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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.

US Amputee Footballer Josh Sundquist Pretty Much Wins Halloween With Brilliant ‘Foosball’ Costume (Photo & Video)

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By Chris Wright

"Oi, no spinning!"

A gentlemanly doff of the cap is definitely due to American amputee footballer Josh Sundquist who has, without a shadow of a doubt, won Halloween this year with an absolute belter of a costume.

Sundquist, who lost his left leg to bone cancer and now represents his country as part of the US amputee national side, has gone above and beyond in creating a "foosball" (that's "table football" to non-Yanks) costume and he's even cobbledtogether a short behind-the-scenes video to detailthe making of it.

Retro Football: Scotland Hardman Tommy Gemmell Has A Right Old Swing At West Germany’s Helmut Haller, 1969 (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Scotland left-back Tommy Gemmell, seen here in 1969

Picture the scene: It's 22nd October, 1969 and things are getting a bit frantic as the World Cup qualifier between Scotland and West Germany enters its final throes.

Scotland found themselves 3-2 down against adominant West Germany in Hamburg and facing the very real prospect of not qualifying for the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.

Euro 2016: Germany 1-1 Rep Of Ireland – Centurion O’Shea Saves Day For Boys In Green (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Germany 1-1 Republic Of Ireland Euro 2016 Qualifying Group D

On his 100th appearance for the Boys In Green, veteran defender John O'Shea secured a superb point for Ireland away to the world champions.

O'Shea's goal at the death came after the Germans had, unsurprisingly, dominated the game.

Young Fan Snubs Paul Pogba After Asking For His Shirt Only To Be Offered Sweaty Shorts As An Alternative Souvenir (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Seems everybody's keen to get their hands on Pogba's shirt these days

While the rest of the continent continues to fuddle around with qualifying, Euro 2016 hostsFrance wallopedArmenia 3-0 in a friendly inHrazdan last night courtesy of goals from Loic Remy, Andre-Pierre Gignac and Antoine Griezmann.

James Rodriguez Scores Quick Free-Kick Belter As Colombia Squeak Narrow Win Over Canada (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Everybody loves a good quick free-kick, especially when it's dispatched like this...

For the record, James' strike was the only goal of the game, coming in the 71st minute not a bad result for the Canadians by any stretch.

Swedish U21 Squad Troll France’s Layvin Kurzawa Over Cocky (And Premature) Goal Celebration

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By Chris Wright

Already 0-2 down coming into the second leg of last night's Euro 2015 Under-21 play-off tie, Sweden needed something special to overturn France's lead and something special they duly produced.

Flying out of the traps, the Swedes had drawn level on aggregate by half-time before finding themselves in the lead for the first time in the tie when Oscar Lewicki put them 3-2 up in the 71st minute.

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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.

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.

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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.

Plucky Fan Who Applied To Replace Giovanni Trapattoni As Ireland Manager Receives Brilliant Reply From The FAI

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By Chris Wright

Trap: Livin' the life

It's been a little over a year since Giovanni Trapattoni left his post as manager of the Republic of Ireland to take up the role as coach of the Vatican City's in-house football team (we're not kidding), with Martin O'Neill stepping in to replace the veteran Italian a couple of months thereafter.

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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.

Wembley To Offer Personal Butler Service To England Fans During Slovenia Qualifier (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

If your idea of the perfect matchday experience happens to include having a fellow human being beholdenin servitude to you for the entire duration of the game then, by Jove, you're in luck!

For this weekend's Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia, England fans attending the fixture at Wembley will be able to apply for the chance to win themselves a butler.

England Squad For Slovenia Qualifier Announced – Saido Berahino, Stewart Downing And Theo Walcott (?) Get The Nod

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By Chris Wright

Roy Hodgson has just blurted out his England squad for both the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia and the following friendly against Scotland later this month, and the good news is that Saido Berahino has finally been given the nod.

The West Brom striker has scored seven Premier League goals so far this season more than any other Englishman and as such, has ferreted his way into the senior squad having scored 10 goals in 13 appearances for the U21s.

Euro 2016: Serbia vs Albania Abandoned After Drone Flies Contentious Flag Over Pitch (Vine & Photos)

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By Alan Duffy

Ahead of the draw for the qualifying rounds of EURO 2016, UEFA rather sensibly decided to keep Gibraltar and Spain apart and do the same for Armenia and Azerbaijan. However, the powers-that-be did allow Serbia and Albania to be drawn in the same group, a decision which was always asking for trouble in light of the Kosovo issue.

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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.

Stop Us If You’ve Heard This One Before: The Night 16-Year-Old Wayne Rooney Stunned His England Teammates With A Post-Dinner Poetry Recital

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By Chris Wright

As unlikely as it may seem, beneath that pork scratching of an exterior, it would appear that Wayne Rooney harbours the sensitive soul of a poet.

To that end, former England youth coach Dick Bate hastold the Independentthat once, shortly after Englandhad been jettisoned fromthe U17 European Championships in 2002, the then-16-year-old Rooney stunned his teammates with an impromptu recital of a poem he'd written himself.

The Rest

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.

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.

FIFA Reveal Offical Emblem For 2018 World Cup…

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By Alan Duffy

So, after the obligatory hoo-haa in Moscow, the powers-that-be in FIFA revealed the emblem for the 2018 World Cup, and very, very red it is too. Indeed, to me it looks like a very shy duck, but it's still quite cool!

And while we're at it, here's a look back at the all the previous World Cup emblems which is quite nice!