Early Doors

  • Oops! I did it again... £8m Spurs man sent off for a second time

    Federico Fazio is having a nightmare at Tottenham

    Tottenham Hotspur's Federico Fazio (R) vies with Asteras Tripolis's Tasos Tsokanis (L) during the UEFA Europa League group C football match between Asteras Tripolis and Tottenham Hotspur, in Tripoli south west in Greece, on November 6, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Angelos TzortzinisTottenham Hotspur's Federico Fazio (R) vies with Asteras Tripolis's Tasos Tsokanis (L) during the UEFA Europa League group C football match between Asteras Tripolis and Tottenham Hotspur, in Tripoli south west in Greece, on November 6, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Angelos Tzortzinis
    Argentina defender Federico Fazio has only played once in the Premier League since joining Tottenham for £8million this summer.

    That's mostly because he was banned after getting sent off on his Premier League debut, during the 4-1 defeat to Manchester City on October 18.

    On that occasion he denied Sergio Aguero a goal-scoring opportunity with a clumsy challenge, conceding a penalty in the process.

    Referee Jonathan Moss shows the red card to Tottenham Hotspur's Federico Fazio (C) for a foul on Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (L) during their English Premier League soccer match at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northern England October 18, 2014. REUTERSReferee Jonathan Moss shows the red card to Tottenham Hotspur's Federico Fazio (C) for a foul on Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (L) during their English Premier League soccer match at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northern England October 18, 2014. REUTERS
    The burly former Sevilla stopper has since featured in several cup matches, and has got most of his action in the Europa League.

    But on his fourth European appearance for Spurs, at Asteras Tripolis,

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  • England women set to play before bigger crowd than men

    Only travel problems prevent prospect of 90,000 Wembley sell-out against Germany.

    England captain Steph Houghton is set to face Germany at Wembley. England captain Steph Houghton is set to face Germany at Wembley.

    England's women's international against Germany at Wembley will be watched by a record crowd of 55,000, but the Football Association has announced no more tickets will be sold.

    The FA was targeting a crowd of around 30,000 for the November 23 fixture and, with local engineering works due to be taking place that will affect transport, it was decided sales should be stopped immediately after a surge of bookings.

    The FA said in a statement on Thursday: "A s a result of longstanding planned engineering works taking place on the day of the game, impacting transport options, we have sought ongoing

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  • Mueller pranks team-mates with golf cart

    Bayern Munich star takes buggy on to pitch

    You may be surprised to learn that Bayern Munich and Germany star Thomas Mueller is a bit of a joker.

    In contrast with his clinical, ultra-professional demeanour on the pitch, the world-class forward has a fine line in practical jokes and enjoys pranking team-mates.

    One such jape saw him drive a golf cart on to the training ground as Bayern prepared for the weekend clash with Eintracht Frankfurt.

    Ho ho ho.

    Incredibly, this isn't the first time that Mueller has taken a buggy out to his team-mates... 

    Who said Ze Germans don't have a sense of humour?

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  • Should this Europa League match have been allowed to go ahead?

    Scottish champions Celtic visited Romanian side FC Astra in some awful fog.

    Celtic player McGregor battles for the ball in the thick freezing fog of Romania.Celtic player McGregor battles for the ball in the thick freezing fog of Romania.
    The Norwegian midfielder Stefan Johansen in action against Astra.The Norwegian midfielder Stefan Johansen in action against Astra.

    Celtic travelled to Astra Giurgiu from the Romanian capital Bucharest on Thursday afternoon.

    The game was due to start at 7pm local time in Giurgiu, on the border with Bulgaria, but the whole of Romania has been hit by fog today.

    Celtic manager Ronny Deila prepares for his side's clash in foggy Romania.Celtic manager Ronny Deila prepares for his side's clash in foggy Romania.

    The game was set to be put back by as much as two hours to wait for the weather to improve, but astonishingly started on time at 6pm.

    Celtic led 1-0 at half-time courtesy of a fine goal by Stefan Johansen with around 800 Celtic fans making the trip only to be pegged back by a terrific equaliser from Amorim late on. 

    Make up your mind if it should have been given the

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  • Does this video show Brazil star Robinho preparing for life after playing?

    Robinho decided to become assistant manager during Santos' 3-3 draw with Cruzeiro.

