A new craze is beginning to pick up momentum on Twitter.
Phil Jones’ face has long been a source of humour for armchair football fans, and now it seems the latest fad is for regular joes to circulate their versions of #FaceOfPhilJones on the micro-blogging juggernaut.
Barely a game goes by without another comedy picture of the Manchester United defender getting snapped, and now members of the public are pulling their ugliest faces in honour of the 21-year-old Englishman.
It’s anyone’s guess as to the longevity of the hashtag #FaceOfPhilJones, but for the moment it looks like people of football fans are enjoying feeding the zeigest with their comedy snaps.
A collection of the best pictures doing the rounds on Twitter can be seen below.
— Nathan Buckley (@buckers_mojo) April 17, 2013
— Emilie Berg (@emiliegranb) April 15, 2013
— TerryO (@TheTeffers) April 17, 2013
— Aiden McAloon (@AidyMcAloon_AFC) April 17, 2013
— James Wager (@goonerwager) April 18, 2013
— Chris Booth (@Chris_Booth17) April 17, 2013
— Martyn Giles (@gilo33) April 17, 2013
— James Balshaw (@JimmyBalshaw) April 17, 2013
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— Mark Harrington (@Mark_Hazza90) April 15, 2013
— Alex Mitchell (@mitch_alex) April 9, 2013
— Steve Stifler(@s_taitbower) April 14, 2013
Remember my Phil Jones face….? twitter.com/afansopinion/s…
— J. (@afansopinion) April 14, 2013
BREAKING: Phil Jones’ dog has been photographed – looking just like his owner! twitter.com/paddypower/sta…
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) April 17, 2013
Franck Ribery. What a Casanova!
Bayern Munich’s French forward got the night off this week as the Bundesliga champions stayed on course for a historic treble as they dispatched six past Wolfsburg in the semifinal of the German Cup.
During the DFB Pokal match Ribery was perched high in the stands alongside his wife Wahiba, and the pair were filmed sharing an intimate-ish moment on camera.
In a mini-break in play in the 53rd minute, the camera panned to Ribery and his missus just in time to caught Wahiba fishing for a kiss. Her only problem was that Franck, wrapped up in the football, didn’t seem so interested in being lovey-dovey.
Accordingly, Ribery, with a face full of food, strained his neck as he offered his wife a side-smooch whilst the Frenchman kept his eyes glued to the pitch at all times.
Watch Franck Ribery’s not-so-romantic kiss with his missus below.
Comment & analysis round-up
Quote of the day: “[Liverpool owner John W Henry] and Tom [Werner, chairman] are both very open in [Manchester United’s] approach. They’ll contact David [Gill] at United and Ivan [Gazidis] at Arsenal – ‘What do you think?’ That’s healthy. Let’s get a rounded view of the sport and how we should be doing things. It’s better to have an owner who is taking a genuine interest and is well-informed, rather than someone who says, ‘I was successful in baseball, so I can do that in soccer.’ They both put a lot of time into the team and into the game. That bodes well for Liverpool.” – Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre.
Runner-up: “Can I get my anger out of the way firs. We played Manchester United tonight and to have the assistant referee take a famous victory away from you is a bit difficult to take. Their job is to give the offside decisions when they appear in front of them. This was a blatant one and there is no excuse. The official is straight across the line on the last defender and can see that Van Persie is two yards offside. When the ball hits the post and comes to him, the flag should go up but doesn’t. To have drawn this game through a default goal for United is a bitter pill to swallow. The officials should not make those mistakes. If my players make those mistakes, they get dropped.” – Sam Allardyce.
West Ham 2 – Manchester United 2
Rooney future put in doubt (Andrew Dillon, Sun) Wayne Rooney’s Manchester United future is in doubt after he was subbed, while Robin van Persie nicked a point. Paris Saint-Germain target Roo looked grumpy as boss Alex Ferguson, who again played the England ace in a deeper role, hooked him with 19 minutes left. And former team-mate Michael Owen said: “He is probably not feeling his best. He played furthest up front. But he has not played the lone-man role for many years now.”
