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Grant Holt: The Wrestler

Toe Poke
 By Chris Wright

Neymar, Costa, Silva, Coutinho and Brazil flying high before World Cup

To help prepare for the World Cup, the Brazilian national team have set up a training camp high up in the mountains above Rio de Janeiro.

However, with the Granja Comary training centre being some 800 metres above the city with just a narrow winding road connecting the two, the Brazilian football federation have laid on some rather lavish transport for their players.

Neymar, Douglas Costa, Thiago Silva and Philippe Coutinho have all been spotted being helicoptered directly into the town of Teresopolis,...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Unai Emery announces himself as new Arsenal manager ... then deletes it?

Stewart Robson details what makes Unai Emery the right choice for Arsenal and why the club would have been taking the easy route with Mikel Arteta.
The FC crew react to reports that Arsenal will replace Arsene Wenger with former PSG coach Unai Emery rather than Mikel Arteta.

Ever had a new job that you couldn't wait to tell people about? Unai Emery seemed to be in that very spot on Tuesday night, anxious to break the news we've all been waiting for: He's the new Arsenal manager.

Yet he's just a little early on his proud proclamation.

The website, which he lists as his official site in his Twitter profile, carried a large Arsenal crest, suave headshot and the text "Proud to be part of the Arsenal family." And then, just like that, it was gone, replaced...

 By Chris Wright

Ex-Norwich striker Grant Holt signs wrestling contract with WAW

Former Norwich City striker Grant Holt is to follow Tim Weise's lead and make the late-career move from professional football into the world of wrestling.

The 37-year-old has reportedly signed a "multi-show contract" to appear with the World Association of Wrestling (WAW), who call themselves the UK's No. 1 wrestling promotion.

Holt, who spent last season playing (football) at non-league Barrow, is to begin his training this week in preparation for his big debut at the WAW "Fightmare 3" show at...

Cristiano Ronaldo: 33 reasons to love or hate the 33-year-old

Editor's note: This piece has been updated since Feb. 5, 2015, when ESPN FC celebrated Ronaldo's 30th birthday.

If you're like me, you have a love-hate relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo. So what better way to celebrate the 33-year-old's greatness than to list the 33 reasons to love, or hate, CR7. Warning: Some things below cannot be unseen (in a good and bad way). 

Love Ronaldo 

If it wasn't for his vain celebration in the Champions League final after scoring his penalty vs. Atletico...

 By Chris Wright

Zlatan introduces himself, Salah's lookalike, Ronaldo statue redemption in best of Toe Poke

Relive 10 of the best stories that amused and amazed in this season of football around the world.

It's that time of year again when we here at Toe Poke pause a moment to take stock of the season just gone -- the thrills, the spills, the truly, truly dreadful penalty kicks (stay tuned!).

Here are our various winners and indeed losers from 2017-18 ...

Redemption of the season

November brought with it redemption for one of the biggest laughing stocks of last season, as Portuguese artist Jose Antonio Navarro Arteaga was handed an artistic reprieve.

Arteaga is of course the man who made a hash...

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Will Smith, Nicky Jam to perform official 2018 World Cup song

After the excitement of England's World Cup squad announcement, the Exploding Heads are here to break the bad news to those who didn't make the cut.

Will Smith and Nicky Jam have been locked in to perform the official 2018 World Cup song, according to multiple reports.

Kosovo singer Era Istrefi will also reportedly be featured on the Diplo-produced track.

The Fresh Prince has a big task ahead of him if he is to live up to such standards as Shakira's 2010 anthem, "Waka Waka," and Ricky Martin's 1998 classic, "Cup of Life."

While it's almost certain that an original track will be written for Russia 2018, The Toe Poke wonders if Smith might just...