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Is ANYBODY actually happy that the international break is upon us?

After a classic weekend of Premier League football, including 28 goals, upsets and more, a two-week break for international football seems to be exactly what the doctor didn’t order.

Quiz: How much do you remember from England's 5-1 win over Germany?

England’s trip to Germany is another chapter in a long history between the two teams, and for England fans, one meeting in 2001 is a particular highlight.

The Three Lions ran out 5-1 winners almost 16 years ago – but what do you remember from the tie?

Quiz: Can you spot which famous rugby fans are hiding behind the balls?

The Six Nations is in full swing, so we thought we’d offer you some rugby-themed fun.

This quiz is all about famous people who have a connection with rugby. Some will probably surprise you, others not so much.

Come for the intellectual challenge – stay for the crudely photoshopped rugby balls.

10 of the coolest hooped shirts in football history

There are only a handful of original design patterns for a football shirt and hoops are one of the most iconic.

The horizontal stripe has dominated the shirt of many a team but which are the best? We spoke to Douglas Brierton, co-founder of Classic Football Shirts, to find out.

This should be the only way transfers are reviewed.

Round-ups of the January transfer window are never in short supply, so to add some whimsy after a relatively dull deadline day we thought we’d find some metaphors for it all.

Looking at some of the more interesting movers of the window we asked – if this was them buying a meal deal, what did they just buy?

Can England start the year the way they left off?

England won their 14th consecutive game and ended a perfect 2016 unbeaten with a resounding win over Australia at Twickenham.

The Wallabies were looking for revenge after their 3-0 home series defeat at the hands of England in June, but despite a great opening 20 minutes they couldn’t match their opponents for the rest of the game.

Sir Rod Stewart had more fun doing the Scottish Cup draw than anyone doing a cup draw ever has

As far as celebrities go, rocker Sir Rod Stewart is not a bad one to have pulling the balls out of the bag for your cup draw – especially if he turns up in this kind of mood.

The 72-year-old was in attendance to help pick the fixtures for the next round of the Scottish Cup, and we’ve honestly never seen someone have so much fun with a bag of balls.

Here's our 'alternative facts' review of the Premier League's weekend action

Football is obsessed with facts – who’s won which game, which player has the best statistics and where each team definitively sits in the league.

That all seems a bit boring however, so after Kellyanne Conway’s mention of “alternative facts” on NBC, we’ve created some alternative Premier League facts of our own.

Wayne Rooney is NOT Manchester United’s leading goalscorer.

It's Pep Guardiola's 46th birthday, but what presents will the Spaniard hope to unwrap?

Pep Guardiola today celebrates his 46th birthday, and with that in mind, we’ve come up with some excellent last-minute gift ideas.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss won’t be pleased with the results his Manchester City side are earning, but perhaps some top notch presents can sort that.

Quiz: Can you remember who these Premier League titans played for before their move to England?

Many footballers make their name in the Premier League, becoming household names in the process.

But what do you know of their careers before they arrived in England? Let’s see if you can remember where some of the PL’s biggest names played the game before England’s top sides came knocking.

Which transfer window did these Premier League moves take place in: Summer or winter?

With the new year comes the January transfer window, originally introduced to the Premier League in 2003, giving teams the option of refreshing their squad half way through the season.

But can you differentiate between the players signed in the summer and winter windows? Let’s find out.

FA Cup round-up: The youngest goalscorer ever, John Terry sees red, and a Middlesbrough masterclass

Sunday saw most results go as expected in the FA Cup, but there was a touch of the old magic as the competition got its new youngest scorer.

Fresh-faced 16-year-old Ryan Sessegnon scored the winner for Fulham against Cardiff in a poorly attended game watched by just 5,199 fans.

The 2016 football Twitter awards, including zinger of the year, best argument of 2016 and more

The year 2016 has produced a favourable harvest of football-related Twitter excellence, so we’ve decided to honour the best of the last 12 months.

This year’s awards honour a great variety of entrants – we’re delighted to announce that the winners are as follows.

Gaffe of the year

Winner: Victor Anichebe

The great big noughties Powerpodz quiz

Every football-obsessed fan has gone through a period of collection at some point in their lives. Whether it’s cards, stickers or commemorative coins, we’ve all been there.

Remember Powerpodz Microstars, though? The diminutive footballers with big heads were fondly gathered by children in the early to mid-noughties, usually accompanied by a hollow chocolate shell.

But can you work out who is who from this selection?

