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April 1996 Matt Le Tissier shoots at goal as Ryan Giggs and David Beckham look on during the FA Premiership match between Southampton and Manchester United held on April 13, 1996 at The Dell. Southampton won the match 3-1, a famous victory for the Saints. Photo Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Peter Crouch’s sending-off was the turning point. The decision was correct: it’s clear from the clip that Crouch suddenly saw red and had no intention of going for the ball. He wanted to clatter Mikel – wouldn’t you? – and did. And not like Frank Lampard to get a deflected goal, is it?

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Everton have named 16-year-old defender Jack Rodwell in their squad to face AZ Alkmaar in the Uefa Cup tonight. The former England under 16s skipper, who can also play in midfield, is tipped to become the next Rio Ferdinand (a backhanded compliment you might say). The youngster is said to be strong, quick and have excellent composure on the ball.

Luca Toni risked incurring the wrath of animal rights protestors by brazenly wearing fur before Bayern Munich’s Uefa Cup win over Aris Salonika last night.
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Ajax and PSV stayed first and second respectively despite their match being called off on the advice of the police. The match clashed with a police strike on Saturday and was called off because the safety of supporters could not be guaranteed.

A fascinating little video that reminds us how much professional football has changed in the last 28 years. Hooliganism was a real problem in the late 70s, and few English derbies scared the police more than the Owls vs Blades Sheffield showdown – even when both teams were in the old Third Division, as was the […]

Sol Campbell, still a Judas to many Spurs fans after he left them for Arsenal (Gooners didn’t seem to mind so much when he left them for Portsmouth), called a Radio 4 phone-in to complain about the level of abuse he and other footballers have to put up with. ‘It’s out of hand now,’ Campbell […]

jonny_evans.jpgFirst, what we know about this incident, and I’ll leave the ‘facts’ up to the BBC, because I think they can afford any legal bills more than Pies:

Zico of Brazil and Claudio Gentile of Italy get to know each other better during the World Cup ’82 second round match at the Sarria Stadium in Barcelona, Spain. Gentile was the most fearsome defenders of his era (and one of Pies’ Top 50 Scariest Footballers), and he rarely let Zico get further away from […]

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Former England manager Glenn Hoddle has passed on some words of wisdom from his two-and-a-half years in the job to new man Fabio Capello. Hoddle – sacked after claiming that disabled people were being punished for sins committed in previous lives – reckons Fab Cap should avoid learning to speak English for as long as possible.

OK it’s not really Saint Nick, but top freestyle footballers Dan Magness, Billy Fincham, Mr Woo and Gerbeshi but it should get you in the footballing festive spirit.

Footballers do have the potential to be extremely homoerotic. Baddiel and Skinner used to present a regular feature on the theme. Even so, this is possibly the most gay goal celebration of all time.

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A second 0-0 draw in succession means Bayern Munich are clinging to the top of the Bundesliga table. Werder Bremen moved level on points with Bayern following their 5-2 victory over Bayer Leverkusen. Brazilian starlet Diego was on target for the second goal before picking a fight with a giant bottle of water (pictured).

Thanks to 101Greatgoals for pointing us in the direction of this outstanding free-kick scored by Alvaro Negredo in Almeria’s win over Valladolid last week. It is the kind of set-piece routine that never quite looks as simple when you try it with your mates!

It is one week until Christmas Day and it is about time we spared a thought for this less fortunate than ourselves, such as Premier League footballers. Football Focus pundits Garth Crooks, Les Ferdinand and Gavin Peacock recount sob stories of eating pasta with Christmas turkey, travelling to away games on Christmas Day and trying to accumulate enough bookings to be suspended for the Boxing Day match.

Photographic evidence that Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo is taking cheating to a whole new level. The Portuguese has taken to diving in an attempt to con the referee into giving him free-kicks even when the opposition have possession of the ball!
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Look at this pair of world-class cuties, plugged into God-knows-what at the FIFA World Player of the Year award ceremony, held in Zurich yesterday. That Kaka, he’s been a busy boy recently, what with helping Milan to win the Club World Cup and winning just about every other award going. Captions on a postcard please…

Watford fans show their support for midfielder Al Bangura at half-time during the Championship match between Watford and Plymouth Argyle at Vicarage Road on December 15, 2007. As we reported last week, poor Bangura faces deportation back to his home country of Sierra Leone, a move that will endanger the 19-year-old’s life and put an […]

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Table-topping Real Madrid kept up their 100 per cent home record with a 2-0 win over Osasuna. Ruud van Nistelrooy and Wesley Sneijder found the net for the champions. Barcelona kept themselves within four points of Real with a 0-3 over Valencia.

25268_news.jpgOf course, now it’s purely a rhetorical question. At the time when Cashley and Gallas swapped clubs, in August 2006, it was a legitimate question, although I always thought that the Frenchman was more talented and obviously more versatile than the Englishman.

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Like the Arsenal vs Chelsea clash, this was not a classic encounter. It was also a surprisingly low-key affair with relatively few talking points. Here are three things I learned from the match:
No.1 Playing in black worked wonders for Liverpool at Marseille, and it also worked for Man Utd at Liverpool on Sunday. So if Man Utd played Marseille at home and Marseille wore black, the French club would win… or something like that. Is there something about playing in black that makes you play better? I’d argue yes. I cite Reservoir Dogs:

Not a classic encounter by any means; however, it was fascinating stuff between two teams who clearly hate each other. Here are three things I learned from the match: No.1 Making William Gallas captain was one of Arsene Wenger’s unlikeliest masterstrokes. Gallas strikes me as vain, petulant and arrogant – but give him a bit […]

What a dribble! One of those flukey runs that may happen just once in any player’s career. I don’t remember Roy doing anything half as good as this, before or after.

AC Milan’s indestructible captain Paolo Maldini, announced after the final of the Club World Cup (see post directly below), that he will quit at the end of the season. ‘It’s hard for someone to reach the age of 39 and still compete at the top level,’ he said. ‘In June [2008], I will retire with […]

Here is David Beckham’s interview on Michael Parkinson’s farewell chat show. Not featured is Becks wearing a party hat provided by comedian Peter Kay.