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Who do you want to go down? And who do you think will go down? “Ah, I’ve made a right balls-up of this…” West Brom (definitely) and Boro (99% certain) are down, but which one from Newcastle Utd, Hull City and Sunderland will join them in the Championship next season? Vote after the jump…

British football’s greatest Houdini acts 1. West Bromwich Albion (2005) With the odds stacked massively against the Baggies, on the final day of the season they did the only thing they could and beat Portsmouth 2-0. Elsewhere, Crystal Palace drew with Charlton, while Norwich and Southampton both lost. West Brom became the first club to […]

Phone-in host at centre of new Hillsborough controversy This grinning buffoon is Steven Cohen, the host of World Soccer Daily (WSD). WSD is the most popular football phone-in radio show in the States. God knows why it’s popular - it features way too many adverts and lots of inane buddy chat, mostly with his hugley annoying […]

Fergie faces his biggest fear Nothing scares the hardest manager in the Premier League, except his assistant Mike Phelan popping a balloon.

Shame no one was there to see it Fantastic strike by Zanetti (who is no relation to Javier of Internazionale), but no Juventus fans saw it live - their league game at home against Atalanta on Sunday was played in front of closed doors, in the wake of alleged racial abuse of Inter’s Mario Balotelli. The […]

This hairstyle was all the rage in 1975 A perfectly executed combover by the former Abedeen & Scotland forward. Got any Panini classics for Pies? We need them. Email me with the details.

The best football links Thursday 21 May has ever seen LEGO Jenga! [@ B3TA] 1. The origins of cult football chants. Ooh Ah Cantona, say ooh ah Cantona! [@ Guardian] 2. A handy graph showing the progression of the 2008/09 Premier League title race. [@ Some People Are on the Pitch] 3. Some idiot’s Premier […]

The group of death? Michael Essien v Samuel Eto’o (Group E) Two giants of the game in Africa go head to head – but who’s the better player right now? Vote below…

Big Ron faces disciplinary action after this quick tug… “You pull my shirt, I pull your hair.” Fat Ronaldo is in not-very-hot water after he was caught pulling an opponent’s hair (Botafogo’s Fahel), while playing for Corinthians on Sunday. The incident brings back memories of Peter Crouch’s underhand hair pull at the 2006 World Cup.

Dirrrrty boys The list is based on fouls committed, which I concede is a flawed way of deciding which players are dirty. For example, there are no defenders on the list, because a) defenders are expected to make tackles, so referees are more lenient on them, and b) midfielders and forwards are simply not as […]

Sartorial excellence? Hmm, no Look at the fancy Gooners! They may be rubbish at winning silver, trophy-shaped things, but they’re at the cutting-egde when it comes to announcing their new kit, as this embedded video shows. (And I didn’t realise Arshavin was so much shorter than Fabregas.) We put up a leaked photo of the […]

Difficult-to-spell team wins last ever Uefa Cup final Shish-kebab Donertsk go down in the history books as the final team to lift the Uefa Cup (next season we get the Europa League, or Eurovision League as I will be calling it). The Ukraine side deservedly beat a Diego-less Werder Bremen, thanks to Rodrigues Jadson’s winner […]

Cult classic or travesty? Well, it’s, er, different – I’ll say that for Bolton’s new home shirt, which has already been dubbed the “barcode” kit. What do you think of it? Vote below…

Guess which player has been confirmed as a definite starter for United in Rome Fergie revealed today the first name in his starting XI against Barcelona on 27 May. Who do you think could be? Answer after the jump…

Mmm-hmm, that is a tasty burger As spotted by ITV’s Clive Tyldesley, I think, during the commentary on one of Arsenal’s Champions League matches this season. More Shit Lookalikes

The opening games in Group D To speed things along a bit, we’ll feature two group games per post. Today is the turn of Group D (Lionel Messi, Xavi, Robinho, Daniele De Rossi). First up, Messi takes on Man City’s Brazilian maestro. Only one way this result’s going, and it’s not in favour of the […]

Another sulk by football’s biggest primadonna On Saturday night, Inter’s players spent the night (and some of Sunday morning) out on the town, getting pissed. They had reason to celebrate: Milan had lost to Udinese earlier in the evening, a result that gifted the Serie A tile to Inter. During Inter’s celebratory game against Siena […]

Today’s freshest links are brought to you by the letter “M” and Marouane Fellaini 1. Marouane Fellaini won Everton’s Young Player of the Year award (Phil Jagielka won the main award). You could have got your hair cut for the ceremony, Marouane. [@ Ginge Talks the Footy] 2. The Spanish press claims to know the […]

Boo, life’s not fair Happier days for West Brom’s skipper 1. Jonathan Greening (West Bromwich Albion) West Brom’s bearded captain, who never quite made the grade at Man Utd, has been the driving force for his team this season. His mental strength is admirable (his head rarely drops), and he can play a bit too. […]

Don’t stare at this photo for too long, it will damage your eyes Apparently, it was acceptable in Germany to look like this in the Eighties. Shocking stuff. Apart from an albino silverback gorilla, Kahn really reminds me of someone here, but I can’t think who. Any suggestions for Retro-Kahn lookalikes most welcome. More Horror […]

More fun times with Jim Rosenthal and the champions Nice to see Vidic get the recognition his performances this season merited. And nice to hear his praises being sung: “Nemanja, woah-oh!/ He comes from Serbia, he’ll fooking murder ya!” Lovely stuff. And hands up if you think Bolt is a plastic fan… yep, I just […]

Another gong for C-Ron’s trophy cabinet “In my opinion, I think it’s a fantastic goal.” Yes, Cristiano, it is a fantastic goal, but there’s no need to spell it out. And it didn’t win three points, you dunderhead - it helped your team make it through to a Champions League semi final. Doh. Bonus video: watch […]

Pride before a fall and all that Liverpool fans: Come back when you’ve won 18! United fans: Hi, remember that banner you held up in 1994? Yeah, about that… Now who’ll be the first to 19? Hmm, I know who my money’s on (United, if that wasn’t already clear). [@ Football Banter]

The search for the best footballer on the planet continues Karim Benzema v Sergio “Kun” Aguero (Group C) Two of the most highly rated young forwards in the world. But which one gets your vote?