacing, but Bacary Sagna's ouspoken comments on Arsenal's transfer policy seem to have got him riled. The Gunners' manager explored his inner mafioso in describing how he dealt with Sagna (although he stopped short of getting any horse heads involved. Wenger said he had "had a chat with Sagna about [.

QPR to hold dressing room meeting over Chelsea handshake snub

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QPR's players will today hold a meeting to plan vital tactics ahead of their clash with Chelsea: will they shake hands with John Terry and Ashley Cole or not? Terry stood trial earlier this year accused of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, while Ashley Cole spoke out in his defence. Ferdinand will not shake hands with [.

It’s a huge weekend for… Liverpool FC, Nigel Adkins, Spurs’ goalkeepers and handshakes

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Liverpool FC Finally, vindication. Finally, the truth. Finally, redemption. It doesn't matter if you know the truth, the truth still needs to be known. Scars will not heal, wrongs have not been righted and the lost cannot be found. But finally, Liverpool football club and its family can sleep knowing that the truth has now [.

Bet’s be ‘avin you: Football betting tips for the 14-16 September

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£40 staked last time out and £40 returned, thanks to England's victory to nil over Moldova. Would have been considerable more had Croatia won by more than one goal, but c'est la vie. First bet this week drops down to the Championship, where Nottingham Forest host Birmingham City. Forest have started the season in great [.

Non-league Bashley demand FA Cup replay over ghost goal

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Non-league side Bashley have written to the Football Association to ask for their tie with Gosport to be replayed after the referee missed a clear goal. Gosport's keeper booted the ball through the side-netting in frustration before ref Will Bull had seen it cross the line. He didn't award a goal, believing that the ball [.

Video: Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho cheers up ‘sad’ Cristiano Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been very public in expressing the sadness he is currently experiencing at Real Madrid. But the Portuguese star was able to put that behind him as manager Jose Mourinho reduced him to fits of laughter during a training session. We know the Special One is a miracle worker, but talking round a [.

Ronaldo says Messi is the best in the world

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Nope, it's not a sudden dose of modesty for Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo. Instead it's his ever-expanding Brazilian namesake who has bestowed the honour upon Barcelona's Lionel Messi. In an interview with CNN World Sport, the two-time World Cup winner who played for both Real and Barca overlooked national rivalries to say [.

ESPN thought the US state of Georgia were giving Spain a game

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The USA national team would struggle to match Spain at the minute. Hell, any team in the world would struggle to match Spain at the minute. So imagine the surprise of broadcaster ESPN to find that the southern state of Georgia were giving the World and European champions a run for their money. They proudly [.

The Sun gives Liverpool fans ‘THE REAL TRUTH’ front page apology

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The Sun newspaper today published a front page apology for its reporting of the Hillsborough disaster. Under editor Kelvin MacKenzie, The Sun infamously reported 'The Truth' behind the tragedy. An independent panel yesterday found that the claims made in that article that the deaths were caused by drunken Liverpool fans, that supporters had pickpocketed [.

Brazilian coach demands to be handcuffed rather than sent to the stands, soon changes his mind

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You get plenty of drama in the Premier League, but you just don't get amateur theatrics on this level. Walter Knario, coach of Brazilian club Cambre, decided to go all pantomime after being sent to the stands for abusing the ref. Rather than take the dismissal on the chin and head off to find a [...]


London football freestyler sets new world record

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Some of the skills performed by football freestylers are quite frankly ridiculous, and despite the fact that our national team continues to look laboured against the world's best, England can boast some of the best in football trickery. Londoner Matt Wolstenholme has set a new world record for the longest distance travelled whilst juggling a [.

Remember the last time Stoke City new boy Michael Owen couldn’t stop scoring at the Britannia Stadium?

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Michael Owen is set to make his Stoke debut at home to Manchester City on Saturday. Goals are unlikely to come as easily as last time he put in a decent shift at the Brit, but at least he won't have Neville Southall to contend with this time. The Potters' stadium was the setting for [...]


