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The World Cup is football’s biggest shop window (God, I sound like Clive Tyldesley). If you play well, the big clubs come calling. We’ve seen some cracking individual performances in Germany this summer, but if you could sign just one player for your team, based on what you’ve seen at the 2006 World Cup, who […]

A few months ago we launched Who Ate All the Bratwurst, the only World Cup blog with a bigger football brain than Teddy Sheringham’s. Until Bratwurst burst onto the international scene, Teddy was owner of the world’s biggest ‘football brain’ – he will donate it to science after he dies and then the FA will […]

If the prosecutors in Italy’s football corruption trial have their way, Juventus faces a six-point penalty at the start of next season in Serie C (Italy’s third division) and the revocation of the Serie A championships it won in 2004/05 and 2005/06. Ouch. If Juve are demoted (it could happen), I couldn’t see its big […]

Argentina star Javier Saviola could be on his way to the Reebok, if his agent is to be believed. Bolton have joined the race to sign the Argentine forward, who is apparently no longer wanted by Barcelona (he spent last season on loan to Sevilla). Arsenal and Panathinaikos are also sniffing around Saviola like a […]

The 25-year-old Ivory Coast midfielder, signed from St Etienne by Tottenham last month

Niall Quinn, the new Sunderland chairman, has promised to take fans on a ‘magic carpet ride’. The Mackems will be desperate to return to the Premiership asap, and with the vibrant Quinn in charge, they have every chance. Quinn is also looking for a dynamic new manager. He said: ‘I need someone who wants the […]

This season I will mostly not be wearing a football shirt with thumb holes. I repeat, thumb holes. What the hell were the designers at French sports company Airness thinking when they put frickin’ thumb holes in the new Fulham kit? What possible purpose does a thumb hole serve, apart from making a laughing stock […]

I guess this question will divide the Old Trafford faithful…