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  • Former Bayern Munich and Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves hasn't played professionally in two years since no top-flight clubs wanted to take a chance on his spontaneously exploding joints injuring their other players. Now a pundit for BT Sport, Hargreaves is confined to the studio and at the start of the clip above, claims he hasn't touched a ball in two years. He then proceeds to bang in a rabona off the post on his first try. 

    Of course, when he says he hasn't touched a ball in two years he really means that he's been practicing this in a shed eight hours a day for the last 17 months while listening to the Karate Kid soundtrack and crying, but it's best not to dwell on that and just celebrate with some Fruit Pastilles.

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    While Man City were disappointing their home fans with a 2-1 loss to CSKA Moscow that leaves them bottom of the Champions League group E table, at least one supporter could take solace in the incredible savings he provided himself by making his own sandwiches at his seat.

    Following the match, a picture of a fan sitting front row, reportedly at the Etihad, with a loaf of bread, a jar of peanut butter and what appears to be a knife spread on social media. It's unclear how this person got all of their sandwich fixings into the ground, but they seemed to be more focused on the sandwich making than the action on the pitch that City end the match with nine men

    Of course, this isn't the first time an out of place activity has been spotted in the stands of a Premier League stadium. Last year there was the woman knitting at the

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  • A 1-1 draw with Maribor in which Eden Hazard missed a penalty and Diego Costa had a goal disallowed left Jose Mourinho in a bad mood and he made this abundantly clear in his post-match interview. First, he said how unhappy he was with his team and then he mentioned his "long story" with referee Daniele Orsato, who sent Mourinho off twice during his two-year spell in Italy as manager of Inter.

    After Mourinho praised Maribor's defending, the interviewer asked if this performance made Chelsea's Premier League match against Liverpool on Saturday harder and the Chelsea boss walked out on him, refusing to answer. This can be seen at the end of the video above.

    A day earlier, he said that he wouldn't have rested players against a difficult opponent as Liverpool did against Real Madrid, adding, “If one day I go to a game and I don’t feel I can win, maybe I don’t go." So with a few days to go until the Liverpool match, he has to pace himself with the mind games. Otherwise he might get a jaw

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  • At fulltime of Man City's 2-1 loss to CSKA Moscow at the Etihad, Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleto and Samir Nasri crowded around the match officials to air their many grievances. At that moment, City were bottom of Champions League group E, winless and with just two points through four matches. Their chances of advancing to the knockout stage with Bayern Munich and Roma left to play now slim. Another embarrassingly quick exit from the competition seemingly inevitable. And James Milner was too sad to argue.

    The referee played an active role in the match, which is why the City trio decided to focus their anger on him. CSKA's Seydou Doumbia scored the match's first goal in just the second minute, but Yaya Toure equalized in the eighth with a curling free kick into the top corner. Doumbia went on to restore CSKA's lead in the 34th minute and Toure went on to get himself sent off in the 81st minute (he had previously been booked in the 66th minute) for shoving an opponent as if it was an

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  • Coming into this week's round of Champions League fixtures, Cristiano Ronaldo had a one-goal edge on Lionel Messi (70-69) as they both chased Raul's all-time scoring record in the competition (71). Though this is very much the season of Cristiano, he was unable to score in Real Madrid's 1-0 win over Liverpool on Tuesday, giving Messi the chance to jump ahead in Barcelona's match against Ajax on Wednesday. And as we all know by now, Messi doesn't waste chances.

    The Argentine scored both of Barca's goals as they beat an Ajax side that played the final 18 minutes with 10 men. In doing so, Messi hopped over Ronaldo and equaled Raul's Champions League scoring record in the 2-0 win.

    Here's the goal that did it:

    It took Real Madrid legend (and newest New York Cosmos addition) Raul 144 Champions League matches to

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  • The recent Angus derby couldn't have gone much worse for Montrose goalkeeper Lucas Birnstingl. In what would be a 5-1 loss for Montrose, Arbroath keeper David Crawford even scored the first goal of his career against Birnstingl with a long free kick that took a high bounce and rolled over the Canadian's fingertips to dribble in. On top of that, Birnstingl was sent off in the 82nd minute for a bad challenge that forced Montrose to put a striker in goal since they had already used all three substitutes.

