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1. Go fourth and prosper
Both teams were still chasing the final Champions League position but Everton have now broken clear by going three points clear of local rivals Liverpool – which half of Merseyside will finish fourth?

With Eduardo now beginning his long road to recovery from the broken leg he sustained against Birmingham at the weekend, Pies gives you 10 of the nastiest broken legs to have been seen on the football field (or at least to have been seen on YouTube!).

Could it be? It is so hard to tell with all that Aldi sparkling wine flying everywhere. It does seem that former Tottenham manager Martin Jol just couldn’t quite let go and move on. In fact, he seems to have invaded Spurs’ post-match celebrations at the Carling Cup final!

Dave ‘Harry’ Bassett has become the victim of a prank phone call in which he was recorded expressing an interest in becoming assistant manager at Scunthorpe United. Harry was told current manager Nigel Adkins was about to be sacked and was asked to work alongside his unnamed replacement.

Martin Taylor’s tackle on Eduardo that led to the Arsenal striker’s gut wrenching injury wasn’t born from malice – despite what Arsene Wenger may retract at a later date. But, we have seen a few horror tackles down the years that obviously had more intention of taking the player than the ball – and there’s no prizes for guessing who tops that list…
1. Roy Keane on Alfe-Inge Haaland
Keano’s ‘take that you c*nt’ retribution on Alfe-Inge Halland was a grudge he had been harbouring for four years

It doesn’t matter which team you support, any true football fan who saw the images of Eduardo’s sickening injury against Birmingham will feel for the Arsenal striker.
So, please take your time to leave a message of goodwill for Eduardo ad we’ll make sure they are printed out and sent to him with a card next week.

We know that it must have been difficult for Arsenal’s players to witness Eduardo’s horrific injury – but is that an excuse for their behaviour at dropping points to Birmingham on Saturday?
William Gallas had a mini-meltdown while Arsene Wenger likened Taylor to a murderer (although he did later apologise). We’ve seen it all before when things haven’t gone Arsenal’s way – missed ‘incidents’, moaning about ‘violent play’
and never praising the team that has beaten them – which leads us to ask…

The Spurs faithful weren’t too pleased when the club decided to replace Martin Jol with Juande Ramos this season – although it was more to do with the club’s handling of the situation than the new manager himself.
It reminds us of another Iberian manager who came, saw and conquered the English game in his first season…

A few weeks back Barcelona’s title challenge seemed dead in the water, but after this weekend’s La Liga action the Catalan giants are just two points behind league leader Real Madrid. Barcelona thrashed table-propping Levante 5-1 to but Real’s hope of winning back-to-back titles in doubt.

This advert is for an online football pools game, but the moral of the video seems to be don’t be tempted to kick dogs just because they are sat near the penalty spot on a football pitch because they will still bite you. A lesson we can all learn from.

Maybe the Arsenal strikers glaring headed miss in front of goal against AC Milan convinced him that his hair was the problem. So, it’s out with the Bo Derek style plaits and in with the new mini ‘fro – hair do or hair don’t?

Thankfully over the course of the weekend the needless posturing that followed Eduardo’s horrific leg-break against Birmingham seems to have settled down. The thoughts of Pies and every right thinking football fan are with the little Croatian-Brazilian as he battles to save his career. I have watched the stomach-churning footage of the incident a few times and it is clear that Martin Taylor did not intend to inflict the injury on Eduardo.

Juande Ramos Few Spurs fans were expecting silverware when the Spaniard took the reigns from Martin Jol.

untitledcup.bmpChas and / or Dave have been crooning, Chelsea pensioners have been medal polishing and about 90,000 fans have been squeezed through Wembley Park’s slightly sticky tube station. Yes, after weeks of arguing on the dirty, jellied eel stinking streets of Landaaan Taan, the Carling Cup Final is upon us at last.
And for those of us who haven’t been able to make the match today, you can follow the big game right here through Chelsea Pies and Spurs Pies. If you need to rant anger about how your team are performing at Wembley, don’t just shout at the cat – shout at our writers / other Chelsea and Spurs fans. So get a cold beer, slap on the TV and enjoy a good moan about the match.
Click here to head to the Chelsea LIVE match debate, or here to follow the LIVE Spurs blog. Enjoy the game!

Bordeaux closed the gap on league leaders Lyon in style with a 0-6 away win at Monaco. Two goals apiece from Argentinian Fernando Cavenaghi and Johan Micoud, and strikes from Marouane Chamakh and Gabriel Obertan gave Bordeaux and emphatic win which leaves them just one point behind Lyon.

Just look at that thug John Terry headbutting poor little Abou Diaby’s foot. Apparently he was going to untie the laces with his teeth.

If anyone still can’t fathom how Arsenal’s Adebayor managed to miss that header against AC Milan in midweek – don’t worry Emmanuel, we’ve seen worse…


Fiendish Friday Quiz

February 22nd, 2008

1. Career path Torquay United, Manchester United, Leeds united, Sampdoria, Bradford City, Portsmouth, Exeter City, Grindavik, Garforth Town 2. True or false Did Denis Law score the goal that relegated Manchester United from the First Division in 1974? 3. Picture round 4. Team mates Ronaldo, Romario, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho – all played for which club? 5. […]

Most people are considering Sunday’s Carling Cup Final a foregone conclusion with the might of Chelsea retaining the title at the expense of Spurs’ transitional team.

Five British teams played their second leg ties in the UEFA Cup last night with four of them managing to make it through to the last 16 of Europe’s secondary competition.

Bolton managed to see out a scoreless stalemate against Athletico Madrid, which took them through to the next round of the UEFA Cup – but celebrations were overshadowed by the heavy handed approach of Spanish police.

Well we say ‘forgotten’ but I’m not sure if this was ever remembered outside Scotland. Diego Maradona never played for Ayr United – that we know of – but if he had he would have scored goals just like this one. Former Chelsea youngster Ryan Stevenson is the man running from his own half to score against Alloa Athletic.

Spurs defender Jonathan Woodgate has become the latest multi-millionaire footballer to moan about house prices in London. In this video he reveals he is yet to purchase a house doon Sooth since his move from Middlesbrough. Get the man a council flat! Click here to see the jovial press conference at which Woodgate made the comments.

Those comic geniuses Mitchell and Webb of Peep Show fame have offered up this satirical look at Sky’s over hyped approach to football on TV with lines like, “A South Coast clash that will go down in history as one of the many football matches that is happening this weekend”.

Footballers are slaves to the latest fads – we’ve had nose plasters a la Robbie Fowler, Patrick Viera inspired Vicks stains on shirts – but the latest trend among Premier League players seems to be a skin tight top worn under their club shirts.