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A 17-year-old Argentine recreates Trevor Sinclair magic with a stunning bicycle kick

17-year-old Argentine recreates Sinclair magic with stunning bicycle kick

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Thom Drake

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00:07 GMT, 19 April 2013

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UPDATED:

00:51 GMT, 19 April 2013

As the most difficult art to master, and the most spectacular to witness, the overhead kick is a part of the game which can brings gasps of delight or sniggers of derision.

So when an Argentinian 17-year-old can pull this off in an international against bitter rivals Uruguay there must be something special about him.

Sebastian Driussi opened the scoring for Argentina under 17s in their 3-3 draw with a goal everyone present will remember.

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Control: Driussi picks the ball up on his chest after a deep cross...

Control: Driussi picks the ball up on his chest after a deep cross…

Unbelievable: He then acrobatically connects with the ball as defenders stand off him

Unbelievable: He then acrobatically connects with the ball as defenders stand off him

Over the top: His shot then beats the keeper, who is left with absolutely no chance

Over the top: His shot then beats the keeper, who is left with absolutely no chance

The forward plays for River Plate, but brought back memories of Trevor Sinclair's wonder strike for QPR against Barnsley in the FA Cup.

Both goals were from outside the box, with Sinclair taking his first time from the cross, while Driussi controlled the ball and held off a defender before smashing it into the net over the keeper.

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What a strike! Trevor Sinclair's stunning overhead kick against Barnsley in the 1997 FA Cup

What a strike! Trevor Sinclair's stunning overhead kick against Barnsley in the 1997 FA Cup

VIDEO Sebastian Driussi recreates Trevor Sinclair's overhead kick

VIDEO And how about the original….

Mario Balotelli scores on debut for Milan

Super Mario scores TWICE on debut for Milan to seal win as sickening chants elsewhere in Italy tarnish Balotelli's return

By
Nick Pisa

PUBLISHED:

21:16 GMT, 3 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:44 GMT, 3 February 2013

Mario Balotelli marked his Milan debut with a goal in each half to secure a 2-1 victory for his new club.

The controversial striker started up front for the club he supported as a child as they welcomed Udinese in the Serie A clash.

The 22-year-old, who completed a 19.5million move away from Manchester City on deadline day, peeled off his man as Stephan El Shaarawy jinked his way down the left.

In the goals: Mario Balotelli scored the opener for Milan as they pulled ahead of Udinese

In the goals: Mario Balotelli scored the opener for Milan as they pulled ahead of Udinese

After the cross deflected into his path, Balotelli hooked in a volley from close range to give the hosts the lead.

After Giampiero Pinzi levelled up the match, it looked as though Balotelli and his team-mates would have to settle for a home draw. That was until El Shaarawy was awarded a soft penalty decision.

The Milan forward surged into the box in the third minute of stoppage time before hitting the deck under what appeared to be a fair tackle.

Balotelli kept up his 100 per cent record from the spot – after performing a few kick-ups before setting the ball down – and rolled the ball into the bottom left corner, sending Daniele Padelli the wrong way.

But the Italy international's arrival was met with derision elsewhere in the country, as fans in the Chievo-Juventus clash earlier in the day sang sickening songs which joked about the striker's death.

The travelling Juventus supporters chanted 'If we jump Balotelli will die' several times throughout that match, which the Turin side won 2-1 to go top of Serie A.

In the thick of it: Danilo tries to get to grips with the new Milan striker

In the thick of it: Danilo tries to get to grips with the new Milan striker

Making friends: Balotelli thanked his international team-mate Stephan El Shaarawy, who set up his goal

Making friends: Balotelli thanked his international team-mate Stephan El Shaarawy, who set up his goal

It was not the first time that Balotelli has been targeted by opposition fans – in January 2010 authorities ordered Juventus to close a section of their Olympic stadium for one match after racist chants were aimed at the former Manchester City striker.

Racism is still widespread in Italian football and the incident was one of the main reasons that Balotelli quit Serie A and headed to the Premier League where the problem has been largely eradicated – even though he scored on his debut he will still be a target for bigoted fans something he didn't experience in Britain.

