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This joint advert from Uefa and the European Commission tells armchair football fans to get up and get physical. I bet Michel Platini would be really impressed if the viewing figures for the next round of Champions League games dropped dramatically because we were all out at Pilates class…

No.1 Fine performances from Gareth Barry, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Ashley Young and Scott Carson are a plus point for Villa – but that can be a double-edged sword for any Prem side not in the Big Four. Man Utd and co. will be looking more closely at Villa’s star performers (maybe not Arsenal, who don’t generally […]

When he is not busy breaking English hearts, Croatia manager Slaven Bilic is the frontman of metal band Rawbau. The band apparently pride themselves on their “healing & religious, easy listening, alternative” brand of music.

Blackburn Rovers 0-4 Aston Villa (Carew 29, Barry 53pen, Young 81, Harewood 89) These days, Blackburn just don’t ship four goals at home. They’re so tough to beat under Mark Hughes and yet Villa hammered them; Blackburn’s cause wasn’t helped when skipper Ryan Nelson was sent off, rather unfairly, for tugging Gabriel Agbonlahor’s shirt, but […]

First the NFL circus turns up and makes a right mess of the ‘hallowed Wembley turf’, now it’s the turn of petrolheads. As this photo shows, Wembley Stadium is currently being transformed into a racetrack for the Race of Champions, an annual event that is taking place this year on 16 December. Drivers from different […]

David Beckham of the LA Galaxy receives a traditional Hongi (Maori greeting) from local woman Ritihia Hailwood as he arrives at Wellington Airport on November 29, 2007. Photo Marty Melville/Getty Images

The Eredivisie’s top two teams both picked up 4-1 victories this week to maintain their positions at the top of the league. Ajax won at home to Vitesse thanks to goals from Luis Suarez, Gabri, Albert Luque and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar’s twelfth strike in as many games. PSV won by the same margin away at Excelsior with Otman Bakkal, Danny Koevermans, Danko Lazovic and Kenneth Perez on the scoresheet.

Sister Shiny site Scrumbag (try saying that after a bottle and a half of Calvados) posted recently on the topic of David Beckham and odd-shaped balls. Naturally, I clicked on it, only to find a semi-serious debate on whether Becks could have a career in rugby. This opinion is based on the recent PR stunt […]

horror%20hair%20veloso.JPGSporting Lisbon midfielder Miguel Veloso was one player especially hoping to catch Sir Alex Ferguson’s eye when he played against Manchester United last night, and he certainly picked a haircut to do just that. The 21-year-old holding player is reportedly a target for Fergie who wants to add him to the Old Trafford Portuguese contingent before next season.

I told you yesterday about Sydney FC’s 5-3 defeat of LA Galaxy Down Under, a defeat for the MLS team that was softened by the free-kick scored by David Beckham. Here is a video of that free-kick, and it’s a beauty. ‘It’s a bender! Its a classic! It’s a Beckham!’

May 2002 Now that Sven has got rid of muppets like Steve McClaren and Sammy Lee, watch him go! They were obviously holding him back. This photo shows Sven, then manager of England with glamorous assistants McClaren and Lee during the friendly international between England and Cameroon in Kobe, Japan.
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Cameroon wore this eye-catching sleeveless kit in the 2002 African Cup of Nations – it looked pretty cool, too, like a basketball top. Fifa, spoilsports that they are, immediately declared the kit illegal and black sleeves were added for Cameroon’s appearance in the 2002 World Cup in Japan/Korea. Now I’d rather play in a sleeveless top […]

Three seasons ago Senderos was hailed as one of the best young central defenders in Europe. Many Arsenal fans believed he would be their new Tony Adams, only with less hair and more brains (he speaks six languages, roughly six more than Big Tony).

Sevilla stormed to victory despite conceding an 11th-minute goal from Eduardo da Silva. It was Arsenal’s first defeat of the season, and in a match they didn’t have to win. I don’t think it heralds a dip in form for the Gooners, who had already qualified for the next stage of the Champions League. Seydou […]

Copa%20Classic%20Hair%20t-shirt.JPGPies’ love of Horror Hair is well-documented, so what better for Santa to bring us than this cool t-shirt dedicated to some of the beautiful game’s most infamous barnets.

Entertaining match, this, and although Rangers lost out to the German champions, they still have a very good shot at qualification – Barcelona’s 2-2 draw at Lyon means that Rangers need only a draw (a dangerous scenario, nonetheless) when the French club visits Ibrox next month to progress.

Billy Davies is the sixth Premier League manager to leave his club this season – there’s a Pies pat on the back if you can guess the others? But, it could be unlucky seven before Christmas with these two hanging from tenterhooks – Rafa’s upset the owners while Sam isn’t the fans’ favourite.

Here are Italy team-mates Alex Del Piero and Francisco Totti struggling to get through a simple TV sketch. Apparently the gag is supposed to go:
Totti: Alessa, how was your exam?
Del Piero: Bad, bad. I gave it in blank.
Totti: Me too! Now they will think we have copied each other!

Unfortunately, Del Piero cannot stop laughing at Totti’s pronunciation of his name.

Bayern Munich rediscovered their early season form this week to ensure they remain top of the Bundesliga. A poor string of results has seen Werder Bremen and Hamburg both move to within a point of the leaders. A 2-1 win over Wolfsburg was enough for Bayern to maintain their narrow advantage. The victory was needed as Hamburg defeated Hansa Rostock 2-0 and Bremen saw off Energie Cottbus by the same margin.

Is Freddy Adu going to disappear into the Bermuda Triangle? US rapper Jay-Z seems to think so. The Benfica youngster is namechecked on his new song American Gangster. The lyrics are:
Yeah that’s my goal
And then I bid you Freddy Adu
Prodigal Child, y’all not ready for the future
Then I disappear in the Bermuda Triangle

When he is not busy impersonating TV’s Gok Wan or signing any player with at least one Northern Ireland cap, Fulham boss Lawrie Sanchez loves nothing better than pretend he is onboard the Starship Enterprise.

You know those cycling sprint races where both riders go as slowly as possible in an attempt to get the other to take the lead? Well that (give or take a bicycle or two) is La Liga at the moment. Real Madrid, currently the leaders looking nervously over their shoulders, dropped points with a 1-1 at Real Murcia on Saturday giving Villarreal the perfect opportunity to overtake them. Villarreal were having none of it though. They followed up with a 1-1 draw of their own at home to Almeria.

Robert Green His injury-time penalty saved secured a point for West Ham against Tottenham.

Well we say worst possible new England manager but we were are working within the realms of reality here (for once). In other words the list takes for granted that the new man will probably already have some experience within the game of football and probably some experience in management too. Hopefully this explains George W Bush’s omission.

France held a 2-2 draw with the Ukraine as a celebration party for their qualification for Euro 2008. Les Bleus had already guaranteed their place in Austria and Switzerland with Saturday’s sequence of results. Henry and co had some new gear picked out especially for the party though. The new France home kit is pictured above.