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5 August 2016 ~

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Brazil are being criticised for drawing their opening Olympic match 0-0 with South Africa in Brasília last night. But as they conceded ten goals in their previous two major international matches at home, that looks like a major improvement.

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Lesotho150Badge of the week ~ Lesotho Defence Force FC
In southern Africa they have a thing about berets. No one knows why but it may have filtered down from the 19th century French presence in Equatorial Africa. It means that Lesotho is a byword for style in the region but, on the downside, head injuries from bicycle accidents are more prevalent owing to the difficulty of wearing a beret and a helmet. 



Lesotho Defence Force have put a beret on a football because they basically put a beret on everything here. The Lesotho version of James Bond, for example, wears a beret and rides a BMX. The critically acclaimed Lesotho rapper, Dubious Mother, famously rhymed “beret” with “Jean Genet” in his song about moral subversion, In The Library With One Third Of An Erection. When the club were imagineering the headwear for their badge’s football, no other choice was considered - it had to be the beret. Cameron Carter

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Tickets still available for Robbie Fowler’s property roadshow.

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Aston Villa owner Tony Xia is not the first person to develop strong views about Ian Holloway.

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A decisive miscue in the final seconds of the Women’s Under-19 European Championship final. Could blame the pitch, though

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Sheffield Wednesday’s squad numbers seem to have been picked by players closing their eyes and pointing randomly at a bingo card. Reserve goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith is No 2, while centre-forward Steven Fletcher is No 6.

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News of Roberto Martínez’s new job takes two of his former players by surprise

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Also in the news this week
Mark Clattenburg is a fool for tattoos
West Ham launch Thames Ironworks strip
John Obi Mikel renamed

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