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Ajax lost for the first time this season in a shock 1-3 home defeat against NAC Breda. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar’s last-minute consolation was not enough to spare their blushes. A Jan Vertonghen own goal, and goals from Matthew Amoah and Ahmed Ammi secured the win for NAC.

Of course John Terry wants Mourinho to be the next England boss. They enjoyed great success together at Chelsea, and hugged frequently, in a mannish, completely non-homoerotic fashion. Do you want Mourinho though? He would be a better bet than Steve McClaren, for sure, but I worry that he’d get bored with a job that […]

Celtic fans – not to mention manager Gordon Strachan – will have made several toasts to Benfica last night, as the Portuguese side did them a huge favour in beating Shakhtar Donetsk away from home. Benfica’s win ensured that Celtic progressed to the last 16 of the Champions League, despite losing to Milan in the […]

July 1998 Ariel Ortega of Argentina takes a tumble during the World Cup quarter-final against Holland at the Stade Velodrome in Marseilles. Holland won the match 2-1. Photo Stu Forster/Allsport

OK, OK we’ll come clean. Although we are sure Chris Gunter is a very talented kid, this is more of a dig at Paul Parker than anything else. The ex-Manchester United and England full-back told FourFourTwo Gunter was: “Already being touted as a right-sided Gareth Bale and although that’s a lot of pressure to put on an 18 year old, the potential is there for all to see.”

This cracking advert for bookmakers Oddset takes stereotyping to a whole new level. Mocked up footage from around the globe shows various football leagues as viewed through the eyes of a cynic/realist.

Michael Flynn of Blackpool celebrates scoring the equalising goal during the Championship match between Scunthorpe United and Blackpool at Glanford Park on December 3, 2007. Photo Gary M. Prior/Getty Images

After scoring a fine goal at struggling Arminia Bielefeld, Franck Ribery ran to the Bielefeld section, where he taunted the home fans, who had been giving him some gentle stick – Reuters Soccer Blog claims that the Bielefeld fans had been singing ‘We have Kamper, who needs Ribery?’, an ironic reference to their playmaker Jonas Kamper. […]


The Tuesday Teaser

December 4th, 2007

Guess the three footballers from each set of picture clues:

David Cameron
We have just got rid of one England manager who changed his policies depending what the press and the public said, so we don’t need another one. Besides he is only two rows away from Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon so he would probably prefer a job with the Blues.

1990 Chris Waddle and Paul Gascoigne lark about in Santa Claus costumes. I have no idea why they are doing so, but it’s par for the course where Gazza is concerned. Photo Ben Radford/Allsport

Chringle, our Shit Lookalikes specialist, has outdone himself this time. I don’t know what new form of crack you’re on Chringle, but I’d like some please.

Werder Bremen beat Hamburg 2-1 in Bundesliga’s crunch match this week. The club’s remain in second and third place respectively but the result leaves Hamburg three points behind Werder and four points adrift of Bayern Munich.

If you answered no then you obviously didn’t see BBC’s Inside Sport last night. If you answered yes then please form an orderly queue. Self-centred doesn’t cover it. Gabby Logan could have asked him what he had for breakfast and the answer would have been along the lines of: “Well, when you’re me there is no point saying what you have had for breakfast because people have already made there minds up what food I eat.”

Probably the first and only musical tribute to Nigel Clough! Irish band The Sultans of Ping shook the music world with all the vigour of a mild bout of indigestion when they strolled onto the scene in the early 1990s. They did leave behind a few decent tracks, including this ode to Cloughie Jnr. The track is available on the excellently titled album Casual Sex in the Cineplex!

‘That is body on body!’ What the hell is this young ‘keeper made of? Titanium? Turn your volume up to enjoy the sound of high-school football carnage. Hit of the year? Maybe. Via Sport Pie

1989 (From l to r) Carlo Ancelotti (currently AC Milan’s head coach), Frank Rijkaard (currently Barcelona’s coach), Marco Van Basten (in charge of the Dutch national team) and Ruud Gullit (recently made boss of LA Galaxy) line up in the defensive wall for Milan against Real Madrid during the European Cup semi-final played at the […]

Sky Sports News might get its fair share of stick for its 24/7 coverage of the most mundane vaguely football-related activities, but here is evidence that the BBC were doing it 38 years ago. David Coleman presents live coverage of the celebratory dinner held by Manchester City following their FA Cup win.

Scenario 1 Robbie Keane was sent off for a clumsy tackle that warranted a yellow. Keane is a mouthy sod, always in the ear of any ref, but he is not a dirty player. (Watch the incident here)

Didier Deschamps tries to fake a smile as Theo Zagorakis draws France in the Euro 2008 Group of Certain Death (see below).

I didn’t expect Arsenal to get three points out of their trip to Villa Park this weekend. Martin O’Neill’s side came into the game full of confidence after their 4-0 win at Blackburn, and they would have fancied their chances at home to the league leaders. But in the first half, Arsenal destroyed them. Emmanuel […]

Liverpool 4-0 Bolton Wanderers Peter Crouch shields the ball from Gary Speed.

Real Madrid gave themselves a four-point lead at the top of La Liga after both their nearest rivals slipped up. Looking at the fixture list, Real would probably have been content to maintain their one-point lead but second place Villarreal lost 2-0 at Vallodolid. And, as if that wasn’t good enough, Barcelona could only muster a 1-1 draw against city rivals Espanyol.

Sebastian Larsson His stunning late winner gave Alex McLeish victory against Tottenham in his first match as Birmingham City match.