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Radamel Falcao Moved To Tears By Intense Emotional Reaction Of Young Colombian Fan (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Currently out of action with a serious case of the knee-knacks, Radamel Falcao took an afternoon out of his ongoing efforts to regain his fitness ahead of the World Cup by meeting a few of his young Colombian fans asmall group of kids had been specially selected to fly out from Colombia to meet Falcao in Spain,

A young 13-year-old lad from Bogota by the name of Michael Steven then stole the show when he was utterly and helplessly unable to keep a lid on his emotions as the crocked Monaco striker walked through the door bursting into floods of heaving, hysterical tears at the mere sight of his idol.

Angry Fans Up In Arms As England’s New Nike World Cup Shirt Goes On Sale For £90

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By Chris Wright

It's a given that replica football shirts have always come at a nigh-on exploitative premium given they cost pennies to produce, but Nike have seemingly pushed it too far with the disclosure that the new England World Cup shirt just the shirt will retail for a ridiculous £90.

New England 2014 World Cup Home & Away Kits Released – Very Stylish But Very, Very Plain (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

They're just about the last country to do so, but England and Nike have finally gotten round to unveiling the kits the brave, brave Three Lions will wear to crash out in the group stages of this summer's World Cup airing a new duo of strips; one plain white, one plain red; that look almost identical to the first pair of kits (home/away) Nike churned out for England last year, though with less fancy collars.

England Fans Start Petition To Ban Tom Cleverley From 2014 World Cup Squad – Already Has 7,000 Signatures

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By Chris Wright

An England fan has started apetition to have Tom Cleverley banned from inclusion in this summer's England World Cup squad on the grounds that the Manchester United midfielder doesn't possess "any genuine qualities whatsoever".

The "Ban Tom Cleverley from the World Cup squad" campaigned is directly petitioning the FA to veto Cleverley from travelling to Brazil and was created byGlenn McConnell from Blackpool who outlines his manifesto thus:

"Tom Cleverley, owner of 13 England caps, six more than Ross Barkley, Adam Lallana and Leon Osman combined, has been regularly selected by Roy Hodgson in his squads without possessing any genuine qualities whatsoever.

Nike Redesign Corinthians, Internacional And Santos Kits In Brazilian Yellow To Show Selecao Support (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

In what we think is a rather nifty little flash of inspiration, Nike have redesigned the jerseys of five of Brazilian football's top club sides in the yellow of the national team in a show of support for La Selecao as the 2014 World Cup begins to crown on the horizon.

Diego Maradona’s ‘Goal Of The Century’ Against England From Never-Before-Seen Angle (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Here's a cracking little bit of footballing curio for thou, in the shape of an unbroadcast television replay of Diego Maradona's magnum opus: his 'Goal of the Century' against England at the 1986 World Cup, as seen from behind Peter Shilton's goal.

SPOILER ALERT: Peter Reid still can't get anywhere near him.

World Cup Magic – Sun, Sea, Sand & Toni Schumacher: Espana 1982

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They say, of course, that the best World Cup finals is the one that was held when you were ten years old. In the summer of 1982, I was three months shy of my tenth birthday and this tournament marked the consummation of a love affair that had been growing, steadily and inexorably, for the previous three years or so, and in addition to this there was the small matter of the first involvement of the England team at this stage of the competition for the first time since two summers before I was born.

Veteran Croatia Defender Josip Simunic Banned From World Cup Over ‘Pro-Nazi’ Chant

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By Chris Wright

FIFA have effectively banned Croatian international Josip Simunic from playing at the World Cup after giving the veteran centre-back a 10-game ban for leading a section of fans in a chant with pro-Nazi connotations after Croatia beat Iceland in their World Cup play-off tie to reach Brazil 2014.

FIFA 2014 World Cup Group Stage Draw – England Pitted Against Italy, Uruguay And Costa Rica In Group D

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By Chris Wright

The balls of destiny have been plucked from the perspex pots of fate and, after an absolutely bloody age of incomprehensible FIFA-waffle (Fifaffle?), the draw for the World Cup groups has been completed in Costa do Sauipe.

It looks like this.

