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The blogging community’s verdict on England’s 2-1 win over Switzerland at Wembley, in particular the role of new boss Fabio Capello… ‘Capello has already given England something different. This team will play in a different way to its predecessors. Players will be encouraged to keep the ball, pass over shorter distances and attack from imaginative […]

fc%20nerds.JPGAccording to Mark Lawrenson, yes they are. Lawro and John Motson sparked up a conversation during last night’s commentary about Steven Gerrard being voted England’s player of the year by fans. Lawro was curious to find out who had voted and when Motty revealed it was ‘done online’, he replied that it had been awarded by ‘geeks’. So in a mind-bending post-modern vote, today we are asking are football fans who vote in internet poll ‘geeks’?

David James Didn’t have much to do. His handling and kicking was generally good, apart from one sliced clearance. Might have done a little better for the Swiss goal, but overall a sound performance from England’s best goalkeeper. 6 Wes Brown England’s worst player by a mile. Visibly on edge, his passing was dreadful and […]

No, not that Pele. This one is only 20 and he plays for Inter Milan as a holding midfielder. He is also a Portugal Under-21 international. On Tuesday night he scored this beauty against Scotland. If he keeps scoring goals like this, he will soon be the Pele.

While Steven Gerrard was named as the official official man of the match for a lung busting second half display, we think there were a few other players who could have deserved more.

1 England again have a ‘DB’ wearing number 7 who could make the shirt his own for years.
2 This was in many ways the perfect result. It was a victory, a decent performance, but nothing too flashy. Certainly no 5-0 win to get overexcited about.
3 The England players wanted to impress. There weren’t too many egos going through the motions at Wembley last night. Don Fabio wouldn’t stand for it.

Table-topping PSV Eindhoven recorded a 0-2 away win over nearest rivals Ajax to open up an eight-point gap. In a bumper week of Eredivisie action, PSV stretched their lead last Wednesday night thanks to goals from Balázs Dzsudzsák and Otman Bakkal. And they followed that up with a 0-2 win over AZ Alkmaar at the weekend.

At the end of this evening England fans will have a clearer idea of our imported Italian manager. We know it’s only a friendly and there are still a few players missing from the squad through injury but, with a new manager to impress, we should expect a spirited performance.

We won’t know until later this evening but if the rumours being leaked about Fabio Capello’s first starting line up are true then you can expect more than a few surprise selections and a different system being used.

Don Fabio Capello is his own man, clearly – no David Beckham and little Mickey Owen relegated to the bench? Becks & Owen have been England’s own galacticos for a decade, and it’s time to return to the days when England were a team (er, I can’t remember when those days were – the 60s?), […]

Yet another inspired lookalike suggested by Chringle, the undisputed king of shit lookalikes. More shit lookalikes

I’m too young to have ever seen Duncan Edwards play, but I’ve seen enough video footage, and heard enough testimony from some of the game’s true legends, to appreciate that on 5th Feb 1958, English football lost its finest ever all-round talent. He was a giant of the game at 21, and we’ll forever be […]

Some of the most interesting football stories doing the rounds today: 1. Korean players are deliberately dislocating their own shoulders to avoid national service. Ouch. The Offside 2. Sepp Blatter wants a vote on quotas for home-grown players to take place in May. Under Blatter’s proposal, club sides would be forced to field a minimum […]

Alawys be closing Kobi… always be closing. More Shit Lookalikes

You can pinpoint the exact moment in this video when out-of-form misfiring striker Alan Shearer becomes national hero Alan Shearer. Kubilay Türkyılmaz later equalized from the penalty spot and the whole tournament ended in tears eventually, but it is good to pluck out little moments like this from Euro 96 and look back with rose-tinted specs. It was Scotland up next, of course…

A memorial stone in Kirchtrudering, near Munich, recalls the location of the Munich air disaster, which happened on the 6th February 1958. Twenty-three people, including eight Manchester United players, lost their lives in the crash. A delegation of Man Utd supporters will commemorate the 50th anniversary today at the scene of the accident. Photo Johannes […]

James Milner and Theo Walcott fired England Under-21s to victory against the Republic of Ireland. Milner scored the deflected opener just before the hour mark, and added a second with a low drive that went in off the post.

Presumably but together by an Inter Milan fan, this video cuts through the Duck’s hype to show some bloopers he has accumulated already in his short Serie A career.

Thanks Rusty, for doing what many fans would like to do to the obnoxious Dyer. I love how the hirsute Turkish keeper follows up his near-decapitation of Dyer with almost the same move on the ball.

Here’s Jimmy Bullard, angler extraordinaire, explaining the intricacies of lake fishing (and how not to use a catapult…) on Soccer AM. What a gent.


The Tuesday Teaser

February 5th, 2008

Three footballers, each one crudely represented by a set of photo clues. Guess who they are (answers after the click)… 1. 2. 3. Answers after the click…

England’s players met up with their new manager, Fabio Capello, yesterday for what was a more strenuous training routine than they’ve been used to. Ashley Cole has been no stranger to tough times recently so what advice do you think he’s giving to team mates Wayne Rooney and Jermaine Defoe?

Bundesliga is back! The enormous winter break is over at last and the football has recommenced. Bayern Munich survived fear over their rustiness to beat Hansa Rostock 1-2 on Friday evening. The familiar duo of Franck Ribery and Luca Toni grabbed their goals.

Brazilian goal scoring legend Romario has announced his retirement from football at the grand old age of 42. During his career he’s scored untold goals for European clubs like PSV Eindhoven and Barcelona and in Brazil with Flamengo, Fluminese and Vasco Da Gama – not mention winning the 1994 World Cup with his country.

Who ate all the pies? Not Tom Huddlestone, at least not these days. The Hudd has reportedly lost a stone and a half since the arrival of Juande Ramos, a loss that you can clearly see in these two pics above. The one on the left was taken in July 2007; the one on the […]