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 By Chris Wright

Justin Bieber forms unlikely alliance with Southend United

Justin Bieber is the unlikely inspiration behind a League One player's scoring spree.

Having failed to trouble the scoresheet in his 17 previous outings, Southend United midfielder Ryan Leonard has cited an unlikely source of inspiration for his sudden return to scoring form -- Justin Bieber.

Indeed, Leonard has now notched three goals in his last four appearances for the Shrimpers, and has openly admitted that he has his new-found faith as a Belieber to thank.

"Since we started playing Justin Bieber (in the dressing room), I've starting scoring again," he told the Southend Echo.


 By Chris Wright

Buzz Lightyear and Nemo get their own football kits!

As a pet project to keep himself occupied, graphic designer Martin Turner designed a batch of fantasy football kits inspired by characters from his two favourite Pixar movies, Toy Story and Finding Nemo.

The results are really rather fantastic, with the likes of Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Nemo and Dory all receiving their very own personalised strips complete with appropriate design details, colourways and shirt sponsors.

 By Chris Wright

Malmo prepares for Zlatan Ibrahimovic return in Champions League

Zlatan Ibrahimovic hopes that his story shows people that they can still be successful, despite their background.

With Paris Saint-Germain in Champions League action on Wednesday night, the city of Malmo has spent the last few days preparing for the return of its favourite prodigal son, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Ahead of his grand homecoming, one of the striker's old stomping grounds was refreshed in his honour, with the youth of Malmo now able to follow in their local hero's footsteps by playing their football at the "Zlatan Court" -- the very pitch Ibrahimovic used to play on as a kid.

 By Chris Wright

Carles Alena of Barcelona scores amazing solo goal vs. AS Roma

Carles Alena in action for Spain's youth teams.

Carles Alena looks like he could be the next Barcelona super-starlet to roll off the assembly line.

Indeed, Alena has forced himself well and truly in the reckoning for a few more senior call-ups by virtue of scoring a spectacular solo goal in a UEFA Youth League game against Roma.

With shades of Lionel Messi's Copa Del Rey wonder goal against Athletic Bilbao at the tail end of last season, the 17-year-old La Masia graduate picked up the ball and duly set out from close to the halfway line.

 By Chris Wright

FC Santa Claus reveal their new kits ahead of the upcoming festive season

FC Santa Claus' badge
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It's very nearly that time of year again and in the interest of dragging you kicking and screaming into the festive spirit, we thought we'd bring you an update from everybody's favourite Christmas-themed football club.

Formed in 1993 following the merger of two local teams, FC Santa Claus play their home games in the town of Rovaniemi which is located just six miles outside the Arctic Circle, up in the Lapland province of Finland's most northerly reaches.

As you may have guessed, they also have...

 By Chris Wright

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale building for birdies in his back garden

Gareth Bale rues a missed putt at the Celebrity Cup in July.

You may be surprised to learn that in addition racking up 54 international caps for Wales in a footballing capacity, Gareth Bale has also represented his country as a golfer -- albeit at the amateur level.

Indeed, the Real Madrid forward was part of the victorious Wales team that fended off strong competition from England, Ireland and Scotland to lift the annual Celebrity Cup for the very first time at the Roman Road golf course at Celtic Manor Resort over the summer.

In short, the guy likes his...