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Pies’ 2017 Christmas Football Gift Guide, No.7: Official West Ham Disposable Baby Nappies

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It's that time of year again, when Pies offer you all a timely assist with the oft-perilous task of purchasing Christmas presents for that football-obsessed maniac in your life.

A tenner for a pack of 12. That's all you really need to know...

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Merry Christmas, from one overpriced plastic turd receptacle to another.

Pies’ 2017 Christmas Football Gift Guide, No.6: Official PSG Neymar Pizza Cutter Wheel

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It's that time of year again, when Pies offer you all a timely assist with the oft-perilous task of purchasing Christmas presents for that football-obsessed maniac in your life.

When you spend €200million on a player, you're not just investing in his footballing talent but his worldwide commercial value too.

Pies’ 2017 Christmas Football Gift Guide, No.5: Official Fiorentina Dishwasher Stickers

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It's that time of year again, when Pies offer you all a timely assist with the oft-perilous task of purchasing Christmas presents for that football-obsessed maniac in your life.

For the Calcioholic who has everything, why not delve into the Fiorentina club store and pick up a vinyl sticker that instantly transforms your dishwasher into a artistic silhouetted rendering of the Florence skyline?

Pies’ 2017 Christmas Football Gift Guide, No.4: The Misspelled ‘Shefield United’ Collector’s Edition Calendar

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It's that time of year again, when Pies offer you all a timely assist with the oft-perilous task of purchasing Christmas presents for that football-obsessed maniac in your life.

In this instance, we thought we'd draw your attention to a piece of seasonal memorabilia that is almost certain to become a valuable collector's edition in the future.

Pies’ 2017 Christmas Football Gift Guide, No.2: Official Rosenborg Felt Table Pads

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It's that time of year again, when Pies offer you all a timely assist with the oft-perilous task of purchasing Christmas presents for that football-obsessed maniac in your life.

How about a magnificent set of official Rosenborg BK 'bordbeskytters' or 'felt table pads' if you prefer the Anglicised vernacular.

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Pies’ Christmas Football Gift Guide, No.3: Official Lyon Toaster That ‘Cheers’ When Your Toast Pops Up (Video Evidence)

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It's that time of year again, when Pies offer you all a timely assist with the oft-perilous task of purchasing Christmas presents for that football-obsessed maniac in your life.

Now, we've seen plenty of club-themed toasters in the past, with German teams such as Hannover, Borussia Dortmund, Hertha Berlin and St.

Classic Football Adverts: Ian Wright Feels Like Chicken Tonight, Chicken Tonight, 1999 (Video)

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The late 1990s were a strange time for Ian Wright. Though he cut an increasingly peripheral figure at his beloved Arsenal, and was eventually shipped out to West Ham in 1998 to join John Hartson at the Gunners' very own elephant's graveyard, he certainly was in demand within the media.

Football Art: Excellent Retro-Flecked Illustrations Of Current Footballers Wearing Classic Kits Of Yesteryear (Photos)

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Jimmy O'Mara is a graphic designer by trade and the man behind Manchester-based design studio Entire Design.

He's recently found himself a whole flock of new fans with a line of illustrations he's created showing current-day footballers wearing classic kits because, chiefly, they're all rather brilliant.

Cameroon’s Marvellous New Home Shirt Has Big Robotic Lion On It And Comes Approved By Roger Milla (Photos & Video)

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Cameroon have a rich and storied past when it comes to frankly peerless football kits, with both sleeveless and "unitard" efforts being gleefully foisted upon us within living memory.

While altogether more conventional in terms of its basic layout, the Indomitable Lions' latest strip, revealed by Puma today, is once again a thing of vivacious beauty.

Molto Bello: Juventus To Wear Achingly Gorgeous Retro Shirt This Weekend To Celebrate 120th Anniversary (Photos)

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With a big birthday coming up, Juventus have revealed that they plan to mark turning The Big 1-2-0 by wearing a beautiful anniversary-themed shirt.

Adidas have knocked out a 'fourth strip' for the Bianconeri, that they will wear in their next Serie A match, at home against Benevento this coming Sunday.

On This Day In 2012: Arsenal Duo Giroud And Coquelin Make Minor Shirt-Based Error At ‘End’ Of League Cup Tie Against Reading (Video)

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Hard to believe we know, but it was five years ago to the very day that Olivier Giroud and Francis Coquelin entertained the nation by getting all confuzzled at the business end of Arsenal's chaotic 7-5 victory over Reading in the fourth round of the League Cup.

