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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.

This Helpful Russian Robot Named ‘AlanTim’ Is Going To Protect England Fans At The 2018 World Cup (Video)

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Image: Moscow Technological Institute (Youtube)

With Russian hooligans promising to turn the 2018 World Cup into a 'festival of violence', there's a good chance that many England fans have been put off the idea of making the trip for fearing of ending up impaled/hung/drawn/quartered.

However, theMoscow Technological Institute are doing their bit fortrepidacious travellers, having designed a robot guide to help fans navigate safely through the tournament.

‘My Desire Shouldn’t Be Questioned’ – Wilfried Zaha Releases Statement To Clarify How And Why He Chose Ivory Coast Over England

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As you may recall, Wilfried Zaha found himself at the centre of a mini-furore yesterday when Danny Mills had the temerity to heckle him for pledging his international allegiance toIvory Coast rather than England.

Mills accused Zaha of "taking the easy option" after Gareth Southgate revealed he'd attempted to persuade the Crystal Palace winger to opt for England, only to be rebuffed.

‘He’s Taken The Easy Option’ – Danny Mills Accuses Wilfried Zaha Of Tossing Off His Entire International Future By Snubbing England

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Noted dimwit Danny Mills has basically accused Wilfried Zaha of chucking away his entire international future by choosing to represent Ivory Coast instead of jolly oldEngland.

Zaha won two non-competitive capsunder Roy Hodgson but found his participation limited so instead opted to pursue an international career with the country of his parents' birth.

Want To Feel Old? Shaun Wright-Phillips’ Son Has Just Received His First England Youth Call-Up

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Hey you. Yeah, you. Want to feel older than the mountainsall of a sudden? Then get your head around this...

Shaun Wright-Phillips' son son! has just received his first England call-up.

Yep. D'Margio Wright-Phillips, a mere foetus with studs, has just been called up to the England Under-16 squad for the first time.

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Pyromaniacs: Partizan Belgrade Fans Celebrate Winning Title By Lighting Flares To Create ‘Ring Of Fire’ Around Entire Stadium (Photos & Video)

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Photo: @SerbianUltras/Twitter

A triumphant 5-0 final-day victorysaw Partizan Belgrade secure the Serbian Super Liga title at the weekend, pipping cross-city rivals Red Star to the championshipby three points.

As is usually the done thing, the Partizan fans welcomed their teams eighthSuperLigawin by lighting a continous ring of flares around the entire stadium, giving the place a distinctly Dante-esque feel as the evening drew in.

Feyenoord: Dirk Kuyt Celebrates Momentous Eredivisie Title Win With 100,000 Of His Closest Friends (Video)

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With Ajax just one point behind them going into the final match of the season, a hat-trick from captain Dirk Kuyt saw Feyenoord beat Heracles 3-1 and more importantly take the three points they needed to shore up the club's first Erevidisie league title since 1999.

In doing so, Feyenoord also became the first team in the history of Dutch football to top the Eredivisie table for the entire season.

Victory Doughnut: Benfica Defender Eliseu Celebrates Winning League By Skidding Around Dressing Room On Moped (Video)

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Benfica stuck five unanswered goals past Vitoria de Guimaraes to wrap up a fourth straight Portuguese Ligatitlein emphatic style on Saturday evening.

The win was enough to open up an eight-point lead over Porto, who managed to beat Pacos de Ferreira the following day but still wound up in second, four points behind their Lisbon-based rivals with one match left to play.

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.

Retro Football: Johan Cruyff Discusses Dennis Bergkamp, The Notion Of Greatness And The Perfect Footballer, 1994 (Video)

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On the day of his 48th birthday, we can't help but hark back to the highest praise Dennis Bergkamp ever received, and from Johan Cruyff no less.

Shortly before the 1994 World Cup, Cruyff gave an in-depth interview to Hugo Camps for Het Laatste Nieuws, in which shared his thoughts on a wide array of footballing issues.

Serie B: Trapani Goalkeeper Mirko Pigliacelli Sparks Counter-Attack With 80-Yard Cavalry Charge Down Field (Video)

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Fans of unorthodox, unnecessarily risky goalkeeping will no doubtenjoy this sublime little nugget lifted from Sunday's Serie B encounter between Frosinone and Trapani.

After going behind after just 11 minutes, relegation-threatened Trapani found themselves chasing the game for the majority of the afternoon.

