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Retro Football: Mick McCarthy & Shay Given – The Catalogue Model Years, 1998 (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

As scanned from Republic of Ireland match programmes from 1998ish by Brand New Retro, here's Mick McCarthy and Shay Given giving their best "Imperial Leisure" while modelling a variety of chunky knits for Penneys like proud and extremely stylish father and son.

With Independence Looming, Here’s 57 Brilliant (And Timely!) Vintage Photos Of England And Scotland’s Football Rivalry

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By Chris Wright

With the big independence referendum imminent, Pies thought we'd take a timely look back at the vast schism that already exists between England and Scotland in football terms beginningwith the first ever fixture between the two countries in 1870 and ending with Gazza's audacious, mercurial tomfoolery at Euro '96.

Black-And-White Snapshot: Construction Begins On The Towers At Wembley Stadium, 1923 (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

With Wembley stadium or at least the new incarnation of it taking an awful lot of flak over the course of the week after a record low crowd turned out for England's dull-as-ditchwater friendly against Norway, we thought it'd be nice to remind ourselves of the damned thing's origins.

Videos

Clint Dempsey Finds Out The Hard Way That Nobody Gives A Damn! (Video)

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By Chris Wright

In a bid to measurethe burgeoning popularity of soccer in the States, ESPN tasked US national team captain Clint Dempsey with gauging the public's perception of Clint Dempsey with a quick vox-pop session on the streets of New York.

Turns out a lot of people a big bloody fibbers!

Football Vine: Irrefutable Evidence That Gareth Bale Is Slowly Morphing Into Cristiano Ronaldo

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By Chris Wright

He's already nickedhis free-kick technique, his hair-cut, his employers and his ridiculously hewn physiquein recent times, but now Gareth Bale has even half-inched Cristiano Ronaldo's trademark goal celebration after scoring his first goal for Wales against Andorra last night with a budget version of Ronaldo's leap.

Football Vine: Brazil’s Golden Child Neymar Misses Gaping Open-Goal Sitter vs Ecuador

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By Chris Wright

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Euro 2016: Andorra 1-2 Wales – Galactico Gareth Bales Welsh Out After Flirt With Disaster In Pyrenees (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Andorra 1-2 Wales Euro 2016 9th September 2014

On a bumpy artificial pitch (full of rubber pellets) inAndorra la Vella, Wales came within a whisker of suffering a pretty disastrous result against one of Europe's perennial minnows.

With just six minutes of the game gone, Chris Coleman's side were a goal down after Neil Taylor's shirt-pull in the box lead to a penalty for the hosts.

Football Vine: Adrian Chiles And His ITV Pundits Soaked By ‘Faulty’ Swiss Sprinkler

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By Chris Wright

The official line is that the sprinkler system malfunctioned at an inopportune time, but we'd just like to echo the sentiments of Vine creator Ben Roach and offer a humble doff of our caps to the groundsman who gave Adrian Chiles and his ITV punditry cronies a good old fashioned pitchside soaking at St Jakob-Park last night.

Football Vine: James Morrison & Christoph Kramer Settle Free-Kick Dispute With Quick Game Of ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’

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By Chris Wright

During Germany's 2-1 Euro 2016 qualifier win over Scotland on Sunday eve, James Morrison and Christoph Kramer (he of "long range nutmeg" fame) went old school in their bid to ascertainwhich side would retain possession following an injury to Marco Reus.

Euro 2016: Germany 2-1 Scotland – Muller Bags Brace But Scots Push World Champions All The Way (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Germany 2-1 Scotland Euro 2016 Qualifiers 7th September 2014

Thomas Muller netted a brace to give world champions Germany a hard-fought win against Scotland, although Gordon Strachan and co. will be buoyed by a courageous display in Dortmund.

Euro 2016: Hungary 1-2 Northern Ireland – Late Late Show Nets Irish Rare Away Win (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Hungary 1-2 Northern Ireland Euro 2016 Qualifying 7th September 2014

While Martin O'Neill's Republic of Ireland were securing a 2-1 win away in Georgia, Michael O'Neill's Northern Irish side were themselves battling their way to a precious 2-1 victory in Hungary.

