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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 […]

The sun sets dramatically over Wrexham’s Racecourse Ground, during a UEFA Cup match between Total Network Solutions and Osters IF [Photo: Matthew Ashton/EMPICS Sport]

Less than a week after Fergie said he wouldn’t be signing any more players this summer, what does he go and do? You’ve guessed it… Today Manchester United announced the signing of Senegal international Mame Biram Diouf (pictured above) from Norway’s FK Molde (the same club United signed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from), for an undisclosed […]

So many of you have requested the return of the FFQ that I couldn’t hold out any longer. No doubt the format of the quiz will evolve in the coming weeks, but for now it has a comfortably familiar look… 1. Crystal Palace, Southend United, Derby County, Charlton Athletic, West Ham United, Charlton Athletic, Watford, […]

A rare WAG lookalike to mix things up a bit: Sarah Alexander is a comedienne/actress best known for her roles in Green Wing and Smack the Pony. Sylvia van der Vaart is – of course – the wife of Real Madrid star Rafael. Got a Shit Lookalike for Pies? You know you have… Email me […]

As we reported earlier, Becks is back with the LA Galaxy. Check out our gallery of the England star in action (includes male toplessness)… Click on the image to launch the gallery:

Simple, classy? Er, no… Click on the image to launch the gallery:

Everton’s new store is located in Liverpool’s biggest shopping mall, aka Liverpool One. Whoever decided to call the store Everton Two has my undying respect. Everton’s megastore, located at Goodison Park, is now called Everton One. Brilliant.

Undisputed quote of the day goes to Noel Gallagher: “I don’t like John Terry and I never have. He’s got funny eyes and he’s a cry baby. He’s also a Cockney and he’d absolutely be coming [to Man City] just for the money.” Can’t argue with that. In an interview with F365, the Oasis star […]

How dare you, America! Becks was booed by a small section of fans during last night’s friendly between LA Galaxy and NT Red Bulls. No biggie though - the boos were to be expected, and it was hardly the cacophony you’d hear reserved for the likes of Emmanuel Eboue and Ashley Cole. As for the game, […]

Can you spot the part of Sepp’s Wiki entry that will very soon be deleted? Check it out (click image to enlarge): Factually accurate too? That’s for you to judge. I give this, ooh, one hour before it’s amended. Also, I highly recommend you enjoy Sepp falling flat on his fat face

You should know the drill by now - can you identify the player with the football face? If you know who it is, leave a comment with your answer… Yesterday’s answer: Dirk Kuyt Yes, quite a few of you recognised the chunky, pale legs of Dirk Kuyt. Nice spot.

Carlos Bianchi is the coach of Boca Juniors. Larry David is the co-creator of Seinfeld and the brains behind the brilliant Curb Your Enthusiasm. Pretty… pretttty… pretttttttty good work by Andres Lopez. Thanks for the suggestion, Andres. Got a Shit Lookalike for Pies? Email me with your nomination(s).

I don’t remember the Backstreet Boys having this many members. [Photo: PA] At ESPN’s annual sports awards (like the Oscars for sport in the States), the US men’s national team won the ‘Upset’ award, for their overperformance at the 2009 Confederations Cup. It’s a good sign that ‘soccer’ is starting to edge into the mainstream […]

Ah, I love the smell of schadenfreude in the morning. Enjoy… Looks like a dive to me. Yellow card, at least, for that. (Btw, this looks like it could be very old, but I’ve not seen it before.) One to watch again and again.

Summer lovin’, happened so fast… This from the puckered mouth of Chelsea’s chief suit, Peter Kenyon: “I don’t know what they [City] are offering but I’m confident John is going to remain with us. John is a talisman, he’s the heart of Chelsea, he came through our academy, he’s our captain and he’s also become […]