Iconic: Balotelli wears the No 45, as he did for Manchester City

Iconic: Balotelli wears the No 45, as he did for Manchester City

Marred: Elsewhere, supporters at the Juventus v Chievo clash chanted sickening songs about Balotelli

Marred: Elsewhere, supporters at the Juventus v Chievo clash chanted sickening songs about Balotelli

Another familiar face: Nicolas Anelka was on the bench for Juventus

Another familiar face: Nicolas Anelka was on the bench for Juventus

Manchester City have great expectations ahead of Manchester United clash

City have great expectations ahead of Manchester derby after last season's 6-1 demolition

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22:30 GMT, 2 December 2012

It was a scoreline which defined a season, one that blasted out a message that Manchester City meant business.

The 6-1 drubbing they handed out to Manchester United 14 months ago was the victory that propelled them to the Barclays Premier League title, an afternoon when City’s mesmeric attacking talents ruthlessly clicked to take advantage of their neighbours’ naivety.

When they locked horns with United for the first time last year, City, to borrow a phrase from Mancini, were ‘in a good moment’, full of confidence and expectation but can the same be said now as they prepare for the latest collision with their most bitter rivals

Why always him Mario Balotelli scored a brace against Manchester United in last season's 6-1 win at Old Trafford

Why always him Mario Balotelli scored a brace against Manchester United in last season's 6-1 win at Old Trafford

At first glance, you would say yes.
Unbeaten in the league and possessing the best goal difference, Mancini
could not wish for better statistics at this stage of the campaign.
Scratch a little deeper, though, and things do not appear as they should
be.

Just look at this latest 1-1 draw with
Everton. With City pragmatic rather than imaginative, the atmosphere
inside the Etihad Stadium was tense and spiky. Every decision that went
against City was greeted with derision, each squandered pass resulted in
Mancini gesticulating irately.

It all came to a head when Mancini
replaced Carlos Tevez with Sergio Aguero. No matter that City were in
the process of extending their unbeaten home record in the league to a
37th game, the dissent towards the decision — which Mancini vehemently
defended — was widespread.

‘People pay their money to watch a
football match and everybody has opinions,’ said City assistant manager
David Platt. ‘I don’t think it is new in football. Certainly there is
expectancy from ourselves and there is an expectancy level from our
supporters.

Ready Balotelli will be in contention to face Everton

Ready Balotelli will be in contention to face Everton

One to watch Robin van Persie will play in his first Manchester derby for United

One to watch Robin van Persie will play in his first Manchester derby for United

‘That is healthy because the
expectancy level wouldn’t be there if we didn’t win trophies. A lot of
comparisons have been made with our form last season and this time. But
the amount of goals we scored then was alien.

‘I don’t think anyone was going to hit
those heights on such a consistent basis. We are unbeaten after 15
games. In many ways, we haven’t hit top gear yet but we have been solid.
The reason we have gone so long unbeaten (at home) is that we are a
good team.’

That may be so but while Sir Alex
Ferguson has worries about Manchester United’s defending he will know
putting City on the back foot causes problems. Everton’s refusal to sit
back flummoxed City and kept players who make a difference like Samir
Nasri, David Silva and Tevez out the game.

How the other half did: Manchester City drew 1-1 with Everton at the Etihad

How the other half did: Manchester City drew 1-1 with Everton at the Etihad

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Ready: Mario Gotze

Manchester City cannot qualify for the Champions League last 16 after their home draw with Real Madrid and must win at table-toppers Borussia Dortmund and rely on Ajax failing to beat Real to finish third and enter the Europa League.

The German side are unbeaten in 11 games, including a 1-1 draw at Bayern Munich on Saturday.

Had Everton gone into the break with
the 33rd-minute lead that Marouane Fellaini had given them, rather than
conceding a soft equaliser to a Tevez penalty, it would not have been
difficult to envisage David Moyes’ side holding on.

‘You would have to expect City to have
some of the game and they certainly did that after half-time but I
thought we had our fair share of it before that,’ said Moyes. ‘Any team
coming here is going to have it tough because City are very good at
keeping the ball and have players who can score.’

City only needed one to see off United
in April and Mancini would no doubt settle for the same again next
Sunday but, first, he must negotiate tomorrow’s final Champions League
group game in Dortmund and hope his squad do not pick up any more
injuries.

‘We will play on Tuesday, the derby is
Sunday — I think there will be time for us to recover,’ said Mancini.
‘If we get a good result and go into the Europa League it will be better
for us. Out target at the start was to win the Premier League again.’

But, as Mancini knows, that is proving easier said than done.

Fiery: Manchester City beat their rivals on the way to winning the FA Cup

Fiery: Manchester City beat their rivals on the way to winning the FA Cup

Michel Platini plans for winter World Cup 2022 in Qatar

UEFA chief Platini pushes ahead with plans for winter World Cup in Qatar in 2022

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UPDATED:

12:27 GMT, 25 September 2012

UEFA president Michel Platini is determined to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar during the winter and force the Barclays Premier League to take a break during November and December to accommodate it.

FIFA's decision to award football's greatest showpiece to the tiny Arab state has attracted derision due to the difficulties it will place on supporters and teams alike if held in the searing heat of the summer months, when the tournament is traditionally staged.

Platini's solution is to break with tradition and stage the tournament during the winter, which will clash with the regular club season across Europe.

Feeling hot, hot, hot: The World Cup 2022 will be held in Arab state Qatar

Feeling hot, hot, hot: The World Cup 2022 will be held in Arab state Qatar

Grand plans: How one of the stadiums will look in the capital Doha in 2022

Grand plans: How one of the stadiums will look in the capital Doha in 2022

But the Frenchman is adamant that forcing clubs in England and across the continent would not be a problem as the leagues could simply finish a month later than usual.

He also suggests that the tournament could not go ahead in January 2022 because of a potential clash with the Winter Olympics.

Platini said in the Standard: 'I hope it (the 2022 World Cup) will be held in winter. We have to go to Qatar when it is good for everybody to participate. What is better for the fans

'Did you see in South Africa It was freezing and nobody could go anywhere to a fan club or anything. You had to stay in the hotel.

'In 10 years we can manage to decide how we can postpone the season for one month.

'January is difficult for the World Cup because you have the Winter Olympic Games.

'If we stop [the European season] from November 2 to December 20, it means, instead of finishing in May, we stop in June.

'It is not a big problem. It is for the good of the World Cup, the most important competition in the world.'

On screen: UEFA president Michel Platini, at a conference for European national team coaches in Warsaw on Monday, wants a break with tradition

On screen: UEFA president Michel Platini, at a conference for European national team coaches in Warsaw on Monday, wants a break with tradition

FIFA's executive committee made the shock decision to hand Qatar the staging rights in a vote in December 2010 that also saw Russia awarded the 2018 tournament, ahead of England and other bidders.

World football's governing body later became embroiled in a far-reaching corruption scandal that saw several high-profile executives removed from office in disgrace.

But Platini defended the outcome of the vote, saying it was the right outcome and that he would vote for the country again if he had the chance.

The former France and Juventus star also played down suggestions there could be a re-run of the election in the wake of the FIFA scandal.

'To revoke World Cup decisions will be difficult. And, if there is another vote, I will vote the same way: for Russia and Qatar,' he said.

'I voted for Qatar because it was time to go to a country in that part of the world. They bid five times.'

Platini also refutes the suggestion that he voted under instructions of the then French president, Nicolas Sarkozy: 'No, no, no. I tell you one thing immediately. One day I was invited to dinner by Sarkozy where there was the Prime Minister of Qatar.

'Mr Sarkozy never asked me during the dinner to vote for Qatar. They invited me to the dinner but they know I will be independent, that I will vote for who I want.'

