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A relatively quiet day in Ghana yesterday, at least compared with some of the exciting games earlier in the tournament. In Group D, one of the hardest groups to call, each of the four teams picked up a point after two intriguing, if not scintillating, draws. Tunisia 2-2 Senegal Senegal were denied the win their […]

Typically loony lookalike goodness from Chringle. More shit lookalikes (although some of them are quite good)

Joe Cole scores the only goal of the Carling Cup semi Final, second-leg match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park. Everton have not beaten Chelsea since November 2000, a hoodoo of Arsenal vs Spurs proportions. Incidentally, Petr Cech played last night despite his wife giving birth to their first child – who said the […]

Bressan scored this peach for Fiorentina against Barcelona in the Champions League back in 1999. The scrappy play preceding the goal makes it even more of a bolt from the blue. One second the ball is bobbling around and the next Bressan has thrown himself at it and bagged a 25-yard scissor kick in the process. Nice.

In the wake of ‘Arsenal Fight Club’ (aka the silly bust-up between Nicklas Bendtner and Manu Adebayor), I thought it would be interesting to ask, who do you think is Arsenal’s hardest player? Adebayor and Bendtner are both big, strong lads, but is there anyone in Arsenal’s current squad who could take them in a […]

The facts: Avram Grant has stormed to 21 wins in his first 28 games in charge of Chelsea. Grant has been without the services of injured captain John Terry. Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba have missed plenty of games too. After Chelsea reached the Carling Cup final, with a 1-0 win at Everton last night […]

Juventus appear to have dropped out of the Serie A title race after a 0-0 draw at home to Sampdoria. The Turin side are now nine points behind leaders Inter Milan, who have a game in hand.


The Daily Balls

January 24th, 2008

This morning’s five hottest football stories, rumours and lies: 1. Middlesbrough are happy to sell injury-prone Jonathan Woodgate to Newcastle Utd or Spurs. ‘Boro will want to recoup the £7m they paid to Real Madrid though. Independent 2. Arsene Wenger has been on the phone, offering Theo Walcott to any Premier League club that can […]

Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor is the subject of an FA probe after allegedly headbutting team-mate Nicklas Bendtner during the Gunners 5-1 Carling Cup defeat to Tottenham on Tuesday night. Surprisingly Arsene Wenger – renowned for his astute observations of his players misdemeanors – said: “I did not know anything about it. I didn’t see it.”

Rubia%20cow.jpgWe know life can be tough at grassroots level, but one Spanish club has come up with a crazy scheme to make some cash and probably improve its grass at the same time! Amateur outfit Amoeiro have launched a new club lottery which presents fans with a unique way to help their club and win prizes.

Perhaps this will raise a smile on every Gooner who is suffering today…

Has a ball ever been struck more sweetly? Perhaps not. Big Al’s greatest goal in a black-and-white shirt (and there are a few to choose from). More wonder goals

Spot the difference… More Shit Lookalikes

As advertising techniques go there are more effective ones (and ones less likely to cause a spate of road accidents for that matter), but nonetheless Uefa are promoting the forthcoming European Championships with… wait for it… a hot air balloon in the shape of the trophy. The official Euro 2008 hot air balloon completed its test flight earlier this week and will commence a tour of Austria and Switzerland on Monday.

Wow, what a cracking game that was, the best of the tournament so far. Egypt tore Cameroon apart in the first half, playing a dynamic brand of football that the Lions couldn’t live with. Samuel Eto’o did his best to inspire Cameroon, but they were no match for the north Africans. Egyptian striker Mohamed Zidan, […]

With the top pair of Ajax and PSV Eindhoven both recording 1-1 draws, the Eredivise headlines were stolen by Sparta Rotterdam who launched themselves off the foot of the table with a 6-1 hammering of mid-table De Graafschap on Sunday.

Beckham has been in Sierra Leone, working as a goodwill ambassador for Unicef. Stars love to get their hands on sad-looking Third World kids, don’t they?

First up, some reaction from the big Arsenal blogs…
‘[Spurs] obviously had the momentum and once that’s going it’s hard to turn it around. They’re still an awful bunch of cockfisters though, singing that song about Arsene and throwing stuff at Cesc as he tried to take a corner. No amount of goals wins you any amount of class.’ Arseblog

Arsenal were one game away from a Wembley final, but Arsene Wenger stuck to his guns and played his ‘Carling Cup kids’ (not exactly kids, but a weaker team than he could have started with, anyway) at White Hart Lane. We all saw what happened. And, let’s face it, Spurs could have scored eight or […]

Can’t wait for the official DVD to appear. For now, this will do the job. Via 101GreatGoals

‘Herbert Chapman, Liam Brady, Charlie George, George Graham, Nigel Winterburn, Perry Groves, Nick Hornby, Pascal Cygan, Pat Rice, Arsene Wenger, Gilles Grimandi, Ian ‘Wrighty’ Wright… your boys took one hell of a beating!’ There, that had to be said. More to follow, obviously. I’ve waited almost nine years for this, and I’m gonna make the […]

Sunday Oliseh is currently earning his keep as a BBC pundit for the African Cup of Nations. Ten years ago he was very much in his prime as a player. This beauty from the 1998 World Cup was the goal that eliminated Spain from the competition.

What are the chances of that? All three of last night’s FA Cup third-round replays went the distance, to penalties. Bristol Rovers knocked out hapless Fulham, Barnet beat Swindon, and Derby County fans at last had something to cheer, when their team got one over on Sheff Wed. at Hillsborough. Bristol Rovers players celebrate after […]

At the request of Pies regular Kipp, here is the Christmas edition of Jose Mourinho’s I’m On Setanta Sports you were all deprived of while we stuffed ourselves with turkey. In this episode, meddling Mourinho causes a telephone fight between Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Rafa Benitez.

1. Germany can’t win it. 2. Argentina can’t win it. 3. Italy can’t win it. 4. Players feel free to shoot from everywhere on the pitch, probably because the standard of goalkeeping is slightly below that seen in the Women’s World Cup. 5. Moaning prats like Emmanuel Eboue, Didier Drogba and Obi-Wan Mikel have to […]