On This Day In 1999: Liverpool Attempt To Sign Didier Baptiste, Fictional Character From Sky One’s ‘Dream Team’, For £3.5m

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Dream Team: Harchester United's entirely made-up squad (Photo: Sky One)

Every year, the 24th November marks a truly momentous anniversary in the cavernous annals of footballing stupidity: The day Liverpool attempted to sign Didier Baptiste, an entirely fictional player, for £3.5million.

To be clear, the gaffe wasn't made by Liverpool themselves, but by The News of the World newspaper, who erroneously peddled a rumour that the Reds were interested in signing the promising left-back a "French Under-21 international" no less from Monaco.

Liverpool Target Desperate To Leave Fulham

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Clint Dempsey is looking increasingly likely to leave Fulham following the news that Martin Jol has left the American out of his squad for the club's first game of the season against Norwich Saturday afternoon.
Despite the fact that Liverpool are yet to make an official bid for the player, Dempsey has made his intentions to leave Craven Cottage clear, and has consequently spent much of Fulham's pre-season training away from the first team.


Football Art: Guardian Produce Excellent Animated Review Of 2016/17 Premier League Season (Video)

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Kapow! Marouane Fellaini sticks one on little Kun (Image: Guardian/Make Savvy)

The Guardian have gone and knocked out a cracking animated review of the 2016/17 Premier League season.

With an assist from Make Savvy studios (otherwise known as Pies favourite Case Jernigan), the stop motion video takes us by the hand and leads us through a retrospective of many of the more high profile incidents to have cracked off over the course of the campaign.

Spot The Baller: Guardian’s Secret Footballer Appears On Camera For First Time – Who Is It?

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By Chris Wright

What you're about to see it The Guardian's 'secret footballer' (@TSFGuardian) first ever appearance on camera. If you're not familiar, the secret footballer is an industry insider, whose documents the riches, debauchery and pressure that professional footballers are subject to from a first-hand perspective.

Who is The Secret Footballer? Whoever’s in this video, that’s who

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Since his column began appearing in The Guardian, the identity of The Secret Footballer has been a source of much debate and conjecture among fans. Now to plug his new book, the mystery player has appeared in the viral video above. His identity remains hidden, but feel free to look for any clues you might [.

Manchester United

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Scott answers question for ESPN on this afternoon's game.

The Guardian discusses Marcus Rashford.

The Telegraph looks at how Old Trafford is the "theatre of broken dreams" for Wenger.

The Mirror claims Rooney will have to wear a leg brace for two weeks.

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Scott has written for ESPN about United and the FA Cup.

The Guardian discusses why LvG and Klopp should be taken seriously.

The Evening News discusses Januzaj's return.

The Mirror reckons we'll bid £40m for Lukaku.

FourFourTwo reports on Moyes' claim that he has no regrets over taking the United job.

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Scott previews the season ahead for ESPN.

The Guardian looks at Guardiola's criticism of Schweinsteiger's fitness.

The Telegraph discusses the implications of Di Maria's exit.

The Mirror reports on Adidas' defence of the "sexist" kit.

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Scott writes for uMAXit about whether there are any regrets over Robin van Persie.

The Guardian has an article on Memphis Depay.

The Telegraph looks at Matteo Darmian.

Squawka discusses whether Van Persie is a United legend.

The Independent reports on Iker Casillas' likely transfer away from Real Madrid.

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Scott writes for ESPN about whether Falcao might be Tevez II.

The Guardian says we are going to sign Valdes.

The Newcastle Chronicle reports on Shearer's bust up with Roy Keane.

The Guardian reports on Marcos Rojo's controversial Instagram post.

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Scott wrote for ESPN about Roy Keane.

Scott wrote for the Irish Independent about the claims Keane is bitter about United.

The Guardian has 10 gems from Keane's autobiography.

The Telegraph reports that Van Gaal and Hodgson have cleared the air over Shaw.

The Daily Mail discusses the secrets to De Gea's success.

Man City skipper Vincent Kompany could now miss Man Utd clash

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Team was great. I felt great. Injury is a blow after all the hard work. I'll be back to that level in no time. Thanks for all the support!. Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) August 19, 2013 Vincent Kompany is a serious doubt for the Manchester derby because he is taking longer than expected to recover [.

The Rooney Ultimatum: Will He Stay or Will He Go?

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Follow Eddie on Twitter Make no mistake, whatever you think of Wayne Rooney, he's had an exceptional career at Manchester United. Scoring goals, assisting goals, complementing great players,...

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OTP Rebounds: Man Utd fans crowd-fund Cristiano Ronaldo transfer, Stoke’s goodbye to Michael Owen and Arsene Wenger is psychic

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Stoke's squad bid farewell to Michael Owen by caking his car in flours and egg [Twitter] A group of Manchester United fans are trying to crowd-fund a bid for Cristiano Ronaldo by pledging to purchase replica shirts bearing his name [Bring Ronaldo Home] Arsene Wenger told his Arsenal staff months ago that this would be [.