Euro 2016: McGeady Brace Gets Boys In Green Off To Winning Start In Georgia (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Georgia 1-2 Republic of Ireland Euro 2016 Qualifiers 7th August 2014

Everton's Aiden McGeady was the hero for Martin O'Neill's Irish side in Georgia on Sunday, with the Everton winger netting a match-winning brace.

McGeady's opener, on 23 minutes, was the first goal of the whole Euro 2016 tournament but the hosts were soon level, courtesy of a superb solo effort fromTornike Okriashvili which left Ireland goalie David Forde helpless.

Gervinho Nets Superb Solo Winner As Ivory Coast Come Back To Beat Sierra Leone 2-1 (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

Gervinho has blossomed again since leaving Arsenal a couple of seasons ago, with the dome-headed attacker superb for Roma in Serie A and also providing a potent cutting edge up front for Ivory Coast.

In a key Africa Cup of Nations clash with Sierra Leone , the forward inspired the Elephants to a 2-1 home win after initially going 1-0 down.

Malta Line Up For National Anthem As ‘Numb’ By Linkin Park Blasts Over Stadium Speakers (Video)

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By Chris Wright

With the Maltese national side lining up to observe their national anthem before Thursday night's friendly against Slovakia, the DJ at theTa' Qali National Stadium obviously got his tape cassettes mixed up and instead blasted 'Numb' by Linkin Park over the stadium speakers much to the amusement (and bemusement) of everybody present.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Bags Record-Breaking 50th International Goal Courtesy Of Typically Snazzy Backheel (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

The great Zlatan finally secured the all-time goal-scoring record for Sweden on Thursday night, bagging a brace in a friendly against Estonia.

There were question marks over whether his first of the night (his 49th for Sweden) actually crossed the line at all but his second was, unsurprisingly, a snazzy effort with the big man back-heeling the back into the Estonian net.

Ping! James Milner And Wayne Rooney Put On Elite Passing Masterclass vs Norway (GIFs)

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By Chris Wright

In which James Milner auditions, rather successfully we might add, to fillSteven Gerrard's boots at international level...

Exquisite. In fact, it's right up there with this beauty from Wayne Rooney...

It's worth remembering that these guys are highly-paid professional footballers.

England 1-0 Norway – Rooney On Spot To Fire Three Lions To Limp Victory At Wembley (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

England 1-0 Norway International Friendly 3rd September 2014

A late Wayne Rooney penalty gave England a win they hardly deserved against Norway on Wednesday night. The Three Lions, playing in a half-empty Wembley, toiled against an organised Norway side with Joe Hart probably the Three Lion's best performer on the night.

media

Wembley Arch To Go ‘Interactive’ And Light Up To React To Goals And Social Media Trends

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By Chris Wright

Thanks to the FA's new sponsorship deal with broadband-mongers EE, the "iconic" arch over Wembley stadium is to get an interactive makeover, with a newly-fitted, state-of-the-art LED system meaning the structure will be able to react to fluctuating social media trends during games.

‘Great British Bake Off’ Absolutely Trounces England’s Friendly Against Norway In TV Ratings

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By Chris Wright

The moment Wayne Rooney found out it was pie week on the Bake Off

With a record seven-year low attendance at Wembley already well publicised, the stupefyingly mawkish spectacle that was England's friendly against Norway suffered yet more ignominy by being resolutely trounced in last night's television ratings by an hour of plummy folksapplying egg-washes to various pastries.

Manchester United

Snapshot: This Is How Phil Neville Spent The International Break…

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By Chris Wright

The synapse-mummifyingtedium of the international break gets to us all, though it affects some more acutely than others.

With that in mind, spare a thought for poor old Phil Neville, who has obviously gone stark raving bananas with boredom at least if his latest Instagram post is anything to go by.

New Rules Needed To Safeguard Players Health On International Duty

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The tug-and-pull situation the world's top soccer players find themselves in is an enviable one for 99% of the sport's players. These players have to balance between playing for their employer club and representing their country at the international level and, depending on the nation's success, the competition for both can be equally as fierce.