After somehow conspiring to go 4-0 down within the 37 minutes, Arsenal pulled a heroic comeback out of their collective derriere thanks to late goals from Laurent Koscielny and Theo Walcott in the 89th and 96th minute respectively before the final whistle thweeped at the Madejski Stadium.

Instant Karma: West Ham Fan Plummets To Floor After Attempting To Pinch Mark Noble’s Shirt From Young Supporter (Video)

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There was a little divine retribution on show shortly after West Ham's resolute 3-2 win over Tottenham in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening.

After dragging themselves back from 2-0 down and holding on for the victory, Hammers captain Mark Noble made his way over to the away section at Wembley to celebrate.

Retro Football Adverts: Joe Jordan Replenishes Missing Teeth With Quick Swig Of Heineken, 1978 (Photo)

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While you'd be hard-pushed to call Joe Jordan "beautiful" in the conventional sense, there was still a undeniable ragged, brawny charm to the toothless Scotland target man.

Indeed, Jordan lost four of his front teeth early on in his career when he had them kicked out during a reserves match at Leeds United.

Champions League: Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne Make Amusing Cock-Up While Attempting Heartfelt Shirt Tribute (Video)

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Napoli took just seven minutes to go 1-0 up against Feyenoord on Tuesday evening, giving scorer Lorenzo Insigne the chance to perform his homage to injured teammate Arkadiusz Milik.

The Polish striker is facing a minumum of four months out after undergoing major knee surgery for the second time in as many seasons.

No Frills: Football Stickers Chart The Incredible Non-Evolution Of Gareth Barry (Photos)

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On the eve of his record-breaking 633rd Premier League appearance, Pies thought it only right to salute the most consistent player in top-flight history: Hastings' finest, Mr Gareth Barry.

As evident below, nothing has changed much in the 19 years since Barry made his debut for Aston Villa back in the last century.

BundesFAIL: Hoffenheim Fan Grabs Nadiem Amiri’s Shirt, Miscalculates Height Of Advertising Board When Returning To Seat (Video)

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Hoffenheim kept up their impressive start to the Bundesliga campaign with a 3-2 away win over Mainz on Wednesday evening.

After going 2-0 to a couple of early goals, Nadiem Amiri pulled one back for1899 on the half-hour mark before a couple of injury time strikes (one in the 46th minute, one in the 92nd) saw the visitors escape with all three points in dramatic fashion.

Serie A: Young Juventus Fan Positively Disgusted To Receive Inter Milan Shirt As Birthday Gift (Video)

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As a child, there's no more poignant betrayal of trust. You love your gran dearly but she doesn't understand the complexities of club allegiance and local rivalry so she's just bought you the new Derby County shorts as part of your main birthday present ergo, you can never speak to her again.

Retro: This Complete Set Of Football Playing Cards From ’90 Minutes’ Magazine Really Is Something Special To Behold! (Photos)

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The brainchild of TalkSPORT presenter Paul Hawksbee, '90 Minutes' magazine launched in October of 1990 and managed a glorious seven-year run before folding.

While we're certain the publication featured it's fair share of memorable articles and such like, nothing that ever went to print is likely to provide a more lasting impression than the special set of football playing cards that 90 Minutes put their name to in 1993/94(ish).

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Ballon d’Or: Nike May Have Let Proverbial Cat Out Of The Bag With New Cristiano Ronaldo ‘Fifth Triumph’ Mercurial Boots (Leaked Photos)

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Depending on how much you're willing to read into it, a set of leaked images appear to show that Nike may have let the cat out of the bag regarding this year's Ballon d'Or recipient.

It would seem that Cristiano Ronaldo is set to draw level with Lionel Messi by winning his fifth award if his latest batch of custom-made Mercurial boots are anything to go by.

Top Of The Food Chain: Adidas Revive Previously Retired Predator Bloodline With The New Laceless 18+ Boot (Photos & Video)

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After putting them out to pasture a couple of years ago, Adidas have U-turned and revived their Predator marque with a brand new version of their erstwhile boot for 2018.

The Predator 18+ is a laceless affair, with the classic black, white and red colour palette of yore being tweaked to a more bronzed metallic orange.

Man Utd: Adidas Release Limited Edition ‘Class Of 92’ Trainers In Homage To Giggs, Scholes, Beckham, Neville Et Al (Photos)

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As part of their retro-flavoured range of Manchester United merchandise, Adidas have knocked out a trainer-based homage to the club's famous 'Class of 92' youth team.

As you well know, United's 1992 vintage proffered forth the likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Gary Neville and Nicky Butt, all of whom went on to make hundreds of appearances for the Red Devils.

