• Chinese revolution at Birmingham? July 26th, 2007 Transfers & Rumours

    New Birmingham City owner, Carson Yeung, has a dream – but we’re not sure it’s one that will help Blues fans will be sleep easy tonight. Apparently, the Hong Kong-based tycoon wants to eventually put out a team featuring 11 Chinese players.

  • A funny old game July 26th, 2007 Miscellaneous

    If you’re clock-watching at work or just need some cheering up then take a look at this collection of footballing lowlights including own goals, gaffes and starting with probably the worst head-butt/dive combo we’ve ever seen.

  • Want to write for Pies’ club blogs? July 26th, 2007 Miscellaneous

    Are you a football fan whose talent for writing is classier than Ronaldo racing down the wing? If you can post stories and features on the Premiership’s top clubs fast and accurately, this could be your chance to sign for the hottest squad in the world of blogging. Web or sports writing experience is an […]

  • Man City beat Spurs to Martin Petrov’s signature July 26th, 2007 Man City

    Sven has beaten Spurs to the signing of Bulgarian international, Martin Petrov, following a £4.7m deal that brings him to Manchester City from Athletico Madrid.

  • Shit Lookalike: Michael Owen and Jason Manford July 26th, 2007 Lookalikes

    In the same way that overweight comedian Peter Kay looks like John O’Shea we think that another out of condition comic and 8 Out of Ten Cats presenter, Jason Manford, looks like a larger than life Michael Owen.

  • The Simpsons do Bend It Like Beckham July 26th, 2007 Miscellaneous

    Is that Nery Castillo she is supposed to be marrying?!

  • Warren Barton and Rob Lee arrested over limousine theft July 26th, 2007 Newcastle Utd

    Barton%20%26%20Lee.JPGFormer England internationals Warren Barton and Rob Lee have been arrested on suspicion of taking a luxury limousine and driving it while unfit. The ex-Newcastle pair were arrested at around 11.30pm last night before being released on bail. Barton, 38, and Lee, 41, allegedly took the Mercedes E220 from a street in east London.

  • Friendly watch: Feyenood 1-1 Chelsea July 26th, 2007 Miscellaneous

    Frank Lampard and Carlo Cudicini helped Chelsea to a 1-1 draw against Feyenoord in this pre-season friendly. Lampard scored on 80 minutes to cancel out Kevin Hofland’s headed opener, before keeper Cudicini saved Roy Makaay’s spot-kick. The video below shows Chelsea’s goal, which came from some promising attacking play by young substitute Scott Sinclair.

  • Dyer could quit Toon over ‘family problems’ July 25th, 2007 Newcastle Utd

    57186254.jpgApparently, Kieran Dyer’s likely move away from Newcastle hasn’t got anything to do with a better contract or his testing relationship with the fans – it’s about ‘family problems’.

  • Blackburn want Santa Cruz July 25th, 2007 Blackburn Rovers

    Blackburn are trying to bolster their front line by bringing in Roque Santa Cruz from Bayern Munich.

  • Dan Petrescu aka Fox Mulder t-shirt from RetroFootballTshirts July 25th, 2007 Chelsea

    Dan%20Petrescu%20t-shirt.jpgOne thing Pies loves about RetroFootballTshirts’ range is that you will often come across a shirt in honour of a player who doesn’t tend to cross your mind very often. And you can’t beat a bit of nostalgia! One such player is Dan Petrescu.

  • Be scared, Milan now have two Kakas July 25th, 2007 Transfers & Rumours

    Digao.JPGKaka’s younger brother has joined AC Milan’s first-team for the coming season. Rodrigo Leite – or Digao in Brazilian footballer nickname lingo – was signed by the Italian giants in 2005, but immediately loaned out to Rimini. But Digao – a 6ft 4in defender – has now been drafted into the reigning European Champions’ first team plans for next season. He trained with the senior squad for the first time yesterday.

  • Radiation leaks stopped play July 25th, 2007 Transfers & Rumours

    Radiation.JPGItalian club Catania have cancelled a pre-season jaunt to Japan amid fears than an earthquake had caused radiation leaks. The tour was scrapped because an earthquake in the northwestern city of Kashiwazaki is reported to have caused radioactive leaks from a large power station in the area.

  • Shit Lookalike: Carlos Tevez and Blanca from Street Fighter July 25th, 2007 Lookalikes

    Thanks to Pies reader Doug Myers, who has taken advantage of our new Facebook group to suggest this outstanding Shit Lookalike. Carlos Tevez – despite being a dead ringer for Red Hot Chilli Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis – is also the spitting image of Blanca from the video game Street Fighter. That is uncanny!
    Oh, and if anyone has a clue whether this should be in the West Ham or Man United category, let us know!

