10/03/2017 Issue 9

Torino wonderkid, Andrea Belotti scored a 7-minute hat-trick against Palermo last Sunday. Torino were trailing for most of the game, until Belotti scored the equalizer on the 73rd minute. He scored again three minutes later then grabbed his hat-trick on the 81st minute.  Norbert Belogh was dealt a red card in the 78th minute as Palermo lost their lead. The win lifted Torino to 9th place in the Seria A league table, as Palermo remain in 18th place, 3-points from the drop.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings have been charged with violent conduct by the FA this week. The Manchester United striker and Bournemouth defender clashed during the 1-1 draw between their sides last Saturday. Mings landed on Zlatan’s head and moments later the Swede caught Mings in the face with his elbow. It was something of a royal rumble, shame the score-line lacked a bit of bite! Mings will serve a five-game ban while Ibrahimovic has accepted a three-match ban for violent conduct and will miss the FA Cup QF against Chelsea on Monday.

Tayfun Korkut has been named as the new Bayern Leverkusen boss after the sacking of Roger Schmidt. Schimdt was given the boot after a 6-2 loss at the hands of Borussia Dortmund, this is Leverkusen’s fourth defeat in six matches. The German side are still in contention of a Champions League spot, they trail Atletico Madrid 4-2 in their Champions League tie.

Kylian Mbappe has scored his 15th goal of the season. Monaco cruised to a 4-0 win over Nantes last Sunday to go three points clear at the top of Ligue 1. The U19 French International scored a brace and looked rather disappointed to be taken off 20 minutes from time.

The Bundesliga was on FIRE last weekend, offering three games with six or more goals!! Dortmund made light work of Bayern Leverkusen with a 6-2 thumping, Hoffenheim beat Ingolstadt 5-2 and Borussia Mochengladbach won 4-2 over Schalke. It was all square last Friday evening, as Augsburg played out a 2-2 draw with title challengers RB Leipzig. Unsurprisingly, Bayern Munich put three past FC Koln as they march towards a fifth consecutive Bundesliga title.

BT Sport has all but ended inclusion. Their new Champions League deal worth 1.2bn will change kick off times, guarantee places for the top four in Europe’s top four leagues and it has cruelly ended the weekly highlights available on free-to-air television on ITV. This is something I myself relied on because I refuse to pay for BT or Sky. Frankly, I would rather go to the pub to converse and have a drink, all the while watching the fitba’. Even if your one of the lucky few whose team makes it to the competition, good luck trying to get to a 6pm kick off when you finish work at 5pm. This plan is made to benefit the elite, not the working-class fan. Frankly, I’m disgusted. We’ve been priced out of stadiums, now soon we shall be priced out of football all together.

Now if you thought Ranieri’s sacking was harsh, look away now! Olympiakos have parted ways with Portugal’s Paulo Bento despite being top of the Greek Super League. Under-20s coach, Vasilis Vouzas will take charge after their third straight league defeat (the last time this happened was 1996). What has football become?

There was a referee scandal in the English Premier League this week, and in the Scottish Premiership (although the later wasn’t reported, nor will it ever be reported). A stag do in Marbella seemed to be the root cause of the English referee scandal. Sun reporter Phil Cadden tweeted early Saturday morning alerting football fans to Anthony Taylors stag in the Greek island. Taylor was the referee for Swansea v Burnley and was criticized far and wide for a somewhat bizarre penalty decision. Richard Keys and Gary Lineker took to Twitter to vent their disappointment and it didn’t end there, even Burnley manager Sean Dyche had something to say about it (tweets below!). Taylor’s pal, Kevin Friend was also under scrutiny following the wrestling match between Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings. The incident unraveled as follows: man stamps on man’s head; man elbows man in face; man dives after little/no shove. Who’s to blame? The referee.