A very weird protest, some scary stats and a badly behaved mascot: What you missed from the Premier League

Boxing Day football has happened – and while it wasn’t as exciting as that famous day in 1963 that saw a record 66 goals scored, there are more than few talking points – namely Chelsea’s continued dominance.

Here’s what went down.

Andy Murray had a bloody good 2016, didn't he?

Andrew Murray, eh? Andy blooming Murray.

What a motherflipping year it has been.

The 29-year-old had his first child. Won Wimbledon. Won Olympic gold. Became world number one. Won Sports Personality of the Year. Is rumoured to be in for a knighthood. Oh, and he banked 16 million US dollars in prize money.

On top of that, he finished 2016 on a white-hot 24-match winning streak.

9 sporting stars you had no idea existed until 2016

Each year a new batch of sporting stars achieve such things as to make themselves household names, and 2016 is no different, with many of our heroes only rising to prominence in the last 12 months.

So with the year coming to a close, what better time to take a look at those who would probably have been a very low-scoring answer on Pointless at the end of 2015?

Here's how Sports Personality of the Year would go with animals instead of humans

Sure, Sports Personality of the Year is fun and all, but at no point during the ceremony does the animal contribution get a fair shake.

We’re here to put that right, with a list of some of the greatest sporting animals of the year. Which of these giants of the animal and sporting kingdom will win our prize?

Who's been naughty and nice in the Premier League this year?

Christmas is coming, and so we look forward to the festive football schedule which is often blamed for England’s lack of tournament success.

But who among the Premier League’s players, managers and even pundits, is deserving of gifts aplenty, and who can expect nothing more than a few lumps of coal?

Naughty: Tottenham Hotspur

Earned a record-high nine yellow cards against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Who have the public decided are the hits and misses of the Sports Personality of the Year shortlist?

The Sports Personality of the Year shortlist has been released and – as is ever the case – it’s thrown up some contentious debate.

We took a look at the reaction on social media, to decide who the public believe was unfairly missed off from this year’s list – as well as some of their big hits too.

The misses

Chris Froome

The hardest Manchester City transfer quiz in the world

It’s been hard to keep track of the comings and goings at Manchester City over the last few years – there have just been so many of them.

But if you think you can remember how much Sergio Aguero cost, or you reckon you know which clubs some of City’s most prominent players represented before they arrived in Manchester, this could be the quiz for you.

Note – all transfer fees are taken from soccerbase.com.

RBS 6 Nations: How do the home nations look after the autumn campaign?

After a busy month of autumn internationals, attention will quickly turn to this season’s RBS 6 Nations Championship.

European rugby’s blue riband tournament kicks off in just under nine weeks’ time, with England defending their title. So how might the four home nations fare based on their autumn performances and results?

Here's exactly what we want to see from the final round of Champions League

With just one round of Champions League fixtures left to play, much has been decided in terms of qualification.

So what’s left to watch for in the final round of games? Well here’s what we’d like to see.

Arsenal to qualify above PSG and draw Bayern in the next round.

Nico Rosberg announced his retirement from Formula One, and everybody's jaw dropped

Nico Rosberg’s maiden Formula One world championship is so fresh in the memory that you can practically still smell the tyre smoke from his celebratory doughnuts.

So when the news broke that he was retiring as a world champion, it seemed unbelievable.

A goal-scoring record, mixed results for Premier League clubs and the first Champions League millennial

Phew. After an incredible night of Champions League football, there are stories flying about left, right and centre.

But where to start? How about with the record for the most goals in a single Champions League game being broken?

The only thing that wasn’t surprising about the record was the fact it unfolded at the Westfalenstadion, the home of goal kings, Borussia Dortmund.

The great big Test cricket batting average quiz

The averages suggest that some of the world’s best ever batsmen are playing in Australia’s Test series against South Africa – with a sprinkling playing elsewhere in the world at the moment too.

So in true Play Your Cards Right style, let’s have a game of “higher or lower” with Test batting averages…

8 things you might have forgotten about the Premier League during the international break

Gareth Southgate waits in limbo for the England job, Donald Trump prepares for the presidency of the USA, and Premier League football returns after the international break.

But with everything that’s been going on, the last round of Premier League matches seems like years ago, doesn’t it?

Well no matter; we’re here to catch you up.

The hardest Premier League kit quiz of all time

These days, Premier League sides change kits most years – and with so many now consigned to history, we wondered just how many you remember…

Think you know your Premier League kits? It’s time to find out.

