Video: Al Nasr keeper Abdallah Al Enizi tries every penalty shootout trick he can think of

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Last Friday saw the final of the Saudi Crown Prince Cup Saudi Arabia's equivalent of the the FA Cup being played between bitter rivals Al Hilal and Al Nasr. The match went to penalties, at which point Al Nasr goalkeeper Abdallah Al Enizi decided to unleash just about any form of gamesmanship that [..

Video of Evra’s disgraceful action

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Patrice Evra has seen his international career dip to an all-time low after being caught on camera wiping his backside with teammate Mathieu Valbuena's shirt. Evra has had a rough twelve months after seeing his club career with Manchester United finally questioned, and now his international popularity has crashed to an all time low.

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TweetEngland legend Paul Gascoigne has come clean as he tackles your questions and debunks many myths ahead of Euro 2012. It is a must see! 'Gazza' tackles amongst many things, his antics after matches, his mad bets with Jimmy 'Five Bellies', what it means to wear the Three Lions shirt, as well as his hopes [.

Fans of Argentina’s Racing Club pelt the pitch with crutches

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Don't get us wrong, OTP loves a coordinated launching of bog rolls onto the pitch as much as the next guy. But this goes slightly beyond that in both the logistical and the safety stakes. Fans of Argentinian side Racing Club protested against their side's woeful recent form by taking crutches to the match and [.


Bolton confiscate Marvin Sordell’s phone over ‘Twitter obsession’

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Dno if people realised but if you didnt, i dont really care how im perceived or what people think of me. You dont know me is all ill say... Marvin Sordell (@MarvinSordell) January 2, 2013 Bolton striker Marvin Sordell has had his mobile phone confiscated by the club in a bid to overcome his [...]

Neymar misses an absolute sitter for Brazil. Cursed by British boy?

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Brazilian sensation Neymar is quite possibly the biggest football name at the London 2012 Olympics. Given his flamboyant flicks and eye-catching invention with the ball, it's easy to see why the world's biggest clubs are buzzing around him like a bee over spilt Tango. The stick-thin prodigy failed to add to his endless showreel of [.

Neymar misses an absolute sitter for Brazil. Cursed by British boy?

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Brazilian sensation Neymar is quite possibly the biggest football name at the London 2012 Olympics. Given his flamboyant flicks and eye-catching invention with the ball, it's easy to see why the world's biggest clubs are buzzing around him like a bee over spilt Tango. The stick-thin prodigy failed to add to his endless showreel of [.

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The top reasons why Cristiano Ronaldo is sad

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The biggest story in Spain this past weekend was the statement that Cristiano Ronaldo is sad. He didn't celebrate either goals scored against Granada on September 2, 2012 and says his feelings are not about demanding a bigger contract. It's been a bit of mystery for most as Ronaldo is in his prime, playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world, and on pace to be considered one of the all-time greats.

Retrospective #23: The joy of Gary Neville

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How do you define who is, and isn't, a great? A legend? Or is that the same thing (it isn't, apparently)? Gary Neville isn't a great, we know this. Is he a Manchester United great? Â No or at least I don't think he is.

Instead, he was just a good player, the no-frills type, but unlike the airlines the term is connoted with, Neville was reliable and consistent; a so-called 'team player' who is correctly renowned today as the English right-back of his generation.

Manchester City

QPR Report: New Record? 300 Days and STILL No FA Hearing....8 out of 11 Starters from One Year Ago: Gone...Norwich Reports and Comments...Next Walsall...Barton

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Some 300 Days since the alleged incident.

Germany 1-2 Italy

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Balotelli 20' 36'
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The Mario Balotelli show. Mario Balotelli, and Italy's defense. The more things change...

This time, Jogi Löw's personnel switches didn't work. Gómez and Podolski returned to the starting XI, along with Kroos, going with experience and Kroos' extra effort in midfield in an obvious effort to stifle Pirlo.

Is this the end of Barton’s PL stint?

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Premier League bad boy Joey Barton was recently handed a lengthy 12-match ban by the FA for his violent antics during the denouement of last season.

Manchester City became champions of the English top flight, for the first time in 44 years, after overcoming a struggling QPR side at the Etihad Stadium following the dismissal of Rangers skipper Barton.

Joey Barton Given 12 Match Ban By FA

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The FA has thrown the book at Joey Barton for his out-of-control temper tantrum against Manchester City on the last day of the season.

Barton has been given a huge 12-game ban and fined £75,000 for his antics.

The FA gave the QPR midfielder an automatic four-game suspension when he elbowed Carlos Tevez in the face.

Gianfranco Zola would “be dead” if he acted like Manchester City star Mario Balotelli

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Former Chelsea player Gianfranco Zola says he would "be dead" if he got up to some of the antics of compatriot Mario Balotelli. But he says the Manchester City striker can be the star of Euro 2012 if he manages to control himself. Zola, who briefly coached Balotelli during his time with Italy under [.

