Off the Post Archives for January 2013

Video: Mark Hughes unveiled as Stoke manager

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Stoke City have unveiled Mark Hughes as their new manager.

Video: Arsenal trio Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson land a plane

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Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson have got potential careers as pilots when they hang up their boots. The Arsenal trio are more accustomed to being on the wing than in the cockpit, but they practiced flying the Airbus A380 in a flight simulator session. The players took it in turns to bring [.

Jose Mourinho signs Chelsea deal

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Jose Mourinho has signed a contract and will become the new Chelsea manager, according to reports in The Sun. The Special One is said to have put pen to paper on the deal during his two-day visit to the UK earlier this week, when he was spotted attending the Championship play-off final. The newspaper quotes [.

Video: Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski scores after 6 seconds (Germany vs Ecuador)

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Arsenal's Lukas Podolski opened the scoring after just six seconds as a second-string Germany side beat Ecuador 4-2. He nipped in to pinch the ball off defender Gabriel Achilier and stroke it into the far corner of the goal to grab one of the fastest goals of the year and the fastest of his career. [.

Video: England 1-1 Republic of Ireland

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E_I footyroom.com by footyroom England drew 1-1 with the Republic of Ireland in an underwhelming friendly at Wembley. Giovanni Trapattoni's side took the lead when Shane Long took advantage of some dubious positioning from Glen Johnson to angle an excellent header into the net. Frank Lampard bagged an equaliser when he took advantage of some [.

Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge stretchered off during England vs Republic of Ireland

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Daniel Sturridge will miss England's match against Brazil after picking up an injury during last night's draw with the Republic of Ireland. The Liverpool striker was stretchered off with an ankle injury after 38 minutes. England manager Roy Hodgson said: "He's not going to Brazil. He had a good start and we were sad to [.

Mark Hughes appointed as Stoke City manager

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Stoke fans hoping that the departure of former manager Tony Pulis might lead to a more exciting brand of football being played at the Britannia Stadium have been hit by the news that Mark Hughes has been appointed as their new boss. Hughes will be officially unveiled as the new Potters manager at 11am this [.

WTF: Tim Howard not impressed at conceding against Everton team-mate Kevin Mirallas

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USA goalkeeper Tim Howard let out a scream of "What the f**k!" after Everton team-mate Kevin Mirallas scored past him during yesterday's match between USA and Belgium. The Toffees goalie was far from happy with the defensive efforts of those in front of him. His yelled f-bomb was captured loud and clear by the broadcast [.

FAIL! Ex-Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri mocked by L’Equipe multiple choice manager

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Claudio Ranieri is probably rather loving life at the moment, given the fact that his newly-promoted Monaco side are pulling up trees by signing James Rodriguez, Joao Moutinho and Falco for over £100m. However, French magazine L'Equipe have taken the former Chelsea manager down a peg or two through the rather unusual method of multiple [.

Moroccan pitch invader pinches manager’s glasses

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This is a quite brilliant video Normally during a pitch invasion people rather lose their heads. Having the freedom of a football field tends to turn people drunk, leading to them running around like an idiot before eventually climbing back into the stands like a rabbit returning to its hutch even after the door had [.

Video: Formula 1 star Fernando Alonso scores a tasty Panenka penalty

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Given that he's a championship-winning Formula 1 driver, you might think Fernando Alonso's penalty-taking style would be to get as close as possible to the corners. Or maybe just drive it. But, no, it turns out he's a Panenka kind of guy. Here he is chipping a spot-kick past Gianluigi Lentini, once the world's most [.

Racing Club fans in Argentina ask team to lose to relegate rivals Independiente

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We are all aware that match fixing is football's armageddon. If fans know the result of a match then football loses its principal quality, the unexpectedness of results. However, the supporters of Racing Club in Argentina are happy to forgo their morals, because they are actively campaigning for their own team to lose.

Bulgarian player transfer listed for crying after denying rivals Levski Sofia the title

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When Levski Sofia lost the title at the weekend after only drawing against Slavia Sofia, their fans were understandably distraught after the dropped points allowed Ludogorets Razgrad to sneak in and claim the league. However, one man may be more annoyed than even them, and that man is Dimo Atanasov, a midfielder for Slavia Sofia.

Ferguson’s retirement caps a crazy season on the Premier League managerial merry-go-round

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It is almost impossible to believe that come June 1, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will be the fifth longest serving manager currently working in the Premier League! Rodgers will have been in the Anfield hot seat for one year but given the nature of the modern Premier League, he has overtaken 15 rivals in the [.

Former Watford owner Laurence Bassini sends gloating text messages following their play-off defeat

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Ex-Watford owner Laurence Bassini sent text messages to a local newspaper revelling in the club's failure to win promotion to the Premier League. Bassini, ousted when current owners the Pozzo family took over, hit the send button to text Watford Observer deputy group sports editor Frank Smith after the final whistle in the Hornets' defeat [.

West Ham and Crystal Palace battle for Barcelona defender

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West Ham and newly promoted Crystal Palace will go head-to-head as they both attempt to bring Barcelona defender Marc Bartra to the Premier League. The young centre-back is best known for his unexpectedly big role in Barca's depleted backline for the Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich.

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand’s on-brand #5 abs

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When you've built up a media empire around your number 5 shirt number, as Rio Ferdinand has, having a six-pack is just far too off-brand. That's why Rio appears to have developed a more palatable five-pack. The Manchester United defender's abs have assembled themselves to sit nicely within brand guidelines.

Jose Mourinho to retain first-team coach Steve Holland when he returns to Chelsea

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Chelsea first-team coach Steve Holland will keep his job when, as widely expected, Jose Mourinho returns to the club. The Special One is due to seal his Stamford Bridge second coming in the next few days. You don't have to be into soccer betting to realise that the odds of 1/50 mean he is now [...]

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger tells fans that he has signed Lionel Messi

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Arsene Wenger told Arsenal supporters that he has signed Lionel Messi. Unfortunately for Gooners, he was only joking. He was responding to a tongue-in-cheek question from the amateur cameraman who made the video. He asks: "I've heard of a guy called Messi can you sign him?" A deadpan Wenger responds: "Yes, we have signed [.

West Brom keeper Ben Foster attempts to decapitate a cameraman during England kit photoshoot

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The photoshoot for England's new kit involved getting members of the squad to pretend to do things they weren't really doing. This is called acting. Goalkeeper Ben Foster didn't really understand this concept. When he was supposed to be pretending to throw the ball to launch an England attack he instead really threw ball and [.

Roberto Martinez set for Everton after confirming he will leave Wigan

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Roberto Martinez appears poised to become the new Everton manager after confirming he will leave relegated Wigan. The FA Cup-winning manager is the hot favourite to replace David Moyes following his decision to join Manchester United. Latics chairman Dave Whelan confirmed that Martinez had sought permission to speak to the Toffees last Friday.

Paris St Germain goalkeeper Ronan Le Crom cries after poor debut against Lorient

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Paris St Germain had wrapped the title up well before their last day of the season trip to Lorient, and therefore took the opportunity to give a few squad players a run out. This approach included the introduction on the hour mark of third-choice goalkeeper Ronan Le Crom, who replaced Salvatore Sirigu.

Borussia Dortmund team ‘treated’ to flash mob after Champions League final defeat

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The day after a late Champions a league final to your greatest domestic rivals, Borussia Dortmund's players probably just wanted to get back home quietly, before signing their moves to Bayern Munich in the next few weeks, but it wasn't to be. That's thanks to a Puma-organised flashmob at Stansted airport, which blared Movin On [.

FAIL! Actor Will Smith takes awful penalty at UEFA Champions League final event

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American celebrities haven't got a great record when it comes to taking penalties. Diana Ross famously 'broke the goal' with the power of her dribbled penalty in the opening ceremony of the 1994 World Cup, and now Will Smith has very much become the Diana Ross of the 21st century. The actor was present at [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is mobbed, urged to sign Gonzalo Higuain

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Arsene Wenger found himself to be an unlikely attraction at the Champions League final. The Arsenal manager was surrounded by supporters who chanted Gunners' songs in his direction. One member of the crowd began to demand that Wenger signs Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain. In fact, he's pretty adamant about it.

Crystal Palace play-off winner Kevin Phillips says he was spurred on by Watford boos

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Kevin Phillips says the boos from fans of former club Watford spurred him on as he secured promotion to the Premier League for Crystal Palace. The veteran striker started his long career at Vicarage Road, but was not given a warm reception by the Hornets supporters at Wembley. And they probably like him even less [.

Was Jose Mourinho scouting Chelsea youngster Nathaniel Chalobah during Crystal Palace vs Watford?

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Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho was an unexpected visitor for yesterday's Championship play-off final between Crystal Palace and Watford. The Special One's appearance at Wembley sparked a series of theories, the most plausible of which is that he was running the rule over Watford's on-loan Chelsea midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah.

All-German Champions League final marred by Nazi obsessed linesman and advertising hoardings

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What's the last thing you'd want to see in a high profile match between Germany's two biggest clubs? Probably a pro-Nazi slogan topped by a man giving a straight-armed salute. That's exactly what happened during Saturday's Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. An unfortunately placed linesman, arm extended, naturally, managed to position [.

Top five Champions League final conclusions: Bayern Munich 2-1 Borussia Dortmund

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1. Arjen Robben has proven that if you take enough shots in Champions League finals, you will eventually score the winner. He had 24 attempts on goal in three previous finals before his all important effort in the dying minutes of Saturday's final. 2. Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes is bowing out in style.