    The only thing that could have made it worse for Birnstingl would've been getting struck by lightning as he walked off. But he might have welcomed that after what he had just experienced.

    Though everyone has bad days and Crawford's goal probably shouldn't have even counted since the ball was still rolling when he kicked it, Birnstingl took it all especially hard and went with the extreme measure of immediately fleeing the country.

    From the Daily Record:

    In his shame, Birnstingl packed
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  • Arsene Wenger is a man of balances that keep him in a state of constant state of fluctuation between joy and despair. He hasn't won the Champions League, but he has been in the competition 17 years in a row. He develops a great player and then they leave or repeatedly get hurt. He's had an undefeated season and then he's had nine years without winning a trophy. If he eats a delicious meal, he can be certain that dessert will make him sick. And over the first four days of November, that's pretty much what happened. 

    Saturday

    Wenger arrives at the Emirates, site of Arsenal's next two matches — a Premier League game against newly promoted Burnley and a Champions League game against Anderlecht. Coming off wins at Anderlecht and Sunderland in their previous two matches, he was feeling good when he spotted a familiar face on the wall.

    Hey there, good lookin'. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Hey there, good lookin'. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

    Those pleasant vibes evaporated as Arsenal struggled to score against the winless, bottom of the table club, though. Embarrassment and a fresh wave of

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  • Brendan Rodgers opted to make wholesale changes to Liverpool's starting XI for their Champions League match at Real Madrid. This angered many fans as it gave the impression of throwing in the towel on what should have been a big night for the club, in order to keep the struggling team's players rested for an important Premier League match against Chelsea at the weekend. None were more upset than defender Dejan Lovren's one-year-old daughter Elena, though.

    Lovren's wife Anita shared a picture on Instagram of her daughter watching the match at the Bernabeu with her hands up, along with the caption "Why my daddy doesn't play????" Her dad wasn't even named on the substitutes bench.

    Several Liverpool fans offered unflattering answers to that question on Anita's Instagram page, but as Elena always says, "Haters gonna hate."

    Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, meanwhile, was a bit more pleased with Rodgers' decisions. Especially after taking a 1-0 lead against his toothless Liverpool in the

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  • Liverpool fan arrested for making Madrid cops chase a ball

    Liverpool fans had a chance to live out the ultimate European away day in Madrid after being deprived of Champions League football in recent years, but local police weren't in the mood to let them kick their balls around like they own the place.

    Plaza Mayor was where the traveling supporters congregated in large numbers before kick-off against Real Madrid, drawing the attention of Madrid cops who are apparently do not enjoy balls flying around in the square. So they decided to try and confiscate the offending object, which started an impromptu game of keep away.

    As you can see in the video above (via our friends at Eurosport), one fan to kicked the ball away from the bumbling cops just before they could snatch it away. And for continuing their embarrassment, they arrested him.

    Though the police couldn't dampen the mood of Liverpool

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  • (Warning: NSFW language at the start of the video)

    Wayne Rooney recently attended an Ed Sheeran concert (and unlike Mark Clattenburg, he didn't get in trouble for it) and after the show was over, he went to a local pub with the singer. Perhaps aided by a bit of liquid courage, Rooney sang an emotional rendition of the song "Lego House" with Sheeran accompanying him on guitar and a small audience singing along.

    Though no one will confuse Rooney for Frank Sinatra anytime soon (hair difficulties aside), you can really hear the pain of yet another disappointing World Cup experience in his voice.

    Elsewhere, Everton midfielder Leon Osman delivered a rousing performance of Will Smith's classic "Boom! Shake the Room!" at his testimonial dinner...

    And while those guys test their pipes, Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has started his own YouTube channel to share his drumming covers with a "Chocolate Rain" type look to them...

    Rooney isn't the first footballer to croon in a pub, though. Here's

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  • Melbourne Victory score during massive seagull invasion

    Melbourne Victory beat Wellington Phoenix 2-0 in a match that looked more like a modern remake of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds.

