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Fancy Renting Johan Cruyff’s Old Boyhood House In Amsterdam? Now’s Your Chance (For €709 A Month)

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If you happen to be a hopeless disciple of Johan Cruyff then crikey do Pies have fabulous real estate news for you!

The very same house that Cruyff spent his formative years growing up in Amsterdam has come on the market.

For just €709.

Quick Boys Katwijk: Dirk Kuyt, 37, Comes Out Of Retirement To Help Ease Striker Shortage At Boyhood Club

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When Dirk Kuyt retired from professional football back in May, he did so in the most glorious way possible.

Kuyt scored all three goals in the decisive victory that secured Feyenoord their first Eredivisie title in 18 years then called it quits a few days later while parading the big silver plate in front of several thousand jubilant fans in the town square.

Ajax Confirm Stadium To Be Officially Renamed ‘Johan Cruyff Arena’ As Of Next Season (Photo & Video)

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Ajax have announced that, as of the start of next season, their stadium will be renamed in honour of their greatest son, Johan Cruyff, who sadly died in 2016.

Currently the Amsterdam ArenA (with three capital A's for stylistic reasons), the venue will officially be known as the 'Johan Cruijff ArenA' as and when the 2018/19 campaign kicks off.

Videos

Besiktas: 10-Year-Old Fan Announces Starting XI Accompanied By Pictures Of Players Drawn By Fellow Kids (Photo & Video)

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Due to 23rd April being 'Children's Day' in Turkey, Besiktas let the kiddiewinks from their Young Eagles supporters club run riot during their home tie against Yeni Malatyaspor on Sunday.

To kick things off, 10-year-old fan Elif Naz took over on public address duties, announcing the starting line-up to the crowd before the game, complete with pictures of the players drawn by Young Eagles members.

Russia: Fan Of Second Division Team ‘Risks 15 Days In Prison’ To Hurl Live Rooster At Unpopular Manager (Video)

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It's Sod's Law that you wait for one Russian animal abuse/football crossover story to turn up and then two come along at once.

One the very same weekend that third-tier Masuk-KMV made a brown bear perform their pre-match formalities, a similar incident also cracked off in the league above.

Fairly Standard: Russian Third Division Game Starts With Brown Bear Handing Over Matchball And Clapping The Crowd (Video)

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While the game may have been overshadowed by more grandiose fixtures across the continent, Saturday's Russian Professional Football League (RPFL) schedule saw Mashuk-KMV take over FC Angusht Nazran in the big battle for 12th place.

However, the real entertainment if you can call it that came before a ball had been kicked in anger when a real, live brown bear was tasked with handing over the match-ball to the referee, who didn't seem to bat an eyelid at the prospect.

The Man Who Saw Too Much: Lionel Messi Simply Gets Up And Walks Out After Watching Spain Score Sixth Goal Against Argentina (Video)

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Spain made mincemeat of Argentina in a friendly at Atletico Madrid's Metropolitano gaff on Tuesday night, with Isco in particular shining in a shock 6-1 demolition job.

Diego Costa opened the floodgates in the 12th minute with the home side surgically unpicking their hosts and running up a massive winning margin in the process.

France: Paul Pogba Nets Exquisite 30-Yard Free-Kick As Les Bleus Beat Russia 3-1 In St Petersburg (Video)

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Struggling to find his best form at Old Trafford this season, Man Utd midfielder Paul Pogba produced a fine performance for France in Russia on Tuesday night.

The 25-year-old set up Kylian Mbappe's fine opener just before the break.

Then, soon after the break, Pogba curled home a beautiful free-kick from all of 30 yards.

England: Three Lions Draw At Wembley After VAR-Inspired Penalty Gives Italy Late Leveler (Video)

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A late VAR-inspired penalty fromLorenzo Insigne secured a 1-1 draw for Italy against England at Wembley on Tuesday night, after a decent display from the hosts.

Raheem Sterling, in a floating role behind Jamie Vardy, impressed throughout but it was the Leicester man who would open the scoring for the Three Lions, blasting home after a quickly-taken Jesse Lingard free-kick.

Turkey: Hopaspor Fans Create Amazing Rambunctious Atmosphere During Fifth-Tier Amateur League Match (Video)

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With two weeks of the season left and the title on the line, it's perhaps little wonder that Saturday's Turkish Regional Amateur League clash between Artvin Hopaspor and Kars 36 Spor was a boisterous affair.

Friendly International: Arturo Vidal Scores Exquisite Volley As Chile Beat Sweden 2-1 In Solna (Video)

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Despite failing to make it to the World CUp finals in Russia, Chile are still quite a force to be reckoned with.