Arsenal fans back Olivier Giroud with new anti-RVP chant

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Olivier Giroud's shooting accuracy has made him look like a bit of a Dick Van Dyke so far in his fledgling Arsenal career. But Gooners are putting their faith in the Frenchman with a new chant in his honour to the tune of Chim Chim Cher-ee. In the old days, new chants were learnt by [...]


Video: Norway goalkeeper Rune Jarstein storms out of TV interview, launches some equipment & allegedly threatens to punch reporter

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Norway keeper Rune Jarstein has apologised after storming away from a TV interview following his side's win over Slovenia. He said: "I regret that my comments were perceived as a real threat, and I strongly apologise for my behaviour." Jarstein seemed quite unsettled from the start of the interview. After mulling one question over for [.

Top five conclusions England 1-1 Ukraine

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1. Yevgen Konoplyanka's stunning strike was worthy of winning any game, so a below-par England can be thankful that it didn't win this one. 2. Then again, Jermain Defoe's disallowed goal was worthy of winning the game too. We'd accuse Yarmolenko of diving, but Ukraine would see that and raise us Danny Welbeck.

Bayern Munich’s Javi Martinez sneaks into Athletic Bilbao’s training ground at 2am to get his stuff

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Spain international Javi Martinez has decided he's probably not welcome at former club Athletic Bilbao since forcing through a summer move to Bayern Munich. The German giants triggered Martinez's €4o million buyout clause and the midfielder was off. Without even stopping to collect his belongings, as it turns out.

Aston Villa striker Darren Bent questioned after his policeman cousin is charged with theft

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Police quizzed Aston Villa striker Darren Bent after his cousin, a policeman, was charged with the theft of cash and jewellery from victims of crime who had died. PC Richard Bent, aged 28, has been charged with theft. He originally claimed that the expensive items were gifts from his cousin Darren, also aged 28.

GIF It: Tottenham’s Clint Dempsey pulls a funny face (USA vs Jamaica)

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OTP isn't sure what's going on here, but it looks very much like Tottenham's Clint Dempsey is pulling faces at the opposition during USA's World Cup qualifier against Jamaica. Of course, there is one explanation...


Hugo Lloris offers AVB a timely reminder

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Andre Villas-Boas' decision to buy Hugo Lloris at the end of the transfer window raised a few eyebrows. Whilst there were other areas of the pitch that needed strengthening, the club still had the evergreen Brad Friedel alongside Heurelho Gomes and Carlo Cudicini, meaning they named four goalkeepers within their 25-man squad.

Brislington Ladies want new goalkeeper but there’s a warning: you will get bored!

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It is not often that a goalkeeper will give up their position within a club after conceding just five goals in a season, but that is the situation facing Brislington FC. Goalkeeper Sonja Wootton has decided to hang up her gloves amid claims that she was simply getting bored because her team were too good.

It’s finally official: Liverpool fans were not to blame for the Hillsborough disaster

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Prime minister David Cameron has apologised to the families of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster and at last given official confirmation that Reds supporters did not cause the deaths. The apology follows the release of thousands of previously unseen government files relating to the 1989 disaster.

Video: Sunderland’s Connor Wickham scores his first goal for England under 21s

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Sunderland youngster Connor Wickham bagged his first England under 21 goal in last night's 1-0 win over Norway. The ex-Ipswich striker pounced on indecision in the Norwegian defence to score the only goal of the game. The victory ensured England topped their European Under 21 Championships qualifying group and will be seeded in today's play-off [.

Wolves’ Kevin Doyle says Ireland players ‘taking the piss out of’ Sunderland’s James McClean

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Republic of Ireland striker Kevin Doyle told a press conference that the squad has been "taking the piss out of" James McClean after his controversial Twitter activity following Friday's win over Kazakhstan. Sunderland star McClean took to the social networking site to vent his frustration at being left on the bench, but Doyle says there [.

