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Allegedly soon-to-be Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas seems to have been separated at birth from the Haribo Kid – or is he just trying to mould his hair on Deco to ensure that he takes his place in Barca’s midfield as effectively as possible.

It looks like Darren Bent is off to White Hart Lane, for around £17m – yes, because he is worth more than Thierry Henry. If the move goes ahead, then the soon-to-be-ex-Charlton striker will have to fight Robbie Keane, Fat Mido and possibly Jermain Defoe for the right to partner Dimitar Berbatov up front. (Although […]

2868c0c08e0203aa72268c4ec2990e1c_extras_albumes_0.jpgWhat is it with Real Madrid and successful managers? Real sacked Vicente del Bosque in 2004, after he had steered the club to two Champions League titles, two league titles, a Spanish Supercup, a European Supercup and an Intercontinental Cup. Del Bosque was probably the unluckiest manager to lose his job in football history. And German Jupp Heynckes was sacked after guiding Real to the Champions League crown in 1998.

Gary and Giggsy act like a couple of guilty schoolboys and Rio is lovin’ it. I love the fact they have a Scouse cop to wind Neville up even more.

This clip actually made us laugh, although we have little clue as to what the feck is going on…

‘Lampsy, you’ve killed me!’ Elen Rives, Frank Lampard’s future wife (lucky WAG), calls up and properly embarrasses the England captain by asking him to belt out a Luther Vandross number…

73941584.jpgIf, as is rumoured, Liverpool were to sign Fernando Torres, their roster of forwards would look something like this:
Fernando Torres, Dirk Kuyt, Peter Crouch, Craig Bellamy, Andriy Voronin, Djibril Cisse, Luis Garcia (who can play up front)

Newcastle’s new signing Mark Viduka screws up his eyes, purses his lips and puffs out his cheeks like a toddler having his hair washed as the Australia national team enjoy a session in the pool in Singapore ahead of the Asian Cup.

It didn’t take long for footage of David Beckham filming his new American football-themed Adidas advert to follow the photos onto the internet. Becks puts running back Reggie Bush through his paces at soccer before learning the basics of American football decked out in his New Orleans Saints gear.

This match was a cracker. Twice Ecuador took the lead and twice Chile begged them back before going on to win the match courtesy of Carlos Villanueva’s free-kick five minutes from time.

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.’


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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.

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:


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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.