We had a chat with Peter Crouch and talked about life at Stoke, thoughts on the season with new manager Mark Hughes, England, his favourite goals, and of course put a selection of your questions to him.
Videos through here. keep reading
Too few? Too many? Seven is the number of games Alan Pardew has been banned, including three stadium bans, for his face-rest on David Meyler. (Guardian)
On Sheffield United and bringing the magic back to The Cup. (SB Nation)
Loic Remy thinks he’s ready to play for one of Europe’s top five clubs. (Inside Futbol)
Meet Italy’s next great goalkeeper? At 17 Simone Scuffet is already training with the full national team and, perhaps most importantly, has the ‘due effe.’ (Eurosport)
Two Russian politicians are demanding the United States be kicked out of this year’s World Cup and has its membership of world soccer’s governing body FIFA terminated. (Edmonton Sun)
Need another song to add to an on-the-way-to-training hype mixtape? Rio Ferdinand would suggest a bit of Craig David.
In continuation of our sensational new feature Twenty Questions, this week we’re speaking with Mathieu Flamini ahead of Arsenal’s trip to White Hart Lane. If you’re unfamiliar with how this all works, it’s pretty simple. Submit your questions below or via Facebook and Twitter and we’ll add them to the list and see what comes out in the wash later in the week. Please remember, if you ensure your line of questioning relates directly to this weekend’s North London derby it is more likely to make the cut. Deadline for submissions is midnight Wednesday 12 March.
A weekend with so much at stake. At the foot of the table there were the head-to-heads: Bologna-Sassuolo, and Cagliari-Catania. In the chase for the Europa League Parma entertained Hellas Verona at the Tardini; Inter, Torino at the Meazza; while AC Milan travelled to Udine. But above all else, the top four met at the season’s crossroads: at the San Paolo third-placed Napoli welcomed second-placed AS Roma. While the only team to have defeated the champions, Fiorentina, arrived at the Juventus Stadium. And when the Bianconeri and the Viola meet, anything can happen. keep reading
Here’s three reasons why cup kings Wigan will quash Arsenal’s trophy hopes.
Check out this leg breaking tackle.
“He’s already written his letter, hasn’t he? He wrote a goodbye letter, didn’t he? I was surprised at the letter – when you are a loan player I would expect that he should come back, but obviously Pepe made it very clear when he went to Napoli that he was looking to move” – Brendan Rodgers.
It’s crunch time for United.
Today is as good a day as any to celebrate in style with this brilliant streaking effort.
“Survival for us is the trophy. It’s the same now as winning a cup or a title. The only thing that matters at the moment is Fulham. It does not matter how we survive, we have to find a way.” – John Heitinga
Cristiano Ronaldo was on Monday named the world’s richest footballer after topping the annual list of players’ net worth.
Only half a fixture list this week but some key results as The Kings Road Mincers sauntered their way to a big lead at the top of the table, David Moyes managed to leave a ground without security for once, the Eagles had their wings clipped by a Spanish sounding Saint and there was finally something to sing about in the Valleys. keep reading
It is a new week, time to Zlatan like Zlatan. #daretozlatan
Wigan Athletic are on another Cup run. Former manager Martinez couldn’t make it through to the semi finals with Everton but that ain’t no thang to the Lactics as they remove Man City, again. (Manchester Evening News)
It’s been quite the season for Steve Bruce’s ‘Ull, now looking at two afternoons at Wembley as they’re through to an FA Cup semi final on the easier side of the draw. (Goal.com)
Hooray for fair play! Werder Bremen’s Aaron Hunt talks referee out of awarding the penalty that he had conned out of the official with a dive. (NBC Sports)
Last week it was the League Cup disrupting the Premier League’s well-oiled schedule, this week the FA Cup sticks its oar in. Only five fixtures survive but they are all vital games.
Chelsea get the opportunity to put themselves seven points clear at the top of the table whilst the likes of West Brom, Crystal Palace, Cardiff, Fulham and Norwich get to earn safety points at the other extremity. keep reading
With only a half slate of games this weekend due to the FA Cup get your football fix by listening to people talk about it.
The Guardian Football Weekly:
and the haircut discussion continues in Football Weekly Extra: keep reading
Tony Pulis might actually be a good guy with the best interests of the game at heart. (Express)
Why Red Bull Leipzig are a threat to the Bundesliga’s cherished membership model. Bloody East Germans and their capitalist models threatening the West’s peaceful shared life. (Guardian)
Conspiracy theory alert: Roy Hodgson left Jack Wilshire on during the friendly, even though he was developing a fracture in his foot, to find him six weeks rest in the lead up to the World Cup. Why else would he have been left on in such an abject fixture? (Sport.co.uk)
Zonal Marking’s Wednesday Friendlies: What We Learned. That mid-March international friendlies are junk? (ESPNFC)
Gareth Bale’s winner for Wales, oooff. keep reading
While the Premier League has become the domain of perfect, immovable barber cuts with little room for adverturism, the world of haircuts is a bit more exciting. Even CR7 is adding a few extra touches to the standard whole pot of gel on top.
Football Sports Team has a decidedly second-string look to it this week. With all the reshuffling occurring recently I’ve had to bench all of my stars as they’re out of action this weekend. Add to that some injury and suspension issues and things get really tricky. Check out the embarrassment of a team sheet after the jump and don’t forget to sort your team out too! keep reading
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