Off the Post Archives for January 2013

Peruvian manager sent off for tripping up opposing player

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It can be hugely difficult for managers to watch on from the sidelines as their teams play. They kick, head and save every ball, and in doing so get ridiculously animated. This all emanates from the fact that they have invested a deep professional and personal investment into the fortunes of the team, but as [.

Monaco will start Ligue Un season on minus two points after pitch invasion

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Monaco may be flashing the cash this summer with the purchases of Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho, amongst others, but they this week learnt that if they have designs on winning the Ligue 1 title they will need to get at least two more points than their nearest rivals. That's because they have [.

Manchester City new boy Jesus Navas scores the winning penalty (Spain vs Italy)

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New Manchester City signing Jesus Navas got the moment of glory by tucking away the winning penalty in last night Confederations Cup semi-final shootout between Spain and Italy. The spot-kicks had been a masterclass in penalty-taking until Italy's Bonucci skied his side's seventh kick over the bar. Former Sevilla player Navas converted the decisive penalty [.

Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas consoles Italian counterpart Gianluigi Buffon after Confederations Cup penalties

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What a sportsman. Not content with being just about the best goalkeeper in the world for the last decade, Spain and Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has demonstrated that he he is also a bloody good bloke. After Spain had won through in the Confederations Cup semi-final after a penalty shoot-out, Casillas did not run [.

Picture – Poster of Chelsea’s David Luiz placed in front of the perfect tree to match his hairstyle

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Sometimes pictures need very few words to describe their brilliance, and this is one of those times. Sometimes nature and man combine beautifully to create perfection, and this is one of those times. Sometimes David Luiz's hair combines with a tree to make the perfect haircut, and this is one of those times.

GIF It – Antonio Candreva scores a Panenka penalty at the Confederations Cup (Spain v Italy)

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It takes a great deal of bottle to even take a penalty, let alone attempt a Panenka chip shot. But to do that in the semi-final of an international tournament, and with the first penalty of the shoot out takes some big brass balls. And Antonio Candreva has bigger, brassier balls than me. The Lazio [.

Paulinho says Gareth Bale is staying at Tottenham

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Brazil star Paulinho says that Spurs will keep hold of Gareth Bale this summer. The midfielder is on the verge of completing his move to White Hart Lane, and has revealed that assurances that the club's Welsh winger would line-up alongside him next season were key to his decision. He said: "It is important for [.

Video: Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs takes his UEFA Pro Licence

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David Moyes will be hoping to get off to a flying start at Manchester United because Ryan Giggs is taking his coaching badges. The United legend has been talking about his plans for the future as he works towards his UEFA Pro Licence. Giggs recognises he has to start putting plans in place for [...]

Arsenal target Serge Aurier posts photo of himself wearing Gunners shirt

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Arsenal transfer target Serge Aurier appears to be confident he's on his way to the Gunners after posing in a replica shirt. The Toulouse right-back posted a picture on his Twitter account showing him wearing an Arsenal jersey. The 20-year-old has recently spoken up to say he would be happy to move to Marseille or [.

Kitman: New Everton 2013/14 home kit unveiled

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Everton have revealed their new home kit for next season. Toffees fans can enjoy some 'it's not a Warrior monstrosity' smugness for Roberto Martinez's first campaign in charge. The kit is made by Nike and you won't be surprised to discover that it's blue. It comes with a white collar, but the most obvious change [.

Lookalikes: Neymar’s ridiculous dive and a Tekken KO

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We always assumed kids of the 1990s born in Brazil probably grew up wanting to be Ronaldo. But in the case of Neymar, it appears that Eddy Gordo, Brazilian Capoeira star of Playstation fight series Tekken, was just as much of an influence. K.O.

Real Madrid offer cash plus Angel Di Maria for Tottenham’s Gareth Bale

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Tottenham have turned down an offer of cash plus their choice of several Real Madrid stars for Gareth Bale. Argentina international winger Angel Di Maria is among the players that Spurs have been offered, but the north London side are still refusing to contemplate letting Bale leave. They want to offer the 23-year-old a new [.

Is Simon Mignolet really the difference between Liverpool qualifying for the Champions League or not?