OTP Rebounds: Vinnie Jones sings Arsenal songs and kills himself, Rafa Benitez forced Fergie to quit Man Utd and QPR fine Mbia

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Playing tiki-taka with the interwebs Vinnie Jones appears in US television show Elementary as a psycho killer Arsenal fan. Then commits suicide [101GG] Rafa Benitez claims responsibility for Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement [Dirty Tackle] As one Fergie closes... Darren is wanted by Wolves [Guardian] Wigan's Ronnie Stam puts in one of the Premier League's shortest [.

OTP Rebounds: Brazilian prostitutes take English classes, Man Utd’s transfer tweaks and Fernando Torres flashes you

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Playing tiki-taka with the interwebs Self-styled 'Bad Mourinho' strikes back. 300 Brazilian prostitutes have signed up for English lessons ahead of next summer's World Cup [Global Post] Sir Alex Ferguson will aim to sign "one or two" new Manchester United players this summer [Guardian] Fernando Torres flashes his bits around [101GG] Mauricio Pochettino says he [.

OTP Rebounds: Man City sponsors raise a laugh out of Man Utd title win, funny Arsenal vs Man Utd preview and the Messi Gallery

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Playing tiki-taka with the interwebs Manchester City's sponsors Etihad haven't had the last laugh in Manchester United's title success, but they have had a laugh [101GG] Check out the Messi Gallery [Adidas/Facebook] Spartak Moscow coach Valery Karpin suggests he may use the stadium PA system to circumnavigate a touchline ban [Guardian] An, erm, alternative Arsenal [.

OTP Rebounds: Swansea’s Kemy Agustien has more points than QPR, a sweet overhead kick and Man Utd star Phil Jones’ dog twin

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Playing tiki-taka with the interwebs Sebastián Driussi scores a beautiful overhead kick for Argentina under-17. Shades of Trevor Sinclair. [101GG] Swansea midfielder Kemy Agustien has clocked up an impressive 39 points on his driving licence. He's now banned, unsurprisingly [Dirty Tackle] Manchester United utility man Phil Jones' doggy doppelganger [@paddypower] See how much debt each [.

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Beautifully Red has Danny Welbeck's 5 most beautiful moments in GIF form.

The Daily Mail looks at what has become of George Best's council house in Belfast.

The Guardian reckons United and Chelsea's on-pitch appeal trumps City's money.

The Telegraph reports on Ferguson's claim that the spending is over.

Robin van Persie arrives at Man United, says he has a little boy inside him

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After enduring the awkwardness of training with Arsenal in the lead-up to his transfer, Robin van Persie has arrived at Manchester United to meet his new coworkers and begin training. He also told the press about the screaming little boy inside of him.

From the Guardian:

"Manchester United breathe football in every aspect, for me it was quite soon that I made my decision," he said.


Chelsea to bid £30m for Argentinian Striker ?

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According to a report featured in The Guardian, Chelsea are preparing to make a £30m bid to Napoli for Gonzalo Higuain. Now that's someone I would love to see at Chelsea!

A proven, natural goalscorer, the Argentinian striker has scored goals everywhere he has been and this season at Napoli under Rafa Benitez, scored 29 goals in 56 appearances, in total 53 goals in 102 appearances over two seasons.

Willian snubs Tottenham and will sign for Chelsea

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Willian's widely expected transfer to Tottenham is off, according to The Guardian. They quote a source close to the move as saying the Brazilian playmaker will definitely not be moving to White Hart Lane. He is now expected to be unveiled as a Chelsea signing in the not too distant future. The Guardian claims: "Despite [.

Major League Soccer

55% Of Top 100 Soccer Blogs Recommended by The Guardian in 2011 Are Now Gone

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In October 2012, World Soccer Talk published an analysis of the health of the top 100 soccer blogsaccording to a 2011 list that was created byThe Guardian newspaperof the best soccer blogs worth following.At the time of the review of the list in 2012, 37% of the blogs were defunct with more on the edge of extinction.

Op-Ed: Interpreting Di Vaio’s Words On MLS

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DiVaio's debate.

James Grossi writes from Toronto for The Shin Guardian

Bare quotes are always dangerous without context.

In what amounted to a vain attempt at researching the actual source of the attributed quotes, only to discover that the Gazzetta Dello Sport website has a pay-wall – though it must be admitted that comprehension would have been a problem anyways – the problem of what to make of snippets from a player or manager who has been asked for their view on MLS has reared its head again.


Real Madrid will move for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez if Arsenal sign Karim Benzema

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In a bit of a perverted transfer love triangle, Real Madrid are planning to sign Liverpool's Luis Suarez if they lose Karim Benzema to Arsenal. Suarez, of course, was the Gunners' first-choice for a new striker, but Liverpool have refused to sell to them France international Benzema now appears to be their preferred target, having [.

Liverpool would have sold Luis Suarez early this summer, says John W. Henry

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Liverpool owner John W. Henry has suggested the club were ready to sell Luis Suarez at the start of the summer, despite their public proclamations that he was not for sale. Henry now says that Suarez will not be sold under any circumstances because it is too late in the transfer window. He said: "He [.

