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XI Delicious Photos Of Footballers Enjoying A Nice Bit Of Chocolate

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If only all football/chocolate tie-inwere so cool, eh?

In what is perhaps the most tenuous tie-in we've ever attempted here on Pies, here's XIphotos of football's great and good getting stuck into various chocolatey treats.

After all, what better way to mark 'International Chocolate Day' than revisiting that time Jerzy Dudek painted an Easter egg?

TOP FIVE: Reasons Why Wayne Rooney Has Never Won the FA Cup

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Wayne Rooney has never won the FA Cup. It is one of those quirks of fate which leads to a shake of the head and a tut and a general sense of "funny old world."

But who is to blame for this trick of destiny? Which individual or body of individuals have denied Wayne his rightful opportunity to put the top bit of the cup on his head and prance about the place?

Arsenal

Expert Opinion: Garth Crooks Backs Liverpool For Relegation Solely Due To Alberto Moreno’s Horror Show Against Arsenal

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While the odds are most definitely against itafter a stirring win over Arsenal on the opening weekend, Garth Crooks has dribbled a drop of virgin's blood into the concoction bubbling away in his soothsayer's cauldron and used his sight beyond sight to predictthat Liverpool will be relegated from the Premier League this season.

Video: Man Utd legend Rio Ferdinand says Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny is best defender in the league

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.@rioferdy5 believes @Arsenal's @6_LKOSCIELNY is "the best defender in the @premierleague" when he's on form. https://t.co/eRZYeZiISs...

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Manchester United

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for uMAXit about why opinions on Mourinho have changed.

The Guardian reports on Michael Carrick being offered a new deal.

The Independent reckons Blind and Mata don't have a future at United.

The Telegraph reports on the role Rio Ferdinand will be offered by Mourinho.

Rio: Typical of City fans to talk about United

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Ahead of Manchester City's Champions League game against PSG, Mike Sumerbee was interviewed by BT Sport and claimed that all of England would be supporting them tonight, even United fans.

"Typical Man City fan, that, bringing Manchester United in to it," Rio Ferdinand said in the studio. The expression on his face said it all when Gary Lineker questioned whether he would be supporting City tonight.

Lingard: Rio has always looked out for me and we still speak now

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During Manchester United's 1-0 win over Manchester City, Jesse Lingard had a good game playing in a more central role.

On Twitter, Rio Ferdinand was full of praise for his former team mate, saying: "Lingard... [is a] proper footballer. Does what most kids these days don't appreciate intelligent movement off the ball.

Rio: Fergie told us to trample all over Arsenal… so we did

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In an exclusive interview with Squawka, Rio Ferdinand has reflected on how Manchester United so often had the upper hand when we played Arsenal.

[Sir Alex] was really good. It's like when we used to play Arsenal and he made us really understand that physically they wouldn't be able to deal with us.

‘He Used To Live Next Door To Me!’ – Rio Ferdinand Taken Aback By Cristiano Ronaldo’s Claims The Pair Were Never Close At Manchester United

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Rio Ferdinand was visibly taken aback while punditing on BT Sport last night when faced with Cristiano Ronaldo's claims that the pair were never that close during their time together at Manchester United.

Ronaldo made the assertion during a pre-Champions Leaguepress conference,which he later marchedout of in a bit of a huff.

Tweet: Rio Ferdinand bemoans Man Utd selling Danny Welbeck to Arsenal

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Welbeck........i aint even going to start.....happy for Welbz but how @manutd let him go

Nemanja Vidic has announced his retirement

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Former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic announced his retirement from football on Friday at the age of 34. Vidic won five Premier League titles and the 2007-08 Champions League in an eight-year spell at Old Trafford, but conceded injuries had forced him to call time on his career.

Nemanja Vidic has announced his retirement

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Former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic announced his retirement from football on Friday at the age of 34. Vidic won five Premier League titles and the 2007-08 Champions League in an eight-year spell at Old Trafford, but conceded injuries had forced him to call time on his career.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for ESPN about today's game against Norwich.

Scott writes for uMAXit about why fans are wrong the criticise Louis van Gaal for selling Javier Hernandez.

Yahoo Sport looks at United's options ahead of the January transfer window.

The Telegraph claims Depay mocked Van Persie for moving to Turkish club.

Man Utd legend: Arsenal star best defender in the league

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Man Utd legend: Arsenal star best defender in the league - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has developed into a top class defender in the Premier League over the years.

