The all-time Premier League table

The Premier League celebrates its 25-year anniversary this summer and what a quarter-century of action it has been in the top flight, with six different champions, countless fortunes spent and a whopping 76 sides relegated.

But what would happen if all 25 Premier League seasons thus far were put together in one glorious table separating the greats from the greatest and the worse from the worst? Who’d take pole position, who’d be stuck at the bottom and who’d find a comfortable place somewhere in between?

Let’s take a look…

Liverpool FC squad play Last Man Standing – Keepy-Up Challenge

The Liverpool squad’s latest challenge on tour sees the players battle each other in a keepy-up competition.

James Milner again assumes the role of adjudicator in Hong Kong as three qualifiers whittle down the contenders to a final three – who then face off to be the winner.

Small-size balls add difficulty to the task and contact is not only allowed but encouraged by Milner, meaning many attempts to bring down a teammate in the quest to be victorious.

Watch how the challenge unfolded below…

Paulo Dybala scores free kick even with 20 men on the goal line!

Paulo Dybala took part in a charity football match in his hometown of Laguna Larga on Saturday.  During the course of the proceedings he eventually was awarded a free kick from the edge of the area.

The opposition, well aware of the fact that he had scored 19 goals last season,decided to play it safe by putting the entire team on the goal line.
Some friendly passers by were also roped in to act as reinforcements to further strengthen the wall.

When it was finished it was a thing of some magnificence.  How could anyone score a goal through a wall of bodies like that?

But Dybala did!

He found a gap in that 20 man wall and scored!

 

Biggest football transfer: Stuart Pearce comes out of retirement!

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In what has to be the biggest news of the January transfer market, the so-called ‘worst team in English football’, Longford AFC, have coaxed England and Nottingham Forest legend Stuart Pearce out of retirement and into their defensive ranks.

The former England defender won 78 caps for his country in a glittering career, playing most notably for Forest, before going on to manage Manchester City and England’s under-21s as well as a short and ill-fated spell in charge of Forest.

His final hurrah as a player, however, will be for Longford AFC, dubbed the worst team in the UK due to the fact that they sit bottom of the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League Division Two and have lost all 19 of their games this season, their first goal coming in a 9-1 defeat on 13 January.

They have managed to secure Pearce’s signature as part of a marketing campaign for Direct Line, but his experience may not be enough to turn around the fortunes of a team with a goal difference of minus 180, especially given his lack of pace and athleticism!

Pearce said he, “Jumped at the chance” to join the amateur club, citing the fact that “Grassroots is essential to the lifeblood of the game”.

 

Football player injured after major celebration fail!

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Face palm. Doing it wrong. Epic fail. Pick your favorite expression of ridicule — it will apply here.

The man above, Maurides Roque Junior — known as Maurides — plays football for Brazilian team Sport Club Internacional, and scored the very first goal of his career, giving his team a 3-1 lead in the Brazilian Cup.

There was just one problem with his celebration: While landing an acrobatic backflip, Maurides sprained his right knee and was consequently stretchered off the field (watch above). We’re guessing that next time, he’ll probably be just a bit more restrained. Nonetheless, his first goal is one sports fans will remember for years.

School Kids Play With Football Stars

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Manchester United and Netherlands star Robin van Persie hosted his annual football festival for kids recently in Rotterdam. At one point during the event, he and two other professionals — Karim Touzani and Tonny Vilhena — took some time for a quick game of keep-away with a few of the young players.  The result — the video, below — has become a hit on the web:

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The video has captured sports fans’ imaginations for two main reasons. First: van Persie’s jaw-dropping skills as he shows off and messes around in ways we don’t typically see in his more serious matches. Second, and perhaps even cooler: the joyful reaction of spectators and the kids at getting such an up-close encounter with one of their heroes.

Check it out for yourself above, and let me know what you think in the comments.