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Football Pulse archive - April 2011

VID (30/04): Enjoy the lighter side of Dimitar Berbatov as the Manchester United striker does his best Godfather impression. Watch out for the chin scratch.

VID (30/04): David Luiz is like one of those bobbing dogs for your dashboard in this interview with Chelsea team-mates Frank Lampard and Fernando Torres. Skip to the end to see the defender's humorous response when asked if the Blues can win the league.

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VID (29/04): Dutch top-flight club VVV-Venlo have signed 18-month-old Baerke van der Meij on a 10-year contract after the toddler shot to viral fame by kicking three balls into a toy box at his home.

STORY (29/04): ITV pundit Andy 'Wolfie' Townsend reveals he was threatened in a Madrid restaurant after being mistaken for referee Wolfgang Stark by angry Real fans.

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VID/STORY (28/04): "Steve McMahon sure can rap, it's about time he had an England cap." A 1988 classic from the Liverpool boys, and now Noel Gallagher and ageing crooner Tom Jones could be going head-to-head in a chart battle with this year's FA Cup final songs.

VID (28/04): We enjoy outfield players bickering with their own keeper, but Shadi Mohamed crosses the line after spitting at his goalie in this Egyptian Premier League clash.

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VID (27/04): In a new commerical for a pair of trainers which Mario Balotelli is being paid lots of money to say he loves, his flat has very little gravity. Fortunately he's got rid of his darts.

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STORY (26/04):
"Team do all hard work keeping possession then u hit row Z every f***in time!!"... "The biggest compliment I can give you is that you are better than Carrick." These and other insults drove Manchester United's Darron Gibson to quit Twitter after just two hours yesterday. You sure need a thick skin to be a celeb on the web.

PIC (26/04): 'Match of the Day pundit captured with beautiful woman!' Yes, it's Alan Hansen pictured with his attractive daughter. What on earth did you think we were talking about?

VID (26/04): Northampton Town's last-minute equaliser in their home clash with Rotherham on Friday prompted a one-man pitch invasion - with a difference. "It was just a spur of the moment thing and I never thought it would end up on You Tube or make me famous or anything," said the culprit. Don't worry mate, I think a listing in Who's Who is still some way off yet.

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STORY (25/04): If you were compiling evidence to prove that Mario Balotelli is a nutter you would not need the detective skills of Inspector Morse. Today's Daily Star provides a new chapter for the bulging dossier.

VID (25/04): QPR could confirm their return to the Premier League today. Last time they were there, Dennis Bailey scored a hat-trick as they won 4-1 at Old Trafford in 1992. Andy Sinton ran United ragged. Check out Ian Holloway's hair! And Mike Phelan's moustache!

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TWEET (24/04): A momentous moment in football history - Wayne Rooney has joined Twitter! His first message (posted rather worryingly at 1.53am on a match-day morning) was the following profundity to his fellow Tweeter Rio Ferdinand: ""Hi rio do u want picking up in the morning pal". Worth waiting for, I'm sure you'll agree. After just 24 hours, he had 120,000 followers.

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VID (23/04): Find out how well Scouse buddies Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher know each other in this 'Mr and Mr' special.

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PIC (22/04): See the evidence of the battered Copa del Rey trophy which Sergio Ramos let slip through his fingers.

STORY (22/04): Dutch goalkeeper Gino Coutinho is on trial after being charged with owning a major cannabis farm and being involved in forgery and money laundering.

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VID (21/04): Real Madrid waited 18 years to win the Copa del Rey, and then Sergio Ramos dropped it from the top deck of the team's bus during their victory parade.

STORY (21/04): If any Notts County fan is looking for a lodger and doesn't mind pets, please click here and scroll to the bottom.

TWEET (21/04): You can fine him 20,000, but that won't keep Carlton Cole off Twitter. Here's his latest post - a pic of 'Mark Noble's trim'.

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VID (20/04): Today marks the 20th anniversary of Sky Sports. They've undeniably revolutionised live sport coverage, but they've also given us knuckle-biting, throw-the-remote-at-the-screen moments like this. Incompetence - hilarious isn't it?

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VID (19/04): Barca magician Lionel Messi finally shows he's got a mean streak by hammering a dead ball straight at Real Madrid's fans. They don't take it very well.

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PIC (18/04): After their FA Cup semi-final tonking at the hands of Stoke, here's a some wishful thinking by the official Bolton Wanderers website.

STORY (18/04): There seems to be some sort of competition going on between the West Ham players to try and cause the most fuss on Twitter. With striker Carlton Cole landing himself in hot water with his Ghana tweets, defender Danny Gabbidon tries to go one better with this foul-mouthed rant to his followers.

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VID (17/04): Seems that MLS side Portland Timbers could teach Premier League clubs a thing or two about marketing.

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PIC (16/04): Spot the mistake on ESPN's graphic as they racked up the tension ahead of tonight's El Clasico with a few key statistics. Sack the work experience kid (props to Who Ate All the Pies).

VID (16/04): A marvellous clip from ChelseaTV of a pushy presenter making Daily Mirror hack Martin Lipton squirm over a suspiciously flaky story. He doesn't take it very well.

VID (16/04): Forget today's Wembley nonsense, this is when Manchester derbies were proper affairs - played on mudbaths with atrocious defending and bizarrely camp refereeing gesticulations.