Coke Zero produce German football mash-up to celebrate Champions League final

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All season Coca-Cola have been producing 'mash-up' videos, celebrating 50 years of the Bundesliga. And with Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund commemorating the anniversary in perfect fashion by meeting in the Champions League final, Coke Zero released another video to mark the meeting. The video shows a goal scored, move by move, involving different players [.

Reading FC chairman John Madejski interrupts Paloma Faith concert

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We're hoping that Reading chairman John Madejski was rather drunk during the Waitrose Summer Party at the Natural History Museum (odd party, odder venue), but he certainly generated some brilliant headlines. The Waitrose boss was manhandled by security guards after he managed to venture up onto the stage at the party while Paloma Faith was [.

Bayern Munich defender Dante sold his Playstation to become a footballer

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The Champions League final is always likely to throw up a few fairy tale stories, and Borussia Dortmund's run to the final is one of those. However, Bayern have their own good news story in their ranks, as central defender, tasked with marking Robert Lewandowski in the final, reveals. The Brazilian explains how he almost [.

Robin Van Persie and Man Utd send signed photo to Arsenal fan Piers Morgan

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Mouthy Arsenal supporter Piers Morgan has revealed he today received a signed photograph of Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie the man he calls 'Van Pursestrings'. The double-sided framed photo was sent in a package from United's press office, which was accompanied by the note: "Robin wanted you to have to this.

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp’s pop song

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Jurgen Klopp is the coolest manager around, I think that much we can all agree. Pep Guardiola previously held that mantle, but joining Bayern Munich is just a little too big time, allowing hipster Klopp to take the title. And with Klopp inevitably comes his pop song. Released in 2011 after Dortmund won their first [.

‘Psychic’ elephant predicts Champions League win for Bayern Munich

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I think we all that the trend of animals predicting football matches had probably run its course, but we were fools. Because this is an elephant. A 'psychic' elephant. The elephant, rather disappointingly called Nelly (think outside the box, folks), has made the bold prediction in Serengeti Park, kicking a football into a net marked [.

Video: Chelsea 3-4 Manchester City

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Manchester City performed a remarkable comeback to overturn a 3-0 deficit and defeat Chelsea 3-4 in their end of season friendly.

Boyband One Direction train with Real Madrid

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Pop band One Direction appear to be making plans for careers in football when the bubble bursts on their music careers. After recently training with Newcastle, the group have now taken part in a Real Madrid training session. Jose Mourinho handed out personalised shirts to the lads, before they lined up in a wall to [.

Video: Spurs star Gareth Bale attempts overhead kick against Jamaica

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While many of the Premier League's big boys have headed off to the USA for post-season tours, Tottenham travelled to Bahamas to face Jamaica. In this age of wall-to-wall football coverage, there's surprisingly footage from Spurs' Caribbean venture. But one supporter captured this proof that not everything Gareth Bale attempts comes off at the moment.

Video: Man City defender Micah Richards compares frames with New York Giants’ Justin Tuck

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Given that he's ripped, Manchester City right-back Micah Richards is used to being the muscliest man around most of the time. But confronted by New York Giants' defensive end Justin Tuck, it doesn't take the England international long to note that the American footballer is considerably bigger than him.

Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic announces he wants to go to Liverpool

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Asmir Begovic has confirmed he wants to follow manager Tony Pulis through the door at Stoke City. Following Pulis' exit, the goalkeeper has gone public to announce that he intends to move to Liverpool this summer. He said: "I want to start preparing on July 10, with all the players of Liverpool." The Bosnian has [.

Everton star Marouane Fellaini: ‘Moyes made me train one-on-one after Stoke headbutt’

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Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini has revealed that former manager David Moyes brought him in for a one-on-one training session following his headbutt on Stoke's Ryan Shawcross. Moyes gave all the other players and coaching staff the day off, with only the Belgium international required to report for training.

Video: Joe Hart and James Milner play wide receiver to NY Giants quarterback Eli Manning

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Manchester City's players have been continuing to get to grips with American football, with Joe Hart and James Milner both receiving passes from New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. NFL wide receivers don't traditionally wear flip-flops, which makes Hart's efforts even more admirable. A less enthusiastic Milner then stepped up.

It’s a huge weekend for… Heynckes, Lewandowski, Zaha and Watford

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Jupp Heynckes The potential to establish to crowning glory in what would surely be the greatest ever send-off in football management? After a season in which his Bayern side have been utterly dominant, the demand of coach Jupp Heynckes to go out on a high has raised the club to a level they have never [.

Soccer AM’s Tubes scores ridiculous volley in charity game

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Whilst watching Soccer AM isn't necessarily recommended these days (it's merely pushing that most horrible of entities football bantz), everyone knows the 'character' on the show called Tubes and his rather alternative interviewing style. It now appears, however, that Tubes has been keeping something else in his locker.

This why football on an American football field just doesn’t work

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Oh dear, not too impressive refereeing. The game in question takes place in Germany on a dual-purpose sports pitch that also hosts American football. The match was an Oberliga game between Altona 93 and Vier-Und-Marschlande, and the incident took place a striker from the away team hit a shot that sailed over the crossbar, hit [.

OTP Rebounds: Lionel Messi’s defining moment, Rio’s new Man Utd contract and Arsenal boss’ eagle lookalikes

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Playing tiki-taka with the interwebs Lionel Messi talks about his defining moment: being given Barcelona's number 10 shirt [YouTube] Rio Ferdinand signs a new one-year deal at Manchester United [Man Utd] Titus Bramble set to leave Sunderland. Shocking that Paolo Di Canio doesn't want to keep him [BBC] Tony Pulis writes in the local newspaper [.

Joe Hart: ‘Man City need to improve massively next season’

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Joe Hart says Manchester City need to 'improve massively' next season after failing to achieve their goals in this campaign. Speaking during the club's post-season trip to the USA, Hart said visiting New York where City announced their involvement in new MLS franchise New York City FC was indicative that the club was [.

Gianfranco Zola says Mourinho’s Chelsea return ‘should be good’

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Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola says former manager Jose Mourinho's expected return to the club 'should be good'. Asked about the Special One's imminent return to Stamford Bridge, he said: "Well, it looks like it. He's certainly a great manager, he knows the players, he knows the atmosphere, so... it should be good.

Who Are Ya? Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Fernando Amorebieta Age: 28 Position: Centre-back Signed from: Athletic Bilbao Fee: Free Did you know? During Athletic's successful 2009–10 season, Amorebieta picked up an impressive 18 yellow cards and two red cards. What's the deal?

Montpellier slap €100m price tag on Arsenal target Remy Cabella

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Arsenal appear to have been priced out of a move for Montpellier playmaker Remy Cabella after the French side announced a €100m (£85.4m) asking price. The 23-year-old was reported to be high on Arsene Wenger's wanted list for the summer transfer window, but Montpellier are not prepared to sell on the cheap (or even at [.

Video: Manchester United Legends to face Real Madrid Legends

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Want to briefly regain your childhood? If you're about my age and answered 'yes', this is probably the match for you. Manchester United Legends are taking on Real Madrid Legends in a charity match for the MU Foundation. The teamsheets read like a who's who of mid-1990s sticker albums. Dwight Yorke, Andrew Cole, Denis Irwin, [.

Spurs and Arsenal target Christian Benteke ‘won’t necessarily accept’ being forced to stay at Aston Villa

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Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke says he "won't necessarily accept" being told he has to stay at the club. The Belgium international was Villa's star man this season. Without his goals, Paul Lambert's side would probably have been relegated. While that has made him a hero at Villa Park, Benteke says he would have no [.

Juan Mata says Jose Mourinho is welcome at Chelsea

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Chelsea star Juan Mata says Jose Mourinho would be welcome at the club because he is one of the best managers. Mourinho will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season and is widely expected to return to Stamford Bridge. Mata said: "Well, obviously Jose is one of the best. He won everything in [...]

Manchester United’s Jonny Evans escapes punishment despite punch against West Brom

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Bear with me, because I have a plan. With all this pressure on footballers to perform, behave and act as role models to a society already broken by a desperation for fame and an addiction to addiction, it seems that it is all getting a bit much for them. The only viable solution would be [...]

El Hadji Diouf gets beaten up in Senegal

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Karma eh, what a b*tch. It has been revealed that Leeds United's El Hadji Diouf has been beaten up by men in Senegal after a drunken argument in a bar. The forward is reported to have been abusing other drinkers at the bar when a few finally lost patience and punched Diouf several times when [...]

Video: Meet Liverpool’s new goalkeeper… Luis Suarez

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We all know Luis Suarez has a fondness for handling the ball, but that's no usually because he's the goalkeeper. In a twist on the old adage that strikers are the first line of defence, the Liverpool star positioned himself in front of Reds keeper Brad Jones and proceeded to do his job for him. [...]

Man City star Samir Nasri talks up Pellegrini, criticises Mancini

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Samir Nasri has talked up Manuel Pellgrini's prospects of success at Manchester City while suggesting former boss Roberto Mancini was unable to get to grips with different personalities in the City dressing room. The France international was full of praise for the man widely expected to become his new manager.

Video: Argentinos Juniors supporters throws dentures onto the pitch

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You've seen the success that deploying the false nine has brought to its proponents. Now, football's latest tactical innovation is the false teeth. A fan of Argentinos Juniors expressed his unhappiness at the team's current run of form by throwing his dentures onto the pitch during the 3-1 defeat to Belgrano on Monday.

Manchester City and New York Yankees join forces to form MLS side New York City FC

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Manchester City and baseball side New York Yankees have announced they will create an MLS expansion side called New York City FC. The club will join the league in 2015, when it will become its 20th club. City's owner Sheikh Mansour will be the majority partner of the new team, with the Yankees also actively [.

