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Diego Maradona Rolls Back Years To Score Impudent 20-Yard Freekick During Al-Fujairah Training Session (Video)

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There's every chance you may have missed the latest update, but Diego Maradona is currently under gainful employ out in the United Arab Emirates where he is head coach at Al-Fujairah SC.

Despite being a couple of months shy of his 57th birthday, Maradona has set about providing an example to his players, tucking away a lovely freekick during Tuesday morning's training session.

Rosenborg: Nicklas Bendtner Tucks Away An Absolute Peach With The Outside Of His Boot (Video)

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After going a goal inside the first five minutes, Rosenborg came haring back to beat Molde 2-1 in the Norwegian Eliteserien on Saturday afternoon.

Lo and behold, it was Nicklas Bendtner who restored parity for Rosenborg in the 74th minute by sticking an absolute peach of an outside-of-the-boot finish into the far top corner.

Old Habits: FC Basel Striker Ricky Van Wolfswinkel Misses Open-Goal Sitter From Three Yards Out (Video)

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After a couple of fallow years, it's nice to see Ricky van Wolfswinkel is back on the goals trail at his new club, FC Basel.

The wonderfully-named Dutch striker took his tally to four goals in four appearances for the Swiss side by scoring a brace in their 3-2 victory over Grasshoppers in the Super League on Thursday night.

Ronaldinho: Lost Pitch Invader Rescued By His Idol During Costa Rican Legends Exhibition Match (Video)

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Without a club at the moment, Ronaldinho is currently on a mini-tour of Central America where he's picking up cheques for taking part in a string of exhibition games in Honduras, El Salvador and Costa Rica.

The Costa Rican friendly took place at the Nacional stadium in San Jose, where Ron and his guest XI enjoyed a spirited kickabout against a team of local 'Leyendas'.

Euro 2017: Netherlands Women Win First-Ever Major Title After 4-2 Win Over Denmark (Video)

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The Netherlands Women won their first-ever major title after an entertaining 4-2 win against Denmark in front of a sold-out28,182 crowd in Enschede.

Denmark opened the scoring after just six minutes, with Nadia Nadim converting a penalty afterSanne Troelsgaard was fouled in the box.

Euro 2017: England Women Crash Out After Semi-Defeat Against Netherlands (Video)

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England's hopes of Euro 2017 glory came to a rather disappointing end in Enschede on Thursday evening, with Mark Sampson's side beaten 3-0 by the Netherlands.

Having beaten France in the last eight and with Germany out of the competition, England had a very good chance of going all the way this summer.

Exclusive: Pies In Prague – Everton See Off Burnley To Lift Trophy As CEE Cup Wraps Up In Fine Style (Photos & Highlights)

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Lo and behold, it was Everton that ending up whisking the Generali CEE Cup back home to Merseyside with them.

A resounding 3-1 victory over fellow countrymen Burnley ensured that the Toffees were the first team from outside Eastern Europe to win the seventh annual staging of the fast-growing and increasingly prestigious youth tournament.

Hark At These Glorious 360-Degree Images Of Argentinian Football Stadiums (Photos)

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Ever wished you could view a succession of Argentinian football stadiums, all 360 degrees at once?

Well, Brazilian photographerGabriel Uchida (@uchidagabriel) has spent months touring a variety of Argentina's football grounds, across several different divisions, so you can do exactly that from the comfort of your own living room.

Exclusive: Pies In Prague – Hectic CEE Cup Semi-Final Day Ends With Burnley And Everton Emerging Victorious (Photos & Highlights)

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Burnley's youngsters faced a tough semi-final against Turkish opposition (Photo: CEE Cup/Facebook)

Day Four at the CEE Cup was semi-final day, with all four remaining teams having rightfully earned their place at the business end.

The strongest sides in the competition had risen to the top and were now set to do mortal combat – cue excitable 16-bit techno music with the prospect of an all-English final on the cards.

Exclusive: Pies In Prague – Leicester Crash Out As Semi-Finals Take Shape On CEE Cup Day Three (Photos & Highlights)

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Day three, and Everton were in action against Hungarian side Gyori (Photo: CEE Cup/Facebook)

Well. We predicted something of a goal glut after day two's proceedings had drawn to a close, but nothing quite like this.

Day three of the Generali CEE Cup had more big scores than Abraham Lincoln banged on about at Gettysburg and sought to separate the would be-men from the already-are-boys in this proving ground of a tournament.

