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Clanger: Walsall Fan Makes Whopping Error While Booking Accommodation For League One Trip To Portsmouth

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Faced with a 230-mile round trip, one Walsall fan decided to book themselves some cheap accommodation in order to break up the long haul down to the south coast for Saturday's League One game against Portsmouth.

Alas, in attempting to secure the cheapest possible overnight stop, it would appear that the intrepid Saddlers fan in question dropped a bit of clanger when it came to researching the specific location of their out-of-town hotel.

‘It Was Unacceptable’ – Yeovil Players And Staff Vow To Refund Fans After Slumping To Embarrassing 8-2 Defeat Against Luton On Opening Day

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Yeovil Town's players and staff are clubbing together to reimburse the fans who were forced to sit through their miserable 8-2 defeat against Luton Town on the opening day of the season.

Some 258 Yeovil fans made the 150-mile trip toKenilworth Road for Saturday's match, only to see their side get well and truly eviscerated in what eventually became a joint-record League Two defeat.

Videos

Barcelona: Paulinho Makes Shocking Hash Of Basic Keepy-Uppies At Camp Nou Unveiling (Video)

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It's fairly safe to say that the majority of Barcelona fans are ever so slightly underwhelmed about their club decision to spend €40million of The Neymar Money™ on bringing in his compatriot, Paulinho, from China.

After leaving Tottenham under a cloud, the midfielder spent two years looking comparatively godly in the Chinese Super League with Guangzhou Evergrande before sealing a shock move to Barca last week.

Champions League: Young Boys Defender Kasim Nuhu Scores Utterly Delightful 91st-Minute Own-Goal To Hand CSKA Victory (Video)

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With the scoreline goalless and the 91st minute steadily wicking away, it looked for all the world like the first leg of Young Boys' Champions League play-off against CSKA Moscow was dead set to finish 0-0.

Unfortunately for the Swiss side, defender Kasim Adams Nuhu chose that exact moment to unleash hell (under minimal pressure) on the edge of his own 18-yard box.

MLS: Video Assistant Referee Decision Sees Kaka Sent Off For Playfully Fondling Ex-Orlando Teammate’s Face (Video)

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Adding more fuel to the argument that Video Assistant Refereeing (VAR) is an unnecessary nonsense that we really don't need, Kaka the most saintly footballer in existence was shown a farcical red card in Orlando City's 3-1 defeat against New York Red Bulls on Saturday evening.

The Brazilian veteran was sent off deep into second-half injury time for the heinous crime of playfully grasping the face of Red Bulls defender Aurelin Collin as the two sides disputed a late foul.

Old Habits: FC Basel Striker Ricky Van Wolfswinkel Misses Open-Goal Sitter From Three Yards Out (Video)

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After a couple of fallow years, it's nice to see Ricky van Wolfswinkel is back on the goals trail at his new club, FC Basel.

The wonderfully-named Dutch striker took his tally to four goals in four appearances for the Swiss side by scoring a brace in their 3-2 victory over Grasshoppers in the Super League on Thursday night.

Paide In Full: Estonian Side Score Classy Own Goal Within 14 Seconds Of Kick-Off Without Opponents Touching The Ball (Video)

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If you think you're having a bad day at the office then spare a thought for Estonian side Paide Linnameeskond, who scored an own goal of real craft at the weekend.

Paide travelled to the country's capital city to face Levadia Tallinn in a vital last-16 Estonian Cup clash.

The away side gave their opponents the start dreams are made of by passing the ball neatly across defence before left-back Martin Kase tucked it away deftly in his own net with less than 15 seconds on the clock.

Brazil: Santa Cruz Striker André Luis Injures Himself While Celebrating Opening Goal Against Criciuma (Video)

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Three days in and we've already witnessed the finest goal celebration of the week, courtesy of Santa Cruz forward Andre Luis.

Luis was Johnny-on-the-spot to put Santa Cruz ahead against Criciuma in the Brazilian second tier on Tuesday night, only to immediately do himself an extreme physical discourtesy while attempting to celebrate it.

Accident In The Workplace: Cristiano Ronaldo Comes Perilously Close To Slipping Off Real Madrid’s Team Bus (Video)

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Having been granted an extended summer break, Cristiano Ronaldo played a purposefully limited part in Real Madrid's 2-1 Super Cup victory over Manchester United in muggy Macedonia last night.

With fans clamouring to see the Portuguese star, Zinedine Zidane (possibly reluctantly) sent Ronaldo on for the final eight minutes of the match in what proved to be a largely unspectacular cameo.

Inter Milan: Geoffrey Kondogbia Claws One Back For Chelsea With Outstanding 50-Yard Lob Own-Goal (Video)

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If only o' only there were a Puskas Award for own-goal of the season, Geoffrey Kondogbia may just have sealed the 2017/18 edition several weeks before the start of the season.