  • The Shapshot: Ronaldinho begins pre-season training in Scotland July 25th, 2007 Miscellaneous

    No, he hasn’t made a shock switch to Celtic. Ronaldinho is in Scotland with Barcelona ahead of their friendly matches against Dundee United and Hearts. The boys from Barca were training at St Andrews. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Friendly Watch: Portsmouth beat Fulham 1-0 July 24th, 2007 Fulham

    Welcome once again to Friendly Watch. It’s like the pre-season version of Springwatch, but with less Bill Oddie and more goals. This is possibly – unless anyone can think of another example – the first all-Premiership clash of the season. Portsmouth defeated Fulham 1-0 in the Barclays Asia Trophy with this goal from Benjani (although you are more likely to be struck by the eerily anti-Prem walking pace of the game).

  • Man Utd fans singing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’! July 24th, 2007 Liverpool

    I know that Liverpool fans don’t have the monopoly on this song (Celtic fans sing it regularly, as do fans of Ajax and several other European clubs) but it’s still weird to see Man Yoo fans belting out the song associated with their arch rivals. Are they on a wind-up, or did United fans ever adopt this song as their own? Answers on a postcard please (or just leave a comment!).

  • Brighton get new stadium July 24th, 2007 Transfers & Rumours

    _40846604_falmer_203.jpgBrighton, home of pebbled beaches, dirty weekends, men in makeup and now a new football stadium…hopefully. As a Brighton resident, we’ve been waiting for this news for years but it seems the Seagulls can finally come home to roost.

  • The ‘I’m not good enough to play for my club’ XI July 24th, 2007 Top 10s & lists

    There’s obviously no way you’ll agree with every selection, but I’d still be interested to hear your thoughts on this XI, comprised of players who I think are playing at a level above them…
    paredes-robinson.jpgPaul Robinson (Spurs) If Spurs aspire to be a top-four, title-challenging club, they simply must find a better keeper than Robinson. His positioning is frequently awful and he often seems lead-footed. Yes, he makes the odd good save, but so does every keeper in his division.
    Should be playing for… Any lower-table Prem team. Derby or Fulham, say.

  • Marco Materazzi kisses Luis Figo’s leg July 24th, 2007 Miscellaneous

    A little while back Pies was pondering whether Italian bad boy Marco Materazzi makes it too easy for people to libel him by repeatedly putting himself in compromising positions. On a completely unrelated subject, here is the Matrix bending down to kiss Luis Figo’s leg!

  • Kluivert offered trial at Sheffield Wednesday July 24th, 2007 Transfers & Rumours

    kluivert.jpgAjax, AC Milan, Barcelona…er, Sheffield Wednesday. Former Dutch superstar, Patrick Kluivert has played for some of Europe’s greatest clubs but his fall from grace seems to have almost reached rock bottom.

  • Pro Evolution Soccer players I have loved, No.1: Emmanuel Olisadebe July 24th, 2007 Kits & fashion

    e_olisadebe.jpgI always, without fail, used to sign Olisadebe for my Master League team. In his PES prime (he was very good in PES2 and PES3, as I recall), the Polish striker (via Nigeria) was terrifyingly quick, skillful, cheap to buy and deadly in front of goal. He was my own cult hero and I used to decimate opposing defences with him. Ah, happy days.

  • Sven to bring Nery Castillo to Manchester City July 24th, 2007 Man City

    Sven Goran Eriksson is set to bring another new striker to Manchester City. I know that many Pies fans would love us to be able to reveal that the Swede’s dream partnership is Rolando Bianchi and Emile Heskey, but alas Sven’s love affair with clumsy Emile seems to be over. No, this does actually seem to be a pretty shrewd purchase, which leads us to believe Sven had little or nothing to do with it!

  • Tuesday 10: Chinese take-aways – players who have moved from China to the UK July 24th, 2007 Top 10s & lists

    With clubs including Liverpool, Portsmouth and Fulham heading to China to take part in pre-season friendlies, Pies looks at players who have moved in the opposite direction to ply their trade in England and Scotland. It is pretty easy to pick out those who had the ability to make their mark in England and those who had the ability to shift a few replica shirts.
    Sun%20TA.JPG1 Sun Jihai
    Arguably the most successful Chinese player to date. He initially played for Crystal Palace in 1998. When he returned to England with Manchester City from Dalian Shide in 2002 he cost £2 million. He became the first Chinese Premier League goalscorer when he netted against Everton in October that year. Still with City, he is of course the subject of the stroke of terrace genius: “Singing aye aye yippy Sun Jihai, aye aye Sun Jihai, singing aye aye yippy, his dad owns a chippy, aye aye yippy Sun Jihai.”

  • Kit Parade: FC United of Manchester home kit July 24th, 2007 Kits & fashion

    FCUnited.JPGFC United – the Manchester United breakaway club founded after the Glazer takeover – have unveiled their kit for the new season. This retro number does resemble the current Wales strip ever so slightly but with a collar over the v-neck. The shirt was designed by a fan as part of a competition organised by the club and doesn’t feature a sponsor, which probably reminds FCUM fans why they are supporting the club in the first place.