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Liverpool completed the £9 million signing of Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet earlier this week. A decent signing, we can probably all agree. The Belgian has acquitted himself very well in his time at the Stadium of Light. The 25-year-old has gone from Black Cats benchwarmer to one of the best keepers in the Premier League [.

Juventus complete signing of Carlos Tevez from Manchester City

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Carlos Tevez has completed his transfer from Manchester City to Juventus. The controversial Argentine has sealed a £10 million switch to Serie A. That amount could rise to £12 million with add-ons. The 29-year-old has completed a medical at Juve and signed a three-year contract. City feared that Tevez would walk away from the club [.

Inter Milan interested in Manchester City defender

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Manchester City right-back Micah Richards is a target for Inter Milan, according to reports in The Sun. The England international suffered an injury-ravaged season last term. Inter are planning to take advantage of that by offering him the regular football that he is not guaranteed at the Etihad. In Richards' absence, Pablo Zabaleta has nailed [.

FIFA distances itself from Spain strip poker robbery allegations

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FIFA has refused to be drawn on allegations that members of Spain's Confederations Cup squad were robbed at their team hotel following a game of strip poker. The Spanish Football Federation has denied that the robbery was linked to a party with women following the victory over Uruguay. It admits six players were robbed but [.

Tottenham trio Aaron Lennon, Tom Huddlestone and Jack Livermore looking worse for wear on their holidays

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Here are Spurs' Aaron Lennon, Tom Huddlestone and Jack Livermore giving you the finger. The Tottenham players are currently enjoying a summer holiday during the close-season... and enjoying appears to be the right word. Livermore in particular looks absolutely trollied! Equally interesting is Lennon's unusual approach to summerwear.

Liverpool target Henrikh Mkhitaryan goes AWOL from pre-season training camp

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Shakhtar Donetsk star Henrikh Mkhitaryan has failed to report for the club's pre-season training camp amid rumours that he is trying to force through a move to Liverpool. The Armenia international has been widely tipped to move to the Reds in a £23 million deal, but the transfer has not yet materialised.

Manchester United set to bid £50m for Edinson Cavani

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Manchester United are reportedly lining up a £50 million bid for Edinson Cavani. The Napoli striker seems destined to move to the Premier League this summer, with Manchester City and Chelsea the frontrunners for his signature. Now United are set to jump to the front of the queue with a bid that falls just £4 [.

Leyton Orient sign player after Twitter approach

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Leyton Orient have signed Shaun Batt after opening discussions about a possible transfer on Twitter. Former O's loanee Batt tweeted some polite well wishes to his former team-mates for their forthcoming campaign. But Orient owner Barry Hearn jumped in to ask the striker to return to the club on a permanent basis.

Chelsea ‘agree’ £49.3m deal for Edinson Cavani

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Chelsea have agreed a £49.3 million fee for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, according to the Italian side's official radio station Radio Marte. In a statement released last night, the station said: "We have received news in the office from a very reliable source that Napoli have sealed a deal with Chelsea for Cavani's sale.

Former Everton youngster given two-year drugs ban

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Fleetwood Town player Gerard Kinsella has been banned from football for two years after testing positive for an anabolic steroid. The former Everton trainee, aged 21, admitted an Football Association charge for breaching its anti-doping regulations. He will be banned from playing until February 2015, subject to any appeal.

Awesome artwork of Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard, Man Utd legend George Best and West Ham great Bobby Moore

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Ever given some thought to who'd been in your all-time XI? Have you pondered who'd be on the teamsheet in the ultimate team your brain can assemble? Artist Ty Palmer has, and he has created a fantastic range of prints based on the results. The 11 Series is the result of Ty's daydreaming about his [..

Johan Cruyff: Barcelona should have sold Messi when they signed Neymar

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Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff says the club should have sold Lionel Messi once they had plans in place to bring Neymar to the club. The Dutchman reckons factors such as set-piece duties and the two marquee players representing rival sports brands could cause friction for the Catalan giants. He said: "With Neymar on board, I [.

Photo: Norway’s Elise Thornes tweets a cheeky picture of an ice pack down her pants

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Tusen takk for alle henvendelse ang. dåsa mi etter reportasjen på tv2. Men me klare oss fint uten varme hender o.l pic.twitter.com/QB5QVQ7lKt Elise Thorsnes (@Etho9) June 21, 2013 Norway women's striker Elise Thornes came up with an usual way of reassuring fans that she was recovering from an intimate injury by posting a [.