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup: Iran Striker Mohammad Mokhtari Scores Absolutely Audacious Overhead Kick In Third-Place Play-Off (Video)

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Iran made history over the weekend bybecoming Asia's highest ever finishers at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup thanks to an emphatic 5-3 victory over Italy in the third-place play-off game.

Mohammad Mokhtari provided the undoubted highlight of the match, putting Iran 3-0 up with a truly outstanding overhead kick from the narrowest angle.

NASL: San Francisco Deltas Goalkeeper Romuald Peiser Proposes To Girlfriend On Pitch Before Kick-Off (Video)

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San Francisco Deltas goalkeeper Romuald Peiser took an unnecessary risk of a very different kind when he proposed to his girlfriend on the pitch before Sunday's NASL fixture against New York Cosmos.

The 37-year-old Frenchman escorted his partner, Taylor, to the centre-circle and proceeded to get down on one knee.

‘It’s An Unfathomable Mystery’ – Vojvodina Captain Nikola Antic Leaves Pitch In Tears After Being Sent-Off For No Apparent Reason (Video)

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Photo: Betaphoto/Branislav Bozic/EV (via Sportske)

There were baffling scenes in the Serbian top flight over the weekend, specifically during the latter stages of FK Vojvodina's 2-0 defeat against Red Star Belgrade.

Indeed, as the game ticked over into the 70th minute, Vojvodina were relieved of their captain when left-back Nikola Antic was shown a straight red card for no immediatelyapparent reason.

Japan: Kashima Antlers To Turn Team Of Ex-Players Into Zombies For Special ‘Escape Event’ Hosted At Their Stadium (Video)

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In what surely must be a first, Japanese side Kashima Antlers are preparing to host a special eventnext month that will see their stadium turned into the ground zeroof a zombie apocalypse.

In collaboration with video game developers Taito, the J. League champions will stage a "zombieescape" experience at Kashima Stadium in which paying customers will be tasked with.

Energy FC: It’s Not Everyday You See A Bicycle Kick Goal With A ‘Flip Thrown-In’ Assist (Video)

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Having failed to score in his first three games for OKC Energy FC, forward Miguel Gonzalez opened his account with gusto against Sacramento Republic in the United Soccer League on Tuesday evening.

Indeed, Gonzalez's outrageous effort proved to be the only goal of the game and featured the ultra rare combination of a flip throw-in assist and an acrobatic bicycle kick finish.

Emmanuel Adebayor Scores Hat-Trick As Basaksehir Wallop Galatasaray 4-0 In Turkish Super Lig (Video)

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While Arsenal were busy labouring to a dire defeat against Crystal Palace on Monday evening, one of their old boys was running riot over in the Turkish Super Lig.

Indeed, Emmanuel Adebayor helped himself to a hat-trick as hisBasaksehir side stuffed Galatasaray by four goals to zip.

The slew began with an 11th-minute tap-in before a couple of powerful headers either side of half-time saw the Togolese target man take his tally to five goals in five appearances for his new side.

Impact Sub: Napoli’s Dries Mertens Scores Roughly Eight Seconds After Coming On As Substitute Against Juventus (Video)

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Juventus just about squeaked through to the Coppa Italia final by edging out Napoli on aggregate come the end ofWednesday evening's semi-final second leg.

Carrying over a 3-1 lead from the first leg, Juvefell to a 3-2 defeat at the Stadio San Paolo two goals from popular Napoli old boy Gonzalo Higuain ensuringanoverall victory for the Old Lady.

‘Our Boys Were A Bit Starstruck!’ – James McClean Turns Out To Play Against Team Of Local Kids With Down’s Syndrome (Photos)

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Formed in 2015, the Oxford Bulls from Derry have spent the last two years training hard and honing their technique.

However, the football team, comprised of young boyswith Down Syndrome, have routinely struggled to find opposition to pit themselves against in competitive matches.

Holland

Den Bosch Introduce Clever ‘Pay Per Point’ Season Ticket Scheme, Fans Charged €10 For Wins And €5 For Draws

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Ahead of next season's Eerste Divisie campaign, FC Den Bosch are hoping to up their attendances by introducing an unorthodox new 'Pay Per Point' season ticket pricing system.

Basically, as outlined on the Dutch club's website, the amount charged for attending matches will be in direct correlationwith how well their team performs on a game-by-game basis.

