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  • Der Kaiser crushes ‘route one’ England

    day after the German paper Bild roared "the tournament is ours",
    legend Franz 'Der Kaiser' Beckenbauer slammed England and derided Fabio
    Capello's side's brand of football.

    paper has an evil looking Beckenbauer unleashing his astonishing and unprovoked
    attack on Capello's side, describing their play as "kick and rush" (pictured, below),
    "route one" and "back to the bad old times".

    I saw from the English in their 1-1 draw against the USA had very little to do
    with football. It looked to me as if the English have gone backwards," he

    Ever one to blow his own trumpet

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  • FIFA say vuvuzelas are here to stay

    Vuvuzelas will not be banned from the World Cup despite the fearsome din the plastic trumpets make, organisers said on Monday.

    "Vuvuzelas are here to stay and will never be banned," said Rich Mkhondo, a spokesman for the local World Cup organising committee.

    "People love the vuvuzelas around the world. Only a minority are against vuvuzelas. There has never been a consideration to ban vuvuzelas."

    Mkhondo was reacting to a BBC report that the chief organiser Danny Jordaan had not ruled out banning the most talked about instrument in this World Cup.

    The Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk has banned

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  • Fans barge down gate as 20,000 greet Ronaldinho

    Chaotic scenes welcomed Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho to new club Flamengo as 20,000 fans gathered to greet him.

    And such was the supporters' desperation to get into the club's Rio de Janeiro training ground that one of the stadium's 30-foot gates was barged down in a crush of people.

    The 30-year-old was presented to fans on Wednesday after recently completing a move to the Brazilian club from AC Milan.

    And he received a massive roar from the jubilant throng by announcing that he hopes to force his way back into the national team by the time the World Cup comes to Brazil in 2014.

    "That's my

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  • Football’s most shocking players

    El Hadji Diouf's antics in a Blackburn shirt at the weekend have seen him vilified, with phrases such as "the most despicable footballer in Britain" being bandied around.

    But is he really? We've gone through the archives to bring you some of the players from the past who'd give Diouf a run for his money.

    You might hate them, or you might love them for their sheer pantomime villainy - and you may remain in awe of their footballing talents.

    But you cannot deny that this rogues gallery contains football's worst ever bad boys.

    We kick things off with the Blackburn star whose shocking outburst

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  • Quarterback scores cheekiest ever touchdown

    A high school quarterback has scored what is almost certainly the cheekiest
    touchdown ever seen in the game of American football.

    The Driscoll Middle School quarterback left his opponents scratching
    their heads when he collected the ball and proceeded to
    walk calmly and slowly through the defence... then broke into a sprint as soon
    as he was clear.

    Realising too late what was happening the defenders gave chase, but the player - whose identity has yet to be revealed - made it over the line to score, and in the process ensured that he would become an instant internet sensation.


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  • Mascot stages protest over fellow mascot’s sending off

    Sheffield United's mascot Captain Blade staged a half-time
    protest in solidarity over the 'sending-off' of Preston mascot Deepdale Duck at
    the weekend.

    Deepdale Duck (pictured below, left) was escorted from the pitchside during
    Preston's home clash with Derby County on Saturday for trying to put off the
    Derby goalkeeper during a penalty kick.

    The incident infuriated the Blades' mascot, who downed his
    cutlasses at half-time during United's match against Doncaster on Monday in
    order to stage a sit-in protest in solidarity at the treatment of his fellow

    Captain Blade refused to move

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  • Bowler’s blunder ends in crazy strike

    Josh Scanlan turned up to the USBC Team USA ten-pin bowling trials full
    of hope that he could grab a place in his international team.

    But he ended up walking away from the event in Nevada with
    egg on his face after a catastrophic blooper that saw him throw his ball down
    the wrong lane.

    With the pressure building in the event Scanlan lined up his
    final ball of the 10th frame after two consecutive strikes.

    But somehow he failed to let go of the ball in time,
    resulting in a hooked throw that clattered off the guttering of the adjacent lane
    before ricocheting back into the middle - and knocking

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  • Brentford show some warmth to fans in ‘chilly’ times

    League One Brentford have become the latest club to show their charitable side by promising to dish out free chilli to every fan who buys a pint at Griffin Park.

    Here are a few others of clubs being hospitable for their fans:

    Celtic offered free buses to and from Celtic Park for home and away fans living in Greater Glasgow ahead of last week's New Year's day derby between Celtic and Partick Thistle. All season ticket holders were entitled to two free tickets for the match to bring along friends and family.

    When Preston North End are away from home, season ticket holders can watch Chorley for

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  • Top 10 sporting quotes of 2010

    2010 was an eventful year in sport that saw plenty of scandal, tragedy, heroism and failure. Here is our pick of 10 quotes from some of the year's biggest sporting stories.

    "We were machine-gunned, like dogs. There was blood pouring down the bus" - Togo striker Thomas Dossevi after three people died when separatist rebels in Angola attacked the team bus in January, before the start of the African Nations Cup.

    "I was unfaithful, I had affairs, I cheated. What I did was not acceptable and I am the only person to blame" - Tiger Woods in his first public appearance since revelations of repeated

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  • Is this the best goal celebration ever?

    If this video is anything to go by, goal
    celebrations have certainly come a long way since Roger Milla wiggled his hips down
    by the corner flag.

    No longer is a mere dance good enough for
    some players, as Icelandic top flight side Stjarnan proved in their game
    against Fylkir at the weekend.

    With the game seemingly heading for a 1-1
    draw, the home side were awarded a penalty in the dying moments. Up stepped Halldór
    Orri Björnsson to score with a delightful chip over the keeper.

    While it was undeniably a fine strike, if some
    way off the best penalty ever. But the goal will be remembered for what

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