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Random Great Goals: Jari Litmanen & Mikael Forssell Combine To Devastating Effect Against Norway, 2000 (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Perhaps football'smost underrated and under-appreciated world class player, Jari Litmanen was a regalthingto beholdin full flight even as he moved into his late 30s and early 40s.

We join Litmanen at the latter end of his prime here as we see him combine effortlessly with the man who was supposed to usurp him as the crown prince of Finnish football, Mikael Forssell, to put Scandinavian rivals Norway to the sword in August of 2000.

Didier Drogba Almost Suffers Apoplexy While Watching Ivory Coast’s AFCON Penalty Shoot-Out Victory (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Safe to say, Didier Drogba celebrate Ivory Coast's nail-biting African Cup of Nations victory last night like a man who hadn't won one for 23 years and absolutely skied a penalty last time they made it to the final...

A video posted by didierdrogba (@didierdrogba) on Feb 8, 2015 at 2:49pm PST

Guy in the back is obviously a Ghana fan.

Ivory Coast Win First AFCON Title In 23 Years After Goalkeeper Boubacar Barry Scores Winning Penalty (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Madness. Utter madness. Ivory Coast have won their second African Cup of Nations title (the first coming way back in 1992) after beating Ghana 9-8 on penalties in the 2015 final.

The match itself was roughly 120 minutes of goalless pish which just so happened to be followed by one of the most nervy, teeth-chatteringly tense penalty shoot-outs we've seen in a good while.

Random Great Goals: Ilie Dumitrescu And Gheorghe Hagi Combine Effortlessly Against Argentina, 1994 (Video)

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By Chris Wright

As 10,11 combos go, you could definitely do worse

From back when Romania was fab, here's Ilie Dumitrescu and Gheorghe Hagi combining ridiculously elegantly (thanks largely to a couple ofinch-perfectreverse passes from the latter) to score Romania's second goal in their famous 3-2 win over Argentina in Pasadena in the second round of the 1994 USA World Cup.

African Cup Of Nations: DR Congo ‘Keeper Robert Kidiaba Busts Out Trademark ‘Bum Shuffle’ Dance (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Finding themselves 2-0down with just 30 minutes of their African Cup of Nationsquarter-final yesterday, the Democratic Republic of Congo staged a thrilling comeback in the final half-hour eventually screaming back to win 2-4 thanks to a 25-minute goal storm thatculminated with a couple of late effortsfromJoel Kimwaki and Dieumerci Mbokani.

Random Great Goals: Paolo Wanchope At His Gangly, Meandering Best vs Uruguay, 2001 (Video)

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By Chris Wright

You could be forgiven for thinking that hisstampeding slalom shuffleagainst Manchester United in 1997 was the only goal Paulo Wanchope ever scored given that everything else seems to have paled with time, but it's fair to saythe lanky strikerdid a steady trade during his prime.

Veteran Socceroo Tim Cahill Scores Superb Overhead Kick Against China (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

Veteran attacking midfielder Tim Cahill made his mark on the 2014 World Cup courtesy of a magnificent volley against the Netherlands and in this year's Asian Cup, the former Everton man is doing it again.

In Australia's quarter-final clash with China, Cahill perfectly executed an overhead kick following a corner to give the Socceroos a 1-0 lead.

Random Great Goals: Steve Bull (England) vs Czechoslovakia, 1990 (Video)

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By Chris Wright

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Steve Bull scored a club record 306 goals (including 18 hat-tricks) over the course of his legendary 13-year stint at Wolverhampton Wanderers, though he only ever made one full appearance in the English top flight and that came for West Brom as a 19-year-old in 1986 theseason before he moved to Molineux.

Football Vine: Tim Cahill Picks His 10-Year-Old Son Out In The Stands With An Impressive Pass

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By Chris Wright

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Spotting his 10-year-old son Shae up in the stands after warming-up before Australia's Asian Cup victory overKuwait, Tim Cahill demonstrated that his passing radar is still in fine, working order by lumping a ball directly into the little nipper's arms from 30-odd metres away.

Lucky Charm: China ‘Keeper Wang Dalei Successfully Saves Penalty After Asking Ballboy Which Way To Dive (Video)

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By Chris Wright

An Australian ballboy by the name ofStephen White has become the unofficial mascot of the Chinese national sideafter successfully advising their goalkeeper, Wang Delai, which way to dive in order to keep out a spot-kick from Saudi Arabia striker Naif Hazazi during last night's Asian Cup game between the two sides.