Who Are Ya? Iago Aspas (Liverpool)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Iago Aspas Age: 25 Position: Striker Signed from: Celta Vigo Fee: £7m Did you know? If, as seems likely, Aspas is a direct replacement for Luis Suarez then this seems like a sensible move. As well as being a great goalscorer, the striker was also [.

Gonzalo Higuain’s dad suggests Arsenal move is close

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Real Madrid striker Gonzola Higuain is in advanced talks with Arsenal, according to his dad. Jorge Higuain said personal terms expected to be in the region of £150,000 a week have not yet been agreed, but suggested that a deal was not too far away. He said: "Nothing has yet been signed but [...]

Five football moments defined by iconic commentary

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The work of a football commentator can be a varied bag. When it's bad it can numb the very soul. Trivial banter back and forth between jaded broadcasters and witless pundits can leave one feeling indebted that our lives, for all their occasional perks, are limited in span and that one day the welcome finger [.

Everton defender Tony Hibbert makes the front cover of Angling Times

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Everton stalwart Tony Hibbert is this week's cover star of the Angling Times after he caught a 42lb carp. Rather than head to the typical footballer holiday spots, the right-back has spent the close season enjoying the carp farm he bought last year. He fulfilled a lifelong ambition when he became the proud owner of [.

Brighton manager Gus Poyet finds out he’s been sacked live on TV

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Gus Poyet bizarrely discovered he had been sacked as Brighton manager while working as a pundit for the BBC. The Uruguayan was sacked while offering his expert analysis during the Confederations Cup coverage. He was informed of his dismissal by host Mark Chapman and claimed that was the first he knew of the club's decision.

Wayne Rooney to tell David Moyes he wants to stay at Manchester United amid Arsenal rumours

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will tell new manager David Moyes that he wants to stay at the club, according to reports in today's Sunday Mirror. The England international asked for a transfer away from Old Trafford during the last few weeks of Sir Alex Ferguson's reign, but is set to move the goalposts once [.

Wolves fan tries to sell flop Jamie O’Hara on Ebay

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Oh dear Jamie O'Hara, things really aren't looking too pretty. After being part of Wolves' side that endured successive relegations from the Premier League to League One, it would be fair to say that fans at the club are a little disgruntled at the player's performance. Those feelings weren't exactly alleviated when O'Hara came out [.

GIF It – Neymar scores golazo free kick for Brazil against Italy in Confederations Cup

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It's as if Neymar has personally taken it upon himself to answer the naive critics who claimed he was overrated (we're looking at you Joey Barton, and we're mouthing the word pr*ck). In Brazil's first game of the Confederations Cup he scored a wonder goal after three minutes, waited until nine minutes in their second [.

Fail! Raheem Sterling takes to Twitter to wish daughter happy birthday – a week early

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Raheem Sterling may well be young in footballer terms, but that hasn't stopped him learning quickly what is expected of him as a Premier League player. Forced to deny rumours that he has fathered children on multiple occasions a few months ago, he managed to make a complete dick of himself on Twitter.

David Villa scores into tiny net from acutest of angles in Spain training session

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Their is much speculation as to where David Villa will move to this summer. The arrival of Neymar at Barcelona is expected to spell the end of the striker's career at the Camp Nou, with both Tottenham and Arsenal showing reported interest in Spain's record goalscorer. Whilst Villa is now 31, the video above shows [.

Lady from African village has the most ridiculous heading skills

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There isn't an awful lot of information regarding this lady other than that she is from a village somewhere in Africa and has some of the best control of the ball with her head that I have ever season. The 90 second video shows here heading the ball around 100 times, together with skills involving [.

Golazo – Irish player scores possibly the greatest ever amateur goal

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The Leinster regional league might not appear to be the most evident place to see one of the greatest goals you'll see, but we should be immensely grateful to whoever decided to first film the game, and then put the footage up onto Youtube. The game in question is Bohemians vs Leixlip United, and contained [.

Shearer’s Bar at Newcastle United has its name changed

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Things are certainly changing at St James' Park as the club continues its attempt to be the world's first totally soulless club. First they changed the name of St James' Park to include a chav clothing company brand run by the owner. Then they started a business relationship with a morally dubious payday loan company.

