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426125.  Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:46 am Reply with quote


Good for you, Amie.

452460.  Sun Dec 07, 2008 10:02 am Reply with quote

Is Cedric Cante the hardest man in the world?

In the second half, Niang tried a spectacular scissors kick in the second half and his foot hit the head of Nice defender Cedric Cante, who was unhurt....

Niang will be out for up to six weeks after fracturing a toe.

Ian Dunn
522875.  Mon Mar 16, 2009 12:25 pm Reply with quote

A football player in Iraq was shot dead just as he was about to score what might have been a last-minute equaliser.

Buhairat were 1-0 behind Sinjar in an amateur game, and one of the Buhairat players had only the goalkeeper to beat, but one of the Sinjar supporters shot the player in the head. A supporter has since been arrested.

Story from ESPN

558019.  Thu May 21, 2009 6:18 pm Reply with quote

The Guardian wrote:
Thousands of players have had an early bath after being sent off. Only one has had a late one: Sam Bartram, the Charlton goalkeeper from 1934 to 1956. In a match against Chelsea that was affected by increasingly thick fog, Bartram was unperturbed by the lack of action for 15 or so minutes, presuming his side were on top. He didn't have the, er, foggiest that the game had been called off. "After a long time a figure loomed out of the curtain of fog in front of me. It was a policeman, and he gaped at me incredulously. 'What on earth are you doing here?' he gasped. 'The game was stopped a quarter of an hour ago. The field's completely empty'." RS

561347.  Fri May 29, 2009 6:34 pm Reply with quote

The Beeb wrote:
the Championship is the fourth most-watched football division in Europe, 9.9m people watched live Championship action in 2008-09.

Only the German Bundesliga, the Premier League and Spain's La Liga can compete with such numbers.

So the Championship has more people watching it than Serie A!

Ian Dunn
561379.  Sat May 30, 2009 1:54 am Reply with quote

Well, that's some good news anyway.

561623.  Sat May 30, 2009 4:21 pm Reply with quote

The Beeb wrote:
In Scotland, Rangers fans had a cunning plan to get tickets to see their side win the SPL at Tannadice after the away allocation quickly sold out. A poster on a Rangers forum wrote: "Phone up the club shop and ask to buy a pair of Dundee United socks. Don't even mention tickets for Sunday. They might become suspicious.

"Then when they take your sock order, personal details and process your payment, your details will be stored on their system. Phone up again and order your home tickets for the Rangers match and because of your sock order, you will be on their system and you will get your match tickets. It's perfect."

Perfect, aside from the fact there was no such database, resulting in Rangers fans ending up with hundreds of pairs of Dundee United socks and no match tickets. The poster was a Celtic fan.

561746.  Sun May 31, 2009 5:54 am Reply with quote

That's cunning, cruel and hilarious. good on you, mysterious Celtic fan. :P

563696.  Thu Jun 04, 2009 10:05 am Reply with quote

"Being a player liaison officer is a new art, a new trade and a new phenomenon, a bit like the way clubs began employing nutritionists and fitness coaches a few years back," ran the proud declaration of Fulham's Mr Fixit, Mark Maunders, in 2004.

A year later he was telling FourFourTwo about receiving an emergency call from the defender Alain Goma, whose goldfish were swimming in the wrong direction, and the occasion on which his high‑level investigation into why Fabrice Fernandes kept waking with a wet head had concluded that the midfielder was sleeping with his window open when it rained.

570053.  Tue Jun 16, 2009 7:59 am Reply with quote

Manchester City forward Robinho has adopted a new weight-training programme in a bid to bulk up for the new season. "He looks like a toothpick with a pair of headphones on when he lifts a barbell," said a City source.

570429.  Wed Jun 17, 2009 2:35 am Reply with quote

I don't know whether we've had but it was recently reported on t'radio that the most successful club of all time is Glasgow Rangers, who have won a total of 111 trophies.

However, a bit of digging suggests that the actual most successful club is Linfield FC with a total of 214. They are listed here:

570578.  Wed Jun 17, 2009 10:43 am Reply with quote

As so often, it depends how you count. That list of honours for Linfield includes some really rather minor cup competitions among the 214.

If similarly minor competitions are allowed to count for Rangers, then that club has won 218 trophies according to Wiki.

In terms of what would normally be considered major honours, Linfield has won 96 and Rangers 111.

To find other clubs with similarly huge numbers of trophies, the longer established clubs in Argentina and Uruguay seem likely to be the best places to look.

570665.  Wed Jun 17, 2009 12:20 pm Reply with quote

Having done a quick count for Linfield, if you include everything on the page including junior honours it seems to come to over 250 but my eyes went out of focus after I reached 200!

Gooische Vrijgezel
859540.  Wed Oct 26, 2011 7:42 am Reply with quote

Ian Dunn wrote:
To return to the subject of rude names for footballers, one example is the Portuguese goalkeeper, Joaquim Manuel Sampaio da Silva, better known simply as Quim. Quim currently keeps goal for Benfica (the club whose motto is "E pluribus unum"). Quim missed the 2002 World Cup after failing a drugs test.

Or Phillip Cocu in France.

The name Quim is actually used for boys, and (also) means "created by God". Perhaps His penalty for parents not being fluent in English?

859544.  Wed Oct 26, 2011 8:02 am Reply with quote

Rachad Chitou (pronounced "shit too"), Danny Dichio, Paul Dickov, Julian Dicks and plenty more.


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