18 footballers who look like movie stars

first_img 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 Olivier Giroud is a cool guy – just ask him – and once compared himself to actor Errol Flynn, the legendary Hollywood swashbuckler famous for playing Robin Hood.So here, talkSPORT looks at the Arsenal striker as well as 17 other footballers and their movie star lookalikes.Click the yellow arrow, above, right to see the photos and keep an eye out for part II, which you will be able to see on the talkSPORT YouTube channel.Let us know if there are any players we have left out who you think resemble someone famous. 18last_img read more

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‘Harry Kane has to prove he’s not a one-season wonder’, insists ex-Spurs star

first_imgFormer Tottenham midfielder Alan Mullery has called for Harry Kane to prove he isn’t a ‘one-season wonder’ following his brilliant breakthrough last season.Kane was named the PFA Young Player of the Year after netting 31 goals for Spurs last term, form which saw him called up to the England squad and score on his Three Lions debut.But the 22-year-old has struggled so far this year, having failed to find the net in Tottenham’s opening four games of the new Premier league campaign.He finally opened the account for the season in England’s 6-0 win over against San Marino on Saturday, beating the part-time goalkeeper with a beautifully judged lob after replacinng Wayne Rooney in the second-half.And former Spurs star Mullery believes scoring his second international goal will give Kane the confidence to overcome the dreaded ‘second season syndrome’ when he returns to White Hart Lane.Speaking on Extra Time, he said: “I’m glad for him, because since the season has started he’s missed a few chances, and that really takes you back and you start to lose confidence.“But the boy is a goalscorer, he chipped the goalkeeper beautifully for his goal against San Marino, and that will give him a lot more confidence so when he goes back to Spurs he can start scoring again.“He’s only 21 and he’s still learning his trade. He did his apprenticeship  last season, where he got into the side and regularly scored goals, and now he’s got to prove to everyone that he’s not a one season wonder.“He’s a good player, there’s no doubt about it. He’s got the right attitude, he’s good to talk to and he’s very confident about his own ability.“He’ll score goals again this season.”last_img read more

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Arsenal latest: Coquelin OUT of League Cup clash with Tottenham

first_img Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin suffered a knee problem against Chelsea on Saturday 1 Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin will miss Wednesday’s League Cup clash against Tottenham with a knee injury.The Frenchman was forced off at half-time during the Gunners’ 2-0 defeat at Chelsea at the weekend and will undergo further assessments this week.However, there was some good news for Arsenal fans as Arsene Wenger confirmed Per Mertesacker will return to the squad for the north London derby at White Hart Lane after recovering from illness.Speaking to Arsenal.com, the Frenchman said: “Francis Coquelin will be out and we have no major problems for anybody else. It should be a similar squad.“His knee is swollen and he is being assessed but we hope it is just a short-term problem.”last_img read more

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Swansea ‘should have given Garry Monk more time’, says former Jacks captain

first_imgFormer Swansea captain has told talkSPORT the Welsh club should have given Garry Monk more time in the hotseat to turn around the side’s current form.After weeks of speculation, Monk’s exit was confirmed on Wednesday.The ex-Jacks defender guided the club to their highest ever league finish last season, but just months later the club have opted for a change of direction following a run of just one win in 11 Premier League games.Many have questioned the decision and derided the short-termism of modern football, and Tate believes the club should have stuck by their man.And the former defender, who made over 300 appearances in ten years with the Swans, believes the boss was a victim of Swansea’s ‘unrealistic’ ambition to become a top six side.“I was hoping the club would give him a few more weeks,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Their next two home games against West Ham and West Brom are very winnable and before that they play Man City, but after a Champions League week you never know, you might just catch them on a tired day.“I thought at the beginning of the week, when there was no announcement on Monday and Tuesday, they were going to give him more time, that they were going to stick with him, but they obviously decided to make the change.“I think maybe the club’s targets were a bit too much and that played a part in it.“Once you’ve been in the Premier League for a number of years the expectation perhaps goes up unrealistically.“The top six is very hard to get in to, and when you look at the clubs competing for the top six you realise that it can’t really be achieved just yet.”Former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes leads the betting for their next boss, following his exit from Spanish side Real Sociedad earlier this season.And Tate added that the Scot’s appointment would be ‘welcomed with open arms’ by the clubs and its supporters.“I think the club should give another British manager the chance and obviously David Moyes would be a great choice,” the said.“He’s already managed two big clubs in this country, and anyone with that level of experience can’tbe a bad appointment for any club.“If Moyes was appointed I think he’ll be welcomed with open arms by supporters, staff and people around the club.”last_img read more

