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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.

Noel Gallagher Invites French Policeman Who Sung ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ Before England Friendly To Upcoming Gig In Paris

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Noel Gallagher has issued a VIP invite to the Republican Guard Military Band member who performed 'Don't Look Back In Anger' before England's recent friendly against France in Paris.

Jean-Michel Mekil dug out his Fender Stratocaster and performed the Oasis standard as a moving tribute to all those who died in the Manchester terror attack on May 22nd.

Keep It Tight: Brazil Score Against Australia With Just NINE Seconds On The Clock (Video)

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If it was Australia's intention to hold off Brazil for as long as possible in their friendly encounter in Melbourne, then the ploy was a resounding success ...for all of nine seconds.

Despite kicking off themselves, Australia immediately surrendered possession to Brazil with Guiliano playing in Diego Souza who steered a shot past Mitchell Langerak before the hosts even had time to realise what had happened.

FIFA Under-20 World Cup Final: England Strike Early To Pip Venezuela And Win First World Cup Since 1966 (Photos & Video)

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By Joseph Viney

Behold, the rare sight of an England team with a trophy hoisted above their heads

England's Under-20 squad have achieved what their seniorcontemporaries have failed to do since 1966 and won a World Cup after beating Venezuela 1-0.

The Young Lionsstormed to victory courtesy of Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who managed the only goal in a tense game at the Suwon World Cup Stadium in South Korea.

World Cup Qualifying: Harry Kane Rescues Point For England In 2-2 Draw With Scotland (Photos & Video)

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A late equaliser from Harry Kane rescued a point for England at Hampden Park on Saturday, after a mediocre clash came to life in the closing minutes.

England struggled to break down their hosts during the disappointing game until the 70th minute, when sub Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain found the back of the net after a good solo run.

Well Struck, Sir: Uruguay Defender Jose Gimenez Scores Beautifully Executed Own-Goal Against Italy (Video)

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With half-time upon us, Italy are currently 1-0 up against Uruguay in their friendly encounter at the Allianz stadium in Nice.

The Azzurri kicked off with several fresh young faces in their starting line-up, including aninternational start for 18-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

However, theAzzurri hadUruguay defender JoseGimenez for making the breakthroughin the 7th minute the Atletico Madrid centre-half connecting sweetly with a bouncing ball to arrow the ball past his own goalkeeper from the edge of the box.

International Friendly: Jonathan Walters Nets Stunner Then Misses Open Goal As Ireland Beat Uruguay 3-1 (Video)

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The Republic of Ireland enjoyed a morale-boosting 3-1 win against Uruguay on Sunday, ahead of next week's World Cup qualifier against Austria.

Jonathan Walters scored the goal of the game on 28 minutes, with the Stoke attacker producing a superb long-range effort.

Jose Giminez levelled the scoresbefore the break, before Walters then somehow contrived to miss an open goal from all of two yards, with his effort coming back off the crossbar.

Title Parade With A Difference: Besiktas Players Sail Up River Bosphorus Escorted By Hundreds Of Fans In Boats (Photos & Video)

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After winning the Turkish Super Lig last week, Besiktas staged a mass title celebration throughout Instabul on Saturday.

The day began with the Besiktas squad being carried up theBosphorus river to their stadium by boat, escorted by hundreds if not thousands of fans making the journey in accompanyingvessels.

Dimitar Berbatov And His Daughter Reenact ‘Godfather’ Scene To Plug Upcoming Exhibition Match (Video)

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Dimitar Berbatov has teamed up with his seven-year-old daughter Dea to produce a fantastic self-shot trailer for his upcoming exhibition matchin Sofia, Bulgaria.

Berbatov and a gaggle of his chums are set to square off against a Luis Figo XI on 14th June to raise money for both players' respective charitable foundations.

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

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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.

China

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.

Chinese Burn: Sven Goran Eriksson Sacked By Shenzuan FC, Replacement Coach Announced With Poem

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Sven-Goran Eriksson is once again out of a job after being sacked by Chinese second-tier side Shenzhen FC this week.

Shenzhen are currently fourthin China League One, with a run of five wins from 13 games costing Eriksson his job after just six months in charge.

The club are now preparing to re-hire one of their most beloved former coaches, Wang Baoshan, and took the unorthodox step of announcing their managerial chop-and-change in the form of a poem.

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.

Benfica

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.

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.

England

FIFA U20 World Cup: Solanke On Target As England Saunter Into Final By Spanking Italy 3-1 In Semis (Photos & Video)

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After impressing with a series of exciting displays on the way, England's next big things have gone sailing into the final of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup after seeing off Italy in the semis out in South Korea.

