Peter Crouch scores during the Euro 2008 qualifying match between Estonia and England last night in Tallinn, Estonia.
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The Euro 2008 qualifier between Finland and Belgium was held up for six minutes… by an owl. The eagle owl swooped into the stadium 19 minutes into the match, landing on the pitch and goals. Premiership referee Mike Riley stopped the game until the owl retreated to a safety barrier behind the goal to keep a beady eye on proceedings.
If you thought Sheffield United keeper Paddy Kenny was your traditional tubby pie-eating goalie (and we freely admit that is exactly what we thought), then think again. The Republic of Ireland international has run three marathons in three days to raise money for a children’s hospice. Kenny ran 26 miles a day from Skegness to Sheffield raising Â£10,000 in the process.
Here is former Crystal Palace midfielder Sasa Curcic taking part in the Serbian version of Celebrity Big Brother, including an excellent dance to MC Hammer’s U Can’t Touch This.
In which Vasco’s Morais take exception to a reporter’s question, following his team’s draw with Fluminense. I love the way he nobly puts up his dukes, Marquis of Queensbury style.
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We think it’s as simple as this: if England don’t beat Estonia tonight, they won’t qualify for Euro 2008. England should beat Estonia of course, but of course we’re looking at another Andorra style of match, where the underdogs have no intention of scoring a goal. A 0-0 draw would be a triumph for Estonia, […]
Claudio Ranieri, the new manager of Juventus and the man who brought Frank Lampard to Chelsea from West Ham, is reportedly keen on luring Lamps to Italy with a Â£12m bid. Juve have already armed Ranieri with a Â£70m war chest for new signings and he will use part of that to table a bid for the Chelsea midfielder, who has yet to sort out a new contract at the Bridge.
A solid performance from our American cousins, featuring goals from Man City’s DaMarcus Beasley and Fulham’s Clint Dempsey. Big Gooch Onyewu, formerly of Newcastle United, also scored, with a well-directed header.
England under 21s beat Slovakia 5-0 in their warm-up match for the European Championships. Stuart Pearce’s side bagged four second half goals to secure a comfortable win. They also won a practice penalty shootout organised by Pearce 4-3.
Beleaguered England boss Steve McClaren faces the media during the England press conference held at the Reva Olympia Hotel on 5 June, 2007 in Tallin, Estonia. [Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images]
Ahead of England’s Euro 2008 qualifier Pies against Estonia brings you another Shit Lookalike. Striker Andres Oper – an injury doubt for tonight’s game – is a bit of a ringer for racing driver Ralf Schumacher.
This video of Francesco Totti showing off his penalty taking skills has been doing the rounds. Pah, we can all do it training, Franny, but can you do it when the pressure is on!!!
Andres Oper is probably Estonia’s most famous outfield player. He currently plays for Roda JC in Holland. Here he is giving Estonia the lead against Latvia in the World Cup 2006 qualifier. Estonia held on to win the game 2-1.
Our weekly lists looks at 10 footballers who stupidly had at least one too many before getting behind the wheel. Far too many to choose from for this category, but here we go…
1 Tony Adams
Football’s most well-known drink-driver was jailed for three months in 1990 for drink driving. Already Arsenal club captain at the time, Adams was sent to Chelmsford Open Prison after crashing his car into a wall while four times over the legal limit.
Continuing our Estonian build-up to tomorrow’s Euro 2008 qualifier, here is Estonia striker Indrek Zelinski scoring a fluke which I believe is in the Swedish league for Landskrona. He attempts to pull the ball back with his right foot, kicks it against his left foot and the keeper is left stranded.
The word on the street is that Kieron Dyer may start at right-back for England against Estonia tomorrow. The Newcastle midfielder (there’s a clue in there somewhere, Stevie Mac) would replace the hopelessly one-paced Jamie Carragher, who played there against Brazil; Carra is set to switch to partner John Terry at centre-back, which makes more sense.
Arseblog is not impressed with Arsenal’s ‘minging’ white kit, and I have to agree with him. It just doesn’t say Arsenal to me in any way, although I’ve always had a soft spot for hooped socks. Cesc, Thierry, Gilberto and little Theo seem very pleased with it though – either that or they’ve just bum-rushed the Tube ticket barrier and saved a fiver.
Whilst searching the internet for pictures of Radka Kocurova (it’s a hard life, Piesfolk), I stumbled across this tremendous picture of Mehmet Scholl (former Bayern Munich star) and his new girlfriend Jessica Luther. I like a man who’s not afraid to be seen in public wearing leather shorts and knee-length socks (traditional Bavarian dress, I believe). Much braver than wearing a sarong, a la Beckham.
The Times’ football boffin, Daniel Finkelstein (the man responsible for the brilliantly named Fink Tank column), has ranked every Premiership player based on some impossible-to-comprehend mathematical formula. It’s ‘a multivariate Poisson log-normal model’, if that means anything to you at all.
What has Everton boss David Moyes done to piss off West Ham Utd? Moyes has been forced to publicly rubbish claims that star striker Andrew Johnson will be tempted to Upton Park for around a Â£13m fee: ‘AJ was a top layer at Everton last season and he will be again next seasonâ€¦ The West Ham consortium wouldn’t have enough money to buy Johnson or any other Everton playerâ€¦ and for them to think they could shows a real lack of understanding of our game.’
Pies suspects that Classic England v Estonia Moments might be a tad thin on the ground, so here is Estonian keeper Mart Poom scoring for Sunderland against Derby (we might be in danger of having a Classic Mart Poom Moments section!). And as if that desperate topical peg wasn’t reason enough to put this video up, listen out for Des Lynam’s nonsensical ramblings. What a header about that, Ron!
Props to Pies reader Lupek for alerting us to this screamer of an own goal, scored by a player called MÄ…dry ( which, according to Lupek, means ‘wise’) of ÅKS ÅomÅ¼a, in an away game against Polonia Warszawa, in a Polish second-division fixture last week. Enjoyâ€¦