Early Doors

  • Januzaj once scored ’17 or 18 goals in a game’

    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,

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  • Liverpool’s plans for Anfield may be disrupted… BY BATS

    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 'adversely

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  • 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:

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  • Harry Redknapp is sure to look back on his managerial career to date and wish he’d done things a little differently. After all, hindsight is a wonderful thing.

    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: "Everyone

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  • Germany’s Goetze puts his foot in it with wrong socks

    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 of

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  • Miss of the season contender in Brazil

    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?

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  • Spain’s crazy training tactic exposed

    Have you ever wondered what would happen if you put three goalkeepers up against about 20 forwards and asked them to try and keep a clean sheet? No. Probably not.

    Still, it's a compelling spectacle nonetheless, as this video from a Spain Under-21s training session shows.

    You can tell Spain is a country that associates football with fun, as the U21 keepers were really put through their paces by some devious coaches.

    The three men lined up against a whole Armada of outfield players, all of whom wanted to be the one to beat those in gloves.

    As you can see, despite being heavily outnumbered the

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  • Pepe Reina reveals bizarre new Balotelli pyjamas

    Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina claims he sleeps wearing the shirt Mario Balotelli was wearing when he saved his penalty.

    The Spain shot-stopper became the first to keep out a Balotelli spot-kick in a competitive senior match when securing Napoli’s 2-1 Serie A victory at San Siro.

    And, after swapping shirts with the former Manchester City forward, on-loan Liverpool keeper Reina says he wears it every night.

    “I wear very special pyjamas now,” Reina told Spanish radio station Onda Cero.

    “It is made up of the Milan shirt Balotelli was wearing when I saved his penalty and some Napoli shorts.


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  • ‘My God Harry, what have you done?’

    Harry Redknapp has laid bare the treatment that he received after his acrimonious switch from Portsmouth to Southampton - and it isn’t for the faint-hearted.

    In the latest excerpt of his autobiography to be serialised in the Daily Mail, Redknapp claims that fans' reaction to his decision to join Southampton having been “shown the door” at Portsmouth brought home to him how far football has fallen.

    In the good old days, Redknapp writes, “You went to a match and you’d stand and talk football with the away fans and no one would be shouting abuse or fighting and arguing.”

    As far as Redknapp was

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  • Fans will go to extreme lengths to ensure that their team has adequate support but an Arsenal fan has taken things to a whole new level.

    Previously, supporting your team could entail attending the match in person, heading down the local boozer and engaging in “banter” or, at an extreme level, joining a firm and fighting in the name of your team’s colours.

    However, the explosion of social networking over the past five or so years has transformed the way we engage with each other and that has had a trickle-down effect on how we support our teams.

    Facebook banter has become, in many ways, the

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