• Should Juventus get its two league titles back? July 24th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    Juventus‘s lawyers have pleaded for leniency as the disgraced club appeals against its relegation to Serie B and the accompanying 30-point penalty. Cesare Zaccone, the lawyer defending the Old Lady, said: ‘The career for a footballer is short and some of our best players are world champions… None of them wants to risk two years […]

  • Video of Dirk Kuyt’s top 10 goals, so Liverpool fans can see what the fuss is about July 21st, 2006 Liverpool

    Blonde bombshell Dirk Kuyt had a lousy World Cup, so it’s understandable if Liverpool fans don’t think that much of Rafa Benitez’s interest in the Dutch striker. This video of Kuyt’s top 10 goals gives you a better idea of why he’d probably thrive in the Premiership…

  • The rehabilitation of Big Ron Atkinson July 21st, 2006 Miscellaneous

    Calling one of the most respected footballers in the world (Marcel Desailly) a ‘F**king lazy thick n***er’ wasn’t Ron Atkinson‘s best career move, and he quite rightly resigned from his role as pundit for ITV, as well as losing his Guardian column. Atkinson almost became manager of Trinidad and Tobago for the 2006 World Cup, […]

  • Betting guide: the Premiership’s top scorer in 2006/07 July 20th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    July is a good time to indulge in a little ante-post gamble. The bookies usually offer a few tempters to punters willing to stick their neck out. There are several tasty bets to be had in the Premiership top scorer market (all odds Paddy Power). Here are my top three bets  – refreshing to report […]

  • Jay-Jay Okocha retires to Qatar July 20th, 2006 Bolton Wanderers

    The Premiership will be a less interesting league without Jay-Jay Okocha in it. The Nigerian is leaving Bolton (Big Sam hasn’t renewed his contract) and heading to Qatar, where he’s signed a lucrative one-year contract with the excitingly named Sport Club. I’m sure defenders in Qatar’s top league are delighted at the news…

  • 35 balls in the face, in 32 seconds July 20th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    Not exactly a football video, this, but it’s got lots of balls in it (including several footballs), so it makes the cut…

  • Create your own, personalised Panini sticker! July 20th, 2006 Kits & fashion

    Now this is seriously cool – Panini is offering a personalised sticker service, perfect for the millions of us who never got the chance to play in this summer’s World Cup. Visit MyPanini, upload the photo you want printed on your sticker, choose a kit & team badge. That’s it, you’re a football star! A […]

  • Nicolas Anelka to sign for Portsmouth? July 20th, 2006 Portsmouth

    Ah, the ego has landed, again. Yes, Nicolas Anelka could be playing in the Premiership again, according to… Nicolas Anelka. Never one to keep his opinions to himself, Le Sulk has announced that Portsmouth have offered Fenerbahce £8.2m for his services. In an admirable bid to endear himself to Pompey fans early doors, Anelka said: […]

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  • Horror Hair: Jose Mourinho, Chelsea July 19th, 2006 Chelsea

    Blimey, two stressful seasons in the Premiership haven’t done much for poor Jose’s hairline, have they? He’s also much greyer on top than when he first arrived in England. I recommend that the Special One invests in a Special Hat to help keep his head warm throughout the British winter.

  • One to watch: Denny Landzat, Wigan Athletic July 19th, 2006 Wigan Athletic

    Wigan signed Dutch international Denny Landzaat this week from AZ Alkmaar. The 30-year-old midfielder, who played his 21st game for Holland at the 2006 World Cup, signed a three-year contract, for an undisclosed transfer fee. ‘He is a midfielder with an eye for goal and is my type of player,’ Wigan boss Paul Jewell said. […]

  • Buy a signed Zidane shirt for just £140! July 19th, 2006 Kits & fashion

    Is it the heat sending me crazy, or is £140 for a French team shirt signed by Zinedine Zidane (pictured) an absolute bargain? When you’re paying £40 for a new unsigned replica kit, why not throw in an extra £100 and own a piece of history? After all, ZZ is now one of the most […]

  • Is Craig Bellamy the most irritating player in the world? July 19th, 2006 Liverpool

    Well, what do you reckon? You’d have to be pretty damn irritating to outdo Lord Craig of Bellamy… post your nominations and we’ll publish the results next week.

