This coming Sunday sees the first North London derby of this Premier League season and so, to fuel the build-up, Pies will be running a piece on great derby moments (from a distinctly Tottenham-specific perspective, such is Martin's prerogative!) every day this week, together with some choice trivia and facts.
Tottenham Hotspur pulled off an inspirational win this weekend, coming from two goals down to send Southampton home scratching their heads. The win keeps them in fourth, which is quite an achievement when one considers the club's goal difference. But don't let the table fool you; Spurs are in turmoil and not just with regards to management.
Andre Villas Boas says it is time to move on from Gareth Bale and start expecting to see brilliance from Christian Eriksen instead. The Tottenham manager made it clear that he sees Eriksen as someone who can develop into a player who is equally important to the club as the recently departed Welshman.
Spurs left-back Benoit Assou Ekotto is well known for having absolutely no interest in football except for the 90 minutes he's playing. He has emphasised that point even further by revealing that he has never heard of his new Â£17m team-mate, Brazil international Paulinho. The boy from Brazil shouldn't feel too hard done by though: [.
Last Julyhe was busy winning World Cups with his outstretched little leggy-poos, but skip forward 12months and Mario Gotze has been voted as one of the Bundesliga's biggest flops of the season by a jury of his peers.
"It was the best goal of my career" said Hakan Ã‡alhanoÄŸlu after his 40 yard free kick made a fool of Borussia Dortmund's goalkeeper, Roman Weidenfeller and sealed a 3-0 win that even a week ago would have seemed fanciful.
Ã‡alhanoÄŸlu is only 20 years old so he has many years to try to score a better goal.
This week's Top 5 Bundesliga goals feature the likes of Bayern Munich, Hamburg, and more. Bayern Munich had to fight back from a goal down to secure all three points and two of their goals made it into the top five. Newly promoted Hertha Berlin make the list with an excellent header flicked on by Adrian Ramos.
The Bundesliga is in full flow and the league is really starting to shape up after 8 weeks of action. Usual suspects Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are at the top of the table in first and second respectively, with Leverkusen level on points with Dortmund and in third simply because of goal differential.
Hamburg have unveiled their away shirt for the 2013-14 season.
Designed by adidas, the beautifully designed navy blue shirt with sky blue trim is a clean looking design that features the classic iconic Hamburger SV club crest. While I'd prefer to see Rafael van der Vaart wearing a Premier League club jersey, the Dutch attacking midfielder seems at home in his Hamburg away shirt.
Back in February, Robb Heineman made a trip to Europe to visit both Frankfurt and Milan. The big news out of that had been the chase for Hamburg midfielder Rafael van der Vaart and attempting to get him to come to KC. While that target appears that it has fallen through and won't happen, a lesser known name that came up at the same time has reemerged as a target for Sporting KC.
Over the past two days, a pair of conflicting stories have come out regarding Sporting KC and their potential new designated player, Rafael van der Vaart. The Dutch international has been linked with a summer move to Kansas City once his contract expires with German club Hamburg.
Yesterday, KC Star beat writer, Sam McDowell provided an update on the situation saying that Peter Vermes and SKC were still in contact with van der Vaart, but that the two had no movement in regards to a new contract.
Germany media has really picked up on the Rafael van der Vaart to Sporting KC rumors. After Robb Heineman and Mike Illig were at Saturday's Bundesliga match between Frankfurt and van der Vaart's Hamburg, the rumors really picked up with German site Bild jumping all over it.
Now the German tabloid is reporting the price tag that Kansas City is offering the Dutch international.
L'estartit Another prime time showdown against one of the top youth academies in world football.
The Netherlands have produced countless world class players with Ajax being the conveyer belt. Johan Cruyff, Edwin van der Sar, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Kluivert, Marco Van Basten, Rafael van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder, and Nigel de Jong to name a few.
