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Rafa Benitez’s team eases to away win Liverpool scored a useful win in the first game of its pre-season tour of Switzerland. Rafa rested star men Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres, and made a stack of substitutions (eight in all), but his line-up did more than enough to merit the victory. The Premier League side’s […]

Italian giants put on show to unveil past-it Brazilian Talk about stoking a player’s ego. AC Milan went the whole hog for its official presentation of new signing Ronaldinho: tickertape, smoke, a full San Siro, a bunch of kids sat in a circle, and Queen’s “We Will Rock You” on the sound system. If Fat-Ron […]

… Of course he won’t, he’s just being polite Yeah, like C-Ron would ever play in MLS. Although he does seem to like the sunshine and red-carpet lifestyle, so LA could suit him. You never know… damn, I wanted to get through this post without saying “You never know”, which is just a diplomatic way […]

City start European campaign with solid win Sparky Hughes will be relatively happy to come away from the Faroe Islands with a win and a clean sheet. Fine goals by Martin Petrov and Dietmar Hamann – his first in more than three years – gave City a comfortable victory. Click on the image below to […]

Wigan sign FIFA’s top-rated striker. Who is he? Steve Bruce claims to have signed the best striker in the world, on loan for £1m. Find out the identity of this world-class star after the jump…

Relax, meaningful football is back after several long weeks Man City take on EB Streymur (of the mighty Faroe Islands) in ther first round Uefa Cup qualifier tonight. Sparky Hughes has picked his strongest squad for his first game in charge of City. New signing Jo is set to make his competitive debut. Click on […]

Fat-Ron shows off latest clown suit I find it difficult to believe that AC Milan would take a gamble on the clownish Ronaldinho, even at a cut-price £16.6m – a couple of years ago, he would have cost three times that much, at least. I mean, look at the state of him. He be Crunk’d […]

C-Ron takes to the red carpet in LA Ronaldo looks like a total Jersey Guido in this photo. In other words, he looks so vain and cocky that you want to kick away his crutches and mess up his hair. The tabloids are abuzz with the “news” that newly single C-Ron snubbed Paris Hilton. The […]

“Holy shit, that’s a horrible shirt!” scream hundereds of Milanese And you wonder why he chose sunny Milan over grey Manchester.

A few pics for you from Rovers’ first game under the Guvnor Click on the image below to launch the gallery…

Is this the quietest summer for transfers since the Premier League began? I’ve never known a summer quite like it, at least not since the dawn of the Premier League. The back pages of the tabloids have been overflowing with transfer rumours since the end of the 07/08 season, but what has actually happened? Very […]

Belarusian finally gets his way Alexnder Hleb underwent a medical at Barcelona today, ahead of his £11.9m move to the Camp Nou. Unless one of Hleb’s legs falls off, the deal is in the bag. Barcelona confirmed the deal for the 27-year-old Belarusian and he arrives as Ronaldinho travels to Italy for a medical with […]

German captain weds his long-time girlfriend. We have the photos Click on the image below to view the full gallery…

Luckless Chelsea stopper interviewed in pre-season I’d forgotten what Petr ‘Lucky Man’ Cech looked like without a protective cap. Anyhoo, here’s the Czech, in bouncy mood (Czech… bouncy… oh forget it) for Chelsea TV ahead of the new season.

French trickster takes to the streets FOOT 2008 (REMI GAILLARD)Uploaded by nqtv Gaillard is a useful player (Doncaster, Sheff Wednesday and Southampton have reportedly shown an interest in signing him), but he is better known in his native France as a merry prankster: here he is making mischief with a football on the streets of […]

A few pics from the charideee game… Clarence Seedorf and Michael Ballack captained the two teams for Goal4Africa’s charity match in India recently. Seedorf’s team was called ‘Edu’ (not after the ex-Arsenal midfielder), while Ballack’s team was called ‘Cation’. No, really. Put ‘em together & what do you got? Education! (This is like Sesame Street). […]

Club Tropicana, drinks are free… Here’s Nando (aka the palest Spaniard in history), looking for all the world like George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley’s former band-mate. Mirror shades, check; tiny pastel shorts, check; crotch grab with attitude, check. [Kickette]

Putting the hot into Hotspur In which Tottenham’s hairless wonders, decked out in nothing but team-issue shorts, lark about in the sea on a team-bonding exercise. A couple more pics this way…

Now Arsenal want a piece of Villa’s captain. But which team is best for the coveted midfielder’s club career? Arsene Wenger is considering a last-ditch bid to snatch Gareth Barry from Aston Villa. Liverpool have had several offers for Barry rejected since the end of last season as Villa boss Martin O’Neill holds out for […]

Extended highlights of Man Yoo’s first pre-season friendly A few thoughts: 1. Good to see Gary Neville back in action. 2. Paul Scholes looks very fresh. 3. Great slide-rule pass from Carrick for the penalty. 4. Why were United wearing Spurs’ kit? 5. Chris Eagles’ hairstyle is baaaaaad.

The best photos from United’s 2-0 pre-season win against Aberdeen Click the image below to view the full gallery…

Rafa Benitez’s team scores narrow win in first pre-season game Stevie G and team-mates went back to school and snatched a cheeky away win against Tranmere, thanks to this sweet goal by Yossi Benayoun. Watch the goal after the jump…

… And Pepe Reina proves that he’s a bit hyperactive This is one airline I want to fly with. Usually, the cabin crew pull some very tedious air safety shit. However, Pepe “Mad Dog” Reina is not a man I’d want to be stuck on a plane with.

Athtlete + vest = 98% gayness Degen looks like one of the men who might feature in a late-night advert for a gay chat phoneline.

Her fez seems familiar For me, Fenella remains one of the scariest children’s characters ever created – something about the shrieking Welsh accent and living in a giant steam kettle, I think. Much like Fenella, Forlan has the capacity to suddenly disappear…