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Czech stalemate

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1. Fabio Capello needs to stop the rot quickly before he turns into Steve McClaren. Expectations are high, but he has made a few key promises about what he expects from the team which he has not yet delivered on.

Stevie G cursed with OCD? Steven Gerrard is so obsessed with cleanliness he won’t even walk barefoot on a beach, according to his wife Alex Curran. Recalling their first-wedding anniversary holiday to Miami in June, Curran said: “We didn’t leave the pool on holiday because Steven doesn’t like to get his feet dirty in the […]

Why John Terry is OK by F-Cap

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1. Misses penalties
An essential attribute for a true England leader. How can you fully command respect if you are coolly slotting your spot-kick home when all those around you are missing theirs?


David Beckham: the musical!

August 20th, 2008

West End to see a “Theatre of Dreams” show based on Becks? A songwriter is talking with West End producers about staging a musical based on the life of David Beckham. No suprise really – in fact, I’m surprised it hasn’t happened sooner. Librettist Mark Archer has written a collection of songs for the musical, […]

Who’s going where, and who’s not going anywhere… Baked-bean head Mikael Silvestre was reportedly undergoing a medical at Man City when he was informed that Arsene Wenger wished to sign him. ‘Silvestre immediately abandoned the medical and hurtled down the M1 to meet Gunners boss Wenger and discuss terms,’ The Sun claims. Hope he stuck […]

Old-new England captain John Terry looks like he has got a chance of competing in the Olympics even if a Great Britain side do not enter the football tournament. The Chelsea man’s post-Moscow penalty shootout trauma does make him look uncannily like a synchronised diver. For all his flaws on the field, we never thought JT could be accused of being a diver.

Arsenal boss drops the F bomb “If I go into a season and I say, ‘For fuck’s sake, if we don’t win anything, they will all leave,’ I have already lost. The problem of the media is always to imagine the worst. The problem of the manager is always to imagine the best.” Arsene Wenger […]


The Super Shirt Quiz

August 19th, 2008

Name the six clubs. Some shirts are current, others older Answers after the jump…

Whose crystal ball worked the best? Congratulations to Pies reader Dagnarus, who is the first winner of Pies Picks for this new season. He predicted that Man Utd would draw 1-1 with Newcastle, and also that Bolton would thump Stoke 3-1, on the way to amassing 10 points (two correct scores, four correct results). Dagnarus […]

Chelsea’s Brazilian star goes over the top Online Videos by Seventy seconds into this clip, Deco makes his first ever tackle in the Premier League. It was the sort of reckless “over-the-top” challenge that earned several players a straight red card last season – but the Brazilian didn’t even see yellow! I don’t think […]

Proof, if proof be need be… “Shirts are more generous” is just a polite way of saying “our sorry collection of fat-fuck fans told us they couldn’t even squeeze into an XXL shirt”. I reckon these expanding City fans should follow the famously obese Toon Army’s example and go shirtless. [EPL Talk]

Internacional keeper Cleber seems to be angling for a move to Blackburn Rovers as Paul Robinson’s understudy. You see, if Cleber was capable of dealing with a fairly strong knee-high backpass by cleanly volleying the ball upfield, he would probably be a candidate for the Internacional strikeforce. But he can’t and he isn’t. Not a very Cleber boy.

How to offend one billion people First came Ronaldo at the 2002 World Cup. Then, in 2008, it was Spain’s men’s basketball team, followed closely by the Spanish tennis team. And now Argentina’s Olympic women’s footballers have been caught in the act. This photo was published – without controversy, we add – in the Argentine […]

Who messed up in their opening match?

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1. Manchester United
We are sure Fraizer Campbell will become a very good player in his own right, but he is not ready to lead the line for the champions of Europe. Man Yoo did not look comfortable against Newcastle, and you don’t want to be relying on Darren Fletcher to score your goals all season.

C-Ron voted “ultimate gay icon” An online survey of 3,000 gay men voted C-Ronaldo the ultimate gay icon. A spokeswoman for said: “Ronaldo’s ripped body, slicked-back hair, shiny white teeth and jewellery swung the votes his way. He looks like any gay man or woman’s dream.” Yeah, he also looks like a frickin’ Guido. […]

A legend, do you hear me… Darren Huckerby facts: 1) He comes from the Northfolk team in north-east England 2) He’s a legend 3) He’s responsible for the Greatest Goal Ever 4) “Manchester” play in blue, it seems 5) He’s a LEGEND 6) His wife is too old to be a pop star

Actor shows off his fancy footwork Thespian Gary Oldman was chosen to front ITV’s campaign to promote its three-pronged football coverage (Champions League, FA Cup and England internationals) this season. We managed to get our hands on an out-take from the the promo ad, which shows that Oldman didn’t need a stunt double to pull […]

Half a dozen heroes from the new season’s first weekend Click on the photo to check out the list…

Brazil v Argentina, the board-game Olympics That’s one tense game of Jenga… until Carlos throws his toys out of the pram.

Some random thoughts on the weekend’s action 1. How do you expect me to concentrate fully on the Prem when the Olympics are still on? If the opening round of games felt a bit flat, that’s because they had to compete with the Greatest Show on Earth, starring Usain Bolt et al. Speaking of Bolt, […]

The most striking images from the Prem’s curtain-raiser Much more on Saturday and Sunday’s games throughout the day on Pies. For now, enjoy these pictures. Click on the image to launch the gallery…

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David James further secured his place in Horror Hair history by starting the new season with terrible chunky cornrows.

The Championship match between Burnley and Ipswich kicked off late yesterday when a parachutist involved in a pre-match jump missed his target and landed on the roof of the Turf Moor stadium. There was more mayhem when the fire engine that came to rescue the stranded parachutist couldn’t get into the ground because of parked cars. Ipswich eventually won 0-3, if you’re interested.

Predict the Premier League results. Can you do better than Pies? It’s back and this time we have prizes! Each Friday this season, Pies will run Prem Picks – all you have to do is leave a comment with your predictions (and an email contact address), to stand a chance of winning the weekly prize. […]


1. Cristiano Ronaldo in the crowd at Old Trafford in a Real Madrid replica shirt.