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Amazon Scores Weekly Soccer Series Fronted By Ex-Liverpool Legend Peter Crouch & Produced By Sony’s Human Media

Amazon Scores Weekly Soccer Series Fronted By Ex-Liverpool Legend Peter Crouch & Produced By Sony’s Human Media
Amazon is to launch a weekly soccer series featuring former Liverpool legend Peter Crouch. The Svod service is to air weekly studio entertainment format Back of the Net during the English Premier League season – coming after it scored the rights to a handful of live games from next season.

Crouch, who scored 42 goals in three seasons for the six-times European champions, is hosting alongside broadcaster Gabby Logan and comedian John Bishop.

Back of the Net is produced by Sony Pictures Television’s Human Media, which was set up last year by former BBC and NBCU exec Alan Brown, and Buzz 16, the company run by former Manchester United defender Gary Neville. Brown will showrun with Luke Shiach as series producer.

The show will launch this summer to coincide with the start of the season and episodes will be released every Tuesday after each Premier League round. Each week the team will
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See a Timeline of Victoria and David Beckham's Relationship

We may soon be mourning yet another Hollywood couple, as Victoria and David Beckham were rumored to be splitting. In fact, bookmakers have even stopped taking bets on a potential divorce! While we cross our fingers the rumors are untrue — and the pair themselves have denied any whispers of a split via statements by their reps — relive their 21-year love story with the timeline below. 1997: David and Victoria start dating after meeting at one of his Manchester United matches, at which she scribbled down her phone number on a plane ticket. The media dubs the couple "Posh and Becks," citing Victoria's Spice Girls moniker. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) Jan. 24, 1998: David proposes to Victoria over a romantic dinner at a restaurant in Cheshunt, England. 1999: The couple buys a seven-bedroom house in Sawbridgeworth, England, for £2.5 million. The 24-acre property boasts an indoor swimming pool, a recording studio, a gym,
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3 Of The Best Football Documentaries

This summer sees the football World Cup return. The major FIFA soccer event takes place every four years and this year will take place all over Russia. Of course, because football fever is once again back in the summer air, a flurry of sports documentaries will be released to mark the occasion. Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager is just one of many that will hit DVD shelves and stores prior to the World Cup, but we thought we’d take a look at the top three football themed sports documentaries you can view right now.

First on the list is from our homeland, England, and specifically to one of our major cities in the north west. You don’t have to be a fan of Manchester United to enjoy The Class Of ’92 – in fact, you don’t even need to be a fan of football at all to
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The Top 5 Sporting Documentaries

Everybody loves a good documentary. But not everybody loves sport. However, a really good sport documentary will bridge this gap perfectly and before you know it you’ll feel like the biggest fan of [insert sport] there is and that you want to know every tiny detail of it. One of those is Best (George Best – All By Himself), which you can see on 24th of February, and to celebrate we’ve taken a look at some of the best sporting documentaries there are on offer that anyone and everyone can enjoy, from Formula 1, to professional bodybuilding. And truly, you don’t even need to be a sports fan to enjoy any of these gripping documentaries…

1. Senna

Before the heartbreaking Amy, Asif Kapadia applied his immense documentary making skills to the story of Formula 1 ace, and three time world champion Ayrton Senna, widely considered one of the greatest drivers the sport ever had.
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Aston Villa Next Manager: 8 Reasons Why Gary Neville Could Transform The Club

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Earlier this week and within the space of 24 hours, Aston Villa and Valencia both announced that they had parted company with their respective managers.

Both departures came as very little surprise, with Remi Garde winning just three of his 23 games in charge of the Premier League outfit and Gary Neville struggling to pick up points in La Liga, leaving Los Che in 14th position and just six points above the relegation zone.

Despite their struggles, both Garde and Neville should not find it difficult to secure a job in France and England respectively, and that leaves open the possibility of Villa taking a risk on the discarded Englishman, who lasted just 28 matches in all competitions at the Mestalla Stadium.

Such suggestions have been ridiculed in the press and on social media, but is Neville linking up with a reputable club who look like plying
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Real Madrid Manager Rafa Benitez To Be Sacked Today

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Rafa Benitez’s brief tenure at Real Madrid is set to come to a (perhaps unsurprising) end today, according to Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.

The Spaniard was only appointed at the Bernabeu back in the summer, following on from Carlo Ancelotti’s departure, but despite being handed a three-year deal it looks as though he’ll have lasted just over half-a-year in the job.

