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A Newcastle fan’s eye view of Kevin Keegan’s second coming, before the start of the anticlimactic 0-0 draw with Bolton. Sam Allardyce never got a reception like that.

This morning’s five hottest soccer scoops & rumours… 1. Sven-Goran Eriksson wants to bring Bayern Munich starlet Lukas Podolski (pictured) to Man City. Not gonna happen, Sven. F365 2. Tom Hicks has no intention of selling his stake in his beloved Liverpool. BBC 3. Alex Ferguson in hot water with FA over ‘gestures’ to Reading […]

Hmm, that reminds me, I must take Sulley Muntari out of my Premier League fantasy football team. Via 101GreatGoals More African football

A great start to the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, with a game won by the hosts in the dying minutes of the game, thanks to a cracking goal by Portsmouth’s Sulley Muntari. To be fair to Ghana, they were much the better team and should have won by two or three clear goals – they hit the post three times in the first half. Michael Essien combined well with Muntari in midfield, whilst Asamoah Gyan and ex-Arsenal player Quincey Owusu-Abeyie were a constant threat.
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Champions Real Madrid triumphed 0-2 at city rivals Atletico to maintain a seven-point lead at the top of La Liga. Raul side-footed Real into the lead just 32 seconds into the match. Ruud van Nistelrooy added a second shortly before half-time to secure the win.

micah%20richards%20hair.jpgManchester City fans must be hoping that star defender Micah Richards only conducts himself like William Gallas in the hairdressers and not in contract negotiations.

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Emmanuel Adebayor The Arsenal man was in sparkling form as he grabbed a brace to help defeat Fulham.

Arsenal

Daily Club Pies 18/01/08

January 18th, 2008

The votes are in:Gooners want Arsene Wenger to sign cover for Kolo Toure Arsenal Pies Branislav Ivanovic’s wife is not as sexy as this Chelsea Pies Steven Gerrard named in Uefa’s Team of the Year. Liverpool Pies How well would a Man Yoo Old Boys XI do in the Prem? Man Utd Pies Does Tottenham’s […]

Marsh: ‘Oi, Pinder, put some goalie gloves on before you go anywhere near my booty.’ Pinder: ‘Er, ok… Weirdo.’ More babes with balls

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The Fiendish Friday Quiz

January 18th, 2008

1. Career path Rangers, Coventry City, Dundee Utd, Hearts, Celtic (current)? 2. True or false? Kevin ‘The Messiah’ Keegan’s first name is actually Joseph. 3. Picture round Who can’t hear you? (Click to enlarge) 4. Team-mates Enzo Scifo, Roberto Carlos, Gabriel Batistuta, Mikael Silvestre and Robbie Keane have all played for which club? 5. The […]

These are players that I think Newcastle & Keegan have a realistic chance of signing and who would improve the NUFC squad – rather than cloud-cuckooland signings like Kaka or Lionel Messi, which, let’s be honest, aren’t going to happen.
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Carrick was born in the north-east and I imagine he would be warmly welcomed by Newcastle fans. He is also talented enough to be the midfield conductor of King Kev’s new, attack-minded team. Carrick hasn’t been an unqualified success at Old Trafford, and could leave for the right price. He and Newcastle would make a good fit.

KK has snapped up a big targetman to bag him some goals. Howay The Monster!

Zlatan’s arrow-straight shot seems to be accelerating as it hits the back of the net. As pure a strike as you could wish to see, and executed with typically casual brilliance. More wonder goals

A world-class strike from Darren Barnard, a very talented player who played 24 times for Wales, but who never quite fulfilled his undoubted potential. Thanks to Pies reader David Allison for the tip-off. More wonder goals

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It is taken for granted now that the Premier League is dominated by the Big Four of Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool. But this season there has been a considerable amount of waffling done by pundits and managers about which side can haul themselves onto the same level as the Big Four and make it a Big Five.

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Champions Lyon blew away the Christmas cobwebs with a 3-2 win over Toulouse. Hatem Ben Arfa, Juninho and star striker Karim Benzema – who has not left the club despite an anticipated scramble for his signature during the transfer window – were on the scoresheet to secure victory. And as nearest rivals Nancy could only muster a 0-0 draw against Caen, Lyon extended their lead to six points. Unfortunately for Lyon they took the shine off their league performances by getting knocked out of the League Cup with a 1-0 defeat to Le Mans (hence Juninho looking a little sorry for himself above).

The hottest five football stories doing the rounds this morning… 1. Kevin Keegan to be unveiled at St James’ Park today, but not in front of the Toon Army. BBC Sport 2. Rio Ferdinand: ‘I’d love to be England captain, innit. I’d merk that job.’ Sky Sports 3. Shaun Wright-Phillips and Jermain Defoe issue ‘come […]

In which Stelling, a Hartlepool lad, speaks up in defence of Middlesbrough. Jeff, you are an absolute English treasure and without doubt the best football broadcaster working in this country today. The sooner you are knighted, the better. PS. I have a confession: I am a soft southerner and have never been to Middlesbrough either […]

Luca Toni, Lukas Podolski, Willy Sagnol and Hamit Altintop play a game of football tennis during a Bayern Munich training session in Marbella, Spain. Photo Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

This video is not just funny because it shows a Premier League football star embarrassing himself by dancing. It is also funny because said Premier League star obviously knows he is being filmed and is performing for the camera. And perhaps the thing that tops it all in the hilarity stakes is the fact that the dance routine has obviously been choreographed and a lot of time and effort has gone into the preparation. Take it away, Micah Richards.

Arsenal

Daily Club Pies 16/01/08

January 17th, 2008

Arsenal Pies Will Mathieu Flamini join Claudio ‘The Tinkerman’ Ranieri at Juventus? Chelsea Pies Will Shaun-Wright Phillips be Kevin Keegan’s No.1 transfer target at Newcastle? Liverpool Pies Dubai Investment Capital are willing and able to buy out Tom Hicks’ stake in Liverpool. Troubling times ahead at Anfield? Man Utd Pies Five weeks and counting until […]

This model is so very, very happy to be holding that football. And I’m very happy that she’s so happy. So everybody’s happy. More babes with balls

The African Cup of Nations has been going, in one form or another, since 1957. The 1972 final between Congo Brazzaville (also known as the Republic of Congo – not to be confused with the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly Zaire) and Mali remains one of the most memorable finals, and not just because it […]

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The rumours have already started about which players Kevin Keegan will splash Mike Ashley’s millions on. Here are 11 reminders of why Mr Ashley might like to keep an eye on the purse strings.

We all know about Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto’o and Michael Essien, but there are more than three players worth watching at the Africa Cup of Nations, which starts on 20th January. Courtesy of the good people from World Cup Blog (who’ll be covering the tournament in depth), here’s a quick run-down of 10 players worth […]