Mancini, Carlos Tevez and Manchester City’s European Dream

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Roberto Mancini's reward for guiding Manchester City to Premier League glory will be a new £20million contract.

Mancini, who has a year left on his current deal, will sign a new four-year agreement worth £5m-a-year.

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TweetRock-star Manchester City fan Liam Gallagher gatecrashed City's press conference and after City beat Manchester United 1-0 in the derby. The former Oasis musician emulated the antics of striker Mario Balotelli by walking in unannounced during the post-match press conference to revel in his sides' triumph.

WW: Szczesny Is The Best BALLERina, Mourinho Snubs The Media & Mancini Finally Immune To Balotelli

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We kick off this edition of 'Weekend Wrap' with an epic photo of Arsenal's goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, attempting ballet like pimps do. The Gunners recently filmed a video with dancers from the English National Ballet in a tie-up to promote their Official Automotive partner.

“United Would Never Sign A Player Like Balotelli”

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Just like with Carlos Tevez at Manchester City, Mario Balotelli's fall from grace has been fairly dramatic. After being hailed as a hero and a legend, City fans quickly became tired of his antics after his selfishness at the Emirates on Sunday helped end their hopes of winning the league.

Speaking to Dutch magazine Voetbal International, first-team coach Rene Muelensteen has claimed that Sir Alex Ferguson would never sign a destructive player like Balotelli.

Mario Balotelli – Why Always Him?

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Sunday's antics at Emirates Stadium threw perennial trouble maker Mario Balotelli back into the headlines after a red card against Arsenal. Donning a t-shirt reading "YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE" to reveal if he found the net, Balotelli's intentions are clear. He feels it is all about him. Who else would expose the message "WHY ALWAYS ME?

Balotelli Escapes FA Actions

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As surprising as this may sound, the FA has decided not to take any disciplinary action against Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli for his foul on Arsenal midfielder Alex Song.

This means that Balotelli who would have faced a 9 match ban had the FA's decision gone through is free to feature in City's remaining fixtures.

Inter Preparing Bid For Balotelli

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Mario Balotelli's affinity for his former side Inter Milan looks far from over after he apparently made an impromptu visit to the club a little over a week ago, however, according to Balotelli, he was only in Italy to catch up with old friends.

With his future at City thought to be nearing it's end, both Inter Milan and AC Milan are said to be preparing deals that would see him return to Italy after a brief two year stint in the EPL.

San Jose Earthquakes

Becks has no regrets after suspension

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After an incident in the Galaxy's loss to San Jose on June 30th, the MLS Disciplinary Committee decided to suspend Galaxy ace David Beckham for his actions.

Late in the match, Becks was frustrated with the time-wasting antics of the Earthquakes. He displayed his anger by kicking the ball at a San Jose player down in the Earthquakes' penalty box.

A look at MLS bad boy Steven Lenhart

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By all accounts, Steven Lenhart is a laid-back and mellow person off the field. Someone who enjoys surfing and is considered quiet by most who know him.

On the field, the San Jose Earthquakes forward is something else entirely.

Lenhart has fashioned a well-earned reputation as a bad boy, a villain, the kind of player who spends as much time getting under his opponent's skin as he does actually playing the game.

MLS Western Conference Week 7: Jumping in With Both Feet

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Lots of red cards were handed out in Week 7. Four, to be exact, two each for two teams, RSL and Philadelphia Union. Two of the incidents were quite similar, with the offending players leaving their feet and challenging with both feet, studs up. The referees delivered a consistent message -- there will be none of that.


Is Super Mario so often vilified because he is black?

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A slightly controversial headline today regarding Monsieur Balotelli from yours truly in preparation for today's Euro 2012 final. This is something which has been on my mind for a while but whether any of it is any true is entirely a different matter.

Anyway, firstly back to the game between the Germans and the assured Azzuri which was perhaps provided one of the most surprising results of the tournament so far.

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The season is done and dusted, 4th place it is then but as we know because of Chelsea's antics in the Champions League final we have no Champions League football down at the Lane next season. Â What impact this will have to the squad, with players in and out, is unknown for the time being, but that is discussion for another day, along with a whole host of subjects that this blog will try and delve into over the summer months.

Joey Barton awarded a 12 match ban: QPR career in doubt

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In the senselessness that is Joey Barton, the greatest tragedy is his thinking Twitter is some sort of substitute for actual therapy.

Barton receives a 12 match ban for going berserk on the Premiership's last day after Carlos Tevez elbowed him. In addition he's lighter by £75,000.

