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My site was nominated for Best Sports Blog!Just because Gordon Brown has had a change of heart it doesn’t mean you can’t use your vote this autumn – just vote for Pies instead! We have been nominated in the Best Sports Blog category (well, we would have worried if we had found ourselves in the Best Animal Blog section) in the Blogger’s Choice Awards.

When we gave Stephen Ireland our usual Horror Hair treatment last week we thought we were just indulging in a little harmless mickey-taking at the expense of a guy who had clearly had some sort of baldness treatment/hair transplant. When we linked the mystery of his reappearing hair to the mystery of his reappearing grandmothers it was purely in jest. However, it now seems that Ireland’s hair could be the real reason for his departure from the Republic of Ireland squad.

Cue Denis Norden with clipboard/pithy comment. Taken from a regional news show when Jimmy was playing for Peterborough United.

I miss Jimmy Bullard, but not as much as Fulham have missed him. Football’s cheekiest chap is due to return from injury next month for Fulham. By the way, for our younger readers, Paul Nicholas is a former TV star/stage actor/pop star type, best-known for his roles in Just Good Friends, famous for being one […]

No La Liga action this week, of course, but a new-ish look Spain side did manage a 1-3 away win against Denmark. Raul Tamudo returned from a two-year international absence to open the scoring, Albert Riera made his debut and found the net and centre-back Raul Albiol also made his bow. Spain are now second in Group F, level on points with Sweden having played a game more.

What’s this? A new, untried formation on a plastic pitch in a crucial away qualifier? Yes, it can only be the latest episode of the soap opera that is Team England. Just as the Croatia away game was not the time to experiment with a 5-3-2 formation, I don’t believe that Wednesday’s Euro 2008 qualifier […]

Go on Volzy, my son. Pies hero, superstar diarist and Fulham player, Moritz Volz, has been using his column on the Times’ website to voice his distaste for Sepp Blatter – a distate shared by Pies and most right-minded football fans. The issue particularly concerning Volzy, though there are many to choose from, is Blatter’s plans to limit the number of foreign players in starting line-ups.

With England set to play Russia on an artificial surface on Wednesday, what better time that to post this charming regional news report on the demise of Preston North End’s plastic pitch.

Liverpool, and to a lesser extent Celtic fans have made this song their own. It’s taken from the musical Carousel, although most people in the UK are more aware of it from cover versions, most notably the one performed by Gerry & the Pacemakers. Other artists who have covered the song include Aretha Franklin (whose […]

David Beckham could make his LA Galaxy comeback this Thursday against Red Bull New York. Becks is reportedly close to full fitness and may figure in the Galaxy’s must-win clash against New York this Thursday, which is followed by the potential play-off decider against Chicago Fire on Sunday. Beckham, pictured here with team-mate Abel Xavier […]

After a truly horrible start to the season, LA Galaxy has finally woken up. In beating Toronto 2-1 at the Home Depot Center, Team Becks recorded its fifth straight win – albeit without Becks in the team. Against the odds, the Galaxy can qualify for the playoffs if it wins its final two matches against […]

Thanks to Pies reader Rusty for this gem.

Once a goalkeeper, always a goalkeeper… Whilst indulging in a spot of ill-advised, Rene Higuita-style chicanery outside his box, Poland’s U21 goalie suddenly remembered that he wasn’t a playmaker and used his hand to help him evade a Spanish attacker. The officials spotted his f**k-up and sent him off. The score was 0-0 at the […]

Man alive, Germany club FC Sachsen Leipzig has the scariest looking mascot I’ve ever seen. What the hell is it? It looks like a mange-ridden lion. Mascots are supposed to be friendly and approachable, but that thing looks like the stuff of nightmares. For the record, visitors Loko Leipzig won the Leipzig derby 3-1. Photo […]

With Ashley Cole ruled out of England’s match against Russia with a dodgy ankle, Steve McClaren has a selection headache. Given that you sorted out his midfield problem so effectively, we thought we would put this to the Pies public as well. Phil Neville is by far the most experienced candidate, but he does have […]

1 Saturday’s result was a decent result against poor opposition. A better second half performance would have been good, but the victory was secured.

This is just incredible! Venezuela defender Jose Manuel Rey secured victory against Ecuador at the weekend with this goal, which was worthy of winning any match. Rey sets himself to take the free-kick, picks his spot and blasts the ball into the net – from near the centre-circle. The Ecuadorians knew what was coming and formed a wall, but there was nothing they could do to stop it. In fact, the ball is moving so fast that they would have been pretty stupid to get in the way!

Lyon and Nancy are joint top of Ligue 1 on 22 points, although the camper-sounding side do have a game in hand. Nancy returned from their Friday night trip to Monaco with three points, while OL won 3-1 at Bordeaux. As you can see, the latter game was overshadowed by Lyon players interupting game to compare the relative merits of their backsides.

‘We’d like to thank Baz on our comment boards for spotting this one. Quite uncanny. Sonja, Alan’s eastern European girlfriend was a big fan of James Bond, sex and handbags, while alas we know sweet FA about what Martina Cech [Petr Cech's missus] is into. We’re also guessing Sonja’s a Norwich City supporter, but we […]

The Neviller and Schmeichs played together at Old Trafford for years, so you’d think young Gary would at least shake Peter’s hand when it’s generously offered in the tunnel. Are you f**king kidding me?! This is the Manc derby and there’s no way Citizen Neville, the most ardent Red in the union, would ever forego […]

England v Estonia (Sat 13 October, Wembley Stadium, K.O 3pm BST) Mark Lawrenson cautiously predicts a 2-0 win for England, and it’s hard not to agree with him this time. Estonia will surely play with damage limitation in mind, keen not to repeat the 3-0 win they suffered at home, so, in the words of […]


The Fiendish Friday Quiz

October 12th, 2007

The FFQ usually consists of just six fiendish questions. However, I’m now expanding it to ten fiendish questions. Translation: It’s bigger and more fiendish than ever. Enjoy… 1 Banfield, River Plate, Feyenoord, Bologna, Inter (current). Whose career? 2 Which Premier League striker’s first name translates as ‘The king loves me’? 3 What relation is ‘Sir’ […]

There are so many great football chants that raise a smile here at Pies Towers. I’ve compiled list of 50 of our favourites, in no particular order. Here’s part one of that list… ‘In the town, called Sunderland, There lived a man with a monkey’s heid, And they called him Peter Reid’ Geordies and Boro […]

A couple of days ago I posted my Prem team of the season so far. Today, I’ve done a flops of the season – it’s not rocket science, is it? GK Paul Robinson (Spurs) Eighteen goals conceded in nine games, a litany of mistakes and a general lack of positional awareness/sharpness mean that Robbo comfortably […]

‘Visualise the ball, become the ball, be at one with the ball…’ I don’t know what Joachim is up to here, but I like it – it looks like he’s attempting to dive into that football, like a little shrinking German pixie. Lovely. Photo Bongarts/Getty Images