The lion cubs actually fell behind with less than two minutes on the clockwhen Juventus forward RiccardoOrsolini came steaming in to steer the ball past Freddie Woodman.

Gareth Southgate And The England Squad Train With Royal Marines Ahead Of Scotland Qualifier (Photos)

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Symbolism rife as Gareth Southgate emerges wet and terrified from a deep, dark hole (Photo: @England/Twitter)

With a trip to deepest, darkest Scotland in the offing this coming weekend, England manager Gareth Southgate took one look at his squad and decided a bit of intensive training was required.

England: Wayne Rooney Overlooked As Gareth Southgate Announces Latest Squad For Scotland And France Fixtures

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The England squad for next month's fixtures against Scotland and France has been announced and Wayne Rooney has not made the cut.

Gareth Southgate's side will play Scotland in a World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park on 10th June, followed by a friendly against France in Paris three days later.

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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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.

AFP

Turkey’s Arda Turan quits international football after bust-up

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Istanbul (AFP) – Turkey captain Arda Turan announced his retirement from international football on Tuesday, hours after being kicked out of a training camp by coach Fatih Terim for allegedly verbally and physically abusing a journalist.

“I think the time has come…I am ending my career with the national team,” said the 30-year-old Barcelona midfielder, capped 96 times, at a brief press conference in Slovenia, broadcast on Turkish television.

Turkey’s Arda Turan quits international football after bust-up

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Istanbul (AFP) – Turkey captain Arda Turan announced his retirement from international football on Tuesday, hours after being kicked out of a training camp by coach Fatih Terim for allegedly verbally and physically abusing a journalist.

“I think the time has come…I am ending my career with the national team,” said the 30-year-old Barcelona midfielder, capped 96 times, at a brief press conference in Slovenia, broadcast on Turkish television.

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.

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!

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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.

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.

Euro U21 Championship: Angry Italy Fans Throw Fake Money At Milan Teen Donnarumma (Video)

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Milan's goalkeeping prodigyGianluigi Donnarumma found himself the target of angry Rossoneri fans during Italy's Euro U21 Championship clash with Denmark on Sunday.

The 18-year-old made his debut for Milan at just 16-years of age and has established himself as one of the hottest goalkeeping talents in the game.

‘We Believe In Respecting Your Opponents’ – Spanish Youth Coach Sacked After Guiding His Team To 25-0 Victory

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By Joseph Viney

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If further proof were needed that the world is a cold, cruel place and you are doomed to fail, then here it is.

Spare a thought for the coach of Serrano B's Under-11 team, who was given el booto after leading his young charges to a 25-0 drubbing of Valencia-based youth sideBenicalap C.

‘I Knew We Needed To Play Dirty’ – Argentinian Defender Admits To Repeatedly Jabbing Estudiantes Striker With Needle During Cup Upset

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A defender for Argentinian lower league side Sport Pacifico, has courted controversyin his homeland by freely admitting to "playing dirty" during Sunday's cup match against top-tier Estudiantes.

Speaking to a local radio station after the match, Federico Allende was unapologetic as he described repeatedly jabbing Estudiantes striker Juan Otero with a needle during the match in an attempt to unsettle the 22-year-old Colombian.

Saudi Arabia ‘Unreservedly Apologise’ After Players Fail To Observe Minute’s Silence For Victims Of London Terror Attack

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The Saudi Arabian footballfederation have apologised after their playerselected not to observe a minute's silence for the victims of the London Bridge terror attack before theirgame against Australia on Tursday evening.

The two sides met in Adelaide to contest a World Cup qualifier, but only the Australian team lined up to pay tribute before kick-off asthe Saudi players loosely took their positions while milling about on the pitch.

Bulgaria: FC Vereya Defender Ivan Bandalovski Swigs From Beer Can Thrown Onto Pitch, Goes On To Score 93rd-Minute Equaliser (Video)

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Levski Sofia ensured Europa League qualification with a tense penalty shoot-out win over FC Vereya in the Bulgarian First League play-off on Sunday afternoon.

Indeed, Levski led 1-0 for the majority of the match, right up until the 93rd minute, when Vereya defender Ivan Bandalovski slammed home an equaliser at the death to take the tie to extra-time.

Russia: Opposing Clubs Face 10,000-Mile Return Trips After Remote SKA Khabarovsk Secure Promotion To Premier League

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SKA Khabarovsk have added some serious mileage to next season's Russian Premier League (RPL) itinerary after securing their promotion to the top flight on Sunday.

Despite a grand total of zero goals being scored over 210 minutes of their two-legged play-off against Orenburg, SKA won the ensuing penalty shootout 5-3 to secure themselves a spot at the big tablefor the first time in their history.

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.