Mexico U20s Create Impressive ‘Human Bicycle’ After Scoring Against Cuba (Video & GIF)

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By Chris Wright

In what proved to be a fairly straightforward day's work, Mexico's U20 younglingsbeat their Cuban counterparts 9-1 in theCONCACAF U20 Championship group stages yesterday.

Indeed, after going 3-1 up after just 20 minutes, the El Tri totsunveiled a cracking set-piece of a celebration, forming an FC Stjarnan-esque human bicycle.

Wayne Rooney’s ‘Cartwheel’ Goal Celebration Against Scotland Mimicked One He Performed Against Them 14 Years Ago (Video)

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By Chris Wright

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In hindsight, Pies did think it was a little strange that Wayne Rooney opted for an uncharacteristic acrobatic hand-spring goal celebration after scoring his first goal of the evening against Scotland on Tuesday evening.

Football Vine: Roy Hodgson And The England Boys Warm Down After Hard-Fought Scotland Victory

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By Chris Wright

Hypnotic, in the most unsettling way possible (turn on sound for full effect)...

(Vine: vonstrenginho)

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Poland’s Artur Jedrzejczyk Leaps Into Front Row Seat To Celebrate With Fans After Scoring Against Switzerland (Video & GIF)

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By Chris Wright

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Poland and Switzerland hammered out a 2-2 draw in their friendly fixtureinWroclaw last night, withJosip Drmic scoring a third-minute opener for the Swiss before most fans had had a chance to wedge their bums in their seats.

Friendly: Scotland 1-3 England – Rooney Bags Brace As Three Lions Outclass Strachan’s Scots (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Scotland 1-3 England International Friendly 19th November 2014

England produced a superb, vibrant display at a wonderfully charged Celtic Park on Tuesday evening. While Scotland, coming off the back of a vital Euro 2016 win against Ireland, looked heavy-legged, the Three Lions were quick to the ball and full of movement.

Euro 2016: Belgium 0-0 Wales – Dragons Dig Deep For Priceless Draw In Brussels (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Belgium 0-0 Wales Euro 2016 Qualifiers 16th November 2014

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Wales produced a superb defensive display in Brussels to secure a precious draw against a much-fancied Belgian side.

The hosts went close in the first-half, withNicolas Lombaerts hitting the frame of the goal.

Euro 2016: England 3-1 Slovenia – Danny’s The Boy As Three Lions Come From Behind To Win At Wembley (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

England 3-1 Slovenia Euro 2016 Qualifying 15th November 2014

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Danny Welbeck continued his superb England goal-scoring run by netting a brace in the Three Lions' less-then-scintillatingwin against Slovenia on Saturday night.

Euro 2016: Romania 2-0 Northern Ireland – O’Neill’s Boys Papp-ed In Bucharest (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Romania 2-0 Northern Ireland Euro 2016 Qualifiers 14th November 2014

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A brace fromSteaua Bucharest's Paul Papp sent Northern Ireland to their first defeat of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. Michael O'Neill's men had gone into the game on the back of a three-game winning streak but found their hosts too strong.

Euro 2016: Scotland 1-0 Rep. Of Ireland – Maloney Magic Sees Scots Triumph At Celtic Park (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Scotland 1-0 Republic Of Ireland Euro 2016 Qualifiers 14th November 2014

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Gordon Strachan's Scotland side secured a vital win at home to Ireland on Friday night, in a game played at an incredibly high pace.

Shaun Maloney was the goal-hero for the home side, deftly curling home on 74 minutes.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Unleashes Unfortunate Pre-Game Battle Cry Before Missing One-Yard Sitter vs Mexico (Video & GIF)

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By Chris Wright

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While Wesley Sneijder was busy getting his 25-yard thundercannon on, fellow Dutch cohort Klaas-Jan Huntelaar suffered a less than stellar run-out in the Netherlands' 2-3 international friendly loss against Mexico in Amsterdam last night missing an absolute howling one-yard sitter at the back post in the first half.

