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It may take a while to load because it’s almost 50 minutes in length, but it’s well worth a watch if you haven’t seen it before.

jensen_claus_ffc_profile_2006.jpgIf only all footballers were as principled as Claus Jensen, who refused a one-year contract extension at Fulham because he didn’t like the long-ball philosophy of new boss Lawrie Sanchez.

74114721.jpgFA Cup final, Sat 19 May, Wembley Stadium
The bookies are struggling to split the juggernauts but despite United’s poor record against Chelsea (just one win in 10) they are taken to triumph in normal time. Neither side is in great form (Man United just one goal in last four, Chelsea no wins in five) but the Red Devils can take advantage of an exhausted-looking Blues side with injury problems. They should be 13-8 shots and are, therefore, a value bet.

02.jpgWe have to respect a sports blog that claims to have ‘no shame (or standards)’. More Credible is an all-sports blog written by a sports fan (or could be fans, we’re not sure) in the US of A and as such it covers crappy American sports like baseball (yawn) and gridiron (time out) – at least they have hot cheerleaders to look.

Roma’s squad and coaching staff celebrate winning the Coppa Italia after the second-leg match between Internazionale and Roma at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan. Roma lost the second leg 2-1, but won the tie 7-4 on aggregate, having won the first leg 6-2. Both teams finished the game with 10 men, with Inter’s Ivan Cordoba and Roma’s Christian Panucci dismissed during a fiery match.

Michael Owen secures a stunning 2-1 victory for Liverpool against an Arsenal side which had dominated the 2001 FA Cup final.

Megs.JPGCoaching, bland punditry, alcoholism. The list of possibilities for footballers once they hang up their boots is seemingly endless, but forays into the world of children’s literature are not too common. Trailblazing the career move from the territory of Harry Redknapp to the world of Harry Potter is Middlesbrough keeper Mark Schwarzer.

Fatty.jpgThis t-shirt celebrates legendary Chelsea keeper ‘Fatty’ Foulke, not to be confused with midfielder Fatty Frank. The 6ft 7in and 24 stone beast was Chelsea captain for a while following a £50 transfer from Sheffield United. Click here to buy the t-shirt from RetroFootballShirts for £19.99.

Sadly the days of the FA Cup final single seem to be behind us, but here is a classic one from 1995. It is of course, Manchester United’s happy hardcore FA Cup anthem Move, Move, Move. Check out a young David Beckham grinning his way through his lines.

An Argentinian second division match between Defensores de Belgrano and Sarmiento de Junin was held up for several minutes when Defensores keeper Maximiliano Kadijevic decided to introduce toilet breaks to football matches.

unsworth.jpgBig-boned Wigan defender David Unsworth has been released from his contract. The 33-year-old’s penalty against Sheffield United last weekend kept Wigan in the Premiership, but he has been deemed surplus to requirements by new boss Chris Hutchings.

Damn, this monster has some crazy ball control:

[Spotted on More Credible]
Watch the original after the jump…


ripoff_image_large.gifFootball365 has alerted us to some of the outrageous prices for this weekend’s FA Cup final. They write:

West Ham, captained by Bobby Moore, won a storming match 3-2 to lift the Cup for the first time in the club’s history. Their goals were scored by John Sissons, Geoff Hurst and Ron Boyce. At the time Preston’s Howard Kendall (yep, the one who went on to manage Everton) was the youngest player ever to play at an FA Cup Final, aged 17 years 345 days.

sifia%20loren.jpg72581211.jpgNapoli fans can ‘look forward’ (or politely avert their gaze) to a striptease by 72-year-old Hollywood icon Sofia Loren if the team are promoted to Serie A this season. As you may have guessed, Loren is a big fan of Napoli. She’s also 72, for God’s sake – admittedly she doesn’t look like any 72-year-old women I know, but still, it’s not an appealing prospect. A 22-year-old Loren? Now you’re talking.

This tie was always too close to call and so it proved. I’m glad Derby won through in the end though – they did finish the regular season nine points above Southampton and that should count for something.

West Bromwich Albion are just one game away from the Premiership after a relatively comfortable win in the second leg of their semi-final play-off against bitter rivals Wolves at the Hawthorns. West Brom did all the hard work in the first leg, winning 3-2 at Molineux, and they never really looked like letting Wolves back in the tie.

English football fans who decided to watch the UEFA Cup final were rewarded with a dramatic, engaging contest; let’s hope the Champions League final is half this much fun.
Adriano opened the scoring for Sevilla, but Riera equalised 10 minutes later and that’s how the game stayed until extra time, despite Espanyol having Moises Hurtado sent off for a second booking on 68 minutes. West Ham/Spurs alumnus Freddie Kanoute won it for Sevilla with a goal at the end of the first period of extra time – at least he thought he’d won it. With only four minutes left of extra time, Jonatas equalised for Espanyol, taking the game to penalties.

Marc Torrejon of Espanyol has his team’s fourth penalty in a penalty shootout saved by Andres Palop to secure victory for Sevilla during last night’s UEFA Cup Final at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland.
[Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images]

The next installment of our mini-series of Classic FA Cup Final Moments. Brand spanking new Fulham boss Lawrie Sanchez pulls of one of the great Cup Final shocks as his flicked header defeats Liverpool.

Pies begins the countdown to the 2007 FA Cup final with a look at Classic FA Cup Final Moments of yesteryear. We kick off with Steven Gerrard’s cramp-riddled scorcher from last year’s final.

It’s an all Spanish affair at Hampden Park tonight as Sevilla take on Espanyol in the Uefa Cup final. Here are the highlights of their encounter a few weeks back.

Man%20U%20sandwich.jpgA sandwich shop has launched a special stilton sandwich to celebrate Manchester United’s Premiership title win and FA Cup final appearance. Merv’s Sandwich Sandwich in Manchester has created the Stilton United Premiership Sandwich.

You have to hand it to Waddle. He played the game the way fans love to see it played.