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City’s Arab connections pay off again Man City’s new 2009/10 kit is worth a cool £45million. Next week the club will announce a £30m shirt sponsorship deal with Air Etihad, set to run for four seasons. Umbro will also take over from Le Coq Sportif as City’s shirt manufacturer. That deal is worth £15m, also […]

Arsenal lose again, Chelsea bounce back In the wake of Tom Henning Ovrebo-Gate, I thought Chelsea might suffer more when it came to this battle of the Champions League losers, but I was way wrong. Guus Hiddink’s team came to north London and stuffed Arsenal on their own patch, to cap a truly crappy week […]

The title race is over folks Nice one Sparky, your boys could have tried a bit harder than that. I guess that sums up the thoughts of Rafa Benitez today. His Liverpool side keep on winning, but can’t get any closer to United, who also keep on doing the business. Touché.

Pies dusts off the old crystal ball… SATURDAY Blackburn v Portsmouth: Both teams are in a decent position to avoid relegation (Rovers are six points off the drop zone, while Pompey have a seven-point cushion), so a draw here will do nicely for Big Sam and Pingu’s old man. 0-0 Bolton v Sunderland: A huge, […]

Pies 2.0 has its own Twitter profile, of course. It’s the craze that’s sweeping the webnet, so I’m told by @StephenFry.

Loving this guy’s work…

… But Man Utd midfielder will still miss the final Uefa will discuss Darren Fletcher’s red card, which at least gives some hope to the Scot, who is currently suspended from the Champions League final. An official Uefa statement confirmed that they “received a submission from Manchester United FC concerning the red card shown to […]

You like? According to the worldwide internet web, this is Chelsea’s new away shirt for next season. It looks rather 1980s to me (I could see Kerry Dixon wearing it), which is no surprise given that the 80s revival currently in full swing. Leaked images of Chelsea’s third kit have also been spaffed all over […]

Two scary men, but in very different ways If you don’t watch The Wire, a) you should, absolutely (it’s amazingly good), and b) for the purposes of this post, you might want to know that Partlow (played by Nigerian-American actor Gbenga Akinnagbe) is a hitman for a ruthless drug dealer. Whereas Essien is just a […]

Werder Bremen reach Uefa Cup final, thanks partly to bizarre bobble Damn that pesky “papierkugel”! Hamburger SV, quarter-final conquerors of Manchester City, were on course to make the Uefa Cup final, but fate intervened, in the form of a scrunched up ball of paper. Just as Hamburg defender Michael Gravgaard was about to hoof the […]

RTE pundits > all other pundits As ever, RTE’s excellent gang of football experts shame the likes of Messrs Lawrenson, Townsend and Claridge. Favourite moment: when Souey asks Dunphy which clubs he has managed. Bold chat there, Graeme - your managerial track record isn’t very good. More classic Dunphy: Calling BBC pundits “clowns” Slagging off Cristiano […]

Everton fans 1, all other fans 0 Let’s hear it for Everton fans, who have taken to singing about their left-back Leighton Baines, to the tune of Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain” (written by Simon about actor Warren Beatty). It goes a little something like this: “Leighton Baines, I bet you think this song is […]

Chelsea striker apologises for sweary rant In a statement on Chelsea’s official website, Mad Drog said: “I was very upset at what happened during the game, but having seen the pictures on TV I accept that I overreacted. “I also accept that the language I used did not set a good example for those watching […]

So say Barcelona Ever the gent, Mr JT visited the away dressing room after last night’s CL semi final and shook hands with every single Barcelona player, as well as each member of their coaching staff, including head coach Pep “Young Mourinho” Guardiola. “I want to thank John Terry for coming into the dressing room […]

Some lovely links for your mouse 1. Disturbing image of the day: Keano and canine assistant [@ Guardian Gallery] 2. Chelsea sniffing around Assmann. No, really. [@ The Spoiler] 3. Florent Malouda’s hair is a problem. [@ Kickette] 4. The Spanish press react to Barcelona’s Champions League triumph [@ Guardian Sport Blog]

Who will win the battle of the Champions League bridesmaids? Someone got busy on Photoshop. A smug Man Utd fan, perhaps? [Thanks to Jamironad for the tip] Seen any more funny football virals? Drop me a line, Pies would love to hear from you

This one will run and run So here’s the original GIF, in which Ballack hounds the ref after his penalty appeal was turned down. And click below to see the GIFtastic fun that some people are having with Ballack and Tom Henning Ovrebo. Highly recommended…

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Even semi-final heartbreak has a funny side Ballack Hill V Benny Hill Theme 2009 – Funny blooper videos are here Definitely one of my favourite moments of this season. Ballack’s attempt to harrass the ref without actually laying a finger on him is world-class. [Spotted on 101GreatGoals]

Chelsea’s sour grapes do them no favours “The word conspiracy is maybe the wrong one. It’s difficult when players are so high on emotion after a game. However, people are saying we shouldn’t have reacted the way we did. But the fact is, six decisions went against us in front of 40,000 people. And for […]

Chelsea’s No.1 celebrity fan rages at the injustice of it all Immediately after Chelsea were knocked out by Barcelona, Tim Lovejoy posted up a video blog of his thoughts on the game (watch it here). Here are some things that Tim feels in his heart: He’s “gutted” La Liga is a “tinpot” league The ref […]

Chelsea’s German midfielder chases inept Norwegian ref… Poor Ballack, ever the bridesmaid and edging ever closer to retirement. That’s all folks! [Via Dirty Tackle]

Chelsea’s favourite ref and Hollywood’s favourite slaphead If he were alive today, I doubt Brynner would do a worse job of refereeing a football match than Ovrebo did last night. Got a Shit Lookalike for Pies? Email me or leave a comment.

Two brilliant strikes bookend a fascinating tie… First up, Michael Essien swings his left peg to brilliant effect, to give Chelsea an undeserved lead inside ten minutes. Goal of the season? Probably. Then, with the final whistle seconds away, Andres Iniesta swings his right peg, also to brilliant effect, to put Barcelona through. Watch the […]