‘I Tore The Letter Up’ – Angel Di Maria Claims Real Madrid Wrote To Argentina Demanding He Didn’t Play In The World Cup Final

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By Chris Wright

Angel Di Maria's departure from Real Madrid hasn't proven to be the cleanest of breaks, with the player caught in a continuing tit-for-tat sniping war with the Spanish club's president Florentino Perez.

Coming afterPerezrecently declaredhe only allowed Di Maria to leave for Manchester United due to his greedy wage demands, the 26-year-old winger has responded claiming Perez sent a letter to the Argentina World Cup camp on the morning of the final, forbidding Di Mariato play.

Football Vines: Angel Di Maria Sets Up Sergio Aguero With Superb Outside-Of-The-Boot Assist Vs. Germany

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By Alan Duffy

That's what £60million buys you! In Argentina's friendly against their World Cup final opponents Germany, Man Utd's big-money summer-signing Angel Di Maria produced a magnificent piece of skill.

Bending the ball with the outside of his left boot, Di Maria found Sergio Aguero in the German box, with the City man firing home from close-range.

Ray Wilkins Appointed As New Manager Of Jordan National Team (With Frank Stapleton As His Assitant)

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By Chris Wright

"Stay on your feet, young man!"

In whatis almost certain to go down as one of theoddest managerial appointments in recent memory, the Jordanian FA (JFA) have announced that Ray Wilkins has taken over as the head coach of their national side.

EURO 2016

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Jokes He Should Be ‘Banned For 40 Games’ After Being Accused Of Elbowing David Alaba

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By Chris Wright

Ever the caddish rapscallion, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has joked that he deserves to be banned for 40 matches after David Alaba ran face-first into his elbow during the early knockings of Sweden's 1-1 Euro 2016 qualifier draw with Austria on Monday evening.

In closing Ibrahimovicdown from behind, Alaba was caught in the face by the Swedish striker'smighty pointy bitand sent sprawling to the deck though whether the collision was intentional on Zlatan's part is very much doubtful.

Snapshot: Handy Graphic Displays ‘Day Jobs’ Of Gibraltar Starting XI For Euro 2016 Qualifier vs Poland…

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By Chris Wright

It's our sad duty to report that Gibraltar, UEFA's newest member country, lost 7-0 to Poland in their maiden Euro 2012 qualifier last night, though that shouldn't come as much of a surprise when you factor in that Robert Lewandowski et al were tasked with scoring against a back five that included a shipping agent, a policeman and a warehouse storeman.

Football Vines: Aiden McGeady Scores 1st Goal Of Euro 2016 Before Georgia Equalise With Stunning Strike

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By Alan Duffy

Everton winger Aiden McGeady netted the first goal of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign courtesy of a nicely worked goal in Georgia. Here it is (not great quality I must admit!)...

However, soon after the hosts were level courtesy of this superb effort fromTornike Okriashvioli which left David forde flat-footed in the Irish goal.

England’s Horrible Squad For Opening Euro 2016 Qualifier Announced – Fabian Delph, Jack Colback And Danny Rose All Called Up

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By Chris Wright

With Wayne Rooney officially installed as England's new skipper, Roy Hodgson has announced his squad for the upcoming friendly against Norway at Wembley on 3rd September and the opening Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland five days later.

It's horrible.

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Football GIF: Shameful Simulation From ‘Baekho’, South Korea’s Tiger Mascot

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By Chris Wright

In which South Korea's white tiger mascot Baekho indulges in some truly shameful simulationin a bid to eke some sympathy out of the referee against Uruguay last night.

That said, he obviouslyfelt contact so therefore he's entitled to go down, Clive.

‘Serious Breach Of Discipline’ – Maicon Dropped From Brazil Squad For Playing Frankly Disgusting Prank On Selecao Teammate

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By Chris Wright

As you may or may not be aware, Maicon was dropped from the Brazil squad and sent home earlier this morning,with the official line being that the full-back had been axed for a "serious breach of discipline".

It has since emerged just what the aforementioned "serious breach" entailed and, frankly, it's really rather disgusting.

