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Fun, Frolics, And Club Presidents Leaping Into Fountains: Amazing Reaction To Roma’s Wondrous Champions League Win Over Barcelona (Photo & Video)

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One thing's for sure, there are going to be several thousand thick heads in the Italian capital city this morning following Roma's truly formidable fightback against Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.

The Giallorossi were faced with a 4-1 first-leg deficit to overcome at the Stadio Olimpico and, thanks to goals from Edin Dzeko, Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas, that's exactly what they did eventually sending Barca packing on away goals.

The Man Who Saw Too Much: Lionel Messi Simply Gets Up And Walks Out After Watching Spain Score Sixth Goal Against Argentina (Video)

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Spain made mincemeat of Argentina in a friendly at Atletico Madrid's Metropolitano gaff on Tuesday night, with Isco in particular shining in a shock 6-1 demolition job.

Diego Costa opened the floodgates in the 12th minute with the home side surgically unpicking their hosts and running up a massive winning margin in the process.

Usain Bolt Goes On ‘Trial’ With Borussia Dortmund, Trains With First Team At Brackel (Photos & Video)

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As you're probably already well aware, Usain Bolt is undergoing a trial at Borussia Dortmund today which, we can only assume, will lead to the retired sprinter making his Bundesliga debut at some point in the near future.

After a private session on Thursday, over 1,400 fans turned up at Dortmund's Brackel training ground to watch the PUMA athlete take part in his maiden public training session with the club, who coincidentally are themselves heavily sponsored by PUMA, on Friday morning.

Modern Football Is Rubbish: Burger King Ensure River Plate Goalkeeper Quite Literally Crowned ‘Man Of The Match’ Against Boca Juniors (Photo)

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River Plate goalkeeper Franco Armani earned his plaudits with a rock-solid performance in Wednesday night's derby victory over Boca Juniors in the Argentinian Super Copa.

Indeed, Armani and his defence kept all at bay for the entirety of the game as River ran out 2-0 winners on neutral turf in Mendoza.

‘Totally Out Of Order’ – Jamie Carragher Apologises After Being Filmed Spitting At Man Utd Fans On Motorway

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Jamie Carragher has apologised after being filmed spitting at a car on the motorwayafter Liverpool's 2-1 defeat at Manchester United on Saturday.

In the footage, Carragher can be seen getting wound-up by the driver of the other car, who repeatedly mentions the scoreline of the aforementioned match.

North London Derby: Harry Kane Goal Decisive As Tottenham Quash Flaccid Arsenal At Wembley (Photos & Video)

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A single headed goal from Harry Kane was enough to edge Tottenham the win over rivals Arsenal in Saturday's North London Derby.

The first half was an exercise in defensive austerity, with both teams holding each other at bay for the most part.

However, that man Kane broke the deadlockless than five minutes after the restart, soaring above Laurent Koscielny to send Ben Davies' deep cross back across Petr Cech.

Fortaleza: Colombian Second Division Side Unveil New Kit Plastered In Giant Emojis (Photo & Video)

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Colombian second-tier side Fortaleza CEIF have knocked out three new kits that are plastered in giant emojis.

Before you go tutting about the world going to the dogs, we should mention that the kit has been designed as a nod to all the local children who support and play for Fortaleza, with the emoji motif supposed to "communicate in their language" and "bring them closer to the team" because, and we quote, "soccer is supposed to be fun".

P*ss Take: Disgusting Middlesbrough Fan Arrested And Charged After Urinating In QPR Goalkeeper’s Water Bottle

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The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that a Middlesbrough fan has been arrested and charged after urinating in the water bottle belonging to QPR goalkeeper Alex Smithies.

A video clip of the fan, stood in the stands directly behind Smithies' goal at Loftus Road, shows him appear to take a leak into the bottle before chucking it back onto the pitch.

Barcelona: Philippe Coutinho Officially Unveiled At The Camp Nou (Photos & Video)

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Having touched down the day before, Philippe Coutinho was officially presented to the world as a Barcelona player on Monday afternoon.

The Brazilian was shown off to the thronging masses at the Camp Nou after sealing a British-record £142million transfer to the Catalan club over the weekend.

Pitta Patter: Lukas Podolski Opens New Doner Kebab Restaurant In Hometown Of Cologne (Photo & Video)

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Lukas Podolski has opened yet another business venture in his hometown of Cologne to go alongside the clothing store and the ice-cream parlour he already has in his portfolio.

Podolski's latest endeavour is a humble kebab shop, Mangal Kebab, which opened in the Chlodwigplatz district over the weekend.

League Two: Players Ushered From Pitch As Low-Flying Drone Causes Yeovil-Crawley Match To Be Suspended For 11 Minutes (Photo & Video)

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Fans in attendance at Yeovil Towns' New Year's Day fixture against Crawley were rendered temporarily befuddled when play was stopped mid-match with no explanation from the officials.

Indeed, the League Two fixture was interrupted for over 10 minutes when a UFO was spotted hovering in the inky gloom above Huish Park.

15-Year-Old Goalie Named ‘Man Of The Match’ As Merthyr Town Get Thrashed 13-1 At Chesham United And Still Leave Pitch To Standing Ovation (Photos & Video)

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It's not every day you see a team get trounced by double figures and still leave the pitch to a rousing ovation, but that's exactly the fate that befell beleaguered Merthyr Town in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier League on Saturday evening.

Just days before making the 340-mile round trip to face Chesham United, Merthyr lost over three-quarters of their senior squad as the penniless Welsh side were forced to slash their operating budget with immediate effect.

‘Everybody Round Mine For A Parmo’ – Middlesbrough Unveil Wonderful Mural Tribute To Dearly Departed Commentator Ali Brownlee (Photos & Video)

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Middlesbrough have officially unveiled a lovely tribute to Ali Brownlee, the much-loved BBC Tees commentator and Boro TV stalwart who sadly passed away in February last year.

Brownlee was the voice of Boro's highs and lows for three decades, with his impassioned, ecstatic, sometimes delirious delivery earning him bona fide cult hero status.

Ligue 1

‘Happy Birthday To Me’ – Hatem Ben Arfa Celebrates Going One Calendar Year Without Playing A Single Competitive Game For PSG (Photo)

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Having found himself slung upon the attacking midfielder stockpile, Hatem Ben Arfalast turned out for Paris Saint Germain over a year ago in a Coupe de France match against third-tier Avranches on 5th April, 2017.

So, to mark the anniversary of his last appearance, the forgotten winger threw himself a sarcastic little celebration which he documented on Instagram.

Outrageous: Didier Drogba’s Teenage Son Isaac Joins Guingamp, 16 Years After His Dad Signed For The Club (Photo)

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In an attempt to make everybody feel instantly ancient, Ligue 1 club Guingamp have announced the signing of Isaac Drogba, the teenage son of Didier Drogba.

After spending several years playing in the Chelsea academy, 17-year-old Isaac has signed his first professional papers with Guingamp, some 16 years after his father made the move to the Stade de Roudourou.

‘We Have Informed Him Of His Layoff’ – Marseille Terminate Patrice Evra’s Contract For Kicking Out At Fan Before Europa League Tie

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Marseille have terminated Patrice Evra's contract with immediate effect after the veteran left-back clashed with fans before Thursday night's Europa League game against Vitoria Guimaeres.

After being taunted from the terraces during the warm-up, Evra eventually confronted the fan and aimed a kick at his head, promptly becoming the first player in Europa League history to be sent-off before the start of a game.

International football

Argentina: Lionel Messi Pays Surprise Visit To Man City Academy Under-7 And Under-8 Teams (Photos)

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With Argentina in town to play Italy in a friendly at the Etihad on Friday night, Lionel Messi took time out from his pre-match preparations to make a group of young kids' day.

After training at the Etihad Campus, Sergio Aguero escorted Messi to the indoor facility, where the five-time Ballon d'Or winner met and posed for photos with City's Under-7 and Under-8 academy teams.

Pistol Packin’ President: PAOK Owner Ivan Savvidis Invades Pitch Armed With Gun To Protest 89th-Minute Disallowed Goal (Photos)

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The Greek Superleague clash between PAOK and AEK Athens had to be abandoned with mere minutes left on the clock when PAOK's club president came striding onto the pitch with a gun.

After watching his side have an 89th-minute goal disallowed, an irate Ivan Savvidis invaded the pitch with a pistol tucked into a hip holster.

‘Worst Wannabe Coach Ever’ – Dimitar Berbatov Posts Scathing Critique Of David James’ Tactical Nous After Kerala Blasters Have ISL Season Ended By Bengaluru (Photo)

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Despite having Wes Brown pulling the strings, Kerala Blasters had their season ended prematurely this weekend when defeat against Bengaluru saw them fall short of the Indian Super League play-offs.

The Blasters didn't have their marquee player, Dimitar Berbatov, on the pitch due to injury, but that didn't stop the Bulgarian striker from going all in on the team's coach, David James (yes, that David James) in the aftermath of the disappointing result.

Goldbullen: Andreas Granqvist Named Swedish Player Of The Year As Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 10-Year Reign Comes To An End (Photos)

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For the first time in 10 years, somebody other than Zlatan Ibrahimovic was crowned Swedish Player of the Year at the Goldbullen gala in Stockholm on Monday evening.