Kitman: Manchester City unveil new home kit

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Manchester City have unveiled their new home kit for next season during their post-season trip to New York. As well as announcing their involvement in a new MLS franchise, the club has attempted to maximise exposure for their US visit by also launching the new kit. The kit is City's first to be manufactured by [.

GIF It: Chelsea striker Fernando Torres’ son equally hesitant in front of goal

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Like father, like son. This looks uncannily like the Fernando Torres we've witnessed for much of his time at Chelsea. It's actually his son Leo, who is one-on-one with Damian Cech, the pint-sized keeper son of Petr. Let's see how he gets on... Just like dad, he looks confident striding towards goal but seems unsure [.

Video: Chelsea defender David Luiz’s crazy driving

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Footballers' contracts usually have a long list telling them things they aren't allowed to do. We would have thought driving a cart round like this with two team-mates on board is one of the items on that list. Chelsea star David Luiz did a bit of off-roading at the club's Cobham training ground this week, [.

The last piece of chewing gum of Sir Alex Ferguson’s Man Utd reign listed on eBay

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A piece of chewing gum reported to be the last chewed by Sir Alex Ferguson as a football manager is available to buy on eBay. The gum was reportedly retrieved by a fan at the Hawthorns on Sunday afternoon, placed in a wooden case and stuck on the internet auction site. The listing read: "Used [...]

Video: Chelsea keeper Ross Turnbull’s son Josh scores magnificent solo effort

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Roman Abramovich has long envisaged a time when Chelsea bring through homegrown talent, so you can imagine his was delighted to see Josh Turnbull, son of Blues keeper Ross, score at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. The toddler picked the ball up on the edge of the box, dribbled into the area, stopped to literally pick [.

Real Madrid confirm Jose Mourinho exit, pave way for Chelsea return

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The worst kept secret in football has been officially confirmed: Jose Mourinho will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season. The Special One has been dropping hints for weeks and he is known to be short of allies at the Bernabeu, so the news that he's leaving by mutual consent comes as no [...]

Wayne Rooney’s new son Klay is born

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Our Beautiful Son Klay Anthony Rooney was born at 2.11am, Weighing 7Ib 11.1/2 oz. Both Klay and Coleen are fine..... We're all delighted!! Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) May 21, 2013 Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has become a father for a second time. Baby Klay Anthony Rooney Rooney's second son with wife Colleen [.

Wigan want £15million for Spurs target James McCarthy

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Tottenham will have to pay Wigan £15million to secure the services of highly sought after James McCarthy. The Republic of Ireland international is considered to be one of the finest midfielders outside the Premier League's top five and seems certain to move on after the Latics' relegation to the Championship.

Tottenham set to keep Gareth Bale for another season

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Spurs star Gareth Bale is set to sign an improved contract and stay at the club for another season on the condition that he is allowed to move at the end of next season. The new deal will see Bale pocket £130,000 and will be announced shortly, according to the Evening Standard. But the [...]

Brighton apologise to Crystal Palace over dressing room excrement

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Brighton have apologised to Crystal Palace after excrement was found smeared on the Amex Stadium's away dressing room walls ahead of the Championship play-off semi-final second leg. Someone at Brighton with access to the dressing rooms had staged a dirty protest ahead of the match, and the Eagles arrived for the game to discover their [.

Macedonian Mario Gjurovski sent off for Muangthong United for frankly ridiculous celebration

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The problem with the rule about getting a yellow card for an over-elaborate celebration is that once you have over-stepped the line, you might as well run with it and get your money's worth. That is very much an ethos followed by Macedonian midfielder Mario Gjurovski of Muangthong United during a Thai Premier League match [.

Coventry City’s Ricoh Arena is definitely on fi…. Oh, it’s only a Muse concert.

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God love Twitter eh. You have to find glorious the way the social media application can discover, discuss, mock and reject a news story within a matter of seconds. Last night, Twitter buzzed with the news that Coventry City's Ricoh Arena (there is quite a lot wrong with saying Coventry City's Ricoh Arena given the [.

Munich Philharmonic Orchestra creates Bayern Munich song for Champions League final

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With Bayern Munich heading to London as favourites to lift the Champions League trophy in Wembley, the club have had an official song given to them for the final. Fortunately, they didn't channel "Glory Glory Man United" or "We've Got The Whole World In Our Hands," and instead went all highbrow. Their song has been [.

Jose Mourinho dons Chelsea shirt for #The2ndComing billboard

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Jose Mourinho has been seen wearing a Chelsea shirt on the streets of London as part of a PR stunt. The Special One appeared in a Blues kit on a digital billboard in Kensington, accompanied by the hashtag slogan #The2ndComing. But the image was just a publicity ploy by the company that owned the billboard.

Tony Pulis set to leave Stoke City

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Tony Pulis is to leave Stoke City after a meeting with chairman Peter Coates this morning. More to follow.

Top 10 conclusions: Premier League weekend, 19 May

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1. This wasn't a round of Premier League fixtures: it was the world's best attended leaving do. Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes, Paul Scholes, Jamie Carragher, Michael Owen, Steve Harper, Rafa Benitez and Mark Halsey were all saying goodbye. 2. Fergie won't be forgetting his final game in management for a while.

Video: Tottenham fans wrongly believe Newcastle have scored against Arsenal

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It's not the last day of the season without the odd false rumour or two. Yesterday, someone at White Hart Lane started a very cruel rumour that Newcastle had equalised against Arsenal. Spurs needed the Gunners to drop points to have any hope of qualifying for the Champions League, so you can understand why their [.

Howard Webb swaps shirts after being bitten by midges (Newcastle vs Arsenal)

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Referee Howard Webb and his team of officials swapped shirts at half-time during yesterday's match between Newcastle and Arsenal amid fears that their yellow jerseys were irresistible to Tyneside's insect life. After being bitten by midges in the first-half, Webb and his assistants swapped to green shirts at half-time.

GIF It: Barcelona’s ex-Arsenal star Alex Song thinks he’s going to lift the league trophy. He’s not

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You can't fail to laugh at this. In the sort of cringe-laughter way that made you enjoy The Office so much. Former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song thought that his scintillating performances for Barcelona this season had been noted by his colleagues and that he was to be given the honour of being the first to [.

Kitman: New England kit unveiled by Jack Wilshere

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The new England kit has been revealed through the medium of a slightly strange tweet from Arsenal's Jack Wilshere. The midfielder posted a photo of the new kit on his Twitter account with the message: "Like this kid, my England dream began here, so he was first in #theshirt – England's new kit from @NikeFootball.

Manuel Pellegrini wants to bring Pepe to Manchester City

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FA disciplinary panels can expect plenty of overtime next season if Manuel Pellegrini succeeds in bringing Pepe to the Premier League. The Malaga boss is widely expected to become Manchester City's new manager and reports in the Spanish media suggest that he wants to make the Real Madrid defender his first signing.

Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio not pleased with ‘arrogant, ignorant footballers’

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It's not a real day of the week without an entertaining Paolo Di Canio quote. The Sunderland manager is ready to wield the axe after getting fed up of the lack of discipline among his players. He said: "I don't care to have argument with my players but they have to go through the rules. [...]

GIF It: Goalkeeper Steve Harper cries during crowd tribute (Newcastle vs Arsenal)

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Long-serving Newcastle keeper Steve Harper plays his final game for the club against Arsenal this afternoon. The St James' Park crowd marked the occasion with a minute's applause and chanting for Harper in the 37th minute in recognition of Harper's squad number. The veteran goalie was clearly moved by the tribute and was seen crying.

GIF It: Jamie Carragher tries to sign off with a Hand of God (Liverpool vs QPR)

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It's safe to say that soon to be retired Jamie Carragher is a bit of a deity on Merseyside. So that's a possible explanation as to why he channelled the Hand of God during his last ever game. Carradona didn't get away with it though: the handball was spotted and a free-kick awarded to opponents [...]

Former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue cradles, pins down and interviews reporter

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Emmanuel Eboue isn't averse to madcap behaviour, but this is special even by his standards. During his celebrations after Galatasaray won the Turkish title, the ex-Arsenal right-back picked up a television reporter, placed him on the pitch and held him down while carrying out an interview in which Eboue became the reporter.

Childish! CSKA Moscow midfielder Pontus Wembloom draws phallus on manager’s back

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A friend's school exercise book, a steamy shower door and a car window are just three of the places that it is impossible (with a certain necessary immaturity) to leave without drawing a member on. Now you can, rather bizarrely, add football manager's back to that list. Yesterday, CSKA Moscow drew with Kuban to gain [.

Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini takes out advert in newspaper to thank fans

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After an initial outpouring of sympathy from Manchester City fans, some rather sad stories have come out in the tabloids regarding Roberto Mancini's reign at Eastlands. Papers have spoken of players wanting to go out and celebrate the sacking of a man they saw as vain, egotistical and dictatorial. However, it appears that Mancini has [.

Kitman: New Manchester United home kit leaked

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This is reported to be Manchester United's new home kit for next season. The champions are set to return to defend their Premier League title equipped with button down collars if these images are anything to go by. The new kit is expect to go on sale on menswear sites such as Sports Direct, as [...]

Video: David Beckham plays last PSG home match

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An emotional David Beckham played his final home match for PSG and his first match since announcing his decision to retire at the end of the season. Asked if there had been any tears, Becks said: "I expected to have them a little bit, you know it was hard. You try to fight it back [...]

Newcastle owner – and reported Spurs fan – Mike Ashley offers £1million incentive to beat Arsenal

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Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is offering his non-playing staff a share of a £1million bonus if they beat Arsenal in this afternoon's match. Ashley is reported to be a Spurs fan, and a Newcastle win would secure Champions League football for Andre Villas Boas' side providing they are able to beat Sunderland in today's other [.

