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Jeremy Lynch and Billy Wingrove football freestyle skills

Flicking hell! Is this the best football freestyle video on the internet

By
Gerard Brand

PUBLISHED:

15:14 GMT, 28 February 2013

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UPDATED:

15:17 GMT, 28 February 2013

Never mind Cristiano Ronaldo's endless stepovers, Ronaldinho's dummy pass or even the Cruyff turn… England have finally produced the sort of skill that can rival Rory Delap's long throw.

Billy Wingrove and former Britain's Got Talent finalist Jeremy Lynch have teamed up as 'The F2' to showcase their finest footy skills, and the world has taken notice.

Choreographed: Jeremy Lynch and Billy Wingrove show off their sublime freestyle skills

Choreographed: Jeremy Lynch and Billy Wingrove show off their sublime freestyle skills

The F2 freestyle

The pair opened the show at last year's Ballon d'Or ceremony, showing more creativity than your average boy in his garden with his mate filming on a mobile phone.

As well as packing videos full of mesmerizing skills, flicks and even a few first-time volleys, the tricksters are looking to teach young players the skills they have developed over time.

After being inspired by watching a Nike commercial in 2000 with Edgar Davids and Denilson, Lynch won the hearts of a nation by reaching the final showdown of the popular reality TV show in 2008.

Lynch has also filmed videos with the likes of Christiano Ronaldo, Robinho, while Wingrove has been a professional freestyler for a decade.

And after South Korean freestyler Mr Woo toured the world showing off his skills for nearly two decades, there will definitely be a market for the pair to break into.

The pair's DVD 'Learn Football Freestyle' is for sale through their website for 9.99.

VIDEO: Freestyle duo Jeremy Lynch and Billy Wingrove show off their skills

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Mario Balotelli and Robinho dance during AC Milan"s win over Barcelona

VIDEO: Balotelli and Robinho do the Harlem Shake (sort of) as Milan beat Barca

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

23:56 GMT, 20 February 2013

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UPDATED:

00:01 GMT, 21 February 2013

It had to happen. When Mario Balotelli, Robinho and some of their friends were pictured dancing wildly during AC Milan's match against Barcelona on Wednesday night, someone was going to do it.

It's the craze that's been sweeping the world over, after all. So now you can watch Balotelli and Co lose it set to the Harlem Shake music.

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Shake it: Mario Balotelli and Robinho (right) go wild, while the former's girlfriend looks unimpressed

Shake it: Mario Balotelli and Robinho (right) go wild, while the former's girlfriend looks unimpressed

... but she musters a smile eventually as Milan party

… but she musters a smile eventually as Milan party

He was cup-tied for the clash at the San Siro, so was forced to sit on the sidelines – although he seemed to be making the most of his time out.

His girlfriend Fanny Robert Neguesha didn't look too impressed, but eventually mustered a smile.

Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari did the damage for Milan to ensure he wasn't missed.

Somebody took the footage of Balotelli dancing and put the now ubiquitous soundtrack in the background.

VIDEO: Balotelli and Robinho do the Harlem Shake

Mario's former Man City colleagues, not to be outdone, had a Harlem Shake of their own.

The club’s staff and first-team players such as Edin Dzeko, Joe Hart, James Milner, Joleon Lescott, Micah Richards, Scott Sinclair and Aleksandar Kolarov got involved, even if the latter didn't look too enthused.

VIDEO: City do their own Harlem Shake

Demba Ba given permission to speak to Chelsea

Ba set to join Chelsea after Newcastle striker is given permission to speak to club

By
Colin Young

PUBLISHED:

14:23 GMT, 2 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:01 GMT, 2 January 2013

Newcastle United striker Demba Ba has been given permission to talk to Chelsea after the European champions became the first to invoke the Senegal international’s 7.5million release clause.

As a result, Ba has been withdrawn from Newcastle’s squad to face Everton at St James’s Park tonight.

Away: Demba Ba looks set to join Chelsea after being given permission to speak to the Stamford Bridge club

Away: Demba Ba looks set to join Chelsea after being given permission to speak to the Stamford Bridge club

Manager Alan Pardew had been prepared to play his 27-year-old top scorer amid increasing uncertainty over his Newcastle future.

But Chelsea, who held talks with the
striker’s advisers on Sunday, are the first to offer the correct amount
to release him from the Newcastle contract he signed when he joined on a
free transfer from West Ham 18 months ago.

