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Tottenham launch new third kit with FIFA 13 tie-in

Virtual soccer! Tottenham find unique way to launch their new third strip… in FIFA 13

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UPDATED:

11:43 GMT, 29 August 2012

As Premier League clubs try and outdo each other for the most novel way to launch their new kits, Tottenham have raised the bar considerably with a cool tie-in with eagerly-anticipated video game FIFA 13.

Spurs have teamed up with game developer EA Sports to unveil their new black and grey third kit while at the same time giving fans a sneak preview of the latest edition of the long-running FIFA series.

The Under Armour strip features grey and black halves with a yellow strip on the sleeves and collar. The kit makers claim the 'ultra-lightweight fabric balances durability, breathability and mobility.'

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Ready for action: Tottenham players model the new strip against a backdrop of White Hart Lane

Ready for action: Tottenham players model the new strip against a backdrop of White Hart Lane

The black shorts and socks also feature the yellow edging, with the Spurs cockerel logo prominent.

The
video shows an exact simulation of White Hart Lane, which was dropped
from FIFA 12 but is to be restored on the new version, released on
September 28.

Shirt of two halves: The new black and grey Tottenham Hotspur third kit for 2012-2013

Shirt of two halves: The new black and grey Tottenham Hotspur third kit for 2012-2013

It features Spurs favourites Gareth Bale, Jermain Defoe, Emmanuel Adebayor and Brad Friedel in a match against Manchester City and concludes with Defoe scoring a screamer past Joe Hart from 25 yards.

The new third kit is available now.

Watch the launch video for the new Spurs third kit

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Nicklas Bendtner didn"t know he was breaking rules

Pants excuse! Bendtner didn't know he was breaking rules with celebration stunt

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UPDATED:

12:47 GMT, 14 June 2012

News in briefs: Bendtner faces UEFA action following his celebration

News in briefs: Bendtner faces UEFA action following his celebration

Nicklas Bendtner claims he didn't realise he was breaking any rules when he revealed a sponsored pair of boxer shorts after scoring for Denmark at Euro 2012, insisting they were his 'lucky pair'.

The striker bagged two goals in his country's defeat to Portugal on Wednesday and in celebration dropped his shorts below his waistline and hoisted his shirt

The Dane has since been reprimanded by his national football association.

Bendtner said: 'It is just a pair of lucky boxer shorts that I used in the first game as well and have used before the tournament. I didn’t know that I was breaking any rules but I am aware of that now.'

The Arsenal striker could still face UEFA action for the stunt which promoted bookmaker Paddy Power. The company later congratulated Bendtner on his actions.

At the double: Bendtner netted a brace in the defeat to Portugal

At the double: Bendtner netted a brace in the defeat to Portugal

Ken Robertson, from the company,
said: 'I'm truly delighted for Nicklas, what a stunning performance
tonight. I've no doubt that the luck of the Irish thanks to our lucky
underpants helped him find the back of the net twice!'

Meanwhile, the Danish FA, who are sponsored by another betting company, Ladbrokes, said: 'We have spoken to the player and he will not play in those [underpants] against Germany on Sunday.'

Gareth Barry: Germany crushed us but winning trophies has built me up again

Barry: Germany crushed us but winning trophies has built me up again

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UPDATED:

22:27 GMT, 23 May 2012

Gareth Barry starts at the bitter end. Bloemfontein, June 27, 2010: England 1 Germany 4. ‘You wait so long to play in a World Cup and then you’re destroyed by your fiercest rivals,’ said Barry. ‘Walking off that pitch is the lowest part of my career. It took a long time to get over that.’

Anyone who thought Barry might never reappear at the very top level after Mesut Ozil sprinted away from him to set up Thomas Muller for Germany’s fourth is missing the point.

This is a man who left home aged 16 in pursuit of a football career, absorbing each pearl of advice from his coaches, working hard and patiently waiting until someone outside Birmingham noticed how he galvanised Aston Villa.

Up and running: Gareth Barry arrives in Manchester as the England squad assemble for the first time for new boss Roy Hodgson

Up and running: Gareth Barry arrives in Manchester as the England squad assemble for the first time for new boss Roy Hodgson

At 31, Barry is a Barclays Premier League champion with Manchester City, has half a century of England caps and heads to Euro 2012 instilled with a quiet determination to make up for what happened two years ago.

Still, he refuses to volunteer it as an excuse, but the truth is that he was never properly fit in South Africa and defied medical logic to recover from a serious ankle injury to even make the plane.

This week, Barry is fresh, tanned and relaxed. He bounds down the staircase, skipping the bottom two steps. He is wearing baggy shorts, designer T-shirt and a happy vibe.

Euphoria from City’s title win has been cleansed by a break in Spain and there has been time to spend with his family before reporting for England duty, although not time to reclaim his Premier League medal from his father.