Identikits: Nike Pump Out Series Of Formulaic ‘New’ Third Strips For Man City, Tottenham, Chelsea, Barcelona, PSG, Roma, Etc (Photos)

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Man City's exciting new third kit for 2017/18 (Photo: Nike Football)

Just in time for the Champions League group stages kicking off in earnest tonight, Nike have pumped out an entire silo of new third kits for their biggest European clients.

As we've come to expect, all the kits are nigh-on identical, with Nike either making a subversive statement about the creeping sterile homogeneity of UEFA's top club competition or just being plain lazy when it comes to knocking out this expensive guff.

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Football Art: New Official World Cup Poster For Russia 2018 Is Really Rather прекрасная (Photo)

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With just three days to go until the final group stage draw for the 2018 World Cup is made in Moscow, FIFA have unfurled the official poster that will accompany the tournament in Russia next year.

Produced by artist Igor Gurovich, the poster features legendary Russian goalkeeper Lev Yashin front and centre, clawing a giant football out of the sky in front of a delightfully geometric, Soviet-ish background.

Apparently This Is The New Nike Kit England Will Wear For Their Disappointing Second Round Exit At 2018 World Cup (Leaked Photos)

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'Tis the season of the international kit release and, while England's new strip has yet to be formally unveiled, a couple of leaked images purport to show just how the Three Lions will be togged up come the 2018 World Cup.

Because this is Nike we're talking about here, they'll be none of the individually themed retro-tinged goodness we witnessed with the recent batch of Adidas World Cup efforts.

Adidas Telstar 18: FIFA Formally Introduce Us To The Official 2018 World Cup Match Ball (Photo)

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It's official. FIFA have confirmed that the Adidas Telstar 18 is the ball to be used in Russia next summer and as such, it will join it's spherical brethren in the grand pantheon of World Cup matchballs.

Here it is, in all it's classically-hewn, white-and-black glory.

Spain: New Adidas 2018 World Cup Shirt Sparks Controversy After Fans Complain ‘Purple’ Trim Is Subtle Nod To Republican Sympathies

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With Spanish nationalism a particularly hot political patata at the moment, it seems Spain's new 2018 World Cup shirt has been dragged into the furore, if only in a very peripheral sense.

MARCA report the new Adidas shirt has sparked "some controversy" as several people have questioned whether the palette used is a subtle nod to the red, yellow and purple colours of the Second Spanish Republic.

Colombia Steal The Show As Adidas Stage Mass Unveiling Of 2018 World Cup Kits For Spain, Belgium, Japan, Argentina, Germany And Mexico (Photos)

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Speaking as folk who absolutely adored Colombia's retro-tinged 2014 World Cup offering, Pies are happy to announce that their 2018 uniform is, arguably, even more handsome.

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Would you just look at that? The alluring washed out yellow? The hints of classic trefoil on the flanks?

Adidas Telstar 18: First Purported Look At Official Russia 2018 World Cup Match Ball (Leaked Photo)

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Should you be interested, purported images of the official Adidas match ball of the 2018 World Cup in Russia have been leaked all over social media.

According to the unfalteringly reliable moles over at Footy Headlines, the 2018 ball is a retro-tinged throwback to the classic Adidas World Cup balls of the early 1970s, namely the Telstar, which was used at the 1970 and 1974 tournaments before being replaced by the Tango in 1978.

Football Ink: Diego Maradona’s Infamous ‘Hand Of God’ Immortalised In Wonderfully Creative Tattoo Form (Photo)

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While it still rankles with many an England fan (and player), Diego Maradona's nefarious dalliance with divine intervention at the 1986 World Cup has itself become deified in football folklore.

Indeed, one of the most infamous swindles in the game's entire storied history is apparently now venerated enough to warrant a tattoo tribute.

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Bundesliga: Shalke Release Special T-Shirt To Commemorate Getting A Point Against Dortmund In Recent Ruhr Derby

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It looked for all the world that Shalke were dead and buried when beloved neighbours Borussia Dortmund blitzed to a 4-0 lead inside the first 25 minutes of Saturday's instalment of the Ruhr derby.

However, Schalke received a good old fashioned rocket up the arsch at the break and, thanks to steady slew of second-half goals, Naldo's thumping header in the 94th minute ultimately saw the visitors escape with an unlikely 4-4 draw.

Bradley’s Shirt: Sunderland Launch Limited Edition Home Jersey To Raise Money For Bradley Lowery Foundation (Photo)

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As part of a special campaign in his memory, Sunderland have sought to help raise money for the Bradley Lowery Foundation by unveiling a new limited edition home kit.