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PIC (15/04): Andy Carroll is really fitting in well at Anfield. Sorry, we couldn't resist.

VID (15/04): Rafael van der Vaart performs some pre-match keepy-ups with some chewing gum before flipping it up and back into his mouth. Nice (thanks again to Beat The First Man).

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PIC (14/04): Marco Materazzi whips off his top to unveil a trio of new Nike trainers tattoos. A contender for the crown of worst football ink ever?

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PIC (13/04): Just who is the headless United sub left unmoved by Chicharito's Champions League goal against Chelsea? (Pic by @uptonpark1978)

BLOG (13/04): OK, so this one's American Football, but it's worth a read. A journalist has a pop at fans being beaten up at games due to wearing shirts, for not dressing as "regular human beings". He rightly receives an avalanche of abuse. (Via Beat The First Man)

VID (13/04): Sport Colombia goalkeeper Quinonez Wilson scores from a record-breaking 90-yard free-kick.

VID (13/04): After scoring against Newell's Old Boys, Velez Sarsfield striker Santiago Silva runs to the touchline to retrieve a lit candle as a tribute to teammate Augusto Fernandez, who was celebrating his 25th birthday.

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VID (12/04): Real? Fake? Judge for yourselves, but one thing's for certain - the bloke in the background is very annoying. It's David Beckham hitting bins from long range on the beach. Is it just us, or does his third shot look as if it's heading wildly left before it miraculously re-appears in shot and lands in its target? Note also the unsubtle fizzy drink brand placement.

VID (12/04): For a goalkeeper, there's a time and a place for trying to dribble the ball past an opponent in your own six yard box. The time is never, the place is most certainly not at a cup final. Poor old Queen of the South 'keeper David Hutton. Take a butcher's

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VID (11/04): Mansfield Town's Tyrone Thompson is a shoe-in for own goal of the season after this volley past his own keeper at the weekend.

VID (11/04): If you pay attention to anything that Phil Thompson has to say then Jose Enrique's rumoured move from Newcastle to Liverpool is a 'done deal'.

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VID (10/04): We love a good mobile phone story, so imagine our delight when we stumbled across this clip of a German amateur footballer answering his during a game, then producing a crunching tackle with it still in his hand. By the way, he gets booked for re-entering play without the permission of the ref, not for the tackle...

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VID (08/04): Want to see an end to diving in football? So do the boffins who invented these anti-diving electronic shinpads, and then got rentaquote Jeff Winter to endorse them.

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VID (07/04): A tale of two penalties for you at The Football Pulse today. This could be the best penalty we've seen since, well, this one.

VID (07/04): And from the sublime... to this. Possibly football's first case of a player scoring an own goal from a penalty.

STORY (07/04): We notice Joey Barton has been keeping himself to himself, as usual. He charmingly lays into Gareth Barry, Frank Lampard and the FA in an interview with a French football magazine. When asked about English midfielders, he replied: "Honestly, I think I'm the best." Yes, but at what?

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VID (06/04): While Spurs were being handed a Real beating last night, Inter's Dejan Stankovic scored this incredible volley from close to the halfway line in the other Champions League quarter-final.

VID (06/04): Apparently during his playing days at Southampton, Iain Dowie used to knock out the odd poem. His academic talents haven't yet spread to mathematics though - Paul Merson, of all people, had to explain the away goals rule to him last night. Bit embarrassing.

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STORY (05/04): After four days of debate, finally someone speaks some sense over the Rooney "F***off-gate" scandal, courtesy of the marvellous Daily Mash.

VID (05/04): Could this be the jammiest backheeled-overhead lob in the opening minute of a match ever? Yes, it probably is actually. Note the 'look at me' celebration - as if he actually meant it.

VID (05/04): And another freak goal, this time from Tunisia. The difference is, this one's definitely deliberate, and rather brilliant too.

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VID (04/04): Roberto Mancini learns how to handle his hot-headed striker Mario Balotelli - by threatening him with a bib.

VID (04/04): A mystery nine-year-old, dubbed 'The Japanese Messi', has become a YouTube sensation. Watch his amazing array of skills.

TWEET (04/04): Someone forgot to tell QPR's Wayne Routledge what day it was on 1 April. Hook. Line. Sinker.

STORY (04/04): Fulham chairman Mohammed Al Fayed has told supporters who dislike the Michael Jackson statue outsite Craven Cottage that they can 'go to hell' and 'should be Chelsea fans'.

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VID (03/04): It seems like Argentinian players are doing their very best to put the 'bargy' back in 'argy' with yet another video showing a bust-up. Racing Club's Teofilo Gutierrez and Mauro Dobler feature in the latest squabble.

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GOSSIP (01/04): Real Madrid have taken their rivalry with Barcelona to a new level after banning songs by Colombian pop star Shakira at the Bernabeu - because she's dating Barca defender Gerard Pique.

STORY (01/04): Fulham's players 'have been ordered' to celebrate any goals in Sunday's clash with Blackpool by performing the Moonwalk to mark the unveiling of the Michael Jackson statue outside Craven Cottage. According to Daily Mail's 'exclusive', every home fan will also find one white glove under their seat. We smell an April Fool's gag...

VID (01/04): If the Fulham players need any help, they can always check out footage of Bas Savage's infamous celebration.