The Copa America champions ran out 2-1 winners away to Sweden on Saturday, courtesy of a last-gasp winner

However, the goal of the game came courtesy of Bayern Munich midfielder, Arturo Vidal, scoring via a wonderfully controlled effort on 22 minutes.

‘He’s Very Small, But Has A Huge Heart’ – Northern Ireland Boss Michael O’Neill Praises Match Winner Paul Smyth After Victory Over South Korea (Video)

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Paul Smyth marked his Northern Ireland debut with a late winner against South Korea at Windsor Park on Saturday.

South Korea, with Premier League stalwartsSon Heung-min and Ki Sung-yueng both in the starting line-up, took the lead on seven minutes, courtesy of a fine finish from Kwon Chang-hoon.

Portugal Pip Egypt As Cristiano Ronaldo Scores Two Injury Time Headers To Steal Mohamed Salah’s Thunder (Photo & Video)

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Out in Zurich, Cristiano Ronaldo left it until the last possible moment to steal Mohamed Salah's thunder as two stoppage time goals from the Real Madrid goliath saw Portugal wrest a 2-1 victory over Egypt from the very gaping maw of defeat.

Salah broke the deadlock in the 55th minute with his 12th goal in his last 10 games, clipping a precise finish past Beto from the edge of the Portuguese box.

Honours Even: Germany’s Thomas Muller Secures 1-1 Draw Against Spain With Explosive 25-Yard Equaliser (Video)

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Germany welcomed Spain to the Esprit Arena in Dusseldorf in one of the more high falutin' international friendlies to take place on Friday evening.

Somewhat quashing the expectant atmosphere,Spain nudged themselves into an early lead (6′) when Rodrigo slipped in behind Mats Hummels and lifted a finish over Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

France: Thomas Lemar Adds Finishing Touch As Les Bleus Score Fabulous Combination Goal Against Colombia (Video)

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Despite going two goals up inside the first half-an-hour, France still managed to end up on the wrong end of a 3-2 home defeat against Colombia at the Stade de France on Friday evening.

However, Les Bleus were able to take at least a sliver of consolation in the fact that they definitely scored the most aesthetically pleasing goal of the night.

England: Jesse Lingard Nets First International Goal As Three Lions Beat Netherlands 1-0 In Amsterdam (Photo & Video)

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Jesse Lingard was the match-winner for England on Friday night, with the Manchester United midfielder scoring the only goal of the game against the Netherlands in Amsterdam.

England boss Gareth Southgate opted to exercise his right to experiment, starting with Kyle Walker on the right side of a back three and Kieran Trippier outside him at wing-back, while Marcus Rashford started up front.

China Cup: Luis Suarez Wallops Away Opener Against Czech Republic, Becomes First Uruguay Player To Reach 50 International Goals (Video)

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With Wales kicking off the China Cup with a 6-0 rogering of the hosts on Thursday afternoon, the other two competing nations Uruguay and Czech Republic followed suit today.

Just eight minutes in, Luis Suarez went a-sprawlin' to win La Celeste a penalty before duly smacking the resulting spot-kick past Jiri Pavlenka from 12 yards.

China Cup: Chris Gunter Surpasses Gary Speed To Become Wales’ Most Capped Player, Gareth Bale Equals Goal-Scoring Record (Photos & Video)

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Congratulations are most definitely due to Chris Gunter who has just become Wales' most-capped player in the history of ever, ever, ever at the grand old age of 28.

In starting against the host nation in the opening match of the prestigious China Cup, Gunter won his 86th cap for Wales, thus surpassing the total amassed by the late, great Gary Speed.

FAIL: Al Gharafa Striker Mehdi Taremi Files Downright Awful Miss In AFC Champions League Tie Against Al Ahli (Video)

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The honours were split evenly in the AFC Champions League group stage match between Al Ahli and Al Gharafa on Tuesday, with the two sides grinding out a 1-1 draw in Jeddah.

It was striker Mehdi Taremi who opened the scoring for Al Gharafa in the second half, but not before he'd made an absolute dog's dinner of an open goal with just 18 minutes on the clock.

England Women: Millie Bright Scores Bizarre Own-Goal Against Germany After Mix-Up Mayhem In Box (Video)

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England Women drew 2-2 with Germany in their heavyweight She Believes Cup clash on Sunday night.

Phil Neville's side performed well but shot themselves in the foot for both of Germany's goals, with the second coming via a bizarre Mille Bright own-goal.

A mix-up between Abbie McManus and goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain handed the Germans a chance to score.

