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Good morning, footy fans!
After the international break, the Premier
League is back.
And so are we.
Here's what's in store this week.
We put the style into freestyle with a
sneak peek behind-the-scenes at the Freestyle World Championships and
our own champion John Farnworth has skills for you to learn.
Mahrez, Marney and more.
Who would you choose for this year's BBC African
Footballer of the Year?
We've got the lowdown on all the contenders.
We preview all the big fixtures coming up in another action packed
weekend in the Premier League.
All that and more to come so don't go
anywhere but first it's been a busy week on the international stage.
England was denied a famous victory on Tuesday night when Spain scored
two late goals in the friendly at Wembley but it was the games last
weekend that really counted.
Here's our Kickabout round-up.
England against Scotland really means something.
It'll come out towards Stirling.
England lead through Sturridge.
First Blood to England.
They lead Scotland by 1-0.
Into the corner of the net!
It is 2-0.
It is Lallana with a header.
Rooney with a corner for England.
Here's the delivery and it's in!
The flashing header in.
He has scored a third goal for England
and Scotland's players are defeated now.
What a goal!
Northern Ireland are four up.
Edge of the box.
He drives it home!
Wales one, Serbia 0.
It is Wales one, Serbia one.
Did you know England versus Scotland is the
oldest international football fixture in the world?
They first played each other in 1872 and the
rivalry shows no signs of ending.
Last week the draw for the women's Euros was made and guess what?
England and Scotland meet yet again in the same group and Spain and
Portugal are in there too.
It's going to be tough, next summer but
good luck to both England and Scotland.
Plenty more footy before then though and here's what's been
catching our eye in the news this week.
Many people thought it was a
joke when Julian Nagelsmann was appointed boss of Bundesliga
side Hoffenheim in February.
At just 28, he was the youngest manager in the league but
they are not laughing now with his team are third in the table and
unbeaten all season.
Just goes to show, you're never too young to
Steven Gerrard announced this week he's leaving LA Galaxy.
Amazingly, stories have already emerged, linking him to the vacant
manager's post at MK Dons.
The mannequin challenge is all the rage
at the moment and after claiming that late draw with England, the
Spain team thought they'd have a go in the Wembley dressing room.
Not a bad formation but the lack of movement
up front is frankly shocking!
And finally, congrats to Man City women
who went through to the last eight of the Champions
League, thanks to this
great goal from Tony Duggan against Danish side Brondby.
As you know, here on Kickabout, we're fanatical about
OK, so I may not have the skills but neither does he, to be
honest, but when we heard the Freestyle World Championships were
in London, we just had to go and give you the chance to see some of
the best skills on the planet.
Check this out.
Are you all right?
What kind of soccer sorcery was that?
Big congrats to Alberto Iacano Argentina for
winning the men's World Championship and Melody Donchet of France,
securing the women's title.
If you're sitting there thinking, I'd
love to try that but I just don't know where to start,
fear not because on Kickabout, we have our
very own World Champion freestyle.
Here he is with a few more skills from his locker.
I'm football freestyler John Farnworth and over
the next few weeks, I'm taking freestyle back to basics.
I'll show you some of the best tricks and
skills that won't just impress your friends
but will take your football game play to a whole new level.
Before I started learning football freestyle tricks, I had to
work on my control and my concentration and the drill
I did every single day
was the Maradona Seven.
This involves two touches with your feet,
two with your knees, two with your shoulders,
and one with your head.
The reason this is good is, you're using all
your body parts you use in football and putting them all together.
Variation number one is while doing your kick ups,
control the ball but this time catch it so before
we were kicking the ball up, but this time we're
letting the ball fall and
rest and more importantly, balance on the top of the foot.
I would recommend once you've learned it on
one foot, switch to your other foot so you can mix it up and this
will give you coordination and balance on both feet.
Variation two, this one is a little bit more difficult.
As the ball hits the floor, you're going to perform a half
Rather than kick it ahead of you, you will kick the ball with
your heel on the half volley it comes back from where it came from.
The reason why this is so good is, again it
all about your coordination.