Celtic legend Henrik Larsson comes out of retirement to play in match with his son, 15.

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Swedish striker Henrik Larsson is already a bona fide legend at pretty much every club he has ever been to, but he has officially ended his career in the most heroic fashion imaginable – by playing alongside his son. Larsson retired four years ago, but decided to play for one more night only as his [.

Kitman – Celtic’s new kit is hoops on hoops

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Celtic's hoops are one of the most famous kit designs in the game, but it would be fair to say that this season there is a shift in approach of the notorious design. From some of the club's forums we looked at, fans aren't particularly impressed by the change which sees thin white lines put [...]

Tahiti score against Nigeria in FIFA Confederations Cup – Unbridled joy ensues

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Using the word 'minnow' to describe Tahiti's participation in FIFA's Confederation Cup doesn't even come close to describe their status. This is a country that had one professional player and lost their last fixture to New Caledonia. And, for large periods of their opening match against Nigeria, that showed.

Alex Ferguson’s first Manchester United team-sheet set to go up for auction

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Alex Ferguson's departure from Manchester United may seem a lifetime ago amidst football's rapidly developing soap opera, but marks of his legacy still remain. Typically, this means that people are looking to cash in on his retirement, and there is certainly big money to be made on any memorabilia Fergie-related.

Warrior create football boot with ‘Gloryholes’ – Is all PR really good PR?

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Quite what Warrior are up to at the moment goodness only knows, but they seem to be operating on a 'all publicity is good publicity' principle. First we brought you news that they were the company responsible for dread Liverpool away and third kits, and now Liverpool's players can also wear Warrior boots, which come [.

Manchester City claim that their scouting database has been hacked

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Manchester City have today caused something of a stir by formally revealing that the club believes it's Scouting Performance System has been hacked, possibly by a rival Premier League club. The program lists details and reports on all potential signings and opposition players, and is hosted online. However, the club has announced that they believe [.

Sunderland manager Paulo Di Canio wants to fine players for gaining weight over the summer

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Paulo Di Canio is pretty intent on running a tight ship at the Stadium of Light, that much is clear. He has already been warned by the PFA over the public announcement of heavy fines for player misdemeanors, over concerns that the was becoming too heavy-handed in his treatment of his Sunderland players.

GIF It – Spanish Under 21 star and Manchester City star Isco scores fabulous toe poke vs Norway

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Malaga star Isco has been grabbing the attention of a number of top European scouts of late, but it appears that his likely destination is either Real Madrid or following his manager Manuel Pellegrini from Malaga to Manchester City. Unfortunately for both Real and City, Isco is having a mighty fine U21 European Championships, which [.

Lionel Messi scores a hat-trick for Argentina against Guatemala

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Lionel Messi has not had the greatest week, and it isn't too often you can write that. However, you can't keep a man down for long, and the Argentinean wizard put his tax evasion accusations behind him with a hat-trick for his country which took him above Diego Maradona in the national scoring charts.

Taiwanese TV give their take on Lionel Messi’s tax fraud accusations

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You can normally rely on Taiwanese TV to give their unique take on the biggest news in cartoon form, and this week Lionel Messi made his debut on the station. Messi, and his father Joge were this week accused of defrauding the Spanish government by 4 million euros. They are accused of taking large amounts [.

FAIL! Manchester City official website spells new manager Manuel Pellegrini’s name wrong

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It hasn't been a great few weeks for website balls-ups. Firstly the Premier League announced that Jose Mourinho had been appointed as Chelsea manager before the club had done so, and then Manchester United's site made the mistake of announcing that they had bought Robert Lewandowski. These things obviously come in threes, because Manchester City [.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers interviewed by a nine-year-old for Liverpool TV

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Brendan Rodgers has more than an element of the Brendan Rodgers about him, and this will do little to shake that fact. The Liverpool manager agreed to be interviewed for Liverpool TV by a nine-year-old, but quite why I'm not really sure. The best bit of the interview is undoubtedly the moment when Rodgers was [.