Wayne Rooney struggles but there’s no stopping Manchester United (Gary Chappell, Express) Wayne Rooney endured yet another miserable night for Manchester United after being hauled off. But Robin van Persie rescued a point against West Ham – meaning the title could be won on Monday night.
Fergie furious after De Gea and Evra feel the full force of Carroll in United draw at West Ham (and Vidic got a crack, too) (Adam Shergold, Mail) Sir Alex Ferguson blasted referee Lee Probert for not sending off Andy Carroll after the West Ham striker left David De Gea and Patrice Evra grounded with a bone-crunching challenge. The Manchester United manager was left fuming after Carroll clattered into the goalkeeper shortly before half-time during the pulsating 2-2 draw at Upton Park.
Rampaging Andy Carroll posts reminder of his talent (Martin Hardy, Independent) There is a player inside Carroll, still, it just needs to come out. Aside the obvious strength he has in the air, there is a good left foot, a bit of pace and a desire, according to those who worked with him at Newcastle, to learn his craft. There were definite signs of that player tonight, which will probably have offered more relief to Roy Hodgson than Sam Allardyce, who has to find a lot of money to make the loan move from Liverpool permanent. It was clear from the 36th second that Carroll was up for it, keeping a wayward right wing cross in, forcing it up the line to a West Ham team-mate; working hard and doing well.
Millwall Fans Do Cocaine
The drug Den (James Beal, Sun) Shamed Millwall fans are snorting cocaine in the toilets at their New Den ground — under the noses of police and stewards, a Sun probe reveals today. Traces of the drug — said to have fuelled fighting among the club’s supporters at Wembley last Saturday — were found in 12 of 25 cubicles we tested at a game three days later. The shock discovery prompted a vow by club officials to continue to crack down on lout Lions fans who sniff the powerful substance. Our undercover reporters wiped cocaine indicator swabs against toilet seats and loo roll holders on Tuesday. Twelve showed blue blotches, a sign of the Class A drug.
Who Is The Boss: Chelsea
Chelsea in Manuel talks (Rob Beasley, Sun) Chelsea have opened talks with Manuel Pellegrini as they draw up a shortlist to replace interim boss Rafa Benitez… Yesterday his agent Jesus Martinez revealed he has a £3.5million release clause in his contract…Dortmund’s coach Jurgen Klopp is another name being linked with the soon-to-be vacant hot seat at SW6. And current Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has made it clear he would love to return.
Chelsea open talks with Pellegrini (Jason Burt, Telegraph) Adviser to Málaga coach understood to have met Chelsea’s representatives about becoming their next manager.
I’m off! Mourinho tells Madrid coaches he’s leaving as Abramovich ramps up bid to bring Special One back to Chelsea (Pete Jenson, Mail) Manuel Álvarez, who runs the Canillas team in the Spanish capital where Mourinho’s son plays, said: ‘Mourinho told us that next year he would not come and give a talk to our coaches because he would not be here.’
Affirmative Action In Football
Football League’s new rule to help create more ethnic-minority managers (David McDonnell, Mirror) A radical new scheme designed to increase the number of ethnic minority managers in English football is set to be pioneered by League Two clubs. The division’s 24 chairmen will be urged to approve Coaching Fair Play, a plan to ensure minority candidates are interviewed for vacant managerial posts. In a joint venture between the PFA and the Football League, the ground-breaking move will see a ‘Ready List’ of coaches drawn up, from which clubs must interview at least one when seeking a new manager.
Everyone’s a winner: Vote for ethnic-minority managers plan is a vote for progress AND self-interest (Ollie Holt, Mirror) A similar measure in the NFL, the Rooney Rule, was an outstanding success and the hiring of black coaches brought great success to a number of teams. When League Two clubs begin to realise there is a great untapped resource out there that can push them up their division, they will have common sense as well as right on their side.
