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74390382.jpgHappy now Jose? Uefa has named Chelsea as one of the eight seeds for next season’s Champions League. The other English CL teams – Liverpool, Man Utd and Arsenal – are also seeded; England is the only country to have all of its representatives seeded.

Becks fears the Moss Side…

74632866.jpgThe Beautiful Game recently put up one of the most interesting posts I’ve read in ages, namely The Best Non-Soccer XI. In other words, if you could assemble a dream soccer team consisting entirely of non-soccer players (by the way, since this is about an American blog, I’ll grit my teeth and call football ‘soccer’ for the duration of this blog), who would be in it? Roger Federer in midfield? NBA star Lebron James up front? As The Beautiful Game says of James, ‘Imagine a forward taller than Peter Crouch, that will win every service in the air, that has the athleticism to ran past people and the strength to hold the ball up front.’

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England U21 players Mark Noble (left) and Anton Ferdinand (right, both seated), suffer the traditional English heartache of losing on penalties, in the European U21 Championship semi final against Holland. [Photo: Phil Cole/Getty Images]

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As expected, former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has lodged a formal takeover bid for Manchester City. The bid is valued at £81.6m. The City board said it intended to support the bid from UK Sports Investments, which is controlled by Thaksin and members of his family.

Continuing on a games theme, check out Scotland’s famous victory against the world champions in 1967, recreated here via the medium of Subbuteo…

This guy – I assume it’s a guy – has way too much time on his hands. But he would kick my ass at foosball…

With the unfortunate news that Jimmy Bullard will not be fit for the start of the season, we are in dire need of a Bullard fix. Here is one of his finest moments: Jimmy leapfrogging a goalmouth scramble while playing for Wigan Athletic. We have no idea why, but that’s Jimmy Bullard for you!

Bullard%20Jimmy.jpgOne of Pies’ favourite Premiership players, Fulham midfielder Jimmy Bullard, is to miss the start of next season. The former Wigan man is still having problems with the knee ligament injury which wrote off last season’s campaign for him. The 28-year-old has not played since September last year when a tackle with Newcastle’s Scott Parker dislocated his knee and put paid to his all-action start to the season.

England under 21s are out of the European Championship after losing 13-12 to Holland in a dramatic penalty shootout. England took the lead in the first half through Leroy Lita, before Maceo Rigters equalised with a spectacular overhead kick in the 89th minute. The tie was eventually settled after a marathon 32-penalty shootout. Anton Ferdinand was the unfortunate player who missed the deciding kick, despite having scored England’s sixth penalty earlier in the shootout.

These are uncertain times in the blue half of Manchester. While United claimed the Sven.jpgPremiership in cavalier fashion, City finished the season with the lowest number of home goals ever scored and then promptly lost their manager, Stuart ‘Psycho’ Pearce. The club is still embroiled in a shady takeover led by exiled Thai leader and fugitive on-the-run, Thaksin Shinawatra, and according to City supporters it could get worse.

If Jose Mourinho decides he is going to kick off on the referee we see plenty of hand-gesturing, plenty of sulking and, usually, the Special One dispatched to the stands. In Brazil, however, they needed riot police to escort America coach Lori Sandri off the pitch after one of his players was sent off for elbowing an opponent. All hell then breaks lose as the coach is handcuffed and his players end up scrapping it out with the coppers!

There’s just enough of a football link to this clip (keep watching until the end) to justify posting it… just…

And is that her bra size on her shirt? I think it might be.

Ricky Hatton, who fights Mexican hard nut Jose Luis Castillo this weekend for his world light-welterweight title, is an avid Man City fan. Hatton naturally hates Man Utd with a passion. So who better to carry out one of his title belts to ringside in Vegas on Saturday than… Wayne Rooney (who is a huge […]

wbunited_narrowweb__200x260.jpgThe Premier League has announced it is going to trial goal-line technology in the auspicious surroundings of Reading youth team matches. The Royals have been asked to test out Hawk-Eye technology with a view to introducing it to the Premier League in two years.

With Alan Shearer fretting today and Stefan Kuntz topping our rude names list, there was only one possible Classic Moment for today. Stiff upper lip and all that, folks… sob, sob.

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Kanapoutz is a French children’s character – we think. If you know different, please drop us a line.
Sven is the next manager of Man City, at least if former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra completes his takeover of the club.

USA-94-AwayM.jpgOh, say can you see this star-spangled away kit sported by the USA national team in 1994. It is one of many gems to be found on the excellent ClassicFootballShirts site.

shearerbellamy.JPGNewcastle legend Alan Shearer has revealed rumours of Craig Bellamy returning to St James’s Park had him reaching for the bottle. The retired Magpies striker said he needed a few drinks to calm him down after reading that Sam Allardyce was planning to sign the Welsh international.

Our friends at 101GreatGoals have compiled a list of their 101 best goals of the 2006/07 season. We highly recommend you check it out. As a taster, here’s one of our favourite goals from their excellent list, scored by Man Utd transfer target Fabio Quagliarella…

72745653.jpgNewcastle striker Oba Martins survived a terrifying ordeal in his native Nigeria this week, when the car he was driving was shot at by masked gunmen. His mate was hit and wounded, but Oba escaped unharmed.

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Fabio Cannavaro of Real Madrid is helped to his feet during a warmup with young Israeli and Palestinian players before the match between Real Madrid and a Palestinian & Israeli XI at the Ramat Gan stadium on June 19, 2007 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
[Photo: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images]

Aliadiere.jpgGooner, going, gone! Jeremie Aliadiere, The ferret-featured Arsenal striker signed for Middlesbrough in a £1.5m deal where he hopes Teeside fans will finally be able to put a face to his name.

1 Stefan Kuntz
The former German international was a key figure at Euro 96 for both his team and the British tabloids.
2 Milan Fukal
The Czech defender was once on trial with Leeds and linked with a move to Manchester City but has since gone on to do Fukal. He now plays for hometown club FK 97.

lalas_portrait.jpgAlexei Lalas, general manager of LA Galaxy, has said that MLS is one of the most competitive leagues in the world: ‘It’s insulting to us and to our sport to say [David] Beckham is on his way to Hollywood when he is coming to play in one of the most competitive leagues in the world,’ the deluded ginger said recently. ‘There are a lot of stars in European football who would struggle over here.’