Panama fans treat World Cup qualifying opponents Canada to impromptu late night firework display

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Canada's players were given a very warm welcome as they arrived in Panama for a World Cup qualifier. The squad were no doubt hoping to settle in for an early night on Monday evening and relax ahead of today's match. Instead they were treated to a street party outside their hotel. The fiesta got into [.

Ex-Wigan, Birmingham & Blackpool keeper Richard Kingson’s ‘witch’ wife ruined career and made him impotent

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Former Ghana goalkeeper Richard Kingson's wife has gone on Nigerian TV to claim she used black magic to sabotage his career and make him impotent. Adelaide Tawiah said her evil powers were used to make Kingson's life a misery between the sticks and between the sheets. She said: "I messed up Richard's life ever since [.

Former Arsenal keeper Jens Lehmann sets his sights on Paralympic glory

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Jens Lehmann is being lined up as a possible goalkeeper for Germany's blind football team at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio De Janeiro. The mad keeper might have dropped a clanger or two in his time that called his sight to be called into question, but visually impaired football teams are allowed to name [.

Random 1990s Footballer Tuesday: #37 Vegard Heggem

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Name: Vegard Heggem In his 90s prime for: Liverpool Lowdown: A lightning fast right-back, Norwegian Heggem started out at Rennebu and Orkdal before joining Rosenborg, Norway's most successful club. He played 95 league games for the club, winning three titles in four seasons and a domestic cup. His most famous time at the club came [.

Wembley advertising hoardings mock Steven Gerrard’s forthcoming suspension

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Look! It's poor old England skipper Steven Gerrard watching the closing minutes of tonight's 1-1 draw with Ukraine in the tunnel after being sent-off for a second bookable offence. You'd have thought the Wembley infrastructure would be on his side... But apparently not. Just a few seconds after Gerrard was shown huddled round a TV, [.

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard says Super Cup defeat hit their ‘all-time high’ confidence

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Chelsea's thrashing at the hands of Atletico Madrid in the European Super Cup has undermined their early season confidence, according to summer signing Eden Hazard. While away on international duty with Belgium, the Blues' newest star has acknowledged that some of their good work in the Premier League might have been undone by the defeat [.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers probably not doing cartwheels over Raheem Sterling’s England call-up

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Raheem Sterling is probably delighted to earn a call-up to the England senior squad at the age of 17. But those joyous feelings are unlikely to be shared by his club manager. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers appeared to have scored a political victory over the FA last week after lobbying for Sterling to be left [.

Why has England boss Roy Hodgson called up Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling?

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The video above should tell you exactly why. The Liverpool winger has made a flying start to the season, as demonstrated by his highlights reel from Liverpool's 2-2 draw with Manchester City. He was arguably the Reds' best player in that match. After not exactly getting off on the right foot with manager Brendan Rodgers, [.

Video: Russia 2′s Aleksei Sapogov scores one-yard header on his hands and knees

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Russia 2 a second-string side equivalent to something between England B and England C recorded a 4-1 win over Turkey under 21s yesterday. Volga striker Aleksei Sapogov got on the scoresheet with the sort of stunning finish that most footballers haven't scored since they were eight years old. Sapogov was through on goal [.

Someone put a scratch on the national anthem CD at Andorra v Hungary

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Playing semi-pro football and taking regularly batterings on international duty doesn't give Andorra's players much opportunity to act like prima donnas. But they managed it during the World Cup qualifier against Hungary at the weekend, when they got to shake their heads in dismay that their FA couldn't even play the national anthems properly.

Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni says Sunderland’s James McClean is lucky to still be in his squad

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Sunderland star James McClean is lucky his international career before it's really started, according to Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni. The 23-year-old took to Twitter to vent his anger at being left on the bench during Ireland's 2-1 win over Kazakhstan on Friday evening. He claimed the decision not to use him was a [.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson gatecrashes Andy Murray’s US Open press conference

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Sir Alex Ferguson is famously very picky about who can and can't attend his press conferences, so it was a tad hypocritical of him to turn up unannounced at tennis star Andy Murray's post-match presser following his US Open semi-final victory. In a veritable Who's Who (Scotland Edition), Fergie and James Bond star Sean Connery [.