    In the 68th minute, the home side mounted an attack as a large number of seagulls stood on Wellington's half of the pitch. The gulls then scattered and flew in a circular formation as Connor Pain slotted the ball through the goalkeeper's legs for his team's second goal. This can only mean that Melbourne Victory have employed a bird master to strategically summon these winged devil creatures at crucial moments. Either that or their groundskeeper is treating the pitch with breadcrumbs.

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  • Puma confident they have solved Arsene Wenger's zipping problems

    For years, Arsene Wenger had to endure the embarrassment of struggling to zip up the signature puffy coats that Nike provided for him, adding a symbolic image of weakness to the laundry list of troubles he already had. But Puma have now replaced Nike as Arsenal's kitmaker and they have gone to great effort to ensure that Wenger's zipping struggles are over.

    In a clever bit of marketing, Puma released the video above highlighting their work to eradicate this issue, starring Wenger himself as Confused Old man #1.

    Here's a close-up look at the zipper that could save Wenger a bit of unnecessary mockery this season. Note the unmissable add-on that says "PULL ME" in all capital letters.

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    Previously — Future News: Arsene Wenger starts zipper difficulty awareness foundation

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  • (@RostovFC)(@RostovFC)When asked by the press on Friday if his club would sign a defender from Cameroon, Igor Gamula, the manager of Russian Premier League side Rostov, said the club had "enough dark-skinned players, we've got six of the things." Upon hearing this deeply offensive and profoundly stupid remark, five of Rostov's African players threatened to go on strike and as a result, Gamula has now apologized.

    From the AP:

    According to soccer agent Paul Mitchell, five African players on the team threatened to sit out Monday's training. Mitchell is the agent of Rostov defender Siyanda Xulu, a South Africa international.
    ''(They are) not prepared to train under the current coach,'' Mitchell told The Associated Press.
    However, Gamula told Russian agency Tass that he apologized to the team on Monday and that all the players had taken part in training.

    The 54-year-old Ukrainian manager added: "I was deeply worried and didn't sleep for two days. I hadn't wanted to insult or upset anyone." Yet he somehow didn't

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  • The strange facts of Man City's 1-0 win against Man United

    Manchester City recovered from their recent stumbles to beat Man United 1-0 at the Etihad in a match that had all the madness we have come to expect from a Manchester Derby. But even though they got the result they wanted, most City fans still felt the mind-warping panic of trying to hold on to the slim lead afforded by Sergio Aguero's 63rd-minute goal against an unrelenting 10-man United (as evidenced by the chap shown above).

    While you wonder if that man's fingers will ever be dislodged from the roof of his mouth, here are several strange facts from the latest Manchester Derby for you to consider...

    Chris Smalling really wanted to watch the second half on TV

    At a certain point during the first half, Man United defender Chris Smalling decided that thinking is overrated. So in the 31st minute, he blocked Joe Hart to earn a silly yellow.

     (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images) (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

    And just eight minutes later he completed his set with a miserable challenge on James Milner to get sent off and reduce Man United to 10 men before

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  • In just their third year of existence, Western Sydney Wanderers are now the first Australian club to ever win the AFC Champions League, beating Al-Hilal in the final. After taking a 1-0 lead in the first leg, the A-League club traveled to Saudi Arabia along with the 14 fans who were allowed to enter the country (including just one woman), where a 0-0 draw with the two-time AFC Champions League winners was enough to seal the historic title. Al-Hilal striker Nasser Al-Shamrani did not handle the loss gracefully.

    In the final minute of the second leg, Al-Shamrani headbutted Wanderers defender Matthew Spiranovic and after the visitors sealed the title, he spit at Spiranovic while sitting on the pitch. This sparked a stand-off between the two sides and Al-Shamrani tried his best to escalate it even further by chasing his target down.

    Poor sportsmanship couldn't put a damper on Western Sydney's celebrations, though. The celebration in the New South Wales capital was downright volcanic.

