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Good morning, Kickabouters.
Welcome to another action packed show all about the game we love.
This is what is coming up.
A certain superstar has been training with Barcelona this week.
We reveal all and give you the ultimate chart rundown
of where pop and football have collided and it does not always
result in perfect harmony.
Our resident freestyle wizard, John Farnworth, is back with more
top tips to improve your skills, plus we show off more
of your fancy footwork.
And we go back to the future with two Arsenal team-mates.
Hi, I am Leah Williamson.
Hi, and I am Alex Scott.
Join us for...
Teammate Time Travel.
All that and more to come.
Here are the top football stories that have caught our
attention this week.
Man United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic is to have his own statue
in his native Sweden.
Does he deserve it?
Well, he has just won Swedish Player Of The Year for the tenth
year in a row.
Give someone else a chance!
When people were wondering if Phil Neville was going to take up
the job of Bury manager, the former England man made it clear
he was not in the frame because his mum would have told him.
Check this out.
My mum is the club secretary.
I spoke to her four times today and she has not offered me the job
so I do not think I have a chance.
And remember this great goal from Hal Robson-Kanu in the Euros?
The West Brom man's fantastic finish has been nominated
for Goal Of The Year.
The result is announced in January, but he definitely gets our vote.
There were cheers and tears around Europe this week as the Champions
League got serious.
It is time for my one-minute European roundup.
I love a challenge.
Start the clock.
On Tuesday in Germany records were smashed as Borussia Dortmund
beat Legia Warsaw 8-4 in the highest-scoring
Champions League game in history.
Leicester finally let in a goal, the first they conceded in the whole
campaign but they still beat Club Brugge 2-1 and cruised
through to the knockout stages.
Man City are also through.
David Silva's strike was enough to draw against Boru...
That German team.
The hopes of Arsenal finishing top of their group were dented
as they only managed a 2-2 draw against Paris St Germain.
Their North London rivals Spurs were beaten by Monaco which means
they're out of the competition.
It is bye-bye to Celtic as well as Messi proved he can
work his magic in Glasgow.
He scored both goals as Barcelona won 2-0.
And Man United boosted their chances of Europa League victory with
a 4-0 victory on Thursday but Southampton lost 1-0.
Under a minute.
From Europe to the world stage and after four games as caretaker it
looks likely that Gareth Southgate will get the England
manager's job permanently.
How much do you know about him?
This is the lowdown.
Gareth Southgate started playing professional football
with Crystal Palace in 1988.
He stayed with the club until 1995, that is when he joined Aston Villa,
before ending up at Middlesbrough.
Gareth was picked to play for England 57 times alongside
football legends like Alan Shearer.
His darkest hour came 20 years ago, playing for England
in the semifinals of Euro '96.
Picture the scene, England take on Germany in the semifinal.
Gareth Southgate misses a crucial penalty.
And Germany are through to the final of the competition.
He redeemed himself when he turned to managing Middlesbrough in 2006.
He went on to become the boss of England's under-21 team and then
stepped up to be England manager when Sam Allardyce left
after just 67 days in charge.
Good luck, Gareth, if you land the role.
Let's hope he can do a great job.
Ever wondered what would happen if Neymar played
alongside a popstar?
Wonder no more.
This week Justin Bieber dropped into Barcelona for a kickabout.
What is even more amazing is that Bieber has the skills.
Check this into the top corner.
This got us thinking.
Have other pop stars had a shot at the beautiful game?
Yes, they have.
This is our top five.
At number five, this little beauty is going in One Direction
and that is up the charts.
It is 1D's Louis Tomlinson, turning out for Doncaster reserves.
Sadly his silky skills could not stop the match ending 0-0.
At four, the legend that is Diana Ross.
You may have to ask your granny who she is but she has scored number
ones for over 50 years.
Sadly she could not score a penalty.
All she had to do was kick straight.
At three, Ollie Murs.
The X Factor runner-up was once a semipro footballer.
He has worn the England shirt with pride for Soccer Aid
and loves every chance to watch his favourite team,
Robbie Williams has captained England loads
of times at Soccer Aid.
The whole thing was his idea.
Once he turned out for his beloved Port Vale.
At number one, it is the king of pop himself, the shoes are off for this.
MUSIC: "Thriller" by
MUSIC: "Thriller" by Michael
MUSIC: "Thriller" by Michael Jackson.
The one and only Michael Jackson.
Would you believe he supported a British team, none
other than Fulham?
His appearances at Craven Cottage led the owner to put up
this bizarre statue.
Just imagine if he had taken his dance moves
into football freestyle.
What a thriller that would have been.
All that music takes me back but it would be great to have
an actual time machine.
We have made one, sort of.
Here is a couple of team-mates to try it out.
I am Leah Williamson.
I am a midfielder for Arsenal Ladies
and England under-20s.
