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Looking up at the stars makes me think of all the hot guys in the world… Click the photo below to launch the gallery:

Three cheers (at least) to Sasha for this Premier League-quality suggestion. Great spot, Sasha. Got a lookalike for Pies? Email me with your tip, no matter how shit it is.

Think you know who the ballfaced England player is? Then leave a comment with your shout (click the image to enlarge)… Most recent solution: Scott Parker Quite a tough one this, so props to Mike P, who was the first reader to guess correctly.

Diego showed wonderful poise in the penalty area to score on his Juventus debut, in the Italian team’s Peace Cup match against Seongnam of Korea. This is the sort of ability he showed regularly in the Bundesliga for Werder Bremen: Expert finish, eh. Juve won the match 3-0 and now face Real Madrid in what […]

It’s OK, let it all out. Mummy’s here… 1. Pele A 17-year-old Pele cries on the shoulder of Didi as teammates Gilmar and Orlando congratulate him on his fantastic performance in the 1958 World Cup final.

Ah, good to know that you can rely on some things in football today

A Real Madrid fan holds up a Xabi Alonso Liverpool shirt during a recent friendly between Real and Al Ittihad at the Bernabeu Xabi Alonso is one of those players who even most non-Liverpool fans have a sneaking (or open) fondness for. I’ve heard several fans say they think Xabi is overrated but I’ve never […]

(l to r) Danijel Pranjic, Franck Ribery and Philipp Lahm lark about with mobile phones during Bayern Munich’s official pre-season photocall. A subtle nod to Bayern’s telecom co. shirt sponsor, I guess. [Photo: Andreas Gebert/DPA/Press Association]

There’s a prize incentive for Spot the Baller today. If you answer the following StBs correctly, you could win a copy of ‘The Beckham Experiment’ by Grant Wahl. I’ve read the book already and it’s a fascinating account of Becks’ time in the States (read my review here), expertly written by Sports Illustrated’s senior ‘soccer’ […]

We got ourselves a couple of Sideshow Bobs here. Lichte is the assistant coach for SC Paderborn (of Bundesliga 2 fame), and Gladwell is the cult author of best-sellers ‘Blink’ and ‘Tipping Point’. PS. Many thanks for all the Lookalikes you emailed in while Pies was inactive. Keep em’ coming!

The force is strong with this rumour: Kolo Touré has not denied he’s interested in a move to Man City. Put in Monsieur Wenger’s geography teacher-style shoes, I’d be seriously tempted to let the Ivorian go for around £16m. He’s still only 28 (yeah, you’d think he was older) but he’s not shown the form […]

I still think Inter got a terrific deal in getting Samuel Eto’o plus a stack of cash for Zlatan, but have to admit Ibra looks great in Barca’s kit. A front line of Henry, Zlatan and Messi is scary as hell, and the sort of forward trio you’d only dream about playing in a videogame.

It’s happened people. The madness continues… Emmanuel Adebayor is officially a Manchester City player now, the club having confirmed on its official website that he has signed a five-year contract, for an undisclosed fee. This from the City website:

Barcelona’s Samuel Eto’o and Inter’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic are set to trade places, presumably because there is no dressing room in the world that could contain their twin egos.

Thanks to the Crazy World of Chringle for this leftfield suggestion. I kind of see what he means, but I probably haven’t smoked enough jazz cigarattes to fully appreciate it. Got a lookalike for Pies? Email me with your suggestion.

Who’d have thunk it?! Michael Owen scored on his Man Utd debut, coming off the bench to score the winner against a Malaysian XI (final score 3-2 to United). It was the sort of finish that Owen is renowned for, as the video below shows…

Arsenal drew at Barnet in their traditional pre-season friendly at the Underhill. Tomas Roskicky captained the Arsenal, a fine sight for Gooners who haven’t seen Rosicky in action for many months, while new signing Tomas Vermaelen made his debut.

A Manchester City poster bearing the face of new signing (and former Man Utd striker) Carlos Tevez overlooks pedestrians in Manchester city centre. Very cheeky indeed. [Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Wire] How long before this is subjected to an attack of red paint by United-supporting vandals, I wonder? Pies readers in Manchester, please keep us informed…

OK, yesterday’s StB was way too obvious. No more Mr Nice Guy… Think you know who this is? Leave a comment with your guess. Yesterday’s answer: Lionel Messi I thought the No.19 on the shorts might put some of you off the scent (Messi wears No.10 for Barcelona now), but as soon as I posted […]

The sun sets dramatically over Wrexham’s Racecourse Ground, during a UEFA Cup match between Total Network Solutions and Osters IF [Photo: Matthew Ashton/EMPICS Sport]

Less than a week after Fergie said he wouldn’t be signing any more players this summer, what does he go and do? You’ve guessed it… Today Manchester United announced the signing of Senegal international Mame Biram Diouf (pictured above) from Norway’s FK Molde (the same club United signed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from), for an undisclosed […]

So many of you have requested the return of the FFQ that I couldn’t hold out any longer. No doubt the format of the quiz will evolve in the coming weeks, but for now it has a comfortably familiar look… 1. Crystal Palace, Southend United, Derby County, Charlton Athletic, West Ham United, Charlton Athletic, Watford, […]

A rare WAG lookalike to mix things up a bit: Sarah Alexander is a comedienne/actress best known for her roles in Green Wing and Smack the Pony. Sylvia van der Vaart is – of course – the wife of Real Madrid star Rafael. Got a Shit Lookalike for Pies? You know you have… Email me […]

As we reported earlier, Becks is back with the LA Galaxy. Check out our gallery of the England star in action (includes male toplessness)… Click on the image to launch the gallery:

Simple, classy? Er, no… Click on the image to launch the gallery: