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Picture: Why is Arsenal star Emmanuel Frimpong waving a Spurs scarf ahead of north London derby?

Who is this Arsenal star with a Spurs scarf ahead of Sunday's north London derby

By
Dave Wood

PUBLISHED:

23:56 GMT, 28 February 2013

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UPDATED:

08:13 GMT, 1 March 2013

The build-up to this Sunday's eagerly-awaited north London derby is reaching fever pitch but it seems one Arsenal player may have lost all leave of his senses.

Bizarre images of Emmanuel Frimpong wearing a Captain America style mask and hat and waving a Tottenham scarf surfaced on the internet on Thursday night.

Star attraction: Frimpong entertains his fans with unusual outfit

Man overboard: Frimpong goads Spurs fans during live stream

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Centre stage: Frimpong took part in live stream with his cousin, rap star Lethal Bizzle

The midfielder, currently on loan at Fulham, donned the strange garb and goaded Spurs fans during a live stream with his cousin and rap star Lethal Bizzle.

Although it was a bit of light-hearted fun, Frimpong should really have thought twice about his internet show after being caught out using social media in the past.

He was fined 6,000 and warned over his future behaviour after admitting to a Football Association charge of improper conduct related to comments made on Twitter.

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Super hero Frimpong does his best Captain America impression

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Frimpong responded to a comment made by a Tottenham fan on July 15 and although he soon removed the tweet from the social networking site, it caught the attention of the FA.

The comment made by the Spurs supporter was retweeted by Frimpong, who also added the derogatory term that incurred the FA's wrath.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic set 12 challenges by fan to win internet domain name

Take Zlat! Cheeky fan sets Ibrahimovic 12 bizarre challenges to win website in his name

By
James Andrew

PUBLISHED:

10:57 GMT, 5 January 2013

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UPDATED:

10:57 GMT, 5 January 2013

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic may have finally met his match – but not with another player – instead with a cheeky fan who bought the internet domain name Zlatan.fr and set him a number of ridiculous challenges if he wants to win it off him.

The bold Paris Saint-Germain fan, who has opted to remain anonymous, bought the website name shortly after the striker completed his move from AC Milan to the French capital in the summer.

The Swedish superstar is a hit in Paris and is understood to be keen on strengthen his marketing ties in France and the Zlatan.fr domain name would be the perfect way to promote his brand.

Met his match: PSG star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been set a number of challenges if he wants to win website in his name

Met his match: PSG star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been set a number of challenges if he wants to win website in his name

And the fan says he is willing to hand over the registration details for free, so long as the striker completes one of the 12 challenges that have been laid out.

In an open letter to the Swede on the website, the fan writes: ‘When you signed in my beloved club, It was an incredible surprise to see that the domain name 'Zlatan.fr' was available.

Bold: The PSG fan wrote a letter to Ibrahimovic

Bold: The PSG fan wrote a letter to Ibrahimovic

‘So, I rushed to book it as I really didn't want a malicious person to take advantage of your name and image.

‘So now, I give you the opportunity to have it back. And for that, as you can imagine, we won’t bother with lawyers and endless procedures. Obviously it would be a waste of time and money for both of us. Instead, I got a much funnier idea. And as I am a very good guy, I let you have the choice of weapons.’

Hair we go! One of the challenges was for Ibrahimovic to give up a lock of his hair

Hair we go! One of the challenges was for Ibrahimovic to give up a lock of his hair

All of the challenges are ridiculous, though. Ranging from playing Zlatan at Fifa on the Playstation, to letting the striker beat up the fan using taekwondo, and even donating a lock of his hair, the fan certainly has a pretty vivid imagination.

It is not clear if Ibrahimovic is aware of the website or the challenges he has been set, but it is unlikely, all the challenges are below.

Unbelievable: Ibrahimovic clebrates his wonder goal against England

Unbelievable: Ibrahimovic clebrates his wonder goal against England

THE CHALLENGES:

1. Offer me a dedicated PSG jersey, with my name on it and the following quote: “After Zlatan, you really are the best !”

2. Stay at my place for a month. This way, all my life, I could say “Ibra Sure, he used to sleep on my couch for a while.”

3. Offer me 3 lifetime season tickets, for two of my friends and I. Obviously, I’m talking about Official tribune tickets… don’t try to fool me with your crappy H Blue tribune tickets…

4. Win penalty kicks against me, at the Parc des Princes of course, so that you’re at home and have no excuse in case I win.

5. Beat me at taekwondo. I’ve heard you’re not too bad at it. As I’ve never practiced that sport myself, I recommend you to choose this challenge.

6. Give me one of your locks of hair as a gift. Samson’s strength came from his long hair. I think it works the same way with you. Then, I can make a key ring with it, which will bring me power for the rest of my life.

7. Beat me at FIFA13. You can choose the teams but, anyway trust me, there is no way you can make it.

8. Score a more-than-30-meter-backflip-goal in an official game. Just kidding… this is not realistic.

9. Let me slap you in the face, without saying a word… and in public obviously.

10. Offer a bare-chested dedicated photo of you to my girlfriend. Frankly, among all of those challenges, I have to confess it’s not my favorite. I’m getting fed up to see twinkles in her eyes when you take off your jersey at the end of a game.

11. Manage to have Neymar sign at PSG during the 2013 summer transfer market.

12. Simply ask me to let you have this domain name for free… but face to face and – as a tribute to Guillaume – in French obviously.

Mario Balotelli is a secret Santa as Manchester City star treats young fans… sadly, there"s no blue and white hat

Balotelli is a secret Santa as Man City star treats young fans… sadly, there's no blue and white hat

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18:51 GMT, 20 December 2012

Mario Balotelli finally got to play
Father Christmas when local youngsters were given the surprise of a
lifetime during a tour of the Etihad Stadium.

Last Christmas the Manchester City striker was at the centre of internet gossip he had been spotted handing out 20 notes to passers-by in Manchester dressed in a blue and white Santa hat.

Festive cheer: Mario Balotelli handed out presents to kids (not sure about his Santa outfit)

Festive cheer: Mario Balotelli handed out presents to kids (not sure about his Santa outfit)

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Sadly the Santa story appeared to be another wild rumour about the mad-cap Italian, who insisted he was in the team hotel at the time.

But there was no mistaking Balotelli when he handed out presents to football-mad 11 and 12-year-olds from Mellands Specialist School in Gorton.

The youngsters also got to lift the Premier League trophy and got changed in the first team dressing room.

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City slickers: The football-mad youngsters got to meet their heroes

James Milner with Premier League trophy

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After being met by the regular tour guides the children bumped into defender Micah Richards as they got out of the lift on the way to the Press Conference room and then heard their names read out on the team sheet left by Roberto Mancini.

They then met another England star, midfielder James Milner, who had the silverware with him before the party entered the inner sanctum of the home dressing room where shirts bearing their names were hanging on the pegs used by the City superstars.

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The surprises didn't end there though as Santa Balotelli popped in to distribute presents and then the whole afternoon concluded with a penalty shoot-out against England No 1 Joe Hart and photos all around.

'It was great to see the joy on the kids' faces,' said Richards. 'They were so excited. The plan was to make the day as memorable as possible for them and I am sure they enjoyed it. As players you don't often get the chance to interact like that.

'It was all for the young children,' added Balotelli. 'They really appreciated meeting all the players and we appreciated meeting them too. I hope we made their day and gave them an afternoon they will never forget. We all enjoyed it.'

Elgin fan "mortified" over Ibrox dance display – VIDEO

Elgin fan red-faced despite rave reviews for dancing in front of Blue Noses at Ibrox

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09:58 GMT, 6 December 2012

The happiest football fan in Britain admitted she was 'mortified' after becoming an internet sensation for her dancing display at Ibrox.

Jenny Bird, 36, was in Glasgow to watch Elgin face Rangers in the Scottish Cup and was captured on camera as she boogied in the away end during her side' 3-0 defeat.

Jenny appeared on YouTube and the clip generated 100,000 views in the first 24 hours.

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Rave on: Jenny Bird became an internet hit after dancing at Ibrox

Rave on: Jenny Bird became an internet hit after dancing at Ibrox

But the volunteer sports coach from Nairn told the Daily Record: 'I'm mortified. I've given myself a red neck but, hey, life's too serious anyway.