Main man: Ba has been in fine form for Newcastle, scoring 13 goals in a struggling side this season

Main man: Ba has been in fine form for Newcastle, scoring 13 goals in a struggling side this season

A club statement said: 'Newcastle
United can confirm that Chelsea Football Club has made an official offer
for Demba Ba which has triggered the release clause in the player’s
contract.

'The Club has given the player
permission to speak to Chelsea FC and therefore he will not be included
in the squad for tonight’s game against Everton.’

Newcastle have been in talks with Ba
for several months in the hope of replacing that deal. Their final offer
remains on the table but Ba now looks certain to leave St James’s Park.

Get shirty: An image quickly circulated on Twitter of a Chelsea shirt being printed with 'Ba'

Get shirty: An image quickly circulated on Twitter of a Chelsea shirt being printed with 'Ba'

One Blues fan has already celebrated the potential switch to Stamford Bridge, getting the striker's name printed on the back of a Chelsea shirt. The move echoed the one done by the club in 2008 when they published images of a Robinho shirt on their website before the Brazilian joined Manchester City.

Chelsea’s move could also spark
copy-cat bids from Arsenal and Tottenham who are also interested in the
Paris-born Senegal forward.

Wave goodbye: Ba looks set to bid farewell to Tyneside and move south to London

Wave goodbye: Ba looks set to bid farewell to Tyneside and move south to London

Newcastle boss Pardew meanwhile will
use his fellow countryman Papiss Cisse as the central striker tonight.
Shola Ameobi, who has been withdrawn from Nigeria’s African Cup of
Nations squad, could also start.

But the pending departure of Ba will
heighten Newcastle’s need for replacements and they will hope to land
number one target Loic Remy from Marseille.

Their chief scout Graham Carr has
also targeted Ajax’s Dutch international Jody Lukoki who can play
upfront and on the right flank where Cisse has spent most of this
season.

QPR star Adel Taarabt claims his agent is in talks with AC Milan over possible move

QPR star Taarabt says he is in talks with AC Milan… and could use move as stepping stone for Real or Barca

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UPDATED:

08:48 GMT, 25 December 2012

QPR playmaker Adel Taarabt claims he is in talks with AC Milan over a possible move to the San Siro.

The Moroccan star says his agent is in talks with Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani and that Milan could tempt him to turn down any potential advances from a top Premier League club or Real Madrid or Barcelona.

Taarabt played a key role for struggling QPR in their first Premier League win of the season against Fulham earlier this month when he scored both goals, and his performances have lead to speculation that he could leave the struggling club.

Heading to Italy Adel Taarabt claims his agent is talking to AC Milan

Heading to Italy Adel Taarabt claims his agent is talking to AC Milan

Taarabt told Gazzetta dello Sport: ‘I would only refuse offers from the big English clubs if Milan made me an offer.

‘My agent is in talks with Galliani, but it depends on what happens with Robinho and [reported AC Milan target Javier] Pastore.

Star performer: Taarabt has been in good form for struggling QPR

Star performer: Taarabt has been in good form for struggling QPR

‘Milan aren’t going through a glorious period now, and they’re no longer a part of the top clubs.

‘However, if I joined Milan then it would open up the doors for me to great clubs like Real Madrid and Barca.’

And Taarabt believe he could be a success with the Italian giants – just like his friend and former Tottenham team-mate Kevin-Prince Boateng.

Milan man: Taarabt says the success of Kevin Prince Boateng at Milan makes him believe he can do well there

Milan man: Taarabt says the success of Kevin Prince Boateng at Milan makes him believe he can do well there

Both players struggled to make an impact on the first team at White Hart Lane before being sold and Taarabt added: ‘My friend Boateng is also at Milan. When we were at Tottenham he was often in the stands, so I think that I have a chance too.’

PSG to hijack Manchester United"s bid for Lucas Moura

PSG poised to hijack United's 30m bid for Brazil ace Moura

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UPDATED:

09:27 GMT, 6 August 2012

Wanted: United are interested in Moura

Wanted: United are interested in Moura

Paris Saint-Germain have launched a last-minute bid to hijack Lucas Moura's move to Manchester United.

Reports in Brazil claim the Sao Paulo playmaker has virtually agreed to join the rich French club on a five-year deal.

The 19-year-old's agent Wagner Ribeiro held talks with PSG's sporting director Leonardo last week and watched their friendly against Barcelona before reporting back to Lucas.