Rangers made light work of Hamilton Academicals in their sixth-round Scottish Cup tie with a little help from the ref. There were some rather dreadful and inexcusable decisions made over the 90 minutes. The first was made early in the first half, when Rangers keeper Wes Foderingham handled the ball outside of the penalty area. Even former manager Walter Smith, who was part of the match day commentary team, was of the opinion that the keeper should have been sent off. It was nothing each at this point in the match, and with rangers down to ten men it may have been a different outcome. The second incident came from a controversial penalty decision. Accies disputed the penalty when Rangers John Toral tripped over his own feet but they had no such luck over ruling the decision. Waghorn converted the penalty and Rangers took the lead. The tip of the iceberg though was an incident in the second half. After scoring Rangers second goal Joe Garner should have seen red after he ASSAULTED Dougie Imrie. Referee, John Beaton opted for a yellow card. Garner went on to score a hat-trick and Hamilton lost the game 6-0. A shocking refereeing display, had the game been called correctly it may have been Hamilton playing in a semi-final at Hampden.

Celtic have been handed a semi-final tie against Rangers, while Hibernian have been drawn against Aberdeen. Celtic cruised past St Mirren with a 4-1 win a Parkhead, after a shakey start. The Championship side went ahead in the first half forcing Celtic to turn on the style in the second half, and that they did! Goals from Mikel Lustig, Scott Sinclair, Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths well and truly cancelled out Harry Davis’s opener. A 1-0 win was enough to see Aberdeen through, they knocked out Premiership competition in Partick Thistle. Holders, Hibernian fought off 10-man Ayr United to win 3-1 at Easter Road. The Edinburgh side have set their sights on League promotion back to the top flight, but are also keen to retain the Scottish Cup. Not ready to let it go just yet they put in a wholehearted performance against a tough Ayr side. The win meant Hibs are competing in the SF for the third consecutive year (their fifth SF in six seasons – nae bad!).

A Russian MP has a solution to all our concerns over violence at the 2018 World Cup – turn it into a national sport! Liberal Democrat Igor Lebedev has shared some rules and regulations to construct his idea. So, “Fans arrive, and start picking fights….on each side of 20 people, without arms.” This numpty is a member of the Russian Football Union’s executive committee and defende the clash between Russian and England supporters at last summers Euro’s, insisting the mass brawl was “normal” and that he doesn’t (and I quote) “see anything wrong with the fans fighting.” 2018 is set to be a Royal Rumble paper view event – Zlatan had better come out of retirement, it appears this is his kind of sport!

MLS soccer was back with a bang! (Or a shot ton of paint, would be more accurate) It was tifo’s galore in Portland as they hosted Minnesota United. They’re colourful, exhuberant display inspired a 5-1 home victory and the Timbers Army have found a whole new fan base of their own. Atlanta United made a huge statement in their MLS debut with a 55,297-sell-out attendance but just fell short of a victory following a 2-1 defeat at the hands of New York Red Bulls. The first goal in Atlanta United’s history was scored by Argentinian Yamil Asad. Orlando City began their league campaign with a clean-sheet and a win in their new stadium. 25,527 fans came out to cheer the lions as they enjoyed a 1-0 win over expansion rivals New York City FC. Cyle Larin will be remembered as the man who scored the first goal in Orlando’s new home. What a way to break in the new accommodation, best house warming EVER!!

Tweet of the week goes to Bolton Wanders who responded positively I the face of homophobic bile drudged up by Manchester united supporters. On Tuesday afternoon Manchester United announced the news that they would be partnering with LGBT equality charity, Stonewall UK. Some reds fans weren’t too impressed and took to twitter to vent their idiocrasy. One such “fan” under the Twitter handle @Fortunefilmzng tweeted “@ManUtd @stonewalluk I’d rather support Bolton Wanderers than a club that endorses the immortality without considering the fans”. Bolton Wanderers rightly responded with “We’d rather you didn’t. TeamStonewall”, and mic drop! Fair play to both Manchester United, for being the first British team to partner with an LGBT charity, and Bolton Wanderers for standing up to bigotry.

Xabi Alonso has confirmed he will retire when his contract expires this summer. The Spaniard took to Twitter to announce the news, alongside a picture of him waving goodbye he wrote: Lived it. Loved it. Farewell beautiful game.” Throughout his career, Alonso won a World Cup title, two European Championships, two Champions League trophies, two Bundesliga titles, one La Liga title, one FA Cup, two Copa del Rey and one German Cup. A class act, thank you Xavi.