Gold Cup: Jozy Altidore Gets His Nipple Tweaked As USA Given Rough Ride By El Salvador (Videos)

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The USA registered a 2-0 win over El Salvador in the quarter-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Wednesday night, but they did so while suffering casualties... namely Jozy Altidore's nipples.

Indeed, El Salvador resorted to some pretty ugly tactics to try and upset the Yanks, with defenderHenry Romero caught attempting to put Altidore off his stride by giving his teats a sneaky tweak.

Pies In Prague: An Introduction To The CEE Cup, The Under-19s Tournament Featuring Starlet-Laden Sides From Everton, Burnley And Leicester City

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Over the next week or two, Pies' man-in-the-field, Joseph Viney, will be in Prague to report in on the 2017 Generali CEE Cup the annual international Under-19s tournament for club sides from Central and Eastern Europe (hence 'CEE').

The Premier League will be represented by academy sides from Everton, Burnley and Leicester.

Euro U19 Championship: England Lift Title After Dramatic 2-1 Win Over Portugal In Final (Video)

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England youth's terrific summer contined on Saturday with Keith Downing's U19 side lifting the European U19 title courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Portugal in the final in Georgia.

Aston Villa's Easah Suliman opened the score for England, heading home soon after half-time.

Fandemonium: Pepe Given Customary ‘Mobbed At The Airport’ Welcome After Signing For Besiktas (Photos & Video)

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After being released by Real Madrid earlier in the summer, Pepe has today joined Besiktas on a two-year deal.

Word has it that PSG offered the Portuguese defender a lucrative one-year deal,butthe 34-year-old was adamant he still has two more seasons left in the tank.

As is customary with Turkish transfers, Pepetouched down at Ataturk Airport in Instanbul on Wednesday morning only to be swiftly besieged by a horde of excitable new chums.

Bonsai And Beyond: Lukas Podolski Immerses Himself In Japanese Culture After Joining Vissel Kobe (Video)

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After two seasons with Galatasaray, Lukas Podolski has moved on to pastures newby signing a pension-boosting deal to join Japanese top flight side Vissel Kobe.

To prepare for life in a new country, Podolski has immersed himself in Japanese culture, trying his hand at origami, bonsai, sushi, Kendo fighting and even giving the Captain Tsubasa books a shufty before bedtime.

European U21 Championship Final: Mitchell Weiser Heads Germany To Victory Against Spain (Photos & Video)

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Germany lifted their second European U21 Championship title after beating Spain 1-0 in Friday's final.

Spain came into the final as strong favourites, however, despite having lots of possession, they couldn't break down a disciplined German side.

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The only goal of the game came on 40 minutes, with Hertha Berlin defender Mitchell Weiser heading home a superb looping effort after a fantastic cross from Jeremy Toljan.

Confederations Cup: Claudio Bravo Saves Three Penalties As Chile Beat Portugal In Semi-Final Shootout (Video)

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Claudio Bravo may have endured a difficult season in the Premier League with Manchester City, but on the international stage the experienced 'keeper continues to star for Chile.

In Wednesday night's Confederations Cup semi-final against European champions Portugal, the 34-year-old was the star of the show in the penalty shoot-out, saving all three penalties and thus booking his side's place in the final.

England 1-2 Iceland: Celebrating The One-Year Anniversary Of Steve McClaren Making Himself Look Like A Right Prat (Video)

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Today marks the one-year anniversary of what just might be the absolute nadir of the England national team in a decade or so positively crammed full of them.

We are of course talking about the Three Lions' moribund, gutless, and utterly galling performance against Iceland in the group stages of Euro 2016.

Paul Pogba Actually Scores Goal With Dab During Juan Cuadrado Foundation Charity Match (Video)

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Paul Pogba assembleda team of chums to play against a Juan Cuadrado Select XI in an exhibitionmatch in Medellin, Colombia on Saturday evening, with all the proceeds going to the latter's charitable foundation.

The game shall perhaps be forever remembered as the moment Pogba's 'dab' celebration jumped the shark, with the Manchester United midfielder actually using his special trademark flourish to score a goal at one point.

Bovine Intervention: Escaped Cow Interrupts Play During Bulgarian Amateur League Match (Video)

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Hands up, we have absolutely no information to offer you here other than the following game took place in Bulgaria at some point in the recent past.

Oh, and proceedings had to be stopped for several minutes while an escaped cow lolloped its way across the pitch and back.