The Inter Milan midfielder pulled one back for Chelsea in the latter stages of their International Champions Cup friendly in Singapore, casually clipping a 50-yard lob over his own goalkeeper.

Pre-Season Classics: Mario Balotelli Tosses It Off With A Backheel Only To Be Immediately Substituted, 2011 (Video)

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Pre-season is a time for experimentation, a time for frivolity, and yet Mario Balotelli famously found himself chastised for both during Man City's meaningless friendly Herbalife World Football Challenge match against LA Galaxy in July of 2011.

Balotelli opened the scoring with an early penalty at the Home Depot Center, then shortly thereafter found himself presented with a routine chance to double both his and City's tally.

Retro Football: Henrik Larsson Gets Celtic Career Off To An Absolute Bloody Stinker, 1997 (Videos)

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Photo: Alamy (via Celtic FC)

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the day Henrik Larsson first pitched up at Celtic Park with a glint in his eye and a head festooned with matted off-beige tendrils.

Celtic paid just £650,000 to purloin the Swedish striker from Feyenoord and, by the time he left for Barcelona in 2004, he'd arguably just about paid for himself.

Brazil: Flamengo’s Paolo Guerrero Harnesses The Force To Send Bahia Defender Lucas Fonseca Flying From Several Feet Away (Video)

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"Good, good. Let the hate flow through you"

Bahia defender Lucas Fonseca managed to get himself sent-off in the early stages of his side's 0-1 defeat against Flamengo on Sunday, and in utterly ridiculous circumstances.

Having already been booked just moments before, Fonseca went leaping in on Flamengo striker Paolo Guerrero, leaving a sneaky foot in at hip height.

Well Struck, Sir: Uruguay Defender Jose Gimenez Scores Beautifully Executed Own-Goal Against Italy (Video)

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With half-time upon us, Italy are currently 1-0 up against Uruguay in their friendly encounter at the Allianz stadium in Nice.

The Azzurri kicked off with several fresh young faces in their starting line-up, including aninternational start for 18-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

However, theAzzurri hadUruguay defender JoseGimenez for making the breakthroughin the 7th minute the Atletico Madrid centre-half connecting sweetly with a bouncing ball to arrow the ball past his own goalkeeper from the edge of the box.

Wandering Hands: Sporting Lisbon B Substitute Manages To Concede Penalty While Warming Up Behind Goal (Video)

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Poor old Budag Nasirov somehow managed the extraordinary feat of both conceding a penalty and getting himselfbooked over15 minutes before he came on as a substitute during Sporting Lisbon B's recent Segunda Liga tie against Academica.

Bizarrely, the 20-year-old Azerbaijaniwas warming-up behind the Sporting goal when he was penalised for handling a wayward cross before it had gone fully out of touch.

Swiss Lower Leagues: Pully Football Defender Scores Inexplicably Brilliant Bicycle Kick Own-Goal (Video)

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Just when you thought you'd seen it all, some beautifully graceful clod down in the Swiss lower leagues goes and redefines the very essence of the spectacular own-goal.

The auto-but we're referencing came in a recent Vaudoise Cup tie between Swiss sixth-tier sides Pully Football and FC Renens.

Classic Moments: Jamie Pollock Paints His Masterpiece With Majestic Own-Goal Against QPR, 1998 (Video)

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You may not be aware, but today marks the anniversary of one of the most significant matches in the entire 154-year history of association football.

Manchester City 2-2 Queens Park Rangers April 25th, 1998.

Knowing full well that a win and a win alone couldprevent their relegation to the third tier, Man City (21st in the league) met fellow stragglers QPR (22nd) in the penultimate game of the First Division season.

Championship: Brighton ‘Keeper David Stockdale Scores Two Almost Identical Own-Goals In Space Of 20 Minutes (Video)

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Brighton missed out on the chance to clinch the Championship title on Friday night after slumping to a 2-0 defeat against Norwich at Carrow Road.

It proved to be a naffold night for Seagulls goalkeeper David Stockdale who technically scored both of Norwich's goals, and all in the space of 20 first-half minutes.

Copa Libertadores: Santa Fe Accidentally Hold Minute’s Silence For Player Who Was Stood (Very Much Alive) On The Pitch

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Before Thursday evening'sCopa Libertadores match between Independiente Santa Fe and Santos was allowed to get underway, a message came over the stadium PA system to announce that a minute's silence was to be observed.

And so, as the two teamslined up and nodded their heads in sombre remembrance, theannouncement blared: "Ladies and gentlemen, please stand up and offer this minute of silence in honour of former Santos player Ricardo Oliveira.