Speculation has been rife for a while that Benitez was set to be axed, despite the fact that his team sit just three points off the top of the table in La Liga. Reports of a possible dismissal first emerged back in November, after their 4-0 hammering to Barcelona in El Clasico, and have gained traction in recent weeks, even though his side put 10 goals past Rayo Vallecano just before Christmas.

This weekend they drew 2-2 with Gary Neville’s Valencia,
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Class of ’92: Out of Their League review: ‘the Neville brothers’ urge to meddle is overpowering and largely counterproductive’

Five football legends score a few own goals as they struggle to get Salford City promoted, and Babs’ snack bar moved

It’s the second half of a turbulent season, and part two of Class of ’92: Out of Their League (BBC1), which traces the fortunes of Salford City Fc, a non-league side bought by Manchester United legends Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt. Salford City is mainly the Neville brothers’ hobby horse – they are the most involved, at least from the programme’s point of view. Scholes mostly scowled and said, “It’s not good, is it?” In his very occasional contributions, Giggsy had the dazed air of a show trial defendant. Nicky Butt had all but disappeared.

The five legends have replaced Salford’s struggling manager, Phil Power, with joint gaffers. Bernard Morley and Anthony “Jonno” Johnson are, frankly, terrifying. They arrived at
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UK TV ratings: The Class of 92 score over 3 million viewers on BBC One

UK TV ratings round-up - data supplied by Barb

The Class of 92's new BBC One TV series Out of Their League attracted over 3 million viewers on Thursday night.

Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and their fellow teammates' running of Salford Fc was seen by an average overnight audience of 3.09 million (15.4%) viewers at 9pm. Earlier, Watchdog brought in 3.99m (19.9%) at 7.30pm.

ITV's For the Love of Dogs with Paul O'Grady was the most-watched show of the night outside soaps with 4.03m (18.5%) at 8.30pm (195,000/1.0%), followed by the latest Unforgiven with 3.56m (17.8%) at 9pm (182k/1.2%).

On BBC Two, The Last Kingdom continued with 1.54m (7.7%) at 9pm, while Russell Howard's Good News tickled 832k (5.0%) at 10pm.

Channel 4's Amazing Spaces intrigued 1.19m (5.6%) at 8pm (322k/1.6%), followed by new series Kitchen Impossible with 1.13m (5.6%) at 9pm (184k/1.2%) and First Dates with 1.26m (8.7%) at 10pm (133k/1.7%).

On Channel 5, Chris Tarrant's Extreme Railways interested 1.27m (6.4%) at 9pm.
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Do I not like that: 6 times football documentaries went properly bonkers

Football documentaries - they're a funny old game. Today's fly-on-the-wall peeks into the lives of Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo may have marked a welcome return of the genre - but compared to mud-and-studs docs of old, they're as over-polished and blemish-free as one of David Beckham's Armani suits.

And so ahead of Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and co's new BBC documentary series Out of Their League, let's reminisce about some classic football programmes - when the beautiful game felt like less a Nike advert, more like an episode of Bullseye.

1. Graham Taylor gets the sack

After an abysmal 1992 European Championships, England manager needed some positive PR, so the Fa allowed camera crews to follow him round during the entire 1994 World Cup qualification campaign for An Impossible Job.

Whoops: this spectacularly backfired for old Turnip Head, as England were knocked out. But not before Taylor effed and jeffed his way through every single match,
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9 TV shows you must watch this week: Supergirl, Catastrophe, X Factor live shows

Autumn nights may be getting colder and darker, but thankfully, 'tis the season of brilliant television. And trust us, there's no let up this week - from the first new-look X Factor live shows, to the return of excellent hit comedies Catastrophe and Detectorists.

1. Scream Queens - Monday, 10pm on E4

It's Halloween week, so what better way to mark the occasion by watching a bunch of horror movie clichés screaming their lungs out and being as catty as an Apprentice contestant?

Jamie Lee Curtis stars in this hilariously camp horror anthology series which also contains a who's-who of young stars from Emma Roberts to Lea Michele to Nick Jonas. Even Ariana Grande isn't safe in this Mean Girls vs Midsomer Murders madness.

2. Catastrophe - Tuesday, 10pm on Channel 4

It only feels like yesterday since Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney's messed-up romcom began, and we're being spoiled rotten
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Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville gives Manchester's homeless blessing to stay in £1.5m hotel this winter

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has given his blessing to the homeless squatters who have taken up residence in his new hotel and allowed them to stay in the building during the winter.