Kalou’s London Return?
Kalou’s Gun ho (Sun) Salomon Kalou has opened the door on a possible summer move to Arsenal. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has set his sights on the Ivory Coast striker Kalou.
Gala fancy Jem (Sun) Jem Karacan is a target for Turkish giants Galatasaray. The Reading midfielder, 24, has made no secret of his desire to play in Turkey. And with the Royals sealing a deal to become affiliated with the Istanbul club earlier this year, the opportunity is now better than ever.
Tottenham defender Michael Dawson showed he could have been a decent cricketer when he took on a bowling machine run by Test star Stuart Broad on a recent publicity day for Investec.
Ahead of a summer’s cricket that includes the Ashes, Spurs defender Dawson showed off his batting skills at a Lord’s net session.
Afterwards, Dawson said: “It’s been a while since I had hold of a cricket bat. Stuart was chucking a ball out (of the bowling machine) at 90mph and I didn’t even see it! It was great to experience that. It just shows how good these lads are, they have special talent.”
And Broad, one of England’s top Test bowlers and captain of the international T20 side, seemed impressed: “He coped really well. I was quite surprised, actually. He struck the ball really hard and straight, which was great to see. The only real weakness I could find was the change of pace, if I changed it to a slower ball, he was already looking for a six over the bowler’s head! Apart from that, he was really good.”
Watch Michael Dawson play cricket, with his trademark enthusiasm on the video below.
Barcelona youngster Gerard Deulofeu has been bubbling away all season, continuing to progress amid suggestions he is the most talented young forward to come out of La Masia since Lionel Messi.
Deulofeu has been banging in the goals for Barcelona B and is expected to be a first team squad member for season 2013/2014.
On Wednesday, Deulofeu was part of the Spain Under-20 side that played Getafe in friendly ahead of the World Cup for this age group in Turkey coming up in June and July.
The Spain side dominated proceedings and were 3-0 up by the 38th minute, eventually winning 3-1.
The Barcelona starlet grabbed the pick of the goals with the third as he slalomed past a number of defenders before squeezing the ball home at the near post.
Inevitably, there were comparisons with Lionel Messi…
See for yourself below.
Is Liverpool youngster Jerome Sinclair a future star of tomorrow?
Many on Merseyside have been touting teenager Jerome Sinclair for greatness ever since the 16-year-old became the youngster player in Anfield history to feature for the first team.
Back at the start of the season, Sinclair, at just 16-years-old and 6 days, reset the Liverpool history books when Brendan Rogers made him the youngster Red ever to feature for the senior XI as he came on as a substitute at West Bromwich Albion in the Carling Cup.
Jerome Sinclair’s progress has since been stunted by injury this campaign, but last weekend to upstart got back on the pitch during Liverpool U18s match with Wolves, and his return to form was immediate.
After going 1-0 up in the 24th minute, Sinclair stole the show with a tremendous solo goal which saw the number 9 shimmy his way past four Wolves’ defenders before he cracked a stunner into the far top corner.
Liverpool U18s went on to win the match 4-0.
Watch Jerome Sinclair’s solo stunner below, as well as full match highlights of the Reds 4-0 win over Wolves.
What. A. Goal!
Labelled a “goal of the season contender” as soon as it left David Luiz’s foot at Craven Cottage, the Chelsea defender scored a massive goal in the race for a top four spot in the Premier League.
It looks like the half-time spat between David Luiz and Frank Lampard at Rubin Kazan may have done the Brazilian defender the world of good.
And, there is little doubt that Luiz has enjoyed playing under interim Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez who earlier in the campaign deployed the former Benfica player in midfield.
Luiz’s goal lit up the social networks and had fans replaying it over and over again – the best video, GIFs. pictures and best Tweets of Luiz’s wonder strike for Chelsea’s opener at Fulham are below.