Tottenham fans will allow themselves a wry smile this morning at the news that Gareth Bale could be deployed at left-back by Real Madrid. Spurs played the Welshman as a full-back at the start of his White Hart Lane career, before realising they had one of the world's best wingers on their hands. And the [.
England manager Roy Hodgson has branded Tottenham midfielder Tom Carroll as "an outstanding footballer". Hodgson has seen the youngster at close quarters while working with the Under-21 squad. And he singled the 21-year-old out for praise to illustrate a point he was making about Rickie Lambert. The Southampton striker has been misjudged throughout his career [.
Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor says there has been no fall-out with Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas and insists he had no intention of leaving the club over the summer. The Togo international found himself training with the youth team during pre-season and was linked with moves to Schalke or Turkish side Besiktas.
The most expensive footballer of all-time, Gareth Bale, says he would have left Tottenham for Real Madrid even if his former club had qualified for the Champions League last season. Spurs were pipped to fourth place and Champions League football by north London rivals Arsenal last term. But Bale says he would have still left [.
Gareth Bale is one of the top three or four players in Europe, according to Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas. Casillas' club are currently desperately trying to ensure that Spurs star Bale is their player next season. And the Spain captain has been talking up the Welshman's ability ahead of a possible deal.
Andre Villas Boas says it is time to move on from Gareth Bale and start expecting to see brilliance from Christian Eriksen instead. The Tottenham manager made it clear that he sees Eriksen as someone who can develop into a player who is equally important to the club as the recently departed Welshman.
Rickie Lambert officially became the world's most famous former beetroot packer when he scored England's winner against Scotland with his first touch in international footballer. The Southampton striker headed in a Leighton Baines corner to secure victory for Roy Hodgson's side. After the match, it still hadn't hit him.
Another example of just how lucky Fabrice Muamba was to have a heart specialist and a defibrillator nearby when he suffered his on-pitch cardiac arrest. The ambulance attending the Peruvian reserve match between Sporting Cristal and Real Garcilaso didn't have a defibrillator. When 18-year-old Sporting player Yair Clavijo collapsed during the game, medical staff could [.
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 [.
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.
A footballer is entitled to feel a little bit unlucky if they watch a free-kick hit the bar and rebound to safety. They can feel particularly aggrieved if their free-kick hits the bar twice. That's what happened to United Arab Emirates player Khamis Ismaeel during his side's match against Kuwait. His effort crashed against the [.
You'd think one of the perks of being a multi-millionaire footballer is that you wouldn't have to associate yourself with anything embarrassing in order to make a decent living. But England and Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart was more than happy to become the new face of dandruff. Hart is the star of a new [.
Once the greatest footballer of his generation, Ronaldo's career eventually fizzled out as a footballing equivalent of a Weight Watchers programme. The former Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter Milan striker continued the theme after hanging up his boots by joining a celebrity weight loss TV show. Demeaning and embarrassing you might think, but you can't [.
While looking for a video to accompany our post on Nile Ranger being banned from Newcastle's first-team until he turns up on time for six weeks we came across this and thought it deserved a post of its own. Alan Pardew might be questioning Ranger's commitment to being a footballer, but there's no questioning his [.
Juan Carlos was envisaging a nice out-swinger for one of his team-mates to attack as he prepared to take a corner kick against Real Sociedad at the weekend. Instead he destroyed the corner flag and left the ball sitting exactly where he left it. There's not really an outcome to this situation that isn't embarrassing [.
Brazilian great Roberto Carlos has warned Chelsea that new signing Samuel Eto'o could disrupt their dressing room. The former Real Madrid left-back was team director at the Cameroon international's old club, Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, and has warned that the forward's presence can be "damaging".
Chelsea's pre-season tour doesn't appear to be short of banter. Striker Romelu Lukaku has been keen to keep his social media followers updated with his every move along the way... and this doesn't appear to have been lost on his team-mates. After yet another late night tweet, midfielder Josh McEachran advised him: "Go to sleep [.
Chelsea have arrived in Japan for the Club World Cup -- a tournament Fernando Torres is taking seriously and a place that means a lot to him since it's the birthplace of the animated series Captain Tsubasa. The series was about a young footballer named Tsubasa Oozora, who ran around with dead-eyed intensity and executed fantastical moves while leading his teams to glory.
Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Jesus Naves Age: 27 Position: Right winger Signed from: Sevilla Fee: Â£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 [.
Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Yoan Gouffran Age: 26 Position: Striker Signed from: Bordeaux Fee: Undisclosed Did you know? Gouffran is allergic to grass. His condition was described as "embarrassing" by former coach Jean Tigana. What's the deal? The Magpies were impressed by the pacy striker when they faced him [.
David Beckham's eldest son Brooklyn had a trial at Chelsea yesterday. The 13-year-old joined in a training session with the Blues' under-14 setup. He had previously played for the LA Galaxy's under-14 team but is on the lookout for a new a team since his dad quit MLS and moved the family back to London [.
Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa Age: 23 Position: Defender Signed from: Montpellier Fee: Undisclosed (reported Â£6.7million) Did you know? Yanga-Mbiwa was Montpellier's captain as they won the French title last season. He's clocked up more than 200 appearances for the club despite being just 23 years old.
Not for the faint-hearted this one. Following in the limping footsteps of many a footballer giving us an intimate look at their injuries, Tottenham Hotspur's Sandro posted this picture on Twitter. The rather gruesome shot harbouring more staples than a stationery hoarder shows the midfielder's knee following his operation to reattach torn knee [.
Despite the best efforts of Sasa Curcic, football and sex haven't had much to do with each other down the years. Players sometimes compare scoring a goal to the physical act of love "scrambling it in that consolation goal from a yard against Villa gave me an even bigger thrill than when I splattered my beans up 'er indoors, Des" and there was that recurring childhood dream we had about Micky Quinn as a Page 7 fella, wearing only a thong and a roguish grin.
1. There were some unbelievable Bentekkers on display in the Liverpool vs Aston Villa match. Two goals and a crazy backheel assist for Villa's young Belgian striker. 2. Kolo Toure has finally come clean and told Roberto Mancini that he's a footballer, not a car salesman, and is promptly flavour of the month.
Is it any surprise that match fixing occurs? Every year countless billions are wagered on sports around the world. In 2011, $3.2 billion was wagered on sports... in Nevada casinos alone! Just online sports gambling in England, France, Italy and Spain equals about $15 billion. Between legal and illegal (or casual) gambling, we are talking many, many, MANY billions of dollars worldwide.
I am the Secret Footballer Published by Guardian Books July 2012, Â£7.99 ISBN: 9780852653081 The Guardian's decision to gather together their Secret Footballer columns into this new book appears to have been handsomely vindicated on first glance; sitting as thevolume does atop their online bookshop chart as well as prominently on the shelves of Britain's retailers.
Since Twitter came into vogue a few years ago we've seen t he headlines that tweets have made from footballers, and one of the players who got into hot water for his tweets was a certain Joey Barton. Joey Barton while on Tyneside for four years And Joey put the nail in his coffin [...]
Newcastle bad boy Nile Ranger has been banned from training with the first-team until he can go six weeks without turning up late. Manager Alan Pardew is sick of the striker's tardiness and has told him he won't be considered for selection until he manages a prolonged stint of turning up on time for training.
There are many important issues young footballers must carefully navigate at the beginning of their careers. They must decide who is worth trusting, how to manage sudden wealth, and many other vital matters -- like the best way to sign autographs -- all while remaining focused on doing all they can to become the best player they can be.
Comedian Simon Brodkin was arrested after invading the Goodison Park pitch in full Manchester City training kit ahead of Saturday's match against Everton. Brodkin, best known for his BBC Three show in the guise of his comic creation Lee Nelson, joined City players for their warm-up ahead of the match dressed as his footballing alter [.
Though it sounds like absolute bollocks to us, the retired footballer's lawyer is arguing Mikey can't pay his recent speeding ticket because he (paraphrasing here) has no income and just finished his football career. "Just because he is a famous footballer doesn't mean he has any money coming in," said Ballack's attorney in defense of [.
Happy birthday, Pele!To celebrate this day, we've decided to showcase a rapidly emerging, niche and illustrious football tumblr, Pele Out Of Context. This tumblr is recent, starting in September and since their inception, they've consistently delivered exactly what their title states, photography of Pele taken off the field.
York City midfielder Matty Blair has become the first footballer in the history of everything that's ever existed on every plane of existence to be injured in a tackle with a training ground dummy a dubious honour if ever there was one.
Blair was forced to nip off to hospital yesterday when he suffered a nasty cut on his knee having toppled into the wire mesh mannequin during a tussle with a teammate.
Santi Cazorla won his 49th cap for Spain on Friday and for the latter part of the game he was playing alongside the man who he sees as the total footballer, Andres Iniesta. The Arsenal midfielder uses his international team mate as the standard to strive for.
It is astounding that Cazorla has picked up as many caps as he has, operating in the same position as the player who has won this year's European Player of the Year, Euro 2012 Player of the Tournament and Man of the Match in the 2010 World Cup final, scoring the winning goal for good measure.
A few weeks ago, the release of an anonymous autobiography by the name of I Am The Secret Footballer was released to an overwhelmingly strong response.
Football fans around the world, particularly in England, were finally exposed to a footballer's personal account that was so sincere and insightful that it had no intention to merely generate publicity or fame.
Name: Orlando Trustfull In his 90s prime for: Sheffield Wednesday Lowdown: Started his youth career at Ajax, where he was part of the famous academy set-up for five years before being allowed to leave to join HFC Haarlem, where he began his professional career. After just fourteen games he was snapped up by Dordrecht, where [.