Newcastle United fan finds an ‘Alan Shearer’ sign in the Middle East

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Sometimes a photo just makes you laugh, and we're not talking about horrific crazes such as photo-bombing or planking. This particular image certainly deserves to go viral, as a Newcastle fan (complete in home shirt) visiting the Middle East found the perfect road sign to make his day. If you don't get it then we [.

Kitman – Liverpool FC’s new third kit is as ‘alternative’ as the away kit

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There must be a growing suspicion that kit manufacturer Warrior are Manchester United fans, because there seems little to no explanation for their sartorial decisions on Liverpool's shirts for next season. We have already brought you the away kit, which fatures something close to a magic eye, but now pictures have been leaked of the [.

Kitman – Aston Villa’s new away shirt looks like a school rugby top

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Aston Villa have released their new kit for next season, and if you ask me, the new away shirt is particularly horrid. I'm even forgiving them for having an awful bookmaker as their sponsor and a kit made by a rather budget manufacturer, but I can't let the prep school rugby shirt thing pass without [.

Javier Mascherano kicks medic for Argentina, then goes mad after red card.

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We always knew that Javier Mascherano had this in his locker, but it is good to see the former Liverpool man completely lose his stuff. Playing for Argentina against Ecuador on late Tuesday evening, the Barcelona man received treatment for an injury and was then carried from the fiel. All normal there.

Futuristic design for Al Wakrah Stadium for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

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Qatar's hosting of the World Cup has rightly come in for much criticism, with the country's strict treatment of homosexuality in particular being attacked. However, one thing we were promised were futuristic stadia, and they have at least delivered on that remit. This is the design for the Al Wakrah stadium, which will hold 45,000 [.

Lazio fans hold funeral for rivals AS Roma

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Italian fans are known for their rather over-zealous approach to supporting their club, and the rivalry between Lazio and Roma is perhaps the most prominent in the country. Lazio fans did little to lower either of these stereotypes by holding a mock funeral for their city rivals after beating them in the Coppa Italia final.

Journalist bakes Jose Mourinho a ‘Welcome back to Chelsea’ cake

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This has to stop now, ok? After journalists presented Alex Ferguson with a hair dryer cake during his last press conference as Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho got the same treatment during his first public display after returning to Stamford Bridge to manage Chelsea. The cake consisted of two halves.

Kevin Strootman not keen to talk about Manchester United move

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Manchester United are widely expected to sign Kevin Strootman this morning or tomorrow at the very latest. And it looks like they have found a player with some common sense as he refused to comment on a potential move while representing Holland Under-21s. Betting on the PSV Eindhoven youngster moving to Old Trafford was suspended [.

Premier League ‘released on a free transfer’ England XI

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It hasn't been a great summer so far for England with the dreary draw against England followed by the debacle of the U21 side in the European Championships. If you thought it couldn't get worse, there have been a high number of England internationals released this season, including some high-profile players.

Jordan women beat Kuwait 21-0 – This is the worst goalkeeping display you’ll ever see

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There may be a few knowing looks amongst readers when you realise that Jordan needed to win by 18 goals to qualify top of their group in the World Cup qualifiers, but when you watch some of the goalkeeping on display, the only surprise should be that they didn't score more. The match in question [...

Terrible England Under-21 side lose 3-1 to Norway and are dumped out of European Championships

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It was enough to start another social media meltdown of just exactly how bad the situation is with England's national team, but to be honest you can understand the gloom. Stuart Pearce's England Under 21s have now gone six tournament matches without a win and were eleminated after successive defeats in the European Championships in [.

It turns out that Spain’s Under 21s are as handy as the senior side

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Who'd have thought it eh? Watching England's Under-21 side was almost exactly like watching the seniors of late, with defenders panicking on the ball and launching downfield whenever under any period of concerted pressure. The same appears to be true of the Spanish, and the above video shows them knocking the ball out of defence [.

Manchester City target Isco shows some impressive skills for Spain’s U21s

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Malaga attacking midfielder Isco looks set to be one of European football's hottest prospects and most wanted men this summer, but with Manchester City spunking the best part of £60million on Fernandinho and Jesus Navas, have they now got too many midfielders to welcome another? If that's the case, it looks a bloody shame because [.

Bridegroom gets dugout of Cambridge City FC as wedding gift

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We all know the difficulty of buying wedding presents. A side plate for £20 just doesn't seem appropriate for a mate that you have known for much of your life, and so you want to try and think slightly out of the box. That was certainly the case with John Aves, whose friends decided to [...]

