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  • Arsenal fans celebrate St Totteringham's Day

    May 4, 2015: the day Arsenal made sure they would finish above Tottenham for the 20th season in a row

    Happy St. Totteringham's Day, Arsenal fans!Happy St. Totteringham's Day, Arsenal fans!

    It’s official: Arsenal will finish above Tottenham in the Premier League for the 20th consecutive season.

    Their 3-1 victory at Hull City carried them onto 70 points in the table, meaning that Spurs (58) can’t catch their north London rivals in their remaining three matches.

    Such is the regularity of the event, Gunners fans have branded this special annual day ‘St Totteringham's Day’.

    And Arsenal fans did not disappoint on social media after the clash:

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  • Collin Quaner scores incredible heel-volley own goal

    At least the VfR Aalen man managed to see the funny side…

    Collin Quaner lifted his heel up above his head, connected with the ball and watched his improvised volley fly into the top corner.

    It was a memorable finish from the VfR Aalen man, who will probably never score a better goal in his career.

    But there was one tiny problem: he had inadvertantly sent the ball into his own net.

    Quite what he was doing waving his foot in the sky remains to be seen, but we're glad he did. A definite contender for own goal of the season.

    Quaner’s awkward moment contributed to his side's 4-2 defeat to VfL Bochum in Bundesliga 2. Still, as you'll see from the video

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  • Euro Papers: Ilkay Gundogan and Mario Goetze in sensational swap deal?

    It's groundhog day in the Bundesliga as Bayern Munich AGAIN want to capture one of Borussia Dortmund leading stars - while BVB could make another re-signing.

    It's groundhog day in the Bundesliga as Bayern Munich AGAIN want to capture one of Borussia Dortmund leading stars - while BVB could make another re-signing.

  • From administration to the Premier League: the remarkable rise of Bournemouth

    Liam Happe looks back on an incredible six years in Bournemouth’s history as the Cherries celebrate promotion to the Premier League

    Bournemouth celebrate winning the Championship (Reuters)Bournemouth celebrate winning the Championship (Reuters)

    On August 1, 2009 I made the short train journey down to the South coast for my very first visit to Dean Court, home of then-League Two (fourth tier) club Bournemouth.

    As a local reporter covering football in South and South-east London at the time, I was there for Charlton Athletic’s pre-season friendly there that day. And while Charlton, strapped for cash and freshly-relegated to League One at the time, had their own problems they could not quite compare to the situation the Cherries were in.

    In February 2008, Bournemouth were forced into administration, suffering a 10-point deduction which

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  • European Team of the Week: Hat-trick hero Cristiano Ronaldo misses out

    The Portuguese forward is a notable absentee in this week’s European XI

    Ronaldo gestures as he celebrates his third goal against Sevilla (Reuters)Ronaldo gestures as he celebrates his third goal against Sevilla (Reuters)

    He may have scored a hat-trick in Real Madrid’s 3-2 triumph over Sevilla on Saturday, but Cristiano Ronaldo’s exploits were not deemed good enough to earn a spot in the latest European Team of the Week.

    It’s a pretty harsh outcome, especially when you consider that Real ended Sevilla’s remarkable unbeaten run at home that stretched back to February 2014.

    Stepping into the role of lone frontman is Luis Suarez, who also netted a treble in Barcelona’s 8-0 demolition of Cordoba. The Uruguayan is joined by team-mates Lionel Messi (two goals, one assist), Gerard Pique (one goal, clean sheet) and

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  • Final proof that Cristiano Ronaldo is a very, very nice man indeed

    The Portugal and Real Madrid star often gets a bad press for his perceived arrogance - but the evidence is stacking up to shatter that conception.

    Ronaldo's infamous celebrationRonaldo's infamous celebration

    The picture above says it all: Cristiano Ronaldo, the preening prima donna more interested in showing himself off than in being a good footballer and a decent man.

