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Project Euro 2012: The Book (That’s a working title, obviously)

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Next summer I'm travelling around Europe by rail during Euro 2012, aiming to see as many matches in as many different countries as possible. The tournament itself is being held in Poland and the Ukraine (as the image above handily illustrates) and I'll go to a couple of actual matches there but I want to watch the Croats play whilst in Croatia (with their fans), the Bulgarians whilst in Bulgaria, the Latvians whilst in Latvia, etc.

Paolo Di Canio joins the mighty Swindon Town

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Paolo Di Canio has today been confirmed as the new Swindon Town manager. Here's a tribute to him, taken directly from the Sabotage Times.

On the day Paolo Di Canio returns to English football as manager of Swindon Town, we look at the goals, glory and insanity of one of football's cast-iron nutters.

Guest Post: England’s Top Young Prospects for 2011

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The golden age is over! The likes of Gerrard, Lampard and Beckham are all in their 30's and seemingly starting to feel the pace of the modern game. With such dependence on these key figure heads in recent years who will come through and replace them? Has England learnt from previous criticism over the lack of English players in the game and poor academy setups?

Some Site Recommendations

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Being as I barely update this site anymore, here are some more active/useful ones for you to visit. You all know the newspaper sites, Football365, ESPN, etc for news and match reports and stuff, but these you may not have heard of.

Goals/Highlights and Games

101GreatGoals - Updated incessantly with goals from all around the world.

The Best Red Card EVER

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Is it this?

Certainly up there. Assault on the ref has to be admired, Di Canio, take a bow. But is that better than assault on a paramedic? Andre Bikey everyone:

I'd argue both pale into comparison with assault on a fan. Look how collected Cantona seems before he launches himself into Matthew Simmonds.

Battle of the Bulge

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To be a footballer would be to live the dream but you do have to make sacrifices. Here are some who have really taken the freedom of retirement to heart heart disease, that is...

This was prompted by a picture of Neil Shipperly I stumbled across remember him? Battling striker who played for Chelsea, amongst others?

Goals of The Week

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1. Chris Baird (Stoke v Fulham, December 28, 2010)

2. Gareth Bale (Tottenham v Newcastle, December 28, 2010)

3. Dani Luengo (Extremadura U16 vs Asturias U16, December 28, 2010)

4. Khaleem Hyland (Zulte Waregem v Gent, December 30, 2010) (0.

Five things the Guardian Learnt from the Weekend

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Silva is City's most important player

David Silva spent most of his debut for Manchester City being buffeted about the pitch by Tottenham's Tom Huddlestone on the opening day of the season. Then it seemed like City's big summer signing was not made for English football, where praise from pundits generally centres on a player's pace, power and drive, rather than his vision or ball skills.

Old News, Freaky Pictures: Rivaldo Signs Himself…

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Originally from I just like the photos, which I've only just found...

Former Brazil, Barcelona and Milan star Rivaldo will make a return to Brazilian football in the 2011 Paulista for tiny club Mogi Mirim, of whom the player is also president.

The 38 year-old has not played competitive football since leaving Uzbekistani outfit Bunyodkor in August, and it has been seven years since he has played for a Brazilian club.

Goals of the Week

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Original article here

1. Karim Benzema (Mesut Ozil assist) (Ajax v Real Madrid, November 23, 2010)

2. Matheus (Braga v Arsenal, November 23, 2010)

3. Mehmet Guven (Eskisehirspor v Manisaspor, November 26, 2010) (First goal on the video)


England: Twats

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It's the Ashes at the moment, already far better (patriotic) viewing than the World Cup proved to be. The England cricket team are an endearing bunch too, well spoken, seem like good lads, interview well, etc etc (apart from Jonathan 'I'm a slightly mental yet really boring cunt' Trott).

Relativise to football and the contrast is stark.

The FIFA Puskas Award (Amazing Goals)

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FIFA have announced their shortlist for the 2010 Puskas award, which is essentially goal of the year (scored between Jan 1st and October 15th).

I can't be bothered to relink all them all from here, so click through to watch high quality videos of high quality goals.

I think my pick is Altintop (despite it being a worse version of Gareth Bale's the other week) the Japanese one is just stupid, such abhorrent defending and Tshiblalalalalalala is only in there for racial equality.

Chelsea and Man City: The Similarities and Shortcomings

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Chelsea and Man City are both stuttering and that's far from where the parallels end. Both sets of fans are unhappy after the weekend. Both clubs have billionaire foreign investors who have poured millions into the club. Both are nouveau-riche neither has previously been a the forefront of the English game.

Soccer Stateside

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Last week I had the pleasure of watching the second leg of the New York Red Bulls against the San Jose Earthquakes. Some brief observations on soccer v football...

Firstly, the entire experience is far more pleasant. No tattooed thugs shouting and ranting, no fighting, no racist/obscene chanting, and so on.

Footballers Who Smoke

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Smoking is cool. Here are some footballers rocking nicotine chic. With a couple of notable exceptions...

Being a bad-ass, of course Man City's new signing Mario Balotelli smokes. Indoors. With fit women.

Slaven Bilic rocking a Marlboro. Not strictly a player anymore, but still cool.