The 30-year-old defender was superb during Arsenal's 3-0 win over Olympiakos in the Champions League.

Rio: “Neville’s future could be at United”

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Rio Ferdinand believes Gary Neville could become a successful manager at Valencia, hinting that Manchester United will do well to keep track of their former captain's progress in Spain.

The former England international admitted Neville's task won't be easy at the Mestalla but insisted his former teammate could surprise a few observers and even put himself in the frame for the manager role at Old Trafford.

Rio: United were boring under Fergie too

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There's no denying that the football on display from Manchester United this season has been very dull to watch.

We've been excellent at keeping the ball and preventing the opposition from scoring, but when it comes to creating chances and scoring, we haven't been good enough.

Still, on Saturday, United could go top of the league if we beat Leicester, having already climbed above the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal in the table.

Rio Ferdinand says Man Utd could be dull under Sir Alex Ferguson

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Rio Ferdinand has defended Louis van Gaal by saying that Manchester United could be dull under Sir Alex Ferguson too. The Dutch boss has come under...

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Rio: “There were times United were boring under Fergie”

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Rio Ferdinand has admitted that Manchester United were a pragmatic side under Sir Alex Ferguson, although they showed more ambition than the current team.

Speaking about the criticism Louis Van Gaal has received this season for what many perceive to be a too rigid and defensive brand of football, Ferdinand revealed United were more concerned with substance than style during Ferguson's final seasons, but were an altogether more ambitious side.

Video: Rio Ferdinand discusses Memphis Depay and Man Utd’s title chances

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Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was discussing his old side's title chances and the form of Memphis Depay and Chris Smalling....

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Pique: I was happy at United

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Gerard Pique has reflected on his time at Manchester United, when he barely played thanks to the form and fitness of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.

When I was there Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Cristiano Ronaldo, Giggs, Scholes, Roy Keane. We won the Champions League in 2008. We won the league.

Heroes

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People love a hero. Throughout history, we have put various figures on pedestals. We have erected statues of warriors of old, gathered in our thousands to watch great musicians perform their art, created fantastical worlds of men and women who possess wondrous superpowers. As for football, the innumerable heroes it continually unearths is one of the many things that lead us to fall in love with the beautiful game.

Video: Rio Ferdinand thinks ex-Man Utd man Paul Pogba will be best in world

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.@rioferdy5 tells @BTSport @juventusfc midfielder @paulpogba will go on to become the best player in the world. #UCL http://t.co/AoKIVZ9uyE — BT...

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On This Day In 2002: Leeds Make Rio Ferdinand’s Big Return To Elland Road A Misery

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For every rule there's an exception to prove it, and Rio Ferdinand's return to Elland Road served exactly that purpose as the defender suffered an agonising return to Leeds United in September of 2002 after leaving for despised foes Manchester United the previous summer.

Despite the old footballing mantra clearly stating that any returning player should have a stormer against his former club, Ferdinand's early-season cross-Pennines excursion back to his old stomping groundended in nothing but misery.

Wayne Rooney as good as ex-Man Utd teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, says Rio Ferdinand

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Wayne Rooney is as good as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi when it comes to his international goalscoring record, says Rio Ferdinand. Rooney's...

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Manchester United urged to sign £32m Chelsea target

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Rio Ferdinand, former Manchester United defender and club legend, has urged his former club to sign Everton defender John Stones in the summer. He also believes that Stones would be foolish to join Chelsea.

Video: Rio Ferdinand begs David De Gea to stay at Man Utd

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Got a message for you @d_degeaofficial ... Please don't go!!! ❤️ #mufc A video posted by Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) on Jul 22, 2015 at 1:12am...

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Gerrard: I think about costing Liverpool the title every day

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Steven Gerrard has spoken to former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, about Liverpool's defeat against Chelsea towards the end of the 2013-14 season.

Liverpool were favourites to win the league, with their fans singing about doing exactly that every week, and a draw against Chelsea would have been enough to keep them in pole position for the title.

Rio Ferdinand issues Man Utd warning over Schweinsteiger and Ramos

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If reports are correct, then @manutd signing Ramos & Bastian Schweinsteiger (spelling!) Is Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) June 22, 2015 Good...

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Rio Ferdinand retires from professional soccer after 19 years

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Former England captain Rio Ferdinand has brought his near 20-year playing career to an end following his recent release from QPR.

