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    Not unusual (well maybe it is to see a strike of this quality) but certainly notable.

    Payet goal against PAOK. I love how his teammate near the edge of the penalty area just stands there with his hands on his head.

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    Usually Pineapple Stu with these sorts of things!

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/av/football/62127436

    Watch the moment Valour FC's William Akio clears his own team-mate's would-be goal off the line during their Canadian Premier League game against HFX Wanderers.

    Poor guy!

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    What's he trying to do there? Nick the goal? Or has his brain just locked into "clear it off the line" mood when it see's a ball crawling towards it?
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    I really think he was trying to nick the goal! Brutal.

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    I suppose this belongs here: Alistair Campbell once suggested a Celtic/Rangers match be held in Belfast to publicise the referendum on the Good Friday Agreement.

    Mr Campbell suggested that the teams wear each other's jerseys in the match.

    However, he admitted "one or two of the Rangers players to my certain knowledge would have a difficulty with this".

    ...


    In the letter headed Rangers v Celtic, An Idea, addressed to Prime Minister, Tony Blair, Northern Ireland Secretary Mo Mowlam and Scottish Secretary Donald Dewar and dated 12 April 1998, Mr Campbell asked if this was worth pursuing.


    There is no record of anyone getting back to him.
    Campbell tweeted today that it was "not the best idea I ever had". It reads like something that someone with no real knowledge of football would suggest, but Campbell is a big Burnley FC fan according to Wiki.
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    I went to an SPL match the other day. St Mirren versus Ross County, both of whom were on 0 points after 2 games. Ross County now on 0 points after 3 games.

    Playing upfront for St Mirren was Jonah Ayunga, formerly of Sligo and Galway. I don't think he was much of a success at Sligo either, but he was one of the best players on the pitch. SPL, at the bottom of the table anyway, is actually very poor stuff.
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    Vahid Halilhofzic was recently sacked as head coach of Morocco. It's the third time in his career that he has been sacked from an international job in the period between a successful qualification for a World Cup and the World Cup itself: in 2010 Cote d'Ivoire dispensed with his services after an iffy AFCON four months ahead of South Africa and in 2018 Japan sacked him after some poor results and an onslaught from hostile media two months before Russia. This time it's allegedly his refusal to find a place for Hakim Ziyech, after the Chelsea man refused to play in a friendly last year.
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    Picked up an interesting football story watching Simon Reeve's South America last night.

    Inter Moengotapoe of Suriname - who have won 10 of the last 13 national titles - played Olimpia of Honduras in the CONCACAF League last September, the equivalent of the Europa League. Inter were captained by Ronnie Brunswijk, the 60-year-old team owner, who also happens to be Vice President of the country. They play in the Ronnie Brunswijkstadion. He's the oldest player ever to play in a continental match, coming off after 54 minutes. (His son also started)

    He was the rebel leader during the Surinamese Civil War of the late 80s, has been convicted in absentia of bank robbery and drug trafficking, controls much of Suriname's gold reserves, and has been banned from football twice for threatening behaviour (the first incident, a 5-year-ban for threatening players with a handgun, was overturned for lack of evidence)

    His side lost 6-0, and shortly after the match, footage emerged of him paying the opposition team, so both clubs were disqualified and Ronnie was given a 3-year ban from any CONCACAF activity.

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    Just shy of 14-year-old comes on as a sub in an Irish League Cup game: https://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/2022...lenavon-debut/

    He goes down as the youngest "senior" player in the UK. And got an assist apparently.

    Reminds me of a recent Youtube retrospective from SB Nation on the career of Freddy Adu: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3l-JSw8rh5Y
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