The biggest talking points from this weekend's autumn internationals

The 2016 autumn internationals began in earnest on Saturday and there’s a lot to take in.

We’ve chosen five talking points arising from the matches.

Republic of Ireland fans find a Jurgen Klopp lookalike on the train and serenade him accordingly

Republic of Ireland fans enjoyed their trip to Austria, having won 1-0 and taken three valuable away points. But it looks as if this Jurgen Klopp lookalike was the best part of their weekend.

There was absolutely no chance this man was going to go unnoticed, was there?

Here are three changes we'd like to make to Gareth Southgate's latest England squad

Gareth Southgate has made what could be his final England squad selection, with the Three Lions set to face Scotland in a World Cup qualifier, before a friendly against Spain.

But not everybody’s happy with some of the former Middlesbrough manager’s selections. Here are three changes we would make to the squad.

5 memorable England v Scotland matches to get you in the mood for Friday's World Cup qualifier

England and Scotland resume their famous rivalry on Friday when they meet in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley, in the first competitive fixture between the sides since 1999.

Can Gordon Strachan’s Scotland spring a surprise, or will Gareth Southgate’s England prove too strong? Here, we take a look back on five memorable encounters between the nations.

Anthony Joshua's next fight has been confirmed - with Dillian Whyte v Dereck Chisora on the undercard

Britain’s IBF world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is set to defend his title against Eric Minola in Manchester on December 10.

The deal was struck after talks over a potential fight between AJ and Wladimir Klitschko fell through, with Eddie Hearn blaming confusion regarding the WBA belt vacated by Tyson Fury as the reason.

Southampton fans are pinching themselves after fighting back to beat Inter Milan

It’s a great night to be a Southampton fan.

The Saints beat Inter Milan 2-1 to secure a famous victory that takes them to the brink of the Europa League’s knockout stages.

Not only that but it was an impressive comeback – they recovered from going a goal behind and missing a first-half penalty. And it means they climb to second in Group K, establishing a three-point lead over Hapoel Be’er Sheva in third.

Remember Martin Odegaard? He's well and truly back after this stunning run for Real Madrid Castilla

At 17, Martin Odegaard has already had more rises and falls than most players get through in a career.

The Norwegian moved to Real Madrid at the age of 16, but struggled to make an impact with the Spanish giants at youth level, let alone in the first team.

He’s been unsettled and has reportedly been looking for a loan move in the new year after he turns 18 and Fifa rules allow it.

Luis Garcia's 'ghost goal' costume made him the indisputable champion of Halloween 2016

Footballers seem to be dressing up for Halloween with startling regularity this year, but we think Luis Garcia might have won the costume competition for 2016.

The former Liverpool midfielder contributed to one of the Anfield club’s greatest moments in 2005, when his ‘ghost goal’ against Chelsea sealed progression to the Champions League final, which Liverpool ultimately won on penalties having been 3-0 down at half time.

This stunning play from the NFL game at Twickenham shows how great American football can be

It seems a certainty now that before long London will have its own NFL franchise, and if that means seeing more plays like this one we’re all for it.

The New York Giants took on the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham on Sunday, the first time an NFL game had been played at the home of English rugby, and fans at the stadium witnessed something special.

See if you can work out how Accrington Stanley failed to score against Crawley after BOTH of these goalmouth scrambles

The football season brings so much that is worthy of the term ‘art’. A long-range goal, a piece of skill or a particularly well-timed tackle are all worthy of an intake of breath.

But let’s not kid ourselves – the beautiful game is full of ugly happenings too. However, that is not to say they don’t offer equal entertainment, as Crawley Town proved this weekend.

Watch as Barcelona players turn the tables on Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar in training

If you have taken a passing interest in football in the last two years, there’s a strong possibility you’ll be aware of Barcelona’s own version of the Harlem Globetrotters.

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar have become one of the greatest forward lines in football’s entire history, helping Barca win consecutive domestic doubles, as well as bringing the Champions League trophy back to the Nou Camp in 2015.

The big talking points ahead of Tottenham and Bayer Leverkusen's Champions League clash

Tottenham take on Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday in a crunch Champions League clash in Group E – the winner would find themselves a lot closer to qualifying for the next round; the loser would be left with much to do.

Here, we take a look at five talking points ahead of the match in Germany.

5 managers who crossed the divide like Steve Bruce

Steve Bruce has been named as Aston Villa’s new boss, having managed city rivals Birmingham for six years between 2001 and 2007 and also played for the St Andrew’s club.

