It's our Kickabout Christmas Special! Ben Shires and John Farnworth look back at some of their favourite moments from the season so far.
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Here's Match Of The Day
We are out and about for a more
festive feel to the show. A lot of
treats for you. And an early
Christmas present. That is for you.
Marvellous. Oh no! Manchester
United! Leeds United! That is not
good. Santa has some explaining to
That is better. Good morning and
welcome to a very special edition of
the show. We are feeling very
festive on the Christmas special.
The mince pies have come out and we
have opened some cracking Christmas
presents. And plenty of treats for
you at home. Here is what is coming
up. We revisit some of our favourite
moments from the season so far and
we look ahead to all the football
action coming up next month. Expect
plenty of goals, as chosen by you
over the last few months. And we
catch up with some of the big names
in the Premier League to find out
how they have been enjoying
Christmas so far. Plenty to come but
let's start by checking out the
headline hitters this week.
Monday saw the draw for the last 16
of the Champions League with all
five English teams involved. Chelsea
played Barcelona while Tottenham
face Juventus. Premier League
leaders Manchester City play Basel.
Manchester United face civil. After
a full fixture round-up this week
Manchester City, their winning
streak shows no sign of stopping as
they thrashed Swansea extending
their record-breaking run to 15. Man
United bounced back from Derby day
defeat with a win against
Bournemouth. Chelsea saw off
Huddersfield and Crystal Palace
moved out of the relegation zone for
the first time this season with a
win against Watford. It has been a
busy week and fair to say that the
Christmas period is no different. In
fact your favourite Premier League
clubs are busier than ever with a
whopping 50 games from this
afternoon into early next year. So
to get you prepared for a full few
weeks of football action we're
bringing you a special guide to the
season. These are the 12 football
facts of Christmas. Well-known fact
that at least 12 people at every
football ground dressed up as Santa
Claus when they go to a Boxing Day
match. The top-ranked goal-scorer of
the Premier League Mohamed Salah, a
massive 13 goals are ready for
Liverpool. The last time a full set
of Christmas Day fixtures were
played in the UK was back in 1971 in
Scotland, a massive ten matches
taking place. Robbie Fowler is the
top scoring player in Boxing Day
games. An impressive nine goals.
Eight Gold hit the back of the net
in the highest scoring Premier
League fixture ever on Boxing Day.
An encounter between Chelsea and
Aston Villa. Norwich were seventh of
Christmas Day in 1994. But still
relegated later in the season
winning just twice after the festive
period. Between now and Christmas
day six points up for grabs for each
Premier League team. Since the
beginning of the season we've
already seen five Premier League
manager sacked. Premier League clubs
will play four times over the
Christmas period so that is four
games in ten days for the players.
Will the open of their presence? The
last Premier League game to take
place on Christmas Eve was back in
1995 when Leeds beat Manchester
United 3-1. We need to start playing
football Christmas eve again!
Manchester City have only dropped
two points so far this season. They
currently sit a massive 11 points
clear at the top of the Premier
League table and they are yet to
lose a game. And you guessed it the
English Premier League, teams in
Spain, Italy, France and Germany all
take a lovely winter break. All
Top stuff. Now no exaggeration to
say many of our favourite moments
this season have come from you guys.
And that is through all the videos
you have sent in. Every week we love
to check out your skills and today
is no different.
Jade and showing some brilliant ball
control here. Juggling forward to
score for his Portsmouth University
football team. And a great save from
Oliver during his trial for Bristol
City. Joe Hart would be proud.
Sunderland fan William with an
amazing top corner volley. And
finally Malachi, a free kick into
the top corner and cheeky crossbar
challenge in the snow to finish.
Brilliant as always. Please keep
your incredible skills coming. You
have loads of time over the festive
period to send in the video. As we
would take a two-week break. So you
never know we could feature you on
our first show back in the New Year.
Some of other have come through the
fantastic players we've featured on
the show. Kyle Walker, Lukaku, to
name a few. When it comes to
interview them no one does it quite
as well as you guys. As I found out
when we had the pitch with star
attacker Anthony Knockaert.
a good free kick.
What a goal!
How did it feel to be the captain of
Brighton during promotion?
it was really special. It was one of
my best moments in my life.
for you as well, Toby.
Who is the
funniest player? Right there.
is what they say but it is not true,
I'm not funny.
Both of these fellows
are budding footballers. Would you
have any advice on how to get better
and kind of progress through the
The most important thing is
all about the work and enjoy it as
Especially at your age.
Nothing else, you have to enjoy it
and take it as a game.
Did you remember? You can do this.
This is how it goes. Slowly. Then
you go like this. Outside, two
times. You do like this. Come on.
Do you remember
Top stuff. Shall we? It needs a bit
of work. Well top players have been
enjoying Christmas facilities.
Premier League teams up and down the
country have been throwing
themselves into the Christmas spirit
as you're about to see from this
lot. Let's give it one go.
Come and get Closer. First we cross
and then we believe.
First we cross
and then we weave.
I do not know
what has happened, boss. The kids
are going to be so upset.
Last Christmas I gave you my
# The very next day you gave it
# An old man said to me, won't see
What a festive bunch. I'm sticking
with your favourite players we
introduce something new this season,
the online vote. Those of you went
to the website to vote for your
favourite players and we had some
fantastic choices. We couldn't
resist bringing you the best bits
for you to enjoy it right now.
the back of the net, what a beauty.
What a player.
That is absolutely fantastic!
Rooney will create history if he
As decent try, Shaqiri!
He has done it.
Well hit by Paul Pogba, brilliant
It is in! Eden
Hazard scores for Chelsea.
finish by Kevin De Bruyne.
Neymar, he scores!
the net. Wonderful.
going, Sergio Aguero.
Into the net
by Sergio Aguero.
He left the ball
over Petr Cech to score.
What a set
of goals, love it. One of my
highlights this season has to be the
dream dream pairing with Jamie
Johnson. Let's look back at that
amazing couple of days behind the
scenes on sat.
Earlier this year we teamed up with
Jamie Johnson to bring you guys the
opportunity of a lifetime. The
chance to appear on the show itself.
Hundreds of you sent in your
fantastic skills but only five could
be chosen to start in the final
series. And this visit, the big day
has arrived. Our team about to star
in a dramatised football match in
the third series of Jamie Johnson.
We take a look behind the scenes.
has been a fantastic opportunity for
us on Jamie Johnson on the show and
a big part of it is about having
fun. Anyone coming in for the first
time it is just about expressing
yourself and enjoy yourself and not
feeling you have to shut down when
you're being filmed. It is hard work
but we are one big team.
And what a
team we picked to join the Jamie
Johnson Kast today.
I'm a big fan of
Kickabout and watch it every
Saturday. I love it when Jamie
Johnson brings his football skills
onto the show, it is all real.
quite intimidating to see the
cameras but really exciting.
I am a
massive Kickabout fan and in the
back of my mind I kept thinking
about it. I was waiting to hear back
and then it was amazing.
I'm a big
Jamie Johnson fan, I love the drama
and all the skills.
entered and so for me to be one of
the five to be chosen is crazy.
The biggest challenges for
the final five is patience, you get
called to do things a certain time
and sometimes you could be filmed
without realising it. The big
challenge is being patient and
realising your chance might just
come or of sudden.
I had to wake up
early this morning and we had
breakfast quickly and we had to
We got our kit and got
changed to go out to where we are
We had to play a bit of
free play at the end and then a
match play against the Phoenix team.
I enjoyed playing against a team.
One of the things I did not expect
was just how long it took. On TV you
June not get to see how long it
takes. It feels good. I feel proud
I tell you what, I'm
proud of them. They have been
filming tricks and skills in their
back garden and have gone from that
to starring in the new series of
Jamie Johnson. I cannot wait to see
it. I've had a really great time and
it has been a great experience.
big thank you to Kickabout and Jamie
Johnson, I had a brilliant time.
is an amazing opportunity. A long
day but worth it.
I have had a
brilliant couple of days.
I do not
get many opportunities like this so
this is a once in a lifetime
experience for me.
What a fantastic final five
showcasing their skills on the pitch
alongside the Jamie Johnson Kast.
amazing couple of days and well done
to all of them.
You were brilliant.
Absolutely and it is you guys
getting involved that makes the
programme so special. Whether taking
part in an opportunity like that or
getting involved on the website, you
guys have been brilliant at getting
involved and keeping in touch this
season. And we cannot wait for
plenty more next year.
And if you're
stuck for inspiration check this
These brothers were lucky
enough to watch their team in the
VIP area and even luckier to meet
striker Yann Kermorgant after the
And this lady is the top
goal-scorer for her team this year
with an incredible 102 goals.
Harrison is an incredible fan and
this is something that he designed
And here is Harry with his
favourite player outside the Etihad
And this massive Norwich
fan is here enjoying a victory
against Sheffield Wednesday.
Superstar from you lot as always.
That is all we have time for this
week but do not despair, plenty to
enjoy over on the website.
been a brilliant year on the show.
We could not have done it without
you at home.
Thank you so much for
getting involved and loads more
fantastic stuff to look forward to
next year. So join us for our first
show on Saturday the 6th of January.
Until then enjoy the festive
football action and from all of us,
Merry Christmas to
everyone watching Match Of The Day
Kickabout. Enjoy all the football
over the festive period and have a
I just wanted to
wish you a very Merry Christmas and
see you early in the new year.
Christmas and have an amazing 2018.
That is not the sound of Santa Claus
and his reindeer 's but the sound of
Man City steaming ahead in
It's our Kickabout Christmas Special! Ben Shires and John Farnworth are coming to you with a fully festive edition of the show, as we look back at some of our favourite moments from the season so far, including a Jamie Johnson exclusive, superstar interviews and a guide to the 12 Footie Facts of Christmas! Also, we find out how Premier League players have been getting into the Christmas spirit, and there's the usual fantastic videos and pictures from you lot at home. Merry Christmas!