The 1950 World Cup in Brazil was when a cheeky li’l nipper named Edson Arantes do Nascimento (AKA Pele) clutched onto a radio and decided he wanted to become a football God. The goal machine who now helps out men who can’t get erections, was only nine, knee high to a goose, but deeply moved by Uruguay’s shock defeat of Brazil in the final. So after the final whistle went, legend has it he went out and built a ball out of socks, and started training day in day out so he could win the trophy back for Brazil. Eight years later he did just that.
Now, one of the Uruguayans who broke Pele’s heart in 1950 is flogging his World Cup winners medal on eBay. We reckon it’s probably one of their grandkids as most of the players are dead. But whoever’s medal it is, bidding is currently at a ridiculously low Â£0. Seriously. This is a part of World Cup history! Like owning a snippet of Bobby Charlton’s comb over. We would give you the link, but frankly we’re just going to buy it ourselves and then lie to our friends that our Granddad was from Uruguay and he beat Brazil to win the World Cup once. Nobody would ever believe that crap? Oh, alright, here’s the link….
GAME OF THE WEEK
England V Israel Lawro 2-0, Pies 3-0
Lawro is claiming width will be the key, and we have to agree with him here. Joe Cole should get his chance to show Jose Mourinho exactly what he’s made of, and why he shouldn’t be stuck on the bench for Chelsea. An early goal is key, if Wembley turn on England, this could go belly up very quickly, but at the end of day, it is Israel we’re playing not Argentina…
Former drunk Tony Adams has come out in the press today to compare Steve McLaren with turnips Graham Taylor. The Sun even dare call poor Steve a McTurnip. There are of course two minor problems with this theory. Firstly, Steve McShinyteeth lacks the tactical knowledge of Taylor, secondly the turnip has already been taken in England manager folklore. As of course has the swede.
So lets think outside the box here. What vegetable mosts suits McLaren? For our money it has to be the artichoke…
1 Waiting with baited breath for the Sunday tabloids to see what trouble he had got himself into this week.
2 The fact that he seemed to be at every Premier League ground every Saturday.
3 Errrr, well, er, impersonating his, er, post-match interviews, of course.
Nancy’s early season form is looking less like fluke with each match. They are two points clear at the top-of-the-table with a game in hand following their 2-0 victory over St Etienne. Carlos Kim (the guy upside down in the picture above) and Marc-Antoine Fortune were on the scoresheet.
Another of the Pies guides to England’s women:
Smith is Englandâ€™s best – at least, most influential – player by a country mile, with the ability to change a game in the time it takes her to drop her shoulder.
The womenâ€™s World Cup starts in five days and chances are you know bugger all about it, which simply wonâ€™t do. I know theyâ€™re girls and that, but theyâ€™re pretty good, and since most of the games are on BBCi / Eurosport you might as well give it a try.
The biggest story in Serie A this week was not Gennaro Delvecchio, of Sampdoria, doing whatever he is doing to Inter’s Luciano Zauri, for some reason. No, the big news is that Juventus are top of the table. Juve beat Cagliari 2-3 to pip Roma to top-spot after two games.
Ajax’s goalscoring exploits might have grabbed the headlines early-on this season, but Feyenoord have been quietly going about their business. A 2-0 victory over Willem II at the weekend was enough to send them to the top of the Eredivisie. The goals came from Luigi Bruins and Roy Makaay.
Casey Telford of England in action during an England training session ahead of the FIFA 2007 World Cup in China at Shanghai Songjiang Stadium on September 4, 2007 in Shanghai, China. Photo Paul Gilham/Getty Images
Sevilla secured a fitting tribute to Antonio Puerta by qualifying for the Champions with a comfortable 4-1 victory over AEK Athens. A brace from Luis Fabiano and goals from Seydou Keita and Alexander Kerzhakov secured a 6-1 aggregate win. The Spanish side will now line-up in Group H with Arsenal, Slavia Prague and Steaua Bucharest.
“It’s like a James Bond film where you think, why doesn’t the villain kill him? – and then eventually he comes back to bite them.”
Northern Ireland FC (aka Fulham) manager Lawrie Sanchez compares Spurs to a James Bond after sneaking a 3-3 draw against them.