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Swansea caretaker boss to continue over the festive period

first_imgCaretaker boss Alan Curtis says he is preparing to take charge of Swansea’s festive fixtures as the club’s search for a new manager continues.Curtis picked up his first point since being put in temporary charge following the sacking of Garry Monk as Swansea fought out a goalless draw with West Ham at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.The draw was not enough to take Swansea out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone but, just like Curtis’ dug-out debut in the 2-1 defeat at Manchester City last weekend, it was an improved performance compared to the final games of Monk’s 22-month reign.Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins hopes to name a new manager in the next week – with former Argentina and Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa still the preferred choice – but Curtis says his job is to focus on preparing the team for the Boxing Day visit of West Brom and the trip to Crystal Palace two days later.“We are preparing as if we are in charge, there is a quick turnaround of games,” Curtis said after Swansea had ended a run of three successive defeats.“We have to prepare not just for West Brom, but for Palace.“If someone comes in they can take the reins but we have to prepare.“It is important to bring someone in sooner rather than later, but it is more important to get the right man.“If that takes a while then we are happy to carry on – and we assume we will be in charge.”Swansea dominated for long periods but they struggled to create chances and break down a resilient West Ham defence.But Curtis felt they should have been awarded a 62nd-minute penalty when Ki Sung-yueng’s goal-bound shot struck the hand of Hammers defender James Collins.“I was not sure at the time, but when I see it again it looks like a penalty,” Curtis said.“Down the bottom you do not get the decisions you deserve.“We just need that good fortune and we are frustrated.“In terms of possession we were excellent, we looked like Swansea City again.“We bossed the game but we just lacked that killer edge up front.” 1 Alan Curtis last_img read more

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Liverpool 0-1 Stoke (1-1 agg): Joe Allen sends the Reds to Wembley after thrilling League Cup penalty shootout

first_imgLiverpool are going to Wembley after Joe Allen scored the winning spot kick to beat Stoke on penalties 6-5, despite losing 1-0 on the night at Anfield.Marco Arnautovic gave Stoke the lead on the night to level the scores on aggregate after the Reds’ victory at the Britannia in the first leg.The game went to extra time and despite Marco van Ginkel striking the post in the dying moments of the first period of extra time, the game went to penalties.The shootout went into sudden death after both sides scored four of their initial five before Allen won it for the Reds after Marc Muniesa saw his spot-kick palmed away by Simon Mignolet.Stoke began the game confidently, stroking the ball around, with Liverpool pressing them with relentless energy.However, there was a distinct lack of clear-cut chances from either side, with the first effort of note coming from Jon Walters after he managed to get a run on Mamadou Sakho, only to send his left-footed shot wide of the far post.Liverpool’s best chance of the half came through Emre Can as the German unleashed a powerful shot from 25 yards but it sailed wide of Jack Butland’s goal.Stoke finally broke the deadlock to level the tie on aggregate when Bojan laid on for Arnautovic to slot passed Mignolet.Replays showed the Austrian to have been in an offside position as the ball was played to him, but the goal stood nonetheless.Liverpool almost levelled immediately after the break when the ball fell to Roberto Firmino from a corner, but the Brazilian leathered his shot against the foot of the post.Then it was Stoke’s turn to push for a second as they looked to make the most of some laboured Liverpool defending, with only a Sakho block preventing Walters scoring.Substitute Christian Benteke came within inches of connecting with a dangerous Reds cross which would have nicked it for Jurgen Klopp’s men but the game went to extra time.Bodies tired as the game progressed into extra time and substitute Van Ginkel came fractions from sending Stoke to Wembley when he struck the post with the last action of the first half of the additional 30.And despite the best efforts of the 22 exhausted players on the pitch, the game ended with a Stoke victory, and a penalty shootout.After a feast of fantastic penalties, both sides missed one each of their initial five as Can and Peter Crouch both failed to hit the back of the night.That left the game to go into sudden death and Allen stepped up to send Liverpool to Wembley after a visibly drained Muniesa saw his penalty saved by Mignolet. Liverpool 0-1 Stoke (1-1 agg): Joe Allen sends the Reds to Wembley after thrilling League Cup penalty shootout 1last_img read more

