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Our mini-debate over the intent behind Frank Lampard‘s goal against Barcelona is over after he revealed that he did, in fact, mean to score (stay with me cynics, he’s going to tell you how he has spent hours rehearsing such a goal!). He said: "Sometimes I do it as a bit of fun, but it […]

SaturdayFulham v Everton (12.45pm) Fulham are having a good season so far, but I expect Everton to see them off tomorrow. 0:2Bolton v Wigan (3pm) There’s been a few Lancashire derbies in recent weeks and this is a tough one to call. I expect Bolton to be back to their best at the back after […]

This Spanish television footage shows crocked Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o swearing while commentating on the match against Chelsea on Tuesday night before walking out of the commentary box while the match is still in progress! [Via Four Four Two] [Rob Parker]

Glenn ‘Boo Hoo Hoo’ Roeder is whining again. He’s hit out at a fixture list which has left his Magpies facing three matches in six days. Newcastle are set to meet Sheffield United on Saturday, two days after facing Palermo in the Uefa Cup, then travel to Watford on Tuesday for a Carling Cup tie. […]

Rudi Voller is pretty much only known for three things. Scoring goals, getting spat at by Frank Rijkaard in Italia 90, and being a rather unsuccessful manager of the German national side. Aside from these things, Rudi was always a nuisance in and around the 6 yard box, and whilst at Marseille, he got chinned […]

Neil Redfearn is set to step out for his 1000th game this weekend. The incredible journey started off in 1982 at Bolton Wanderers where he made his debut as a 17 year old, and will hit the milestone at Bradford Park Avenue who ply their trade in the Unibond League’s Division One. His 1000th game […]

Francis Benali played more than 300 matches for Southampton during his spell at the club. This is his one and only goal: beautiful looping header, which he was evidently ecstatic with. This goal secured a 1-0 victory over Leicester in December 1997. The advantage of never having scored a goal before, it seems, is that […]

UEFA want a clampdown on the rising level of intimidation towards match officials.The footballing body reaction comes after the ‘Battle of Barcelona’ nearly ended up in disarray and complete anarchy on Tuesday night.
Outraged at the repeated sight of both sets of players…

Real Madrid‘s on-loan (and soon to be permanent, it seems) David Beckham replacement, Jose Antonio Reyes, has hit out at shop closing times in England. Reyes – whose serial moaning to Spanish newspapers during his time at Arsenal indicated he wasn’t particularly happy – also said he did not even want to think about returning […]

http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/images/38827000/jpg/_38827829_scudamore150.jpg Premier League top cheese, Richard Scudamore, is hoping that new regulations regarding (those scumbag) agents are pushed through in time for the January transfer window. The league is in serious talks with the FA about introducing some new laws where clubs cannot pay agents…

Despite his alarming omission from the 100 Greatest Premiership Players, Youri Djorkaeff is the greatest player to ever pull on a Bolton Wanderers shirt (and that includes the largely disappointing Bolton version of Okocha). Djorkaeff is probably best remembered for his time at Inter when he used to score incredible goals… like this… [Mof Gimmers]

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Kit Parade: Palermo

November 2nd, 2006

Pink shirts and a mafia complex sounds like a recipe for disaster, but Palermo actually pull it off quite well. The Lotto design is salvaged from Ukraine’s World Cup shirt, but it looks better in pink and black than yellow and blue. The completely mafia unaffiliated Italian club host Newcastle in the Uefa Cup tonight […]

Jose Mourinho has been warned to curb his exuberant celebrations… by TV presenter and Z-list celebrity Aggie MacKenzie (pictured). The How Clean Is Your House? presenter has warned Mourinho he will ruin his Hugo Boss suit if he continues sliding on his knees on grass while wearing it. She said: "Grass stains are really hard. […]

CSKA Moscow are at the Emirates Stadium this evening for a Champions League clash. As their hosts will have first pick on red home kits, I suspect CSKA will be wearing this little number. The Umbro-supplied outfit has some unusual red and black trim. RUSSIA LANGUAGE TRIVIA: The sponsor’s name is actually Vneshtorgbank in English. […]

The baby-faced assassin is in at number 22 in our 100 Greatest Premiership Players list, but who would have thought he had a nasty side? He always looks such a nice boy. Here he is committing the most professional of professional fouls on Rob Lee, which saved the game for Manchester United. [Rob Parker]

The fascination with Sven Goran Eriksson‘s next managerial job has taken a twist after he was linked with the Nigeria national team job. Assistant Tord Grip let slip on Swedish radio that Sven had been in talks with the Nigerian FA. Talking about a meeting 10 days ago, Grip said: "I don’t know exactly what […]

Monkeys are ace aren’t they? Firstly, they’re the funniest creatures in the zoo. Secondly, some of them are fantastic in films (just look at Any Which Way but Loose). They also let us get up to no good with their clever invention of ‘monkey business’. Well, keeping in theme, a new lad rag called Monkey […]

If Frank Lampard intended for his deft chip to end up in the back of the net against Barcelona last night then it was pure genius. I’m inclined to think he was just hoping to stand the ball up at the back post for someone to tap-in. What do you reckon Pie-ers? Brilliance or fluke? […]

A Sunday League footballer has become the laughing stock of London after an in-depth email outlining why he should not be played on the right of midfield was emailed to thousands of addresses. Mike Rolt, who plays for Radley College old boys team, responded to a short email from the team manager with an essay […]

"…Thomas charging through the midfield… Thomas… it’s up for grabs nooooow  THOMAAASSS!!!"  Surely these words are tatoo’ed on every single Arsenal fans minds? Has there ever been a better close to a season? Liverpool all set to win the league on goal difference if they could keep the score at Anfield 1-0 to the gunners… […]

Lee Hendrie is on fire at the minute. The Aston Villa misfit has almost single-handedly turned Stoke City’s season around since joining them on loan. Hendrie was talked into joining the Potters by his dad, who is friends with Stoke boss Tony Pulis. Since joining the club at the end of September, Hendrie has bagged […]

Andriy Shevchenko – in his AC Milan days (when he used to score) – is pitched an idea for renaming American football in this advert for ESPN SportsCenter. [Rob Parker]

With Alan Pardew having alleviated some of the pressure on him with victory over Blackburn, the attention of the tabloids has now turned to Newcastle‘s Glenn Roeder. The in vogue insult to any manager’s credentials is, of course, to have Sven Goran Eriksson linked with you job. The Sun reports that Sven has ‘targeted’ Newcastle […]

http://soccernet-att.espn.go.com/design05/images/domr/arsenewenger205_cb_g.jpg Arsene Wenger has warned his Arsenal boys against displaying the ‘arrogance’ they showed when they played against CSKA Moscow in the Champions League. The arrogance which he speaks of is the result of…

The last time Celtic travelled to Portugal to take on Benfica in the European Cup, the game was decided in the strangest a manners. Celtic took an impressive 3-0 victory with them, but a Eusebio inspired side saw Benfica win the return fixture by the same score. With penalty shoot outs not on the agenda, […]