GIF It: Cristiano Ronaldo sent off for Real Madrid in Copa Del Rey final

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Real Madrid were surprise losers to their neighbours Atletico in the Copa Del Rey final last night, surely meaning that Jose Mourinho will leave the Bernabeu without winning a trophy during his last season. The final was as eventful as you would expect, with Atletico winning the game 2-1 in extra time after a 90 [.

Spanish side Xerez threatened with chilling crucifixes laid by fans

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Bill Shankly once claimed that football was more important than a matter of life or death, but we reckon that if he had seen this chilling sight before him, he may just have thought twice about his comment. It isn't long since Xerez were in La Liga, but after a horrible season they were relegated [..

Whodunnit? Someone at Brighton ‘relieved’ themselves in Crystal Palace’s dressing room

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Has football gone completely mental? Following the news that Glenn Whelan put a pig's head in the locker of Kenwyne Jones yesterday, an email has emerged from Brighton in which Gus Poyet claims that someone carried out a rather smelly act against playoff opponents Crystal Palace. Poyet, who has been suspended along with his staff, [.

Glenn Whelan ‘leaves a pig’s head’ in Stoke team-mate Kenwyne Jones’ locker, Jones smashes his windscreen

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It's definitely the end of term at the Britannia Stadium. Following the pasting Michael Owen's Merc received, Stoke's squad have now allegedly turned to leaving dead animals in each other's lockers. Kenwyne Jones reportedly went to his locker today only to find a pig's head inside. The finger of suspcion imeediately pointed to Republic of [.

Who Are Ya? Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Yaya Sanogo Age: 20 Position: Striker Current club: Auxerre Fee: Free (with compensation) Did you know? Sanogo already has a cult following due to his propensity to turn into a virtual world-beater in the Football Manager computer game series.

Video: 11-year-old Liverpool fan joins Chelsea’s Europa League trophy presentation

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A young Liverpool fan desperate to meet hero Fernando Torres ended up becoming part of Chelsea's Europa League trophy presentation. Louis Kearns, aged 11, had been at the match with his dad. As Chelsea's players made their way past Louis' seat, he was desperate to get up close and personal with Torres and former Liverpool [.

West Ham squad goes rowing, Mark Noble among those to take a dip

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Not content with being award the Olympic Stadium as their new ground, West Ham have now taken over the London 2012 rowing lake. The Hammers took to Dorney Lake for a team-building rowing session with Olympic silver medalist Mark Hunter. As you might expect with a Sam Allardyce team-building session, the water-based fun was not [.

Arsenal interested in taking Wayne Rooney from Man Utd

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Arsenal are plotting a summer move for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. According to the Daily Mail, members of the Gunners' backroom team were discussing bidding for the wantaway England international as far back as March after being alerted that he was no longer happy at Old Trafford. Arsenal are said to be serious about [.

Tottenham and Chelsea make approaches for Southampton’s Luke Shaw

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Chelsea and Spurs have both approached Southampton to sound-out a possible move for Luke Shaw. The young left-back has impressed for the Saints in his debut season of Premier League football, prompting enquiries from two of the top flight's top five. The Times reports that both London clubs hope to take advantage of the uncertainty [.

It’s a huge weekend for…AVB, Arsenal, Jorge Jesus, Schalke and Freiburg

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AVB Should Spurs fail to qualify for the Champions League this weekend, there will undoubtedly be a stream of bullsh*t dictating that darling 'Arry did a better job to get fourth last season. However, just look at it like this. Should Spurs beat Sunderland on Sunday (like that, alliteration fans?) they will have their highest [.

Marouane Fellaini keeps his promise, dyes his Afro silver

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A couple of weeks ago we brought you news that Everton's Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini had vowed to dye his famous frizzy hair silver in a bid to raise money for Everton's Club in the Community scheme. Well, the promise certainly worked, because the £25,000 target was reached, and there is the proof!

Wife of Chelsea midfielder Ramires vents anger after Brazil exclusion

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One may have thought that the off-season was a difficult time for the footballer's WAG. With little interest in football, you have to put up with your significant other cluttering up the house, playing FIFA with his mates and counting his money in a vastly expensive onesie. That certainly seems to be the opinion of [.

Galatasaray fan injures Didier Drogba at training

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And this is why open training sessions can be a bad idea. After winning the Turkish league, Galatasaray decided to say thank you to fans by inviting supporters to watch the team train, but it led to a rather bizarre incident. After ten minutes of the session, a man ran through the barrier holding back [.

OTP Rebounds: New Manchester United manager at the end of the road, Lampard’s Chelsea goals become an installation and Di Canio threatens to cut Sunderland holidays

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Playing tiki-taka with the interwebs What if David Moyes was an early-1990s R&B vocal group [IllustratedGame] David Beckham viral moments [101GG] Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio will shorten his players' summer holidays if they don't perform with dignity on Sunday [BBC] A distraught Benfica fan after last night's defeat [Feint Zebra] The trajectory of Frank [.

Top 10 moments of David Beckham career

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Following the news that David Beckham is to hang up his boots at the end of the season, OTP explores some of the standout moments of the ex-England captain's career. 1. The free-kick against Greece Having already ran around like a man possessed to play Greece almost by himself for most of the match, Becks [.

Chelsea captain John Terry again dons full kit for trophy presentation

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Despite starting one of the internet's most enduring memes when he changed into full Chelsea kit for last season's Champions League trophy celebration, John Terry did exactly the same for last night's Europa League final. At the start of the evening, JT looked more suitably dressed to gatecrash a snooker trophy presentation.

Newcastle trying to sign Wayne Rooney from Man Utd, claims Mike Ashley’s website

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Newcastle are in early-stage discussions with Wayne Rooney's agent about a move from Manchester United, according to an article on the news section of Mike Ashley's business website. The Sports Direct website claims the Magpies are preparing a bid for the England international. The article read: "Newcastle United are preparing a shock bid for want-away [.

Top five conclusions: Chelsea 2-1 Benfica

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1. Chelsea know how to win these trophies against the run of play. They were inferior to Benfica for huge chunks of this match, but Bayern Munich will testify that counts for little. 2. "Winners of Europe's second most prestigious club competition, we know what we are" doesn't have quite the same ring to it.

Did Michael Carrick vote for himself as Manchester United’s Players’ Player of the Year

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Manchester United seem to have suggested that midfielder Michael Carrick voted for himself in the Players' Player of the Year award. A report on the club's official website says that Carrick was the "unanimous" choice after a vote by members of the squad. If nobody else received any votes, that means Carrick must have picked [.

Mark Van Bommel shows that he’s more than a hard man at PSV training

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Mark Van Bommel was known throughout his career as something of a footballing bastard, so much so that he was even sent off a couple of weeks ago in his last ever professional match. However, in this video of PSV training shows that Van Bommel also had a more delicate side. The enforcer pings football [.

FAIL – Australian reporter pranked whilst discussing Europa League final

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We all love a childish prank now and again, and this Australian news reporter got fooled (or should that be merked) by the script writer this morning. The reporters were discussing Chelsea's victory in the Europa League final, and the lady in question started things badly by tripping up over Chelsea player names and even [.

Diego Maradona returns to Argentina in typical violent, crazy fashion

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You can normally tell when Diego Maradona has landed in Argentina. It starts with a swarm of journalists around the former footballer, and ends with El Diego kicking off and kicking out at anyone that bothers him. After a flight from Dubai to Argentina (which also created reports of violent behaviour), Maradona walked into an [.

Chelsea’s Petr Cech almost missed bus to Europa League final against Benfica

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There were none of the heroics of last season's Champions League final from Petr Cech last night, but the goalkeeper still played a crucial role in ensuring that Chelsea won a European trophy for the second successive season. However, it was revealed that Cech almost missed the game completely thanks to poor timekeeping.

Mauricio Pochettino says he could leave Southampton, talks about himself in the third person

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Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino says he could leave the club if executive chairman Nicola Cortese quits. Cortese is in dispute with Saints' owners, the Liebherr Trust, about the running of the club and is seeking assurances from them that he will continue to have the final say in major decisions.

Frank Lampard signs new contract at Chelsea

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Frank Lampard has signed a deal that will keep him at Chelsea next season. After months of ushering their all-time leading goalscorer towards the exit, the Blues have decided they couldn't afford to let Lamps leave after all. His existing deal expired at the end of the season. With no sign of a new contract, [.

GIF It: Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez’s men with long hair fetish

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Winning a cup competition can bring out strong emotions. In the case of Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez, a dramatic victory in tonight's Europe League final appeared to stimulate a fetish for men with long hair. His first port of call after the final whistle was to approach Benfica manager Jorge Jesus from behind and [.

Kitman: New Newcastle 2013/14 away kit revealed

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Newcastle's away kit for next season has been revealed... through the medium of a rather sultry looking Steven Taylor. He must have been working on his pout. It's the first Magpies shirt to be released since a controversial sponsorship deal with payday loan company Wonga.com was announced. The Puma kit comes in an insignia blue [.

OTP Rebounds: Limping John Terry, Brian Kidd lonely at Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal face possible play-off and Liverpool based manager steals Fergie’s thunder

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Playing tiki-taka with the interwebs After the departures of Roberto Mancini and David Platt, Brian Kidd has been left all by himself at Manchester City [YouTube] Chelsea skipper John Terry is not expected to feature in tonight's Europa League final (which experience tells us doesn't preclude him from dressing the part) after being spotted limping [.

Mario Balotelli says ‘obviously there were some problems inside’ Manchester City

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AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli says there were obviously problems at Manchester City that led to the club failing to retain the Premier League title and to the sacking of manager Roberto Mancini. Asked about Mancini's departure, he told CNN World of Sport: "I am not really surprised. When I was with him he was [.

QPR striker Loic Remy arrested in connection with gang rape

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QPR striker Loic Remy has been arrested on suspicion of rape following allegations of a gang rape. The 26-year-old France international and two other men who were arrested in Fulham, west London, are currently being questioned in connection with an alleged rape on a 34-year-old woman on May 6 by three men.

GIF It: The happiest relegated fan ever (Arsenal 4-1 Wigan)

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We're used to seeing fans moved to tears at the prospect of their team dropping out of the Premier League. But relegation doesn't seem to have hit this Wigan fan too hard. He's up for a laugh with fellow supporters. And is he asking that steward if he can head for the exit now the [...]

GIF It: Wigan fan’s middle finger salute to nobody in particular

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Sky Sports' director must have been cursing after this. Of all the Wigan fans they could have cut to after Arsenal scored they happened to choose the one who was about to give a middle finger salute to... well, it's hard to know exactly who he was giving it to. Had he spotted the camera [...]

Frank Lampard: ‘Chelsea have grown to love the Europa League’

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Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard says the club have gradually grown to love the Europa League after the initial disappointment of being knocked out of the Champions League. After winning Europe's showpiece tournament last season, Lampard and his team-mates were not initially pleased to find themselves in the less prestigious Europa League this campaign.

Kitman – AC Milan’s new shirt (with a pocket?)

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Without unnecessarily resorting to national stereotypes, we had the Italians down as a stylish bunch, and Milan is the fashion capital of Italy. Surely, therefore, AC Milan would't make any serious faux pas when designing their.... Ah, I see. Whilst we aren't sold on the gold colour of the kit (Barcelona did something similar a [.

Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio wants to slap ‘Playboy model’ Connor Wickham

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Paolo Di Canio says he is tempted to slap Sunderland youngster Connor Wickham to ensure he fulfils his potential. The Black Cats boss is keen to see the 20-year-old live up to the expectations that came when he arrived on Wearside from Ipswich for £8.1 million two years ago. He said: "Maybe, with this guy, [.

Bobble on pitch gets assist in dreadful Brazilian open goal miss

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This may well be one of the worst misses of all time, with Willian Ribeiro the guilty party. Ribeiro was playing for Campinense against Atletico-PB in the Paraibano League in Brazil, when he was sent through on goal. The striker knocked the ball past the goalkeeper, and was left with a free shot on goal [.

Liverpool want Barcelona’s Cristian Tello in Pepe Reina deal

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Liverpool will attempt to bring talented Barcelona youngster Cristian Tello to Anfield as part of any deal that takes goalkeeper Pepe Reina to the Spanish champions. Barca want to bring 30-year-old Reina to Camp Nou to replace Victor Valdes, who is expected to leave the club this summer. Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to [.

FAIL – Moldovan goalkeeper scores dreadful own goal on his debut

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As D:Ream once rightly sung, things can only get better for 18-year-old Moldovan goalkeeper Radu Mitu. The goalkeeper made his debut for Moldovan soccer team Milsami-Ursidos on Saturday, and would probably like to forget exactly how it went. Just ten minutes into the match, Mitu collected a ball that ran through to him, and attempted [.

Tottenham, Fulham and Aston Villa set to battle for Watford’s Matej Vydra

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Spurs, Fulham and Aston Villa will head the race for Watford star Matej Vydra if the Hornets fail to make it to the Premier League. The 21-year-old is one of a host of Udinese players currently on loan at Vicarage Road. His 22 goals have been instrumental as Gianfranco Zola's side have pushed for [..

Top 10 Premier League transfer flops of the season 2012-13

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With the dust about to settle on another Premier League season, OTP looks at the top-flight teams' dodgiest transfer investments. 1. Chris Samba (QPR) QPR's super-heavyweight defender tops our list after his arrival in January. Brought in to bolster the R's brittle defence, he succeeded only in adding an extra dimension of calamity.

Spurs’ Gareth Bale and Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade Chamberlain gatecrash a 5-a-side match

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Gareth Bale and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain are the stars of this new Lucozade commercial in which they play as ringers in 5-a-side teams. The north London duo are in the familiar position of being on opposing sides as they square-up in the less familiar surroundings of a tiny astroturf pitch. Would it do them any [.

Former Manchester City kit man launches Twitter attack on Roberto Mancini

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Roberto Mancini may well be a man down today, but his former kitman has absolutely no issue with giving him a good kicking. Stephen Aziz took to Twitter to vent his frustrations at the wave of sympathy from City fans for their outgoing manager. Aziz, who is now employed by Sunderland, described is former colleague [.

OTP Rebounds: Man City star Carlos Tevez KO’d by Wembley step, Kendall backs Big Dunc for Everton job and Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola re-creates a Lampard special

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Carlos Tevez and a linesman both succumbed to a potentially lethal step at Wembley [101GG] Former Everton boss Howard Kendall has backed Duncan Ferguson to become the club's new manager [BBC] Wigan's Callum McManaman has won his first England under-21 call-up... and he's off to the European Championships [Guardian] Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola recreates a [.

Beer-soaked Franck Ribery vows never to talk to Bayern Munich team-mate Jerome Boateng again

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Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery says he will never talk to team-mate Jerome Boateng again after the Germany international soaked him with beer during the club's title celebrations. The devout Muslim took Boateng's actions to heart, believing he should have known the soaking would not sit well with Ribery's religious beliefs.

Arsenal star Jack Wilshere has been on painkillers to play

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that midfielder Jack Wilshere has been taking painkillers to get through matches. The injury prone England international is set for furhter surgery on his troublesome ankle at the end of the season. We reported that Alex Oxlade Chamberlain had let that particular cat out of the bag last month.

Video: Riots mar PSG victory parade

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PSG's title celebrations were overshadowed by rioting on the streets of Paris. Part of their victory tour had to be cut short, including a planned moonlit boat trip along the Seine river. [Pause to allow you to briefly imagine you're on a moonlit boat trip on the Seine with David Beckham.] Thousands of fans had [.

Video: Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway’s amazing dressing room dancing

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May 14, 2013 | Enroute to wembley #cpfc it's #karmmm by 7YB on Keek.com Football managers usually bemoan the dressing room music chosen by their playing stuff. But after Crystal Palace reached the Championship play-off final with victory over Brighton last night, Ian Holloway was ready to embrace it.

Video: RKC Waalwijk’s Jeff Stan catches ref with nasty two-footed lunge

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Two-footed tackles are a sure-fire way to get yourself into trouble with referees, especially if it's the ref who's on the receiving end of your lunge. That's exactly what RKC Waalwijk's Jeff Stan did during their match against NEC. The officially didn't give in to the temptation to give Stan his marching orders.

Was Carlo Ancelotti first choice to become the new Manchester United manager?

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Reports in the French media suggest that David Moyes might have been Manchester United's second-choice new manager. Le Parisien reports that Sir Alex Ferguson personally called PSG manager Carlo Ancelotti to ask whether he would be interested in succeeding him at Old Trafford. Ancelotti is said to have politely declined, leading Fergie and United to [.

Roberto Mancini sacked as Manchester City manager

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Roberto Mancini has been sacked from his job as Manchester City manager. More to follow.

Video: Manchester United’s open-top bus tour title celebrations

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Manchester United marked Sir Alex Ferguson's 13th and final Premier League title with an open-top bus tour around the city today. Fergie addressed crowds gathered outside Old Trafford taking time to request fans attend tomorrow's under-21 clash with Liverpool before the bus set off on its trip to the city centre.

OTP Rebounds: Man Utd fans crowd-fund Cristiano Ronaldo transfer, Stoke’s goodbye to Michael Owen and Arsene Wenger is psychic

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Stoke's squad bid farewell to Michael Owen by caking his car in flours and egg [Twitter] A group of Manchester United fans are trying to crowd-fund a bid for Cristiano Ronaldo by pledging to purchase replica shirts bearing his name [Bring Ronaldo Home] Arsene Wenger told his Arsenal staff months ago that this would be [.

Top 10 conclusions: Premier League weekend, 11-12 May

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1. Old Trafford gave a great goodbye to Sir Alex Ferguson. Prawn sandwiches were pushed aside to create some serious atmosphere. 2. Quitting works. Both Manchester United and Everton got good home wins to say goodbye to departing managers. 3. It was a bittersweet weekend for Wigan. They upset the odds to win the FA [.

Sir Alex Ferguson confirms Wayne Rooney has asked to leave Manchester United

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Sir Alex Ferguson used his last post-match interview at Old Trafford to set the cat amongst the pigeons with regard to Wayne Rooney's future. After yesterday's win over Swansea, Fergie confirmed that Wayne Rooney has asked to leave Manchester United, as we reported last week. The outgoing manager also confirmed the club's stance that the [.

Tottenham boss Andre Villas Boas hopes to be rewarded with Arsenal slip-up

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Spurs manager Andre Villas Boas is hoping his side will be rewarded for their late winner against Stoke with a slip-up from north London rivals Arsenal. After seeing his side beat the Potters, Villas Boas was hoping that the Gunners will drop points against either Wigan or Newcastle in their final two games of the [.

Video: Sir Alex Ferguson’s emotional farewell speech to Manchester United

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Alex Ferguson's farewell speech at Old Trafford by footballdaily1 Sir Alex Ferguson said goodbye to Old Trafford with an emotional speech following Manchester United's win against Swansea in his final home game in charge. Fergie's unscripted talk was sandwiched between the match and United's title celebrations.

Video: Wigan beat Manchester City to win the FA Cup (extended highlights)

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Wigan pulled off one of the biggest shocks in recent FA Cup final history to record a surprise 1-0 win over favourites Manchester City. Ben Watson's late goal was enough to secure win for Roberto Martinez's side, whose attention will immediately turn to trying to secure Premier League survival. You can see extended highlights of [.