If you don't quite get the half volley, you will miss the control
and it's going to go away from you so it's
a real challenge to get the
half volley right, kick it on your heel and then the ball
will return back to your feet and once you've
done it, keep on doing your kick ups and your Maradona Seven move.
Fantastic stuff, thanks John.
From one superstar at the freestyle world to
We caught up with him of F2 fame to get his dream
five aside team but first, here's what he does best with a
little bit of help from his mate, Billy.
I'm from the F2 and this
is my dream five aside team.
In goal, I'm going to go with Manuel.
It's close, take your pick.
In defence, I'm going with Sergio Ramos.
He's got great feet, he's
a great defender and also if it kicks off, he'll be right
there in the thick of it.
My first midfielder, it is the King himself.
Five aside, 11-a-side, this guy, he's got the lot.
Joining him in midfield, I'm going with my
partner in crime, Billy.
This guy has got the pace, the skills, the
vision, the awareness.
Basically he's got the lot and that's why he's
in the F2.
I'm playing gaffer so Billy and Ronaldinho can link up and
the striker is none other than Lionel Messi.
This guy scores goals for a living.
He studied for over ten years.
Since he came on the scene, he bangs in goals and
that's why he's up top with me.
They are going to rotate.
Billy, Ronaldinho, Messi rotating.
No one is beating my team.
Nice team and my skills, too.
You know those F2 guys, John Farnworth,
the new world champs, they're all good but when it comes to our
favourite football wizards, it's always you lot.
Check these out.
First up is Alfie.
That is surely blocking the path to glory, isn't it?
Oh no it isn't.
What a screamer!
There he goes, rightly happy and what a celebration, too.
Here is Sam.
Nice slick goal and straight in the bin and lovely
Here comes Tommy with a lovely turn.
Control and a composed shot into the corner.
Great stuff, thanks everyone and please
keep them coming in.
Just film your skills and go to the CBBC upload.
You may remember a couple of weeks ago I was let
loose at my beloved Leeds
United and I relived perhaps the best goal the Premier League has
Shall we see it again?
Oh, look at that!
I could watch it all day.
were one of the first African players in
the Premier League and helped blaze the trail for other African stars to
make it in the top league.
Each November the BBC hosts the African
Footballer of the Year and with a short list
like this, it's going to
be pretty tricky to pick a winner.
Tottenham have lost it.
He goes for the shot and scores!
Swansea are battering on the Liverpool door, waiting for the
opening goal, and they have it!
Trying to find Mahrez and he has succeeded.
Wonderful skill, what a goal!
Here he is!
Oh, what an unbelievable hat-trick!
Here comes Torre trying to open up Swansea again and he has
If you want to test your knowledge of African football,
head to the Kickabout website for our brand-new quiz.
You can also give your opinion on who you think
should win African Footballer of the Year.
It is certainly a big weekend for one of the nominees.
Marney is heading back to his old club as
Liverpool take on Southampton at St Mary's Stadium at 3:00pm.
The Senegal international is flying this season with six goals
in 10 games already.
He signed for the Reds in the summer for
?34 million after spending two years with Saints and scoring 25
goals including the fastest ever Premier League hat-trick in just two
minutes, 56 seconds against Aston Villa.
Will he will make the Saints side this afternoon?
I, for one, will be watching.
It's not the only big game this weekend.
Arsenal travel to Old Trafford at lunchtime
to rekindle one of the fiercest derbies of recent years.
We thought we'd end with a little teaser of the big match.
Have a great weekend.
Oh, it's amazing.
It's all going the young man's way.
Old scores to settle.
Arsenal go 2-0 up.
What a goal!
He has scored a sensational goal!
I'm a hedgehog! That must be why I'm so sharp -
I'm channelling my inner hedgehog!
Find out which autumn animal YOU are online now!
Match of the Day spin-off aimed at children aged 7 to 13, bringing viewers the latest from the world of footie as well as top players and pundits.
Featuring goals, gossip, stats and skills, and all you need to know about the nation's favourite sport.