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Lamela wonder-goal, Kane's keeper clanger

Blog - The Toe Poke 13 hours ago
 By Chris Wright
about an hour ago

Sunderland's 8-0 thrashing at Southampton recreated in Lego

We've seen iconic footballing moments such as the 1966 World Cup final, Dennis Bergkamp's magnificent goal for Netherlands against Argentina in 1998 and Luis Suarez's bite faithfully recreated using the medium of Lego over the years, so it's only fitting that Santiago Vergini's inimitable own goal at St. Mary's last Saturday should join the brick-by-brick pantheon.

Strangely, the Lego version is far, far less blocky and awkward than the real thing.

13 hours ago

Tottenham score world's best goal, then concede the world's worst

Erik Lamela scored one of the finest goals ever seen at White Hart Lane on a night in which Tottenham's hat-trick hero, Harry Kane, ended the thrashing of Asteras Tripolis in goal.

It's not often the Europa League provides must-watch football, but it certainly delivered on Thursday as Tottenham scored one of the better goals in recent memory, only to then allow opponents Asteras Tripoli to score one of the softest.

The highlight came in the 30th minute, when Spurs' Erik Lamela stepped up to a loose ball at the top of the box.

Without stopping to adjust his footwork, Lamela planted with his right leg and wrapped his left foot around to strike the ball into the far corner. The...

22 hours ago

Football club Bacup Borough FC changes name to appease ghoulish tenants

Rather than a Premier League-esque marketing ploy devised to take their brand worldwide, a football club from the lower reaches of the English league pyramid have changed their name in a bid to appease the ghoulish tenants that are currently said to be groundsharing their stadium.

Having only recently altered their club's title, Lancashire-based side Bacup and Rossendale Borough FC have now formally changed their name back to Bacup Borough FC after a series spooky incidents saw the haunted team's...

1 day ago

Arsenal fan bakes Arsene Wenger an extra special birthday cake

What with Arsene Wenger turning 65 on Wednesday, one Arsenal fan went out of his way to mark Le Professeur's big day by making him an extra special personalised birthday cake.

For those who have always longed to see Wenger's image recreated using nothing but sponge cake, several kilograms of icing and a subtle artistic hand, this one's for you.

Uncanny. And not at all creepy...

1 day ago

Man Utd or City? Dad auctions off baby son's club allegiance for charity

Louis van Gaal believes Manchester United can still win a Premier League title. The ESPN FC panel think otherwise.

Originally hailing from Watford and a Hornets fan by trade, a new father from Manchester has accepted that he will probably be powerless to prevent his baby from growing up supporting one of the city's big two teams and, as such, is now auctioning off his seven-month-old son's club allegiance in the name of charity.

Ian Charters, 30, has posted the rather unusual listing on eBay, which will see the winning bidder allowed to choose which Manchester club, United or City, little Eddie will grow up to...

1 day ago

Liverpool's Mario Balotelli swaps shirts with Real Madrid's Pepe at half-time

The ESPN FC crew talk Mario Balotelli trading shirts with Pepe at half-time and debate whether or not Liverpool lose their attacking flair with Balotelli on the field.

Liverpool certainly had bigger problems as they trudged off the Anfield pitch 3-0 down at half-time to Real Madrid.

However, it's doubtful that too many of their fans will have enjoyed seeing Mario Balotelli exchange shirts with Real Madrid's Pepe as the two went down the tunnel.

Of course, it may be that the Italian international simply knew that it would be his last opportunity to play "swapsies".

After all, by the...