United had been confident that their
pursuit was coming to an end after receiving encouragement that their
30million bid would finally be accepted.

The Old Trafford club had even
prepared the ground for Lucas to have a medical over the weekend, but
the Brazil national team insist they will not release him until the end
of their participation in the Olympic football tournament.

But it is understood that PSG, owned
by rich Qataris, are prepared to offer a better fee and terms for one of
South America's hottest prospects.

And authoritative Brazilian media outlet Globoesporte also claim that Lucas is reluctant to move to Manchester.

Agent Ribeiro also represents Robinho who has told the teenager that the northern English city is boring.

AC Milan back in for Man City striker Carlos Tevez

Milan plan to sell Robinho to fund move for City striker Tevez

PUBLISHED:

08:36 GMT, 15 May 2012

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UPDATED:

08:36 GMT, 15 May 2012

AC Milan are preparing a fresh move for Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez.

The Italian giants are ready to sell Brazilian playmaker Robinho to help fund a summer bid.

Milan target: Manchester City's Carlos Tevez

Milan target: Manchester City's Carlos Tevez

Milan tried to sign Tevez in January but the deal collapsed after the two clubs failed to agree a fee.

Sporting director Adriano Galliani said: 'We will do everything we can to take him.'

The Italian giants are planning a summer overhaul of their squad with Rino Gattuso, Pippo Inzhaghi, Mark Van Bommel and Alessandro Nesta all leaving in the summer.

Arsenal 3 AC Milan 0 (agg 3-4): Gunners" gallant comeback falls just short

Arsenal 3 AC Milan 0 (agg 3-4): Gunners' gallant comeback falls just short

Arsenal's Champions League challenge has ended in drama after beating AC Milan 3-0 at the Emirates but failing to overturn the 4-0 deficit from the first-leg.

The Gunners put themselves on course for the biggest comeback in the competition's history after they flew out of the blocks, taking the lead through Laurent Koscielny's seventh minute header.

Tomas Rosicky slotted home after 25 minutes to double the Gunners' lead before Robin van Persie scored from the penalty spot just before half-time.

But they failed to find an equaliser in the second-half as the Italians held on to take their place in the quarter-finals.

More to follow…

Game over: Arsenal's brave challenge ended in failure at the Emirates

Game over: Arsenal's brave challenge ended in failure at the Emirates

MATCH FACTS

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Rosicky, Song, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Chamakh, 75) , Walcott (Park Chu-Young, 84), Van Persie, Gervinho.

Subs not used: Fabianski, Djourou, Jenkinson, Miquel, Ozyakup.

Booked: Sagna, Gibbs, Song.

Scorers: Koscielny 7, Rosicky 26, Van Persie 43.

AC Milan: Abbiati, Abate, Mexes, Thiago Silva, Mesbah (Bonera, 89), Nocerino, Van Bommel, Emanuelson, Ibrahimovic, Robinho, El Shaarawi (Aquilani, 70).

Subs not used: Amelia, Zambrotta, Ganz, Yepes, Roma.

Booked:Van Bommel, Abate, Nocerino, Ibrahimovic

Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

Heads up: Koscielny nods the Gunners in front after just seven minutes (and below)

Heads up: Koscielny nods the Gunners in front after just seven minutes (and below)

Heads up: Koscielny nods the Gunners in front after just seven minutes (and below)

Brief hope: Arsenal came very close to overturning the 4-0 deficit from the first leg - Rosicky doubled the hosts' lead

Brief hope: Arsenal came very close to overturning the 4-0 deficit – Rosicky doubled the hosts' lead

Brief hope: Arsenal came very close to overturning the 4-0 deficit from the first leg - Rosicky doubled the hosts' lead

Van the man: Arsenal's leading goalscorer made it three for the Gunners from the spot (and below)

Van the man: Arsenal's leading goalscorer made it three for the Gunners from the spot (and below)

Van the man: Arsenal's leading goalscorer made it three for the Gunners from the spot (and below)

Starring role: Oxlade-Chamberlain was in fine form for Arsene's Gunners

Starring role: Oxlade-Chamberlain was in fine form for Arsene's Gunners

Starring role: Oxlade-Chamberlain was in fine form for Arsene's Gunners

Incredible miss: Van Persie squandered a guilt-edged chance to make it 4-0

Incredible miss: Van Persie squandered a guilt-edged chance to make it 4-0

Arsene Wenger urges Arsenal to produce AC Milan Champions League shock

We CAN turn this around! Optimist Wenger urges Gunners to pull-off Milan shock

Arsene Wenger called on his Arsenal team to believe they can rewrite the record books and overturn AC Milan's 4-0 lead to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday night.