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Pochettino looking towards Fiorentina ‘final’ after FA Cup disappointment

first_img Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino looking towards Fiorentina ‘final’ after disappointing FA Cup loss 1 Mauricio Pochettino is disappointed to be out of the FA Cup but has urged his young side to focus on Thursday’s ‘final’ against Fiorentina.The Tottenham manager praised the effort of his team in their 1-0 home defeat to Crystal Palace, saying a reduced schedule is no consolation.With the loss at White Hart Lane, Spurs are free to pursue the Europa League and Premier League where they have tough games to come beginning with the Italian side.“We feel very disappointed because [the FA Cup] was a competition that was very exciting for us to go far but we are in a very tough period and every game seems like a final,” the Argentine said.“We need to be ready for next Thursday as we have another ‘final’ [against Fiorentina in the Europa League’s round of 32]. The next game is the most important now.”Dele Alli and Josh Onomah were two players who came close to scoring for Tottenham, but Pochettino explained it counts for nothing if you don’t win.“Dele played well even though opponents tried to provoke him but there is nothing to complain about. We had good chances to win [against Palace].“Against Fiorentina we ran seven kilometres more. [And] our effort was bigger than Crystal Palace’s, but it is about winning or not.”last_img read more

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GH: Not much left in the Premier League – FA Cup and UCL Chelsea’s priority

first_imgGuus Hiddink claims the FA Cup and Champions League is now priority for Chelsea, as there is ‘not much left’ in their Premier League campaign.The Dutchman’s side were 5-1 winners over Manchester City in the FA Cup – and the Blues have now been handed a tough away draw at Everton.Chelsea made it ten goals in their last two outings at Stamford Bridge, as Manuel Pellegrini rested his senior players ahead of their midweek Champions League clash in Ukraine.Just 90 seconds after going behind to Diego Costa’s opener, City equalised through David Faupala – one of the five full debutants – and it was 1-1 at half-time before Chelsea’s second-half blitz.Willian and Gary Cahill scored within eight minutes of the restart and Eden Hazard and substitute Bertrand Traore added goals. Chelsea also had a penalty, but Oscar’s effort was saved by Willy Caballero.With the Blues languishing in 12th place in the Premier League, the Dutchman says the cup competitions are now his primary concern.“There’s not much left in the league for Chelsea, to be honest,” he said.Chelsea appear in good health, with Cesc Fabregas influential and Hazard performing well in a second successive 5-1 home win following the Premier League defeat of Newcastle.Hiddink said: “Of course it’s a boost for the confidence of the players. It’s good to see that.”The FA Cup has come under scrutiny which will only continue after Pellegrini’s selection but the 69-year-old insists the competition must be treasured.“Winning the FA Cup is beautiful. We must be careful not to devalue this.“I had good memories of that time, but that’s the past. Some might be still in that team and they go for their revenge.“They gave us a difficult time here (a 3-3 draw in January). We hope to maintain our FA flow a bit when we play them. Not easy.”last_img read more

