You know the drill â€“ one kick to hit the bar from the centre circle while youâ€™re teammates goad you from behind, especially if they’re William Gallas.
Itâ€™s a club vs. country fight thatâ€™s been simmering all week as England waits to see if Liverpoolâ€™s Stevie G will be ready for our decisive Euro qualifiers.
The buck-toothed Brazilian takes delivery of a new pair of boots and tests them out on the training pitch with spectacular accuracy.
For the past few weeks weâ€™ve been musing over Manchester Unitedâ€™s shortage of strikers, wondering if they would spend again and who would be the ideal signing.
Casey Telford of England in action during an England training session ahead of the FIFA 2007 World Cup in China at Shanghai Songjiang Stadium on September 4, 2007 in Shanghai, China. Photo Paul Gilham/Getty Images
Call this a little fluff piece, but has everyone seen Alan Hansen’s foray into facial hair on last weekend’s Match of the Day?
Sevilla secured a fitting tribute to Antonio Puerta by qualifying for the Champions with a comfortable 4-1 victory over AEK Athens. A brace from Luis Fabiano and goals from Seydou Keita and Alexander Kerzhakov secured a 6-1 aggregate win. The Spanish side will now line-up in Group H with Arsenal, Slavia Prague and Steaua Bucharest.
It seems our French friends will come up with any excuse to get their kit off â€“ welcome to â€˜stripfootâ€™.
Last time we saw Dean Ashton he was going bald gracefully, but things change. He has returned from his long injury lay-off with this bleached blond barnet (because a healthy dose of peroxide was just what his dying hairs needed). All of this means the West Ham striker has been left looking like a born-again monk who gave up his life on the early 1990s rave scene to spend his days in the monastery.
Jose Mourinho gives us the occasional chuckle with the excuses he finds for Chelsea’s failings, but Wolfsburg manager Felix Magath has trumped even the Special One’s most special of cop-outs. With his side languishing in 14th place in the Bundesliga, Magath blamed his side’s poor showing in a 2-1 defeat to Hertha Berlin on they delayed rail service provided by Hertha’s sponsor, Deutsche Bahn, on Friday afternoon.
French fast-food chain Quick has launched its Anelka burger in honour of Bolton’s sulky striker Nicolas. The burger comes with a hint of pepper, apparently. If it is anything like its patron, you would imagine the burger fills a gap at first but leaves you with a sour taste in your mouth and a lot of bellyache.
Cesc Fabregas starred again for Arsenal in their 3-1 win over Portsmouth on Sunday. Heâ€™s only 20 but the young Spaniard is showing the sort of match-winning maturity that could see his dream of one day captaining the side come true.
Liverpool are sitting at the head of the Premier League table for the first time in five years â€“ and only a â€˜ghostâ€™ penalty against Chelsea has prevented them from claiming maximum points from their first four games.
This is a little scary! This appears to be Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola starring in the video to Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart (click here if you want to put yourself through the entire video). What’s the Italian for Turn around, Bright Eyes?!
Real thrashed Villareal 0-5 to go top of La Liga after two games. Raul, Wesley Sneijder (two), Ruud van Nistelrooy and Guti were all on target for the champions. Coach Bernd Schuster was remarkably calm at his side’s early season form considering winning the league normally gets you sacked at Real. He said: “I am more happy with the play and the results than the league table. We still have things to improve and the league table is not important. To be first is not bad, but to be there later on is more important.”
When he arrived, Jose Mourinho was seen as the king of Continental cool â€“ the sharp suits, trademark Armani overcoat, and perfectly coiffured hair all made him look more like a matinee idols than a Premier League manager.
Itâ€™s been a long time coming but Michael Owen rediscovered his shooting skills with his first league goal for two years as Newcastle beat Wigan at the weekend.
1 Martin Jol is going to get sacked very, very soon.
2 Sammy Lee is going to get sacked shortly afterwards.
3 The Premier League is more competitive than it has been for a few years, which is great news for neutrals and anyone who doesn’t support Manchester United or Chelsea.