Dirk Kuyt Retires From Football Just Days After Winning Feyenoord’s First League Title In 18 Years

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Threedays after winning the Eredivisie title with Feyenoord, Dirk Kuyt has formally announced his retirement from football at the age of 36.

Kuyt scored all three goals in the 3-1 win over Heracles the saw Feyenoord crowned Dutch champions for the first time since 1999.

Feyenoord-legend for life!

Brazil

Rock The Cradle: Bebeto’s Son, As Welcomed Into The World At USA ’94, Has Just Signed For Sporting Lisbon (Photo)

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Romario, Mazinho and new father Bebeto "rock the cradle" at the 1994 World Cup (Photo: PA)

In what is certain to come as alarming news for footballs fans of a certain age, the newbornbaby that Bebeto welcomed into the world at the 1994 World Cup is now a mature and fully functioning adult.

Brazilian Supreme Court Settle 30-Year Dispute By Finally Awarding 1987 Championship Title To Sport Recife

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It's taken almost 30 years, but today a court ruling has resolvedthe bitter dispute over just who won the 1987 Brazilian footballchampionship.

Both Sport do Recife and Flamengo claim to be the true champions of 1987, but the Supreme Court has now ruled in favour of the former.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Reports: Leaked Documents Reveal Ezequiel Lavezzi Is The Highest Paid Player In World Football

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No wonder he's grinning fromoreja to oreja, for it's been revealed that Ezequiel Lavezzi is the highest paid footballer in world football.

According to the latest waveof football leaks from... err,Football Leaks, Lavezzi is currently raking in £798,000every sodding week while playing for the aptly named Hebei China Fortune.

‘Even Jesus Couldn’t Please Everyone’ – Portuguese Sculptor Responsible For Cristiano Ronaldo Bust Defends His Wonky Handiwork

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While it may have attracted derisionfrom nigh-on everybody who has laid their eyes upon it, the artist responsible for the wonky bronze bust of Cristiano Ronaldo unveiled outside Madeira airport yesterday has defended his work.

As soon as the cover came off, the statue was being instantly mocked the world over as disbelieving onlookers wryly questioned why Madeira were paying tribute to Niall Quinn/Raoul Moat/John-Arne Riise/Brock Lesnar/the door knockers from Labyrinth, etc, etc.

Uncanny: New Cristiano Ronaldo Bronze Bust Unveiled At Madeira Airport Is Laughably Awful (Photos)

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The good people of Madeira have paid homage to the Portuguese island's most famous son by renaming their international airport in honour of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Indeed, Ronaldo himselfreturned home to accept the tribute in person from Portugal president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who also unveiled a magnificent bust of the Real Madrid superstar on the concourse outside.

Norway

Official: Nigel Reo-Coker Leaves Granada To Sign For Norwegian Side IK Start (Photo)

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Alas, Nigel Reo-Coker will play no further part in Tony Adams' experimental revolution at Granada after signing a short-term deal with Norwegian top-flight side IK Start.

The 32-year-old midfielder was officially unveiled as a Start player on Wednesday morning and, according to the club's website, is likely to make his debut on the same day by playing some part in tonight's reserve team cup match against Flew.

Aberdeen-Based Youth Team Lose Football In River Dee, Washes Up 1,000 Miles Away On Remote Norwegian Island (Photo)

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Photo: BBC North East Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

When a waywardshotwas sent soaringover the fenceand into the River Dee, aptly-named Scottish football club Banks o' Dee FC simply resigned themselves to losingthat football forever.

However, the Aberdeen-based Under-19s team have since been reunited with the ball after it was discovered washed up on the other side of both the North and the Norwegian Sea.

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Danish Superliga: Copenhagen Player Pelted With Dead Rats During Feisty Brondby Derby Match (Photos)

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Monday'slively Danish Superliga derby between rivals Brondby and FC Copenhagen was interrupted momentarilywhen a rather gruesomevolley of projectiles was flung onto the pitch.

As Copenhagen left-back Ludwig Augustinsson (awesome name) was shaping up to take an 85th-minute corner kick, a couple of dead rats were hurled in his general direction.

