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I couldn’t help but notice that BBC Three’s latest reality show Filthy Rich and Homeless features a guy called Ravi who is, in fact, the Asian Frank Lampard.
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The boy’s got form, but will Little Mickey find the net against Brazil again tonight?

Michael Owen pounces on Lucio’s mistake in the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup to give England an early lead. England famously held onto the lead and actually went on to win the tournament… or not!

A cracking video compilation which reminds us that there’s a hell of a lot of young British talent outside of the Premiership… Best Young Players Outside The PremiershipUploaded by super-goal [Via 101greatgoals]

Here’s an eight-minute clip showcasing an excellent TV documentary about Brazilian football, to get you in the mood for tonight’s big game.

If you fancy wasting, I mean investing some cash in tonight’s England v Brazil friendly at Wembley (coverage begins at 7.30pm on BBC 1), then step into our office…
Match to be a draw (11-5)
A friendly against Brazil is never a typical friendly, and you can bet that England will take tonight’s match seriously. But Brazil have enough talent to hold England and a draw seems the value at 11-5.

Gerrard_Lampard_L.jpgStop us if you’ve heard this one before… England skipper John ‘Mr JT’ Terry has rubbished claims that Frank Lampard and… wait for it… Steven Gerrard cannot play together.

1 Sao Paulo, Olympique Lyonnais, Barcelona (current). Whose career?
2 Brazil is the only nation to have played in every World Cup finals. True or false?
3 Picture round. Who’s this legend of Brazilian football?
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Honestly, who really calls Brazil the samba stars? Shit yokel commentators, that’s who (is he the guy who does boxing for Sky now?)… Neat finish from Platty though. The final score was 1-1 by the way.

_42995777_shorey203.jpgWhen Nicky Shorey was playing Championship football with Reading last season he could not in his wildest dreams have imagined he would be honeymooning with John Terry (if he was that way) the following year. But so it is.

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Ronaldinho takes a break during a training session ahead of tonight’s international friendly match between England and Brazil at Wembley Stadium. [Photo: Clive Mason/Getty Images]

beckham2_narrowweb__300x380%2C0.jpgNow that David Beckham is looking lean, mean and hungry again – his brilliant performance against Deportivo last weekend put me in mind of his famous all-action display against Greece for England in 2001 – do you think he’s starting to regret his decision to leave Real Madrid for the States?
Pies reckons he must surely regret how quickly he made the decision to sign for LA Galaxy. He has at least two more seasons in him at the highest level in Europe, and MLS can’t offer the same challenges or rewards. If Beckham believes he’s giving up the prospect of more silverware for a lucrative season or two in the sun, then he’s bound to have doubts.

275833L.jpgTShirts365 we love you and wouldn’t mind having your babies. Just days after we were pondering the potential for naughty schoolboy mischief provided by Kaka’s I Belong To Jesus t-shirt, and the gang at TShirts365 respond with this beauty. Pies reader Mike had touted an I Belong To Kaka t-shirt, but we can cope with this semi-namecheck! To buy the I Belong To Pie t-shirt for £14.99, click here.

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So it looks like Scott Parker will definitely be going to Upton Park then… [Via Caught Offside]

This was just a vintage World Cup match between arguably the two best teams in the world at the time (Brazil were clearly the best around, but England had a very good team as well). What more can you say about a match which contains Gordon Banks’ save of the century, from Pele’s leaping header, and Bobby Moore’s impeccably timed tackle, also on Pele. Moore and Pele’s warm embrace after the full-time whistle sums up the generous spirit of the match.

A few drunken louts, ‘spoiling it for the rest’, as usual. Bet this reporter never wants to cover a football match in England ever again… [Via Guardian]

Right, it’s time to settle it once and for all. Who is David Beckham’s best Shit Lookalike with his new barnet?

It is easy to remember John Barnes as the rotund figure weighing down substitutes’ benches at Newcastle or Charlton or as the wooden TV presenter that has you reaching for the remote, when really we ought to remember him for things like this. One of the greatest England goals ever scored, and that is without taking into consideration that it was against Brazil at the Maracana! It is a shame the red socks steal the show!

ChelseaDVD.jpgRoman Abramovich may have spent millions of pounds on a season of underachievement, but your average Chelsea fan can pick up a reminder of a campaign of mediocrity for just £11.99. Mr Abramovich must be wishing he had just kept his money in his wallet and waited for the DVD.

Comedian Paul Kaye – of Dennis Pennis fame – brings a touch of good old fashioned English football hooligan brutality to the oriental martial arts. Featuring, as they say on telly, strong language throughout, so plug your headphones in if you’re at work!

Graeme Le Saux, of all people, shows the Brazilians how it should be done…

Little Michael Owen, looking fitter and happier than he has done for ages, poses during an England Press Press Conference at The Grove Hotel on May 31, 2007 in Rickmansworth, England. [Photo: Pool/Getty Images]

73693347.jpgToday is most definitely a red letter day for Man Yoo fans. First Nani and Anderson, and now Man U have confirmed the signing of Owen Hargreaves the worst-kept secret in football. According to F365:
‘The Old Trafford club have confirmed a deal has been completed with Bayern Munich for the England international and with personal terms agreed and a medical passed, all that is required now is for the 25-year-old to officially sign what is expected to be a five-year contract.’

If Nani is a readymade replacement for Ryan Giggs, then Anderson has the potential to fill Paul Scholes’ big ginger boots. The 19-year-old Brazilian has wonderful vision, tremendous skill and pace to burn – not sure if he’s as bad a tackler as Scholesy though.

All this fuss over Nani, but is he actually any good? From what I can tell, yes, he is bloody good (and makes the ideal replacement for Ryan Giggs), but Fergie certainly won’t stand for those clownish back-flips: