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Dunga must be wishing CONMEBOL had not invited those pesky Mexicans to compete in the Copa America after they inflicted his first competitive defeat as Brazil boss. Check out Nery Castillo’s excellent Gazza-esque opener. Ramon Corales wrapped the game up with a free-kick which left Brazil keeper Doni rooted to the spot.

Coleman%2C%20Chris.JPGUntil now if you had told Pies that Chris Coleman had an interest in Basques we would have envisaged the ex-Fulham boss creeping round Ann Summers trying not to draw too much attention to himself. But – perhaps even more shocking than that image – it seems the Welsh whinger is being primed for a return to management at recently relegated Spanish side Real Sociedad.

430514_MEDIUMSQUARE.jpgJust when we thought that the purse strings to Roman’s rubles had been tied closed with all the endeavour of an over enthusiastic boy scout, Chelsea actually look set to spend some money.

geremi.jpgChelsea utility man Geremi is the latest player Sam Allardyce would like to spend some of Mike Ashley’s millions on [that's on wages and signing-on fees before some smart arse points out he is available on a free transfer!] . The Cameroon international is known to be eager to find more regular first-team action than he has been getting at Stamford Bridge.

This Classic Moment sees a ramshackle Honduras team defeat Brazil 2-0 in the 2001 Copa America. The Hondurans were late replacements for Argentina who withdrew after receiving death threats from terrorist groups. They arrived hours before their opening game without a full complement of players in a Colombian air force plane. They knocked Brazil out in the quarter finals and went on to finish third in the competition.

Mascot.JPGThis handsome chap is Guaky, the mascot for the Copa America, which got underway last night in Venezuela. We are not sure he is quite up to the standard of Goleo from last summer’s World Cup, but the passionate parrot is a decent mascot nonetheless. See the pick of previous Copa America mascots by clicking below.

Di%20Michele.jpgSummer just ain’t summer any more without a bit of Italian football scandal. And there is plenty going on at the moment. Four players, including Italian international David di Michele, have been charged with illegal betting. The Palermo player, along with Atalanta’s Thomas Manfredini and Vicenza’s Massimo Margiotta, is accused of betting ‘directly or through third parties, on the results of official matches organised by the FIGC.’

Arsenal

TH14 – the goals 3

June 26th, 2007

We can empathise will Arsenal fans at the moment. They’ve lost their greatest goal scorer, there’s uncertainty over Wenger’s future and even Les Miserables himself, Nikolas Anelka, could be making a prodigal return.
So, in our last look at Henry’s greatest goals we’ve saved one that will even raise a smile from Gunners that are still getting over seeing him in a Barca shirt earlier today

Sven is set to take the Manchester City job and is apparently hoping to make Sweden assistant manager Roland Andersson his number two (schoolboy snigger). Rumour has it the duo would be quite happy to walk 500 miles just to be the men to take over at Eastlands.
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Now that Gooner talisman Thierry Henry has left for Barcelona, how do you feel Arsenal’s squad matches up against Spurs? Personally, I feel the two squads are as evenly matched as at any time since the Premiership began. I also feel that Spurs have their best chance in years of finishing above Arsenal next season. Let’s take a look at how the squads currently match-up:

Arsenal

TH14 – the goals 2

June 26th, 2007

He may be gone but at least we’ve still got the memories of arguably the greatest foreign import ever to grace the Premiership.
Thierry scored a record breaking 226 goals for his old flame Arsenal and tap-ins were about as rare as a Henry header. Our second great goal from the French master even seems to defy physics with a cheeky back heel scored against Charlton, 2004.

Carlos Bocanegra and Frankie Hejduk (shirtless) celebrate the USA’s 2-1 win against Mexico in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final at Soldier Field, Chicago. [Photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images]
And here’s a link to a behind-the-scenes video of the post-match celebrations. That’s one motherf**king big crunk chalice those guys are drinking from… LINK

57247935.jpgNot content with signing Thierry Henry, Barcelona have also shelled out around €10m on Monaco’s Yaya Toure, younger brother of a certain Kolo Toure. Yaya, once hailed as the ‘new Patrick Vieira’ bu his elder bro, is a central midfielder and very much the ideal modern footballer: he plays box-to-box, is supremely athletic, very capable on the ball and there are no obvious weaknesses to his game. I think he’s a great signing for Barca, who are lacking the Makelele-type figure to hold their attack-minded midfield together.

The Copa America gets under way in Venezuela tonight with Uruguay facing Peru and the hosts taking on Bolivia. The tournament lasts until July 15, by which time most of your teams will be well into their pre-season and the next campaign in sight! Here are the highlights of the last Copa America final from 2004 when big-guns Brazil and Argentina faced each other.

David%20Beckham%20american.JPGDavid Beckham has begun work on his brief to save soccer in the USA – by playing American football. Becks donned a New Orleans Saints helmet, pads and kit to play with the Saints’ running back Reggie Bush.

Heeeeeeeeeeeeere’s Thierry!

ThierryHenryquotes.jpg1 “In my head I’m still an Arsenal player and my departure is not a current issue.”
Responding to speculation linking him with a move to Barca a couple of weeks ago with a very honest answer…

crown.jpgLeague Two outfit Accrington Stanley might be one of the few Football League clubs who won’t mind too much if their fans turn up to games paralytic – it will help to pay the players’ wages! Stanley have taken over a pub with profits from behind the bar going straight into the club.

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Thierry Henry enters the Camp Nou stadium after signing for Barcelona.
[Photo: Denis Doyle/Getty Images]

Now that he’s actually left, it’s not just the Gooners that will miss the mercurial talents of Monsieur Henry. We can do without the his hands on hips sulking, love of girls’ cars and the arrogant, brooding celebrations…but we’ll miss the goals.

Less than a week after compiled our top 10 footballers with rude names and it emerges that Celtic’s scouts have unearthed another gem. The Bhoys are apparently interested in making a move for the hermaphoditically-named Rod Fanni. The Nice defender is keen to switch clubs to secure Champions League football.

Serial pitch invader turned minor celebrity Jimmy Jump gives TH14 his first Barcelona shirt during the Arsenal v Villareal Champions League semi-final in 2006. It seems pretty obvious now that Henry wanted to move to Barca last season and only the effect that losing a Champions League final to them had on his emotional Gallic self prevented him from doing so.

USA won the CONCACAF Gold Cup by defeating Mexico 2-1 yesterday. Mexico took the lead through Andres Guardado on the stroke of half-time before Landon Donovan equalised from the penalty spot on 62 minutes. The stunning volley from Brazilian-born midfielder Benny Feilhaber shown in the video below settled the tournament. USA have now won the Gold Cup four times. Both Gold Cup finalists will now take part in the Copa America tournament in Venezuela as invited guests.

More cringey YouTube footage courtesy of the hilariously useless Chelsea TV. This time it’s a Q&A session with the Blues’ most intelligent player, Frank Lampard. Continuing the homoerotic theme of Frank’s Chelsea TV appearances, in this erm… outing Arjen Robben’s underwear gets a special mention.