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The Football Pulse - June 2012

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VIDEO (29/06): You'd think Gigi Buffon would be a bit more cheery than this after Italy booked their place in the Euro 2012 final. At one point it looks like he's going to deck the mascot. The Azzurri keeper said afterwards: "I was annoyed at the final whistle because I don't celebrate second place and I was angry with us because we could have avoided the difficult final five minutes." That right there is the mentality of a champion.

VIDEO (28/06): Is there no end to Germany striker Lukas Podolski's talents? Well, yes, actually. Here's Arsenal's new signing wearing a tartan tie with a t-shirt as he sings on some dodgy Eurotrash pop tune called 'Halleluja Brings'. Bring back Hoddle and Waddle, all is forgiven!

VIDEO (28/06): Let this be a lesson to all those Andrea Pirlo wannabes out there. Things can go horribly wrong when attempting an audacious chip in a penalty shoot-out.

AUDIO (27/06): Former Hull City and Preston boss Phil Brown has become a laughing stock after getting his words in a muddle by suggesting Andrea Pirlo is "homophobic" because the Italian maestro has never played in the Premier League. Permatanned Phil must have got stuck somewhere between "homesick" and "xenophobic".

PICTURE (25/06): One for Mulder and Scully to investigate after this giant 'crop circle' of Mario Balotelli's head, complete with his mohawk, appeared in an Italian field.

VIDEO (21/06): Ex-lower league journeyman striker Leon Knight takes self-delusion to new depths in this video of him commentating on a compilation of his career goals. Footage of tap-ins and goalmouth scrambles for Brighton from 2004 elicit shrieking worthy of Maria Sharapova giving birth. "They've got no fans!"

ARTICLE (19/06): It seems this whole dropping the trophy business is beginning to catch on. Remember Sergio Ramos with the Copa Del Rey last season? Well now Chelsea staff have managed to wreck the Champions League trophy. Tut tut.

VIDEO (18/06): If the Britain's 2012 weather doesn't start improving soon the football league may consider relaxing waterlogging restrictions like this league in Brazil.

ARTICLE (15/06): Swedish newspaper Sport Bladet offers a glimpse of Saturday's front pages, 24 hours early. Suffice to say, they don't think we'll win.

ARTICLE (15/06): Great European Championship moments... in Lego.

VIDEO (14/06): Sweden's football team have got themselves in hot water after the used the bare bottom of reserve goalkeeper Johan Wiland for target practice after he lost a training game of pig.

VIDEO (13/06): They may have lost their opening game, but at least the Republic are hitting the right notes off the pitch - here's Kevin Kilbane doing the Ice Ice Baby rap to Irish fans at Euro 2012.

VIDEO (12/06):
Some observers rather harshly called England's doughty performance against France 'forgettable'. It was certainly forgettable for this hefty French fan - he slept through the whole game.

VIDEO (12/06): Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain showed the odd flash of his undoubted ability against France yesterday. He's been showing a little bit more than an odd flash in training. Check this out!

VIDEO (11/06): One bad thing about the Euros is there's no Messi. So what was he up to on the weekend? Just the usual. His hat-trick goal from the 5:40 mark is a bit special.

VIDEO (11/06): No wonder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain started for England against France if he is banging in goals like the last one in this training clip.

VIDEO (07/06) So England have arrived in Krakow for the Euro 2012 championships and receive a lovely, warm welcome from the Ireland fans as they rock up outside the hotel.

VIDEO (01/06): As far as pitch invasions go, this is one of the most amusing we've seen. With FK Buducnost about to be crowned champions of the Montenegrin First League, this face-painted fan picks up one of the players, shoves another out the way, scores a free-kick and celebrates with a knee slide before being mobbed by other supporters.

STORY (01/06): Arsenal have ended their seven-year trophy drought by topping the presitigous Football Pie League - but the awards ceremony descended into acrimony after accusations of 'pie-jacking'.

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FOOTBALL PULSE ARCHIVE

May 2012: Andy Carroll playing the 'yes/no game', Nani's beatboxing, player pulls down linesman's shorts, Liam Gallacher invades City press conference and the most ridiculous red card ever!

April 2012: 'That' Geoff Shreeves interview with Branislav Ivanovic, own goal from the halfway line, Crawley's players do the twist, Sulley Muntari snubbed by ballboy, referee attacked in South America.

March 2012: Vinnie Jones as a wrestler, Crawley v Bradford 'handbags', Phil Jones gurning song, Drogba's sneaky peek, Lech Poznan nutter fans, Balotelli in more trouble.

February 2012: Goalkeeper's incredible wind-assisted o.g, Iceland stars flick-flack throw-ins, 'Worst Miss Ever' exhibit 385, Aaron Ramsey celeb assassin, Chris Kamara japes.

January 2012: Vinnie Jones viral ad, pitch invader kisses John Terry, Swansea's revealing fan, Nakamura bus window antics, stonking 70-yard free-kick, Keown smacked by ball.

December 2011: Ireland's Shisha shame, electrocuted ex-Prem stars, Channel Five Europa League sing-a-long, Rooney's Christmas charades and Pepe baking biscuits.

November 2011: Outrage in Iran at 'shameless' goal celebration, Mancini bangs his noggin, Yeovil Town wedding song classic, Polish Youth Cup penalty fail, Nasri's pants.

October 2011: A new contender for the longest headed goal ever, Man City academy stunner, keeper refuses to save penalty, Keys and Gray's fall from grace, Petr Cech does drumming.

September 2011: Walter Pandiani's personal hygiene 'issue', the worst tackle ever, the longest-range header ever, a linesman faking injury and Mansfield Town's luscious new CEO.

August 2011: Paolo Di Canio's tunnel bust-up; Getafe's promotional video with lesbian zombies and sperm donations, Stan Kroenke and Arsene Wenger's Eminem hit, Victor Valdez beaten by a dolphin

July 2011: Rio Ferdinand targeted by Jack Bauer; Blackburn players star in Venky's chicken advert; Luis Suarez plays Fun House; Gary Neville's face on a carrot; Owen Hargreaves' fitness video

June 2011: Martin Jol dancing to the Macarena; Czech U21 star's horrible freak arm break; player sent off for having a pierced penis; highly suspicious Spanish relegation play-off draw

May 2011: The worst miss in history (no, really); Pique and Shakira shake their booties; Mick McCarthy gets soaked; Kevin-Prince Boateng's dance routine; PNE v Blackpool banner japes and the worst views in sport

April 2011: Berbatov's Godfather impression; Gerrard and Carragher 'Mr & Mr' special; Sergio Ramos drops the Copa del Rey; Marco Materazzi's Nike trainers tattoos; headless Man Utd sub; 'The Japanese Messi'

March 2011: Balotelli bib fail; table football made sexy; Michael Jackson statue at Craven Cottage; Jonjo Shelvey posts his tackle on Twitter; Ryan Giggs' first-ever TV interview; Cantona's best career moment

February 2011: Ashley Cole air-rifle farce; Carroll and Dalglish watch Boyzone; Gattuso v Jordan fall-out; Beckham rescues stranded motorist; fat Ronaldo had to wear nappies; Gray and Keys find a new job