Indeed, the 2017 Goldbullen was presented to Andreas Granqvist, the grizzled Krasnodar centre-back who captained Sweden to the World Cup finals, a campaign that culminated in that outstanding win over Italy in the play-offs.

Kits & fashion

Liverpool Defender Andrew Robertson Writes Letter To Personally Thank Young Fan For Donating Pocket Money To Anfield Foodbank (Photo)

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Liverpool's Andrew Robertson has written a letter to personally thank a young fan for an exemplary act of charitable generosity.

Robertson stumbled across the gesture made by seven-year-old Reds supporter Alfie Radford on Twitter, and got in contact.

Thanks to @andrewrobertso5 for my lads letter and gift

Bigger story here is please everybody get behind @SFoodbanks #LFC pic.

Serie A: Napoli Wear Special Marek Hamsik Badge On Shirts In Homage To New All-Time Record Goalscorer (Photos & Video)

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Having officiallybested the record last weekend, Marek Hamsik rattled in the only goal of the game against Crotone on Friday evening to move further beyond Diego Maradona as Napoli's all-time top goalscorer.

Hamsik surpassed Maradona's long-standing tally by prodding home the winner in Napoli's 3-2 victory over Sampdoria last Saturday.

Arsenal

Dissent Into Madness: Hemel Hempstead Striker Sanchez Watt Sent Off (Then Immediately ‘Un-Sent Off’) After Confusing Surname Causes Hilarious Referee Mix-Up

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Former Arsenal player Sanchez Watt found himself involved in a slapstick refereeing gaffe when his Hemel Hempstead team hosted East Thurrock in the National League South on Tuesday evening.

The referee initially booked Watt for kicking the ball away, though pandemonium duly ensued when the official attempted to ask the forward for his name.

The Super Computer Hath Spoken: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Will Make Arsenal 2% Better

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Arsenal have parted with a £55million chunk of lucre in exchange for the services of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, a man who scored 98 goals in 144 Bundesliga appearances for Borussia Dortmund.

The Gunners will no doubt be enthused to learn that, in paying the big moneyfor world football's best available goal-poacher, they have not only strengthened their tilt on Carabao Cup glory this season, but also mathematically improved their team by a clear margin.

Official: Arsenal Sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang From Borussia Dortmund In £60m Deal (Photo)

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Arsenal have signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund in a club record deal reportedly worth £55million (plus £5million in add-ons).

Obviously not perturbed by what he witnessed at Swansea last night, the Gabonese striker has signed a long-term contract with the Gunners after passing a routine medical this morning.

Dortmund: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Plays 5-A-Side With Mates After Being Dropped For Hertha Berlin Clash (Photo)

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A few days ago, Borussia Dortmund confirmed that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would take no part in Friday night's trip to Hertha Berlin after a 'lack of focus' saw the striker removed from the first-team squad.

Aubameyang is currently in negotiations over a move to Arsenal and, as such, Dortmund thought it best he remain at home and train with the reserves to prevent any further disruption.

Nottingham Forest: Eric Lichaj Gets Dog After Scoring Twice Against Arsenal, Names It ‘Gunner’ Just To Rub It In (Photo)

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As you may be aware, Eric Lichaj was on a promise going into Nottingham Forest's FA Cup third round tie at the weekend.

Having spent months pestering his wifeKathryn, she finally caved in and agreed that, should the American right-back score an unlikely hat-trick against Arsenal, she'd allow him to get a dog.

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Europa League: Celtic Produce Excellent Comic Book-Inspired Programme For Zenit St Petersburg Match (Photo)

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Celtic have produced an absolute belter of a programme cover for this Thursday's Europa League last-32 clash against Zenit St Petersburg.

Inspired by classic comic books of yore, the cover depicts Scott Brown and a Zenit player we assume to beAleksandr Kokorin sprinting through their respective city streets toward a common goal: Europa League glory.

Retro Football: 13-Year-Old Marco Van Basten’s Youth Player Registration Card At UVV Utrecht, 1977 (Photo)

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The photo you see above dates from 1983/84 and shows a 19-year-old Marco van Basten of Ajax taking on Johan Cruyff, 37, of Feyenoord during the latter's final season as a professional footballer.

It is the earliest photo of Van Basten included in the Getty Images archive, but we just so happened to have stumbled across an official document that includes that features an even younger image of the striker who would ultimately go on to become a three-time Ballon d'Or winner.

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Ex-Chelsea Midfielder Michael Essien Recipient Of Harrowing Statue Tribute In Ghana (Photo)

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It's been a long time coming, but Michael Essien has finally taken his rightful place among the Hall of Misshapen, Partially-Melted Heroes the elite strata of footballers who have had dreadful statues forged in their honour.