Electric Atmosphere: Algerian Cup Tie Illuminated By Massive Fireworks Display In Building Next To Stadium (Video)

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To say the atmosphere was raucous during the Algerian Cup tie between CR Belouzidad and USM Bel Abbes on Monday night is to do it a major disservice.

Indeed,the two sides played out a thrilling 0-0 draw amid a cacophonous din as fans chanted in unison and an entire barrage of fireworks and pyrotechnics were released from the tower block overlooking the stadium, illuminating the pitch in showers of red and green sparks.

Kits & fashion

Valon Behrami Charts His Entire Childhood In Kosovo With Enormous New Leg Tattoo (Photos)

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He may have represented Switzerland 73 times at international level, but Valon Behrami was born and raised in Kosovo.

Life as a child in Mitrovica in the late 1980s and early 1990s was tough, with the city torn asunder by the Kosovo War an armed conflict between Serbian and Albanian ethnic groups.

Sporting Lisbon’s New Away Kit Features Covert Messages In Both Braille And Morse Code (Photo)

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Sporting Libson (or Sporting Clube de Portugal if you'd prefer) have unveiled a couple of new shirts for 2017/18, and one comes with a rather unique feature.

Suppliers Macron have incorporated a special message into the away jerseys, which first and foremost features a motto stamped in Braille under the club crest.

Commitment: Besotted Georgian Fan Gets Gigantic ‘All-Time Holland XI’ Tattooed On His Back (Photo)

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Step this way and behold perhaps the most audacious example of tactical football body art we've ever witnessed.

According to Four Four Two, the bloke in the photo below is actually Georgian but is so enamoured with all things Oranje that he felt inspired to have his all-time NetherlandsXI tattooed on his back, and at an immense scale.

Transfers & Rumours

Unsurprisingly, Freddy Adu Has Decided Against Joining The Polish Side That Forgot His Name And Branded Him ‘An Old Vacuum Cleaner’

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Quite wisely, Freddy Adu has decided against joining Sandecja Nowy Sacz after receiving a less-than-affectionate welcome from the Polish side their manager, specifically.

After hearing his team were taking Adu on trial, Sandecja bossRadosław Mroczkowski began by getting Adu's name wrong before vehemently stating that he didn't want to work with the former MLS starlet and that the 28-year-old wouldn't be allowed to train with the first team.

‘He Has The Worst Performances’ – Indonesia Club Persib Bandung Want To Sack Carlton Cole For Playing ‘Very Badly’

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Carlton Cole only signed for Persib Bandung a matter of months ago and already the Indonesian side are exploring the option of terminating his contract.

The Persib management have reportedly either fired or are about to fire Cole for what they have branded a run of "very bad" performances.

Living The Djream: Cisse Emerges From Retirement To Sign For Swiss Third Division Side (Photo)

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Former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse has come out of retirement to link up with Swiss third division Yverdon-Sport FC.

In a move that has surprised most everybody – perhaps including Cisse himself – the 35-year-old, who won the Champions League with the Reds in 2005, has resumed a career that has seen him go through more clubs than a pack of cards.


Bench Mark: Czech Side Viktoria Plzen Unveil Brilliant New Novelty ‘Beer Can’ Dugouts (Photos)

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Viktoria Plzen have installed new dugouts at their Doosan Arena stadium and, ordinarily, that probably wouldn't be worth noting.

However, thanks to a new sponsorship deal with Czech beer barons Gambrinus, Plzen's new subs benches have been shaped to look like two enormous cans of lager.

Diego On Ice: Maradona Tries His Hand (Of God) At Ice Hockey As Guest Of Russian National Team (Photos & Video)

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After an invite to Lionel Messi's wedding proved not to be forthcoming, Diego Maradona instead spent his weekend as a guest of the Russian national ice hockey team in St Petersburg.

In town for the Confederations Cup Final, Maradona geared up (not like that) for the match bytaking a tour of the new SKA St Petersburg Hockey Town complex.

World Cup

Diego Maradona Announces He’s Very Much In Favour Of Video-Assisted Refereeing Being Used To Prevent Cheating In Football

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The hand that did the damage: Diego Maradona has just been unveiled as the new coach of FC Fujairah of the UAE

Diego Maradona has had his say on video-assisted refereeing (VAR), speaking out as a somewhat unlikely advocate of the controversial new system.

Maradona famously benefited from an absence of such technology at the 1986 World Cup, when he used his divine extremity to plink the ball over Peter Shilton and 'hand' Argentina the lead against England in the quarter-finals.