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Robotic arm helps link to International Space Station

first_imgThe shuttle launched from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday and linked up with the space station Thursday. It was the first time two female commanders met in space: Retired Air Force Col. Pamela Melroy is commander of Discovery, while Peggy Whitson is the station’s skipper. The 10 astronauts aboard Discovery and the space station face the most challenging construction tasks ever attempted in a single mission. They may get a little more time to tackle their to-do list because engineers have not spotted any significant problems with the shuttle’s thermal shield. The crew set aside three hours Saturday for a focused inspection of any trouble spots, but mission management team chairman John Shannon said that examination probably won’t be necessary.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HOUSTON – Astronauts using a robotic arm attached a bus-size addition to the International Space Station on Friday, with help from a pair of spacewalkers. The live-in compartment carried up aboard shuttle Discovery – called Harmony – weighs nearly 16 tons and increases the space station’s living and working area by more than 2,500 cubic feet. “Now the crews that are hot on our heels have a place to come,” spacewalker Scott Parazynski said. He and Douglas Wheelock got the Italian-made Harmony ready for its move out of the shuttle cargo bay. Then Daniel Tani and Stephanie Wilson, working inside, used the station’s robotic arm to slowly move Harmony toward its new home. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Earlier Friday, the spacewalkers removed a broken antenna from the station and packed it aboard Discovery for its return to Earth, and got a giant girder ready for relocation later in the mission. Parazynski encountered a few ammonia ice crystals that floated his way while he was disconnecting the girder’s cooling lines, but his spacesuit did not seem to be contaminated. Just in case, he followed safety procedures once he was back inside the space station, which involved taking a contamination test. “Great day in outer space,” Parazynski said as the spacewalk wrapped up. Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli, who joined Discovery’s crew to personally deliver the pressurized chamber, coordinated the six-hour spacewalk from inside. Harmony’s location on the station is temporary. The station crew will move it to its permanent spot once Discovery leaves in just over a week. The chamber will also serve as the docking port for European and Japanese laboratories that will be delivered on the next three shuttle flights. last_img read more

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Children’s jewelry with lead recalled

first_imgWASHINGTON – More than a half-million pieces of Chinese-made children’s jewelry contaminated with lead are being recalled, it was announced Wednesday. The recalled merchandise involves 205,000 pieces sold by Family Dollar Stores Inc., 200,000 pieces sold by Michaels Stores Inc., 43,000 charm bracelets and tack pin sets sold by Big Lots Inc. and 45,000 stretchable bracelets imported by Cherrydale Fundraising LLC, 10,400 necklaces and bracelets manufactured by Colossal Jewelry & Accessories Inc., and 4,500 necklace and earring sets made by La Femme NY 2 Inc., officials announced. The enforcement action was a cooperative effort by New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission. The CPSC said it was tipped about the hazardous jewerly by Cuomo’s office. In addition to the recall, a number of retailers, including Big Lots and Michaels, agreed in a settlement to immediately stop sales of lead-tainted jewelry. “Today’s metal jewelry recalls are a good example of when CPSC partners with a state agency that shares our commitment to protecting children from products with dangerous lead,” spokesman Scott Wolfson said. “Metal jewelry is a product where one child has died in the past and others have suffered lead poisoning.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsA total of 507,900 pieces were involved in the recall. The CPSC works with companies to issue recalls when it finds consumer goods that can be harmful. Most such recalls are voluntary. Under current regulations, children’s products found to have more than .06 percent lead are usually subject to a recall, in which the company must reimburse consumers for the value of the product, provide a replacement or offer a repair. In March 2006 a Minnesota boy died of lead poisoning after swallowing a metal pendant from a charm bracelet that came with a pair of Reebok shoes. That incident resulted in a recall. In December of last year the CPSC voted unanimously to move forward in a process that could ultimately lead to a ban on children’s jewelry containing more than .06 percent lead by weight. The commission is hoping to move to the next stage of enacting the ban before then end of January 2008. Other regional retailers who reached agreements with Cuomo’s office to discontinue sales of affected products include Pure Allure of Oceanside, and Buckwholesale.com, of Tucker, Ga., Dollar Days International of Scottsdale, Ariz. Cuomo commended Michaels Stores and Big Lots for acting quickly and “agreeing to safeguards against lead contamination.” In a statement, Michaels said it removed all Pure Allure products suspected of lead contamination from its store shelves when it learned about Cuomo’s investigation. The company added that it conducts routine checks with vendors and its own independent testing. Big Lots, which agreed to pay a $1,000 penalty under the settlement, has 1,300 discount stores nationwide.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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