Kevin Pietersen bowled for golden duck for Surrey

KP down, out and losing fans fast after falling for golden duck against Hampshire

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21:30 GMT, 19 August 2012

A traumatic week for Kevin Pietersen took a turn for the worse on Sunday when he made a golden duck for Surrey in his first innings since the Headingley Test that brought about his downfall.

Dropped from the Test team after revelations he sent texts to South Africa players, Pietersen is awaiting a showdown this week with England captain Andrew Strauss. It will determine his international future.

But his mood was not helped when he was bowled first ball by Hampshire’s Liam Dawson in a CB40 match at Southampton’s Ageas Bowl, where he was booed on his way back to the pavilion by supporters of the team he once represented.

Bad week: Kevin Pietersen leaves the pitch after being bowled against Hampshire Royals at the Ageas Bowl

Bad week: Kevin Pietersen leaves the pitch after being bowled against Hampshire Royals at the Ageas Bowl

Bad week: Kevin Pietersen leaves the pitch after being bowled against Hampshire Royals at the Ageas Bowl

Timber: Pietersen (right) is bowled first ball by Hampshire's left-arm spinner Liam Dawson

Timber: Pietersen (right) is bowled first ball by Hampshire's left-arm spinner Liam Dawson

It is Pietersen’s decision-making which has sucked him into a vortex of negativity and mistrust.

He could certainly have chosen better for his return to first-class cricket. Hampshire supporters have not forgiven him for leaving after complaining it was too far to drive from his Chelsea home. To top it all, a left-arm spinner was waiting for him.

Cue a chorus of boos as he strode out to the wicket with Surrey at 14 for one before being beaten by a ball which lifted and turned. Howls of derision followed as he returned to the pavilion. Chastised Certainly. Chastened History would suggest not.

‘That’s why you should have been playing for England,’ shouted one wag.

Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Strauss

Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Strauss

Tensions: Pietersen (left) is said to have insulted Andrew Strauss (right) in a series of texts

Hampshire folk are not prone to open revolt, but their celebrations of his wicket said everything about their lack of regard for a player whose five-year commitment to their county was half-hearted at best.

Having spent the first four overs of the match in jovial mood, padded up and leaning prominently, almost provocatively, against the railing on the away dressing room balcony while talking to his Surrey team-mates, Pietersen was not so brazen as to resume the pose following his two-minute excursion on to the pitch — all but 20 seconds of it walking to, then from, the wicket.

‘Let’s see you stand on the balcony now,’ shouted one local, capturing the mood of righteous indignation.

It is safe to assume the 32-year-old would not have drawn a warm welcome in these parts whenever he returned, but the volume of the abuse clearly owed much to his recent behaviour in the England fold. Mix in the delight that naturally accompanies the wicket of the opposition’s most dangerous batsman and a brief moment of near delirium swept the ground.

Carry on: England are trying to retain their status as the world's No 1 test team

Carry on: England are trying to retain their status as the world's No 1 test team

Carry on: England are trying to retain their status as the world's No 1 test team

Of course, if his England career does indeed prove to be over or at least interrupted for a reasonable length of time, Pietersen could find himself returning to his former Hampshire home rather more often than he would welcome. And, if Sunday’s performance is anything to go by, with a lot more time on his hands to send texts.

The latest setback followed more speculation about the texts he sent to South Africa players at Headingley. Some of it has been wide of the mark and Sportsmail understands Pietersen did not instruct the tourists’ bowlers to go round the wicket to Strauss.

Such advice would hardly have been necessary. South Africa’s quicks were using the ploy before the series started and Morne Morkel used it successfully on the first morning at The Kia Oval.

Rock-star lifestyle: Kevin Pietersen with his wife, the pop singer and model, Jessica Taylor

Rock-star lifestyle: Kevin Pietersen with his wife, the pop singer and model, Jessica Taylor

Instead, Pietersen is believed to have told South Africa’s fast bowlers to ‘nick him off’ — cricket terminology for caught behind.

