Early Doors

  • Wait, who's this surprise pitch invader?

    Dog charges onto pitch and disrupts match.


    A very happy dog ran onto the field during the match between Corinthians and Coritiba and became the star of the show, leaving players amused, bemused and, in some cases, very frustrated.

    The dog bounded about joyfully before eventually leaving after a few lengths of the pitch.

    Quite why it took three security officials to escort the dog away, though, is anyone's guess. It all seemed pretty heavy handed.

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  • Where do fans of certain clubs in London come from?

    Map of London shows where different fans are based.

    Map of London by football clubs (The Information Capital book)Map of London by football clubs (The Information Capital book)

    There are 13 professional football clubs in London and this fantastic graphic divides up the capital into coloured squares representing each's territory.

    It all comes from a book entitled 'London: The Information Capital' by James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti and you can find the original graphic here.

    A square's colour indicates the football club with the most tweeted hashtag in that area - essentially showing the London clubs by popularity on Twitter.

    Chelsea and Arsenal dominate on both sides of the Thames with the former out-tweeting the Gunners 22,000 to 19,000.

    Which clubs are which on the map (The Information Capital book)Which clubs are which on the map (The Information Capital book)
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  • You actually won't believe what this one-legged man is about to do with a football

    A football freestyler has shared an unbelievable clip of a man pulling off a rainbow flick - despite only having one leg, and playing football on crutches.

    A one-legged footballer has become a sensation on the internet after a short clip of his amazing and inspiring skill.

    The player, enjoying a kickabout on what appears to be a cricket pitch, defies his lack of a right leg to produce a quite astonishing 'rainbow flick': bumping the ball into the ground with one of his crutches, he then flicks it up and over the youngster he's playing with.

    Incredible stuff. 

    The identity of the one-legged man hasn't yet been established, though the clip was shared by a football freestyler called Kieran Brown, who told the world that he met the video's star in

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  • Get this lad on Match of the Day, he's brilliant

    Boy shows what football punditry is currently missing.

    Little Charlie was frustrated with how his Manchester United side fared in the big derby, but could see the progress in Louis van Gaal's team following the 1-0 defeat to Manchester City.

    But it’s his punditry skills that have made him an overnight sensation with many demanding that he be given a slot on Match of the Day.

    Go Charlie!

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  • Legend! Thierry Henry shows that he's still got it with two sensational assists

    Former Arsenal and Barcelona star Thierry Henry created two goals for New York Red Bulls against DC United in the MLS.

    Thierry HenryThierry Henry

    He might be 37 years old but Thierry Henry continues to show why he’ll always be world class.

    The former Arsenal striker chalked up two sublime assists during New York Red Bulls' 2-0 MLS quarter-final play-off win over DC United on Sunday.

    Henry’s first assist came just before half-time when he produced an exquisite backheel which Peguy Luyinduna shielded to allow an unmarked Bradley Wright-Phillips to fire home.

    It was vintage Henry and the Frenchman, who scored 228 goals in 258 appearances for the Gunners, showcased his finest attacking abilities to the expectant crowd at Red Bull Arena.

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  • This young fan simply refused to let go of his hero Ronaldo

    A young fan has earned an unlikely moment of stardom after his hug with Cristiano Ronaldo went viral.


    Cristiano Ronaldo reached out to a young fan - well, a young pitch invader really - at the weekend following Real Madrid's 4-0 thrashing of Granada.

    And TV cameras were on hand to capture the touching moment, with the great man putting an arm round the star-struck tot despite attempts by the cruel, dastardly stewards to spoil everybody's fun.

    The kid was successfully torn away from his idol in the end - but not before the images were beamed around the world, and doing the unthinkable: making Ronaldo seem like Quite A Nice Bloke.

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  • Football Photoshop: Who is to blame for United's derby defeat?

    BeardedGenius explains Manchester United's 1-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City - with a little help from the classic Frost Report "I know my place" sketch.

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    Our resident Photoshop guru @BeardedGenius has drawn on a classic comedy sketch to share with the world his take on who is to blame for Manchester United's defeat at the hands of arch-rivals Manchester City on Sunday.

    Never seen the classic Frost Report sketch poking fun at Britain's crazy class system? Well, here it is in all its black-and-white glory:

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  • So, did Fellaini spit at Aguero in Manchester derby or not?

    Controversy over United star spitting at City striker - did he mean to?

    Marouane Fellaini in a row with City players (Getty)Marouane Fellaini in a row with City players (Getty)

    Did Marouane Fellaini deliberately spit at Sergio Aguero after a Manchester City penalty appeal was turned down? The debate continues to rage on.

    The Manchester United midfielder appeared to have been caught in the vile act of spitting at an opponent from some TV angles and photos, but it remains inconclusive for most people.

    Slow-motion footage from Sky Sports seemed to suggest that the Belgian directed some saliva towards Aguero after the pair came together in the United box with the City striker asking for a penalty.

    Fellaini was furious that City were appealing for a penalty and perhaps

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  • Adriano is back!! Well, sort of…

    Former Inter and Brazil star is making one final assault on European football.

    Adriano is looking to make a comeback in European footballAdriano is looking to make a comeback in European football

    Once-great Inter Milan and Brazil striker Adriano is back for one more shot at the big time and has signed for Le Havre.

    The forgotten forward has had a somewhat topsy-turvy career; immense fame, popularity and success during the early 2000s before a somewhat meteoric fall from grace as the decade drew to a close.

    Questions loomed over the Brazilian's work ethic during his final few years at the San Siro, with rapid weight-gain and endless visits to Italian nightclubs marking the end of his first stint in Serie A.

    The overweight Adriano returned to his country of birth in the hope of

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  • Super sub Harry Kane reprimands Erik Lamela for card gesture

    When the Argentine beckoned for referee Neil Swarbrick to brandish a card to Christian Benteke, Kane strode towards the scene and hauled Mr Rabona away.

    Tottenham Hotspur's English striker Harry Kane (C) celebrates scoring against Aston Villa (AFP)Tottenham Hotspur's English striker Harry Kane (C) celebrates scoring against Aston Villa (AFP)

    Harry Kane can do no wrong at Tottenham.

    Fresh from his hat-trick exploits in the Europa League, the young forward saw his late free-kick against Aston Villa loop off Nathan Baker and into the net to earn his side three important points in the Premier League. 

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    But it was his personal duel with team-mate Erik Lamela that was perhaps more striking. When the Argentine beckoned for referee Neil Swarbrick to brandish a card to Christian Benteke, Kane strode towards the scene and hauled Mr Rabona away.

    Watch the fracas below:

    Then, just

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