Video: Watford’s incredible 97th-minute winner (just seconds after Leicester have penalty saved) sends them to Championship play-off final

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There were incredible scenes in the Championship play-offs yesterday. Deep into injury time, Leicester appeared to be heading to Wembley ahead of Watford. With the score at 2-2 on aggregates, the Foxes were already going through on away goals when they were awarded a penalty. Goalkeeper Manuel Almunia pulled off an incredible double save from [.

Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor speaks of his love for the Champions League theme music

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Emmanuel Adebayor is desperate for Spurs to pip his former club Arsenal to Champions League qualification because he loves the music. The Togo international is a big fan of the UEFA Champions League Anthem, calling it the best music in his life. After scoring the winner in yesterday's win at Stoke, Adebayor said: "It's [.

Video: Fabio Coentrao takes his place on the Real Madrid bench (but hasn’t been named as a sub)

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There was hilarity on the Real Madrid bench at the weekend when left-back Fabio Coentrao kitted out in his sub's gear took his seat. Everyone on the bench apart from Coentrao seemed to know that he hadn't been named as a sub. Those who were legitimately warming the bench, including Iker Casillas and [.

GIF It: Everton legend Duncan Ferguson suggestively pops a mint in his mouth while talking to David Moyes’ dad

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At least we assume it's a mint. Otherwise Big Dunc and Moyes' dad decided to pop some pills in the stands to guarantee the atmosphere was buzzing for David's Goodison Park send-off.

GIF It – Matej Vydra of Watford channels Marco Van Basten

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Watford's Matej Vydra has struggled for goals of late, but he ended his drought in spectacular style during his sdie's playoff sem final match against Leicester. There looked little danger when the ball was clipped over the top to the striker, but he somehow managed to squeeze out a left-footed volley which screamed past Kasper [.

GIF It – Clint Dempsey’s bizarre equaliser for Spurs v Stoke

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Stoke took the lead against Spurs in Sunday's early Premier League kick off as the away side looked to keep alive their top four hopes, but Tottenham pegged back Stoke in bizarre fashion. A long ball was played over the top for Gareth Bale to chase, and Asmir Begovic made the decision to come charging [.

GIF It: Frank Lampard breaks Bobby Tambling’s Chelsea goalscoring record

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After equalling Chelsea's all-time goal scoring record earlier in the match, Frank Lampard became the outright record holder with a second goal against Aston Villa. His 203rd goal for the Blues moves Lamps past Bobby Tambling's previous record.

The greatest FA Cup final goals of all time

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It's FA Cup final day, so let us set aside our grievances about the date of the game and the time of the day and just get on board with what is undeniably a great occasion. The Football Association TV have helped us all get into the spirit of things by producing a cracking video [...]

Roberto Mancini set to be replaced by Manuel Pellegrini as Manchester City manager

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Roberto Mancini might be leading his Manchester City side out at Wembley for the second time in three years, but it appears that his days at Eastlands may be running out. Reports have screamed around social media that the Italian is to be replaced by Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini at the end of the season.

GIF It: Frank Lampard equals Chelsea’s all-time scoring record

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Frank Lampard equalled Bobby Tambling's Chelsea goalscoring record in today's lunchtime kick-off against Aston Villa. Lamps bagged his 202nd goal for the Blues in the second-half to level the scores at 1-1.

Kitman – Olympique Lyon’s new third strip glows in the dark

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Well aren't Lyon the clever clogs eh? For this season the French club became the first ever team to release a 3D kit, but their third kit for next season goes a little bit childhood retro on us. It is going to have areas that will glow in the dark. Quite why we are not [...]

ADO Den Haag fans hospitalised after eating space cakes in corporate hospitality

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ADO Den Haag, it appears, are the club that really puts the hospital in corporate hospitality. Sixteen fans were treated in hospital after collapsing in the stands at the club's 2-0 home win against Feyenoord, and it later appeared that they were in fact suffering from the effects of over-excessive Marijuana consumption.

OTP Rebounds: Chelsea mugs, Bolton vs West Ham FA Cup final images and Liverpool legend’s managerial bow

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Get your 'Chelsea Mugs of the Roman Empire' commemorative mug [101GG] Ever wanted to play 'Where's Wally?' with a slightly disturbing Phil Thompson twist? Here's your chance [Lurking Thommo] Great photos of the first FA Cup final, which took place between Bolton and West Ham 90 years ago [Dirty Tackle] Legendary Liverpool ball-crusher Phil [.

It’s a huge weekend for… Mancini, Martinez, Fergie and Spurs

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Roberto Mancini Win or bust? In the Premier League, City have regressed in almost every area. They have less points, have scored fewer goals and conceded more. Pablo Zabaleta is perhaps the only player who has played better than last season. The Champions League was nothing more than a disgrace. Montpellier, Dinamo Zagreb and Nordsjaelland [.

Video: The best FA Cup Final goals

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The FA Cup Final has seen some classic goals over the years. This video neatly rounds many of them up ahead of tomorrow's clash between Manchester City and Wigan. Any favourites?

It turns out David Moyes, Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini don’t hang out that much at Everton

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That's the only reason we can think of that would make sense of The Sun's bizarre dodgy Photoshop work this morning. There must be no photos of the three of them together for this to be the best option. The story to accompany this fine digital trickery is that David Moyes plans to raid Everton [...]

West Brom fans cashing in on Fergie’s retirement ahead of Manchester United match

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West Brom fans are receiving an unexpected windfall following Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to retire at the end of the season. The Baggies' final match of the season is at home to Manchester United, which means it is also Fergie's last game in the dugout. With United fans desperate to be there to see him [.

Manchester United’s players can expect to do some pre-season vomiting

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David Moyes is set to make his first mark on Manchester United by implementing a gruelling pre-season boot camp. Everton players will testify to Moyes' tough fitness regime, including his infamous 'Horseshoe Runs'. The intensive sprint sessions often leave players retching and barely able to stand by the time they've finished.

Football Mystery: Will Alan Curbishley ever work again?

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Hunting around the betting sites looking for the bookies' choices to be the new Manchester United manager this week, we were reminded that perennial vacant job dark horse Alan Curbishley is still out of work and featuring surprisingly high in some lists of contenders to replace Sir Alex Ferguson. Despite the fairly generous odds on [.

Wayne Rooney asks to leave Manchester United, request turned down

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has asked to leave Old Trafford but his request was refused by the club. The England star made a verbal transfer request to Sir Alex Ferguson two weeks ago. This was dismissed by United. A United spokesman said: "Wayne Rooney is not for sale." Rooney, who is being linked [.

Top five conclusions: Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham

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1. If you thought there were no winners in a draw, think again: it was Arsenal on this occasion. 2. Emmanuel Adebayor is sure to have some nasty blisters on his feet this morning. He showed finishing and mobility skills unheard of unless he's in need of a new contract. 3. The route to Champions [...]

Video: Inter Milan keeper Samir Handanovic scores flying backheel own goal for Lazio

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We've all laughed or moaned at keepers who flap at crosses, but even David James at the height of his video games obsession would have struggled to make a miscalculation quite this bad. Inter Milan goalie Samir Handanovic completed misjudged a cross from Antonio Candreva and ended up backheeling the ball into his net mid-flight [.

GIF It: Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez fondles Spurs manager Andre Villas Boas’ beard

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Goatee devotee Rafa Benitez is always quick to show his appreciation towards fellow proponents of facial hair. And judging by his excited response to Andre Villas Boas' ginger beard including some inappropriate touching the Spaniard might be considering converting to a full beard. Via 101GG

Video: Chelsea defender David Luiz listens in to Spurs’ tactical advice

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David Luiz has had a busy week of winding up opposition supporters. The latest installment of the Chelsea defender's exploits involved listening in to tactical instructions being given to Lewis Holtby by Spurs manager Andre Villas Boas. Taking his man-marking duties to the extreme, Luiz followed Holtby to the touchline and eavesdropped on the conversation.

Who will play Alex Ferguson in the film of his life?

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With all manner of tributes coming in for Alex Ferguson after he announced his retirement from Manchester United, it was only a matter of time before a film is planned of his life. In fact, bookmakers have already started taking bets on which actor would play the role of Fergie. Paddy Power have opened their [.

Nandos and Premier Inn pay their respect to Alex Ferguson

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With news that Alex Ferguson was leaving Manchester United, it was only a matter of time before businesses started to think about marketing the huge sporting event. The first to do so was Nandos, who promised that their 'restaurants' would stay open for five extra minutes to commemorate the passing of Fergie time, which gained [.

Bookies Paddy Power reckon a Liverpool fan has one wish left

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Bookmakers Paddy Power never shy away from the chance to create a cheeky billboard and they certainly never miss an opportunity for some controversial PR. So, they've jumped on the news that Sir Alex Ferguson is retiring as Manchester United manager by suggesting that somewhere a Liverpool fan has just one wish left.

Kitman – Ajax players deliver club’s new away shirt to lucky fans

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Aww, isn't that sweet. Ajax may have won the Dutch league (again) this season, but that doesn't mean that the club haven't forgotten the fans that buy replica shirts. They made the decision to release their new away kit be presenting 32 lucky supporters with the new away kit for pre-ordering online, one fan for [.

Everton confirm David Moyes will leave at the end of the season and that he wants to join Man Utd

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Everton have confirmed that manager David Moyes will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season. Moyes has told the club that he wants to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. A Toffees statement reads: "Everton can confirm that David Moyes will leave the club at the end of [.