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  • DTotD: Pepe accidentally kicks Sergio Ramos in the chest

    It was only a matter of time before it happened and now it finally has: Pepe has kicked a teammate in the chest. And in a bit of cosmic perfection, that teammate was Sergio Ramos.

    The two Real Madrid defenders known for their recklessness came together in a Nigel De Jong-esque fashion as both felt the best way to handle a high ball was with a karate kick. Though Ramos' connected with the ball, Pepe's connected with Ramos' midsection, leaving the Spaniard in a fair bit of a pain. He was able to continue though, and Real Madrid took a 2-0 lead into halftime thanks in part to a wonder volley from James Rodriguez.

    This has been the Dirty Tackle of the Day: a chronicling of unfortunate events.

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  • James Rodriguez scores with stunning volley into the far corner

    James Rodriguez is doing a quality job of proving that the €80 million Real Madrid spent to acquire him after his strong showing at the World Cup was money well spent and that his Ballon d'Or nomination was richly deserved. In the 31st minute of Real Madrid's match against Granada, Karim Benzema flicked the ball up to James at the edge of the box, setting him up for a gorgeous volley into the far corner of the net.

    Naturally, Cristiano Ronaldo had already scored at this point, notching his 22nd goal of the season in just the second minute. He has now scored in 12 consecutive matches for the first time of his career.

    Rodriguez went on to score a second goal late in the second half as Real Madrid won 4-0.

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  • (Getty)(Getty)Swiss fourth division player Ricardo Ferreira has been banned indefinitely after kicking a ball in a referee's face and squirting water at him. For the league's computer system purposes, the ban has been set at 50 years, which means Ferreira might be able to play again when he's 78 years old.

    Suddenly Luis Suarez doesn't feel like complaining so much about his four-month ban for biting.

    From the Guardian:

    According to the Swiss newspaper Blick, the defender Ricardo Ferreira of Portugal Futebol Clube was an unused substitute in the 1-0 defeat by SC Worb in the local Bern league. But it was not until after the match that he entered the fray, kicking the ball in the referee’s face and then hurling insults as the official made his way to the tunnel before squirting him with water.
    “We do not want such a player in our league,” said Robert Breiter, the lawyer of Switzerland’s amateur football league. “Unfortunately we encounter such cases about once a year.”

    Like Suarez, Ferreira has prior

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  • Footballers tell their scariest stories for Halloween

    Roy Keane

    You want a scary story, do you? Fine. I'll give you one. There once was a bitter old man called Sir...Andrew...Shmerguson. He was very good at what he did for a living, which was managing a very successful shop of some sort — it doesn't matter what kind, so don't bother asking. But what does matter is that he was a liar and wouldn't know loyalty if it punched him in the face, which it might if it ever sees him in person again.

    The moral of this story — and yes, this is a scary story with a moral, so deal with it — is that I'm coming for you Shmerguson. I don't care that you're old. The devil is old too and no one holds back on him. So you'd better watch yourself because when I'm through with you, you'll be thinking Alf-Inge Haaland got off easy.

    That said...happy Halloween, everyone.

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    Michael Owen

    It was an unusually sunny Tuesday morning. The stairs creaked as I walked down them, which I thought was strange since I had just had a new Italian marble staircase put in. It was

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  • Twitter fines are becoming a tidy revenue stream for the FA

    (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)(Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)The FA has made about £350,000 from fining players for social media related offenses since 2011, according to the Guardian. This has to be one of the easiest new revenue streams for the organization and one of the dumbest ways to lose money for the footballers paying the fines.

    The most recent contributor was QPR defender Rio Ferdinand, who has fined £25,000 and banned for three matches for a tweet that included the word "sket," which is Caribbean slang for "whore." Ferdinand is the 12th player to be suspended for a social media offense. This is also his second Twitter fine. The first came in 2012 when he retweeted a message from another user that called Ashley Cole a "choc ice."

    Speaking of Ashley Cole, he holds the record for the single largest Twitter fine of £90,000 for insulting the FA itself that same year. And to think this all started in 2011 when Ryan Babel, then with Liverpool, was fined £10,000 for tweeting a photoshopped picture of referee Howard Webb wearing a Manchester

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