The Gunners boss was left crestfallen in the San Siro a fortnight ago, having witnessed his side taken apart by the Rossoneri, as a stunning opener from former Tottenham midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng was followed by a brace by ex-Manchester City striker Robinho before a late penalty by Zlatan Ibrahimovic effectively ended the tie as a contest.

After what he described as a 'shocking performance', Wenger felt little genuine hope of progress. However, two morale-boosting victories over Tottenham and then Liverpool to kickstart their Barclays Premier League campaign, the Arsenal manager will take only positive thoughts into Tuesday night's European showdown.

Time to believe: Arsene Wenger is confident his team can upset the odds

Time to believe: Arsene Wenger is confident his team can upset the odds

'I said I don't live in a dream world – that means I know we have not created an easy situation, but when you are a top-level competitor, even if statistically we have a 5 per cent chance, what is important is that we believe that we can be in this 5 per cent chance,' Wenger said.

'That is what is at stake for us – to show that we have the quality to believe we can do it, even if it is only 5 per cent.

'Let us make sure that we do not miss out chance because we did not believe in it.'

Only three clubs have recovered from such a first-leg deficit in the history of European competitions, but those were back in the mid-1980s.

Leader of the pack: In-form Van Persie takes a touch of the ball in training

Leader of the pack: In-form Van Persie takes a touch of the ball in training

Milan, though, somehow managed to go out to Deportivo La Coruna in the 2003/04 quarter-finals having won 4-1 at home, losing the second leg in Spain 4-0.

Arsenal are short of options in
midfield, with Czech playmaker Tomas Rosicky facing a late fitness test
on a groin problem and Mikel Arteta needing to rest for a week after
suffering a blow to the head in a collision with Jordan Henderson during
Saturday's 2-1 Premier League win at Anfield.

However,
the Gunners still have plenty of firepower in attack, with the likes of
Theo Walcott, Gervinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all ready to support
31-goal skipper Robin van Persie.

Blackburn were swept aside 7-1 at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League, while arch-rivals Tottenham were beaten 5-2 in a game in which the Gunners had trailed 2-0 inside 34 minutes.

On the run: Walcott and Van Persie chat as the players go for a run

On the run: Walcott and Van Persie chat as the players go for a run

Arsenal's record Champions League home win came in the 2007/2008 group stages when Slavia Prague were thrashed 7-0, while three seasons ago Porto were beaten 5-0 in the second leg of the knockout stages, having won the first leg 2-1.

Wenger said: 'I know my players well, I know they have been hurt by the first result, and I know they have their pride. They will come out tomorrow and give a performance.

'We lost 4-0 at Milan, but they had five shots on target and we had 55% possession there and we didn't play well at all. If they can score four we can as well, why not

'It is important that we believe we can do it.

Ready to go: Wenger is optimistic with his side's chances despite the tough task they face to win the game

Ready to go: Wenger is optimistic with his side's chances despite the tough task they face to win the game

'Your belief is stronger when your recent results have been good.'

Wenger added: 'Even if they should score, we have to ignore it and continue going.

'That is a risk, we have to gamble a bit and go forwards, opening ourselves up a bit, but we will build the squad who will have a good drive going forwards, then everybody has to contribute when you do not have the ball to keep a clean sheet.'

Full-back Kieran Gibbs called for his team-mates to deliver the necessary response.

Pain game: Kieran Gibbs admits his team-mates were hurt by the 4-0 first leg thrashing

Pain game: Kieran Gibbs admits his team-mates were hurt by the 4-0 first leg thrashing

'The whole team was quite hurt by the first leg. Tomorrow gives us a great opportunity to get a sense of pride back,' said the 22-year-old England international.

'We have shown fantastic mentality to come back in the last couple of games and have created a momentum now.

'We have to believe otherwise there is no point in being here.

'If they can beat us 4-0 then why can't we do the same In our last home game, we scored five goals.

'We have to create a faultless performance.'

Arsene Wenger must buy big, says Massimiliano Allegri

Wenger must buy big names! Milan boss Allegri points to Arsenal's lack of leaders

AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri has told Arsene Wenger to forget about halting Arsenal's trophy drought unless he buys big names.

Allegri is set to end the Gunners' Champions League hopes as his Italian giants arrive at the Emirates this week with a 4-0 lead from the first leg of their last-16 tie.

Hands up: Robin van Persie jokes with his team-mates ahead of Arsenal's second leg last 16 Champions League tie against AC Milan

Hands up: Robin van Persie jokes with his team-mates ahead of Arsenal's second leg last 16 Champions League tie against AC Milan

Wenger last tasted success in the 2005 FA Cup and Allegri said: 'For me it's impossible to win the title or Champions League without signing big players. You will never do it without big players.

Hey Arsenal, splash the cash: Massimiliano Allegri's words of advice

Hey Arsenal, splash the cash: Massimiliano Allegri's words of advice

'That goes for Arsenal, Milan or any big club. You must buy big.'

Allegri won the Serie A title last year, Milan's first since 2004, and sit at the top of the table after Saturday's 4-0 win at Palermo.

He added: 'I have a strong team but in that I have three big players, bringing experience, character, technical ability and leadership.

London calling: Robinho leads the way as Milan shape-up for their visit to the Emirates

London calling: Robinho leads the way as Milan shape-up for their visit to the Emirates

'You need leaders. For me in every team there are two leaders. One technical and tactical leader and one with character.

Target: Cologne striker Lukas Podolski (left) is on Arsenal's radar

Target: Cologne striker Lukas Podolski (left) is on Arsenal's radar

'In Milan our technical leader is Zlatan Ibrahimovic. In terms of character, until last year, it was Rino Gattuso. Now Mark Van Bommel or Thiago Silva.'

Robin van Persie is Arsenal's main man but question marks hang over the Holland striker's future. He has watched the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri leave the club in the past couple of seasons.

Hard to handle: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (left) was too good for Arsenal in the San Siro

Hard to handle: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (left) was too good for Arsenal in the San Siro

Time to dig deep: Arsene Wenger (right) should splash out, says Allegri

Time to dig deep: Arsene Wenger (right) should splash out, says Allegri

Germany internationals Lukas Podolski and Mario Goetze have been linked with moves to north London.

Allegri said: 'It's not fair to criticise Wenger so much and it is not right, because every year Arsenal sell one big player or two big players and the team still manage to play well and finish in the top four.

'But it's also true that if they want to win trophies they have to keep their best players. And make two or three big signings. If somebody told me this summer we have to sell Zlatan and Kevin Prince Boateng I would say no. No. Noooo…'

Dutch of class: Robin van Persie has led by example for Arsenal this season

Dutch of class: Robin van Persie has led by example for Arsenal this season

Robin Van Persie urged to quit Arsenal

It's time to leave Arsenal! Captain Van Persie warned by Ibrahimovic that if he wants trophies he has to go elsewhere

Robin van Persie has been urged to quit Arsenal by AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Gunners captain was helpless in the San Siro on Wednesday as his side were humbled 4-0 by Ibrahimovic's Milan, effectively ending their Champions League hopes for another year.

A night to forget: Robin van Persie and team-mates can hardly hide their disappointment in Milan

A night to forget: Robin van Persie and team-mates can hardly hide their disappointment in Milan

Their chances of qualifying for the tournament again rest largely on the shoulders of the 28-goal Holland international, who has almost single-handedly kept Arsenal afloat this season.

Sweden striker Ibrahimovic, though has told Van Persie that if he wants to win anything, he needs to leave London, just as Barcelona`s Cesc Fabregas did last summer.

He told the Sun: 'When you don't win anything for years, people understand why you leave like Cesc Fabregas.

'Football is all about winning. If you don't win you want to go. I don't know Robin personally but I remember him from Holland and what a talent he was – now he is complete.

Four-midable: Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates with Mark van Bommel and and Robinho in Milan on Wednesday night

Four-midable: Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates with Mark van Bommel and and Robinho in Milan on Wednesday night

'I don't know what he is thinking but I know what I would do.

'I have made a lot of moves in my life – I take it as a challenge, an adventure.

'And I have won eight titles in eight years with different clubs in different countries.'

But if you stay in one place all your life it is easy to play football.

'You are at home, you are in the comfort zone. But if you move to five different places it is a real test. If you succeed that's when you become a real champion, that's when you get more respect.'