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Copa America’s invited guests from the North, Team USA, are out of the tournament after their third consecutive defeat. The Americans lost 1-0 against Colombia with Jaime Castrillon scoring the only goal of the game.

steve%20bruce.jpgBirmingham’s prospective new owner Carson Yeung has revealed he will foist Hong Kong players upon manager Steve Bruce. Blues fans will be delighted to hear that the businessman sees their return to the Premiership as the perfect opportunity to test the credentials of young Hong Kong players. The return to the top for flight could degenerate into an international exchange programme!

This classic clip shows the hilarious moment when a boy invaded the pitch in a Manchester United versus Leeds United game to take a shot on goal. The youngster finds himself on the end of a Willie Morgan cross, but drills his first-time shot just wide. It is not a bad attempt – even Pele would probably lose a bit of accuracy if he was playing in Dr Martens! The scamp takes a kick from Peter Lorimer for his troubles before scurrying back to the sidelines.

Kaboul.JPGFresh Horror Hair talent arrived in the Premiership today as Spurs wrapped up the signing of French under-21 captain Younes Kaboul. The £8 million-rated centre back seems to be going for some sort of thatched cottage effect. Pies is not sure what the sticky stuff holding his hair in place is, but there is every chance it originated from Martin Jol if the spherical Dutchman’s gushing quotes are anything to go by. He said: “If you ask people in France who is seen as the hottest prospect in defence they will say Younes Kaboul. It’s important to have quality players in defence and with him, we have that.”

In honour of Rafa’s new goatee, Pies celebrates 10 football managers who shunned the shaver before him.
1 Artur Jorge

Asamoah.jpgAsamoah Gyan – the Ghana striker who made a big impression at the 2006 World Cup – is the latest footballer to be tempted into the recording studio. The Udinese player has recorded a track for the new album of Castro, dubbed ‘Ghana’s 50 Cent’.

We spotted this beauty on the ever-excellent Left Back and just had to pay tribute to (ie. steal) it. Top work chaps, love it…

Eduardo da Silva – First Interview
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A silly question you might think, but one that needs asking. Da Silva is unproven and talented – just as Thierry Henry was when he first came to Arsenal. So do you think Arsene Wenger has unearthed another diamond in the rough, or will Da Silva struggle to make an impact in the Premiership?

8243.jpgSpurs have won the race to sign France U21 captain Younes Kaboul from Auxerre. Kaboul, a 21-year-old central defender, was also linked to Roma and Inter Milan. The fee is reported to be in the region of £8m. Spurs definitely need to strengthen their defence of they are to challenge the big four, and this signing is a good start. ‘If you ask people in France who is seen as the hottest prospect in defence they will say Younes Kaboul,’ Spurs boss Martin Jol told the club website.

As spotted on 101GreatGoals. Good to see an Englishman at No.1. Makes us proud…

uJXXy3a4.jpgJosmer ‘Jozy’ Altidore, a striker for New York Red Bulls, is still only 17 years old but he’s not looked out of his depth in the MLS, scoring twice in New York’s first three games. The Red Bulls are being extremely protetcive of their young star. Since the arrival of Juan Pablo Ángel in NY, Altidore has started only two matches.

(L-R) Antonio da Silva, Silvio Meissner, Roberto Hilbert and Arthur Copa sit on a golf caddy, during a training session for VFB Stuttgart in Donaueschingen, Germany. [Photo: Alexander Heimann/Bongarts/Getty Images]

74138789.jpgTalk about the gap between the top clubs in England and the rest of the Premiership. Man U’s squad now looks so strong that they could arguably field two teams in the Prem and qualify for Europe twice over:
First XI: Edwin Van der Sar, Gary Neville, Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra, Owen Hargreaves, Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez

Pre-seasonlampard.jpgLooks like Frank, aka Eric Cartman, has been demolishing his fair share of pies and cream cakes during his summer holidays. Jose Mourinho won’t be happy to see that his star midfielder has developed such an impressive set of man breasts, or moobs as we like to call ‘em. And he could do with a spot of lipo on that wobbly gut. Too much Christmas pudding Frank?

So mighty Brazil eke out a 1-0 win against Ecuador, thanks to a penalty by Robinho. The Brazilians advance to the quarter finals, just, but I still can’t seem them troubling Argentina or Mexico, to whom they have already lost in the group stages. By the way, Brazil’s victory eliminated the USA.

player-image-40637.jpgA few seasons ago, Jermain Defoe was being talked about as a future England star. Now he finds himself as fourth-choice striker (behind Dimi Berbatov, Robbie Keane and, arguably, Darren Bent) in a team that can’t win the Premiership. His career has stalled dramatically and I find it hard to put my finger on a specific reason why it’s happened.

pic534.jpgFootball’s hottest rumour of the day is that Man Utd are closing in on the signing of Carlos Tevez. BBC sports editor Mihir Bose ‘understands talks are underway and says Tevez may move on loan or permanently’.

Rafa’s goatee strikes again! Not only is the bearded Liverpool boss a dead ringer for David Gest, he also looks like Peter Kay in his sitcom Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere.

Rafa’s new goatee has generated some new Shit Lookalikes. Yay! Remember, while Fernando Torres still has to prove he is a quality Premiership player worth £20 million he is undoubtedly a better signing than Liza Minelli!

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez (nice goatee beard, Rafa) unveils new signing Fernando Torres at a press conference held at Anfield on July 4, 2007. [Photo: Gary M. Prior/Getty Images]

Some really fine goals to enjoy from this entertaining match, which marked the USA out as genuine contenders for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, currently taking place in Canada. Freddy Adu’s first goal of three was a lovely turn and finish. The boy wonder, hyped for so long as the next big thing in American soccer, looks like he’s found his A game at last…

A final decision to uphold Sheffield United’s relegation from the Premier League was made yesterday. An arbitration panel decided that the Premier League was correct to not dock West Ham points over the registration of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano. The panel stated: “The tribunal had much sympathy for Sheffield United’s grievances. However, the tribunal had to apply the principles of judicial review and determine whether the decision was irrational or perverse. This is a very strict test and is very difficult to satisfy. It concluded that it was impossible for this tribunal to find that the decision was irrational or perverse.”

JoyofCesc.JPGThis raunchy t-shirt from Goalhanger leaves Arsenal fans in doubt as to who is the man behind their sexy football. Apparently Cesc ‘Haribo Kid’ Fabregas is equipped to provide A Gourmet Guide To Midfielding. The t-shirt cost £16 and you can buy it by clicking here.

Oops, wrong video but you get the idea! Venezuela and Uruguay played out a dull bore draw which saw the hosts top the group and the Uruguayans sneak through as one of the top two third-placed teaks.who