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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

Kickabout.

Christmas special.

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We are out and about for a more

festive feel to the show. A lot of

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treats for you. And an early

Christmas present. That is for you.

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Marvellous. Oh no! Manchester

United! Leeds United! That is not

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good. Santa has some explaining to

do.

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That is better. Good morning and

welcome to a very special edition of

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the show. We are feeling very

festive on the Christmas special.

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The mince pies have come out and we

have opened some cracking Christmas

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presents. And plenty of treats for

you at home. Here is what is coming

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up. We revisit some of our favourite

moments from the season so far and

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we look ahead to all the football

action coming up next month. Expect

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plenty of goals, as chosen by you

over the last few months. And we

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catch up with some of the big names

in the Premier League to find out

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how they have been enjoying

Christmas so far. Plenty to come but

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let's start by checking out the

headline hitters this week.

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Monday saw the draw for the last 16

of the Champions League with all

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five English teams involved. Chelsea

played Barcelona while Tottenham

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face Juventus. Premier League

leaders Manchester City play Basel.

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Manchester United face civil. After

a full fixture round-up this week

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Manchester City, their winning

streak shows no sign of stopping as

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they thrashed Swansea extending

their record-breaking run to 15. Man

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United bounced back from Derby day

defeat with a win against

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Bournemouth. Chelsea saw off

Huddersfield and Crystal Palace

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moved out of the relegation zone for

the first time this season with a

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win against Watford. It has been a

busy week and fair to say that the

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Christmas period is no different. In

fact your favourite Premier League

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clubs are busier than ever with a

whopping 50 games from this

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afternoon into early next year. So

to get you prepared for a full few

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weeks of football action we're

bringing you a special guide to the

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season. These are the 12 football

facts of Christmas. Well-known fact

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that at least 12 people at every

football ground dressed up as Santa

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Claus when they go to a Boxing Day

match. The top-ranked goal-scorer of

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the Premier League Mohamed Salah, a

massive 13 goals are ready for

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Liverpool. The last time a full set

of Christmas Day fixtures were

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played in the UK was back in 1971 in

Scotland, a massive ten matches

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taking place. Robbie Fowler is the

top scoring player in Boxing Day

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games. An impressive nine goals.

Eight Gold hit the back of the net

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in the highest scoring Premier

League fixture ever on Boxing Day.

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An encounter between Chelsea and

Aston Villa. Norwich were seventh of

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Christmas Day in 1994. But still

relegated later in the season

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winning just twice after the festive

period. Between now and Christmas

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day six points up for grabs for each

Premier League team. Since the

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beginning of the season we've

already seen five Premier League

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manager sacked. Premier League clubs

will play four times over the

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Christmas period so that is four

games in ten days for the players.

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Will the open of their presence? The

last Premier League game to take

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place on Christmas Eve was back in

1995 when Leeds beat Manchester

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United 3-1. We need to start playing

football Christmas eve again!

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Manchester City have only dropped

two points so far this season. They

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currently sit a massive 11 points

clear at the top of the Premier

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League table and they are yet to

lose a game. And you guessed it the

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English Premier League, teams in

Spain, Italy, France and Germany all

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take a lovely winter break. All

right some.

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Top stuff. Now no exaggeration to

say many of our favourite moments

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this season have come from you guys.

And that is through all the videos

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you have sent in. Every week we love

to check out your skills and today

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is no different.

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Jade and showing some brilliant ball

control here. Juggling forward to

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score for his Portsmouth University

football team. And a great save from

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Oliver during his trial for Bristol

City. Joe Hart would be proud.

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Sunderland fan William with an

amazing top corner volley. And

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finally Malachi, a free kick into

the top corner and cheeky crossbar

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challenge in the snow to finish.

Brilliant as always. Please keep

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your incredible skills coming. You

have loads of time over the festive

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period to send in the video. As we

would take a two-week break. So you

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never know we could feature you on

our first show back in the New Year.

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Some of other have come through the

fantastic players we've featured on

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the show. Kyle Walker, Lukaku, to

name a few. When it comes to

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interview them no one does it quite

as well as you guys. As I found out

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when we had the pitch with star

attacker Anthony Knockaert.

That was

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a good free kick.

What a goal!

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How did it feel to be the captain of

Brighton during promotion?

Of course

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it was really special. It was one of

my best moments in my life.

And good

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for you as well, Toby.

Who is the

funniest player? Right there.

That

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is what they say but it is not true,

I'm not funny.

Both of these fellows

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are budding footballers. Would you

have any advice on how to get better

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and kind of progress through the

ranks?

The most important thing is

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all about the work and enjoy it as

well.

Especially at your age.

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Nothing else, you have to enjoy it

and take it as a game.

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Did you remember? You can do this.

This is how it goes. Slowly. Then

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you go like this. Outside, two

times. You do like this. Come on.

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Yes.

Very good!

Do you remember

again?

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Top stuff. Shall we? It needs a bit

of work. Well top players have been

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enjoying Christmas facilities.

Premier League teams up and down the

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country have been throwing

themselves into the Christmas spirit

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as you're about to see from this

lot. Let's give it one go.

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Come and get Closer. First we cross

and then we believe.

First we cross

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and then we weave.