  • Where did it all go wrong for Ruud Van Nistelrooy? July 19th, 2006 Man Utd

    It’s been widely reported that Ruud Van Nistelrooy is about to be sold to Real Madrid. Alex Ferguson claimed yesterday that he’d turned down a bid from Real for RVN but it seems the Spanish giants may come back with a better offer. It’s easy to forget that we’re talking about a striker who has […]

  • 10 things we learnt about Wayne Rooney this week July 18th, 2006 Man Utd

    1 He likes to fall asleep to the sound of a vacuum cleaner. Either that or a hairdryer. Weirdo.2 He doesn’t mind being nicknamed ‘Shrek’ or ‘Potato Face’.3 His favourite food is spaghetti bolognese.4 If he was Prime Minister, he’d lock up ‘all traffic wardens’. Harsh, but fair.5 His favourite wine is sauvignon blanc. Mmm, […]

  • Cristiano Ronaldo collapsible action figure July 18th, 2006 Man Utd

    I’m pretty sure Mother Toys, the ‘makers’ of the Ronaldo action figure seen in this video, is actually guerilla ad agency Mother. Keep watching until the end… [Via Who Ate All The Bratwurst]

  • Rumour Tuesday: Doug Ellis to sack O’Leary? July 18th, 2006 Aston Villa

    Doug Ellis ‘prepares axe’ for David O’Leary? Just another crisis at Aston Villa then… [Football365]Alex Ferguson keen on mass raid for Juventus stars [BBC]Talking of Juve stars, it’s Chelsea v Real Madrid for the services of Gianluca Zambrotta [Guardian]Liverpool ‘on brink’ of signing Dutch hotshot Dirk Kuyt for £10m, at fourth time of asking [Daily […]

  • Man Utd’s new Busby kit July 18th, 2006 Kits & fashion

    Manchester United’s new kit has been designed by Nike to echo the strip worn by the Busby Babes, who won their first league title 50 years ago. I like its simple, retro look (complete with long, baggy shorts), although the AIG logo is a bit crap. The verdict on fans’ forums seems to be overwhelmingly […]

  • The Serie A sale: why Italian imports are a waste of money July 18th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    A word of warning to English clubs considering a bid for any of Juventus’s disgraced stars: Italian footballers don’t travel well. They’re pampered mamma’s boys who never stray too far from the comforts of home. A case in point: Gianluigi Buffon could cherry-pick a Premiership or Primera Liga club, but instead he wants to move […]

  • Mourinho and Fergie – the mind games have started July 17th, 2006 Chelsea

    I noticed that when Jose Mourinho discussed the future of Cristiano Ronaldo in a recent interview, the Chelsea manager couldn’t stop himself aiming a quick verbal jab in the direction of Alex Ferguson. Force of habit, I guess: ‘He [Ronaldo] is a great player, full of potential and ambition…’ Mourinho said. ‘I do not speak […]

  • Fernando Torres up for sale (probably)! Man Utd to make a massive bid? July 17th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    The future of Fernando Torres at Atletico Madrid remains unclear, sparking a lorryload of rumours about which big English/Italian club the coveted Spaniard may go to. The most likely scenario is a move to Old Trafford (to replace Real Madrid-bound Ruud van Nistelrooy), but then which club wouldn’t be keen on a player of Torres’s […]

  • Damien Duff off to Tottenham? July 17th, 2006 Chelsea

    It looks likely that Chelski winger Damien Duff is about to move from west London to north London. He reportedly completed a medical for Spurs at the weekend  – if he gets the all-clear he’ll be a Tottenham player by the end of the month. Jose Mourinho may regret letting him go, but then DD […]

  • Top 12 Football Insults July 17th, 2006 Top 10s & lists

    12. Maradona vs journalists “You lot take it up the arse.” 11. Fergie slams Alan Wiley’s fitness “The referee was not fit enough. The game demanded a referee who was fit. He’s not fit. You see referees abroad who are as fit as butcher’s dogs. He was taking 30 seconds to book a player then […]

  • The Football Rollercoaster: a week’s a long time in football, apparently July 17th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    UPAlbert Luque. Scored Newcastle’s equaliser – and a curling beauty it was, too – against Lillestrom, in the all-important Intertoto Cup. The Spaniard will probably revert to his old, glove-wearing self when the sunshine goes away. DOWNJuventus. Literally, to Serie B. The news of the Old Lady’s demise was fresh chum for the Premiership sharks. […]

  • The Colbert Report: USA wins the World Cup! July 15th, 2006 Miscellaneous

    The brilliant Stephen Colbert on why the USA won the World Cup – I’m sure some of our American friends actually use this logic to make themselves feel better. And why not.