'It wasn't planned. I just got carried away with the music. It was just a bit of fun with the moves I use when I'm warming up for boxing and exercise.

'It's something that's happened and now I've just got to get on with it. There was no harm in it and if it has made people happy, then that's good.'

Jenny, who supports Highland League side Nairn, travelled down on the bus to watch her friend Stuart Leslie play for Elgin.

And she denied going straight to the match after a big night out on the town.

She added: 'I hardly ever drink, except maybe one at my birthday and at Christmas.'

Jenny's dad is ex-Jedburgh player and racehorse owner Charlie Bird and her brother-in-law Derek Paterson played rugby for Scotland.

Nick Harris: 5.5bn TV pays to screen Premier League

5.5bn: The staggering sum TV companies around the world will pay to screen the Premier League

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22:01 GMT, 24 November 2012

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UPDATED:

22:01 GMT, 24 November 2012

One of the world's poorest countries,
Burma, where workers earn an average of just 819 a year, has splashed
out 25million to buy the rights to show Premier League football on
television.

With Burma's current TV contract
worth a mere 200,000 over three years, the new deal represents an
astonishing 12,400 per cent hike in rights fees.

The deal, involving a pay-TV company
called Sky Net, is just one example of the extraordinarily successful
way the Premier League have sold their worldwide broadcasting rights for
2013-2016.

Star of Africa: Manchester City's Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure

Star of Africa: Manchester City's Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure

In the last round of overseas rights sales, for 2010-13, the League earned 1.437bn from all foreign broadcasters combined.

But overseas deals for 2013-16 will
surge past 2bn in value, which, when added to domestic deals for live
rights (3bn from Sky and BT), Match of the Day highlights (178m from
the BBC) and near-live rights and internet rights (still to be sold),
means the League will earn a mouthwatering 5.5bn from broadcasting
during that three-season period.

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That money, less the League's running costs, will be shared out among the 20 clubs who make up the top tier of English football.

And when the new deals kick in next
season, even the club who end up bottom of the Premier League in 2014
will receive a 60m payout from the TV money, while the champions will
pocket 100m.

The Premier League's success in selling their product around the world has already put them on top of football's global earners, and this new deal will widen the gap on their closest rivals.

While the Premier League currently pulls in 479m a year from overseas broadcasting, La Liga in Spain get 132m, Italy's Serie A 74m and Germany's Bundesliga just 50m.

The willingness of broadcasters in Burma and elsewhere to spend increasingly large sums to buy the Premier League rights reflects the confidence of companies such as Sky Net, who are unrelated to domestic rights holder BSkyB, that they can find enough customers to subscribe to pay-TV channels carrying Premier League action.

While Burma has been ruled by a military junta since 1962, when Ipswich Town were League champions under Alf Ramsey's managership, the country, now also known as Myanmar, is undergoing a slow and painful transition towards democracy.

Official data from the World Bank places Burma at 164th out of 185 nations in their wealth table, with almost all the poorer nations being in Africa.

But Sky Net believe the economy is becoming sufficiently liberal and that there are now enough wealthy football fans there that they will easily recoup their investment of around 8m per year in a country with a population of 60m, roughly the same as that of Britain.

Who pays what: TV

Burma may represent the biggest percentage hike in rights values but there are numerous examples of other markets booming this time.

In Thailand, a company called Cable Thai Holdings have done a 202m deal for 2013-16, a 432 per cent increase on the 38m paid for 2010- 13. Rights values have also leapt, among other places, in India (up 225 per cent from 28m to 91m), Vietnam (up 249 per cent from 6.3m to 22m) and Indonesia, doubling from 25m to 50m.

Other Asia markets, notable Singapore and Hong Kong, were already hugely lucrative and worth between 150m and 200m for the three years to 2013.

New deals have retained the value if not increased it in those places, while Japan and Korea have seen increased deals but not on the scale of some neighbours.

Uniquely in China, the Premier League have sold the rights on a six-year basis from 2013, not a three-year deal.

This is to allow for long-term development of a key market that has been traditionally hard to crack.

On the other side of the world, in the United States, rights values have soared as NBC thrashed rival bidders to win the 2013-16 rights for 157m, or almost four times the amount paid by Fox for 2010-13.

Across the Americas and Central America combined, the League will earn around 240m from 2013, or four times the 60m currently.

