• Kit Parade: Ronaldo 99 AC Milan shirt February 12th, 2007 Miscellaneous

    AC Milan’s new signing Ronaldo made his debut in front of a half-empty San Siro yesterday. The man we quite cruelly dubbed Rotundo during last summer’s World Cup came close to scoring against Livorno in his brand spanking new number 99 shirt. The shirt is available to buy complete with Ronny’s name and number from […]

  • Andrei Kanchelskis hangs up his twinkle toes February 12th, 2007 Everton

    Former Manchester United winger and all round twinkle toes Andrei Kanchelskis has decided to retire from football. Kanchelskis, now 38-years-old, said: "You need to leave at the right time. Now seems a suitable moment to begin a new chapter in my footballing life," added Kanchelskis, who will be deciding his plans in the coming weeks. […]

  • Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena February 12th, 2007 Miscellaneous

    Bayern Munich‘s Olympiastadion was, and is, one of my favourite stadiums. It featured a striking design that had a glass roof which looked like some kind of futuristic spider’s web. Well, with Bayern moving to a new ground, they were already having to come up with something far more impressive. What they ended up with […]

  • Can we hold a World Cup please? Yours, England February 12th, 2007 Transfers & Rumours

    Now, this is sneaky. The government have spotted that our beloved English national side is so lacklustre that the only chance we’ll have of qualifying in the future is if we get through automatically as hosts. The English FA has yet to announce that it is going to bid for hosting the 2018 World Cup. […]

  • Northern Ireland left without a roof over their heads February 12th, 2007 Miscellaneous

    Northern Ireland could play their home fixtures in England or Scotland from now on unless the government agrees to repair the roof of Windsor Park. Although a Euro 2008 qualifier against Sweden will go ahead as planned, the Irish FA has been told that the necessary safety certificate will not be issued beyond that unless […]

  • David Beckham scores on Real Madrid return February 12th, 2007 Transfers & Rumours

    Almost inevitably, David Beckham scored on his return to the Real Madrid starting lineup following Fabio Capello’s U-turn over his prospects for the rest of the season. The Real coach went back on his vow to never play Beckham again before his move to LA Galaxy, and the change of heart paid off as the […]

  • Serie A is back, but without some of the fans February 12th, 2007 Miscellaneous

    Italian football returned yesterday following the death of a policeman at the match between Catania and Palermo last week. Four fixtures were played behind closed doors and tight restrictions were in place at other matches. Milan‘s match at the San Siro against Livorno was open only to season-ticket holders. Here are highlights of one of […]

  • Good weekend, bad weekend February 12th, 2007 Miscellaneous

    Good weekendWatford A first Premiership away win since 1999 and at West Ham too. Priceless.Darius Henderson Played 30, scored 1. The perfect time for the Hornets striker to break his duck.Sheffield United Find themselves in 15th after a home win against Spurs. Bad weekendLiverpool Back to battling with Arsenal for third instead of Chelsea for […]

  • Sticker Sunday February 11th, 2007 Kits & fashion

    Time for the latest installment of Sticker Sunday. Remember: all Pies‘ sticker backs and empty packets are recycled and very few stickers are tested on animals before going in the album.

  • Oswaldo Sanchez attempts to slide tackle Eddie Johnson (while he celebrates a goal!!!) February 9th, 2007 Miscellaneous

    Two for the price of one here: a bizarre football moment and US commentary (USA up one-love!). Does it get any better than that?! Mexico goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez makes a bit of a lunge at USA striker Eddie Johnson as he celebrates his side’s second goal in a 2-0 win on Wednesday night! Watch the […]

  • HolloWatch: Ian shares his thoughts on American takeovers February 9th, 2007 Miscellaneous

    In his weekly BBC Sport column, Ian Holloway has been giving his opinion (of course!) on the current trend for takeovers of Premier League teams by American tycoons. He said: "If their money speaks and they don’t interfere with the manager’s decisions I’d take money from absolutely anybody. It could be a butcher, could be […]

  • Fantasy Friday: week 23 review February 9th, 2007 Miscellaneous

    Following England‘s disappointing defeat to Spain, the Pies Fantasy Football League managers will be out to prove there are plenty of other average club managers prepared to take on the job should Steve McClaren get the push.