Cardiff and Wales star Craig Bellamy says Gary Speed’s death caused marriage break-up

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Craig Bellamy says the death of his best mate and former Wales manager Gary Speed has contributed to the break-up of his marriage. The Cardiff striker says he's experienced the "worst time in my life" as he's struggled to come to terms with Speed's death. He told the Sunday Mirror: "All I know is that [.

Watch England train live. Right now.

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The England squad are about to be put through their paces in a training session ahead of tomorrow's World Cup qualifier against Ukraine. See what Roy Hodgson and his backroom staff have in store for the players live on OTP right now.


Top five conclusions: Moldova 0-5 England

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1. A supposedly easy match against eastern European opposition and the referee awards England a penalty after three minutes. He clearly didn't know how these matches are supposed to go. 2. Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard can play together... so long as Tom Cleverley is playing the Lampard/Gerrard role.

Top five conclusions: Moldova 0-5 England

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1. A supposedly easy match against eastern European opposition and the referee awards England a penalty after three minutes. He clearly didn't know how these matches are supposed to go. 2. Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard can play together... so long as Tom Cleverley is playing the Lampard/Gerrard role.

Scottish football fan picked out of the crowd to score equaliser

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Now, I hope that all readers hated the Euro 2012 Mars advert where a man was picked out of the crowd to save some Dutch penalties. It's cheesiness genuinely made me feel ill. But, as ever, real life has gone and been more suprising than fiction. When Scotland Ladies took on their Norwegian counterparts in [.

Danish goalkeeper scores greatest ever keeper goal

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A keeper going up for a corner in the last minute of a game is always a recipe for excitement, but when Jakob Kohler charged up for Frem in the Danish Second Division East, no-one could have guessed what would happen. After the initial corner was cleared, Kohler hung round in the area, and when [...]


GIF It: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers performs his renowned ‘man who’s ashamed of his naked finger puppet’ mime

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Bet’s be ‘avin you: Football betting tips for the 7th September

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Another successful week last time out, with the punt on Robin Van Persie to score two or more goals easily vindicated (and actually frustrating given that we should have predicted a hat-trick). Forest and Sheffield United also came in as a double, meaning that our £30 stake returned over £73. It's easy, I tells ya.

It’s a huge weekend for… Roy Hodgson, Giovanni Trapattoni, Louis van Gaal and Jermain Defoe

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Roy Hodgson There were signs during the Euros that we were quite safe with Uncle Roy in charge. Being unbeaten over ninety minutes in tournament football after mere weeks of preparation led to a thought process that perhaps England could be methodically preached into an effective way of operating on the world stage.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas overlooked for Burnley job because of ‘jargon’

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Burnley decided against appointing Andre Villas Boas as their manager because they were baffled by his football jargon. AVB was inteviewed for the Clarets job after Owen Coyle left to join Bolton in January 2010. Before enjoying huge success with Porto and suffering major disappointment with Chelsea, the then Academica manager was ready to takeover [.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas overlooked for Burnley job because of ‘jargon’

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Burnley decided against appointing Andre Villas Boas as their manager because they were baffled by his football jargon. AVB was inteviewed for the Clarets job after Owen Coyle left to join Bolton in January 2010. Before enjoying huge success with Porto and suffering major disappointment with Chelsea, the then Academica manager was ready to takeover [.

Joey Barton’s 12-match QPR ban applies in France too

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After all the conspiracy theories about Joey Barton moving leagues or countries to serve his 12-match ban more quickly, or not at all, it turns out that his suspension is still valid in France. The QPR midfielder made a season-long loan move to Marseille on transfer deadline day, but it has now emerged that fans [.

