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Sven Goran Eriksson is set to bring another new striker to Manchester City. I know that many Pies fans would love us to be able to reveal that the Swede’s dream partnership is Rolando Bianchi and Emile Heskey, but alas Sven’s love affair with clumsy Emile seems to be over. No, this does actually seem to be a pretty shrewd purchase, which leads us to believe Sven had little or nothing to do with it!

With clubs including Liverpool, Portsmouth and Fulham heading to China to take part in pre-season friendlies, Pies looks at players who have moved in the opposite direction to ply their trade in England and Scotland. It is pretty easy to pick out those who had the ability to make their mark in England and those who had the ability to shift a few replica shirts.
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Arguably the most successful Chinese player to date. He initially played for Crystal Palace in 1998. When he returned to England with Manchester City from Dalian Shide in 2002 he cost £2 million. He became the first Chinese Premier League goalscorer when he netted against Everton in October that year. Still with City, he is of course the subject of the stroke of terrace genius: “Singing aye aye yippy Sun Jihai, aye aye Sun Jihai, singing aye aye yippy, his dad owns a chippy, aye aye yippy Sun Jihai.”

FCUnited.JPGFC United – the Manchester United breakaway club founded after the Glazer takeover – have unveiled their kit for the new season. This retro number does resemble the current Wales strip ever so slightly but with a collar over the v-neck. The shirt was designed by a fan as part of a competition organised by the club and doesn’t feature a sponsor, which probably reminds FCUM fans why they are supporting the club in the first place.

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Well, instead of playing knock down ginger we’ve put together a list of the top ten ginger footballers who have ignored the taunts and become role models for red heads everywhere:

Fans of Pro Evo, you may appreciate this Kahn own goal, found on YouTube… or you may not. I always find it amusing when a keeper does something maverick (unless it’s my keeper) like this. That Kahn, he’s a loose cannon…

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CRon%20Old%20Skool.JPGC-Ron seems to be on a one man mission to bring the old back-to-front baseball cap into fashion. We are not sure whether the Man Yoo man thinks it’s going to be the latest trend, or if he simply wanted as much of his face on show as possible. This time last year Pies hated this man. He won us over with his scintillating displays on the pitch last season, but nonetheless pictures like this confirm that he is a big tart!

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As the Sun might say, what a pair of egg-headed Swedes! Interesting that Ljungberg was snapped with the chairman at his unveiling, rather than the manager – is this a signing that Alan Curbishley didn’t sanction or want, perhaps? (Ie. one of those Abramovich/Shevchenko things).

Wayne Rooney scored the pick of Man Yoo’s goals as they saw of Chinese outfit FC Shenzhen in a friendly. Wazza scored a Messi-esque chipped lob. Ryan Giggs, Nani, John ‘I don’t belong in the list’ O’Shea, Cristiano Ronaldo and Chris Eagles were also on target in a 6-0 win.

73200940.jpgThe business end of the Premiership has been dominated in recent years by the Big Four, namely Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. Few teams have even come close to challenging that dominance, but Chelski boss Jose Mourinho believes that Spurs are now strong enough to challenge that group this coming season, and thus create a ‘Big Five’.

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This ones going out to all Arsenal fans. Look at Thierry prance gaily with his new best friend. Look, he’s happy! How quickly he’s forgotten the little North London club that he used to call home.

74266993.jpgKonami has announced it has secured the services of Michael Owen, who will now appear on the packaging of Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 (I am, although as an Xbox owner I was very, very disappointed with the latest Pro Evo; hopefully the new one will be a lot better).

73626146.jpgWell I didn’t see this one coming… I thought Freddie was supposed to go to Fiorentina, but the Hammers have reportedly secured his services and will announce him as a West Ham player at a press conference later today.

Check out some of the best photos from the final, courtesy of Getty Images:
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More after the click…

The Cezchs took the lead after an hour, with a nice turn-and-shot by Martin Fenin, but fair play to defending champs Argentina, who blasted back with two decisive goals, including one from the insanely gifted Sergio Aguero (he also won the Golden Shoe as the tournament’s leading scorer, and the Golden Ball as its most valuable player) and the winner from striker Mauro Zarate in the 86th minute. Argentina has now won this title on six occasions.

No, it is not the latest online feature the Football Manager series: this is real life. Fifty thousand football fans will soon be bidding for a lower league English team. The scheme has been dreamt up by Fulham fan Will Brooks. His site – www.myfootballclub.co.uk – encourages fans to donate £35 in exchange for a stake in first-team affairs at the new club. More than 47,000 people have already pledged their money, and Brooks is just waiting for that figure to hit 50,000 before beginning takeover talks with any club.

Ian%20Holloway%20pre.JPGPre-season is under way, which means Ian Holloway is conducting interviews once again. Hooray! Ollie has welcomed himself back into the limelight by claiming his sights are set on promotion to the Premier League. The Plymouth boss said: “Everything I am doing, everything my staff are doing, everything we are trying to do as a board and as a company is geared towards the Premier League. Last year, we had a good cup run, didn’t flirt with any sort of disaster, we were in the top half of the table most of the year, and finished 11th.

Blackburn’s quest for Uefa Cup football is going to plan as they took a 0-2 lead in the first-leg of their Intertoto Cup tie with FK Vetra. Benni McCarthy gave Rovers the lead on 29 minutes, but it was Matt Derbyshire’s 25-yard strike with 10 minutes to play which put them in a dominant position. Keeper Vaidas Zutautas and a bobble on the pitch in front of him can take some of the credit though!

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Becks dispatches one of his trademark long passes on his debut for LA Galaxy. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

David Beckham made his long-awaited LA Galaxy debut when he came on as a substitute for the last 12 minutes of the friendly with Chelsea. The former England skipper was expected to miss the game with an ankle injury, but made it on to the pitch much to the delight of the 27,000 sell-out crowd.

campbell.jpgWith Fergie refusing Liverpool’s £6.8m bid for Gabriel Heinze and claiming United would ‘never’ sell to their bitterest rivals, we take a look at a few transfers that have taken place between clubs with a history of hatred.

A comfortable win for United, thanks to goals by Cristiano Ronaldo (keeper should have saved it though), Chris Eagles (smart finish after cheeky reverse pass from Ronaldo), Wayne Rooney (more suspect keeping) and Patrice Evra (again, a top-class goalie would have saved the shot).

gaymens_lightblue_lrg.jpgThe Champions League: the greatest stage for elite players or a haven for overpaid wimps who wouldn’t know real football if it nutmegged them? If your opinion is the latter, this could be the t-shirt for you. This Champions League Is Gay from Stolli Clothing is as bold, brash and in-your-face as a Uefa official. It will set you back £11.99, but then you should have the money to spare if you are not flitting all over Europe to watch your club in the Champions League!

1 Boavista, Benfica, Fiorentina, Benfica (current). Whose career?
2 Roberto Baggio is related to Dino Baggio. True or false?
3 Picture round. Which club’s mascot?
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Name: Cozmo
Age: Unknown
Position: Mascot
What’s his story? Universally known as a goalkeeper who can stop shots travelling at the speed of light, Cozmo has the speed and skill to play forward for any team on the planet.