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Karlsruher players warm up during their mid-season training camp at the Gloria Verde Hotel in Belek, Turkey. Photo Friedemann Vogel/Bongarts/Getty Images

79005504.jpg1. Have you ever seen Glenn Roeder smile? I mean really, really smile? The sort of sincere smile where your eyes go all twinkly. I can’t remember it ever happening. Not that Glenn had much to smile about, after his Norwich City side were knocked out by Bury last night, but still. Even thinking about him depresses me :(
2. 500 games in a Liverpool shirt for Jamie Carragher – whatever you think of Mad Dog Carra, that’s some achievement for the ultimate one-club man.

p1_klinsmann_0922.jpg‘In Klinsmann, Bayern are getting one of football’s few real galacticos, and they’re doing it on the cheap, compared to the tens of millions it would cost to bring in a Ronaldinho or Kaka.’ Reuters Soccer Blog

Subside Sports is selling a Man Utd shirt with Dimitar Berbatov’s name and potential squad number (No.14 is vacant) on the back. Very cheeky, and guaranteed to wind up Spurs fans. Good work Subside, although I’m not sure if it’s quite enough to convince Fergie to part with the £30m+ it would take to lure […]

Man Utd fans may have notcied that Giuseppe Rossi is doing really well for Villareal in Spain’s Premira Liga. I always got the feeling that Alex Ferguson never gave the Italian-American fox-in-the-box enough of a chance at Old Trafford. Your question of the day: was Fergie right to sell Rossi? surveys – Take Our Poll

This golden oldie (the video, not King Kev) is particularly topical given that two-thirds of those featured are currently being touted as Newcastle United’s new manager. So pick the Toon’s new gaffer from the hair on offer here. Yes, apparently you could still get away with an advert this cheesey in the 1990s!

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Ajax marked their intentions for 2008 with a 6-1 victory over AZ Alkmaar, but PSV still hold a three-point lead over them at the top of the Eredivisie. PSV won 0-1 at Feyenoord, a result which allowed Ajax to leap-frog Feyenoord and move up to second.

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Pies puts together a team of players who must be wishing they had stayed at their former club rather than seeking out pastures new.

When Pompey keeper David James was asked if he would like a feel of the ball before kick-off he decided he wanted a bit more for his money…

The flashest car in the world vs the flashest footballer in the world. (And do you think Bugatti gave Cristiano a free Veyron? I doubt it.) Via The Beautiful Game

So Paulo Wanchope will no longer wear the national shirt of Costa Rica. He scored 45 goals in 72 international appearances, a very impressive return for such a wildly inconsistent player. Wanchope, still only 31 years old, played for three Premier League clubs in his career: Derby, West Ham and Man City. He was something […]

‘I am evaluating whether to decide on a definitive captain, or to appoint a provisional captain. I have first to know the candidates well. Please don’t take this as indecision. The captaincy issue is a very important one for England. I must come up with the right choice. A captain must be a leader, someone […]

One is a bespectacled tactician proud to be serving the English public, the other is Fabio Capello.
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Cash-strapped outfit KFC Uerdingen (they’re finger lickin’ good) have placed their manager’s post on eBay in an attempt to raise funds. The highest bidder will take charge of the bankrupt regional fourth division team for 24 hours to sample “all the joys coaching has to offer”.

Luca Toni (right) larks about in the campest possible fashion with team-mate Willy Sagnol, again during Bayern Munich’s Marbella training camp. Photo Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

Bayern Munich striker Luca Toni lifts weights during Bayern’s training camp in Marbella, Spain. Feel the burn Luca. Photo Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

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Watford player Al Bangura has been granted a work permit which means he no longer faces deportation from the UK. The Sierra Leone-born midfielder was told in December he would have to leave the country. But the 19-year-old has now be told he can continue to play for the Hornets.

Here’s US commentator Max Bretos calling a Riise free-kick. Beats John Motson, any day. (The Kraken is a mythical sea monster, in case you didn’t know.) Links Liverpool Pies

Jeez, I hope the guy in red who kicked the ball didn’t go home and kill himself. Via The Beautiful Game

As scripted, boy genius Alexandre Pato scored on his Milan debut, in the Rossoneri’s 5-2 rout of Napoli at the San Siro. The 18-year-old Brazilian netted Milan’s fifth with a cool finish. There’s no doubt that Pato has all the talent to become football’s next global superstar. He’s potentially better than Kaka, Messi, Ronaldo et […]

I meant to put this team up when we were 19 games (i.e. exactly halfway through the season) into the Prem campaign. Still, better slightly late than never… here, for you to peruse/violently disagree with, is Pies’ Premier League team of the season, at the halfway stage (it will be interesting to see how much […]

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Table-topping Real Madrid beat bottom-side Levante 0-2 courtesy of a late Ruud van Nistelrooy brace. The Dutchman broke the deadlock with a 76th minute penalty and added a second goal three minutes from time. Barcelona ensured they didn’t fall any further behind than the seven point they already trail the champions by with a 4-0 thrashing of Murcia.

No goalkeeper to stop this going in, but you can’t deny that this is a lovely, curling finish from spin bowler Mushy (as he was celebrating Sussex CCC’s C&G Trophy win at Brighton & Hove Albion).

Remember Wayne Rooney’s Put It Where You Want It viral for Nike? Well, here is the behind-the-scenes that proves he was unable to hit the camera at the first attempt. No, Wazza’s accuracy is so poor that it took him three whole attempts before he found his tiny target.

The most direct indirect free-kick I’ve ever seen. Knowing how hard Big Alan can twat a ball (very hard indeed), there’s no way I’d want to be in that wall. Nicely worked goal though – a ruthless finish from one of England’s most ruthless finishers.