Man Utd’s Facebook page jumps the gun over David Moyes’ appointment

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Manchester United appeared to signal that the official announcement of David Moyes' arrival as their new manager when a welcome message was inadvertently published on the club's official Facebook page. More to follow.

GIF It: Ramires’ comedy slip (Chelsea vs Spurs)

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Chelsea midfielder Ramires had the chance to put tonight's crunch match against Tottenham to bed. Played in for a one-on-one with Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris, he decided to headbutt the ground rather than put the Blues 3-1 up. Via Feint Zebra

Emmanuel Adebayor’s incredible goal (Chelsea vs Tottenham)

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CHE 1-1 SPU by adriabril

OTP Rebounds: Vinnie Jones sings Arsenal songs and kills himself, Rafa Benitez forced Fergie to quit Man Utd and QPR fine Mbia

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Playing tiki-taka with the interwebs Vinnie Jones appears in US television show Elementary as a psycho killer Arsenal fan. Then commits suicide [101GG] Rafa Benitez claims responsibility for Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement [Dirty Tackle] As one Fergie closes... Darren is wanted by Wolves [Guardian] Wigan's Ronnie Stam puts in one of the Premier League's shortest [.

Spurs star Gareth Bales attempts to trademark ‘heart’ goal celebration

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Gareth Bale has applied to trademark his mildly irritating heart gesture goal celebration. The Tottenham star, who's flashed his heart celebration 26 times already this season, wants to put a logo based on his celebration on shoes, hats, bags, umbrellas and jewellery. A filing at the Intellectual Property Office lists the trademark's owner is listed [.

Is Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson about to quit?

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Sir Alex Ferguson is odds-on to step down as Manchester United manager before the end of the week. Both bookies and the rumour mill are confident that Fergie will end his 26-year reign at Old Trafford. The rumours seem to have their source with information leaking out of a United players versus coaches golf day [.

Top 10 candidates to become the new Manchester United manager

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With Sir Alex Ferguson retiring as Manchester United manager at the end of the season, OTP looks at some of the runners and riders who could replace him. 1. David Moyes The Everton manager has long been thought of as being Fergie's preferred successor and is already favourite for the post with the bookmakers.

Sir Alex Ferguson will retire at the end of the season

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Sir Alex Ferguson will step down as Manchester United manager at the end of the season and become a director at the club. A club statement confirmed rumours that Fergie was planning to announce his decision to bow out ahead of Sunday's match against Swansea. Sir Alex said: "The decision to retire is one I [.

Swansea’s official Twitter account makes unfortunate typo about Itay Shechter’s goal

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Itay Shechter gets his first goal for Swansea as his shit flys past Joel Robles and into the far corner. Good response from the visitors. Swansea City FC (@SwansOfficial) May 7, 2013 Swansea scored one of the messiest goals in Premier League history last night if their Twitter commentary of the victory over Swansea [.

Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele reveals he won’t be facing Chelsea via Instagram post

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Spurs midfielder Mousa Dembele has effectively let his side's team news out of the bag ahead of tonight's crunch clash with Chelsea thanks to an Instagram photo. The Belgian was subbed off during his side's win over Southampton on Saturday, but the suggestion was that he would recover from his muscle problem ahead of this [.

Top 10 Chelsea vs Tottenham pre-match talking points

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1. Rafa Benitez can relax For once the opposition manager will be disliked nearly as much as him. AVB was never quite the right fit in the Chelsea hot-seat, although he was still a better fit than Benitez. 2. Andre Villas Boas could ponder what might have been... but he doesn't want to John Terry's [.

Fergie retirement: what does the future hold for Manchester United?

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After 27 years and an astonishing 38 trophies, Sir Alex Ferguson has announced that he is to retire as Manchester United manager. In recent days, there had been more than a little speculation about when he would call it quits, but now that Sir Alex has made his decision there is a lot of talk [...]

Everton manager David Moyes will become new Manchester United manager

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David Moyes will succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as manager of Manchester United. The Everton manager was already the bookies' favourite to get the job and that has now been confirmed by senior sources at United, according to reports in The Independent. The 50-year-old is out-of-contract at Goodison Park at the end of this season.

OTP Rebounds: Liverpool wrecking Anfield, Jay Z wants to sign Neymar and lip-reading with Stevie G

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Lokeren goalkeeper Boubacar Barry knocks himself out on his goalpost [Pies] Liverpool are driving Anfield into decline by buying houses around their ground and leaving them empty [Guardian] Practice your lip-reading with Steven Gerrard [Feint Zebra] Rapper Jay Z is set to do what the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid would love to do [.

Video: Argentinian referee pushes manager

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It's all too common to see footballers and coaches laying their hands onto match officials, but your rarely see the refs fight back. That's exactly what referee Juan Pompei did as he struggled to keep a lid on a bad-tempered match between Newell's Old Boys and Arsenal. The video above gives you a taster of [.

AC Milan training delayed by Mario Balotelli kicking balls at a man on an electric cart

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There is a distinct sadness to not hearing about all of Mario Balotelli's japes after his move back to Italy, but every now and then something does flow across to England on the breeze. The great thing about this video is that it was filmed for AC Milan to display on their website to demonstrate [...

Fail – Brazilian police order 17,000 raincoats for World Cup 2014 (which is in the dry season)

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It didn't matter that none of the stadiums might be ready, because the Brazilian police had at least confirmed that their brave lads would be kept snuggly and dry during the torrential rain that would inevitably occur throughout World Cup 2014. After all, the tournament would be taking place during the wet months of.

Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas hits back at Arsenal keeper

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Andre Villas Boas has responded to accusations from Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny that his side lack quality saying the criticism would have more effect if it came from a fan. After the Poland international chose to speak out against Spurs, Villas Boas questioned whether a player was entitled to harbour so much hatred towards his [.

Juventus coach Antonio Conte celebrates Serie A title by being thrown into ice bath

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Antonio Conte is a beautiful man, of that there is no doubt. It takes a cool Italian to pull off white y-fronts, and Conte is a cool Italian. Freezing, in fact. After Juventus had secured their 29th Serie A title with a 1-0 home victory over struggling Palermo thanks to an Arturo Vidal penalty, the [.

Thiago Silva’s ridiculous red card for PSG vs Valenciennes

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The culture of disrespect and even violence against referees is something that needs to be outlawed, but even bearing that in mind you have to feel sorry for PSG defender Thiago Silva. When his side had been awarded a goal kick, the Brazilian went to question the official over an earlier incident, and literally brushed [.

Video: Jose Mourinho throws paper at Real Madrid’s head of security

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It's pretty obvious that Jose Mourinho is in end-of-term mode at Real Madrid. Not only is he bulk-buying boxes and packaging material ahead of a possible move away from the Bernabeu, he's also indulging in some childish pranks. The Special One threw a piece of paper at Real's head of security during the victory over [.

Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio claims he won’t watch Wigan vs Swansea, calls himself Pinocchio

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Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio said he would not be watching tonight's Premier League match between relegation rivals Wigan and Swansea but then admitted he was telling porkies. After his side's 1-1 draw with Stoke last night, Di Canio was asked in his interview with Sky Sports whether he would be settling down in [.

GIF It: Charlie Adam gets beaten up by the advertising hoardings (Sunderland 1-1 Stoke City)

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Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam could have been forgiven for thinking the world was out to get him during last night's draw with Sunderland. Not only did he survive a potentially leg-breaking tackle, which saw the Black Cats' Craig Gardner sent-off, he also tangled with the advertising hoardings. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Gardner is the man giving the [.

Packing for Chelsea? Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho spotted buying boxes and masking tape

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Jose Mourinho has been spotted buying €200 worth of boxes at furniture store Ikea amid rumours he is packing ahead of a return to Chelsea. The Real Madrid manager bought boxes, masking tape and other packaging at Ikea's Alcorcon store, south-west of Madrid. Spanish TV news reporters are certain that this can only mean one [.

Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny says Tottenham do not have enough quality

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Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has taunted north London rivals Spurs, claiming they do not have enough quality. The Poland international reckons the Gunners will secure another season of Champions League football by finishing in the top four and he seemed to indicate that they will be joined by Chelsea.

QPR defender Stephane Mbia tweets Joey Barton to ask if they can swap clubs again

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QPR have launched an internal investigation after Stephane Mbia took to Twitter to begin talks about a move away from the club. Mbia tweeted Joey Barton who moved to Marseille on loan as part of the deal that saw Mbia move to Loftus Road asking if they could swap back. He tweeted: "Do [...]

GIF It: Chelsea’s David Luiz laughs after Man Utd’s Rafael kicked him

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Chelsea defender David Luiz enjoyed a little giggle to himself after Manchester United right-back Rafael kicked him during yesterday's 0-1 win for the Blues at Old Trafford. Luiz earned a place on United manager Sir Alex Ferguson's naughty list for the incident. But given that Fergie has found it in his heart to work alongside [.

Video: Sulley Muntari steals ref’s yellow card, books AC Milan team-mate Mario Balotelli

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Mario Balotelli was booked during AC Milan's win against Torino at the weeked... by team-mate Sulley Muntari. The former Manchester City striker scored a late winner in the match and removed his shirt during the goal celebration. Seeing that the referee was about to dish out the inevitable yellow card to his team-mate, Muntari pinched [.

Robin Van Persie turns down Manchester United’s number 9 shirt

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Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie has turned down the opportunity to take the club's number 9 shirt next season because he doesn't want fans to be out of pocket. RVP has worn 20 on his back this season and is reluctant to swap and disappoint supporters who have bought a number 20 shirt. The [.

Top 10 conclusions: Premier League weekend, 4-5 May

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1. David Luiz is trying to develop a tabloid persona as 'the Smirker'. 2. It's getting tight at the bottom. 3. 'Agh win it late, C!' is an appropriate anagram of Wigan Athletic after Callum McManaman's late winner against West Brom. 4. Indeed, it was a day for late lifelines at both ends of the [...]