The last set of deals to be done are in Europe, where only Scandinavian rights have been sold, for 162m, up from 111m last time.

Much of the rest of Europe is expected to show flat or small growth. But the total pot will still be enormous.

Olympic stars missing from BBC shortlist

After last year's controversy over the absence of women on the shortlist for BBC Sports Personality of the Year, the arguments this year are raging over the big names missing when the 12-strong list is announced on the One Show on Monday.

Golden girl: Laura Trott missing from list

Golden girl: Laura Trott missing from list

Nobody from the country's three main sports will feature after a poor year for Britain's footballers, cricketers and rugby players.

But in the afterglow of London 2012, the final dozen will inevitably be dominated by Olympic and Paralympic heroes.

Even so, a glut of cycling contenders means one or more of Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton, Laura Trott and Sarah Storey will not make the 12, and there has been much debate over the appropriate mix of Olympic and Paralympic contenders.

If Paralympic stars Jonnie Peacock, David Weir and Ellie Simmonds are all included, others, such as Ben Ainslie, Kat Grainger, Alastair Brownlee, Greg Rutherford or Nicola Adams, must make way.

The 12-person selection panel, headed by BBC Director of Sport Barbara Slater, have ensured a decent mix of genders and sports but the only four 'absolute banker' names on the shortlist are hot favourite Bradley Wiggins, Mo Farah, Andy Murray and Jess Ennis.

Murray will not attend the show on December 16 but the BBC will have a live feed to his winter training base in Miami.

Golfers Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy may not make the 12 as they will inevitably be honoured in the Team of the Year award for Europe's Ryder Cup win.

Flying high: Sir Alex Ferguson flew back with supporters

Flying high: Sir Alex Ferguson flew back with supporters

Sir Alex has the common touch

Proof that Sir Alex Ferguson has not lost his common touch came when he flew home from Turkey in midweek on a fans' charter, and took to the public address to thank supporters for travelling to the 1-0 defeat at Galatasaray.

Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton hitched a ride back on Tuesday night, rather than return on Manchester United's plane on Wednesday, to make sure they were back for the funeral of former Old Trafford winger Kenny Morgans, a survivor of the Munich air crash, who died last weekend in South Wales at the age of 73.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic analysis by Paul Trevillion

As artist Paul Trevillion analyses Ibrahimovic's wonder goal, Sportsmail looks as why we all now know he's a genius…

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UPDATED:

07:50 GMT, 16 November 2012

Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave himself the perfect 10 but for once he may have been guilty of underestimating his own importance.

For a start there was the wonder goal, a 30-yard propeller kick, the final piece in his four-goal demolition of England which quickly became an internet sensation, hailed as one of the best goals ever.

But there was more to it, because after a night when the Swedes declared their handsome new national stadium open for business, their captain’s heroics were considered capable of healing social wounds and stemming the rise of the political far-right in the country.

Even in slow motion, Zlatan Ibrahimovic's incredible acrobatic propeller kick is difficult to comprehend. He is 6ft 5in and 15st, so how did he leap eight feet in the air to score a 30-year goal Artist Paul Trevillion explains…

1: Quick of thought and totally focused, he sights the ball and bends his knees to prepare

1: Quick of thought and totally focused, he sights the ball and bends his knees to prepare

2: The non-kicking left foot leaves the ground first

2: The non-kicking left foot leaves the ground first

3: The left foot's rapid upward swing gets him airbourne

3: The left foot's rapid upward swing gets him airbourne

4: In mid-air, he brings the kicking foot into play

4: In mid-air, he brings the kicking foot into play

5: The right foot strikes the ball in a looping goal-bound trajectory

5: The right foot strikes the ball in a looping goal-bound trajectory

6: The momentum of the strike spins him over before landing and celebrating

6: The momentum of the strike spins him over before landing and celebrating

Main man: Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates his goal

Main man: Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates his goal

It was, in short, some performance. ‘Zlatan’s Arena’ wrote the newspaper Expressen in honour of Ibrahimovic, who was born in Sweden of mixed Balkan descent. He is, indeed, some footballer, although it wasn’t always quite like this. Just as England debate how to get the best from Wayne Rooney, the Swedes for years did the same with their talisman.