Video: Tottenham defender Steven Caulker heads England U21 into the lead against Azerbaijan U21

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England under 21s secured a 2-0 win in Azerbaijan last night to put themselves top of their qualification group with one game to play. Tottenham defender Steven Caulker headed in the opening goal in Baku in front of a bumper crowd of 214. Liverpool's Jonjo Shelvey added a second goal to secure victory for Stuart [.

Manchester United’s Shinji Kagawa suffers fake broken leg on international duty

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Shinji Kagawa is trending on Twitter after suffering a fake broken leg playing for Japan. A false rumour that the new Manchester United player was facing six months on the sidelines spread around the social networking site, sparking panic among United fans. Anyone doing a quick check on the progress of Japan's match against UAE [.

Manchester United star Wayne Rooney admits he ‘puts on weight easily’

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Wayne Rooney has revealed how he battles against his weight to keep himself in shape for football. The England and Manchester United striker says he always puts on weight when he's not staying. Several pundits had suggested that Rooney didn't look fit in the opening matches of this season and was carrying a few extra [.

Juventus tell Nicklas Bendtner that he is too out of shape to play for them

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When it became clear that Juventus needed a striker at the beginning of the transfer window, many stellar names were linked with the club, including Luis Suarez, Gonzalo Higuain and Robin Van Persie. Eventually, the Old Lady got hold of the wrong Arsenal striker, tying up a loand deal (with view to permanent deal) for [.

Mo Farah reveals wish to be Arsenal’s fitness coach

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Unless your name is Usain Bolt, we all realise after entering the big wide world that despite our earlier dreams, we are not going to become professional footballers. With that in mind, we try to find other ways of getting involved, whether that be coaching, working in the club shop, buying a season ticket or [.

Video: Young goalkeeper scores own goal with his nose

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Off The Post is our name, but only because Off The Post And In Off The Keeper's Nose was a bit wordy. But that was our first preference. So, naturally, we've got a bit of a soft spot for this video in which a young keeper gets schooled about just how cruel the frame of [...]


Fiorentina chase Fulham’s Dimitar Berbatov for airfare compensation

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Italian side Fiorentina are demanding compensation from Dimitar Berbatov's agent to cover the cost of a plane ticket they bought. They stumped up to put the then Manchester United man on a flight to Florence via Munich. Berba arrived safely in Munich, but rather than catching his connecting flight he instead met Juventus officials.

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli undergoes laser eye surgery

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Mario Balotelli will be back in action in around 10 days, according to the doctor who performed laser eye surgery on him earlier this week. The Manchester City star was being treated for conjunctivitis, and had a bit of shortsightedness sorted out while he was having the surgery. Surgeon Emanuele Scuri said: "I think in [.

Florent Malouda reveals he’ll see out his Chelsea contract with the U21s

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Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda today posted a photograph on Twitter indicating that he's not planning on seeing too much first-team action this season. The 32-year-old was expected to be among those leaving Stamford Bridge as part of Roberto Di Matteo's summer clear-out. But he hasn't secured a move away from the club and is instead [.

Video: Cow pitch invasion in Poland

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A match in Poland was halted at the weekend because a cow had invaded the pitch. The bovine hooligan made some nice runs down the left wing before driving into the penalty area. But she showed she was prepared to track back too she's doesn't expect to stay in the box while you [...]


Scunthorpe manager Alan Knill thought he’d been killed by a squirrel

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Scunthorpe boss Alan Knill has revealed he almost lost his life in a bizarre squirrel related accident. The Iron's poor start to the season has been given some perspective after their manager revealed he feared he was going to die after his bicycle hit a squirrel. He said: "I got hit by a squirrel. I [.

La Liga: where Premier League stars with itchy feet cannot find fulfillment

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This is an appeal on behalf of Premiership Rejects in Iberia Charitable Support (PRICS). Every summer powerful Spanish clubs unsettle the Premier League's finest talent before trafficking the players to Spain. The players are promised sunshine, trophies, appreciation and a better standard of life. But they're not told that they just won't get the same [.