I am Alex Scott, played for Arsenal Ladies and
England as a defender.
I was born in 1984.
You are so old.
You promised you would not say that.
Now I have forgotten what we're doing.
You tell them.
This is Teammate Time Travel.
Let's get the show on the road.
2016, current, what was your greatest achievement this year?
It has got to be winning the FA Cup at Wembley.
A dream come true.
I have won the FA Cup with Arsenal before but to walk up the stairs
at Wembley and lift the trophy.
It was the best feeling, right?
Let's go back to 2014.
A good year for you.
Yes, many firsts.
It was my first year with the first team at Arsenal.
I made my debut.
I scored my first goal.
And I won my first FA Cup.
2007, why was that such a great year for you?
I can tell you just like that.
We won the quadruple at Arsenal.
What were you doing in 2007?
I think I was a professional mascot that year.
I was a mascot for the men's team.
My hero, Theo.
We are both number 14 now.
So cute, blonde hair.
Do you know what the biggest selling single of the year was in 2007?
Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse, Valerie, Umbrella, by Rhianna.
My dog is named after that.
And Bleeding Love, Leona Lewis.
I know the answer.
This is in my top five song list.
Bleeding Love, Leona Lewis.
You heard it here first.
We have a picture of you doing your maths homework.
I do not think it was maths.
I think I was taking football notes,
studying the game.
I like it.
How old were you?
I was minus five!
1997 was the year I burst out.
Who was Prime Minister than?
I am thrilled to see him.
We have taken it back, way back.
Time to throw it forward.
Let's go to the year 2029.
Hopefully we will be bigger and better than ever.
We will have more people watching, more girls playing, hopefully,
we will be actual posters on bedroom walls for young girls.
Hopefully that will happen.
We will be travelling to games in spaceships.
And we will stay forever young.
Thanks, Alex and Leah.
As you are talking about the future, here are a few stars
of the future showing off their skills.
First up, Isaac.
A very nice rainbow flick.
Does he go for another?
Next it is Daniel, who does not mess about.
Straight in the top corner.
Steffan with some neat kick ups and look at that control.
A freestyler in the making.
And finally, it is Thomas.
He sees the bin, and look at that,
what a screamer.
Please keep the skills coming in.
If you need any top tips to get you started, look no further.
Over to our professor of skill, John Farnworth.
I am football freestyler John Farnworth.
Over the next few weeks I am taking freestyle back to basics.
I will show you some of the best tricks and skills that will not just
impress your friends, but will take your football gameplay
to a whole new level.
This trick is called the hocus-pocus.
It is quite difficult and you may get your legs in a twist when you're
trying to practise it.
But when you master it, your opponent will be
well and truly mesmerised.
How do we do it?
As we approach the ball, we put our standing leg next
to the ball, bringing it back across our back foot and sweeping
back across the other way.
I know it sounds really confusing but watch the video,
slow it down, give it a go.
This first variation involves performing the move and then
executing a step over to the inside, then taking a third
touch with the outside of your standing leg.
This will divert the attention the opposite way, giving
you a lot more space.
Remember, these moves are very difficult so practise a lot,
have patience, and you will have it in no time.
Do not forget, there are plenty more of John's videos
for you to check out on the Kickabout website.
This week, Steven Gerrard finally announced his retirement
after 19 years of football.
He's not the only sporting legend to retire recently.
I am not talking about Jenson Button either.
Rower Heather Stanning has hungup her oars after two Olympic golds.
Here she is with her dream five aside team.
I am Heather Stanning, double Olympic gold medallist.
This is my five-a-side dream team.
In goal, Peter Schmeichel.
He's really tall.
It has opened up for Scmeichel.
I have put myself in defence.
I cannot play anywhere else.
I will have Zinedine Zidane in midfield.
He is a really good player.
Alongside Zidane, Ronaldo in midfield.
They can also get upfront and score some goals.
Upfront, I will have Pele.
Rivelino, and it is Pelle.
He has scored.
That is Brazil's 100th goal in the World Cup.
That is my dream five aside team.
That is very nearly full-time for this week.
All that is left to do is look forward to these great fixtures
coming up this weekend.
Could Sunderland upset the mighty Reds of Liverpool, or who will win
the battle of London between Chelsea and Spurs?
I cannot wait to find out.
In the week that he retired, we could not go without remembering
some of the reasons that Stevie G was one of the best.
Check this out, see you soon.
This is Gerrard in the box.
Steven Gerrard scores.
This is Gerrard.
It is in.
He has done it.
HACKER: Can you impersonate a CBBC character or presenter?
Well, we want to see them. The funnier, the better.
Just head to the CBBC website and upload your 20-second clip
and tell us who you're impersonating.
"I never want to see you ever again! Now bog off!"
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Featuring goals, gossip, stats and skills, and all you need to know about the nation's favourite sport.