As you well know, Bradley was the little Sun'lan fan who warmed the cockles of a nation, befriended Jermain Defoe and fought like a champ before finally losing his fight with terminal cancerearlier this year, aged just six years old.

Sheffield Wednesday Release Most Expensive Replica Shirt In Championship History And Only Three Months Late

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Sheffield Wednesday have finally announced that their new 2017/18 replica home shirt is to go on sale, just three months into the season.

After first revealing the 15oth anniversary strip on the first day of August, just 72 hours before the start of the Championship campaign, Wednesday faced repeated delays in the delivery of the replicas due to a series of production issues.

Turns Out Neymar Refused To Swap Shirts With Celtic Youngster Anthony Ralston For A Very Good Reason

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Neymar got himself in a bit of pickle after PSG walloped Celtic in the Champions League on Tuesday when the Brazilian super-duper-star appeared to snub a handshake request from his man-marker on the night, young defender Anthony Ralston.

The pair had gone tit for tat all match, and the perceived acrimony intensified when Neymar also refused to swap shirts with the 18-year-old, who was making only the sixth senior appearance of his professional career.

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Ebbsfleet United: Lou Bega Promises To Sign The ‘Mambo No.5’ Shirt Currently Being Auctioned For Charity

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As you may recall, Ebbsfleet United are currently in the process of auctioning off a replica shirt in the name of charity after it became the subject of a recent viral frenzy.

The National League side made headlines when it was noticed that central defender Yado Mambo hadn't been bequeathed with the squad number his surname so richly warranted: the No.

Non-League: Ebbsfleet United To Auction Limited Edition ‘Mambo No.5’ Shirt For Charity After Squad Number Oversight Proves Viral Hit

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Unlikely as it may seem, Ebbsfleet United made national headlines over the weekend after their National League fixture against Leyton Orient was televised.

The furore surrounded defender Yado Mambo and the glaring opportunity that Ebbsfleet had missed to give him the squad number his surname so richly warranted.

Football Art: Nuneaton Town Produce Ace ‘Roy Of The Rovers’ Style Programme Cover For FA Cup Match (Photo)

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The LDJ Solicitors Stadium, home of Nuneaton Town (Photo: Official_NTFC/Twitter)

Rivalling Wolves in the snazzy 'comic-book-style programme cover' stakes, Nuneaton Town have produced an absolute pearler for their upcoming FA Cup qualifying match against King's Lynn Town on Saturday.

Infused with classic 'Roy of the Rovers' goodness, the Boro have gone and knocked out this little retro beauty.

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‘Maybe It Can Be A New Model?’ – Mats Hummels Explains Why He Intentionally Cut Toe Holes In His Boots Ahead Of Dortmund Derby

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Keen-eyed viewers of Bayern Munich's derby destruction of Borussia Dortmund on Saturday evening may have noticed that Mats Hummels made a minuscule modification to his Klassiker kit.

For reasons unbeknownst at the time, the Bayern centre-half intentionally played with holes in his boots after taking to the pitch with two small incisions in the big toes of each.

German Amateur Team SV Oberwürzbach Agree Shirt Sponsorship Deal With Local Adult Movie Actress (Photos)

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Ahead of the new season, German amateur sideSV Oberwürzbach have gone out and signed themselves a new shirt sponsor, thus securing a vital stream of income.

Oberwürzbach, who play in theSaarlandliga (the sixth tier), have agreed a deal with local 'special interest' actress, Lena Nitro, who will now have her name and website address emblazoned across the front of the team's shirts.

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Modern Football Is Rubbish: Behold, The Half-And-Half Manager Scarf Is Upon Us (Photo)

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On Monday evening, Leicester City held West Brom at the King Power in a largely routine 1-1 draw.

Indeed, Nacer Chadli's swirling freekick to open the scoring proved to be one of few stand-out moments.

However, the fixture is sadly likely to be marked in the annals of football history as one of the darkest on record, for it was on Monday 16th October, 2017, in Leicester, that the world first bore witness to the managerial half-and-half scarf.

Ligue 1: Montpellier Conjure Up Novel Way Of Getting Rid Of All Their Misspelled Shirts

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Due to a rather unfortunate production error, Montpellier HSC recently found themselves with a large surplus of misspelled jerseys they were unable to shift.

A glitch in the manufacturing process meant that every Montpellier shirt produced for the 2017/18 both player issue and the replicas being sold in the club shop ended up with an 'L' being accidentally dropped from the club crest.