Serial pitch invader turned minor celebrity Jimmy Jump gives TH14 his first Barcelona shirt during the Arsenal v Villareal Champions League semi-final in 2006. It seems pretty obvious now that Henry wanted to move to Barca last season and only the effect that losing a Champions League final to them had on his emotional Gallic self prevented him from doing so.
USA won the CONCACAF Gold Cup by defeating Mexico 2-1 yesterday. Mexico took the lead through Andres Guardado on the stroke of half-time before Landon Donovan equalised from the penalty spot on 62 minutes. The stunning volley from Brazilian-born midfielder Benny Feilhaber shown in the video below settled the tournament. USA have now won the Gold Cup four times. Both Gold Cup finalists will now take part in the Copa America tournament in Venezuela as invited guests.
More cringey YouTube footage courtesy of the hilariously useless Chelsea TV. This time it’s a Q&A session with the Blues’ most intelligent player, Frank Lampard. Continuing the homoerotic theme of Frank’s Chelsea TV appearances, in this erm… outing Arjen Robben’s underwear gets a special mention.
Liverpool and England striker Peter Crouch could follow Thierry Henry to Spain if Atletico Madrid get their way. The Spanish outfit want to bring Crouch to La Liga as part of any deal that takes Fernando Torres to Anfield. The Daily Star reports that Real’s city rivals would love the lump the ball up to the 6ft 7in striker.
I tried to do this myself, but ended up flat on my face. Much more difficult than it looks – it’s the football equivalent of rubbing your stomach whilst patting your head, only about 10 times more difficult. I’d love to see him pass to Ronaldinho like thisâ€¦
Thierry Henry poses for the media outside the FC Barcelona office, on June 24, 2007. Henry will undergo a medical today before he is unveiled as a Barcelona player. Nice cardigan, Thierry.
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Our Mark Webber/David Nugent Shit Lookalike earlier today was just too damn good. It simply did not meet the low standards of poor quality lookalikes that Pies readers have come to expect. Here is another Who Ate All The Pies Shit Lookalke which is much more true to form: Alan Smith and Brooklyn Beckham. Smudger is set to join Newcastle in a Â£3.5 million deal, but nobody is currently interested in signing Brooklyn as far as we know.
US midfielder Frankie Hejduk fights for the ball with Canada’s Atiba Hutchinson during the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi final at Soldier Field on June 21, 2007 in Chicago. USA won 2-1; Pies will post video highlights later today.
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US midfielder Frankie Hejduk fights for the ball with Canada’s Atiba Hutchinson during the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi final at Soldier Field on June 21, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois. USA won 2-1; Pies will post video highlights later today.
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Well, well, well. What have we here? Cesc Fabregas – who has played it safe since finding the limelight with his short dark hair and quiff – a Horror Hair candidate. Who would have thought it? And yet here is the young Spaniard sporting a truly horrific mullet at the start of the 2004-05 season. It just goes to show, there is Horror Hair potential within all footballers. Hopefully we’ll have lots of new Horror Hair to report on when the players return from their summer jollies sporting the latest style!
The drunken Danish lout who invaded the pitch and attacked the referee during the recent Euro 2008 qualifier between Denmark and Sweden has had a TV advert created in his honour. The commercial for TravelMarket.com draws a clever comparison between people who have beaten up a referee and those in need of a holiday.
The feat is not quite dramatic as it may sound. Thieves have stolen the arms of a statue of Pele in Brazil. The legend’s replica arms were sawn off the bronze statue situated outside the Fonte Nova stadium in Salvador. The statue showed Pele holding the World Cup aloft, and the replica trophy was taken with the limbs.
Jose Mourinho wants to follow his successful Khalid Bhoularouz experiment by signing another colourfully named Dutch defender. The Special One’s target is Holland under 21 left-back Royston Drenthe. Despite sounding like the setting for The League of Gentlemen, Â£4 million-rated Royston has been one of the stars of the Dutch team in the European Under 21 Championships.
Happy now Jose? Uefa has named Chelsea as one of the eight seeds for next season’s Champions League. The other English CL teams â€“ Liverpool, Man Utd and Arsenal â€“ are also seeded; England is the only country to have all of its representatives seeded.
The Beautiful Game recently put up one of the most interesting posts I’ve read in ages, namely The Best Non-Soccer XI. In other words, if you could assemble a dream soccer team consisting entirely of non-soccer players (by the way, since this is about an American blog, I’ll grit my teeth and call football ‘soccer’ for the duration of this blog), who would be in it? Roger Federer in midfield? NBA star Lebron James up front? As The Beautiful Game says of James, ‘Imagine a forward taller than Peter Crouch, that will win every service in the air, that has the athleticism to ran past people and the strength to hold the ball up front.’
England U21 players Mark Noble (left) and Anton Ferdinand (right, both seated), suffer the traditional English heartache of losing on penalties, in the European U21 Championship semi final against Holland. [Photo: Phil Cole/Getty Images]
As expected, former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has lodged a formal takeover bid for Manchester City. The bid is valued at Â£81.6m. The City board said it intended to support the bid from UK Sports Investments, which is controlled by Thaksin and members of his family.