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Rooney goes swimming with a pig

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 By Chris Wright

Manchester United ace Wayne Rooney goes swimming with a pig

After another long old slog of a season, Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney toddled off on a family holiday to the West Indies for a spot of well-deserved rest and relaxation.

Rooney and his brood happened across one of the stranger phenomenons the Bahamas have to offer after taking a dip in the azure waters just off the shore of the appropriately named "Pig Island".

The United man posted the following holiday snap on Instagram along with the caption: "Didn't expect to see pigs in the sea in...

 By Chris Wright

MC El-Eulma the unlucky losers in incredible Algerian league finale

You may remember we highlighted the Algerian Championnat Premier Division and just how bafflingly tight the league was with just four games left to play.

Indeed, the 16-team table was so condensed that with 12 points still up for grabs, bottom side NA Hussein Dey still had a mathematical chance of winning the league and top side ES Setif were still in theoretical danger of being relegated!

Just as we predicted, the final day of the season proved to be a whole load of fun, with MC El-Eulma (who were...

 By Lee Roden

Treble-chasing Barcelona must address difficulties with youth team

Barcelona are one game away from the treble after winning La Liga and the Copa del Rey.

The dying days of May saw two branches of FC Barcelona sway in very different directions.

On the 30th, the first team served up another demonstration of its rude health, Lionel Messi's jaw-dropping heroics in the 3-1 Copa del Rey final win over Athletic Club suggesting Juventus will have a tough job blocking a second treble in the Catalan club's history.

On the 31st, the team where Messi honed his craft, Barca B, were officially relegated to the Spanish third division. They dropped out of the second...

 By Uli Hesse

Is the Bundesliga suffering through an injury crisis?

Holger Badstuber's long injury layoff might be part of a fluke in German football. Or it could be a new trend.

I'm rapidly closing in on my 400th column for ESPN FC (formerly ESPN Soccernet), which tells you I've been pushing the pen for quite a while now. Many things have changed during those more than 12 years; the very first column, for instance, name-checked players such as Thomas Linke and Carsten Ramelow while quoting Paul Gascoigne.

Or what about No. 50? It wondered if the lack of quality players forced a certain formation on the Germany coach, whose name was Rudi Voller. Oh, and it included the line:...

Roma's fringe players given chance to impress Rudi Garcia, Walter Sabatini

The last week in Serie A finished up the races for European positions.

Did Roma's 2-1 home defeat to Palermo seem familiar? For once this season, it's actually not a disappointing loss, though it does recall the run of dire results seen after Christmas, when the side couldn't seem to get more than a rare win before they came together to defeat Lazio and ensure second place.

Instead, it harkens back to the series of three losses that came about the past season, after manager Rudi Garcia and his men secured second, featuring a side of second-string players and youth options...

Mexico face do-or-die clash with Uruguay at the U20 World Cup

Hirving Lozano is one of the few Mexican players who played well against Mali.

Now, Mexico's under-20 squad has little-to-no room for mistakes.

After the 2-0 loss to Mali on Sunday, El Tri now sits in last place of Group D. This Wednesday at 4 p.m. in New Zealand -- Tuesday at 9 p.m. PT -- Mexico's youngsters will take on an Uruguayan side that is likely confident after the team's 1-0 victory over Serbia.

Another loss would mean Mexico is one step closer to an embarrassing early exit from the U20 World Cup. With an impressive roster for the tournament, El Tri was expected...