OTP Rebounds: Sunderland fans’ dirty knees chant, QPR finance plot thickens and Arsenal better without Jack Wilshere

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Playing tiki-taka with the interwebs Sunderland fans rather like Paolo Di Canio. And they want dirty knees too [101GG] QPR secure a bank loan the first in Tony Fernandes' time at the club [Guardian] Arsenal are better when Jack Wilshere doesn't play [Daily Mail] Uli Hoeness on a scooter, riding down the touchline [Dirty [.

The Blizzard: Interview with Jonathan Wilson

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Ducky's Note: If BigFourZa were to be asked 'who do you want to be when you grow up?', then The Blizzard would likely feature at the top of the list. The self-described Magabook (or Bookazine), The Blizzard is fast becoming the pinnacle of football writing and analysis that the rest of us wannabes aspire to be.

Arsenal fail in £18million opening bid for Edin Dzeko

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Arsene Wenger has stated that he only intends to sign "Special Special Special" players if they become available, and according to the Guardian Arsenal have made an £18m offer for Man City's hotshot striker Edin Dzeko. They don't state their source but they have made a headline out of it so they must be pretty [.

Podcast – Episode 33 – Dom Fifield talks Chelsea, EPL, Clint Dempsey

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The Guardian's Dom Fifield talks about Chelsea's strong start in the EPL, the race for 4th place, and where Clint Dempsey will end up at the end of the transfer window. You can follow Dom on twitter @domfifield and read his work online at

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Daniel Taylor on United as favourites and Rooney staying put

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Daniel Taylor, chief football writer for The Guardian and author of This Is The One, has shared his thoughts on United ahead of the 2012-2013 season.

Scott the Red: United never implode at the end of the season. What do you think happened?

Daniel Taylor: Lots of things.


OTP Rebounds: Man City star Carlos Tevez KO’d by Wembley step, Kendall backs Big Dunc for Everton job and Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola re-creates a Lampard special

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Carlos Tevez and a linesman both succumbed to a potentially lethal step at Wembley [101GG] Former Everton boss Howard Kendall has backed Duncan Ferguson to become the club's new manager [BBC] Wigan's Callum McManaman has won his first England under-21 call-up... and he's off to the European Championships [Guardian] Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola recreates a [.

OTP Rebounds: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s RVP congratulations, Liverpool hit back and Mario Balotelli has more clothing issues

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Playing tiki-taka with the interwebs Antonio Nocerino not impressed at how long it takes AC Milan team-mate Mario Balotelli to get dressed [101GG] Matt Le Tissier makes his Guernsey debut [BBC] Get your custom-made Barnet coffin [Pies] Arsene Wenger's entirely fictional congrulations to Robin Van Persie on winning the title [Dirty Tackle] Liverpool [.

OTP Rebounds: Manchester City’s summer clear-out, Gary Neville’s guide to assassination and Tottenham keeper Brad Friedel’s mum

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Playing tiki-taka with the interwebs Uber-pundit Gary Neville knows everything. Here's his guide to assassination [YouTube] Carlos Tevez, Gareth Barry, Edin Dzeko and Samir Nasri could all be sold by Manchester City this summer [Guardian] Young Athletic Bilbao fan not pleased by Fernando Llorente's impending move to Juventus [101GG] Brad Friedel inherits his boundless energy [.

The Rest

Newcastle Now Reported After Barcelona Winger

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The Guardian are reporting that Newcastle are now ready to try to sign Barcelona's 20 year-old winger Sandro Ramirez, who we have been interestedin for about a year now. The Guardian says that with Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy still insisting on a £14M permanent deal for Andros Townsend this month, Newcastle may be forced to [.

Carragher Is Irreplaceable, Says Rodgers

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes that Jamie Carragher is one of a ‘dying breed' and will be irreplaceable at the club when he retires at the end of this season.
"He has been a giant for me since I came in here, an incredible man, he is one of a dying breed," Rodgers told The Guardian.

Art: Zoran Lucic’s Posters

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Zoran Lucic's posters have been floating around the interwebs for awhile now, and The Guardian's run a small gallery of his previous work, all of which is fantastic. As Zoran's going to be featured in a proper London gallery, it's worth looking at the whole thing again, entitled Sucker for Soccer, as part of a larger showing called Fantasista.

37% Of Top 100 Soccer Blogs Recommended by The Guardian In 2011 Are Now Defunct

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Friday Orange Slices: Bain is Coming! For AEG!

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AEG, the current majority owner of the Dynamo, is up for sale. There's been no reports about if this will change anything in relation to Les Alexander's attempts to buy the team. What we do know is that so major public equity firms are in the mix to buy Bain Capital. [Houston Business Journal]

Enjoy some highlights from last night's Dynamo victory over FAS [CONCACAF.

Third party ownership casts a shadow over failed Moutinho deal

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When is a deal between two clubs not a straight deal? When it involves a third party.

Spurs found out Joao Moutinho's economic interests were not just owned by Porto but a third party investor who wanted to be paid his share of the transfer fee. It's all quite complex and the Guardian has the goods.