Ibrahimovic had everything a modern centre forward might want and he won the title each year, be it with Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona or AC Milan. Yet rarely did he summon such form with any consistency in a Sweden shirt.

When England beat the Swedes in a friendly at Wembley this time last year, he was anonymous, apparently uninterested, emitting strong vibes of impatience at the failings of his team-mates. It came soon after the publication of his book I, Zlatan in which he dared to criticise Pep Guardiola and recalled how he told the all-conquering Barcelona boss: ‘I am a Ferrari and you are driving me as if I am a Fiat.’

His strike-rate against English teams
had been appalling, even though in 2010 he scored twice for Barca
against Arsenal. Despite his unwavering self-belief, Ibrahimovic was
conscious of popular opinion in England. The statistics would roll out
every time he played here, along with the fact that, for all his
posturing arrogance, he has failed to win the Champions League.

This year, however, something changed
regarding Ibra the Enigma and his relationship with English football.
It started when AC Milan destroyed Arsenal in the San Siro in February.
Ibrahimovic scored once but there was more.

He
was majestic as he orchestrated a 4-0 win for the Italian champions and
he tormented England again in Kiev at Euro 2012, where he was the best
player on the pitch despite defeat, as he embraced his new
responsibilities in the national team.

When
Erik Hamren took control he made a significant tactical tweak,
abandoning the 4-4-2 formation to which Swedish football had been wed
for many years.

Hamren
adopted the increasingly fashionable 4-2-3-1 system but Ibrahimovic, who
seemed to be the perfect centre forward for such a system, would be his
playmaker in the No 10 role, as well as his captain.

In
Stockholm, the stage was set as Sweden declared its new 50,000-seat
Friends Arena open for business with the nation locked in a debate about
immigration, prompted by growing support for far-right party Sweden
Democrats.

Ibrahimovic, born in Malmo to parents
from Bosnia and Croatia, is a totem for Sweden in the 21st century and
his heroics against England on Wednesday were celebrated across the
country.

After
recovering from four down to draw 4-4 with Germany in a World Cup
qualifier last month, Swedish fans rejoiced in a thrilling 4-2 win
against England, the beauty of the final goal and one of the great
individual efforts. But there was more.

Sportbladet
dubbed him ‘Sweden’s Pride’, and Pontus Wernbloom said: ‘They probably
weren’t happy with that, the idiots. I hope Zlatan shut them up.’

Kim
Kallstrom added: ‘He is a modern Swede who stands for new Sweden. With
foreign-born parents and certain problems in society, he can hopefully
unite the country in a good way.’

If he does this, Ibrahimovic may be
justified in upgrading the mark he awarded himself for his contribution
to Swedish football from a 10 to an 11.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic finally justified the hype v England

Zlatan's a genius! Arrogant enigma’s wonder goal finally justifies his bragging

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UPDATED:

22:44 GMT, 15 November 2012

Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave himself the perfect 10 but for once he may have been guilty of underestimating his own importance.

For a start there was the wonder goal, a 30-yard propeller kick, the final piece in his four-goal demolition of England which quickly became an internet sensation, hailed as one of the best goals ever.

But there was more to it, because after a night when the Swedes declared their handsome new national stadium open for business, their captain’s heroics were considered capable of healing social wounds and stemming the rise of the political far-right in the country.

Staggering: Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores his fourth goal against England

Staggering: Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores his fourth goal against England

It was, in short, some performance. ‘Zlatan’s Arena’ wrote the newspaper Expressen in honour of Ibrahimovic, who was born in Sweden of mixed Balkan descent. He is, indeed, some footballer, although it wasn’t always quite like this. Just as England debate how to get the best from Wayne Rooney, the Swedes for years did the same with their talisman.

Ibrahimovic had everything a modern centre forward might want and he won the title each year, be it with Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona or AC Milan. Yet rarely did he summon such form with any consistency in a Sweden shirt.

When England beat the Swedes in a friendly at Wembley this time last year, he was anonymous, apparently uninterested, emitting strong vibes of impatience at the failings of his team-mates. It came soon after the publication of his book I, Zlatan in which he dared to criticise Pep Guardiola and recalled how he told the all-conquering Barcelona boss: ‘I am a Ferrari and you are driving me as if I am a Fiat.’

