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They got the badge wrong… Aaah… what’s that?… Oh. Sorry. My mistake. Seriously though, it still looks weird to see a non-Premier League badge on a Newcastle kit. I’m sure I’ll get used to it though.

Arsenal’s central defenders, at time of writing: William Gallas Philippe Senderos Mikael Silvestre Thomas Vermaelen Johan Djourou The Kolo Touré-shaped hole is large, but despite the Ivorian’s undoubted class, he never played particularly well alongside Billy Gallas; the two didn’t get along off the pitch and that showed on it. Because when you talk about […]

Plenty of transfer toss to consider today, but by far the most interesting rumour comes straight from the big mouth of Ian Wright. The Arsenal goalscoring legend claims that Paddy Vieira may be set for a second stint under Arsene Wenger. Speaking on his TalkSport radio show, Wrighty said: “I’m hearing Vieira, pay-as-you-play back at […]

It’s way too early in the season for a big club like Celtic to contemplate not reaching the lucrative Champions League group stages - but that looks very likely now after last night’s morale-sapping defeat at home to Dinamo Moscow. Not a great way for Tony Mowbray to kick off his tenure at Parkhead.

So the Man City monster rumbles on, scooping up players from the big four and beyond. The latest arrival is Kolo Touré, who has signed a four-year deal worth more than £100,000 a week [@ Man City's official website]. The ex-Arsenal star joins former teammate Emmanuel Adebayor at Eastlands, along with four more new summer […]

1. A very, very bad penalty miss [@ BigSoccer] 2. Alvaro Arbeloa is set to complete a move to Real Madrid from Liverpool after passing a medical [@ BBC Sport] 3. Top 10 Reasons why Football is better than Cricket [@ SoccerLens]

Looking up at the stars makes me think of all the hot guys in the world… Click the photo below to launch the gallery:

Three cheers (at least) to Sasha for this Premier League-quality suggestion. Great spot, Sasha. Got a lookalike for Pies? Email me with your tip, no matter how shit it is.

Think you know who the ballfaced England player is? Then leave a comment with your shout (click the image to enlarge)… Most recent solution: Scott Parker Quite a tough one this, so props to Mike P, who was the first reader to guess correctly.

Diego showed wonderful poise in the penalty area to score on his Juventus debut, in the Italian team’s Peace Cup match against Seongnam of Korea. This is the sort of ability he showed regularly in the Bundesliga for Werder Bremen: Expert finish, eh. Juve won the match 3-0 and now face Real Madrid in what […]

It’s OK, let it all out. Mummy’s here… 1. Pele A 17-year-old Pele cries on the shoulder of Didi as teammates Gilmar and Orlando congratulate him on his fantastic performance in the 1958 World Cup final.

Ah, good to know that you can rely on some things in football today

A Real Madrid fan holds up a Xabi Alonso Liverpool shirt during a recent friendly between Real and Al Ittihad at the Bernabeu Xabi Alonso is one of those players who even most non-Liverpool fans have a sneaking (or open) fondness for. I’ve heard several fans say they think Xabi is overrated but I’ve never […]

(l to r) Danijel Pranjic, Franck Ribery and Philipp Lahm lark about with mobile phones during Bayern Munich’s official pre-season photocall. A subtle nod to Bayern’s telecom co. shirt sponsor, I guess. [Photo: Andreas Gebert/DPA/Press Association]

There’s a prize incentive for Spot the Baller today. If you answer the following StBs correctly, you could win a copy of ‘The Beckham Experiment’ by Grant Wahl. I’ve read the book already and it’s a fascinating account of Becks’ time in the States (read my review here), expertly written by Sports Illustrated’s senior ‘soccer’ […]

We got ourselves a couple of Sideshow Bobs here. Lichte is the assistant coach for SC Paderborn (of Bundesliga 2 fame), and Gladwell is the cult author of best-sellers ‘Blink’ and ‘Tipping Point’. PS. Many thanks for all the Lookalikes you emailed in while Pies was inactive. Keep em’ coming!

The force is strong with this rumour: Kolo Touré has not denied he’s interested in a move to Man City. Put in Monsieur Wenger’s geography teacher-style shoes, I’d be seriously tempted to let the Ivorian go for around £16m. He’s still only 28 (yeah, you’d think he was older) but he’s not shown the form […]

I still think Inter got a terrific deal in getting Samuel Eto’o plus a stack of cash for Zlatan, but have to admit Ibra looks great in Barca’s kit. A front line of Henry, Zlatan and Messi is scary as hell, and the sort of forward trio you’d only dream about playing in a videogame.

It’s happened people. The madness continues… Emmanuel Adebayor is officially a Manchester City player now, the club having confirmed on its official website that he has signed a five-year contract, for an undisclosed fee. This from the City website:

Barcelona’s Samuel Eto’o and Inter’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic are set to trade places, presumably because there is no dressing room in the world that could contain their twin egos.

Thanks to the Crazy World of Chringle for this leftfield suggestion. I kind of see what he means, but I probably haven’t smoked enough jazz cigarattes to fully appreciate it. Got a lookalike for Pies? Email me with your suggestion.

Who’d have thunk it?! Michael Owen scored on his Man Utd debut, coming off the bench to score the winner against a Malaysian XI (final score 3-2 to United). It was the sort of finish that Owen is renowned for, as the video below shows…

Arsenal drew at Barnet in their traditional pre-season friendly at the Underhill. Tomas Roskicky captained the Arsenal, a fine sight for Gooners who haven’t seen Rosicky in action for many months, while new signing Tomas Vermaelen made his debut.

A Manchester City poster bearing the face of new signing (and former Man Utd striker) Carlos Tevez overlooks pedestrians in Manchester city centre. Very cheeky indeed. [Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Wire] How long before this is subjected to an attack of red paint by United-supporting vandals, I wonder? Pies readers in Manchester, please keep us informed…

OK, yesterday’s StB was way too obvious. No more Mr Nice Guy… Think you know who this is? Leave a comment with your guess. Yesterday’s answer: Lionel Messi I thought the No.19 on the shorts might put some of you off the scent (Messi wears No.10 for Barcelona now), but as soon as I posted […]