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Liverpool players stretch in front of the Kop during a training session held at Anfield on 18 February, 2008, ahead of tomorrow’s crucial Champions League first-leg against Inter. Photo Alex Livesey/Getty Images

I always like to see one of the big four taken down a peg, and so I smiled when both Arsenal and Liverpool crashed out of the FA Cup at the weekend. The manner of their defeats was very different. The Gooners might have expected to lose at Old Trafford, but even their fans must […]

The full draw for this season’s FA Cup quarter finals: Sheffield United or Middlesbrough v Cardiff City Manchester United v Portsmouth Bristol Rovers v West Brom Barnsley v Chelsea First reaction: I would have loved to see Man Utd and Chelsea drawn together, as Alex Ferguson mischievously predicted would happen, but overall I think this […]

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Barcelona won 1-2 in Zaragoza while Real Madrid lost by the same margin against Real Betis to narrow the gap at the top. Ronaldinho’s 83rd minute penalty secured victory for Barca after Thierry Henry had earlier opened the scoring. Royston Drenthe put Real Madrid 1-0 up after six minutes against Real Betis, but a quickfire first-half double from Edu and Mark Gonzalez meant defeat for the league leaders.

This video shows Manchester United’s Nani showing off his circus tricks against Arsenal. Unsurprisingly the Arsenal players start to get a teeny bit frustrated.

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Frank Lampard scored his 100th goal for Chelsea during their FA Cup win over Huddersfield. First and foremost, that vest must be minging because his 99th goal came back in December. Secondly, who was Frank making the dedication to?

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HEROES
Brian Howard The Barnsley skipper’s late winner gave his side a shock 1-2 win against Liverpool at Anfield (in case you hadn’t heard).

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A second Ronaldo Shit Lookalike of the day. The rotund Brazilian is a bit of a ringer for French tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who, coincidentally, is the cousin of Newcastle United winger Charles N’Zogbia. Don’t say we never teach you anything!

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Marseille continued their new found form by inflicting a first home defeat of the season on Nice. Goals from Mamadou Niang and Djibril Cisse gave Marseille a 0-2 victory. L’OM are now fifth in Ligue 1, two points behind Nice.

Games

The Fiendish Friday Quiz

February 15th, 2008

1. Career path Wimbledon, Norwich City, Wigan Athletic, Watford (current) 2. True or false? Tomas Brolin has played as a goalkeeper in Swedish non-league football 3. Picture round Who’s been listening to Wham? 4. Team-mates Ray Wilkins, George Weah, Jay Jay Okocha, Gabriel Heinze and David Ginola have all played for which club? 5. The […]

Gary Neville has claimed today that team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo is ‘playing on another planet’ this season. But, Pies readers, which planet do you think that is? Vote below… surveys – Take Our Poll

Slavia Prague 1-2 Spurs A very respectable away win that could have been better, but for Radak Cerny’s howler in goal – bring back Paul Robinson, fickle fans cry! (Or just buy a decent keeper, for God’s sake). Spurs actually dominated the game for n hour, and went ahead through goals first-half goals by Dimi […]

‘Oh smeg, I’ve f**ed my knee…’ Thanks to Chringle for this one. More Shit Lookalikes

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LA Galaxy’s other ex-Prem man turned up for pre-season training sporting what appears to be a conehead. There is also something distinctly Tina Turner about this look.

Miscellaneous

York City are magic

February 15th, 2008

Comedians Lee and Herring reveal in this cutting documentary that York City is “just a front for what is the largest covern of wizards, witches and warlocks in Britain today.” So now you know.

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It may be Europe’s second class competition but the UEFA Cup is a difficult trophy to win. Great Britain has five teams still left in the tournament’s last 32 – but who do you think has the greatest chance?

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While we’re still debating over whether to use technology as simple as goal line cameras, there could be far more revolutionary changes to the game in the next ten or twenty years according to The Orange Future of Football Report.

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It was business as usual in Serie A. Inter Milan stomped on towards the title with all the ruthless efficiency we have come to expect of them this season. A 0-2 win at Catania maintained Inter’s eight-point lead as they look like certainties to win back-to-back titles. Esteban Cambiasso and David Suazo were on the scoresheet

Direct running, a few jinky turns and an exquisite chip makes for a fantastic goal from the Argentinian league scored by Santiago Salcedo of Newell’s Old Boys.

Ronaldo (the Brazilian, not the Portuguese) left the pitch in tears after rupturing a tendon in his left knee, during Milan’s Serie A game against Livorno last night. He fell awkwardly while challenging for a ball in the air, not long after replacing Alberto Gilardino in the second half. This is a serious injury that […]

Pies finds alternative careers for the Premier League’s gaffers.
Arsene Wenger – Paediatrician
Studious, unflappable and doesn’t mind working with youngsters.
Martin O’Neill – Film director
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Alex McLeish – Airport taxi driver
Has already dropped from international to Birmingham City once.

David Beckham is pursued by Abel Xavier during a training session with LA Galaxy at the Home Depot Center on February 13, 2008 in Carson, California. New Galaxy head coach Ruud Gullit looks on in the background. The 2008 MLS season begins in March. Photo Jeff Gross/Getty Images

SK Brann 0-2 Everton A satisfyingly professional performance by the Toffees. Phil Jagielka was particularly impressive, whilst Yakubu, back in the team after going walkabout, was a constant threat up front. The goals came from Leon Osman, a player with huge potential but who often seems to blow hot and cold, and Victor Anichebe (pictured […]

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Yes, that’s right – the African Cup of Nations trophy is in fact the world’s most expensive Cornetto. Are those Maltesers round the edge?