His strike-rate against English teams had been appalling, even though in 2010 he scored twice for Barca against Arsenal. Despite his unwavering self-belief, Ibrahimovic was conscious of popular opinion in England. The statistics would roll out every time he played here, along with the fact that, for all his posturing arrogance, he has failed to win the Champions League.

Main man: Ibrahimovic scored all four goals as England were beaten

Main man: Ibrahimovic scored all four goals as England were beaten

This year, however, something changed regarding Ibra the Enigma and his relationship with English football. It started when AC Milan destroyed Arsenal in the San Siro in February. Ibrahimovic scored once but there was more.

He was majestic as he orchestrated a 4-0 win for the Italian champions and he tormented England again in Kiev at Euro 2012, where he was the best player on the pitch despite defeat, as he embraced his new responsibilities in the national team.

When Erik Hamren took control he made a significant tactical tweak, abandoning the 4-4-2 formation to which Swedish football had been wed for many years.

Hamren adopted the increasingly fashionable 4-2-3-1 system but Ibrahimovic, who seemed to be the perfect centre forward for such a system, would be his playmaker in the No 10 role, as well as his captain.

In Stockholm, the stage was set as Sweden declared its new 50,000-seat Friends Arena open for business with the nation locked in a debate about immigration, prompted by growing support for far-right party Sweden Democrats.

Thorn: Ibrahimovic was also impressive last season when AC Milan beat Arsenal

Thorn: Ibrahimovic was also impressive last season when AC Milan beat Arsenal

Ibrahimovic, born in Malmo to parents from Bosnia and Croatia, is a totem for Sweden in the 21st century and his heroics against England on Wednesday were celebrated across the country.

After recovering from four down to draw 4-4 with Germany in a World Cup qualifier last month, Swedish fans rejoiced in a thrilling 4-2 win against England, the beauty of the final goal and one of the great individual efforts. But there was more.

Sportbladet dubbed him ‘Sweden’s Pride’, and Pontus Wernbloom said: ‘They probably weren’t happy with that, the idiots. I hope Zlatan shut them up.’

Kim Kallstrom added: ‘He is a modern Swede who stands for new Sweden. With foreign-born parents and certain problems in society, he can hopefully unite the country in a good way.’

If he does this, Ibrahimovic may be justified in upgrading the mark he awarded himself for his contribution to Swedish football from a 10 to an 11.

Jockeys star in Gangnam Style parody – video

Hey, sexy horsey! Jump jockeys star in hilarious Gangnam Style parody

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02:55 GMT, 7 November 2012

Gangnam Style – it might sound like entry for a novice hurdle at Sandown but is in fact an internet sensation – now has a jockey version.

The single by South Korean artist PSY has been the subject of tribute parodies by many among others, including students from Eton.

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Parody: David Crosse, Gerard Tumelty, Sam Jones and Charlie Huxley starred in their adaption of Gangnam Style

Parody: David Crosse, Gerard Tumelty, Sam Jones and Charlie Huxley star in their version of Gangnam Style

Parody: David Crosse, Gerard Tumelty, Sam Jones and Charlie Huxley starred in their adaption of Gangnam Style

But jump jockeys David Crosse, Gerard Tumelty, Sam Jones and Charlie Huxley, with a little inadvertent help from AP McCoy, have produced their take.

The voice-over is supplied by ex-jockey Kevin Tobin while another former weighing room face, ATR Presenter Luke Harvey, was behind the camera.

London 2012 Olympics: Clare Balding is BBC"s best presenter – Mark Alford"s Goggle Eyes

Mark Alford's Goggle Eyes: Balding leads the way when comes to BBC anchors

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22:13 GMT, 8 August 2012

An emerging rule of these Games is that if Clare Balding’s anchoring an event, it must be important. Wednesday she brought her enthusiasm and knowledge to Greenwich for the showjumping. It’s between Clare and Gary Lineker for the Beeb’s best in show.

Magic moment

Pride of Yorkshire Nicola Adams, from Leeds, was interviewed after reaching today’s women’s flyweight boxing final. She melted hearts when she said: ‘All I want to do is make my mum proud.’

