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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.

Inter Milan can console themselves about their fairly bleak Champions League outlook with the knowledge that they have already pretty much guaranteed qualification for next year’s competition. A 2-0 win at home to Livorno, and Roma’s defeat to Juventus, means Inter are now a whopping 11 points clear at the top of Serie A. Short of bringing Kevin Keegan to help them wrap up the title, it seems nothing can stop them becoming champions for a second successive season.

It sounds like a United Nations summit but England’s David Beckham saw his LA Galaxy side lose 1-0 to Japan’s Gamba Osaka…in Hawaii.

Barcelona have arguably the most talented front line in world football with a quartet that includes Ronaldinho, Lionel Messi, Thierry Henry and Samuel Eto’o.
All of them made an appearance last night with Henry and a brace from Messi scoring the goals that saw off some stiff resistance from Celtic. But, who is first name you would pick from Barcelona’s so-called Fabulous Four?

Although a goal in the San Siro could still see Arsenal qualify, AC Milan didn’t turn out to be the spent force that many people were suggesting. Adebayor could have won it if he managed to convert this close range header in extra time but could only find the bar.
Could this be the moment that changed Arsenal’s European destiny?

WARNING: This video may make you vomit in your mouth a little bit. This is quite an old clip but I have never seen it before. Edgar Andrade’s leg-break is up there with Henrik Larsson and Djibril Cisse in the sickening stakes. The Mexican youngster’s leg does some serious dangling in directions it shouldn’t be pointing.

Each of the British sides have now played the first legs of their Champions League ties with varying degrees of success. Liverpool eventually scored against Inter Milan to record a 2-0 win at home, while Chelsea had to settle for a 0-0 draw away at Olympiakos. Arsenal also drew 0-0 but they were at home to AC Milan. Carlos Tevez’s late away goal gave Manchester United a 1-1 draw in Lyon. And Celtic face an uphill struggle after losing 2-3 at home to Barcelona. Which clubs do you fancy to make it through to the quarter finals?

Man United turned defeat into a draw with the cushion of an away goal when Carlos Tevez came from the bench to snatch a late equalizer against Lyon in the Champions League last night.
Here are ten conclusions we gleaned from the game…

It seems Lyon have big forces on their side as they take on Manchester United in the Champions League. Man Yoo have complained to Uefa that Cristiano Ronaldo was attacked by a frickin’ laser beam before kick-off in last night’s match. Ronaldo was apparently dazzled by a “laser” during his warm-up.