We take a look at some of the managers who have crossed the divide:

8 things you might have forgotten about the Premier League during the international break

Is everybody present and correct? Good. Welcome back to the Premier League.

Yes, with the often turgid 2018 World Cup qualifiers over for a little while, it’s back to the hustle and bustle of Premier League action.

Here are some things you might have forgotten about.

1. Sergio Aguero was injured, and then suddenly fine.

What's on Gareth Southgate's to-do list? Quite a lot as it happens...

Gareth Southgate has been placed in charge of England for their next four games, after Sam Allardyce left by mutual content after a paltry 67 days in the job.

The England under-21 manager has previously insisted he was not ready for the role, but now greatness has been thrust upon him. Will he embrace it?

Here, we take a look at what’s in Gareth’s in-tray. It’s pretty full.

Have you ever noticed how happy footballers seem during the international break?

The international break is upon us and for club football fans that’s bad news – perhaps most alarmingly, there will be no fantasy football.

But it seems that footballers couldn’t be happier to get away from the hustle and bustle of being paid huge sums on a weekly basis.

It’s all smiles for the Azzurri.

Jurgen Klopp seems to be the main reason people tuned in to Monday Night Football

Burnley versus Watford is a game that screams blockbuster, excitement and animation.

This statement probably has never been said by anyone ever, but lots have still been tuning in to Monday Night Football in the Premier League – though not everyone is certain it’s because of the football being played…

Seems people are only watching #MNF for klopp,and rightly so

— D (@MrsLonelyTown) September 26, 2016

This half-time show at Derby County is probably the best you will ever see

Derby County might be languishing in the relegation zone of the Championship, but their half-time entertainment on Saturday was Champions League quality.

Rams fans have had precious little entertainment this season and they hadn’t seen their side score a single goal at home when half-time rolled around against Blackburn on Saturday.

Cue this to lift the mood.

This goal in the visually impaired football is the most extraordinary thing you'll see today

This goal in the visually impaired football is the most extraordinary thing you'll see today

We’ve seen some contenders for FIFA’s Puskas Award recently – from bicycle kicks to goals scored by goalkeepers – but this goal has something a little extra.

Behzad Zadaliasghari is a visually impaired Iranian footballer, and this goal against Morocco at the Rio 2016 Paralympics has every right to be dubbed the finest of the year.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has welcomed Claudio Bravo to Manchester in unique fashion ahead of the derby

When you move to a new city it’s always nice to receive a few welcome gifts, so it’s nice of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to take time out from being an international superstar to send one to Claudio Bravo.

The two should come face to face in Saturday’s derby, when City – complete with their new signing from Barcelona – will try to get one over on United for the first time since 2014.

We've ranked the difficulty of each club's start to the Premier League - it's not good news for Leicester

We've ranked the difficulty of each club's start to the Premier League - it's not good news for Leicester
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Friday, August 12, 2016 - 17:15

With England’s Euro 2016 disaster starting to slip from memory, the focus of attention is turning to the new Premier League season and whether champions Leicester can extend their feel-good story into the new campaign.

The Foxes will almost certainly need a fast start if they are to have any chance of upsetting the odds again, so we locked our statistical boffins away in a room after the release of the fixture list to determine what chance Leicester have of getting off to a flier.

Do Olympians win prize money?

Do Olympians win prize money
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Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 17:00

Have you ever wondered if Olympians win prize money? Or if it’s just the medal, the glory, and a funny trophy they go home with?

Well the answer is, it depends. Each individual country is responsible for doling out prize money to its athletes, and can choose how much (if at all) it gives.

Surprisingly, Britain is one of the stingiest countries of the bunch. The British Olympic Association doesn’t give a penny to its champion athletes – zilch, nada, nothing.

Quiz: Can you recognise these London 2012 gold medallists?

Quiz: Can you recognise these London 2012 gold medallists?
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Friday, August 5, 2016 - 11:30

The 2012 Olympics in London were a source of much pride for the country as Great Britain enjoyed their most successful Games for over a century, winning 29 gold medals.

Premier League rumours: Romelu Lukaku offered big-money deal to stay at Everton

Premier League rumours: Romelu Lukaku offered big-money deal to stay at Everton
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Friday, August 5, 2016 - 11:15

The Daily Mirror reports that Everton have offered Romelu Lukaku a whopping £135,000 a week to stay at the club amid interest from former club Chelsea.