    And it's easy to see where it comes from. The goal celebration above wasn't a man cheering after a length-of-the-pitch run finished with a wonderful strike; it was a piece of outrageous gloating after slotting home a penalty in the death throes of a match that had already been comfortably won.

    Rather than celebrate with team-mates, Ronaldo made the moment about himself, running away from the men who are behind his glory, posing for

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  • Half-naked man rescued after being found dangling from basketball hoop

    A shirtless man was helped down by police in Seattle after being found just hanging around.

    When you're a policeman in America, you probably expect to come across all sorts of things.

    People shooting at you.

    Car chases.

    But it's probably fair to say that semi-naked men hanging from basketball hoops are not on your radar.

    Yet that's what met officers of Seattle's police force when they were called to attend an incident in the city's Cal Anderson park.

    Just another regular weekend in America...

    There

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  • Makes You Think: Louis van Gaal is a genius - and Michael Carrick could replace Xavi

    Alexander Netherton praises Louis van Gaal for keeping Manchester United's powder dry in the run-in, but fears Michael Carrick could leave.

    Louis van GaalLouis van Gaal

    Like your football opinions hard-hitting, ill-thought-out and ceaselessly xenophobic? Good. You're in the right place. Because ALEX NETHERTON is here to SHOUT the FACTS the others don't even have the BALLS to whisper. This is a spoof.

    It was a wonderful weekend. Steven Gerrard finally got his fairytale. Having missed a penalty, against QPR, who will soon be relegated, he remained unbowed. He was determined to finish the match in the way he, his club, his city and his country deserved. There was a Royal Baby to welcome, and Gerrard was going to pay tribute to this wonderful moment with his

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  • Watch: Guto guilty of a horrendous penalty miss in Chinese league

    Guto was responsible for this awful penalty for Chongqing Lifan against Shandong Luneng.

    The art of taking a penalty, in its most basic form, is pretty uncomplicated: run and kick it hard in the back of the net.

    If you leather it hard enough and the keeper saves it, then that’s unlucky, but you’ve at least got the basic concept.

    Elaborations, though, are risky.

    If you are Lionel Messi or Andrea Pirlo then a Panenka is fine. If you are Jermaine Jenas, it is not.

    And if you stutter in the run-up , you have to then go on to bury your effort from 12 yards. Otherwise you are going to look pretty stupid.

    Especially if you balloon your shot miles over the bar, just as Guto did for

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  • 'The knee was no longer there': But Elkin Soto offered new contract by Mainz despite horror injury

    What a gesture by Elkin Soto's club, who stood by their long-serving player.

    Mainz 05 Elkin Soto during their German first division Bundesliga soccer match in Mainz, Germany, May 3, 2015. A Mainz club spokesman announced that Soto suffered a total damage of the knee which was completely dislocated.Mainz 05 Elkin Soto during their German first division Bundesliga soccer match in Mainz, Germany, May 3, 2015. A Mainz club spokesman announced that Soto suffered a total damage of the knee which was completely dislocated.

    Mainz midfielder Elkin Soto suffered one of the most sickening injuries seen in football for some time at the weekend - but was immediately offered a new contract.

    Soto, 34, suffered a total dislocation of his knee in a match against Hamburg in the Bundesliga as he swung and missed at the ball, instead connecting with Rafael van der Vaart.

    The ligaments of his knee detached and his leg swung upwards at an unnatural angle in a horrendous incident.

    Club manager Christian Heidel said: “The knee was no longer there, where it belongs. This is something I have not seen before.”

    A close-up shows the dislocated knee of FSV Mainz 05 Elkin Soto after he collided with Hamburg SV's Rafael van der Vart during their German first division Bundesliga soccer match in MainzA close-up shows the dislocated knee of FSV Mainz 05 Elkin Soto after he collided with Hamburg SV's Rafael van der Vart during their German first division Bundesliga soccer match in Mainz

    A club statement

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