Champion: Barry won the Barclays Premier League title with Manchester City after a thrilling final-day victory over QPR

Champion: Barry won the Barclays Premier League title with Manchester
City after a thrilling final-day victory over QPR

The contrast is telling. When Fabio Capello named his World Cup squad, City had just missed qualifying for the Champions League, Barry’s ankle was in a cast and his days were planned around sessions in the oxygen tent.

This year, he is energised by Euro 2012 and the prospect of meeting Roy Hodgson, his seventh England manager.

Kevin Keegan was the first. Caretakers Howard Wilkinson and Peter Taylor picked him, as did Sven Goran Eriksson (although only twice). A significant breakthrough came under Steve McClaren and then came Capello.

It is perhaps no coincidence that two Italian managers, educated in a culture where the deepest midfielder sets the tempo and makes the play, had greatest faith in Barry.

Faith: Roberto Mancini (left) has put a great deal of trust in Barry

Faith: Roberto Mancini (left) has put a great deal of trust in Barry

Capello always valued his defensive instinct, an ability to read the game, stay on his feet and be in the right areas. Roberto Mancini appreciates a passing range capable of moving the ball quickly to City’s creative forces rather than shuffling passes sideways to the full backs.

‘I learned a lot from Fabio Capello,’ said Barry. ‘He was good at studying games, looking back at what you should have done and where you should have been. If you weren’t there, he would make a big point of what you’d done wrong.

‘His English was poor to begin with but when it came to what he wanted from his players on the pitch he got his point across. He was very thorough in that department.

Captain of England: Having received the armband occasionally during games, Barry was given the honour of leading out his country for the first time in a 1-1 draw against Ghana at Wembley on March 29, 2011

Captain of England: Having received the armband occasionally, Barry lead out his country for the first time in a 1-1 draw against Ghana at Wembley on March 29, 2011

FA Cup winner: Barry followed up the semi-final victory over Manchester United by lifting the trophy with a win over Stoke on May 14, 2011

FA Cup winner: Manchester City followed up the 1-0 semi-final victory over United by lifting the famous trophy following a 1-0 win over Stoke on May 14, 2011

‘Roberto Mancini is good at the same sort of stuff. That position in the middle of midfield is so important to them.

‘They are keen on instructions and they like strong personalities who can go out and follow them. Do something else — even something positive — and they wouldn’t be happy. They just want you to follow their instructions. I’d just go out and do what I was told.’

Basic skills like listening to orders, understanding and applying them were instilled by Villa’s youth-team coaches Kevin MacDonald and Tony McAndrew.

Champions League debut: Barry marked his first game in Europe's elite club competition with a 1-1 draw at home to Napoli on September 14, 2011, but City failed to progress from a tough group

Champions League debut: Barry marked his first game in Europe's elite
club competition with a 1-1 draw at
home to Napoli on September 14, 2011, but City failed to progress from a tough group

‘They taught me how to act on and off the pitch,’ said Barry. ‘They were perfect for me, having just left home. Discipline was drilled into us. The old YTS jobs were still there. It was important to clean the boots right and to do your job right when you went on to the pitch. They didn’t ask you to be a superstar, they just said, “Do your job”.’

Barry has 52 caps, the same as Trevor Francis. Glenn Hoddle won 53, Sir Stanley Matthews 54 and Paul Gascoigne 57. This is glamorous company, yet Barry’s contributions during a 12-year international career are often overlooked.

‘It doesn’t bother me,’ he said. ‘Getting the big headlines is nice but I know if I’ve done my job right and, if I’m confident the manager knows as well, that’s more than satisfactory.’

50 England caps: Joined a list of legends with a half-century of international appearances as England beat world and European champions Spain at Wembley on November 12, 2011

50 England caps: Joined a list of legends with a half-century of international appearances as England beat world and European champions
Spain at Wembley on November 12, 2011

Scorer of Goal 2,000: Credited with England's 2,000th goal on November 15, 2011, even if the ball deflected off Sweden defender Daniel Majstorovic on its way in

Scorer of Goal 2,000: Credited with England's 2,000th goal on November 15, 2011, even if the ball deflected off Sweden defender Daniel Majstorovic before finding its way into the net

Barry’s unassuming manner filters through. What about the goals he scored for Villa ‘There were a lot of penalties,’ he said.

How about the 50th cap in a win against Spain ‘I came on and ground it out for 20 minutes.’

Team-mates, those who know him best, hold him in the highest esteem. David Silva voted for him as Player of the Year and Mancini called for him to be England captain.

‘Gareth’s the man, simple as that,’ said Joe Hart. ‘He leads by example. No messing around, he never moans. When you start to panic, look at Gareth and he just keeps doing what he’s doing in his unselfish role. We know what a massive role he plays at our club and he does the same for England.’

BARRY'S BIG BREAKTHROUGH

Gareth Barry has become an England regular since his display against Israel in September 2007 marked his transformation from box-to-box midfielder to deep-lying holding playmaker. Manager Steve McClaren asked him to balance the forward runs of Steven Gerrard and Barry played well in a 3-0 win, keeping his place in the next game against Russia for another 3-0 victory. In 47 internationals since, Barry has featured in 40, missing one through suspension and three through injury. He has won 52 caps, scoring three goals. Barry made his debut at the age of 19 in the same game as Gerrard, coming on as a substitute against Ukraine at Wembley in May 2000.

