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I’ve been reading a lot about Bojan Krkic in the last couple of weeks. He’s a 16-year-old striker on the books of Barcelona and there’s every chance he’ll break into Barca’s first-team squad next season. He made his debut for Barcelona’s first team in a friendly against Al-Ahly in Cairo last week, and scored, prompting head coach Frank Rijkaard to praise Krkic’s ‘great talent, coolness and class’. His scoring record at Barca is incredible – he has scored 889 goals in seven years. This clip hints at his supreme finishing prowess:

74047622.gifTo all Liverpool fans who have argued that they’d rather win the Champions League than the Premiership (and I’ve read more than a few such arguments in the last couple of days), that’s fair enough if you genuinely believe that, but don’t for a minute think that you’re suddenly a better side than Man Utd or Chelsea: you’re not. No way.

Sevilla 2-0 Osasuna
Sevilla, conquerors of Spurs in the quarter finals and current UEFA Cup holders, deservedly reached the final with a comfortable win against Osasuna at home. Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, they should have won by more than a two-goal margin, but Freddie Kanoute left his shooting boots at home for once.

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Highlights of Werder Bremen v Espanyol after the jump…

Kevin Wolze and Konstantin Rausch of Germany compete for the ball with Dmytro Yeremenko of Ukraine during the 2007 UEFA European Under 17 Championship Group A match between Germany and Ukraine in Eupen, Belgium. Ah, the exuberance of youth.
[Photo: Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images]

An overreaction to back-to-back defeats (in the most recent they were 2-0 up against Man Utd) has seen Everton’s price become extremely attractive considering they are playing a Portsmouth team that is hopeless away from Fratton Park (nine without a win including defeats at Watford and Wigan).

16857-gattuso.jpgAhead of this month’s Champions League final, Milan dynamo Rino Gattuso has taken a pop at Liverpool’s long-ball dinosaurs: ‘All Liverpool try to do is defend together, with everybody behind the ball and just one striker… All they do is play long balls — every ball is a long ball. It is very different to Manchester, who are a real footballing team.’

Nigh.jpgThe end is nigh, folks. Welcome to the penultimate Fantasy Friday review of the season. It’s all happening in the Pies Fantasy League! Long-term champion elect Tommy has unwittingly maxed out his transfers for the season and Matt M is closing the gap. But is there enough time to catch him?

We continue on a theme of YouTube videos featuring Italian footballers, specifically Rino Gattuso. I assume this is a video taken from a flight around the time of the last summer’s World Cup. Anyway, Italy’s captain Fabio Cannavaro gives Gattuso and Daniele De Rossi a close shave mid-flight. As you do.

Cudicini.jpgIt’s a week since we unearthed a clip of the Chelsea squad looking very sheepish when asked to name their best-looking team-mate. In that week every man and his blog has covered the video, culminating in an appearance on Radio One the other day (they overlooked the fact that they are perhaps not best-placed to share videos with their audience!).

Ouch! Precious goalkeepers might be fond of protecting their personal space, but when you kick a player in the head that is a red card whether you wear gloves or not. Take the case of Velez Sarsfield keeper Gaston Sessa. Incensed by the presence of Boca Juniors’ Rodrigo Palacio within his five metre safety perimeter, […]

One for our Italian readers, ’cause I’ve got no idea what the bloody hell is going on…

Ollie.jpgPies favourite Ian Holloway has thrown a spanner in the works of any Plymouth players hoping to have a lazy summer break. Argyle players will be hauled before Ollie and his coaching team three weeks before pre-season starts to have their post-holiday beer bellies judged (and do some fitness tests).

‘Dundee United have the orange t-shirt, you know…’ What a lovely twinkle in his eye Rino has. He’s our new favourite player in the world… ever.

_40869776_davewhelan203.jpgWigan chairman Dave Whelan says he may sue West Ham United in the wake of the Tevezcherano incident. The Hammers were fined £5.5m but not deducted points after being accused of acting improperly over the transfers.

mcclaren%20teeth.JPGAn England B side will face Albania at Burnley’s Turf Moor ground on May 25, the FA has confirmed. The B team was last in action for the pre-World Cup game against Belarus last May. Before that there had been no B matches since 1998.

With a number of clubs now circling around Preston North End and England striker David Nugent like thieves around a Liverpool goalie’s house, it is time for the people who really matter – that’s you lot – to decide where the man with a 100 per cent international strike rate should play his footballl next season. We’ve given you the choice of the main clubs the tabloids are linking him with at the moment, or staying at Deepdale.

Many thanks to regular Pies reader Cole for this tremendous spot. They could be brothers, albeit brothers where Hercules got all the looks and Dirk got the, er, ability to run around enthusiastically for 90 minutes without actually offering much of a goal threat.

All the passion of a soggy vegetable.

Man Utd

The Daily Snapshot

May 3rd, 2007

Man Utd winger Cristiano Ronaldo is hounded by Massimo Oddo and Gennaro Gattuso of AC Milan during the Champions League semi final, second leg match between AC Milan and Man Utd at the San Siro last night. Milan nullified Ronaldo’s threat and ran out comfortable 3-0 winners. [Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images]

I think this AZ fans has learned a valuable life lesson – never presume your team will win the league just because they have to beat a crappy team on the last day of the season. If you didn’t read our post on the amazing conclusion to the Dutch Eredivisie, that will illuminate this guy’s stupidity perfectly.

Having had to eat a fair portion of humble pie when Ronaldo played out of his socks for Man Utd against Roma in the Champions League qaurter final, Messrs Dunphy, Brady and Giles lapped up the Portuguese winger’s ‘vain’ performance last night:

74052053.jpgAC Milan
Did he touch the ball in the first half? Hardly. Looked sound enough when called upon in the second half though. 6
Kakha Kaladze An underrated defender. Tenacious, unruffled, never lost control. 7

Eamon Dunphy, RTE’s most outspoken pundit (that takes some doing), demonstrates once again why he is worth 1,000 Hansens and Shearers. I have to get a t-shirt printed up with ‘Reality is Kaka’ printed on it.

74051816.jpgWell that was a let-down for all Man U fans and fans of English football in general. Milan stormed out of the blocks and never let the visitors settle – fair play to them, they played the perfect match.

The 2007 Champions League final is to be almost a carbon copy of the 2005 final: AC Milan v Liverpool in a eastern Europe capital city. Here is a reminder of what happened last time round (in case you were in a coma at the time or something).