I do not know

what has happened, boss. The kids

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are going to be so upset.

#

Last Christmas I gave you my

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heart.

# The very next day you gave it

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away...

# An old man said to me, won't see

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another one...

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What a festive bunch. I'm sticking

with your favourite players we

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introduce something new this season,

the online vote. Those of you went

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to the website to vote for your

favourite players and we had some

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fantastic choices. We couldn't

resist bringing you the best bits

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for you to enjoy it right now.

Into

the back of the net, what a beauty.

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What a player.

That is absolutely fantastic!

Wayne

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Rooney will create history if he

scores.

As decent try, Shaqiri!

What

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a strike.

He has done it.

Well hit by Paul Pogba, brilliant

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strike.

Dele Alli!

It is in! Eden

Hazard scores for Chelsea.

A super

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finish by Kevin De Bruyne.

Exquisite.

Neymar, he scores!

Into

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the net. Wonderful.

Ronaldo!

Still

going, Sergio Aguero.

Into the net

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by Sergio Aguero.

He left the ball

over Petr Cech to score.

What a set

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of goals, love it. One of my

highlights this season has to be the

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dream dream pairing with Jamie

Johnson. Let's look back at that

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amazing couple of days behind the

scenes on sat.

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Earlier this year we teamed up with

Jamie Johnson to bring you guys the

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opportunity of a lifetime. The

chance to appear on the show itself.

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Hundreds of you sent in your

fantastic skills but only five could

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be chosen to start in the final

series. And this visit, the big day

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has arrived. Our team about to star

in a dramatised football match in

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the third series of Jamie Johnson.

We take a look behind the scenes.

It

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has been a fantastic opportunity for

us on Jamie Johnson on the show and

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a big part of it is about having

fun. Anyone coming in for the first

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time it is just about expressing

yourself and enjoy yourself and not

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feeling you have to shut down when

you're being filmed. It is hard work

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but we are one big team.

And what a

team we picked to join the Jamie

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Johnson Kast today.

I'm a big fan of

Kickabout and watch it every

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Saturday. I love it when Jamie

Johnson brings his football skills

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onto the show, it is all real.

It is

quite intimidating to see the

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cameras but really exciting.

I am a

massive Kickabout fan and in the

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back of my mind I kept thinking

about it. I was waiting to hear back

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and then it was amazing.

I'm a big

Jamie Johnson fan, I love the drama

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and all the skills.

Some people

entered and so for me to be one of

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the five to be chosen is crazy.

Feeling.

The biggest challenges for

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the final five is patience, you get

called to do things a certain time

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and sometimes you could be filmed

without realising it. The big

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challenge is being patient and

realising your chance might just

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come or of sudden.

I had to wake up

early this morning and we had

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breakfast quickly and we had to

leave.

We got our kit and got

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changed to go out to where we are

filming.

We had to play a bit of

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free play at the end and then a

match play against the Phoenix team.

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I enjoyed playing against a team.

One of the things I did not expect

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was just how long it took. On TV you

June not get to see how long it

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takes. It feels good. I feel proud

of myself.

I tell you what, I'm

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proud of them. They have been

filming tricks and skills in their

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back garden and have gone from that

to starring in the new series of

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Jamie Johnson. I cannot wait to see

it. I've had a really great time and

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it has been a great experience.

A

big thank you to Kickabout and Jamie

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Johnson, I had a brilliant time.

It

is an amazing opportunity. A long

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day but worth it.

I have had a

brilliant couple of days.

I do not

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get many opportunities like this so

this is a once in a lifetime

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experience for me.

What a fantastic final five

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showcasing their skills on the pitch

alongside the Jamie Johnson Kast.

An

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amazing couple of days and well done

to all of them.

You were brilliant.

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Absolutely and it is you guys

getting involved that makes the

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programme so special. Whether taking

part in an opportunity like that or

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getting involved on the website, you

guys have been brilliant at getting

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involved and keeping in touch this

season. And we cannot wait for

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plenty more next year.

And if you're

stuck for inspiration check this

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out.

These brothers were lucky

enough to watch their team in the

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VIP area and even luckier to meet

striker Yann Kermorgant after the

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match.

And this lady is the top

goal-scorer for her team this year

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with an incredible 102 goals.

And

Harrison is an incredible fan and

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this is something that he designed

himself.

And here is Harry with his

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favourite player outside the Etihad

Stadium.

And this massive Norwich

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fan is here enjoying a victory

against Sheffield Wednesday.

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Superstar from you lot as always.

That is all we have time for this

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week but do not despair, plenty to

enjoy over on the website.

It has

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been a brilliant year on the show.

We could not have done it without

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you at home.

Thank you so much for

getting involved and loads more

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fantastic stuff to look forward to

next year. So join us for our first

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show on Saturday the 6th of January.

Until then enjoy the festive

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football action and from all of us,

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to

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everyone watching Match Of The Day

Kickabout. Enjoy all the football

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over the festive period and have a

great Christmas.

I just wanted to

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wish you a very Merry Christmas and

see you early in the new year.

Merry

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Christmas and have an amazing 2018.

That is not the sound of Santa Claus

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and his reindeer 's but the sound of

Man City steaming ahead in

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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!