World Cup

Qatar 2022 World Cup Set To Be Played At Christmas As FIFA Prepare To Make Final Call

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By Chris Wright

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It's been nothing but an abject palaver since the decision was made, but now a FIFA task force has specifically recommended that the 2022 World Cup be played in November/December to prevent players shrivelling like sun-dried tomatoes in Qatar's 40°c summer heat.

Sports Photo Of The Year 2014: Lionel Messi Flirts Longingly With The World Cup…

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By Chris Wright

Taken during the aftermath of the World Cup final at the Maracana back in July, this 'ere photo of Lionel Messi longingly eyeing the one golden trinket that has so far eluded him has been voted as the 2014 Sports Photo of the Year...

"Myyyy preciousssss"

Entitled "The Final Game" and taken by Bao Tailiang for the Chengdu Economic Daily, the photo has won first prize in the Sports Singles category of the 2015World Press Photo Contest.

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CAF Make Dog’s Dinner Of Picking Their 2015 African Cup Of Nations ‘Team Of The Tournament’ Best XI

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By Chris Wright

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With the Africa Cup of Nations coming to a dramatic close on Sunday evening and Ivory Coast snaffling their first title since 1992, all that was left for CAF to do was publish their list of individual award winners.

Football GIF: Come, Marvel At The Wonder Of This Spectacular Dive From CONCACAF U-20s Championship

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By Chris Wright

Spotted during Trinidad & Tobago's CONCACAFU20 Championship game against Panama at the weekend: T&T'sAkeem Humphrey managing the incredibly impressive feat of elbowing his opponent in the face not once but twice, before panicking and hitting the deck himself, rolling around and screaming into his hands like he'd just been hit by a Vauxhall Astra.

Germany Successfully Pull Off ‘Fake Fumble’ Freekick That Famously Went Belly Up At The World Cup

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By Chris Wright

The original, and worst

Aired as part of the 'Die Mannshaft' film that aired in Germany this week, viewers were treated to a clip of footage of the Germany national side recreating the needlessly convoluted set-piecethey so famouslymade a complete dog's dinner ofagainst Algeria at the World Cup over the summer.

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Football GIF: USA Coach Jurgen Klinsmann Has Definitely Still Got ‘It’

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By Chris Wright

Despite the rarest of natural phenomena occurring during the game: a Jozy Altidore goal, the USA went down 3-2 against Chile last night in Rancangua (their third straight loss)thanks to a second-half brace from former Liverpool wingerMark Gonzalez.

However, the Yanks' night was brightened somewhat by an impressive display of touch on the sidelines, with coach Jurgen Klinsmann pulling off a strange double-bubble back-heel flick to excite and delight.

Football Vine: Jack Wilshere Provides Laser-Guided Assist For Alex Oxlade Chamberlain Against Scotland

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By Alan Duffy

Deployed again in the deep-lying midfield role by Roy Hodgson, Jack Wilshere produced yet another superb display for England against Scotland.

He may still have some way to go if he's to hit the quarter-back playing heights of a Guardiola or a Pirlo, but the young Gunners' assist for team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's goal was a thing of precise beauty.

Aston Villa

Roy Keane Tells Aston Villa To Stick It Up Their B*ll*cks, Reliquishes Role As Assistant Manager

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By Chris Wright

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You may well remember Roy Keane being really quite spiky when asked by the media if he would be able to handle his dual assistant roles with Aston Villa and the Republic ofIreland.

Well...

Roy Keane has relinquished his role as #AVFC assistant manager with immediate effect.

Breaking: Roy Keane Alleged To Have Punched Fan Outside Republic Of Ireland Team Hotel

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By Alan Duffy

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Now here's a story to get the media into a frenzy! According to a growing number of media sources, Gardaí were called to an incident at the Republic of Ireland's hotel in Portmarnock outside Dublin on Wednesday night, ahead of their Euro 2016 clash with Scotland.

EURO 2016

Shit Football Ink: Poor Git Now Has A John O’Shea Tattoo After Losing Crucial Euro 2016 Bet (Photo)

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By Chris Wright

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Footballing wagers between friends are a dangerous thing as, for example, it usually means some poor sap is going to end up with John O'Shea's face tattooed on his leg for the rest of his life or something.

Indeed, that is exactly what happened to young Ireland fan Max Charles, who lost a bet with his friend and now has the Sunderland skipper's mush indelibly inked about his person.

