Iraq have won the Asian Cup for the first time after defeating Saudi Arabia 1-0. Captain Younes Mahmoud headed the winning goal from a 72nd minute corner. The Iraqi squad includes Kurds, Sunnis, Shias and Turkomans. The players had faced kidnap threats, the murder of loved ones, and disruptions to their training schedules. The problems in Iraq forced Brazilian coach Jorvan Vieira to train the squad in Syria and Jordan. All of which makes the victory even more impressive.
The evidence is that Manchester United new boy Nani has taken his manager’s concerns about his somersault celebration on board. His post-goal activities following this delightful effort against Guangzhou Pharmaceutical were much more muted. United won 2-0, Wayne Rooney having opened the scoring from the penalty spot.
He left sports broadcasting on the Beeb for the money, sorry challenge of ITV and then hot-footed it to Countdown on Channel 4 faster than anyone can say â€œRobbie Earle â€“a football pundit?â€ And now silver fox, Des Lynam is going back to what he does best â€“ footie.
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Man Utd starlet Nani has been ordered to stop his back-flipping goal celebration, by manager Sir Alex Ferguson. The Portuguese winger performed a flip after scoring on his United debut, in a friendly against Shenzhen FC, but reportedly winced on landing:
Lomano Lua Lua famously injured himself after performing a back-flip celebration, and Fergie doesn’t want the same fate to befall Nani. Fair enough, as he has paid Â£17m for the youngster.
It might be a little premature given that are still 93 years worth of transfer flops to come, but readers of Spanish newspaper Marca have voted Jonathan Woodgate as the worst signing of the 21st Century.
Thierry Henry scored in the final minute of his debut to give Barcelona victory over Dundee United. Believe it or not, before last night the Tangerines had a 100 per cent played four, won four record against Barca. The winner came from Henry following up his own penalty after keeper Grzegorz Szamotulski had saved.
New West Ham signing Craig Bellamy gets into the first of an inevitable many arguments with match officials this season. Bellamy and referee Trevor Kettle reach boiling point in last night’s friendly between the Hammers and MK Dons. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
While most clubs have their players running around the training ground until they’ve hurled up the last of those holiday excesses, Romanian outfit Cetatea Targu went for a more laidback approach. The players spent 10 days in a monestary. Club officials took the players into the mountain monestary six miles from the nearest village in the hope that the team would be ‘close to God’ for the new season.
Barcelona star Ronaldinho has played down reports that he snubbed a move to St Mirren. The Scottish side tried to sign a 21-year-old Ronaldinho in 2001. Saints claim he turned down a loan move while his transfer to Paris Saint Germain was held up.
New Birmingham City owner, Carson Yeung, has a dream â€“ but weâ€™re not sure itâ€™s one that will help Blues fans will be sleep easy tonight. Apparently, the Hong Kong-based tycoon wants to eventually put out a team featuring 11 Chinese players.
If youâ€™re clock-watching at work or just need some cheering up then take a look at this collection of footballing lowlights including own goals, gaffes and starting with probably the worst head-butt/dive combo weâ€™ve ever seen.
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In the same way that overweight comedian Peter Kay looks like John Oâ€™Shea we think that another out of condition comic and 8 Out of Ten Cats presenter, Jason Manford, looks like a larger than life Michael Owen.
Former England internationals Warren Barton and Rob Lee have been arrested on suspicion of taking a luxury limousine and driving it while unfit. The ex-Newcastle pair were arrested at around 11.30pm last night before being released on bail. Barton, 38, and Lee, 41, allegedly took the Mercedes E220 from a street in east London.
Frank Lampard and Carlo Cudicini helped Chelsea to a 1-1 draw against Feyenoord in this pre-season friendly. Lampard scored on 80 minutes to cancel out Kevin Hofland’s headed opener, before keeper Cudicini saved Roy Makaay’s spot-kick. The video below shows Chelsea’s goal, which came from some promising attacking play by young substitute Scott Sinclair.
One thing Pies loves about RetroFootballTshirts’ range is that you will often come across a shirt in honour of a player who doesn’t tend to cross your mind very often. And you can’t beat a bit of nostalgia! One such player is Dan Petrescu.