- Eurosport | Early Doors – Mon, Oct 14, 2013 11:45 BST
Robbie Savage was rushed to hospital as his attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro almost went tragically wrong.
The Wales star-turned football pundit was trying to climb the highest mountain in Africa to raise money for charity, but made it just 12,000ft up the 19,341ft peak in Tanzania.
Rescue workers scrambled to the scene after the former Leicester City star collapsed with "critically-low" oxygen levels in his bloodstream and fluid on his lungs after developing serious altitude sickness.
It took eight hours to get him off the mountain, but once he had returned to lower elevation the formerRead More »from ‘I thought my head was going to explode… I could not breathe’
Mario Balotelli's famous temper got him in headlines again after he appeared to hit a cameraman as Italy's squad arrived in Naples on Sunday.
The Azzurri made the journey by train from Florence to Naples, where they will play Armenia in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday night.
There were hundreds of fans waiting for the squad at the train station and several camera crews.
However, Italian broadcaster Sport Mediaset reported Balotelli had struck one of their television cameras and tried to knock it to the ground.
The video footage appears to back up this claim.
It is a particularly unusualRead More »from Angry Balotelli clashes with Berlusconi’s TV crew
- Eurosport | Early Doors – Sun, Oct 13, 2013 14:07 BST
The small islands of Tahiti earned many friends at the Confederations Cup earlier this year when they played with a smile on their faces throughout despite losing their three matches by a combined score of 24-1.
It is not hard to imagine why Tahitians would be happy folk given their glorious sunshine, crystal clear aquamarine waters and deserted white-sand beaches, but their football association still goes to great lengths to ensure that their footballers are constantly upbeat.
That is because the Tahitian League is the only known top division in the world where everybody goes home withRead More »from Tahitian League gives one point for a loss ‘so nobody’s sad’
New Manchester United star Adnan Januzaj was wowing football scouts from an early age and was destroying teams at the age of six.
Alex Silva, a former scout and coach at Januzaj's first club FC Brussels, told the Sun on Sunday about the first time he saw the 18-year-old play in a match that also involved his son David.
"David still talks about it. It was an under-sevens match, we were playing La Louviere and the game finished 22-0. Adnan must have scored 17 or 18 goals. He was incredible.
"David came off the pitch and said, 'Dad, he's much, much too good'.
"Adnan had ball technique,Read More »from Januzaj once scored ’17 or 18 goals in a game’
- Eurosport | Early Doors – Sun, Oct 13, 2013 12:02 BST
Liverpool's plans to redevelop Anfield could run into difficulties because of BATS at the famous ground.
The Mirror reports that the club may have to make special provisions for the protected species when they submit plans to Liverpool City City Council for the redevelopment of the stadium.
Bats have been spotted flying around the stadium recently and the Mirror notes that Liverpool "would be forced by domestic and international laws to ensure that all species of bat are taken into account in any redevelopment plans.
"Law dictates that, as a protected species, bats must not be 'adverselyRead More »from Liverpool’s plans for Anfield may be disrupted… BY BATS
- Eurosport | Early Doors – Sat, Oct 12, 2013 10:56 BST
Welcome to the Overreaction Theatre: Special England Edition, where we look at the funny, predictable and downright silly things people say on Twitter during big matches.
So England played expansive football under pressure, and secured a classy victory 4-1 win over Montenegro. An entire nation must have rejoiced at the result, right? Well... no, because some people are never happy:
Flattering score for England. Huffed and puffed against a rubbish Montenegro side minus their best player
— Warrick Avenell (@OldSkoolAFC) October 11, 2013
Read More »from Overreaction Theatre: Roy Hodgson set for his Mike Bassett moment?
Daniel Sturridge is going to be the kind of player who
- Eurosport | Early Doors – Fri, Oct 11, 2013 15:55 BST
However, it appears that in his recent tell-all autobiography, the Queens Park Rangers boss is attempting to re-write history, or perhaps his memory just fails him at times.
Unfortunately for the 66-year-old, the majority of readers of Always Managing are able to remember much of what unfolded over recent years and are able to point out a number of possible flaws in his recent claims.
Here are the pick of the bunch.
CLAIM: "EveryoneRead More »from Redknapp’s ‘alternate reality’: Do claims undermine his stories?
- Eurosport | Early Doors – Fri, Oct 11, 2013 12:48 BST
Germany midfielder Mario Goetze caused a stir ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Ireland on Friday after briefly donning his own sponsor's socks instead of those of the team's official supplier.
"There is the free choice for shoes here with us, so such actions should not happen," said Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff. "It is annoying."
Adidas has sponsored the German national team for decades and Goetze has a personal deal with Nike.
The Bayern Munich midfielder told Bild newspaper he was not trying to advertise his sponsor but wore the socks before training on Thursday as part ofRead More »from Germany’s Goetze puts his foot in it with wrong socks
How about this for a contender for miss of the season?
Cruzeiro star Willian (Chelsea must be pleased they didn't sign this one) was the guilty party in Brazil on Wednesday.
After a team-mate had had a shot saved in a match against Sao Paulo, the ball rolled perfectly into the path of Willian, who just had to score.
Incredibly, though, he managed to fire his effort against the base of the post. What a shocker.
Have you seen a worse miss this season?Read More »from Miss of the season contender in Brazil
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