Snapshot: Croatian Fans Launch Volley Of Flares At San Siro During Euro 2016 Clash With Italy

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By Alan Duffy

It's such a shame to see this sort of nonsense still happening at football grounds. This time it was the away fans during Italy's Euro 2016 clash with Croatia at the San Siro who were to blame.

With the game finely balanced at 1-1, courtesy of early goals from Italy's Antonio Candreva and Croatia's Ivan Perisic, the trobule erupted.

Football Vine: Swiss Winger Xherdan Shaqiri Scores Cheeky Back-Heel Against Lithuania

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By Alan Duffy

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Bayern Munich's stocky widemanXherdan Shaqiri bagged a lovely goal for Switzerland against Lithuania on Saturday. With the game almost over and the Swiss 3-0 up, the attacker nipped between two opposition defendersand back-heeled the ball (from Josep Drmic) past 'keeperGiedrius Arlauskis.

Football GIF: Isco Fever! Spain Schemer Nets Beauty Against Belarus

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By Alan Duffy

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Spain have been blessed with a plethora of world-class playmakers in the last decade and Real Madrid midfielder Isco is the latest schemer to make his mark withLa Roja.

In Spain's 3-0 Euro 2016 win against Belarus on Saturday, the Real Madrid star opened the score on 18 minutes, courtesy of a superbly nonchalant long-range effort.

Slovenia Player’s Hat Gives Brutally Honest Critique Of His Team’s Poor Performance At Wembley (Photo)

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By Alan Duffy

No doubt the words on this baseball cap donned by Slovenian player Kevin Kampl refer to old school hip-hop (or something). However, the phrase in question could also be interpreted as a comment on his side's performance against England, which ended in a 3-1 defeat.

Mexico

Retro Football: Jimmy Quinn Helps Northern Ireland Secure 1986 WC Qualification With Winning Goal Vs. Romania (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

Ahead of Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 clash with Romania in Bucharest, we thought it the perfect time to relive Jimmy Quinn's famous goal for the North away in Romania which helped to secure their passage to the 1986 World Cup finals in Mexico.

Facing a fine Romanian side which included the great Gheorghe Hagi, Billy Bingham's boys needed to secure an unlikely win in Bucharest if they were to stand any chance of making it to Mexico.

Football GIF: Wesley Sneijder Scores Thumping 25-Yard Smasheroo vs Mexico

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By Chris Wright

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The main story of the night so far is Carlos Vela scoring twice on his long-awaited return to the Mexico fold, but Wesley Sneijder gave him some stout competition just after the break cancelling out the ex-Arsenal striker's 8th-minute opener with an absolute stonker from 25 yards.

The Rest

AFCON 2015 Semi-Final Ends In Farce After Equatorial Guinea Fans Riot (Photos )

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By Alan Duffy

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Fair dues to Equatorial Guinea for stepping in at the last minute to host the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, but my word did the authorities make an unholy mess of Thursday's night's semi-final between Ghana and the hosts.

With the Black Stars 3-0 ahead and cruising towards a mouth-watering final clash with Cote D'Ivoire, a section of the Equatorial Guinea fans started to rain bottles down on both the nearby Ghana fans and the pitch itself.

Snapshot: Uruguay’s U20 South American Championship Mascot Attempts To Sneak Into Brazil’s Team Photo…

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By Chris Wright

Not content with a place in his own side's pre-game team photo, "Batu", the slightly horrifyingmascot for the ongoing U-20 South American Championship in Uruguay, also attempted to cunningly sidle his way into Brazil's official team shot before kick-off.

Jordan Striker Ahmad Hayel ‘Develops Hypothermia’ After Being Made To Drink Three Litres Of Water Before Doping Test

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By Chris Wright

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Ever drunk so much water you developed hypothermia and slipped into a sort of semi-coma?

Yeah, us too.

Indeed, that's exactly what is alleged to have happened to Jordan striker Ahmad Hayel after last night'sAsian Cup game against Iran.

British Heptathlon Star Karla Drew Wakes Up £50,000 Richer After Incredible £5 Football Accumulator Bet Comes Off!

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By Chris Wright

Congrats to risingBritishheptathlon star Karla Drew, who has woken up today £50,000 better off afterPanama slogged to a drawagainstCanada and Uruguay beat Chile overnight to see her bold 10-gameaccumulator come off in the wee small hours of the morning.