Pietersen also complained in his texts about the atmosphere in the England dressing room. But, following Sportsmail’s revelation that Pietersen used a derogatory term about his captain, it is his description in the texts of Strauss as a ‘doos’ — an offensive Afrikaans term — that could prove a step too far as he seeks to negotiate a way back into international cricket.

Strauss said he felt ‘let down’ by Pietersen’s behaviour and England are still demanding to see the texts, described by Pietersen himself as ‘provocative’ — despite South Africa’s insistence they were ‘friendly banter’.

Jeered: Pietersen's dismissal was well received by the Hampshire crowd

Jeered: Pietersen's dismissal was well received by the Hampshire crowd

England are furious at suggestions they have failed to manage their star batsman. The selectors name their squads on Tuesday for the limited-overs series against South Africa and next month’s World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, and there is no prospect of Pietersen being included.

That leaves the tour to India, starting at the end of October, as his earliest possible return to international cricket. But Pietersen must convince Strauss he is genuinely contrite and prepared to put the team first. It won’t be easy.

Morten Gamst Pedersen targeted by Blackburn boo-boys

Blackburn boo-boys turn their attention to Pedersen as Rovers remain in danger

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UPDATED:

22:52 GMT, 8 April 2012

Morten Gamst Pedersen was a target for the frustration of Blackburn's supporters at the Hawthorns as Steve Kean missed a chance to escape the bottom three.

The Norwegian international was cheered from the field by a large portion of the visiting supporters at the Hawthorns as poor set-piece defending cost Rovers as they slumped to a three-goal defeat to Roy Hodgson's Baggies.

Pedersen, who has been responsible for Rovers' most goal assists this season, was the chosen victim on an afternoon when little went right.

Target: Blackburn's Morten Gamst Pedersen was cheer off when he was substituted

Target: Blackburn's Morten Gamst Pedersen was cheer off when he was substituted

Striker Anthony Modeste was dismissed for violent conduct in the late stages after needlessly kicking out at West Brom right-back Billy Jones.

Pedersen's treatment was highlighted by the fact that a further object of derision by the Rovers' fans – midfielder Keith Andrews – was playing in midfield for the hosts.

Kean told the Republic of Ireland international that the negative reaction from supporters was a reason why he couldn't be picked – and his stay at Ewood Park came to an eventual end in the transfer window.

Blackburn boy David Dunn spelled out what went wrong, saying: 'They won five corners in the first seven minutes, so they started quickly and we were up against it.

'I thought we started really well in the second half but the second goal killed us off a little bit.'

Dunn said he had sufficient belief that Blackburn could haul themselves clear, despite the result being a missed opportunity.

Bad day: Pedersen is treated for an injury on the pitch

Bad day: Pedersen is treated for an injury on the pitch

'We are big boys. It's not just us in this position. There's five teams down there all desperate to get out.

'Togetherness and team spirit are the key in football. But especially now with six games left which are massive.

'It's been a real testing season. It's been difficult. Hard times. A couple of weeks ago, we thought we might have pulled away a bit but now we are right back in it.

'Like I say, we are going to have to be difficult to beat. If we do, I'm sure we are going to be okay. Today, it was a little bit of a slow start but we need to be better than that really. We need to pick some points up.'

Left-back Liam Ridgwell scored his first goal for West Brom with a glancing header from a free-kick to put the seal on a victory that was far from as comfortable as the scoreline suggested.

Ridgewell was part of a Birmingham City team that was relegated in heartbreaking fashion last season but said there was no magic formula for teams to survive – other than hard work.

'The key is to not lose your head and staying together as a team and just trying to graft out as many results as you can,' he said.

'You look at all the teams and everywhere is a difficult place to go and you think where are the results going to come from.

'But the main thing is to keep the team together and fight as much as you can. If you keep doing that, and still go down, you've got to give a nod to the other teams.'

It was suggested to Ridgewell that this Wednesday's trip to the Etihad to play Manchester City would, for West Brom, equate to 'pressure-free' football.

'I don't think so,” he added, “the only pressure-free football I play is when I'm kicking the ball about the back garden with my children…'

West Brom 3 Blackburn 0