Beautiful Subbuteo reboots

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CAN I flick it?
Forget your Pro Evos and your FIFAs – the incredible blog Subbuteo Art, dedicated to customising figures from the classic football game, has been wowing me recently.
Any fool can snap the legs off two players to make an extended-legged Peter Crouch – this work takes it to the next level.
Some examples above include Rene Higuita’s scorpion kick, a flexing Mario Balotelli, a mulleted Neymar and a overkick kicking Wayne Rooney.
To see more, click on http://subbuteo-art.blogspot.co.uk/
Right, now where are my paintbrushes…

Carroll to sing to Sam Allardyce’s tune

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IF YOU were to imagine a player perfectly designed to to fit into Sam Allardyce’s tactics, then it would look a bit like Andy Carroll, perhaps with a better haircut.
And next season, West Ham fans and really everyone except opposing defenders can now look forward to balls being lumped up to footballing monster Andy Carroll, after a loan fee was agreed with Liverpool.
According to the BBC: “The deal for the England striker is with a view to a permanent transfer of £17m, providing West Ham United stay in the Premier League.
“However, it is thought Carroll does not wish to leave Liverpool on a permanent basis.”

Lookalike – New Zealand women’s player’s striking resemblance

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I’M CURRENTLY watching the Olympic opener of the women’s football, featuring Team GB and New Zealand.
It’s nil-nil at half time, and the most interesting thing I can say about it so far is that New Zealand striker Sarah Gregorius is a dead ringer for Coronation Street star Kirsty Soames, AKA Tyrone Dobbs’ pregnant girlfriend.
Not one for the ages, I grant you, but neither is this match to be fair.

Forget Robin van Persie – Henry’s coming home!

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THE vultures may be circling over Arsenal talisman Robin van Persie, with a move to Manchester or Turin looking likely, but Gunners fans can rest assured a new talisman could be on his way.
Or rather, an old one…
Thierry Henry expects to return for a third spell at Arsenal, possibly as a player, after leaving his current club New York Red Bulls.
He said: “I would like to go back to England with Arsenal for sure,.
“I wasn’t planning to go back to play last season. It was only because Gervinho and Chamakh went to the African Nations Cup.
“I was there to train and they asked me if I wanted to play. Who knows what might happen in the future?”

David Beckham makes a small child cry

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AFTER having his Team GB Olympic dreams dashed, David Beckham has been spotted jumping out at unsuspecting members of the public near to the London 2012 stadium.
He’s even made some of them cry, such as schoolboy Christian Lewis.
Goldenballs surprised around 60 members of the public using the adidas photo booth installed in Westfield Stratford City shopping centre near to the Olympic Park, before posing for mostly smiley photos.
LA Galaxy star Beckham said: “It was a unique experience for me and the people who took part and there were some great reactions when we surprised them in the photo booth.
“I always love coming back to London and the activity was a great opportunity for me to get involved in the adidas Take The Stage campaign and get behind Team GB.”

Forest appoint O’Driscoll

AFTER declaring their intention to appoint an “iconic” manager, Nottingham Forest have employed Sean O’Driscoll as the Championship club’s new manager.
Names like Sven Goran Eriksson, Harry Redknapp and Mick McCarthy had been favourites for the post, vacant after Steve Cotterill was sacked by the East Midlands side’s new Kuwaiti owners.
The club’s majority shareholder Fawaz Al Hasawi said: “We interviewed many well-known and high profile figures but we truly believe Sean O’Driscoll is the best man for the job.
“Sean’s passion for Nottingham Forest, knowledge of the game and the Championship in particular, plus his work ethic, shone through in our conversations.
“He is hugely respected, not only by members of our current squad and staff at the Club for his work in helping transform our fortunes last season, but also within the wider football community.”
O’Driscoll said: “It was an easy decision to make to return to Nottingham Forest.
“I enjoyed my time working with the players last season, and even in sometimes difficult circumstances the fans gave the kind of support you don’t often see in football today.
“The Al Hawasi family’s ownership opens exciting prospects for this Club and I look forward to rebuilding the squad and playing the kind of attractive football The City Ground deserves to see.”