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71976731_352x470.jpgDerby County have agreed a fee with Blackburn Rovers for Robbie Savage. The Welshman, no longer assured of first-team football at Ewood, is a good signing for Derby, but he won’t save them from the drop. He is due to have talks with Derby to agree personal terms later today.

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The main news in German football this week is that there is no news. Well, that’s not strictly true but there is no Bundesliga action until February. Now that is a winter break. It is at times like this that people like Owen Hargreaves, who have sacrificed their cushy holiday allowance to warm Manchester United’s bench over the festive period, must kick themselves. Hargreaves said: “Contrary to the previous years, I’m not going to spend the Christmas holidays with my family in Calgary, because the Premier League doesn’t have a winter break.”

I love this story, from the website of the Current Bun. Carra reportedly ‘lost it’ after being taunted – i.e. told to ‘calm down’ in a bad Scouse accent – by a small section of Luton fans wearing curly wigs and shellsuits. The Sun’s story is accompanied by a blurry picture of Carragher, supposedly enraged, […]

June 1994 Gabriel Batistuta of Argentina appeals for a foul during his team’s World Cup group match against Bulgaria, played in Dallas, Texas. Bulgaria won the match 2-0, with goals by Hristo Stoichkov and Nasko Sirakov, thereby knocking Argentina out of the tournament. Photo David Cannon/ALLSPORT

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At Christmas time with the busy football schedule, sometimes it seems like a good idea to bring in extra referees to cope with the demand. The fact remains that once the festivities have died down many of these men in black have no home to go to.

This classic clip shows Burnley mascot Bertie Bee laying the smackdown on a streaker at Turf Moor. The stewards struggle to thwart the naked fan, but Bertie steps in to save the day. Cue big furry bee doing wrestling celebrations at the side of the pitch!

As some of you will have noticed, if you want to leave a comment on Pies now you have to register with our Pies Community. I hope you think it’s worth 60 seconds of your time to sign up & join us – it will hopefully enhance your experience of this site. Once you have […]

1991 Spurs midfielder Paul Gascoigne celebrates after scoring with a 35-yard free-kick during the FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal at Wembley Stadium. Tottenham Hotspur won the match 3-1, and went on to lift the trophy, defeating Nottm Forest 2-1 in the final. Photo Simon Bruty/Allsport Watch Gazza’s rocket free-kick after the jump…

76807948.jpgBig Sam Allardyce is right out of luck at the moment. Even if his Newcastle Utd side get past Stoke in their third-round reply, they will face Arsenal away in the fourth round – the only consolation for Sam is that Arsene Wenger may not put out a full-strength team for that game.

One of the goals of the season so far, by Leeds United defender (defender!) Frazer Richardson – Northampton aren’s the strongest opposition, but it was a powerful run and a fine finish. Leeds are now up to fourth in the table, and that despite starting the season with a 15-point deduction. Via 101GreatGoals

Surely not the gang at regional news programme Central tonight…

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Goalkeeper Iker Casillas kept Real Madrid’s seven-point lead over Barcelona intact with a match-winning performance against Real Zaragoza. Casillas made a string of saves in a match dominated by mid-table Zaragoza. The champions won the match 2-0 with goals from Ruud van Nistelrooy and Robinho.

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The Inconvenient Truth for Becks fans is that their hero is supposedly the least green person on the planet. As The Daily Star reported recently, ‘LA Galaxy star Becks, 32, not only owns a fleet of 15 gas-guzzling supercars [including a Porsche, Hummer and Lincoln Navigator], he has clocked up more than 250,000 miles in the air in the last year – more than the distance to the far side of the Moon.

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1 Craig Hinton of Bristol Rovers rises above the Fulham defence to score his team’s second goal at Craven Cottage. Bristol held the Premier League side to a 2-2 draw.
Photo Phil Cole/Getty Images

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Michael Mifsud The Coventry striker led the Sky Blues to an incredible 1-4 victory at Blackburn with two goals.

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One is a likeable no hoper who constantly gets himself into scrapes on the field of play with his comic strip antics, the other is Philippe Senderos.

… Yes, it means that after the Brazilian daddy scored for Real Madrid in their 2-0 win against Real Zaragoza, he celebrated in time-honoured fashion: Robinho’s post-goal celebration was one of the finest ‘I’m going to let the world know that I’ve had a baby!’ moments in football history. Not only did Robbie break out […]

I have no idea who this blonde, bikini-clad young lady is, but I do know that she’ll catch a cold if she doesn’t at least put on a pair of gloves. I’m sure Sepp Blatter would approve though. More babes with balls

2578347.jpgWould you trust your best mate to be around your naked wife/girlfriend/partner and act like a gentleman? David Beckham would. Speaking at a do for the Football Writers’ Association, Becks said that he’d trust best bud Gary Neville with his wife Victoria – even if she was naked.
‘They are the three [mates] that I would trust with my wife naked,’ said the LA Galaxy star. ‘That’s how good they are as friends.’ (We don’t know who the other two are.)

On the twelfth day of Christmas, Pies sends to you 12 Robinho’s drumming…
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BRISTOL CITY to beat Middlesbrough City are tough to beat at home and ‘Boro have no form right now. This looks like the most obvious ‘upset’ of the third round. Not that it would be a massive upset, mind. SPURS vs READING to be goal CRAZY! You want goals? You got ‘em with this fixture, […]

Young Motherwell fans gather to pay tribute to Phil O’Donnell at St Mary’s Church in Hamilton, Scotland. Hundreds of fans and leading sporting figures attended the funeral of the 35-year-old Motherwell captain, who collapsed during a match against Dundee United. Photo Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

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A team of giantkilling heroes to inspire the minnows in this weekend’s FA Cup third-round ties.

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The French football festive programme is much less packed than the English one. Ligue 1 footballers clocked off the weekend before Christmas and will not kick a ball again until January 12. The final round of fixtures before the winter break did throw up one particularly interesting tie though as the top two went head-to-head.

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David Beckham has started training with Arsenal, in a bid to stay fit during the MLS’s off season. He will mostly train with Arsenal’s reserves over the next few weeks but he may join up with the first team when they are short of players. Will he also wear official Arsenal kit to train in though? – no doubt tabloid sports editors (and me too, if I’m honest) are praying that he does.