Ferdinand made his senior debut as a 17-year-old in May 1996 with West Ham before going on to complete big money moves to Leeds and Manchester United, with whom he won six Premier League titles and the FA Cup and Champions League once.

John Terry

Gary Cahill New England Leader?

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It seems like just yesterday England was littered with defensive choices that included John Terry, Rio Ferdinand and others, whilst the likes of Gary Cahill sat as a prospect vying to one day take their place. That day is here. The Chelsea defender has been a regular for both his English Premier League side Chelsea, and country, England.

‘I Can Take Criticism From Decent Ex-Players, But Not Him’ – John Terry Gives Robbie Savage The Mother Of All Verbal Maulings

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As John Terry spoke to the press ahead of Chelsea's Champions League tie against Dynamo Kiev, the subject of criticism was broached.

Terry, who Pies are now seeing in a whole new light, took the opportunity to give gobshite pundit Robbie Savage a verbal mauling and it was glorious.

Asked about having his performances picked apart on television, Terry replied:

I've come under criticism, individually, from certain players and individuals, players I've looked up to and played alongside.

Cleverley: Stones is a Rolls Royce defender like Rio

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Everton's defender, John Stones, has been linked with Chelsea over the past few weeks, following poor performances from John Terry. His red card at the weekend only increased those reports.

Tom Cleverley, who plays alongside Stones at Everton, has likened the young defender to Rio Ferdinand.

Harry Redknapp

Shaka Hislop interview; World Soccer Talk Radio (1.25.16)

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The latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio features an interview with ESPN soccer analyst and former goalkeeper Shaka Hislop.

During the interview, Shaka discusses his favorite memories from playing with West Ham, how Harry Redknapp was different as a manager, what it was like playing behind Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole and Frank Lampard, whether West Ham can surpass Tottenham Hotspur as the third biggest team in London, and much more.

Shaka Hislop interview; World Soccer Talk Radio (1.25.16)

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The latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio features an interview with ESPN soccer analyst and former goalkeeper Shaka Hislop.

During the interview, Shaka discusses his favorite memories from playing with West Ham, how Harry Redknapp was different as a manager, what it was like playing behind Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole and Frank Lampard, whether West Ham can surpass Tottenham Hotspur as the third biggest team in London, and much more.

BT Sport Announce New Era Punditry Team, Steven Gerrard And Rio Ferdinand On Board For Champions League Nights

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Poor old non-descript Jake is being ousted already

BT Sport have unveiled their new presenting and punditry stable as they move into their brave new Champions League era and bloody hell it looks like they're chucking some money at it!

As you've likely heard, Gary Lineker has taken a pay-cut with the BBC to take the gig fronting BT's Champions League coverage next season, leaving Jake Humphrey to carry on with the Premier League stuff.

David Beckham

Mata: Cantona is a United icon and Scholes is one of the best in history

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Juan Mata has chosen his all-time Manchester United XI.

Goalkeeper: Peter Schmeichel

"He was a very important player in the Sir Alex Ferguson era and they won a lot of trophies with him in the goal."

Defenders: Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra

"All of them, they played together for a long time and were very successful.

PICTURE: Will Keane promotes Rio Ferdinand’s brand at unveiling

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It was confirmed yesterday that Will Keane will join Preston North End on loan, like David Beckham and Danny Welbeck before him.

At the unveiling, he sported a Rio Ferdinand '5′ t-shirt.

"I'm really excited to be here and I'm looking forward to the new season and the challenge ahead," said Keane.

The Rest

Rio Ferdinand returns to football… at West Ham

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Rio Ferdinand has put on his football boots again to play for West Ham in Mark Noble's testimonial. The current West Ham team faced a team of former players, including Teddy Sheringham, Anton Ferdinand and Paolo Di Canio.


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Rio: Ronaldo didn’t talk to me? He lived next door to me!

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Spain seemingly has an obsession with Cristiano Ronaldo's relationship with Gareth Bale, or lack of, and ahead of Real Madrid's match against Roma, the former United winger has snapped. Trying to explain that footballers don't need to be best mates with each other, Ronaldo claims he wasn't friends with Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs or Paul Scholes.

Midfielder agrees Chelsea transfer with Abramovich’s representative

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18 year old defensive midfielder from Bologna, Amadou Diawara is closing in on a transfer to Chelsea after his agent agreed a deal with Chelsea owner Roman Amramovich's representative Pini Zahavi.