Joey Barton's tantrums ruin QPR's joy at remaining promoted

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szólj hozzá: Patada de Joey Barton a Aguero

QPR went down to City but in the end it did not prove costly as Bolton could not pull off a win against Stoke so they remain promoted. But no thanks to Joey Barton. This man is a disgrace to his team and the sport. This match should have been spent marshaling players for a huge match instead the demons inside this George Orwell quoting hack got the better of him.

Wolverhampton 0 Arsenal 3 : Un-bitten Trip

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Down one goes and out the other goes

Ok, that's a lame title. Well, they are Wolves and we didn't lose, you get my drift. In essence, that's what it was. Wolves were a side low on confidence and the slightest change completely offset them. The red card ended the game as a contest and Arsenal strolled to a 5 point lead over the 4th place team.

Wolverhampton 0 Arsenal 3 : Un-bitten Trip

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Down one goes and out the other goes

Ok, that's a lame title. Well, they are Wolves and we didn't lose, you get my drift. In essence, that's what it was. Wolves were a side low on confidence and the slightest change completely offset them. The red card ended the game as a contest and Arsenal strolled to a 5 point lead over the 4th place team.

Premiership Party : Mikel Arteta Deserves Spain Call Up, Samir Nasri’s Banner & Sir Alex’s Buddy

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There's no better way to start off the week than that powerful mid-range screamer (our favourite type of goal!) from Mikel Arteta in Arsenal's resounding win over City yesterday. There's also a good chance Vicente del Bosque slowly got off his armchair after the game to retrieve his notebook with "Mis Jugadores : EURO 2012″ carefully written at the top.

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Joey Barton punched in the head outside gay nightclub

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When Joey Barton announced his commitment to pacifism, DT assumed his days of stubbing out cigars in teammates eyes and violently attacking teenagers on the street were over. But when he went postal on the final day of the season, it was clear he had returned to his feral ways. The QPR midfielder — currently serving a 12-match ban due to his antics at Eastlands — was involved in another skirmish while exiting 'gay-friendly super club' Garlands in Liverpool city centre.

Crazy Mad Footballers

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With this seasons antics of footballers such as Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli causing a big stir amongst fans and the media, I've decided to look back over the history of the Premier League to find some other hot-headed footballers with the aim of making a team (or army) of 11.

The players I've chosen are either highly aggressive, highly unpredictable or just a bit mental.

The Rest

Klinsmann’s Odd USMNT Roster Antics

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The way that Jurgen Klinsmann has managed the selection and publicity of this weekend's World Cup Qualifying roster for the Men's National Team, you'd think this is a simple friendly and not a win or bust set of games. Last ... Continue reading →

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You're Gonna Get Your Bottom Line Kicked In

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I was immensely tickled to read about some disturbances at a recent Thailand Premier League game between TOT and Bangkok Glass. Tickled because these are two of the corporate clubs that litter the football landscape in the country and, for me at least, I find it hard to get excited about a club that is just an extension of a corporate entity.

Tom Hanks Attends Portland Timbers Game, Schmoozes with Players

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Tom Hanks talks Soccer shop in the video above.

Apparently, he is a fan of Aston Villa, who was in town to play the Timbers. He explains how Aston Villa came to be the team he roots for.

Tom doesn't quite say that he favors one team over the other.

Diego Maradona gets the boot from Al Wasl

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Al Wasl did not reap the benefits as expected under Diego Maradona's tutelage. The Saudi Arabian club finished eighth in a 12 team league and the final straw was when Al Muharaq, a Bahraini club beat Al Wasl on penalties after both clubs tied on aggregate over both legs of a local tournament.

Union Freekicks: What The MSM Had To Say About The Firing Of Nowak

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Sakiewicz pulls the cork on Nowak's reign with Union (With Video) -
Chris Vito's article on the firing of Peter Nowak. More of a straight news piece than anything else. See the links below for a column by one of Vito's colleagues for opinion.

John Smallwood: Union shrouds reason for Nowak's firing in secrecy

Smallwood asks questions about the answers that were given to him and the other reporters at yesterday's press conference.

Kickette Catch Up: Your Weekend Gossip Cheat Sheet

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FYI, Kickettes a few of our staffers are making the trip up to Manchester for tonight's derby, which means fact/spell-checked stories and drunk tweeting can not be guaranteed.

Otherwise, how's Monday going over thus far for you?


- Jermain Defoe is allegedly back to his old ways, stepping out with some girl who isn't his current steady, Alexandra Burke.

Pepe Warms Up For El Clasico By Kicking A Teammate

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In excellent news, the upcoming Clasico has been bumped up one day. Which means less time waiting on Pepe v Busquets: The World Dreams of Long-term Injuries.

Pepe is getting warmed up nicely with some of his standard antics, although going studs out on the shins of a teammate is probably new.