Russian Farmer Builds Football Stadium Out Of Straw In Protest At Spiralling Cost Of New Zenit St Petersburg Arena (Photos)

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A farmer from Russia has built an entire stadium using straw in a gentle mockery of the spiralling costs incurred by his football team, Zenit St Petersburg, and their vastly expensive new stadium.

Indeed, Zenit has reportedly spent in the region of £550million building and opening their new eponymous 64,000-capacity arena in time for the 2018 World Cup.


Porto Director Claims Benfica Executives Spent €150,000 On ‘Tribal Witchcraft’ To Win Champions League Match

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Benfica are currently in the midst of an ongoing investigation into alleged corruption at the Lisbonclub.

Among many things, Benfica have been accused of 'spying' on the phone of Fernando Gomes, the president of the Portuguese Football Federation.

The accusations were levelledby Porto's communications director, Francisco Marques, who, according to Record,claimed to have seen an email exchange sent between Benfica executive Pedro Guerra andCarlos Deus Pereira,the former president of the LPFP(basically, the Portuguese equivalent of the Premier League board) during which the latter provided the former with 'content' from Gomes' text messages.

Just Like A Player: Madonna’s 11-Year-Old Son To Join Benfica Junior Academy

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Madonna's son is set to join the Benfica youth academy. Make of that what tou will.

According to the Mail on Sunday, Madonna's 11-year-old adopted son David Banda has accepted an invitation to play for Benfica Juniors.

As such, Madge is planning to "uproot her family" from their home in New York and relocate to the Portuguese capital over 3,000 miles away.


Paris FC: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Plays Alongside Father In Post-Season Friendly Match (Photo)

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was eyeballedin Paris over the weekend, though it transpired the Dortmund striker was only in town to take part in a friendly.

The 28-year-old turned out for Paris FC specifically the Ligue 2 club's annual post-season match against amateur side Gauchy Grugie Biette.

Chinese Under-20 National Team To Play In German Fourth Division Next Season

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Plans are being hatched that will allow the China Under-20 national team to play in the fourth division of German football as of next season.

Yes, you did read that correctly.

According to Kicker, the Chinese youngster will be added tothe Regionalliga Südwest for 2017/18 to round up the odd number of teams in the league.

The Rest

Portuguese Club Attempt To Entice Usain Bolt With Contract Offer Of Free Burgers, Eggs And Beer

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After retiring from athletics at the end of the World Championships in London, Usain Bolt has rather curiously appeared to attain 'free agent' status in the world of football.

Of course, it stands to reason that Bolt was immediately linked with a move to Burton Albion, but sadly party-pooper manager Nigel Clough has since laughed off suggestions of the Jamaican sprinter going on trial at the Brewers.

Freddy Adu Joins Polish Side Sandecja Nowy Sacz On Trial, Manager Forgets His Name Then Likens Him To ‘An Old Vacuum Cleaner’

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Touted to set the MLS on fire at the ridiculously young age of 14, Freddy Adu's subsequent senior career trajectory has seen him struggle to live up to the hype while trudging through a succession of short, unremarkable stints in Portugal, Turkey, Greece, Brazil, Serbia and the Finnish third tier.

Arsenal: Alexis Sanchez Pulls Unconvincing ‘Instagram Sickie’ Less Than 24 Hours After Being Told To Report For Pre-Season Training (Photo)

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Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez is apparently claiming that he's far, far too ill to report for pre-season training as requested.

The Chilean was supposed to return to London Colney this Sunday after being granted an extended summer furlough to compensate for his participation in the Confederations Cup in June.

‘One Great Enemy We Must All Endeavour To Fear Not Conquering Is Fear’ – Bray Wanderers Chairman Releases Greatest Club Statement Of All Time

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Carlisle Grounds, home to Bray Wanderers

After it looked touch and go for a while, Bray Wanderers have today proudly announced that that club is financially stable for the time being.

The cash-strapped League of Ireland side had drawn up plans to redevelop their old Carlisle Ground home and use the proceeds to build themselves a new stadium, as well as a top notch football academy facility they insist will "rival the best in the world".

Japan: SRC Hiroshima Players Applaud One And Only Fan Who Travelled 300 Miles To Watch 6-0 Drubbing (Photos)

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After squeaking through the first round of theEmperor's Cup, Japanese fifth-tier side SRC Hiroshima found themselves pitted against second-tier Nagoya Grampus in the second.

Unfortunately, what might have been a plum home time for the minnows turned out to be a bit of a sparse affair after Grampus were drawn as hosts.