The fashion for a five-man midfield with two sitting deep has helped Barry develop. At Aston Villa, he was an inspirational skipper with freedom to roam. At City he refined his role.‘I think that England game, against Israel (in 2007), when I came in for Owen Hargreaves and played alongside Steven Gerrard was the start of my transition from the box-to-box midfielder to someone who would sit a bit more,’ he said.

‘It probably suited me but it wasn’t until I was about 26 that I really tried to learn the defensive role. Even now, people say I’m not a specialist defensive midfielder for that reason.’

Hodgson will offer the first clues to his strategy in Saturday’s friendly in Norway and Barry believes there are reasons for quiet optimism under a manager with a reputation as a deep-thinking tactician.

‘Spain don’t just have one or two who can get on the ball in tight areas, they’ve six or seven,’ said Barry. ‘They have a fantastic group of players who for me are a step above anyone else.

‘They play the game the people want to see. It’s different to England at the minute. We haven’t got that group of players. If you’re comparing, they’re at a different level. But it doesn’t mean you can’t beat them as we saw in the friendly at Wembley. It might not have been beautiful to watch but it proved England can beat the best.

‘I’m not a manager and I don’t want to be one, but for the players, it’s so important to look at the opposition and work out how to beat them, rather than just saying, these are the best players, go and play.

‘Especially in tournaments, you’ve got to look at your opponents and their strengths and get the team in the right formation to win.’

Full support: Barry has thrown his backing behind new England boss Roy Hodgson

Full support: Barry has thrown his backing behind new England boss Roy Hodgson

Hodgson’s years of overachievement with clubs like Fulham and West Bromwich Albion and nations like Switzerland and Finland should prepare him well for such a task.

The new boss has other things on his side. Like plenty of experience in the dressing room, confidence bred by Chelsea’s victory in Europe and the new champions of Manchester City. A general downgrade in expectation levels might help too.

‘As an England player you go through phases,’ said Barry. ‘When you make your debut you feel no pressure, you’re on top of the world and nothing’s expected of you.

Come a long way: Gareth Barry has progressed since the pain of World Cup defeat by Germany in June, 2010

Come a long way: Barry has
progressed since the pain of World Cup defeat by Germany in June, 2010

‘But the more caps you win and the more you’re around it, I think the pressure grows. When you’ve been to a couple of tournaments you realise what the country expects, as I’ve found out. You see how things are magnified. It’s the same job but it can be a different atmosphere. In South Africa we scrambled through the group playing badly but we were still expected to beat a German team who had played good football in the group games.

‘If we met them tomorrow, Germany would be the favourites. That’s the position we’re in. The expectation isn’t what it normally is, but that can help. Confidence will be high when you look at what City and Chelsea have achieved and the players will go there positive, thinking of lifting the trophy.

‘The first task is to impress the new manager. I feel as fit as ever. Winning trophies has made me more confident and relaxed and the experience of the World Cup will help.

‘All in all, I’m in a better place to play football for England.’

Kettering go back to 1976 in bid to beat winding up petition

Staying alive! Kettering turn to the 1970s in bid to save club from going under

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UPDATED:

15:29 GMT, 29 March 2012

Time travel isn’t something that’s going to become possible anytime soon but if you head down to Kettering Town this weekend you may just get the next best thing.

The mid-table Conference National club have announced a one-match sponsorship deal with Betfair that will see them turn out in a strip based entirely on their 1976 kit right up to the ‘short shorts.’

Getting hairy: Kettering will take to the field on Saturday with a retro kit

Getting hairy: Kettering will take to the field on Saturday with a retro kit

Spirit of 76: Kettering Kettering hope to raise much-needed cash to keep the club afloat

Spirit of 76: Kettering Kettering hope to raise much-needed cash to keep the club afloat

The Poppies are in the midst of a financial crisis and face a HMRC winding up petition at the High Court on Monday. The one-off deal has been put in place in the hope of boosting much needed funds.

Kettering made history in 1976 when they became the first British side to feature sponsorship on their match shirts.

At the time the FA threatened them
with a 1000 fine if they did not remove it, but a year later shirt
sponsorship was legalised paving the way for Football League clubs to
cash in.

In another welcome
nod to the 1970s, season ticket holders can get into Saturday's game against
Stockport County at Nene Park for just 1, with supporters
able to pocket the money saved on a full price ticket or donate back to
the stricken club.

Kettering’s
acting Chairman George Rolls said: ‘The club is extremely grateful for
the support that Betfair have shown us. The money raised will massively
help the club at this difficult time.’

Judging by the video, a change in strip isn't the only thing Stockport may have to face at the weekend.

Dodgy
perms, outrageous moustaches, questionable tackling technique and
maybe, just maybe, a 'Saturday Night Fever' goal celebration could be making a comeback…