At last, the crown-prince of English sport, David Beckham has finally decided to call it a day on what has been an incredible career, spanning such mighty clubs as Man Utd, Real Madrid, AC Milan, LA Galaxy, PSG and, of course, Preston North End.
However, as well as possessing a mighty fine right foot, Mr.
Here we have Lyon's new third strip for next season and, as well as beingimmenselysnappy, the shirt also features glow in the dark strips because...well, because why the hell not?
The luminescent design is apparently an homage to the city of Lyon itself, known to many as "The Capital of Lights" thanks to its famous annual Light Festival (or "LaFête des Lumières" if you'd prefer).
Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Sunderland Premier League 19th May 2013
Gareth Bale produced yet another magnificent long-range strike to secure a late win for Spurs against Sunderland at White Hart Lane, but even that slice of genius wasn't enough to secure a Champions League berth next season.
It all got a bit emotional at the Parc des Princes yesterday evening when, come the 82nd minute, David Beckham's number came up and the 38-year-old veteran shuffled off the pitch one last time and away into retirement.
Paris Saint-Germain's game against Brest was temporarily halted for several minutes as a tearful Beckham thanked his teammates (most of whom had died their hair red, white and blue in tribute to their British cohort) on the way off, hugging it out with every single person on the PSG payroll before finally taking his place on the bench.
Hark 'ere at the all new Nitrocharge boots, which join the f50s, Predators and adiPures as Adidas' fourth boot line in their current range specifically designed players with "an engine": think Dani Alves, Daniele De Rossi and Javi Martinez (who are all signed up to wear the Nitrocharge as and when it rolls out).
What with his retiring at the end of the season, the Stoke lads organised a little 'going away' present for Michael Owen before yesterday's game against Tottenham coating his Merc in a rich, thick batter of eggs and flour...
According to the man himself, Dean Whitehead, Glenn Whelan and Robert Huth are the main suspects.
Sunderland 1-1 Southampton Premier League 12th May 2013
A hard-fought draw at the Stadium of Light on Sunday saw Southampton all but rubber-stamp their place in next season's Premier League while Sunderland should survive should Wigan fail to win at Arsenal on Tuesday evening.
Norwich City 4-0 West Bromwich Albion Premier League 11th May 2013
Norwich secured their Premier League status for another season after a thumping 4-0 mauling of West Brom at Carrow Road.
Robert Snodgrass opened the scoring in the first-half against a feeble West Brom side, with second-half goals from Grant Holt, after a right clanger from Ben Foster, Gareth McAuley (OG) and Jonny Howson (with a superb curling effort) earning the home side a deserved victory against a Baggies side who looked utterly jaded and bereft of a spark.
Stoke City 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 11th May 2013
Spurs kept up the pressure on Arsenal in the race for the Champions League, courtesy of a late winner from ex-Gunner Emmanuel Adebayor at the Britannia.
Steven N'Zonzi had given the Potters an early lead but a Clint Dempsey equaliser (after some dreadful defending) followed by a Charlie Adam sending off early in the second half set up an exciting finale.
Manchester City 1-0 West Bromwich Albion Premier League 7th May 2013
Last season's Premier League champs Man City were already pretty much assured of a place in next season's Champions League anyway, but against West Brom on Monday night, Roberto Mancini's men rubber-stamped their Big Cup berth.
With Brentford squeaking through to the League One play-off final with a penalty shoot-out victory over Swindon yesterday, we thought we'd mark the occasion by giving the ground that played host to The Bees' dramatic semi-final victory the "photo essay" treatment.
The following photo has been circulating over the past few hours, appearing to show Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho and this is the point where you may want to find something leathery to bite down on or ingest some particularly strong anti-depressant medication IN IKEA, POSSIBLY BUYING BOXES, TAPE AND/OR OTHER MISCELLANEOUS PACKING MATERIALS.
Manchester United 0-1 Chelsea Premier League 5th May 2013
Juan Mata may not have picked up any player of the year gongs this season, but the Spanish schemer has undoubtedly been one of the top tier's top performers this season. And at Old Trafford on Sunday, the playmaker was key to his side's vital victory.
West Bromwich Albion 2-3 Wigan Athletic Premier League 4th May 2013
He of the tricky dribbling and knee-high assaults, Callum MacManaman, proved the match-winner for Wigan on Saturday, with the wideman's late winner at the Hawthorns keeping the Latics' hopes of survival very much alive,
The Latics had twice found themselves to the Baggies, with Aruna Koné cancelling out Shane Long's first-half strike and then James McArthur leveling the scores again for Roberto Martinez's men after Gareth McAuley had put the Baggies ahead again on 50 minutes.
Before the Europa League was the UEFA Cup, and before that came the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup so called as the competition was originally designed to promote trades fairs across the continent and, as such, was solely contested by teams from European cities which hosted trade fairs.
PSG fans gathered en masse to help their boys celebrate the club's first Ligue 1 title since 1994 in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower on the Trocadero which, according to L'Euipe, ended in over 30 injuries, 21 arrests and many, many Euros' worth of damage being caused as the celebrations descended into riots as the evening wore on.
Get your 'Chelsea Mugs of the Roman Empire' commemorative mug [101GG] Ever wanted to play 'Where's Wally?' with a slightly disturbing Phil Thompson twist? Here's your chance [Lurking Thommo] Great photos of the first FA Cup final, which took place between Bolton and West Ham 90 years ago [Dirty Tackle] Legendary Liverpool ball-crusher Phil [.
That's the only reason we can think of that would make sense of The Sun's bizarre dodgy Photoshop work this morning. There must be no photos of the three of them together for this to be the best option. The story to accompany this fine digital trickery is that David Moyes plans to raid Everton [...]
You no doubt heard that Reginald D Hunter a professional comedian whose last five Edinburgh festival shows have all had the word 'nigger' in the title caused "outrage" at the PFA awards gala on Sunday night when a room full of middle-class white peopleharrumphedin unison when he used the 'N' word in his set a few times.