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5 June 2015 ~

England's David Gill will take up his place on the FIFA executive now that Sepp Blatter is going. Anyone who worked for the Glazers at Man Utd for eight years is, of course, a man with strong principles.


Vallecano150Badge of the week ~ Rayo Vallecano, Spain
It is possible that the main image on this crest depicts a lightning strike, suggestive of the instant and intense impact this team has on others’ lives, like a motor car coming at you, jumping the lights, or a drink of cold water right after brushing your teeth. The trouble is that this looks less like a bolt of galvanising energy and more like the kind of sales figures that should probably result in the dismissal of the CEO.

The story behind the smaller inset images dates back to the 13th century, when a group of well-brought-up marauders from the hills above Madrid would at intervals ride down and penetrate the city walls, slaughtering city militia and citizens with their halberds (right), looting and pillaging and then sweeping up the mess with their yard brooms (left). They were more greatly feared in the area, not so much for the killing and desecration as for their chilling attention to detail in the after-clean.

On a more mundane level, there seems to be a problem here with the orientation of the club’s initials – surely they should read from left to right, leading with the “R”? I mean, the “R” should be to the left more shouldn’t it? With the “V” and “M” leading away to the right, not the left? But then of course Spain was the home of Picasso, so perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised. Cameron Carter


Among the several low points for Rangers in their two-leg play-off defeat at Motherwell, this was the worst.




"A roaring tribute to Tottenham Hotspur!"



from James Potter

"Remember the name. Even if he doesn’t make the grade, still remember it."


from Saul Pope

“Following immediate promotion back to the top flight, Anzhi Makhachkala have been given a present of a huge model of a Lamborghini outside their Anzhi Arena stadium, presented to them by the stadium owners.

The vehicle is a whopping 25 metres long and seven metres high, and the club is clearly hoping that it'll get into the Guinness Book of Records.

Anzhi are the club that gave Roberto Carlos a £1.8 million Bugatti Veyron for his birthday in 2011, around the same time they made Samuel Eto'o the highest-paid player in the world when he earned £350,000 per week at the club. Since then there have been huge budget cuts and relegation, but it seems the good times are back again.”


Meanwhile, Zenit’s “traditional” team photo has distinct echoes of the Bullingdon Club. They should have gone for a Bolshevik look.


The main image on a search for Garry Wood reveals the finely balanced nutritional regime it takes to play for Montrose.



Also in the news this week
Jack Wilshere behaving badly, for a change

There may not been a better goal scored in Hungarian park football this season
Newcastle release players by phone
Ronaldinho (wrongly) booked for cheek

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