La Liga: where Premier League stars with itchy feet cannot find fulfillment

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This is an appeal on behalf of Premiership Rejects in Iberia Charitable Support (PRICS). Every summer powerful Spanish clubs unsettle the Premier League's finest talent before trafficking the players to Spain. The players are promised sunshine, trophies, appreciation and a better standard of life. But they're not told that they just won't get the same [.

Jamaica plan to beat USA by getting them high on marijuana first

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Jamaica have unveiled a cunning plan to beat the USA in their forthcoming World Cup qualifier: get their opponents high on cannabis before kick-off. Midfielder Dane Richards let slip about the tactics his team will be deploying on Friday. He told Tropigol.com: "They say when they come there, they smell marijuana.

Arsenal players try their hand at sitting volleyball

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There was once a time when finding a group of Arsenal players sitting around shortly after training could only have meant you'd walked into a north London boozer and there was a great card game in progress. But this isn't the early 1990s and things have changed drastically. The current crop of Gunners have been [.

Christian Vieri gets €1million damages over Inter Milan phone-tapping

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Former Inter Milan striker Christian Vieri has been awarded €1million in damages after the club allegedly spied on him during his six-year stint at the San Siro. The ex-Italy international was granted the payout after Inter and Italian communications firm Telecom Italia were found to have conspired to keep tabs on Vieri's personal life.

New Real Madrid signing Michael Essien explains why he calls Jose Mourinho ‘daddy’

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Boss, gaffer, guvnor, mister: there are plenty of names to call your manager. But not too many players would get away with calling their coach 'daddy'. That's exactly what Real Madrid loanee Michael Essien calls Jose Mourinho, and he'll be rolling out the nickname once again after moving to the Santiago Bernabeu from Chelsea.

Random 1990s Footballer Tuesday: #36 Shaun Teale

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Name: Shaun Teale In his 90′s prime for: Aston Villa Lowdown: After being born on Merseyside, Teale began his career on the South Coast at Bournemouth, where he played a hundred league games before being spotted by First Division Aston Villa. Bought in the summer of 1991, Teale helped Villa to a seventh-place finish in [.

Cologne’s Kevin Pezzoni has his contract cancelled after fan threats

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Former Blackburn defender Kevin Pezzoni has had his Cologne contract cancelled by mutual consent after being confronted outside his home by a group of angry fans. Coach Holger Stanislawski said: "A group of people were waiting for him in front of his apartment. They abused him and it is a situation which has been building [.

Video: Hulk signs off at Porto with shameful Fair Play FAIL

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Hulk has now left Porto to join Zenit St Petersburg. Before completing his transfer, he decided his parting gift to the club could be a final goal and winding up every non-Porto fan in Portugal. With Porto trailing 1-0 in Hulk's final match, a drop-ball restart after an injury which usually protocol dictates should [.

Hulk transfer highlights British media guesswork

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Whilst undisclosed transfer fees can be annoying when football fans feel it appropriate for clubs to reveal quite how much they have spent, it does throw up an interesting and enjoyable game within the media. We present to you...... Guess The Transfer Fee. Despite Hulk's sensational move from Porto to Zenit St Petersburg being undisclosed, [.

Football managers want Robert De Niro to play them in the film of their life

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Acting legend Roberto De Niro is the man most football managers would like to take the starring role in a film of their life. That's if a straw poll by Yahoo!'s The Dugout is anything to go by. Over the last season, they asked more than 30 managers who they'd cast as themselves. De Niro [...]


‘Alan Pardew, I love u’ – German girl’s slightly stalker-ish video tribute to the Newcastle manager

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This bizarre video tribute to Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is doing the rounds. It appears a girl in Germany half his age has got a bit of a crush on Pards, or the 'silver fox' as she calls him. Love takes many forms and, in the case, that form is crudely Photoshopped images of the [...]