Football great Alfredo Di Stefano still has his scoring touch

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Now I'm not sayin she a gold digga, but.... Former Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano has earnt the questionable respect of many this week by announcing plans that he is to marry at the age of 86. No issue with that whatsoever, but his new wife will be Costa Rican Gina Gonzalez, who is [...]

Tottenham’s Benoit Assou Ekotto didn’t know Luis Suarez bit someone

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Benoit Assou Ekotto is famed for his lack of interest in football. The Tottenham left-back has arguably refreshingly been quite open about the fact that he is in it for the money and that he rarely watches or talks about the game when he's not at work. But it seems he also lives [...]

Hull City players react to news that they are promoted

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Football attracts its fair share of negativity, but there is something utterly magical about seeing professional players completely lose their sh*t when something brilliant happens. Hull City's players yesterday did their best to throw away promotion to the Premier League with their draw at home with Cardiff, and were forced to nervously watch Watford's match [.

GIF It: Spurs’ Gareth Bale scores golazo winner against Southampton

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Welcome to our weekly column which shows Gareth Bale scoring a top class goal for Spurs. He just can't stop scoring. Spurs were poor against Southampton for large periods of the game, and the visitors deserved at least a point from the match, but when you have a player with the skill of Bale, a [...]

Competition: Win a pair of PUMA evoSPEED 1.2 CAMO

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The new PUMA evoSPEED 1.2 CAMO will hit pitches this weekend with Sergio Agüero and Radamel Falcao both wearing these eye catching boots. They're designed for players whose game is based around speed – blink and they'll be gone! The CAMO version will be on sale from May 6, before the new evoSPEED 1.

Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez admits Manchester United clash will be ‘very difficult’

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Rafa Benitez says he knows his Chelsea side face a "very difficult" task when they face champions Manchester United on Sunday. The Spaniard is keen to keep up the Blues' winning ways as the battle a packed fixture list to try to finish in the top four. Chelsea need to avoid defeat against United before [.

OTP Rebounds: Brazilian prostitutes take English classes, Man Utd’s transfer tweaks and Fernando Torres flashes you

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Playing tiki-taka with the interwebs Self-styled 'Bad Mourinho' strikes back. 300 Brazilian prostitutes have signed up for English lessons ahead of next summer's World Cup [Global Post] Sir Alex Ferguson will aim to sign "one or two" new Manchester United players this summer [Guardian] Fernando Torres flashes his bits around [101GG] Mauricio Pochettino says he [.

Video: Bayern Munich team bus leaves Javi Martinez behind in Barcelona

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Bayern Munich were so keen to get home and start celebrating their Champions League semi-final win over Barcelona that they left star midfielder Javi Martinez behind at Camp Nou. The former Athletic Bilbao man's reward for another imperious performance against the Catalans was to be left hanging around in Barca's car park waiting to be [.

Real Madrid want Javier Hernandez as part of Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo bid

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Manchester United have been told they will have to include Javier Hernandez as part of any deal to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, according to The Sun. Real Madrid are reportedly so interested in the Mexico international that they will pursue a £25 million deal for him even if United's pursuit of Ronaldo [.

Video: Chelsea stewards employ amazing time-wasting tactics against FC Basel

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Security staff are often unfairly caricatured as lumbering meat-heads. And Chelsea's stewards did little to change that during last night's Europa League victory over FC Basel. Their boss had obviously told them to walk round the pitch without stopping. And walk round the pitch without stopping they did, seemingly oblivious to the fact that they [.

Cypriot striker scores a hat-trick and saves two penalties

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Step forward Pantelis Tavrou, your time for fame has come. Last weekend we brought you the news of the striker who scored a hat-trick during the second half after witnessing the birth of his child during the first. That might include a playing of the family card, but nothing beats Tavrou's efforts for Cypriot side [.

GIF It: David Luiz’s stunning curler (Chelsea vs FC Basel)

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After an initial scare, Chelsea ultimately eased past FC Basel to reach the Europa League final. The perfect visualisation of that easy progression was David Luiz's goal, the Blues' third of the night. The Brazilian effortlessly curled the ball into the net from 30 yards. Basel keeper Yann Sommer didn't even move.

Swedish club give VIP day to lonely away fan

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Clubs are often (and deservedly) accused of ignoring the fans, but that isn't an accusation you can label at Swedish club Brommapojkarna. When they played away at Mjallby, the players noticed that only one fan made the long trip to watch his team. Impressed by his dedication and loyalty, the club offered to pay for [.

Luis Suarez only got two votes for Football Writers’ Player of the Year award

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Gareth Bale was voted as the FWA Player of the Year yesterday, with the Welshman just pipping Robin Van Persie to the award in what's was something of a surprise. However, it appears that Luis Suarez was not close to winning, given that most of the votes were made after his biting offence and subsequent [.

It’s a huge weekend for Newcastle, Wigan and fans of maths

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Newcastle An incredibly awful week. Going into their home game against Liverpool last weekend, Newcastle knew that one victory would see them safe. But they did not just lose. They did not just lose badly. They lost to such an extreme that it threatened to force the manager out of the club, generated reports of [.

Wolves fans offered cutout prayer in local newspaper

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Wolves fans are heading into this weekend's match at Brighton on the verge of back-to-back promotions. They need to win and hope Peterborough and Brighton lose if they are to stay in the Championship. In need of a miracle, they've turned to God. The local Express and Star newspaper has got the Bishop of Wolverhampton, [.

Icelandic club spoof Chelsea’s blue paint advert

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Chelsea's players recently gained publicity when they took part in a Samsung advert which involved them being covered in blue paint (and Juan Mata made us go all weak at the knees). Well, one Icelandic side have taken the opportunity to form some publicity of their own, by essentially ripping off the advert, creating a [.

Top five conclusions: Barcelona 0-3 Bayern Munich (0-7 on agg.)

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1. It's hard to see this as anything other than the end of an era for 'the' Barcelona side we all know. Minus Messi, the rest of the team either older and achier members of the great side or lesser additions are no longer up to the high standards they've set themselves. Expect [...]

Hard Tackle: Lionel Messi entertains himself on the Barcelona bench… again

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Lots of top footballers don't make very good subs. That's true in Lionel Messi's case, but in his instance it's because he's usually captured by TV cameras in compromising positions. That was certainly true during last night's defeat to Bayern Munich, just as it was during Barca's match against PSG. Via 101GG

Kitman: New Liverpool home kit 2013/14

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Liverpool have revealed their home kit for next season. It's the second shirt to be made by American kit supplier Warrior. Given its nods to the kit of the 1983/84 European Cup-winning shirts in the shape of the collar and white trim, we're guessing this will probably be a hit with Reds supporters. And even [.

Football Lookalikes: Gerard Pique’s own goal and the Bundesliga logo

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Faced with the inevitability of defeat in the Champions League semi-final, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique paid homage to the rise of German football.

CSKA Sofia fans dig grave for club owners on the pitch

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Angry CSKA Sofia fans have taken a rather interesting approach to making their feelings unclear. The Ultras have been unahppy with how the club has been run of late, and broke into th club's stadium at night. They dug a grave intended for the club's owners, which is quite a chilling thing for an owner [.

Top five conclusions: Real Madrid 2-0 Borussia Dortmund (3-4 on agg.)

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1. Another Champions League side has proved that its whole is greater than the some of its parts. Well done to Borussia, who were assembled on a shoestring budget in comparison to Real. 2. The first 70 minutes was essentially watching 11 men in white shirts gradually run out of ideas against the Germans.

Newcastle fans angered as Hatem Ben Arfa dons PSG shirt

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Gym members at Tyneside health club were left furious on Monday night after Hatem Ben Arfa turned up to do his workout in a PSG kit. Just two days after the Newcastle winger came on as a sub during the 6-0 hammering at home to Liverpool, he opted for the unfortunate choice of outfit as [...]

£60m price tag slapped on Tottenham’s Gareth Bale… by Real Madrid director of football Zinedine Zidane

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Normally in a transfer saga, it's the selling club that puts a price tag on the player that's in demand. But in the case of Gareth Bale, Zinedine Zidane director of football at Real Madrid, one of Bale's main suitors has done the job for them. Doing his best Antiques Roadshow impression, Zizou [...]

ITV Football interview Barack Obama

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If you're wondering what that's all about, you need to watch this. Via @BeardedGenius

Video: Roma’s Francesco Totti stars in arty advert about the derby with Lazio

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This short commercial for AS Roma takes football marketing to a deeper level then it usually goes. Francesco Totti is the film noir-style protagonist, captured looking moody in the build-up to the Rome derby against Lazio as he narrates his relationship with a veteran Roma fan.

GIF It: Real Madrid’s Fabio Coentrao politely asks the fourth official to check his breath

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While Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho was offering his congratulations to Borussia Dortmund counterpart Jurgen Klopp after last night's Champions League semi-final, Fabio Coentrao appeared to call upon the services of fourth official Stephen Child to give his oral hygiene the once over.

OTP Rebounds: Former Chelsea star fails drugs test, Gareth Bale’s Spurs perspective hilarity and Liverpool’s snooker loopy striker

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Playing tiki-taka with the interwebs Gareth Bale and an in-house Tottenham journalist discover "Spurs perspective" is quite tricky to say [101GG] Ex-Chelsea midfielder Deco has failed a drugs test in Brazil [Guardian] Borussia Dortmund's chairman spent the closing stages of last night's match against Real Madrid locked in a toilet [Independent] Snooker star Ronnie O'Sullivan [.