Italian Serie D goalkeeper foiled by his own goal kick (and a strong wind)

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You have to feel sorry for goalkeepers. They suffer enough with their mistakes being highlighted more than any other position without weather intervening to make them look stupid, but that's exactly what happened to Tommaso Del Bino. The Delta Porto Tolle keeper launched the ball forward against Ischia, only to see it loop back over [.

Video: Roberto Martinez has promised Champions League football to Everton

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Roberto Martinez talked himself into the Everton job by promising Champions League football, chairman Bill Kenwright has revealed. Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Kenwright said: "Roberto, almost his first words to me were 'I'll get you in the Champions League', and that is extraordinary for a man who doesn't know much about the football [.

Video: Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker skins Didier Drogba with his silky skills

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Watching Per Mertesacker play, it often appears like a constant challenge for the lanky German to remain upright. But it turns out he's got all kinds of crazy skills in his locker he just doesn't risk them when he's at the heart of the Arsenal defence. A charity match organised by Michael Ballack was [.

GIF It: Lorenzo Insigne’s free-kick winner (Italy U21 1-0 England U21)

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England under 21s suffered defeat in their opening European Championship match against Italy. On paper, it looked like the toughest match of the group for Stuart Pearce's side, and they were unable to get anything out of the game. A 79th minute free-kick from Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne was enough to secure victory for the Italians.

Video: FIFA 14 gameplay trailer released

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If you're a FIFA fan, you'll want to see this brand new trailer for the forthcoming FIFA 14 game. It shows all the gameplay features we told you about a while back in action. What do you reckon?

Kitman: New Chelsea away kit revealed

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Chelsea have revealed their new away kit and it's pretty damn tasty. Any Blues supporters feeling a bit pensive after this week's Liverpool away kit debacle can breathe a sigh of relief. The new shirt looks like it could double-up as a Team GB shirt. Althoug the band across the middle is a Dutch [...

Coventry City fan promises hunger strike if team leaves Ricoh Arena and city

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We have seen political prisoners go on hunger strike to protest against treatment or torture, but now a football fan has taken up the idea. With Covntry City possibly having to leave their Ricoh Arena home after a dispute with the owners, it seems that they may have to potentially leave the city. This is [.

Rory Delap leaves Stoke City – Here’s his tribute video

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You can talk about your Xavi at Barcelona or your Francesco Totti at Roma, but surely no player better represents everything that a club stands for more than Rory Delap at Stoke? But, alas, time is a cruel mistress, and it now appears that we have seen the end of the Premier League's ultimate long [.

Roberto Martinez confirmed as new Everton manager

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Everton have confirmed that Roberto Martinez is their new manager. The FA Cup-winning (and relegated) Wigan boss will be officially unveiled as a press conference this afternoon. A statement on the Toffees' website reads: "Everton Football Club is today delighted to confirm the appointment of Roberto Martinez as its next manager.

Crystal Palace cheerleaders record video of club anthem Glad All Over

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Crystal Palace's cheerleaders, The Crystals, have recorded a video of the club's anthem Glad All Over. The Crystals have made a habit of YouTube viral hits, having previously done cover versions of Gangnam Style and Call Me Maybe. This time they've recorded a version of the Dave Clark Five hit, which has been sung on [.

Kitman: Liverpool’s awful new away kit

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After pictures of the kit above started circulating on the internet yesterday, many Liverpool fans were quick to dismiss them as badly mocked up fakes. Unfortunately, it turns out it's the real deal. It looks like the Reds will be hoping to pick up points on the road next season by inducing blurred vision among [.

Video: Genoa president Enrico Preziosi kicks a journalist in the shins, smashes his camera

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Enrico Preziosi, president of Serie A side Genoa, is not particularly happy with media speculation that he's about to sell the club. So much so that, confronted with those suggestions by a journalist from local newspaper Il Secolo XIX, Preziosi kicked the reporter in the shins, snatched his camera and smashed it on the ground.

Who Are Ya? Jesus Navas (Manchester City)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Jesus Naves Age: 27 Position: Right winger Signed from: Sevilla Fee: £17m Did you know? Navas has previously turned down moves away from Sevilla, including a transfer to Chelsea, because of chronic homesickness. The Spain international has spent his entire career at the club, which [.

