• Who is England’s best finisher? March 17th, 2008 Miscellaneous

    here isn’t a single English striker in the Premier League’s top ten scorers this season – and two of only three national players to score double figures, Lampard and Gerrard, are midfielders by trade.
    That must be giving Don Fabio some cause for concern, especially since Wayne Rooney seems to struggle as a lone striker and he apparently doesn’t rate Michael Owen. His other choices look limited to big team players who spend most of their time on the bench such as Peter Crouch or gambling on someone who is impressing for a smaller team a la Jermaine Defoe.
    Click through to vote for who you think is England’s best striking option.

  • The Daily Vote – Who will win Europe’s all-English quarterfinal? March 14th, 2008 Miscellaneous

    We knew that there would be at least one all-English tie in the Champions League quarterfinals and Arsenal will play Liverpool for the first time in the competition – with the winner likely to meet Chelsea in the semis.
    Both teams impressed by beating the best that Milan could offer in the previous round but who will prevail on home soil?

  • David Beckham, fish oil salesman March 14th, 2008 Miscellaneous

    Some people took David Beckham’s move from Real Madrid to LA Galaxy as a fall from grace and a sign that he was past his best. But Becks has always made his marketing profile equally as important as his career on the pitch. What then are we to make of the fact that the face of Adidas, Vodafone and Brylcreem is now flogging “vee Omeegah free fish oils” of Go3?

  • Shit lookalike – Jimmy Bullard and Rocky from The Mask March 13th, 2008 Miscellaneous

    This least flattering of lookalikes comes courtesy of none other than Ian Wright who revealed on a radio show yesterday that Fulham’s inspiration, Jamie Bullard, was nicknamed ‘Mask’ when they played together at West Ham – cruel but true…

  • Choose your Premier League team of the season – No. 3 Left-back March 12th, 2008 Miscellaneous

    The Pies’ Premier League team of the season is shaping up quite nicely with readers voting for the ageless experience of Portsmouth’s David James in goal while Bacary Sagna’s seamless integration into the Arsenal team has made him your first choice right-back.
    Now, we’re turning to the opposite defensive flank to find who has been the best left-back in the Premier League this season. As far as we can see the Big Four clubs have the best players sewn up in this position – although Pompey’s Herman Hreidarsson and West Ham’s George McCartney haven’t done badly and Gareth Bale impressed before injury. But who’s been the pick of the bunch?

  • Roberto Mancini returns to the pitch but even he can’t help Inter Milan beat Liverpool March 12th, 2008 Miscellaneous
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    It would have been a great story: Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini brings himself on as a substitute in a last-ditch attempt to score against Liverpool. Sadly this wasn’t a desperate man’s last throw of the dice but the Italian legend taking part in Inter’s centenary celebration friendly match a couple of days earlier.

  • Will off field problems ruin Liverpool’s Champions League hopes? March 11th, 2008 Miscellaneous

    It seems that every time Liverpool start to perform on the pitch, another problem arises off it to put them off their stride. The Reds have been embroiled in a takeover battle between their American owners and interested Arabs for most of the season – and the latest bout could threaten their Champions League hopes.

  • Fans, player and coaches of Deportivo de Cali and America riot the Colombian way March 11th, 2008 Miscellaneous

    These crazy scenes come from Colombia and the Cali derby between Deportivo and America on Saturday. With Deportivo winning 1-0 a riot broke out in the stands. Police moved in prompting referee Wilmer Roldan to abandon the match on 82 minutes. Being the consummate professionals they are, the America players did the only thing the could and chased the referee off the pitch. Meanwhile, America coach Diego Umana was busy punching Cali boss Daniel Carreno. Around 60 fans had to be treated for injuries. And rumours today claim police are working on a theory that the full-scale riot was started by a jealous boyfriend angry that his girlfriend was flirting with another man!

  • The Daily Vote – Does Michael Owen still have an England career? March 11th, 2008 Miscellaneous

    He may have scored 40 goals for his country but, as Don Fabio has already shown, reputations count for nothing under his new England regime – just ask Becks.
    Owen only just made Capello’s first England squad but was snubbed against Switzerland with suggestions that he was only fourth in the strikers pecking order – and his Newcastle form hasn’t exactly strengthened a case for inclusion.
    Will he make it back into Capello’s first team plans?

  • Are big teams bothered about the FA Cup anymore? March 10th, 2008 Miscellaneous

    After this weekend’s giant killing exploits in the FA Cup, there will only be one top flight team (Portsmouth) in the semi-finals for the first time in a century – and it’s been 33 years since the final last lacked one of the big clubs from United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Spurs and even Everton.
    While we all enjoyed the so-called ‘romance of the FA Cup’ dumping out the big teams, does it mean that the competition is now more important to the smaller clubs?

  • Choose your Premier League team of the season – No. 2 Right back March 10th, 2008 Miscellaneous

    We’re continuing our search for the best players plying their trade in the Premier League this season – as chosen by Pies’ readers.
    So far, 23% of you have slightly surprisingly named David James as the league’s best goalkeeper – and that was before Portsmouth put Man United out of the FA Cup. Now it’s time to turn our attention to the defence in front of him and first up is the right-back slot.

  • Barnsley 300 film trailer March 10th, 2008 Miscellaneous

    There are, it seems, numerous ways for football fans to channel the adrenaline generated by an FA Cup shock or two. For one pumped-up Barnsley fan, a YouTube montage in the style of a film trailer for 300 seemed like the most appropriate course of action. Enjoy.