Italy

Lowest Form Of Wit: Serie B Side Avellino Fined For Making ‘Sarcastic’ Stadium Announcement

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US Avellino had been fined a princely sum after it was judged by the relevant authorities that a stadium announcement delivered during a recent match was improperly "sarcastic".

Pescara were the visitors to the Stadio Partenio on 18th March when a late goal from Avellino midfielder Francesco Di Tacchio sealed a 2-2 draw.

Argentina: Lionel Messi Pays Surprise Visit To Man City Academy Under-7 And Under-8 Teams (Photos)

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With Argentina in town to play Italy in a friendly at the Etihad on Friday night, Lionel Messi took time out from his pre-match preparations to make a group of young kids' day.

After training at the Etihad Campus, Sergio Aguero escorted Messi to the indoor facility, where the five-time Ballon d'Or winner met and posed for photos with City's Under-7 and Under-8 academy teams.

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Pistol Packin’ PAOK Owner Ivan Savvidis Given Three-Year Ban For Carrying Gun Onto Pitch

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You may not be overly shocked to learn that PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis has been given a rather large ban after he came wading onto the pitch with a gun during a recent Greek Super League match against AEK Athens.

After PAOK had an 89th-minute goal (correctly) disallowed, the pistol-packin' president came swaggering on to remonstrate with the officials.

All Hellas Breaks Loose: Government Intervene And Suspend Greek Superleague Indefinitely After Chaotic Fortnight Of Nonsense

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With things taking a swift and sudden turn for the farcical recently, the Greek Superleague has reportedly been suspended indefinitely while the government decides to do with everybody.

As you may have seen, Sunday's top-of-the-table derby between PAOK and AEK Athens degenerated into chaos when a late disallowed goal saw PAOK president Ivan Savvidis take to the pitch with a gun tucked into his belt.

Pistol Packin’ President: PAOK Owner Ivan Savvidis Invades Pitch Armed With Gun To Protest 89th-Minute Disallowed Goal (Photos)

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The Greek Superleague clash between PAOK and AEK Athens had to be abandoned with mere minutes left on the clock when PAOK's club president came striding onto the pitch with a gun.

After watching his side have an 89th-minute goal disallowed, an irate Ivan Savvidis invaded the pitch with a pistol tucked into a hip holster.

Kits & fashion

Iceland: Trademark Ruling Prevents Cartoonist From Selling T-Shirts Based On Famous Euro 2016 ‘Viking Clap’ Chant (Photo)

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An Icelandic artist has been told to cease and desist selling a particular t-shirt after the Patent Office in Reykjavik decided that his homage to the 'Viking clap' was deemed to infringe on an existing copyright.

As you no doubt recall, the Viking clap (or 'Thunder clap' if you'd prefer) came to the fore at Euro 2016, where the Iceland team made it there own as they defied expectation to make it through to the quarter-finals.

Hummel Vision: Denmark To Wear Special One-Off Patchwork Shirt Made Up Of Old Donated Denmark Shirts (Photos)

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Denmark are playing Chile in an international friendly on Tuesday night and, thanks to Hummel, the Danes are going to be wearing an extra special shirt for the occasion.

As part of the Made by Denmark campaign, Hummel have stitched together a selection of vintageRød-Hvide jerseys together to create something entirely new.

White Wash: Puma Unveil Entirely Unimaginative Batch Of Identical Away Kits For Italy, Uruguay, Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, Etc (Photos)

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Puma have released a job lot of new kits that the requisite nations will be wearing during the upcoming international break and (for some of them at least) on until the 2018 World Cup.

The batch contains 10 new away strips for the likes of Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Cameroon, as well as the Russia-bound teams like Serbia, Switzerland, Senegal and Uruguay.

Comme Ci, Comme Ça: France’s New 2018 World Cup Kits Are Okay, Nothing Special (Photos)

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Nike have released the capsule of kits France will be wearing at the World Cup this summer and you know what? They're okay. Nothing special. Nothing to write home about.

Oh, who are we kidding. They're all hopelessly elegant, effortlessly stylish and achingly cool just like every other France kit.

England

‘We Hope To Have Him With Us On Saturday’ – England Boss Gareth Southgate Plays Down Jack Wilshere Injury Which Rules Arsenal Man Out Of Netherlands Clash

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No stranger to injury, Jack Wilshere is set to miss England's friendly clash with the Netherlands on Friday after picking up a knee injury in training.

The Arsenal man has enjoyed renaissance this season with the Gunners and is eager to get his place back in the England side.

Official: England Squad Announced For Upcoming Friendlies, Tarkowski And Mawson Among Raft Of New Faces

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Gareth Southgate has announced his 27-man England squad for the upcoming dual friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy and, as expected, a raft of new faces have been included.

Burnley pair Nick Pope and James Tarkowski have both received their maiden England nods, as has Swansea centre-back Alfie Mawson and Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook.

Reports: Burnley Duo Nick Pope & James Tarkowski Receive First England Call-Ups For Friendlies Against Netherlands And Italy

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While the official squad isn't due to be released until 2pm this afternoon, it's already been leaked that Gareth Southgate a raft of new faces have been called into the England fold for the upcoming friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy.

According to myriad embargo-breaking whispers, Burnley duo Nick Pope and James Tarkowski have both been handed their first England nods having never previously represented their country at any level.

Stephen Hawking Once Scientifically Calculated England’s Chances Of Winning The World Cup – ‘They Couldn’t Hit A Cow’s Arse With A Banjo’

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While not the most ardent fan of the beautiful game, Professor Stephen Hawking did once enjoy a brief dalliance with the footballing world when he was asked to work out the chances of England romping to glory at the 2014 World Cup.

Hawking then set about analysing data from 45 England matches all the way back to 1966 data regarding tactics, psychological strain, penalty conversion rates, political climates in host nations and even the temperature and weather conditions in which the games were played.

Reports: Man Utd Youngster Scott McTominay To Be Named In Alex McLeish’s First Scotland Squad

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No sooner had he declared that his national allegiances lie with Scotland, Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has found himself thrust into the breach.

The 21-year-old was eligible to play for either England or Scotland (via his grandparents) at international level, but opted for the latter recently.

FA Chief Martin Glenn Apologises After Lumping In Jewish Star Of David With Nazi Swastika While Discussing Football’s Banned Political Symbols

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FA chief executive Martin Glenn has apologised after once again wedging his size 9 black patent leather brogue in his mouth once again.

Glenn kicked off his working week by unwittingly (you'd hope) lumping in the Jewish Star of David with the Nazi swastika in terms of overtly political symbols The FA won't allow to be worn on football shirts.

Wales

China Cup: Gareth Bale Scores Wales’ First Hat-Trick For 14 Years And Becomes All-Time Top Goalscorer In Process (Video)

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In the match that saw Chris Gunter become their most-capped player, Wales' 6-0 tonking of China in the opening match of the 2018 China Cup also saw Gareth Bale set a new international record of his very own.

Indeed, Bale's first two goals of the game drew him level with Ian Rush as Wales' joint all-time top scorer (28) before goal number three took him out in front on his lonesome (29).

Seamus Coleman Called Back Into Republic Of Ireland Squad Less Than Year After Horrendous Double Leg Break

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To cap a recovery that has been nothing short of miraculous, Seamus Coleman has been called up to the Republic of Ireland squad for the first time since suffering a double leg break on international duty less than a year ago.

The Everton full-back sustained the gruesome injury after being nobbled by Neil Taylor during a game against Wales on 25th March, 2017.

The Rest

Veikkausliiga: Finland Football Authorities Introduce Blanket Ban On Matches Being Postponed Due To Bad Weather

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Veikkausliiga, the top tier of Finnish football, have moved to ban all clubs from postponing matches due to bad weather and/or heavy snow.

Just one week before the start of the 2018 season, teams have been told that if they are unable to fulfil scheduled matches on their home pitch then a suitable alternative must be found or else they will "lose their home advantage".

Olympiakos Owner Evangelos Marinakis Fines Players €400k And Orders Them To ‘Go On Holiday’ For Rest Of Season After Slipping Out Of Greek Title Race

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After seeing his side slip to third in the table, Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis has thrown a wobbly and ordered the majority of his senior players to "go on holiday" for the rest of the season.

Following a 20-day Super League hiatus brought on by PAOK's gun-toting club president, Olympiakos could only muster a 1-1 draw against mid-table Levadiakos on Saturday a result that leaves them six points behind AEK Athens at the summit with four matches remaining.

Ex-Liverpool Defender Martin Skrtel Left Unconscious After Being Struck In Face By Ball During Slovakia’s Clash With Thailand (Photos & Video)

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Martin Skrtel suffered a serious scare during Slovakia's King's Cup clash with Thailand at the weekend.

The former Liverpool centre-half was knocked out in the 27th minute after he got a smack of the ball full in the face.

Skrtel immediately collapsed and lost consciousness.

However, the quick intervention of his team-mates and then the Rajamangala Stadium medical staff averted any tragedy, with Ondrej Duda ensuring theFenerbahçe defender didn't swallow his tongue.