Shakhtar Donetsk Have Ukrainian Cup Quarter-Final Cancelled After Opponents Provide Truly Abysmal Pitch (Photo)

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Photo: @FC_Shakhtar/Twitter

Shakhtar Donetsk saw their Ukrainian Cup quarter-final tie against FC Poltava cancelled entirely due to the truly appalling state of the latter's home pitch.

The fixture was due to take place on Wednesday evening until Shakhtar caught sight of Poltava's barren, grass-less monstrosity for the first time and flat-out refused to play on it.

Norway: Tromsdalen Play First Match Of Season With 20ft High Wall Of Snow Encircling Their Pitch (Photos)

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Photo: Obos Ligaen

The 2017Norwegian Division 1 campaignkicked off in earnest of the weekend, withTromsdalen playing host to Asanein their very first match of the new season.

The game was played to completion as the home side ran out 2-0 winners this despite there beinga 20-foot high wall of snow around the entire pitch.

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International football returning to Iraq

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Baghdad (AFP) – After a years-long absence predominantly due to security concerns, international football will return to Iraq when the country hosts a second-round match of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup.

Defending Cup champions Air Force Club and Al-Zawraa - both Iraqi teams - will face off at Franso Hariri Stadium in the autonomous Kurdish region’s capital Arbil on Monday night for the first international match to be held in the country since 2013.

Benfica: Scooter Driven Around By Eliseu During Title Celebrations Inducted Into Club Museum (Photo)

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AfterBenfica had secured their 36th Portuguese Primeira Liga title over the weekend, full-back Eliseu celebrated in time-honoured fashion by zooming all around the Estadio da Luz on his Vespa.

He then steered his moped into the dressing room, where he proceeded to perform a succession of victory doughnutsin front of his teammates.

Serie B: Something Strange Is Happening Down At The Bottom Of Italy’s Second Tier

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The grand football lineage is chock full of strange quirks, though there is currently a statistical anomaly down at the bottom of the Serie B table that may well be a first.

After drawing 0-0 against Bari at the weekend, AC Pisa were rooted atthe very foot of Italy's second tier.

Uncanny: Lionel Messi Doppelganger Becomes Something Of A Minor Celebrity In Iran (Photos)

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The man you see afore ye is Riza Perestes, an Iranian gentleman who just so happens to share 99.99999999% of his DNA with a rather famous footballer by the name of Lionel Messi.

Riza has apparently become something of a minor phenomenon in his hometown, and now spends his days pottering around in an Argentina shirt whilst trying to make as many people do double-takes as possible.

Ajax Announce ‘Agreement Of Intent’ To Rename Amsterdam Arena In Honour Of Johan Cruyff

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Ajax have announced thatplans are afoot to rename their stadium in honour of the great Johan Cruyff, who sadly passed away last year.

Cruyff spent 11 years at Ajax in two spells as a player and returned as a coach for three years in the mid-1980s, winning more than 20 trophies overall.

And so, on what would have been their eternal talisman's 70th birthday, Ajax declared that after positive consultations with the relevant authorities, an "agreement of intent" is now in place to rename the Amsterdam Arena.

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.

Phoenix Rising FC: Didier Drogba Joins Star-Studded USL Franchise As Player/Co-Owner

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Didier Drogba has signed on for United Soccer League (USL) side Phoenix Rising as both a player and a co-owner.

Phoenix have just begun their fourth season in the USL, the second tier of the US league system, but are currently bidding against 12 other clubs for one of two available MLS franchise expansion berths.

Hugo Lloris Sends Signed Jersey And Personal Message To Luxembourg ‘Keeper Who Suffered ACL Injury Against France (Photo)

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After psyching himself up for a big night out, Luxembourg goalkeeper Anthony Moris lasted just 20 minutes of his side's World Cup qualifieragainst France last weekend after rupturinghis knee ligaments in the early knockings of the match.

Indeed Moris, who plays for Belgian club side Mechelen, has since been ruled out for the next eight months, such was the severity of his injury.

Sparta Prague: Tomas Rosicky Ruled Out For Rest Of Season After Managing Just 19 Minutes Of Football Since His Return

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In news that shouldn't come as much of a shock, Sparta Prague have gone ahead and sidelinedTomas Rosicky out for the rest of the season.

In a statement issued on their club website, Sparta confirmed that Rosicky's ongoing Achilles tendon issueisn't showing any signs of improvement and have therefore ruledthe 36-year-old midfielder out indefinitely after he elected to undergo further surgery.