    Brazil forward Robinho.Brazil forward Robinho.

    Remember Robinho?

    The former Real Madrid and Manchester City player is currently on a year-long loan at Santos from AC Milan with both clubs paying his £2m salary during the spell.

    Robinho, now 30, scored the opener for his side last night in a 3-3 draw against Cruzerio but came off injured late in the game.

    Instead of heading straight down the tunnel, Robinho took over managerial duties and shouted instructions to the players from the technical area.

    Even the staff look a little bewildered, but maybe there's a job for the skilful Brazilian on the sidelines after he retires..

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  • Brendan Rodgers says Steven Gerrard has bounced back from his infamous slip.. but has he really?

    The former England captain has endured a difficult few months since his slip against Chelsea.

    Has he really bounced back?Has he really bounced back?

    Brendan Rodgers says Steven Gerrard has 'bounced back' from his infamous slip which led to Demba Ba ending Liverpool's hopes of winning their first Premier League title in over 20 years.

    Gerrard lost his footing in the infamous match at Anfield where he presented Ba with a clean run through on goal which the Senegalese striker scored.

    It was a cruel moment for Gerrard who had held a team-talk after the win over Manchester City a week earlier where he was heard telling the squad that 'this does not slip now'.

    Unfortunately for Gerrard, it did slip, and the rest is history.

    Rodgers claims the

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  • Football team quits league after falling to miserable 53-0 defeat

    A group of young players in Spain will no longer line up alongside each other after the huge drubbing - and it's probably just as well.

    An under-12s football team in Spain has been pulled out of the Andalusian championship after they came off on the wrong side of a 53-0 thrashing a few weeks ago.

    It's not often that any side racks up a scoreline that would look good even in a rugby match, but that's what Atletico Aznalcazar did to Palomares Junior in a match which has sent shockwaves through Spanish football.

    Aznalcazar have even been criticised by local schools footballs chief Julian Niza, who described the result as "just not right, and it undermines sporting philosophy, so we're going to give those responsible a slap on

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  • Highest-paid MLS player Kaka dons purple jersey for his new club side Orlando City

    Kaka will earn over $7m at Orlando, more than David Beckham's previous $6.5m.

    Orlando City Kaka SoccerOrlando City Kaka Soccer

    Orlando City have unveiled their new jersey ahead of the MLS season, with poster boy Kaka featuring heavily in the promotional material for it.

    Kaka is the highest paid player in Major League soccer with a staggering base salary of $6.6m.

    Nicknamed 'the Lions', Kaka's side, who join MLS next season along with Frank Lampard's parent club New York City, revealed their purple-themed kit on Twitter yesterday.

    I think this one will take a bit of getting used to...

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  • 5 Crazy Things: The journalist who almost got fired for being too good looking

    Have you ever feared for your job after being told you’re too beautiful? Nope, us neither.

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    A lot of mad stuff happens every day. Funny stuff. Crazy stuff. Weird stuff. So much stuff, in fact, that you can't keep track of it all. You can't. It'd drive you bonkers.

    That's where World of Sport comes in: we spend hours trawling the news for sports stories that will amuse, delight, entertain and shock so that you don't have to.

    And today, we kick off with a Serbian journalist who almost lost her job for the craziest of reasons...

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    1. Threatened with the sack for being too good looking

    Katarina Sreckovic (Instagram: sreckoviceva)Katarina Sreckovic (Instagram: sreckoviceva)

    Have you ever feared for your job after being told you’re too beautiful? Nope, us neither.

    However,

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo’s at it again... but not in a good way

    Real Madrid star has been caught standing on his tippy-toes yet again.

    The giant Cristiano Ronaldo poses with half-pint team-matesThe giant Cristiano Ronaldo poses with half-pint team-mates

    Cristiano Ronaldo is quite possibly the most competitive footballer in the world.

    The Real Madrid superstar strives to be the best in every single way, something which has undoubtedly helped him to achieve so much success in his astonishing career to date.

    The Portuguese forward yearns to be quicker, stronger, more skilful and more lethal in front of goal than all of his peers - and, on current form, nobody would suggest otherwise.

    Quite rightly, he is considered as the best footballer on the planet at this moment.

    But there seems to be one small thing that Ronaldo is a little insecure about,

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