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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.

‘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.

Europa League Snapshot: All Six Of Zorya Luhansk’s Travelling Fans Enjoy Shock 0-1 Win Over Athletic Bilbao…

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Kudos are most definitely due to the small but hardy band of Zorya Luhansk supporters that made the 8,300-kilometre round trip to watch the Ukrainian side take on Athletic Bilbao on Thursday evening.

There may have only been six of them, but by 'eck did they enjoy themselves, watching on with glee as their team rustled a surprise 0-1 win at the new San Mames.


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.

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.

Just The Five Red Cards As Istanbul Derby Between Fenerbahce And Besiktas Descends Into Pandemonium (Photos & Video)

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The first Bosphorus derby of the Turkish Super Lig season was exactly as rowdy as you'd expect with Fenerbache beating Besiktas 2-1 amid a wild flurry of disciplinary lapses.

By the final whistle, five players had been sent off by referee Ali Palabiyik, who was under siege from the off.

Arsenal: Sead Kolisinac Goads Cologne Fans By Unveiling Schalke Shirt After Scoring Equaliser At Emirates (Photos & Video)

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After going 1-0 down to a Jhon Cordoba screamer with just nine minutes of the clock, it took Arsenal until the second half to restore parity with Cologne on what proved to be a tumultuous start to their Europa League campaign.

The goal came from Sead Kolasinac, who entered the fray as half-time substitute and took roughly three minutes to clang home an absolute gem of an equaliser on the volley from a tight-ish angle.

Gruesome: Image Of Ederson’s Facial Wound Hits Social Media After Man City Keeper Laid Out By Sadio Mane (Photo)

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As you may recall, Man City goalkeeper Ederson didn't make it to half-time of Saturday's 5-0 drilling of Liverpool after being poleaxed by a rogue high boot from Sadio Mane.

Mane, who received a straight red card from referee Jon Moss, was quick to apologisefor the challenge that left Ederson requiring medical attention for the lacerations on his face.


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.

Reports: Man City Striker Sergio Aguero ‘Suffers Fractured Rib’ In Amsterdam Car Crash

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Sergio Aguero was involved in a car crash in Amsterdam on Thursday night that has reportedly left the Man City striker nursing a fractured rib.

The Argentinian was in the city on his day off, attending a concert as a special guest of Colombian pop star Maluma.


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.

‘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.

Official: Kieran Gibbs Joins West Brom On Permanent Deal After 13 Years At Arsenal (Photo)

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After Watford pulled out yesterday, West Brom have swooped in and wrapped up a deal to sign Kieran Gibbs from Arsenal.

The initial fee is reported to be £5million, rising to a potential £7million in add-ons, et cetera.

Gibbs, 27, has signed a four-year contract and will wear the No.


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.

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.


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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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.

Modern Football Is Rubbish: Barcelona Wear ‘Courage’ T-Shirts In Tribute To Ousmane Dembele, Who Has A Hamstring Injury…

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Barcelona dismantled Eibar in La Liga on Tuesday night, sauntering to a formulaic 6-1 victory at the Camp Nou in a performance that was no doubt spurred on by the recent loss of teammate Ousmane Dembele.

Indeed, the Barca team assembled before kick-off wearing "Courage Dembele" t-shirts in honour of their fallen comrade.

Kits & fashion

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.

Non-League Snapshot Of The Day: Referee Rejects Concerns Over Potential Kit Clash In FA Cup Qualifier…

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Horsham FC welcomed Ashford United to their Culver Road ground on Saturday afternoon for an FA Cup first-round qualifying tie.

Unsurprising for a team nicknamed The Hornets, Horsham turned out in their usual delectable yellow and black home kit.

Horsham v Ashford United yesterday.

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.


Grudge Match: AFC Wimbledon Once Again Refuse To Acknowledge MK Dons’ Existence As Two Clubs Meet In League One (Photos)

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AFC Wimbledon played host to MK Dons in League One on Friday evening and the whole occasion was about as bitter and trenchant as you might expect.

The two splinter clubs met for the very first time earlier this year, when AFC laid on an acrimonious "welcome" for their visitors at Kingsmeadow byrefusing to acknowledge the 'Dons' part of Milton Keynes' club moniker, while also refusing chairman Peter Winkelman and his fellow executives access to the corporate section of the ground.

Liga MX: The View From Upper Tier Of Monterrey’s Bancomer Stadium Is Quite Breathtaking (Photo)

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Opened in 2015, Monterrey's BBVA Bancomer Stadium has already earned the nickname 'ElGigante de Acero' (The Steel Giant) among fans and it's not hard to see why.

The 52,000-seater arena squats on a green plateau outside the city of Guadelupe and features a gleaming undulating design, but that's nothing compared to the spectacular view from the upper tiers.

The Rest

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.

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.

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.

Ex-Stoke Striker Ricardo Fuller Makes Most ‘Sunday League’ Of All Sunday League Debuts For Local Team (Photo)

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He was playing Championship football just two years ago, but over the weekend ex-Stoke and Blackpool striker Ricardo Fuller made his debut for his local Sunday League team.

The 37-year-old, who looks in better nick now than he ever did as a player, turned out for Grange Park Rangers in the Potteries and District Sunday League second division.

Mistaken Identity: Liverpool Stalwart Jamie Carragher Fooled By Old Photo Of Himself Posing Alongside ‘Trent Alexander-Arnold’ In 2009

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Trent Alexander-Arnold's star is on the rise at the moment, especially in the wake of the teenage full-back's superb freekick goal against Hoffenheim earlier in the week.

Ex-Liverpool stalwart Jamie Carragher heralded his young successor's efforts directly after the match, sharing on social media what he thought was a photo of the pair together back in 2009, when Alexander-Arnold was a mere 10-year-old slip of a lad.