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Gooners decimated by injury for tonight’s qualifier Arsenal go into the first leg of their CL qualifier without nine members of his first-team squad. The missing players are: Cesc Fabregas (hamstring), Samir Nasri (knee), Kolo Toure (hip), Philippe Senderos (hamstring), Tomas Rosicky (thigh), Eduardo da Silva (ankle), Abou Diaby (thigh), Amaury Bischoff (groin), Alex Song […]

No gold medals for this lot…

Who’s got your back? Pies picks six defenders who will strengthen your fantasy XI 1. Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd) Pros The best central defender in Europe right now, and plays for the team that conceded fewer goals than any other in the Prem last season. In this era of squad rotation, Fergie doesn’t ever think […]

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Aston Villa’s new signing from Rangers can’t wait to get his teeth into the new Premier League season. Carlos Cuellar does share the same dentist as Jaws (and Ugly Betty).

Today’s late-summer snacks Man Utd close in on Dimitar Berbatov. He’ll be a United player in the next 48 hours [Sun] Man City boss Mark Hughes has dismissed reports he is set to quit Eastlands amid rumours that Thaksin is trying to sell players behind his back [BBC] Cesc Fabregas did his hamstring in training, […]

Special One prefers Stevie G to Lamps That’s right folks – when asked by the Daily Telegraph to choose his Fantasy Football XI, Jose Mourinho picked Stevie G in midfield ahead of Frank Lampard. Jose’s other favourite Englishman, John Terry, didn’t make the cut either. Mourinho did select two Chelsea players: Ricardo Carvalho and Michael […]

Galaxy do fine impression of collapsing star Well that went well. Ruud Gullit’s Hollywood adventure lasted all of nine months, in which time he again proved that great players don’t necessarily make great managers. Gullit resigned – was he pushed? – and has been replaced temporarily by assistant coach Cobi Jones (the one who looks […]

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The Super Shirt Quiz

August 12th, 2008

Name the six clubs. Some shirts are current, others older Answers below:

Who’s the No.1 name on your fantasy team-sheet? If you are playing a Prem fantasy football competition this season, which goalies should you be scouting? Pies chooses six of the best: 1. Pepe Reina (Liverpool) Pros The Spanish slaphead is established as Rafa’s No.1 stopper, so you know he’ll play in every league game, if […]

Legendary Soccer Saturday presenter Jeff Stelling has started the new season in style. Now prepared for the goalscoring exploits of his beloved Hartlepool’s James Brown, Stelling came prepared with a prop. And the Godfather of Soul didn’t let him down…

German girl takes one for the team He shoots… he misses… oh no he doesn’t. [With Leather]

Don’t peak too soon, son 1. Jack Wilshere We told you he was making an impression at the end of last season, and he has continued that form into the new campaign earning a place in Arsenal’s first-team squad in the process. 2. Darren Bent It’s amazing what the sale of two of the biggest […]

United desperately need another forward. But who? C-Ron is out for two months, Louis Saha is made of glass, Fraizer Campbell is too raw… the attacking back-up to Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney – neither of whom are orthodox strikers – looks thin indeed. From a fan’s eye view, we all know that Man Utd […]

Monday’s football brunch Steven Gerrard enjoys some groin love [The Spoiler] Man City boss Mark Hughes furious after Thaskin Shinawatra tries to sell Vedran Corluka and Stephen Ireland behind his back [Mirror] Arsene Wenger will be without injured Abou Diaby (thigh strain) for at least the first month of the season [Mail] Video highlights from […]

Watch Pompey choke at Wembley… Dire penalties by Lassana Diarra and Glen Johnson. Seriously, would you trust Glen Johnson in a penalty shoot-out? Bonus vid Watch Tottenham’s 5-0 demolition of AS Roma below…

United toothless up front but still claim first silverware of season Man Yoo owned Pompey for most of the game, but their lack of finishing power meant the game went all the way to pens. At which time Pompey totally gift-wrapped the trophy and handed it to the Prem champions – ‘Arry’s team could only […]

One of the best Charity Shields of all time A seven-goal thriller from back in the days of King Eric, to whet your appetite for this Sunday’s Community Shield between Man Utd and Portsmouth. What’s that? You have no appetite for this Sunday’s Community Shield. We know how you feel.

A decathlon of footballers who should be in Beijing

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The Super Shirt Quiz

August 8th, 2008

Name the six clubs from the photos. Some are current strips, some from back in the day Answers below…

Olympic ladeez in the house Highlights from the opening round of matches: wins for Norway (against the mighty USA) and hosts China, and a goalless draw between Germany and Brazil in a rematch of the last Women’s World Cup final. Click on the image below to launch the gallery…

Giving new meaning to term “waterlogged pitch” Spotted at Machochip

Friday’s fun-sized selection Stevie G’s missus named new Queen of the WAGs by Tatler magazine [Kickette] Chelsea table £19.7m bid for Real Madrid’s Brazilian striker Robinho. Good luck with that [BBC] Aston Villa invest in a new pair of full-backs: Nicky Shorey (left) and Luke Young (right) [Independent] Rafa Benitez: this is my best Liverpool […]

The best pics from the first round of matches in Beijing Brazil, Argentina and Italy all began their Olympic campaign with good wins. Hosts China could only manage a draw against New Zealand. Click on the image below to launch the gallery…

Much Adu about nothing Bradley 1-0 Adu.

Today’s top football stories, with added mayo West Ham United and Fredrik Ljungberg have parted company, with the Swede just one year into a four-year contract [Guardian] Referee Mark Clattenburg has been suspended pending enquiries into reports regarding his alleged debts [BBC] Iain Dowie’s long-term future as QPR manager remains in serious doubt following a […]