On this day ten years ago Chris Kamara gave us some of the least attentive football reportage we’ve ever seen – completely missing a red card at Fratton Park as Portsmouth took on Blackburn. Professional as ever.
Former-NUFC, West Ham and Villa winger Nobby Solano was arrested this week for breaking curfew in Peru – caught on his way to a party (sans his famous trumpet), so we’re using this as an excuse to dig up his ludicrous goal against Spurs from 2004-5. A real peach.
You may have seen the very sad news this week that the former-Aston Villa and Cardiff City midfielder Peter Whittingham passed away after an accident at the age of 35. Peter was a Bluebirds favourite with a rocket of a left foot – so here are five of his best efforts in Cardiff City colours.
The Coronavirus pandemic has this week shown us what football without fans is really like – and we have to say it’s weird. Coaches shouting instructions, players talking to each other, the ref’s whistle echoing – all have eerie prominence without fans in the stands. Ighalo’s excellent effort for Manchester United against LASK on Thursday a great example of the difference the crowd makes.
Wolves progressed through the to the last-16 of the Europa League with relative ease this week, beating Espanyol 6-3 over the course of two games. Their Portuguese winger Pedro Neto had a glorious chance to round the tie off in style for the midlands club but made a total hash of an open-goal chance. Plonker.
You may be surprised to learn that Ryan Babel is still playing football and similarly (and pleasantly) surprised to see him taking the mick out of one of the most irritating parts of the modern game – feigning injury. After going shoulder-to-shoulder with Babel, Getafe’s Allan Nyom throws himself to the ground in comically over-the-top agony. Needless to say our former Liverpool and Fulham man was not impressed.
Some spectacularly clownish defending is the subject of this week’s #ICYMI – watch as Lyon’s Fernando Marçal thunders a clearance into his own net just as his side was on the verge of almost clearing a PSG attack.
Brentford humped Hull City 5-1 last week but a small ray of sunshine for the Tigers came in the 29th minute thanks to the Bees’ keeper David Raya making a total hash of something akin to a routine backpass. Oh well.
Shades of Zaire vs Brazil from 1974 in this week’s #ICYMI – a keeper in an Australian non-league game petulantly pumps the ball from the penalty spot while the referee is sorting everyone out. His yellow card for the move was well worth it as he saved the resulting penalty…
All in all a miserable night for Watford away at Prenton Park last night as Tranmere Rovers dumped them out of the FA Cup. One of the low-lights has to be Andre Gray messing up the kick-off, surely one of the simplest tasks for a professional footballer.
Poor old Elliot Justham, who will now be remembered for more than having a song sung about him and Tesco sandwiches, after conceding a remarkable goal at Notts County this week. The Dags keeper’s poor clearance landed at the feet of Michael Doyle who smashed it in from halfway with no hesitation.
Great stuff from Ligue 1 for this week’s #ICYMI – where a comedy of errors leads to St Etienne scoring a bizarre own goal. Keep an eye out, too, for a sensational bit of skill from PSG forward Kylian M’bappe in the build up.
Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Jamie Jones is the subject of this week’s #ICYMI. Stopping mid-match against West Brom to help himself to some refreshments, not realising a backpass was headed his way. Cost his team dear, it did.
This week’s #ICYMI comes from Hee-Chan Hwang who plays for a fizzy drinks manufacturer in Austria. Watch him do well to beat the offside trap and round the keeper, but spurn his chance. Luckily for Red Bull Salzburg, the Korean would later salvage a point.
This week the Brazilian Copa Verde served up one of the most moronic pieces of football we’ve ever seen – Caíque Oliveira costing his Paysandu side the tie with a truly terrible penalty. What was he thinking? Awful.
Brazil and Argentina were the latest FAs to take the Saudi money during this international break, playing a friendly in the authoritarian regime’s capital, Riyadh. An unremarkable game marked with this quite unremarkable penalty from Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus. Rotten all-round.
Usually, a kick up the backside is administered at half-time to an underperforming team. Yaya Touré, however, took the phrase a bit too literally this week, getting sent off for dishing out that particular punishment to an opponent just 10 seconds into his final game for Qingdao Huanghai in China.
This week’s #ICYMI is an incredible series of misses from the Qatari league that end up with a glorious sliced effort into the barren athletic track surrounding the pitch. Least no-one was there to see it though, eh?