A life-size tribute to the former Chelsea midfielder has been unveiled inKumasi, Ghana's second city, and by the looks of things, the artist responsible did so without having the first clue what a 'Michael Essien' actually is or does.

Three (3) Sunderland Fans Make Trip To Grimsby As Checkatrade Trophy Endures Appalling Attendances Once Again (Photo)

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Grimsby were eventually toppled by Sunderland Under-21s (Photo: @officialgtfc/Twitter)

The Checkatrade Trophy continues to lurch from strength to strength, with this week's first round fixtures attracting miserly numbers in terms of derrieres on seats.

With all prestige being systematically siphoned from the competition by the EFL, Charlton drew the biggest crowd of the round on Tuesday when 1,307 fans turned out to watch their 0-1 defeat against Portsmouth.

Boca Juniors Fan Attempts To Sneak Into Bombonera Stadium Through Small Hole In Perimeter Wall, Gets Stuck (Photo)

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Flying high at the top of the Argentinian Superliga, Boca Juniors sauntered to a 4-0 drubbing of Belgrano on Sunday evening in front of a packed house at the Bombonera stadium.

Alas, there was at least one staunch Boca supporter who didn't manage to witness the victory, largely because he tried to sneak into the ground through a small gap in the perimeter wall and quickly became lodged there.

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.

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‘We Missed That Smile!’ – Atletico Madrid Finally Welcome Diego Costa Back Unto Their Freshly-Unembargoed Bosom (Photo)

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After lying dormant for the past three months, Diego Costa is finally free to start gnawing on defender's shins again in a professional capacity.

The Sprazilian striker left Chelsea in a huff back in September and returned to his spiritual home, yomping around under Diego Simeone's cutthroat tutelage at Atletico Madrid.

Official: Swansea City Appoint Freshly-Sacked Sheffield Wednesday Boss Carlos Carvahal As New Manager (Photo)

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Straight out of the far end of the left field, Premier League rest-of-table-propper-uppers Swansea City have entrusted Carlos Carvahal with the responsibility of delivering them from relegation this season.

Those not instantly familiar with the name might twig when we tell you Carvahal was the coach recently sacked by Sheffield Wednesday after last weekend's1-0 victory over Middlesbrough.

South America

Chapecoense ‘Keeper Jackson Follmann Takes Part In First Training Session Since Losing Leg In Devastating Plane Crash (Photo)

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Jackson Follman was one of just six survivors of the devastating air crash that claimed the lives of 71 people when a plane flying the Chapecoense first team into Medellin airport went down in the rural hills outside the Colombian city.

The Brazilian club was near-decimated, but immediately came fighting back from the brink, fulfilling (and winning) aCopa Libertadores fixture just three months later with two of the survivors defender Neto and winger Alan Ruschel – named in the match-day squad.

Chile: One Solitary Die-Hard Puerto Montt Fan Makes 3,000km Round Trip To Watch Side Play Against Coquimbo (Photo)

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CD Puerto Montt tussled their way to an impressive 2-1 away win over Coquimbo Unido in the Chilean second tier on Sunday, no doubt roared on by their travelling support.

We are, of course, talking specifically about the one and only hardy Puerto Montt ultra who made the gargantuan 3,000km round-trip to watch the match at Coquimbo's Estadio Bicentenario all on his lonesome.

The Rest

Snapshot: Watford Advertising Board Catches Fire After Being Exposed To West Brom’s Incendiary Football…

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As if a metaphor for West Brom's season, one of the electronic advertising hoardings caught fire during the Baggies' trip to Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon.

After being exposed to the dire football being played by Alan Pardew's team for an hour or so, the hoarding simply decided to take the easy way out and self-combust.

Forest Green Rovers: Awkward Early Bath As Father And Son Both Get Sent Off During Same Match (Photos)

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Forest Green Rovers kicked off 2018 by slumping to a 2-1 home defeat against Wycombe Wanderers on New Year's Day.

League Two's bottom side struggled to match their high-flying opponents, and things took a turn for the impossible thanks to a unique double-sending-off five minutes before half-time.

Youssoufa Moukoko: Borussia Dortmund Move To Deny Rumours That 12-Year-Old Prodigy Is Actually A Middle-Aged Bloke

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Borussia Dortmund have moved to deny swirling tittle-tattle about one of their most highly-prized academy prospects, Youssoufa Moukoko, is the teenage whizkid he purports to be and not, in fact, a middle-aged man who conned his way into the club's youth system.

Moukoko was born on 20th November, 2004, making him 12-years-old.