  • Lionel Messi proves that stretching to flick the ball over your head while running round giant cones is bad for your hamstring March 10th, 2008 Miscellaneous

    One day Adidas has Lionel Messi stretching his leg behind him around giant sand-covered cones, and the next thing his hamstring is kaput. Coincidence? I think not…

  • Choose your Premier League team of the season – No. 1 Goalkeeper March 7th, 2008 Miscellaneous

    With only around ten games to go, it’s safe to say which players have been a success in the Premier League this season – so we’ve decided to assemble a team of the best performing players as chosen by ‘Pies readers.
    We start in between the sticks with those eccentric loners who claim to be a different breed from their outfield teammates – the goalkeepers. They might not normally get the recognition they deserve but preventing a goal can be as important as scoring one at the other end.

  • Snapshot Special – Mixed fortunes for British teams in the UEFA Cup March 7th, 2008 Miscellaneous

    There were mixed fortunes for the British sides still involved in the UEFA Cup last night – although it was our big name teams that suffered while the lesser lights managed a few surprises.

  • The Daily Vote – Who has been the best managerial appointment this season? March 7th, 2008 Miscellaneous

    Earlier this week we questioned the wisdom behind some of the more baffling managerial appointments made in the Premier League by asking you to vote for the worst one – with a unanimous 43% not backing Keegan to stage a Second Coming at Newcastle.
    But among the many misses there have also been a few hits this season, with not only Daniel Levy being able to say, “I told you so’. So, who’s been the best new manager brought on this season?

  • Goalkeeping howler from Werder Bremen’s Tim Wiese. Daniel Cousin and Rangers not complaining March 7th, 2008 Miscellaneous

    Werder Bremen keeper Tim Wiese made a truly horrendous error during his side’s tie with Rangers last night. Everything about it stank – the fact that it happened on the stroke of half-time, the fact that his team were still 0-0 in a Uefa Cup away leg at the time and, of course, the fact that he pushed a 35-yard shot into his own net. Daniel Cousin was the man who tried his luck, prompting more Rangers players than had probably anticipated to kiss their Cousin.

  • The Daily Vote – Who is the best foreign owner in the Premier League? March 6th, 2008 Miscellaneous

    Premier League clubs have become a billionaire’s play thing for rich foreign investors in recent times – drawn by the potentially huge business returns from regular incomes, increased television revenues and the hope of establishing international brand values.
    They may tell you of their love of the game and fulfilling boyhood dreams but, make no mistake, these international fat cats are in it for the money. And their arrival hasn’t been without controversy including everything from money laundering scandals and quick sells to fugitives on the run.
    Nonetheless, all of the eight clubs now owned by foreign investors have at least experienced an initial upturn in fortunes – but which one will prove to be the best?

  • Gazzetta all di Pies – Inter Milan slip up again. Roma in with a shout March 6th, 2008 Miscellaneous
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    Inter Milan faltered again to give Roma an unexpected sniff of the Serie A title. The champions seemingly had another title wrapped up just a couple of weeks ago as they opened up an 11-point lead at the top of the table. That margin has been reduced to six points after a 1-0 defeat to Napoli at the weekend.

  • The Snapshot – Fenerbahce come back from the dead against Sevilla March 5th, 2008 Miscellaneous

    Despite gifting Sevilla a two-goal lead, Fenerbahce managed to take the game to penalties after an equal 3-2 final score. The goalkeeper Volkan Demirel atoned for earlier mistakes by saving three penalties, which takes the Turkish club to the first Champions League quarter-final in their history – cue wild celebrations from his watching team mates.

  • The Daily Vote – Who has been the worst managerial appointment this season? March 5th, 2008 Miscellaneous

    It doesn’t matter whether you’re a title chasing club with millions to spend or a club struggling to stave off relegation, the most important decision for any Premier League club is the man they appoint as manager – so why have so many teams got it so horribly wrong this season?

  • Oranje Wednesday – Ajax gain ground on PSV Eindhoven March 5th, 2008 Miscellaneous
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    Ajax closed the gap on Eredivisie leaders PSV Eindhoven to six points with a 4-0 victory over bottom-club Excelsior. A Klaas Jan Huntelaar brace and goals from Urby Emanuelson and Leonardo secured an easy victory. Meanwhile, PSV suffered a 3-1 at FC Utrecht. Despite taking the lead through a Timmy Simons penalty, the table-toppers slipped to their fourth defeat of the season.

  • Zinedine Zidane and Marco Materazzi – 30 years on March 5th, 2008 Miscellaneous

    This advert for Mexican news agency Milenio shows what might happen if Zinedine Zidane and Marco Materazzi fail to leave their infamous bust-up from a couple of years ago in the past.

  • Will Teddy Sheringham be remembered as a Spurs or Man United great? March 4th, 2008 Miscellaneous

    Ever-ready Teddy Sheringham has announced that he will retire from football at the end of this season – at the ripe old age of 42 years-old.
    That’s a pretty impressive run for a career that started as a 16 year-old with Millwall and brought him 289 goals along the way as well as over 50 England caps. What Sheringham lacked in pace he made up for with one of the finest footballing brains of his generation, which also allowed him to play on for so many years.
    He’ll see out his playing days with current club Colchester in the Championship but his lengthy career has seen him play for seven different English clubs, most notably Manchester United and Spurs.
    But which one will he be most associated with after he retires?

  • Teutonic Tuesday – Bayern Munich, Werder Bremen and Hamburg all keep the pace March 4th, 2008 Miscellaneous
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    It is as you were at the top of Bundesliga with the top three teams all recording victories. Miroslav Klose gave table-topping Bayern Munich a 0-1 win at Schalke. Werder Bremen remain four points behind courtesy of Markus Rosenberg’s brace against Borussia Dortmund. Third-placed Hamburg signalled their intent with a 4-1 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt.