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It’s True, Jens Lehmann Is Coming Back To Arsenal

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Breaking news : Arsenal are on the verge of handing retired German goalkeeper, Jens Lehmann an extraordinary comeback.

Lehmann, 41, retired at the end of last season but he is ready to return to the game to solve the Gunners’ goalkeeping crisis.

Below is exactly what Arsenal have been missing from the big 41 year old, will it help them win the league title?  It will certainly provide some entertainment..

What do you think Arsenal fans, good move?

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How to speak Scottish, by Gennaro Gattuso

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Touchline bust up in Italy has shades of Sauchiehall Street on a Saturday.

You don’t head butt an opposing coach after a game of Football, even if you are in the San Siro and AC Milan just lost to Tottenham Hotspur. But that’s exactly what captain Gennaro Gattuso decided to to to Joe Jordan.

As he explained to the BBC:

"I lost control. There is no excuse for what I did. I take my responsibilities for that," the Milan captain, 33, said.

"I was nervous. We were both speaking Scottish, something that I learned when I played in his home city of Glasgow, but I can’t tell you what we said.

And as anyone knows, the head butt in Glasgow is nothing more than a full stop. Never heard it described as a new language before, but I do wonder what Jordan would have used as a comma?

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So why did Boris cancel the FIFA Hotel for the Olypmics?

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By deciding to declare war on a small country – or cancelling a hotel booking.

Good old Boris Johnson. He’s now explained why he made the popular move of removing the free hotel booking of FIFA during the 2012 World Cup (without of course mentioning why they were given what appears to be a subtle bribe in the first place). It was because David Cameron wouldn;t go to war:

I was so furious at the lies and the graft — and the bland complacency with which the world’s self-styled football authority had ignored the excellent claims of the England bid — that my first instinct was to go for the military option.

What we needed, I felt, was a quick and popular Falklands-style conflict with one of the countries whose mendacious representatives had shafted England — just to clear the air.

I think I even vaguely suggested the idea to the Prime Minister, and he was sensible enough to rule it out.

His ultimate solution though seems no less impossible… to just go and win the 2018 World Cup anyway.

Bless.

More on Boris’ Blog.

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When will our leaders return to lead on the field of battle?

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We need our leaders to get into international sports, just like Iran.

In the olden days, when there was a problem between countries, a was usually sorted it out. Given that the leaders of the countries usuallly fought on the front lines, this happened les often than you might think – leaders usually like to stay in power rather than be buried six foot under.

We’ve lost that little touch of diplomacy in recent times, but I think some people are trying to bring it back, as Mahoud Ahmadinejad and Evo Morales squared up to each other at an Iran v Boliva football match last week (reports the BBC).

With the 2012 Olympics coming up, Boris Johnson can do more than wave the flag. Shall we let him loose with a Javelin? And if Nick Clegg is a demon footballer, that might explain the coalition with David Cameron and the 2014 World Cup.

Which sports do you think need to have their leaders at the front with the Captain’s armband?

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Why sport should embrace the illegal stream

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Here’s a simple question. If you’re a fan of a sport, and you want to watch it online, you’re going to watch it, no matter the source.

If there’s an easy to find official way to watch online, then that’s going to be the first port of call. What the sports industry needs to make sure is that when people look online, they (a) find the stream they want and (b) the industry is getting something from that view, be it a small subscription fee or in-vision advertising.

What the industry need to watch out for is to not make the mistakes that other areas of the media have done and ignore the issue till the viewers are trained to “find free"– the genie is already out of the bottle and more people every day are finding free content of their favourite sport.

By protecting the income from the TV Fees from players such as Sky in the UK, the different sporting regulators are still gorging themselves, but all that cash is suddenly going to disappear in the future as viewing figures switch to online sources. When Sky and their ilk realise they have to get into the online subscription game, the users are not going to be expecting to pay, and they’ll stay on the illegal streams.

What UK sport needs to do is look at how Baseball in the US has a full online subscription service, airing every match, at MLB.com, even though Baseball is a huge draw on TV. Because if they go the legal route and slap down a few people, the majority of people will never experience a problem, and the same problem the music and film industry is in now will happen to sport.

Hat tip to the BBC.

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Roberto Carlos Wonder Goal Doesn’t Defy The Laws Of Physics

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Brazilian Roberto Carlos’s 1997 free-kick against France was referred to as “the goal that defied physics”.  The ball curved so sharply that it left goalkeeper Fabian Barthez standing still.

Now, a French team of scientists have discovered the trajectory of the goal and developed an equation to describe it.

They say it could be repeated if a ball was kicked hard enough, with the appropriate spin and, crucially, the kick was taken sufficiently far from goal.

“We have shown that the path of a sphere when it spins is a spiral,” lead researcher Christophe Clanet from the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris told BBC News.

And there we have it, it’s all in the spiral..Watch the wonder goal below.

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