Kitman: New Manchester United home kit revealed

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The leak we brought you last month has proved to be accurate. This is indeed the new Manchester United home kit. As we mentioned previously, it includes an unusual button-down collar. Get more thoughts on the new Manchester United kit.

Lookalikes: Liverpool’s new away kit and a Christmas jumper

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The internet has been having lots of fun at the expense of Liverpool's new away kit. Here's one of our favourite interpretations of the shirt.

Usain Bolt thinks he has the qualities to play for Manchester United

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Usain Bolt has reasserted his belief that he is capable of playing for Manchester United but he fears Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement might have hurt his prospects of signing for the Premier League champions. The 100m world record holder has previously trained with United in 2009. And last year, he gave a come-and-get-me plea [.

Video: Neymar unveiled at Barcelona

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New Barcelona signing Neymar has been officially unveiled at Camp Nou. The Brazil star followed his appearance in the game against England on Sunday evening by hopping straight on a plane to Spain. He went through the tried and tested Barca marquee signing course of airport mobbing, undergoing a medical, posing with the short and, [.

Video: Brazil fan can’t get enough of his dance moves

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This Brazil fan watching Sunday's 2-2 draw with England just loves his dance moves. So much so, that he's filming them all as he does them.

Chelsea’s Nathaniel Chalobah and Man Utd’s Wilfried Zaha in table tennis squabble

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Chelsea youngster Nathaniel Chalobah is making a daily video diary from the European Under-21 Championships in Israel. The hot topic in his first installment was a table tennis dispute with Manchester United new boy Wilfried Zaha. With the players seemingly a bit unsure about the rules, they both left the table claiming victory.

Joey Barton ‘apologises profusely’ to any coaches whose training sessions he has criticised

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Big Davey Dunn aka Victor Meldrew is captivated by this... #nutrition #fascinating twitter.com/Joey7Barton/st... Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) June 3, 2013 Joey Barton has issued a Twitter apology to any former coach he might have criticised over the quality of their training sessions. The QPR (for now) midfielder is currently on a two-week residential course in [.

Sunday League side Duckpond FC celebrate league win with open-top bus parade

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All Sunday League footballers dream of that footballer VIP day out. Having your kit laid out in the changing room rather than pulled out of a sweaty kit bag and knocking the ball around before the match rather than picking up dog sh*t with a plastic bag, these are what our hopes comprise of. Well, [.

And a media bandwagon begins – Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere tweets picture of his son in Barcelona kit

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This summer promised to be enjoyable for Arsenal fans not just because they had qualified for the Champions League, but also due to the fact that for the first time in almost living memory, no club was circling around one of their star players. Whether that's because they don't have any star players is open [.

Irish punter wins over €100,000 on ante-post football bet

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We all dream of that big football bet. Yours truly won a grand on a horse bet not too long ago, and celebrated like he had hit the Euromillions, but that still doesn't come close to how one Irish punter must have been feeling last weekend. The gambler placed a €150 bet (rather sizeable we're [...]

Chelsea confirm Jose Mourinho appointment

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Chelsea have confirmed that Jose Mourinho is their new manager. The worst kept secret in football is now official, with the Blues confirming the Special One will return for a second stint as their boss. Chief executive Ron Gourlay said: "I am delighted to welcome Jose back to Chelsea. His continued success, drive and ambition [.

Video: Zinedine Zidane organises a France 98 reunion

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Zizou has got the old band back together! Real Madrid's sporting director assembled his World Cup-winning team-mates from France 98 to play a fund-raising game for cash-strapped fourth division side Rodez. Zidane's wife is from Rodez and his in-laws called in a favour to help the club stave off bankruptcy.

Video: Germany keeper Marc Andre ter Stegen scores an amazing own goal against USA

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Clearly Germany felt that being stripped of their Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund players was not enough of a handicap for their match against the USA. They took to measures such as those in the video above in which second-choice keeper Marc Andre ter Stegen scores a ridiculous own goal. Alas, Die Mannschaft gave the [.

