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Ronaldinho takes a break during a training session ahead of tonight’s international friendly match between England and Brazil at Wembley Stadium. [Photo: Clive Mason/Getty Images]

beckham2_narrowweb__300x380%2C0.jpgNow that David Beckham is looking lean, mean and hungry again – his brilliant performance against Deportivo last weekend put me in mind of his famous all-action display against Greece for England in 2001 – do you think he’s starting to regret his decision to leave Real Madrid for the States?
Pies reckons he must surely regret how quickly he made the decision to sign for LA Galaxy. He has at least two more seasons in him at the highest level in Europe, and MLS can’t offer the same challenges or rewards. If Beckham believes he’s giving up the prospect of more silverware for a lucrative season or two in the sun, then he’s bound to have doubts.

275833L.jpgTShirts365 we love you and wouldn’t mind having your babies. Just days after we were pondering the potential for naughty schoolboy mischief provided by Kaka’s I Belong To Jesus t-shirt, and the gang at TShirts365 respond with this beauty. Pies reader Mike had touted an I Belong To Kaka t-shirt, but we can cope with this semi-namecheck! To buy the I Belong To Pie t-shirt for £14.99, click here.

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So it looks like Scott Parker will definitely be going to Upton Park then… [Via Caught Offside]

This was just a vintage World Cup match between arguably the two best teams in the world at the time (Brazil were clearly the best around, but England had a very good team as well). What more can you say about a match which contains Gordon Banks’ save of the century, from Pele’s leaping header, and Bobby Moore’s impeccably timed tackle, also on Pele. Moore and Pele’s warm embrace after the full-time whistle sums up the generous spirit of the match.

A few drunken louts, ‘spoiling it for the rest’, as usual. Bet this reporter never wants to cover a football match in England ever again… [Via Guardian]

Right, it’s time to settle it once and for all. Who is David Beckham’s best Shit Lookalike with his new barnet?

It is easy to remember John Barnes as the rotund figure weighing down substitutes’ benches at Newcastle or Charlton or as the wooden TV presenter that has you reaching for the remote, when really we ought to remember him for things like this. One of the greatest England goals ever scored, and that is without taking into consideration that it was against Brazil at the Maracana! It is a shame the red socks steal the show!

ChelseaDVD.jpgRoman Abramovich may have spent millions of pounds on a season of underachievement, but your average Chelsea fan can pick up a reminder of a campaign of mediocrity for just £11.99. Mr Abramovich must be wishing he had just kept his money in his wallet and waited for the DVD.

Comedian Paul Kaye – of Dennis Pennis fame – brings a touch of good old fashioned English football hooligan brutality to the oriental martial arts. Featuring, as they say on telly, strong language throughout, so plug your headphones in if you’re at work!

Graeme Le Saux, of all people, shows the Brazilians how it should be done…

Little Michael Owen, looking fitter and happier than he has done for ages, poses during an England Press Press Conference at The Grove Hotel on May 31, 2007 in Rickmansworth, England. [Photo: Pool/Getty Images]

73693347.jpgToday is most definitely a red letter day for Man Yoo fans. First Nani and Anderson, and now Man U have confirmed the signing of Owen Hargreaves the worst-kept secret in football. According to F365:
‘The Old Trafford club have confirmed a deal has been completed with Bayern Munich for the England international and with personal terms agreed and a medical passed, all that is required now is for the 25-year-old to officially sign what is expected to be a five-year contract.’

If Nani is a readymade replacement for Ryan Giggs, then Anderson has the potential to fill Paul Scholes’ big ginger boots. The 19-year-old Brazilian has wonderful vision, tremendous skill and pace to burn – not sure if he’s as bad a tackler as Scholesy though.

All this fuss over Nani, but is he actually any good? From what I can tell, yes, he is bloody good (and makes the ideal replacement for Ryan Giggs), but Fergie certainly won’t stand for those clownish back-flips:

4-2-3-1.gifWhat implications does the Nani/Anderson/Hargreaves triple deal have for the way Man Utd will play next season? The Sun reports that United fans can look forward to a new formation in 2007/08: ‘Sources close to Fergie say he will play a 4-2-3-1 formation next season — using Ronaldo, Anderson and Nani as his three attacking midfielders behind Wayne Rooney.’

3904089.jpegPretty much everyone is reporting that West Ham are very close to agreeing a deal, reported to be in the region of £7m, with Newcastle United to sign Scott Parker. Tottenham apparently stuck their noses in at the 11th hour, as they are wont to do when any talented English player is involved, but it seems that the Irons will get their man.

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Continuing on a Carlos Queiroz theme, I dug up this picture of him back in the day (the Eighties, I guess?) when he was rocking a magnificent moustache. I was thinking he reminded me of someone but I couldn’t put my finger on who. Then it came to me – Geraldo Rivera (just Geraldo to his friends), American talk-show legend and fellow moustache wearer.

CarlosQueiroz.jpgIf, as seems likely after a deal was agreed ‘in principle’, Portuguese starlets Nani and Anderson move to Man Utd in the summer, United fans should really be thanking Carlos Queiroz, not Alex Ferguson. Surely it’s no coincidence that Portugal’s greatest young talent, Cristiano Ronaldo, has chosen to remain at Old Trafford with Queiroz.

andnan.jpgMan Yoo have secured deals to bring highly-rated Portuguese-based duo Anderson and Nani to Old Trafford in a £30 million deal. The pair have long been the subject of longing glances from a host of Premiership managers, but Fergie seems to have won them over.

Sheva.JPGWelcome to the Pies Transfer flops of the season XI sponsored by Freddy Shepherd. In fairness to Freddy he does not have any representatives in the side. Chelsea and West Ham fans, avert your eyes now! Everyone else, click below.

Subside Sports is doing a tempting 3-for-2 offer on all Retake retro football shirts and t-shirts, like this lovely green Brazil top and this Taxi for McLaren tee, for example. Thanks to regular Pies contributor Cole for spotting this tasty deal.

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Duisburg players look dejected after losing the penalty shootout against Frankfurt during the Women’s DFB German Cup final at the Olympic Stadium on May 26, 2007 in Berlin, Germany.
[Photo: Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images]

Wales captain Ryan Giggs will announce his retirement from international football this lunchtime, according to the BBC. Giggs’s decision to quite Wales means he will never play at a major international tournament, which undoubtedly makes him one of the greatest players never to do so. Here’s a video tribute to his almighty talent:

_42229602_sam_hammam_dugout203.jpg1 ‘Everyone’s very comfortable on the ball and almost all of them are athletic. We play what I call “orgy football”: the other team know they’re going to get it, but they don’t know from whom or where from.’
Cardiff’s ex-chairman Sam Hammam takes a wrong turn at metaphor junction.