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US%20soccer%20ball.jpgIn case anyone missed Channel 5’s new MLS programme that’s being fronted by Soccer AM’s Tim Lovejoy, I have to comment on some bizarre sporting expressions being bandied about by Stateside commentators.

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It is becoming an annual tradition for Italian clubs to be thrown out of Europe at this time of the season (and then let in again in some instances). This season it is Lazio who many people want to be banned from the Uefa Cup after crowd violence and racist chanting overshadowed their 1-1 draw with Dinamo Bucharest on Tuesday night. Five Romanians were injured in clashes at the match and one remains in hospital after being stabbed in the side.

Becks found the net (and perhaps even more miraculously, the pitch) in LA Galaxy’s victory over DC United in the SuperLiga. The goal came on 28 minutes, and he also set up Landon Donovan for a second goal. Beckham, who was made captain for the game, lasted 63 minuted before he was substituted. He said: “It was nice to get the early goal, but it was not just about my goal and Landon’s goal. I think it was a team performance that was exceptional, we worked hard as a team and played hard as a team and we won as a team. So it was more pleasing for the performance.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo grimaces after being shown a red card for violent conduct.
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Jamie Carragher has confirmed that he will not return to international football. After finally getting a guaranteed first team place, the Scouse defender has decided he doesn’t want it – but is he sticking to his guns or shooting himself in the foot?.

Whilst watching the Superliga game between Pachucha and Houston Dynamo (which ended 2-2 with Pachucha winning on pens), I witnessed one of the flukiest goals I’ve ever seen in my life. In fact, I’ll stick my neck out and say that Dwayne De Rosario opener is the jammiest goal in the history of football. Watch […]

76066140.jpgSven made a triumphant return to English football at the weekend when his new look Manchester City side outplayed Spurs with some of the weekend’s most attractive football.

1275780.jpgWatching the Football Years last night (on some freeview channel), I reveled in the season or 89/90. That year, Liverpool won the league, Man United won the FA Cup and most importantly, the biggest charlatan in football made his appearance…

Lampard%20Chair.jpgAs previously reported on Pies, midfield barndoor misser and KD Lang lookalike, Frank Lampard, has his own TV channel dedicated to him. Orange announced the launch of Frank TV, a mobile channel dedicated to England and Chelsea star, and will be available exclusively to the 1.3 million Orange 3G customers on its mobile phone TV service. Orange mobile TV channels also include BBC, Channel 4, Sky and FHM…

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Fresh from his outspoken comments on WAGs, here is a Roy Keane t-shirt showing the Sunderland boss as Brad Pitt in the film Snatch. He becomes Pikey Mickey, the caravan-dwelling, dog-loving bareknuckle boxer, for this t-shirt from TShirts365.

Shamon motherf*cker! Remember when Michael Jackson was still black and had most of his own facial features?

Yet another of Pies’ hugely popular barrel-scraping doppelgangers series, Shit Lookalikes, for your viewing pleasure. Fulham’s Anglo-Ecuadorian-Northern Irish manager Lawrie Sanchez and his new specs are a dead ringer for Anglo-Chinese Channel 4 presenter Gok Wan, star of the WAG must-watch How To Look Good Naked.
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Reigning Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven have unveiled their new star performer. He has certainly got a lot of pace, has a great engine, plus he can keep running for 90 minutes and still have plenty left in the tank. Unfortunately, for PSV’s football fans it is a car.

This spoof of Wayne Rooney’s Put It Where You Want It campaign for his new Nike boots shows Reading centre-back Michael Duberry putting it exactly where he wants it – right on top of Wazza’s paper-thin boots. Crunch goes the metatarsal.

Everton piled the pressure on Spurs boss Martin Jol with a 1-3 victory at White Hart Lane. Joleon Lescott headed Everton into an early lead after losing ‘marker’ Anthony Gardner. Gardner returned the favour by exposing Lescott’s slack marking to equalise. A second goal of the season for Leon Osman and a deflected free-kick from Alan Stubbs completed the victory.

_42023998_keane300.jpgOur question asking whether footballers are under the thumb seems to have been answered by that eternal fountain of testosterone himself, Roy Keane.

The England squad is in crisis at the moment. Why? We’ve got no strikers. Don’t think it’s that bad? Well, Steve McClaren does as he sets off for a trip to White Hart Lane this evening to watch the three leading contenders to replace Wayne Rooney in the forthcoming Euro 2008 qualifiers. Crouchistuta finds himself […]

Okay, you obviously don’t need any other football quiz once you’ve tackled The Fiendish Friday Quiz on Pies, but for those of you who can’t wait until then, you may be interested to know that you can tackle (studs up) a history of football quiz on the UKTV History website. Click here to have a […]

75961861.jpgThailand’s Supreme Court has issued a warrant for the arrest of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, and Manchester City chairman, on corruption charges. Shinawatra failed to attend court in Bangkok as the court was to hear the first of a series of cases being brought against the former leader, who was ousted in a military coup last year…

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Is it a My Little Pony? Is it Emmanuel Petit’s greasy brother? Is it Fabien Barthez in a wig? No, it’s Liverpool’s summer signing Andriy Voronin. The Ukrainian first came onto our Horror Hair radar when we picked up reports of a ponytail thrashing around pitches in Germany during the 2006 World Cup. And here he is in the Premier League and, indeed at Anfield, the rightful home of Horror Hair.
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GudNeill.JPGWest Ham are starting to see why most clubs like to have some sort of wage structure in place. Barcelona forward Eidur Gudjohnsen is stalling over an £80,000 a week offer from the Hammers because he wants £100,000. It would be easy to blame the ex-Chelsea man and accuse him of greed, but if I was a player of Gudjohnsen’s class I would want to be a few leaps up the salary scale away from £60,000 a week Lucas Neill!

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Bayern Munich are playing the part of Liverpool this season. With their pedigree and tradition last season’s fourth place finish in the Bundesliga just wasn’t good enough. And while the Reds of Anfield have settled for nearly two decades without a domestic title before this summer’s mammoth spending, Die Roten of Bavaria have instantly splashed the cash to get their title back. And the ploy seems to have paid off.

When we have a bit of handbags in the Premier League it always gets blown out of proportion, but if you want to see a proper scuffle you need to head to South America or Turkey. And it was from the latter that the following crazy video is taken. In some weird microcosm of a Middle East crisis, a brawl broke out at the game between Trabzonspor and Sivasspor after after a bad tackle by Egyptian Abdelaziz Aiman on Israeli Pini Balili. This encouraged the Turks to get involved, including those in the stands. Silvasspor’s Mehmet Yildiz was hit in the face by a fan leading the referee to abandon the game.

Cheeky chappy Craig Bellamy just can’t hold his tongue. Here he is signing autographs for West Ham fans when one asks for his thoughts on Kieron Dyer (who at this stage is on the verge of a move to Upton Park). Craig the populist takes over Craig the professional, and can’t resist splurting out: “He’s like Reo-Coker, except he can play.”

As we mentioned on Friday, Pies is serving up a lot more continental dishes this season for you to enjoy alongside the bread and butter of your Premier League news, banter, videos and pictures. So following the inaugural French Football Friday, welcome to La Liga Lunes. You’ve guessed it, our weekly round-up of Spanish football.