 

ONES TO WATCH

ANDREW BELOTTI

7-minute hat-trick: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bf4EV-5KPc

 

REFEREE

Phil Cadden tweet: https://twitter.com/pjcadden/status/837950037762142208

Gary Lineker tweet: https://twitter.com/GaryLineker/status/838060266726260736

Richard Keys tweet: https://twitter.com/richardajkeys/status/838020566552563712

BBC piece on ref scandal: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39173379

 

SCOTTISH CUP

Celtic 4 – 1 St Mirren: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39093857

Aberdeen 1 – 0 Partick Thistle: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39175372

Hibernian 3 – 1 Ayr United: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39170168

Rangers 6 – 0 Hamilton: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39086738

 

MLS

Portland tifo: https://twitter.com/MLS/status/837861411980095488

Atlanta United FC: https://twitter.com/ATLUTD/status/838602687067324417

Orlando City, ‘a gift from the gods’ tifo: https://twitter.com/OrlandoCitySC/status/838834963654979584

 

TWEET OF THE WEEK

Team Stonewall: https://twitter.com/OfficialBWFC/status/839170870480351242

Man Utd partnership: https://twitter.com/ManUtd/status/839143685728129026

 

XAVI ALONSO

Top 10 goals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jI7ECDeG0Yk

Maestro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_Q8PkPEznw

10/02/2017 Issue 5

Now we’ve got a lot to get through this week, so strap on your big boy pants and let’s go!!

Another one bites the dust! Philipp Lahm retires from football. Yes, the Magic Dwarf gave us all a bit of a shock on Tuesday afternoon, none more so than his beloved Bayern Munich. The timing of his decision was a little surprising, but who would grudge one of Germany’s most decorated footballers. The 33-year-old full back was pivotal to Germany’s World Cup success in 2014 and as Germany’s youngest ever captain, taking on the role at the age of 26 in 2010, he has been awarded with 113 caps and 5 goals for Die Mannschaft. Lahm, who will play out the rest of the season, will be retiring after 13 seasons at Bayern Munich. There he has won 7 Bundesliga titles, 6 German cups and even lifted the Champions League in that memorable all German final at Wembley in 2013. Former manager, Pep Guardiola, regards Lahm as the “most intelligent footballer he ever coached” and with over 500 appearances for Germany’s most successful team I don’t think anyone would ever doubt him.

All the best Philipp!

David Beckham made a big HOO HA this week because the Queen never stuck a knife in his neck! Indeed, England’s biggest brand spat the dummy out all because he isn’t getting a knighthood. The ‘Beckileaks’ – I never made that shit up, that’s what the mainstream are calling it – revealed MR. Beckham’s frustration at being left out of the honours list. MR. Beckham referred to the members of the Knighthood Committee as “unappreciative cunts” whilst also throwing shade at other celebrities who had indeed made the cut *cough* Katherine Jenkins *cough*. Now Beckham’s motives with regards to his charity work have been called into question. Alas, I really don’t care much for the story. In my opinion Beckham has given his money and visited a multitude of locations over the years selling the UNICEF brand and bringing attention to global issues; he’s fair game in my book. Crying over the knighthood however, slightly pretentious especially given the successful career he has had, and all the perks that come with it. Just be grateful you got back in the England team after Argentina 1998. #neverforget

In other news, a football made it into orbit this week! A ball, recovered from the ill-fated 1986 Challenger shuttle, was pictured by NASA astronaut, Shane Kimbrough, the commander of the station’s Expedition 50 crew. Kimbrough posted the picture on his personal Twitter less than a week after the anniversary of the Challenger tragedy. The ball had been taken aboard the Challenger shuttle by Ellison Onizuka, whose daughter was a soccer player at Clear Lake High School. The ball was signed by CLHS players and carried aboard the shuttle as a memento. The picture has since been shared 711 times and received 1,500+ likes and serves as a fitting remembrance to the lives lost some 30 years ago.

There was a goal of the season contender this week after Juan Cuadrado smashed the back of the net against Inter Milan last Sunday evening. The ref had to check for a hole in the net after the Juventus number 7, on loan from Chelsea, launched an attack on Inter goalie, Samir Handanovic. His 25-yard first time strike made the difference in the victory over on form Inter. Juventus currently sit top of Seria A with 57 points, 7 points ahead of closest challengers Roma. There was some bad news for the Old Lady this week though as she lost Brazilian International, Hernanes, to the Chinese Super League. He has made a move to Hebei China Fortuna for €8.5 million. However, their spirits were certainly lifted with a 2-0 away win over Crotone on Wednesday night. Gonzalo Higuain scored his 16th goal of the season to help send Juventus seven points clear at the top of the Italian league. Should Juve pick up the trophy this season it will be their sixth successive league win. Nae bad!

While on the subject of Juve, some dedicated fan attempted to watch their mid-week fixture against Crotone by getting himself admitted to hospital!!! Apparently, the view from the San Giovanni de Dio hospital window offers a perfect view of the Stadio Ezio Scida. Crotone’s home stadium only holds a capacity of 16,000 and was sold out, forcing the rather devoted Juve supporter to fake illness – if you ask me I think he was being very reasonable. Unfortunately, the fan won’t be winning any Oscar’s soon and was sent on his way! On a positive note, he can be pretty happy with the result.

Alaves reached their first Copa del Rey final! They overcame Celta Vigo with a 1-0 aggregate score line to reach the final against Barcelona in May. This is Alaves second major final in their 96-year history. They lost their first major final against Liverpool at the 2001 UEFA Cup final in Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion. It was a spectacular last 10 minutes’ effort by Alaves; substitute Edgar Mendez cut through on goal, and played a beautiful chip over goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez in the 83rd minute.

*Highlights from the game are in the list below – well worth a watch*

Their opponents Barcelona knocked rivals Atletico Madrid out of the competition with a 3-2 aggregate score line. There was much controversy in the second-leg which witnessed three players being shown the red card by referee Jesus Gil Manzano. Luis Suarez was amongst one of the three sent for an early bath, he received two yellow cards in the final three minutes of the match and was give the red. Barcelona have stated that they will challenge the decision which could leave the talisman out of the final. Suarez, himself, got on the scoresheet on the 43rd minute, as nine-man Barcelona held on to reach the final. And held on they did. Antoine Griezmann scored a goal that was wrongly disallowed and Gamiero missed a penalty, striking the ball off the top of the crossbar in the second half. Funny old game football. So, it’s Alaves and Barcelona who will meet in the final in May. Alaves have beaten Luis Enrique’s side before, earlier this season they won 2-1 at the Nou Camp which will give them hope for the final. However, should Barcelona triumph it will be their third successive Copa del Rey.

To the African Cup of Nations, where Cameroon won their first AFCON title in 15 years! Les Lions Indomitable came back from 1-0 down against Egypt to lift the AFCON trophy with a 2-1 win. A late goal from Vincent Aboubakar, on loan at Turkish side Besiktas, in the 88th minute sealed the victory and gave Cameroon their fifth AFCON title.

Well, there it is! Your weekly fitbaw round-up!

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ONES TO WATCH

 

LAHM RETIRES

2006 World Cup v Costa Rica (first goal of tournament): https://youtu.be/MBvFjnMRiEw

Tribute: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Q84OBGF1gs

 

NO KNIGHTHOOD FOR BECKS

David Beckham sent off v Argentina 1998: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWsEuczNj48

For good measure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGuccP0SlnE

 

NASA REMEMBERS

Space ball found in Orbit: https://twitter.com/astro_kimbrough/status/827576335715430402

 

CUADRADO BURSTS THE NET

Juventus 1 – 0 Inter: http://streamable.com/8xdrv

 

COPA DEL REY

Alaves make it to their second major final: https://youtu.be/wMYrCqiHewU

A classic semi-final between Barca and Atleti: https://youtu.be/MBvFjnMRiEw

 

AFRICAN CUP OF NATIONS

Cameroon 2 – 1 Egypt: https://whatahowler.com/cameroon-claim-first-afcon-title-in-15-years-with-brilliant-late-winner-8c8c90dddbd0#.b57x9x6n2

03/02/2017 Issue 4

A lot has happened in a week. This is less of a wee 1-2, and more of a one on one with the keeper, keeper fouls, ref blows the whistle, penalty given, goalkeeper saves it, crowd goes wild, penalty taker gets subbed off, replacement runs through on goal, plays the 1-2 and…..GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLL!!!

The point I’m trying to make is that there was a hell of a lot of stories this week, but they were all worth a write up. So, there’s a bit of extra reading but it’s all worth it in the end. Promise!

So, in the last issue (issue 3) we told you that Celtic had equaled a record set by Jock Stein’s Lisbon Lions. Well this week, after a 4-0 thrashing of Hearts, Celtic have broken that 50-year-old record. A Callum McGregor opener, Scott Sinclair brace and Paddy Roberts finish dispatched a some-what underachieving Hearts side to take their unbeaten run to 27 games (28 including their Aberdeen win mid-week). Brendan Rodgers side have only dropped 2 points in the entire league campaign, so far, and have fans wondering if they will ever be beaten. The 18th September 2016 was the last time Celtic dropped points; drawing 2-2 with Inverness Caley Thistle. Since then, Celtic have won 17 on the bounce. In fact, make that 18 on the bounce after their 1-0 win against Aberdeen on Wednesday night. Dedryck Boyata came up with the goods yet again, a header in the 57th minute. Celtic now sit at the top of the Scottish Premier League with 67 points, 25 points ahead of their closest challengers Rangers. (The same points difference between 2nd place and last) UNBELIEVABLE. UNDEFEATED.

Hearts handed out their own drubbing of Rangers Football Club on Wednesday night. The Jambo’s demolished the Ibrox side 4-1 at Tynecastle. Aberdeen are now only two points adrift of second place, Rangers, and the Dons have a game in hand. Ian Cathro’s side sit 4th in the league table, 6 points behind Aberdeen and 8 points behind Rangers. Aberdeen meet Rangers on 9th April at Pittodrie.

In other Scottish football news, Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd also broke a record by scoring the fastest Premiership goal. The striker took only 10.4 seconds to break the deadlock against Ross County at Rugby Park. The SPL’s highest goal scorer admits that he doesn’t remember much about the incident, and was sure he was offside.  His side recorded a 3-2 home win against Ross County. Make sure you check out the highlights below – cracking game of fitbaw!

Also for your amusement, there is a rather hilarious video circling the YouTube of former Celtic player and all round good guy, Chris Sutton, attempting to re-create Kris Boyd’s historical goal. Fellow pundit, Terry Butcher, is having none of it and absolutely cements Sutton who charges in on goal. Great watch!

The FA Cup draw has set up a mammoth David v Goliath tie in the fifth-round. Sutton United will face Premier League top 4 regulars, Arsenal, at home. The 12-time winners are in for a bit of a shock at the Gander Green Lane stadium. Sutton’s home ground host’s a 5,000-capacity crowd, a changing room you could barely swing a cat in and a 45-year-old reserve goalkeeper. Arsenal are, of course, the favorites to win the tie but Sutton have knocked out superior competition before. The question is, can David strike again? Bearing in mind Goliath packs a pretty good punch in Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, Petr Cech, Per Mertesacker, the Ox, Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and even manager, Arsene Wenger, packs a good punch *coughs* push himself. Apart from that, I reckon David’s got a very decent chance. C’mon United! (The game will be shown live on the BBC on Monday 20th February, kick off at 7:55pm)

Football returned to Aleppo for the first time in 5 years. After many years of conflict Aleppo experienced a degree of normality during a 90-minute game of football between local rivals, Al Ittihad and Horiyah. The game was played in an actual bomb-site, in the Ri’ayat al-Shabab stadium. Football in Aleppo has been disbanded over the past 5 years, as the city became a battleground between rebel forces, pro-government forces, Russian airstrikes, and British airstrikes. Al-Ittihad won the game 2-1, in front of a packed stadium. More than 30,000 people have been killed in the Battle for Aleppo, perhaps the return of football will come to signify unity, strength, safety and peace in the region. It will hopefully work to gain some level of normality in the Syrian people’s lives.

Barcelona took one step closer to the Copa del Rey final on Wednesday night, after beating rivals Atletico Madrid 2-1 at the Vicente Calderon. Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi scored before the half, but French international Antoine Griezmann clinched an important goal before the end, giving his side some hope for the second leg to be played next Tuesday 7th February at the Nou Camp.

The other semi-final tie ended in a 0-0 draw between Celta Vigo and Alaves. The second leg will be played at the Mendizorrotza next Wednesday (kick off 8pm).  

Last week it was Arsene, this week it’s his old pal Jose.

Yes, the Special One has lost it! He hates EVERYONE! Referees, fourth officials, journalists, and the BBC. After a 0-0 draw with Hull City on Wednesday night, Mr. Mourinho stormed out of an interview with the BBC. The Special One ended the conversation telling interviewer, Martin Fisher:

“If you don’t know football, you shouldn’t have a microphone.”

The Manchester United manager also raged over the vast difference in treatment he receives from the match officials. Mourinho has been keen to point out an incident between fourth official, Neil Swarbrick, and Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, during Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Tuesday evening. An angry Klopp apologized to Swarbrick who received an ear-full from the German during the second half. Swarbrick response sparked Mourinho’s outrage. The fourth official replied, “No problem, I like your passion.” The Special One isn’t happy, and insists, that for him – everything is different. A big tough titty to you!

Peter Crouch scored his 100th Premier League goal, as Stoke drew 1-1 with Everton. He pulled out ye old Robot celebration, made famous at the 2006 World Cup.

The transfer window has come to an end, and there isn’t much to report really. Payet left, and some West Ham fans were seething, but he has Thierry Henry’s backing so it’s all Va Va Voom. Berahinho made a move away from West Brom, and Stoke City signed a neat little striker for a rather decent £12million fee. Manchester City brought in Gabriel Jesus, who has already made a great impression on the City faithful. West Ham brought in Snoddy and Fonte, which looks like a tasty wee deal, and may take some of the sting from Payet’s departure. You can check out your team’s signing in the link below (JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW – England, how did your club do?).

In Scotland, Stephen Pearson returns to Motherwell for his third spell. Kilmarnock have brought in former striker Conor Sammon on loan and former Celtic player, Kristoffer Ajer, who has made a big impression on the Killie fans already. Ryan Christie has moved to Aberdeen on loan until the end of the season. Celtic have brought in midfielder Eboue Kouassi (leave some vowels for the rest of us big man). Henrik Ojamaa is back in Scotland, and will feature in Paul Hartley’s Dundee side. Niall Keown, son of Martin, has signed a loan deal with Partick Thistle. You can check out your team’s signing in the link below (JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW – Scotland, how did your club do?)

Ex-Chelsea, West Ham, Manchester City, England and New York City player Frank Lampard has retired. On Thursday morning, he broke the news bringing an end to a football career spanning 21 years. Lampard won many honors in this time; lifting the English Premier League title on three occasions (Chelsea 2004-05, 2005-06, 2009-10); 4 FA Cups; 2 League Cups; 2 FA Community Shields; 1 Champions League trophy (2012) and 1 Europa League trophy (2013). Frank Lampard was awarded 106 caps for England, and appeared at his first major international tournament at the European Champions in 2004. Lampard represented his country at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cup Finals. He scored 29 goals for his country and is 1 of only 8 players to have earned 100 England caps.

Egypt will meet Cameroon in the final of the African Cup of Nations this Sunday 5th February (kick off 7pm).

And there you have it; your weekly round-up!  

 

 ONES TO WATCH

RECORD BREAKERS

Celtic 4 – 0 Hearts: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/38709176

Archie MacPherson comments: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/38774708  

 

HEARTS DEMOLISH RANGERS

Match highlights: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/38740392

 

KRIS BOYD BREAKS ANOTHER GOAL SCORING RECORD

Fastest goal in Premiership history: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/scotland/38791562

Kilmarnock 3 – 2 Ross County: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/scotland/38784067

 

THE BATTLE FOR ALEPPO

The first football game in five years: https://www.rt.com/sport/375682-aleppo-first-football-match/

 

MOURINHO HATES EVERYONE

That BBC interview (or lack of): http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/38835923

 

CENTENARY BOY

Peter Crouch gets his 100th PL goal: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/38836342

The Robot: https://youtu.be/Htmj309y4sw

 

JANUARY TRANFER WINDOW

England, how did your club do?: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/01/transfer-window-premier-league-club-by-club

Scotland, how did your club do?: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/38799105

 

FRANK LAMPARD

Stats and juicy tit bits: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37985587

A look back at his career: https://youtu.be/NX6Z6PtCh3s

Disallowed goal v Germany at 2010 World Cup: https://youtu.be/o5QlBHF6ib8

Chelsea Tribute: https://youtu.be/6xhUslfEL3Q