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Maradona takes on ‘80s boyband

One picture is worth 1,000 words. Sports photographers have to capture the moment in a fraction of a second. Four of the best explain the art of their work.

This iconic image of Diego being man-marked by half the Belgium team in the 1982 World Cup was a case of snapper Steve Powell being in the right place at the right time.

Whether you’re taking pictures of your kids having a kick around at the local park or capturing the killer moments of an FA Cup final, this Guardian article has tips and tricks from the best in the business.

http://www.theguardian.com/football/spiel-magazine/2014/oct/09/the-art-of-football-photography

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Transfer rumour latest

Only new signings will help your team fulfil the title dream you know they deserve. We’ve got an inside track on the talent being scouted by your club.

Batshuayi for Spurs, Ibrahimovic to Arsenal and Stones heading for Manchester City. The summer is going to see a frenzy of spending in the transfer market.

There is plenty of buzz about big name movers and shakers, but this tidy summary from 90min.com nicely sums up some of the more credible rumours.

http://www.90min.com/posts/3148400-premier-league-transfer-rumours-batshuayi-jovetic-stones-and-more

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Football gives back

We prefer cold lager to a Coke, any day. But this beautiful film by the folks at Coca Cola got us inspired. Turns out football is the real thing.

Jones+Tino are Brazilian creatives who have been working together since 2004 making incredible films for clients like Nike, Ford and Adidas.

They have worked with megastars like Ronaldo, but this film promoting Copa Coca Cola is more about the grassroots game. “You give everything for football. Now football is gonna give you back.” Enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPFJ1c-f9b8

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Haters gonna hate

Some players go out of their way to wind you up. But who are the 10 most hated footballers in history? And have you ever played against worse?

Football Daily have identified the super villains of the beautiful game. The all-time chart of shame includes everyone from Suarez to Terry.

But do you agree with their assessment? We mean, is Arjen Robben really worse than Diego Costa? There’s only one way to decide…FIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZ5BYY51NgI

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We want one of those

We’ve seen the future and it’s going to improve your Soccer Sixes swag. This WiFi football tracks the power, direction and spin of shots so you can hone your skills.

The Inside Coach ball took three years to develop. It is packed with microchips and motion sensors and performs like a normal ball – but at £90, it is a fair bit pricier.

It wirelessly links to an app on your phone and gives real-time coaching tips via a headset. The only improvement would be if it blasted you with a Fergie-style hairdryer when you fail to play up to scratch.

http://www.insidecoach.com

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Tongue Twisters

Any fool can commentate on a game...or can they? See if you can get your mouth round these difficult to pronounce player names.

The BBC has an entire licence payer-funded department devoted to its broadcasters getting tricky pronunciations right.

But simply working in TV is not enough to guarantee that you’ll get it right every time. Just watch the Soccer AM crew mangling the names of international superstars. See if you can do any better.

https://youtu.be/ric3T1RDPp0

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Do you know your stuff?

We make no apologies for what is officially the toughest football-related history quiz you will ever take. Have you got what it takes to beat the experts?

Eighteen almost impossible questions that will push your transfer knowledge to the limit. In the office we only managed a paltry six right and would probably have scored more with blind guesswork.

Let us know how you do. No cheating now.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/robinedds/the-hardest-premier-league-club-history-quiz-youll-ever-take

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All new Oldham Wednesday night league kicks off...

The Soccersixes ladder series has kicked off at Oasis Academy. Are you involved? It's simple win and move up the ladder, lose and drop down the ladder. This will be a 5 week series to see which teams start in Division1 (top 8) and which in Division2 (bottom 8). Who's the favourites?

FOOTWEAR UPDATE:

ALL PLAYERS PLEASE NOTE, NO METAL STUDS ARE PERMITTED. PLAYERS IGNORING THIS RULE WILL FACE AN IMMEDIATE SENDING OFF AND £10 FINE AS PART OF THE SENDING OFF. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOUR TEAM AND ALL FUTURE PLAYERS ARE FULLY AWARE OF THIS RULE.

(TAG YOUR TEAM SO WORD SPREADS QUICKER)

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Real football fans support Me-Nan

Forget Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester United, the most popular football team in the British Isles is Inter MENAN.

But we're not talking about old ladies enjoying a kick-about. The cheeky club name is the one adopted most often by the tens of thousands of players who enjoy a weekly competitive game with their mates.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDrFIrZF0hY

Scores of small-sided teams are turning their backs on tradition and choosing hilarious handles in the hope it will inspire them to get pun over their rivals.

And a survey of more than 3,000 teams that turn out weekly to play in Soccer Sixes leagues nationwide has revealed full the extent of the naming craze.

The more inventive teams include: A Game Of Throw-Ins, Club Tropicana Drinks FC, Finding Neymar and AC A Little Silhouette Of Milan.

And variations of the most popular have been compiled into a Names Championship league table that has Bayern Neverlosen and Unathletico Madrid vying for top slot.

Six-a-side soccer is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK. Soccer Sixes operate the UK’s largest network of FA-affiliated leagues, with more than 30,000 active players.

Ross Spacey, Soccer Sixes Managing Director, says: “Our players put a lot of time and effort into their team names. It’s a big thing for them.”

“Whether a name makes them play any better is debatable, but it always puts a smile on people’s faces.”

S6 Names ChampionshipNo. of Teams
Inter Menan18
Bayern Neverlosen12
Unathletico Madrid12
Teenage Mutant Ninja Skrtels11
Nottinya Forest9
Leave My Arcelona8
Puyol Pantsdown7
50 Shades O’Shea7
Murder On Zidane’s Floor7
Exeter Gently6
Tekkerslovakia6
Multiple Scoregasm5
Petr Cech Yourself5
Sex, Drugs & Carlton Cole5
Wanyama’s In Pyjamas5
Dynamo Kebab4
Ivory Toast4
Paris Ganjaman4
Real Social Dads4
Stroke Titty4
Beercelona4
Substandard Liege3
Who Ate All Depay3
Borussia Teeth3

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