Non-League: Brackley Town Unveil Pioneering Throw-In Set Piece, Promptly Make Complete And Utter Hash Of It (Video)

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This can only go well... (Image: Gainsborough Town)

Brackley Town could only managed a goalless draw against Gainsborough Trinity in the National League North on Monday evening, though it wasn't for the lack of endeavour.

Indeed, the hoststried everythingTrinity down, even debutinga strange new prototype throw-in strategy in a desperate bid to break down the defences.

FAIL: Mesut Ozil Pings Sumptuous Pass Out To Arsenal Substitute Warming Up On The Touchline (Video)

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As if to capture Arsenal's miserable defeat against Crystal Palace in microcosm, here's the moment Mesut Ozil took his time, looked up, surveyed the lay of the land in an instant and pinged a truly sumptuous trademark pass out to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the left wing.

Unfortunately for the floaty light German midfielder, the Oxhadyet to come on as a substitute at that point.

FAIL: Aberdeen Forward Miles Storey Somehow Manages To Miss Open Goal From Five Centimetres Out (Video)

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Aberdeen needed an own-goal to beat Inverness in the Scottish Premiership on Tuesday evening which, given the standard of finishing on show at Pittodrie, wasn't overly surprising.

To that end, young forward Miles Storey had a night to forget despite onlycoming on for the final 10 minutes of the match.

Cavalcade Of Calamity: XI Of The Worst Corner Kicks Ever Attempted (Video)

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With a humble tip of the hat toCharlie Adam's set-piece finesse against Burnley last night, Pies have cobbled together a small compendium of some of the worst corner kicks ever attempted on grass.

Without further ado, let's get cracking.

Juan Carlos (Real Betis)

Safe to say, if you're not even making it out of thequadrant then you're probably not doing it right.

FAIL: Stoke Midfielder Charlie Adam Suffers Little Whoopsie-Daisy While Taking Corner Against Burnley (Video)

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Despite looking like a 50-year-oldman who brusheshis teeth with supermarket Scotch, Charlie Adam is still making a living as a Premier League footballer.

Of course, looks can be deceiving as it's Adam's deft midfield playmaking nous that keeps him in work.

Take this exquisite in-swinging corner against Burnley last night for example.

International football

‘He Has The Worst Performances’ – Indonesia Club Persib Bandung Want To Sack Carlton Cole For Playing ‘Very Badly’

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Carlton Cole only signed for Persib Bandung a matter of months ago and already the Indonesian side are exploring the option of terminating his contract.

The Persib management have reportedly either fired or are about to fire Cole for what they have branded a run of "very bad" performances.

England Under-20 Defender Fikayo Tomori Scores Impressive 50-Yard Own-Goal Against Guinea (Video)

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Having taken the lead just five minutes beforehand, England found themselves pegged back by Guinea in their Under-20 World Cup group game when Chelsea youngster Fikayo Tomori scored a truly fantastic own-goal.

Under pressure some 50 yards out, Tomori attempted to play a firmly struck back-pass to goalkeeper Dean Henderson.

Shanghai Shenhua Fans Peeved After Carlos Tevez Misses Match Through ‘Injury’ Only To Be Spotted At Disneyland (Photo)

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It's largely fair to say that Shanghai Shenhua aren't really getting their money's worth out of Carlos Tevez at the moment, four months into his Chinese Super League sojourn.

The 33-year-old striker has made just four appearances Shenhua since joining in late December, scoring one goal a penalty in a 4-0 win over Jiangsu Suning last month.

media

Chronic Case Of The Anichebes: Daley Blind Drops Instagram Clanger By Failing To Observe Proper Copy+Paste Etiquette (Photo)

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Daley Blind has become the latest footballer to come a cropper while copy+pasting generic commercial platitudes on his social media accounts.

The Dutch defender shared a photo of himself posing wistfully in Manchester United's new third shirt on Instagram, along with a caption that he failed to fully edit before publishing.

FAIL: The Irish Herald Newspaper Accidentally Use Photo Of Stormzy In Article About Romelu Lukaku

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TheIrish Herald newspaper have dropped an absolute whopper in their Monday morning edition.

Indeed, the rather glaring cock-up saw the Herald accompany their big back page story about Romelu Lukaku with an image of London grime star Stormzy...

Photo: @Football_LDN/Twitter

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.

Crystal Palace: Christian Benteke Drops ‘Anichebe-esque’ Twitter Ricket After Consigning Hull City To Relegation (Photo)

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"Steady on lads, I'm trying to Tweet here..."

Christian Benteke became the latest footballer to fall foul of the ever-present pre-written Tweet threat after scoring in Crystal Palace's 4-0 drubbing of Hull City yesterday.

After sending the Tigers packing back to the second tier, Benteke took to social media to fart out the standard post-win banalities, though crucially forgot to fully disguise the fact that somebody else is doing all his talking for him.

Liverpool Concede Late To Draw With Bournemouth, Take First Prize In ‘Most Poorly-Timed Tweet Of The Night’ Stakes (Photo)

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Jurgen Klopp was left befuddled on the Anfield touchline as he watched his Liverpool side concede late on to relinquish all three points against Bournemouth on Wednesday evening.

After Divock Origi put them ahead on the hour mark, the Reds were 2-1 up and relatively comfortable for the remainder of the half right up until the moment Josh King popped up with an 87th-minute equaliser for the visitors.

Scottish football

Graphic Scenes: UEFA Draw Botch Sees Hibernian Unexpectedly Qualify For Champions League (Photo)

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Unaware that winning the Scottish Championship earns you a spot in the Champions League these days, Hibernian were surprised to see themselves included in Friday's draw for the third qualifying round.

An error in UEFA's draw documentation saw Hibernian pitted against FC Salzburg, despite the Edinburgh-based club having failed to qualify for the European Cup since 1956.

‘We Should Be Honest, Rangers Will Be Too Strong’ – FC Progres Niederkorn’s Pre-Match Programme Notes Are Adorably Humble (Photo)

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As you might have heard, Rangers were sent packing from the Europa League just 317 days before the final after losing across two legs to a team that finished fourth in the Luxembourg National Division last season.

The 2-0 defeat against Progres Niederkorn on Tuesday evening was quite possibly the worst in Rangers' history, and it was made all the more ignominious by the adorably humble programme notes proffered forth by the Luxembourg side before kick-off.

Managers

De Boer War: Crystal Palace Get Frank Mixed Up With Ronald While Welcoming Their New Manager (Photo)

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By Joseph Viney

In the rush to announce new signings, managers and other news over social media, football clubs can perhaps be forgiven for getting a few minor details wrong here and there.

However, in the case of Crystal Palace theywent and announced the wrong man entirely for their newly-filled managerial spot.

General Election: Arsenal Fans Chase Big Social Media Points By Using ‘Wenger Out’ Meme To Spoil Ballot Papers (Photos)

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What better way to exercise you democratic right to vote than to use your ballot paper to score cheap social media banter points?

That's exactly what a few 'Arsenal fans' (we use the term loosely) did while voting in Thursday's UK General Election, spoiling their ballots by adding their own meme-tastic 'Wenger Out' box to the bottom and then tweeting photos of their handiwork.

‘Winger Out’ – Ethiopian Arsenal Fan Responsible For Mispelled Wenger Protest Banner Claims Error Was Intentional

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Not so very long ago, with the 'Wenger Out' campaign atfull bonk, one particular protest banner went viral after it was unfurled at an Ethiopian football match.

This was because it appeared to feature not one, but two of the internet's twin obsessions, namelyArsene Wenger and a bonus spelling mistake.

The Rest

Sunderland Confirm Darron Gibson Will Be Disciplined For Calling Team ‘F**king Sh*t’, Manage To Misspell Midfielder’s Name In Official Statement

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Sunderland have confirmed that Darron Gibson will indeed face after a video of the midfielder's drunken diatribe, in which he harshly criticised his teammates, did the rounds on social media over the weekend.

Gibson was filmed while talking to fans in a local bar on Saturday night, a matter of hours after Sunderland's dismal 5-0 defeat against Celtic at the Stadium of Light.

Real Madrid: Theo Hernandez Performs Six Laughably Crap Kick-Ups At Bernabeu Presentation (Video)

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Theo Hernandez has recently become the first player for over 17 years to directly cross the breach between Atletico and Real Madrid by joining the latter in a contentious £20million deal.

As is the done thing, the 19-year-old full-back was unveiled in front of the cameras and a modest cluster of fans at the Bernabeu, whom he was asked to entertain with a few choice tricks and flicks.

Carabao Cup Snapshot: First Round Draw Goes Swimmingly As Charlton Come Out Of The Hat Twice…

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The draw for the first round of the Carabao Cup took place in Bangkok and, as you may have guessed, the whole thing proved to be a worthwhile foray into lucrative emerging marketsfrom start to end.

There was one slight hitch, however, when Charlton Athletic found themselves faced with an incredibly challenging first round draw after being pitted againstboth Exeter City and Cheltenham Town.

CD Eldense Coach Arrested After Spanish Police Launch Match-Fixing Probe Into Hefty 12-0 Defeat

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Remember yesterday when we brought you news of a defeat so heavythat it causedCD Eldense to withdraw fromthe Spanish third tierwith immediate effect? Well, it would appear that the saga doesn't begin and end there.

The day after the match (i.e, today),Eldense's head coach Filippo di Pierro wasarrested by police who are reportedly chasing upallegations of corruption pertaining to Saturday's Segunda Division B fixture.