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Sports Reporter — Guardian
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Football Weekly podcaster, TalkSport sidekick and purveyor of 'lazy', often 'biased' journalism. Would also trip if collecting an Oscar

The Ballon d’Or is an award and all awards are completely stupid — Whether it was Leo Messi's passable impersonation of Ron Burgundy in his shiny velvet three-piece, Him turning on the waterworks and giving it the full Gwyneth upon receiving his prize, or the astonishing number of bald patches on show in the predominantly motionless and male audience as they sat listening to the happy-clappy nonsense emanating from the trap of wispily bearded official Fifa-sanctioned Swiss $ex god Marc Sway, the Fiver still has nightmares about the excruciating three-hour marathon of self-congratulatory backslapping that was last January's Ballon d'Or ceremony.

James Collins prepares for Chelsea as top take on lowly-ranked Shrewsbury — The top and bottom ranked teams left in the Capital One Cup go toe to toe in the last 16, with fans of Shrewsbury Town hoping their striker James Collins can continue his knack of scoring against top-flight opposition when Chelsea arrive at New Meadow.

Football transfer rumours: Christoph Kramer to Tottenham Hotspur? — Remember when Germany's Christoph Kramer banged his head during a sickening collision with Argentinian defender Ezquiel Garay during the World Cup final? He doesn't. Luckily, the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder, currently on loan at Borussia Mönchengladbach for a second consecutive season, appears to have suffered no lasting damage from the accident and is now the subject of serious interest from Tottenham Hotspur.

The Joy of Six: celebrating big-boned footballers — "I don't mind what they call me as long as they don't call me late for my lunch," said William Foulke on more than one occasion. The massive goalkeeper is on record as being the fattest person ever to play professional football and his size made him a target of regular abuse from opposing fans.

Football transfer rumours: Antonio Rudiger to Arsenal? — The Rumour Mill generally only buys German tabloid Bild for its pictures, but couldn't help notice an article that ought to gladden the hearts of Arsenal supporters. Stuttgart defender and Chelsea target Antonio Rudiger has announced he would like to play for the Gunners.

CSKA Moscow v Manchester City: Champions League - live! — Manuel Pellegrini believes Yaya Touré may be on the brink of his best form as Manchester City prepare to take on CSKA Moscow in Tuesday evening's crucial Champions League encounter. City have only a point from their opening two Group E matches so have to defeat Leonid Slutsky's team or they will return home facing elimination from the competition.

The footballing equivalent of Chris Waddle’s hair — With exciting midweek Big Cup action to come in the wake of a crazy weekend itinerary that featured an 8-0 shellacking, no shortage of comedy own goals, managerial rants about overweight Moroccans and the injustice of referees, the Fiver could do with a night off from the football.

Football transfer rumours: Sami Khedira to Manchester United? — Carlo Ancelotti has been yammering ahead of his team's Champions League set-to with Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday night. In an interview published after Real Madrid's 5-0 shellacking of Levante at the Estadi Ciutat de València on Saturday afternoon, the Italian revealed that he tried to bring Steven Gerrard to AC Milan during his eight-year stint as manager of the Serie A club, but was unable to lure the Liverpool skipper from Merseyside.

Mundane statistics lift the lid on the curse of the manager’s award — Football gafferdom's equivalent of coming into possession of the Hope Diamond, blundering mob-handed into King Tutankhamun's tomb or pimping one's ride with spare parts from remnants of the "Little Bastard" Porsche 550 Spyder in which James Dean drove fast and died young, winning the Premier League manager of the month has long been viewed as a portent of imminent doom.

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend — Eleven of the 27 goals that Tottenham conceded against top four sides last season were scored by Manchester City, so it would be understandable if they are not looking forward to a visit from the champions on Saturday, especially as Liverpool have already left White Hart Lane with a 3-0 victory this season.
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Oct 27, 2014

"Even without a scrap of make-up, Renee Zellweger looked unrecognizable ..." - and yet the Mail knew it was her. HOW?

Oct 27, 2014

@amylawrence71 @eaamalyon That colon between 'Mrs Brady' + 'Old Lady' may have been superfluous. Over to Philip C or @byekitty ...

Oct 27, 2014

FFS, you sound like Mrs Brady: Old Lady from Viz "@amylawrence71: @bglendenning @eaamalyon Wouldn't mind an old fogeys inter-rail pass."

Oct 27, 2014

You'll have your pensioner's bus pass soon enough "@amylawrence71: @eaamalyon Wish I was young enough to travel about for weeks on end"

Oct 27, 2014

@mrdanwalker I nearly collided with a bin while distracted by sight of you huffing and puffing on a treadmill in Olympic village

Oct 27, 2014

Really fascinating interview with Sean Dyche, written by his old Millwall buddy @RichieSadlier

Oct 25, 2014

@FitzoSligo you actually thought about and went with 'biffo' ... magnificent. #wildean

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