Fight star: Nicola Adams beat India's Chungneijang Mery Kom Hmangte

Fight star: Nicola Adams beat India's Chungneijang Mery Kom Hmangte

Thumbs up for…

STAYING WITH BACKMARKERS: The director at the athletics resisted the urge to cut away from the action after the winners crossed the line in the 800 metres heats. Viewers saw three uplifting stories as a result. First, tearful Merve Aydin from Turkey hobbled home more than a minute after the field. Then Palestinian Woroud Sawalha, in a white hijab, ran a personal best time. And finally, Sarah Attar, the first Saudi woman to compete in athletics at the Olympics (left), trailed home. Top television.

Thumbs down for…

TALKING NOT SHOWING: Matt Baker was waxing lyrical about Flying Dutchman Epke Zonderland, who took gold on the high bar with an outrageous routine. The footage has become an internet sensation but the main BBC1 feed failed to show it at any point throughout the day.

Gold: Epke Zonderland's routine became an internet sensation

Gold: Epke Zonderland's routine became an internet sensation

Corner cam

Boxing coverage has rightly been criticised for not carrying on-screen scores during bouts — it still rankles! But praise is due for the camera and microphone bringing us the cornermen’s briefings between rounds. Fascinating stuff.

The Pundits' podium

GOLD: Andy Austin, showjumping: Same course, lots of different horses — it’s a tough job making it sound exciting but Austin and main commentator Mike Tucker do just that. Flawless.

SILVER: Brendan Foster, athletics: As passionate as ever. ‘Mo Farah, Olympic champion. I just love saying it,’ said Foster. We love hearing it, keep up the good work.

BRONZE: Jamie Staff, BMX: Impressed at the Velodrome but his ‘woop that time’ cry was a low point at the BMX track.

Jolly hockey sticks

The best thing on TV The thrilling women’s hockey semi-final penalty shootout in which Holland beat New Zealand. Each player was given eight seconds to beat the goalkeeper. Look and learn, football, this was proper drama.

London 2012 Olympics: James Ellington secures spot at Games with 200m win in Birmingham

Ellington's eBay sponsors get money's worth as sprinter secures Games spot in 200m

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19:45 GMT, 24 June 2012

Six months ago, James Ellington was up for auction on internet site eBay in a last-ditch attempt to attract some much-needed sponsorship.

In six weeks time he will be running for Great Britain at the Olympic Games.

The 26-year-old won the 200 metres at Sunday's trials at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium in 20.56 seconds and, with the 'A' qualifying standard already in the bag, is guaranteed a place on the team for London.

Unbridled joy: James Ellington secured his spot at the Olympics

Unbridled joy: James Ellington secured his spot at the Olympics

His story began last December when the Newham and Essex Beagle was forced to resort to eBay, where he had a reserve price of 30,000, to find the sponsorship which would allow him to train full-time.

When the auction closed delight turned to despair when the highest bidder turned out to be a hoax, only for shaving company King of Shaves to step in and offer him a genuine deal.

'(Today is) the best day of my life, serious,' said Ellington, who is on the lower standard podium relay rather than podium lottery funding after being plagued by injury.

'I said from the beginning all I needed was the backing and the support so I could train full time, hence the eBay idea.

Make your bids: Ellington had to secure funding through eBay

Make your bids: Ellington had to secure funding through eBay

'I'm a very determined person and I was just trying to think outside the box.

'All the other ideas, sending off emails, weren't working so I thought 'let's do something different' and it worked, thank God.

'Obviously with the backing I've been able to train full-time and that's within a matter of five months. And now you've seen the results.'

Ellington finished 0.07secs ahead of Cardiff's Christian Malcolm, who took second to also book his Olympic spot.

Me too: Christian Malcolm (left) also booked his place at the Games

Me too: Christian Malcolm (left) also booked his place at the Games

And Ellington, who was previously coaching children to make ends meet, which only allowed him to train up to four days a week, insisted he always believed he would make the London team.

'I dreamt it, that was the whole idea,' he added. 'I thought I need to give it a go this year, because if it's going to happen it's got to happen this year. And it paid off, big time.

'There are people who want to be your best friend when you're running well, as soon as you're not running well they don't want to know you.

'But that doesn't bother me, because I always knew what potential I had and I think I've shown everyone today.'