  • Sheffield United get game abondoned February 9th, 2007 Miscellaneous

    Does this ring any bells? Sheffield United bring sub on, and sub gets sent off seconds after coming on the pitch? Well, if you thought the Keith Gillespie incident was farcical, wait until you see this. Match abondoned, three sent off, some terrifying challenges and some spilled blood. Sheffield United are a bit rough aren’t […]

  • Tottenham UEFA bye confirmed February 9th, 2007 Tottenham Hotspur

    Spurs’ bye into the last 16 of the Uefa Cup has been confirmed after Feyenoord lost their appeal against being kicked out of the competition. The Dutch club were expelled and fined £41,000 by Uefa following crowd trouble against French side Nancy in the group stage. They appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport […]

  • Beckham gets Real recall February 9th, 2007 Transfers & Rumours

    David Beckham has been recalled to Real Madrid’s squad for the game against Real Sociedad in La Liga on Saturday, according to Spanish national radio. Fabio Capello had previously stated that Beckham would never play for the Galacticos again after agreeing a move to LA Galaxy next season. However, Capello has been forced into a […]

  • The Fiendish Friday Quiz February 9th, 2007 Games

    1 Crewe Alexandra, West Brom, Leeds United, Sheffield United (current). Whose career?2 They used to play at the Manor Ground. Half a point for naming club and half a point for naming the new stadium.3 Picture round. Who is this? 4 Name the three non-English players in the all-time top 10 Premier League goalscorers.5 I […]

  • Stan Collymore stars in BBC’s The Verdict February 9th, 2007 Transfers & Rumours

    Former England striker Stan Collymore is one of the celebrity jurors in a mock trial to be shown on BBC Two from Sunday night. The Verdict is a four-part series which will see the jury in court and deliberating over the fictional trial of a footballer in a rape case. If that doesn’t already sound […]

  • Moritz Volz’s Hoff boots sell for £295 February 8th, 2007 Fulham

    Moritz Volz‘s Nike boots embroidered with ‘The Hoff’ have sold for £295 at auction. The boots boasted a 100 per cent strike rate as they were only worn in Fulham’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa when Volzy was on the scoresheet. Stick here to see what else the German flogged. [Rob Parker]

  • Queen’s Park Rangers brawl with China February 8th, 2007 Miscellaneous

    There’s a headline I thought I’d never write! Last night’s match between QPR and China‘s Olympic squad was abandoned after a brawl in which the international side’s Zheng Tao was knocked unconcious. He reportedly suffered two cracks in his jaw and lost a tooth. The FA and QPR have both launched inquiries into the incident […]

  • Sunderland and Fulham try to play in the snow February 8th, 2007 Fulham

    A bit of snow today means the UK has all but ground to a halt. Here is a video of last season’s abandoned match between Sunderland and Fulham when it appeared to be raining snowballs. This is dedicated to all the hardy Pies readers who could have made it to work but decided to be […]

  • 10 Conclusions: England 0-1 Spain February 8th, 2007 Top 10s & lists

    1 I should have switched the TV off after the first three minutes. England’s exciting attacking play stopped shortly after this. 2 The new England kit really is awful.3 Peter Crouch cannot play up front by himself. He was impressive in holding the ball up but England’s attacks were too slow and predictable as a […]

  • Hollywood superstar Steve McManaman talks about Goal! 2 February 7th, 2007 Kits & fashion

    Football film Goal! 2 hits UK cinemas on Friday. In anticipation the film’s ‘associate producer’ (snigger) Steve McManaman has been talking about his input to cinematic history. He said: "I tried to help out really, in the broadest possible sense. My relationship was to help out with the film crew if they needed any help […]

  • Betting guide: England v Spain February 7th, 2007 Miscellaneous

    Stevie Mac takes England into battle against Spain tonight with Stevie G as his skipper. Watford keeper Ben Foster makes his England debut, but of more concern than Foster’s inexperience is the fact that the Neville brothers start together for the first time since England’s ill-fated Euro 2000 campaign. Pies would have preferred to see […]

  • Highlights of Portugal v Brazil February 7th, 2007 Miscellaneous

    Obviously, the Portugese and the Brazilians are linked historically, so obviously, there was a decent bit of rivalry between the two sides when they met last night at Arsenal‘s Emirates Stadium. The game was won 2-0 by the Portugal side who were captained by the in-form Cristiano Ronaldo. It’s a shame that this video doesn’t […]

  • Liverpool fans one year ago February 7th, 2007 Liverpool

    I know it’s a cheap gag, but I couldn’t resist. Surely the Liverpool fans must be a little embarrassed by all this takeover business?