Snapshot: Fabio Capello Photobomb At 2014 World Cup Draw…

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By Chris Wright

Fabio Capello got himself photobombed by one of his contemporaries at the 2014 World Cup draw...

You just got Del Bosque-ed, son!!!

Mayor Of World Cup Host City Says England Aren’t Welcome There As Roy Hodgson Isn’t ‘Sensible Or Polite’ Enough

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By Chris Wright

The Arena da Amazonia in Manaus...or three quarters of it, at least

The mayor of Manaus, one of the twelve host cities for the 2014 World Cup, has gone public with his desire to get "a better team" than England staying in his city when the group stage draw is completed this evening specifically as Roy Hodgson is not "polite" enough for his liking.

Adidas Release Cracking Viral Charting Every Official World Cup Football From 1970-2014 In Space Of Six Seconds (Video)

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By Chris Wright

As previously mentioned this morning, Adidas have officially unveiled their new 'Brazuca' matchball for the 2014 Brazil World Cup this morning and, as well as giving away a free one to every Brazilian baby born today, they've also released this corking Vine video which charts every single World Cup matchball they've producedsince they first landed the gig as official suppliers at Mexico '70, and all in the space of six seconds.

Adidas Give Free ‘Brazuca’ Football To All Brazilian Babies Born On Launch Day Of 2014 World Cup Matchball

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By Chris Wright

Yesterday Adidas got round to unveiling their official matchball for the 2014 Brazilian World Cup, the 'Brazuca', and decided to put on a mammoth country-wide giveaway to coincide with the launch.

Along with the big reveal, Adidas vowed that every baby born in Brazil on launch day, i.

Nike Release New Brazil 2014 Home Kit – Perfect For World Cup Hosting Duties! (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

The Brazilian version of Trainspotting is a little more clean-cut

To be honest, it wouldn't take an astounding leap of imagination to guess what Brazil's new kit for 2014 looks like, with Nike sticking vehemently to their well-worn template: yellow, green, blue, white: but if it ain't bloody broke then don't try to bloody well fix it, eh?

Ligue 1

On Sale Now: Swedish Postal Service Officially Release Set Of Five Zlatan Ibrahimovic Stamps

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By Chris Wright

Rejoice, for the Swedish Postal Service (Posten) has today finally released the set of Zlatan Ibrahimovic stamps that they first promised the world back in November of last year.

Speaking to the TT news agency,Posten's head of stamps (now there's a job title!

‘You Must Have Been Watching Zlatan!’ – Ibrahimovic Tweets Blaise Matuidi, Congratulates Him On Back-Heel Spider Volley vs Holland

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By Chris Wright

As you probably aware, France beat Holland last night thanks to a couple of corking goals from Karim Benzema (watch it here) and Blaise Matuidi, with the latter just pipping the former in the 'Goal of the Night' stakes on style points for his bizarre "corkscrew back-heeled spider volley" to double Les Bleus' lead just minutes after half-time.

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Next Goal Wins: Brilliant New Documentary About American Samoa, ‘The Worst Football Team In The World’ (Trailer)

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By Chris Wright

American Samoa were infamously tonked 31-0 by Australia in a World Cup qualifier back in 2001, with Aussiestriker Archie Thompson scoring 13 of the goals an international record that still stands to this day.

The loss saw American Samoa officially become the 'worst team in the world' in the FIFA rankings.

Ball Hog: Ecuador U16s’ Fabian Tello Waltzes Past Nine Tackles, Scores Tremendous Mazy Solo Goal (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Turning out for Ecuador U16s in a recent international game against their similarly aged Paraguayan counterparts, 16-year-old Fabian Tello lit up the game with a fantastic solo strike.

We count nine challenges from seven defenders (including the Paraguay 'keeper), all evaded masterfully by young Fabian on his way to scoring a tremendous, bamboozling slalom goal.

Macedonia’s Daniel Georgievski Scores Exquisite First-Touch Volleyed Lob Own-Goal vs Latvia (Video)

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By Chris Wright

We have a stone-cold classic from the "agonising for the 'keeper" genre of own-goal here, expertly tucked away during the midweek international break by Macedonia right-back Daniel Georgievski.

With Latvia breaking through the middle and dinking a ball over the top for their striker to run on to, Georgievski did the decent thing and finished the counter-attack for them running onto the through-ball and sending a delightful volleyed lob over his own goalie with the deftest of first touches.

England 1-0 Denmark – Sturridge On Target As Three Lions Struggle Against Danes (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

England 1-0 Denmark International Friendly 5th March 2014

International friendlies are always difficult to call, what with the endless substitutions and managerial experiments, but against Denmark on Wednesday night, a Liverpool-heavy England produced a patchy display.

Football Vine: Patrice Evra Almost Studded In The Eyeball By Holland’s Quincy Promes

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By Chris Wright

Literally a couple of minutes into Les Bleus' friendly against der Oranje, Patrice Evra took a nasty studding to the face from Dutch winger Quincy Promes which came perilously close to raking the Manchester United full-back's eyeball out of his skull...

Not even a yellow card, we should add.

Neymar Deals With Teeny Tiny South African Pitch Invader In Truly Heart-Warming Fashion (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Brazil resolutely spanked South Africa inJohannesburg last night, winning 0-5 in a friendly courtesy of a Neymar hat-trick and a goal apiece from Oscar and Fernandinho.

There were also touching scenes when Neymar stopped a teeny tiny pitch invader from being hauled off by the South African stewards after the final whistle when the Barcelona forward ran over, picked the little lad up and carried him around the pitch for a short while; taking him over to meet the rest of the Brazilian players before giving him the VIP treatment including a souvenir photograph taken by none other than David Luiz.

Belgian Bumbler Christian Benteke Misses An Absolute Open-Goal Sitter vs Ivory Coast (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke was on rare old form for Belgium in their 2-2 draw with Ivory Coast last night; farting the ball a good few yards over the crossbar having been faced with the tricky task of rolling it gently into the back of a completely vacant net.

Brazil U17s Quite Literally Give Up Against USA, Stop Playing Entirely For Final Few Minutes (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Without seeing any of the game, you could have flippantly assumed that Brazil's U17 string merely gave up against their USA counterparts at the recentNike International Friendlies tournament, given that the final score wound up being 4-1 in the Yanklings' favour.

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Snapshot: Zlatan Explains His #DareToZlatan Thought Process With A Simple Flow Chart…

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By Chris Wright

Having been contacted by a fan on Twitter and asked just how he reacted quickly enough to score *that* overhead-kick against England and whether or not he thought it would go in once he'd unleashed his shot, Zlatan replied in typical fashion posting a graphic of the awesome #DareToZlatan thought process (in handy flow-chart form) he went through while executing his acrobatic stonker at Wembley.

Football Vine: Arsenal Loanee Joel Campbell Is At It Again, Scores Another Cracker For Costa Rica

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By Alan Duffy

Young Joel Campbell is enjoying a fine season peppered with quality goals and against Paraguay on Wednesday night, the speedy attacker scored a superb solo lobbed effort. Surely he's got to be given a chance back at the Emirates next season, when his loan spell with Olympiakos ends?

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Michael Keane Unable To Play For England U21s Against Wales After FA Register Twin Brother By Mistake

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By Chris Wright

Twin trouble: Michael (left) and Will (right) Keane

Oopsy daisy. There were a few quizzically arched eyebrows in the terraces on Wednesday evening when Manchester United youngster Michael Keane failed to turn out for the England U21s against Wales at Pride Park as expected leaving a few bemused fans wondering just what had happened to the 21-year-old defender in the hours before kick-off.

Shit Football Kits: Scotland’s Dismal New ‘Candy Stripe’ 2014 Away Kit (Photo)

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By Chris Wright

Look upon Scotland's new away kit for 2014 ye mighty, and despair...

The Look: Imagine you spent three weeks eating nothing but Refreshers and Love Hearts then contracted a chronic vomiting virus.

(Image via @ayshardzn)

Fabio Capello Left Red-Faced After Calling Up Lokomotiv Moscow Reserve Defender Into Russia Squad By Mistake

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By Chris Wright

Russia coach Fabio Capello has been forced into a bit of an embarrassing climb-down after calling the wrong player up into his national side as a result of mistaken identity.

Aiming to hand Terek Grozny defender Andrey Semenov his first international call-up for Russia's upcoming friendly against Armenia, Capello accidentally gave the nod to a 21-year-old Lokomotiv Moscow 'B' team centre-half of the same name who we shall henceforth be refering to as 'Semenov II' to avoid confusion.

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Morten Olsen Interview

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The Danish Special One!

After San Marino's Giampaolo Mazza, Denmark's Morten Olsen is the longest serving international manager in Europe in charge of the national team since July 2000. Andy Greeves speaks to the former star midfielder about his playing days, managerial ambitions and an upcoming friendly with England.

Fifa World Rankings December 2013

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Fifa's World Rankings for December 2013 were published today at FIFA HQ in Zurich, Switzerland. The Fifa World Rankings are now published on Thursday and not Wednesday as before.

Euro 2012 winners Spain are still on top of the FIFA rankings, where they have been since September 2011, followed by Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Portugal, fresh from their play-off win over Sweden, Uruguay, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and World Cup 2014 hosts Brazil.

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Snapshot: How The Switzerland National Team Would Look Without Immigrants…

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By Chris Wright

A couple of days ago Switzerland as a nation voted (by a slim majority of 50.3%) to cap immigration quotas. We're not really in a position to wade into the politics here, but it's safe to say the results of the referendum has been 'controversial' to say the least, what with it playing fast and loose with the EU's laws on freedom of movement and all.

With Switzerland Voting To Cap Immigration, Here’s How The Swiss National Team Would Look Without Immigrant Players…

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By Chris Wright

A couple of days ago Switzerland as a nation voted (by a slim majority of 50.3%) to cap immigration quotas. We're not really in a position to wade into the politics here, but it's safe to say the results of the referendum has been 'controversial' to say the least, what with it playing fast and loose with the EU's laws on freedom of movement and all.

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World Cup Magic: 1978 – Ticker-Tape & Tartan Travesty

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Although I watched the 1974 World Cup finals as an eight-year-old recently converted to football, 1978 is the earliest tournament I properly remember. And I was the only one among the football fans at our rugby-playing school who tipped hosts Argentina to win. For the second World Cup finals in succession, the Anglophile British media had to pretend to support Scotland.

200%’s World Cup Magic, Part One: Argentina vs Cameroon – 1990

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In the first of a new occasional series, Ed Carter looks fondly back at his first World Cup finals match.

It was Friday 8th June 1990. I was ten years old and I'd never seen a World Cup Finals match before.

I came to football relatively late, or at least it felt that way at the time.

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UEFA To Launch New ‘Nations League’ European Tournament In 2018, Set To Replace Most International Friendlies

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By Chris Wright

Quite what Ian Hislop has to do with any of this, we're not sure...

In a bid to replace some of the slew of pointless international friendlies that currently clutter the footballing calendar with something a little more meaningful, UEFA have hatched a plan to launch a new "League of Nations" tournament for European international sides.

England Squad For Denmark Friendly Announced – Southampton’s Luke Shaw Recieves First Call-Up

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By Chris Wright

Mucho congratulatorios to 18-year-old Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, who has played his way into Roy Hodgson's 30-man squad for England's friendly game against Denmark at Wembley next Wednesday.

Along with Rickie Lambert, Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana, Shaw's inclusion ensures Hodgson will have a quartet of Saints to pick from.

Euro 2016 Draw: England Face Swiss, Wales Get Belgium While Scots Have Tough Draw With Germany, Ireland And Poland

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By Alan Duffy

Roy Hodgson will be rather pleased with the Three Lions' grouping for the EURO 2016 qualifiers, with Switzerland arguably the only other side who can top Group E. Chris Coleman's Wales will face Blegium and Bosnia-Herzegovina in a tricky Group B while Northern Ireland will find it tough againstGreece, Hungary, Romania, Finland.

Cristiano Ronaldo Becomes ‘Grand Officer Of The Order Of Prince Henry’ For Services To Portugal, Now Has Letters After His Name (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

"What's got two thumbs, two golden balls, four letters after its name and can't stop winning sh*t?"

Cristiano Ronaldo now has a few rather more impressive letters after his name than the usual 'OMFG!' after being named a 'Grand Officer of the Order of Prince Henry' by Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva for his services to the country namely getting them to the 2014 World Cup.