As the European leagues slowly return after a summer break, so will big matchups among national teams from the Old Continent. And a much-anticipated battle will be between FIFA's fifth and seventh place teams. Portugal and the Netherlands will clash today at 3:25 pm ET in Faro at the EstÃ¡dio Do Algarve.
This week in Offbeat Wednesday (your weekly gossip special!), Ronaldo and Irina hit up the Bernabeu, The Rooney boys pose with Father Christmas, Sylvie van der Vaart admits to infidelity, Xabi Alonso welcomes a new child and Sara Carbonero's baby bump takes over the social network!
Sepp Blatter's best friend, Cristiano Ronaldo, was spotted at the Bernabeu VIP stands over this weekend with girlfriend, Irina Shayk.
In this week's installment of Fab Footy Gossip, Chelsea's Ashley Cole gets told off by an American bartender for under-tipping, Sara Carbonero embraces her pregnancy, Sylvie van der Vaart enjoys the summer, Ronaldo fuels rumours that his girlfriend is pregnant and Milan Pique makes another adorable appearance.
This week, Rafael van der Vaart moves in with his ex-wife's former best friend (for obvious reasons), Messi is caught red handed with a Vegas stripper (!), Iker Casillas and Sara's baby gender is confirmed and Neymar is swarmed by a group of girls at the Barcelona airport.
Love him or hate him, boys, there's no denying that you'd love to spend a day in his shoes.
What ho, and welcome to 2013/14. With our season now literally minutes away this seems as appropriate a juncture as any to push away the second helping of kippers, retire to the favoured reading chair, stuff a pipe and consider the (by no means exhaustive) AANP Towers Eight-Points Wishlist for the new season.
A rummy thing, football. Up diddly up, down diddly down, whoops poop twiddly dee, to quote one particularly sagacious soul â€“ after which Man Utd win the whole dashed thing and our lot get edged out by that other lot. And that, it appears, is how football works. But when 38 games end with us essentially taking pride of place at the head of a 16-strong cohort of no-man's-land stragglers, I am rather inclined to think â€˜Dash it all, what's the point?
That's what they're calling the otherwise yet-unnamed goal that Fabian Johnson helped to create with Firmino to put Hoffenheim ahead of Hamburg in the fifth minute. Rafael Van der Vaart equalized just before halftime but Hoffenheim has added two more since to make it 3-1. Clip to come ... - Jacob Klinger
Catching up on some news from the past day or so that I've brought up on Twitter, but I'll mention further here.
RVDV Deal Unlikely
Sports Illustrated writer Grant Wahl was present at Yankee Stadium on Saturday night for Sporting KC's game against New York City FC. Around half time, Wahl provided an update on the rumored move by KC to acquire Rafael van der Vaart, who has been told he won't be offered a new contract at Hamburg.
One thing this offseason that I've avoided much talk about at least on here is the negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement. The main reason I have has mainly had to do with the fact that it really isn't my area of expertise. I've never been part of a union, nor have I ever been part of labor negotiations so I don't feel comfortable being the one to talk about it much.
Wir stehen auf fÃ¼r eine Welt ohne Rassismus! Laut gegen Nazis, Interkutureller Rat, Make A Noise und Bundesliga-Stiftung prÃ¤sentieren den Aktionsspot fÃ¼r die Internationale Wochen gegen Rassismus. Es heiÃŸt jetzt wieder ein Zeichen setzen und das geht besten, wenn alle an einem Strang ziehen.
Rafael van der Vaart, Mittelfeldspieler des Hamburger SV, hat nach der "Aussprache" zwischen Fans und Mannschaft, bei der es zu Rangeleien, Angriffen und BeschÃ¤digungen einiger Autos der Spieler gekommen ist, Angst vor den eigenen Fans.
There is a report in CaughtOffside that Newcastle are interested in 30 year-old Dutch International play-maker Rafael van der Vaart, but there's noway Newcastle will be bringing in a 30 year-old well as long as Newcastle are owned by Mike Ashley. Rafael van der Vaart - turns 31 next week With Newcastle having failed [.