Football GIF: Neymar Just Keeps Rolling, And Rolling, And Rolling, And Rolling…

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By Chris Wright

Neymar once again came in for some seriously "rough" treatment during Friday evening'sfriendly against Colombia in Miami, withBrazilian football's most precious-est princess in the whole wide world being battered from pillar to post by horrible jealous bigoted defenders who just refused to let him be his fabulous brilliant self all night.

Football GIF: Nicklas Bendtner At His Predatory Best vs Turkey

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By Chris Wright

Looks like seven months out of the game haven't dulled Nicklas Bendtner's predatory instincts in front of goal, with the Danish striker giving the home crowd a little something to cheer about with a trademark flourish during his side's 1-2 defeat against Turkey last night.

England

So It Begins: Arsenal New Boy Danny Welbeck Suffers Ankle Injury During England Training

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By Chris Wright

And lo, so it begins. The Arsenal injury train just keeps on a-rollin'.

Signed for £16million on deadline day as anemergency replacement for the injuredOlivier Giroud, word is leaking out from the England camp that Danny Welbeck has suffered an injury of his very own while training with England at London Colney yesterday.

106 Caps And Out: Frank Lampard Retires From International Football With Immediate Effect

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By Chris Wright

By 'eck, the "Golden Generation™" are dropping like flies. First Steven Gerrard throws in the towel and now Frank Lampard goes and announces that he's retiring from international football with immediate effect at the grand old age of 36.

Remember, that Golden™ midfield pairing that famously couldn't operate on the same pitch as each other?

The Rest

Ryanair Offer Jack Grealish And His Family Free Flights If Aston Villa Prodigy Pledges International Future To Republic Of Ireland

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By Chris Wright

Coming with the requisite fleet feet and abysmal "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" haircut so beloved of young footballers at the moment, Jack Grealish has been singled out for greatness by Aston Villa fans following a sequence of impressive first-team cameos this season.

Euro 2020: Wembley To Host Both Semi-Finals And Final Of Continent-Wide Mega Tournament

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By Chris Wright

Good news gfor those who are invested in this kind of thing: Wembley has been selected to host both the semi-finals and the final of Euro 2020 following today's UEFA ExCo (executive committee) vote in Geneva.

It was a straight choice between Wembley and the Allianz Arena for final hosting duties, with the ExCo eventually deciding in favour of the FA's prize pig.

Thailand Women’s National Team Given Cash Bonus For Only Losing 5-0 Against South Korea

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By Chris Wright

With the Asian Games kicking off over the weekend, it would appear that the Thailand FA weren't overly optimistic about their women's side's chances at the competition especially if their financial incentive scheme is anything to go by.

Indeed, the entire Thailand squad were bestowed with aconsiderable cash bonus following their opening game against South Korea as a reward for only losing 5-0.

Daniel Agger Does A ‘Zlatan’, Pays For Danish Homeless Team To Fly Out To World Cup

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By Chris Wright

Three cheers for Daniel Agger, who has once again proved that almost all Scandinavians are awesome by stumping up the cash to send the Danish homeless national side to the Homeless World Cup in Chile.

The eight members of the Danish side were 20,000 krone (around £2,100) short of the required funds to get themselves to Santiago for the tournament, with Agger hearing of their struggles and agreeing to top up their kitty from his own pocket.

Jan Vertonghen Knocks Little Girl Unconscious With Wayward Shot During Belgium Training Session

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By Chris Wright

Apologies as we're a bit late with this one, but a little girl was left needing medical attention after being heartlessly assaulted by Jan Vertonghen during Belgium's open training sessionyesterday.

The defender apparently clattered a wayward shot into the crowd which struck the little girl in the face,knockingher unconscious.

Snapshot: Al-Hilal Fans Produce Magnificent Tifo In Asian Champions League Quarter-Final

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By Alan Duffy

TheKing Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh looked incredible during Al-Hilal's quarter-final Asian Champions LEague clash with Qatar's Al-Sadd.

The game, watched by a capacity 63,500 crowd saw Salman Alfaraj score the only goal of the game to give the Saudi side a one-goal advantage going into next week'ssecond-leg.