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Token Scousers Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher have extended their contracts at Anfield until 2011. The pair have wasted no time in committing to Liverpool’s new American owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett. Carragher, aged 29, said: “Yerrrrrrm, I am very pleased. Obviously we are both local lads and I’ve always said I wanted to stay here for the rest of my career.”

AndyGray.JPGWe are used to tabloid tales of football players getting up to no good on their summer holidays, but it seems the rule also applies to former players-turned-pundits. It seems when Andy Gray is not getting all over-excited about yet another hyped-up Sunday afternoon 0-0, he loves nothing better than to get drunkenly over-excited about women on his holidays.

Man Yoo’s Portuguese replacement for Ryan Giggs, Nani, scored a lovely, Cristiano Ronaldo-esque goal for the national team against Belgium on Saturday. Watch it below…

That’s another sleepless night for Premiership defenders.

With a huge fanfare made about Man Yoo’s signings of prodigies Nani and Anderson, it’s been easy to overlook the fact that Liverpool recently signed the Brazilian player of the year, Lucas, a 20-year-old box-to-box midfielder who scores plenty of goals and has been compared to Steven Gerrard. Lucas is not as flashy as compatriot Anderson but I think he’s better suited to the Premiership. Can’t see him breaking in to the Liverpool first team for a while though.

xin_22050108101609303421.jpgBad news for Man City fans hoping to see Claudio Ranieri transform their club’s fortunes next season – it’s just been announced that Juventus have appointed the Tinkerman as their new coach. Ranieri resigned as Parma head coach last week and had been strongly linked with the vacant City job.

4.jpgFulham have signed a lucrative four-year kit deal with Nike (the American influence paying off?), which in addition to the club’s shirts sponsorship deal with electronic giants LG, is a sign that the club means business for next season.

This week’s highlights include a second straight hat-trick by Kansas City’s Eddie Johnson, a goal by Danny Dichio (remember him!) and a rare win for Chicago Fire.

[Via Climbing the Ladder]

bramble.jpgWigan have signed error-prone defender Titus Bramble on a three-year contract, thereby sealing their fate next season. Bramble joins on a free transfer and becomes Chris Hutchings’ first signing as Wigan manager – well Chris, things can only get better.

Anfield.jpgLiverpool fans have been labelled the worst in Europe. A Uefa report says Reds fans have been involved in more incidents in Europe – 25, to be precise – during the past four years than any other club. The damning report on the club’s fans will be handed to sports minister Richard Caborn tomorrow.

This crazy Euro 08 qualifer was officially abandoned with one minute left to play when a Danish fan attacked referee Herbert Fandel after Denmark defender Christian Poulsen was sent off; Fandel also awarded a penalty to the Swedes, which was never taken. A result will not be confirmed until a full investigation is completed by UEFA.

Paul Whitehouse and co’s own tribute to Giggsy Wiggsy. [Spotted on The Offside]

1 That must be the first time a match at Wembley has been held up while the President of a country snogs each of his players!
2 With David Beckham back in the fold, surely Alan Smith can’t be allowed to play as well. England’s bottle blond quota is met. We will soon be looking like the Romanian squad at Euro 2000.

Wales captain Ryan Giggs shakes the hand of manager John Toshack after being substituted on his last international appearance during the Euro 2008 Group D qualifying match between Wales and Czech Republic at the Millennium Stadium.
[Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images]

DavidBeckhamcrossEnglandvBrazil_228081.jpgPaul Robinson One of his sharper games in an England shirt, and couldn’t really be blamed for Brazil’s late equaliser. 6

I couldn’t help but notice that BBC Three’s latest reality show Filthy Rich and Homeless features a guy called Ravi who is, in fact, the Asian Frank Lampard.

The boy’s got form, but will Little Mickey find the net against Brazil again tonight?

Michael Owen pounces on Lucio’s mistake in the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup to give England an early lead. England famously held onto the lead and actually went on to win the tournament… or not!

A cracking video compilation which reminds us that there’s a hell of a lot of young British talent outside of the Premiership… Best Young Players Outside The PremiershipUploaded by super-goal [Via 101greatgoals]

Here’s an eight-minute clip showcasing an excellent TV documentary about Brazilian football, to get you in the mood for tonight’s big game.

If you fancy wasting, I mean investing some cash in tonight’s England v Brazil friendly at Wembley (coverage begins at 7.30pm on BBC 1), then step into our office…
Match to be a draw (11-5)
A friendly against Brazil is never a typical friendly, and you can bet that England will take tonight’s match seriously. But Brazil have enough talent to hold England and a draw seems the value at 11-5.

Gerrard_Lampard_L.jpgStop us if you’ve heard this one before… England skipper John ‘Mr JT’ Terry has rubbished claims that Frank Lampard and… wait for it… Steven Gerrard cannot play together.

1 Sao Paulo, Olympique Lyonnais, Barcelona (current). Whose career?
2 Brazil is the only nation to have played in every World Cup finals. True or false?
3 Picture round. Who’s this legend of Brazilian football?

Honestly, who really calls Brazil the samba stars? Shit yokel commentators, that’s who (is he the guy who does boxing for Sky now?)… Neat finish from Platty though. The final score was 1-1 by the way.

_42995777_shorey203.jpgWhen Nicky Shorey was playing Championship football with Reading last season he could not in his wildest dreams have imagined he would be honeymooning with John Terry (if he was that way) the following year. But so it is.

Ronaldinho takes a break during a training session ahead of tonight’s international friendly match between England and Brazil at Wembley Stadium. [Photo: Clive Mason/Getty Images]