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As you might expect, Dimitar Berbatov features prominently. Is Paul Robinson’s freak goal in there too? You’ll have to watch below to find out…

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This isn’t shit, is it? We think it’s actually quite good.

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US midfielder Frankie Hejduk fights for the ball with Canada’s Atiba Hutchinson during the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi final at Soldier Field on June 21, 2007 in Chicago. USA won 2-1; Pies will post video highlights later today.
[Photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images]

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US midfielder Frankie Hejduk fights for the ball with Canada’s Atiba Hutchinson during the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi final at Soldier Field on June 21, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois. USA won 2-1; Pies will post video highlights later today.
[Photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images]

1_IntertotoCup1.jpgWhile football’s good, great and John O’Shea are in Las Vegas to cheer on Ricky Hatton in his light-welterwight title fight with Jose Luis Castillo, spare a thought for the players of Irish outfits Cliftonville and Cork.

Fabregas.JPGWell, well, well. What have we here? Cesc Fabregas – who has played it safe since finding the limelight with his short dark hair and quiff – a Horror Hair candidate. Who would have thought it? And yet here is the young Spaniard sporting a truly horrific mullet at the start of the 2004-05 season. It just goes to show, there is Horror Hair potential within all footballers. Hopefully we’ll have lots of new Horror Hair to report on when the players return from their summer jollies sporting the latest style!

The drunken Danish lout who invaded the pitch and attacked the referee during the recent Euro 2008 qualifier between Denmark and Sweden has had a TV advert created in his honour. The commercial for TravelMarket.com draws a clever comparison between people who have beaten up a referee and those in need of a holiday.

The feat is not quite dramatic as it may sound. Thieves have stolen the arms of a statue of Pele in Brazil. The legend’s replica arms were sawn off the bronze statue situated outside the Fonte Nova stadium in Salvador. The statue showed Pele holding the World Cup aloft, and the replica trophy was taken with the limbs.

royston.jpgJose Mourinho wants to follow his successful Khalid Bhoularouz experiment by signing another colourfully named Dutch defender. The Special One’s target is Holland under 21 left-back Royston Drenthe. Despite sounding like the setting for The League of Gentlemen, £4 million-rated Royston has been one of the stars of the Dutch team in the European Under 21 Championships.

74390382.jpgHappy now Jose? Uefa has named Chelsea as one of the eight seeds for next season’s Champions League. The other English CL teams – Liverpool, Man Utd and Arsenal – are also seeded; England is the only country to have all of its representatives seeded.

Becks fears the Moss Side…

74632866.jpgThe Beautiful Game recently put up one of the most interesting posts I’ve read in ages, namely The Best Non-Soccer XI. In other words, if you could assemble a dream soccer team consisting entirely of non-soccer players (by the way, since this is about an American blog, I’ll grit my teeth and call football ‘soccer’ for the duration of this blog), who would be in it? Roger Federer in midfield? NBA star Lebron James up front? As The Beautiful Game says of James, ‘Imagine a forward taller than Peter Crouch, that will win every service in the air, that has the athleticism to ran past people and the strength to hold the ball up front.’

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England U21 players Mark Noble (left) and Anton Ferdinand (right, both seated), suffer the traditional English heartache of losing on penalties, in the European U21 Championship semi final against Holland. [Photo: Phil Cole/Getty Images]

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As expected, former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has lodged a formal takeover bid for Manchester City. The bid is valued at £81.6m. The City board said it intended to support the bid from UK Sports Investments, which is controlled by Thaksin and members of his family.

Continuing on a games theme, check out Scotland’s famous victory against the world champions in 1967, recreated here via the medium of Subbuteo…

This guy – I assume it’s a guy – has way too much time on his hands. But he would kick my ass at foosball…

With the unfortunate news that Jimmy Bullard will not be fit for the start of the season, we are in dire need of a Bullard fix. Here is one of his finest moments: Jimmy leapfrogging a goalmouth scramble while playing for Wigan Athletic. We have no idea why, but that’s Jimmy Bullard for you!

Bullard%20Jimmy.jpgOne of Pies’ favourite Premiership players, Fulham midfielder Jimmy Bullard, is to miss the start of next season. The former Wigan man is still having problems with the knee ligament injury which wrote off last season’s campaign for him. The 28-year-old has not played since September last year when a tackle with Newcastle’s Scott Parker dislocated his knee and put paid to his all-action start to the season.

England under 21s are out of the European Championship after losing 13-12 to Holland in a dramatic penalty shootout. England took the lead in the first half through Leroy Lita, before Maceo Rigters equalised with a spectacular overhead kick in the 89th minute. The tie was eventually settled after a marathon 32-penalty shootout. Anton Ferdinand was the unfortunate player who missed the deciding kick, despite having scored England’s sixth penalty earlier in the shootout.

These are uncertain times in the blue half of Manchester. While United claimed the Sven.jpgPremiership in cavalier fashion, City finished the season with the lowest number of home goals ever scored and then promptly lost their manager, Stuart ‘Psycho’ Pearce. The club is still embroiled in a shady takeover led by exiled Thai leader and fugitive on-the-run, Thaksin Shinawatra, and according to City supporters it could get worse.

If Jose Mourinho decides he is going to kick off on the referee we see plenty of hand-gesturing, plenty of sulking and, usually, the Special One dispatched to the stands. In Brazil, however, they needed riot police to escort America coach Lori Sandri off the pitch after one of his players was sent off for elbowing an opponent. All hell then breaks lose as the coach is handcuffed and his players end up scrapping it out with the coppers!

There’s just enough of a football link to this clip (keep watching until the end) to justify posting it… just…

And is that her bra size on her shirt? I think it might be.

Ricky Hatton, who fights Mexican hard nut Jose Luis Castillo this weekend for his world light-welterweight title, is an avid Man City fan. Hatton naturally hates Man Utd with a passion. So who better to carry out one of his title belts to ringside in Vegas on Saturday than… Wayne Rooney (who is a huge […]

wbunited_narrowweb__200x260.jpgThe Premier League has announced it is going to trial goal-line technology in the auspicious surroundings of Reading youth team matches. The Royals have been asked to test out Hawk-Eye technology with a view to introducing it to the Premier League in two years.

With Alan Shearer fretting today and Stefan Kuntz topping our rude names list, there was only one possible Classic Moment for today. Stiff upper lip and all that, folks… sob, sob.