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain’s dad falls asleep, misses his goal against Brazil

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Mark Chamberlain, dad of England star Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, missed his son's excellent goal against Brazil after falling asleep during the game. The former England international blamed an early morning airport run for his dozing, but we reckon the first-half of the match should also shoulder some of the blame.

Radamel Falcao pins his Monaco move on Arsenal legend Thierry Henry

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Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao had his pick of Europe's top clubs this summer. The Colombia international has opted to move to Moneyco. The French side are not currently established among Europe's elite, but they do happen to have a lot of dosh. Cynics have been suggesting that could be the motivating factor in Falcao's [.

Lothar Matthaus vows to return to action if he gets a million Facebook likes

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Germany legend Lothar Matthaus has said he will resume his playing career at the age of 52 if he gets one million likes on his Facebook page. The 150-cap international has seen his budding managerial career grind to a halt in recent seasons, so is now considering playing once again. He posted a [...]

Top five conclusions: Brazil 2-2 England

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Brazil 2 2 England Fulltime Highlights by TenMillionSlaves 1. Feed the Ox's insatiable appetite for highly collectible match-worn shirts and he will score. 2. Joe Hart stood up quite well to the little 11 vs one test his team-mates decided to put him through in the first-half. 3. By full-time, Phil Jones' face [.

Video: Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade Chamberlain claims Neymar’s shirt mid-match (Brazil 2-2 England)

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England goalscorer Alex Oxlade Chamberlain came in for some minor criticism during the 2-2 draw with Brazil after being spotted staking a claim for Neymar's shirt during the game. The Arsenal midfielder struck up a shirt-swap deal with Brazil's Barca-bound pin-up boy in the middle of the match. ITV pundits Gareth Southgate and, particularly, Roy [.

Advertising hoardings mock Manchester United star Wayne Rooney’s transfer request

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A cheeky advert for Teletext Holidays poked fun at want-away Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney during last night's match between Brazil and England. The hoardings read: "Desperate to get away like Wayne?" Rooney himself would not have been offended by the advert. It did not appear in the stadium and was instead overlaid on top [.

Scottish amateur team try and sell player with newspaper advert

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As a footballer, we all want to be appreciated by our own team, so quite what Inverurie Locos defender Greig Watson thinks about his team's plans to offload him goodness only knows. So keen are the side to get rid of their man that they have even advertised in the local paper for someone to [...]

Real Madrid match suspended due to the number of photographers around Jose Mourinho

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If you wanted a small in sight into the sort of pressure and constant attention that the top football managers (and indeed players) are subject to, then Jose Mourinho's last game in charge of Real Madrid provided a perfect example. The manager was taking charge of the club for the final time before (presumably) moving [.

FAIL: Premier League website announces Jose Mourinho’ Chelsea return too early

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Jose Mourinho's impending move to Chelsea has been pretty much the worst kept secret in football over the last few weeks, and now even the Premier League themselves are getting in on the act. On Sunday morning a story appeared on their website, premierleague.com, announcing the return of the Portuguese manager to Stamford Bridge.

FAIL: Chivas USA player Mario de Luna scores ridiculous headed own goal against Seattle Sounders

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There didn't seem to be an awful lot to worry about for Chivas USA when a cross was floated into the box by a Seattle Sounders midfielder. The ball was aimed for ex-Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins, but was played over the Nigerian's head, where Mario de Luna was able to head the ball clear. However, [.

Norwegian Lottery winner buys stake in footballer

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We all dream of what we would buy if we won the lottery. Some might think yacht, some a nice new house and some a lifetime supply of hoisin duck pancakes on order at a moment's notice, but Norwegian lottery winner Yngvar Borgesen thought on slightly different lines. A fan of Odd Grenland football club, [.

First pictures of a Liverpool fan burning a Luis Suarez shirt

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Awww, it just had to happen sooner or later. After blindly sticking by their Uruguayan striker through thick, thin and thinner, Liverpool fans have now turned on their man after he announced that he wanted to leave the club. Suarez's official reasoning was the pressure of the English media (they made him be racist and [.

West Brom defender Gabriel Tamas arrested for breaking into block of flats

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West Brom defender Gabriel Tamas has something of a reputation for being a drinker, after he was banned for international football for two years by Romania after going on a late night drinking session when on international duty. It is fair to say that he may have played his last game for his country, after [.