Never has the need been so great for a distraction from events in South Africa that continue apace and persist in dominating our television screens without any further involvement from the mighty England. Whether we are feeling dejected, curious or simply in need of emerging ourselves in the delights of naked women, the internet is the place to go.
For us ardent football fans, out needs are both varied and great so I have sifted through the myriad of websites that try and appeal to our fancies to bring you the best places for stats, gossip, transfer news and maybe some salacious rumours about the love life of Steven Gerrard.
Dirty Tackle: It promises football, culture and nonsense and successfully delivers all three. A refreshingly laid back approach to football, for those of us that find BBC Sport a bit sterile, Dirty Tackle features plenty of videos and even Paris Hilton smoking Marijuana to keep us entertained for hours.
Goal.com: Prides itself on breaking news, or stuff that would make more interesting breaking news if only it were strictly true. They’re not usually too far wide of the mark from what makes the papers the following day and are particularly strong on European transfer movement.
Soccerbase: A treasure-trove of painfully accurate stats and information. Soccerbase provides a user-friendly service for results from round the world and head-to-head records between clubs. You should know better than to trust the wildly-misleading appearance data on Wikipedia.
101 Great Goals: If you can’t be bothered trawling through rubbish on YouTube and the videos of questionable quality, go to 101 Great Goals for a comprehensive library of football highlights from England, Europe and the rest of the World. This is the place to watch those great goals, dodgy penalties or those nasty tackles where people’s bones visibly rupture through their skin.
Football 365: Despite being run by Sky, Football 365 has retained a significant degree of editorial autonomy. Packed to the gunnals with engaging opinion pieces and light hearted banter in their chat forum, it also has its fair share of tottie within the WAG section.
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