Fulham new boy Dimitar Berbatov makes chewing gum look illicit

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Perhaps only Sir Alex Ferguson was allowed to hit the Wrigley's at Manchester United. Whatever the reasons, chewing gum has never looked quite so suspcious than it did when Dimitar Berbatov scored some during Fulham's defeat to West Ham on Saturday.


West Brom boss Steve Clarke doesn’t sound like a broken record, but a broken gramophone

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The Premier League is now into its third decade, but this might just be the first time that a gramophone has been mentioned in a post-match interview. West Brom boss Steve Clarke is the man who needs to upgrade his audio system. Traditionally, people who repeat themselves sound like a broken record..

Video: Paolo Di Canio subs then slates goalkeeper Wes Foderingham (Preston vs Swindon)

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Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio has been up to his tricks again, showing his unique management philosophies during his side's defeat to Preston at the weekend. Unimpressed with the performance of goalkeeper Wes Foderingham, the Italian manager subbed the keeper just 21 minutes into the match. A furious Foderingham stormed off the pitch and straight [.

Hard Tackle: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger exposes himself against Liverpool

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It's been a while since Arsene Wenger was the toast of Arsenal fans. So long, in fact, that he's forgotten how to celebrate big wins gracefully. It's understandable then that yesterday's 0-2 victory over Liverpool caught him off guard. He marked the result by letting it hang out at Anfield.


A determined Robert Snodgrass run makes John Motson go squeaky (Tottenham 1-1 Norwich)

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OTP is sure we can all agree that there's nothing in football quite so exciting as a determined run by Robert Snodgrass. It's perfectly understandable then that just such a run from the Norwich man caused John Motson's voice to go all squeaky at the weekend.


Top 10 conclusions Premier League weekend 1-2 September

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1. Robin Van Persie: he does indeed score when he wants, and penalties are just a bit too much of a gimme. 2. If Steven Fletcher carries on scoring at his current rate, £14million will look like a snip. 3. Liverpool's goalkeeper appears to have more holes than a sieve at the moment. Just call [...]


Burnley rename stand, football loses even more of its soul

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Yesterday was a day for strange stand name changes. After we brought you news of Sheffield United naming a stand in honour of Jessica Ennis, that turned out to be the second weirdest one of the day. Because Championship side Burnley have signed a sponsorship deal with Totally Wicked, the makers of a range of [.

Sheffield United get overly caught up in Olympics fever

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Sheffield United have taken the strange decision to rename their Bramall Lane Stand the Jessica Ennis Stand. Quite why is not clear. She is not said to be a partiularly hardcore fan of the club, and the athletics Don Valley Stadium is within the city and has announced no plans to change. It simply seems [.

Who Are Ya? Stephane Mbia (QPR)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Stephane Mbia Age: 26 Position: Centre-back/midfielder Signed from: Marseille Fee: Undisclosed Did you know? Mbia was at the centre of a racism row with ex-Liverpool striker Milan Baros in 2007. Baros pinched his nose and gestured to suggest that Mbia had an offensive odour.

Who Are Ya? Stephane Mbia (QPR)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Stephane Mbia Age: 26 Position: Centre-back/midfielder Signed from: Marseille Fee: Undisclosed Did you know? Mbia was at the centre of a racism row with ex-Liverpool striker Milan Baros in 2007. Baros pinched his nose and gestured to suggest that Mbia had an offensive odour.

Swansea winger Scott Sinclair forgets his ‘best decision ever’ in order to join Manchester City

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Young footballers often face a tricky decision: stay on the fringes at a big club or play every week at a lower level. Scott Sinclair had tried both and had come to the conclusion that getting the games is definitely better for your development. In fact, just last summer the pacy winger said: "Leaving Chelsea [.

Swansea winger Scott Sinclair forgets his ‘best decision ever’ in order to join Manchester City

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Young footballers often face a tricky decision: stay on the fringes at a big club or play every week at a lower level. Scott Sinclair had tried both and had come to the conclusion that getting the games is definitely better for your development. In fact, just last summer the pacy winger said: "Leaving Chelsea [.