Former Manchester United star Neville and hotel co-owner Ryan Giggs have received planning permission to transform Manchester's historic stock exchange into a new boutique hotel, but the building was sitting empty as the footballers planned for extensive renovations to take place before opening. Housing activists occupied the site on Saturday (October 17).

Wesley Hall, leader of housing activists Manchester Angels, told the Manchester Evening News that he was left "crying and shaking" after talking to Neville on Sunday.

"What a great guy Gary Neville is," Hall said. "We've been in negotiations with him and things are looking good. He said the main building work isn't taking place until February, so we'll be okay to stay until then."

I'm crying.
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Class of 92 documentary finally gets a new premiere date after a delay

The Class of 92: Out of Their League has been handed a new premiere date on BBC One after being delayed by several weeks.

Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Nicky Butt were set to launch their spinoff documentary series last month, but it will now premiere on Thursday, October 29 at 9pm.

Class of 92's Out of Their League: Are Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville the next big reality TV stars?

Out of Their League charts the former Manchester United legends after they took over control of local club Salford City Fc last season.

Originally a three-part series, it has now been reduced to just two episodes, with the second episode airing a week later.

David Beckham sadly doesn't appear in the series, but he was approached by his old teammates about getting involved with the team.

Giggs told Digital Spy at the time: "Becks was
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Class of 92's Out of Their League: Are Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville the next big reality TV stars?

Documentary film The Class of 92 documented the journeys of a group of footballers as they went from fledgling youth players to worldwide icons in a matter of years.

Now, a new BBC series shows how Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Nicky Butt are taking on the serious side of football: owning a club.

The five players (minus fellow Class of 92 star David Beckham) star in Out of Their League, a three-part series that follows the new owners of Salford City Fc, after they decided to buy their local club in 2014. The documentary promises to give football fans a rarely-seen close look at how a football club is run, and the challenges that face everyone from the owner to the tea lady.

A future reality show?

One of the greatest things about the series is the characters it throws up. Every club across the country has its jokers,
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Man United legends' Class of 92 docuseries airs next month on BBC One

BBC One's documentary series Class of 92: Out of their League will air next month on BBC One.

The programme will see Manchester United legends look for success in the next stage of their careers as owners of lower league football team Salford City Fc.

Old Trafford heroes Ryan Giggs, Phil and Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt will be the focus of the series, previously titled Salford Dreams United.

The former Red Devils teammates seized control of their local club in 2014, with Scholes and Phil Neville taking over managerial duties on a temporary basis earlier this year.

Consisting of three hour-long episodes, Class of 92: Out of their League is produced by Electric Ray for BBC One and will be narrated by Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax star Sarah Lancashire.

Butt said: "Football is massive for all of us, it's our life and Salford is
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FIFA 16: Everything You Need To Know About The Ultimate Team Draft

FIFA Ultimate Team has spiralled to insane levels since it’s introduction on FIFA 09, and has cemented itself as the game’s most popular mode.

One million gamers played a match on Fut back in 2009, but now that level has shot well above 21 million, with the number accelerating upwards all the time as EA plough more resources into the mode.

The basic formula of Fut has seen it become the 21st century answer to football cards and/or stickers. Collecting, buying and selling players is integral, but one thing that stickers and card could never do was face each other in matches. FIFA can bring your collection to life and adds a real purpose to your hoarding, even if you can’t own the physical cards to collect for years to come.

Now, Ultimate Team has a whole new way of competing, as demonstrated by Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher in the video above.
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Behind the Broadcast: A day behind the scenes filming the 2015 Ashes

As you sit at home watching the 2015 Ashes on your TV, tablet or smartphone, spare a thought for the man sat in the back of a truck, keeping his eye on 78 screens in order to ensure you're always watching the most exciting action.

That man is Mark Lynch, Sky Sports' director of cricket. He's the one who picks and chooses which of the 45 camera angles at his disposal you're privy to. He's also responsible for giving orders to a team more than 100 strong, hour after hour, day after day, for each and every ball bowled during the showpiece cricket tournament.

Six apps to get you through the 2015 Ashes

Like the conductor of a well-practised orchestra, Lynch controls the ebbs and flows of the game from his spot in the centre of the £8 million driveable outside broadcast truck.

As Australia dismantled England in the second test at Lords to watch, Sky's team frantically filmed,
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Man Utd Transfers: 10 Players Who Could Replace Angel Di Maria

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Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes that Louis van Gaal should bring in a replacement of similar quality if they are to sell Angel Di Maria to Paris Saint-Germain. Neville, who praised the club’s summer transfer business is concerned about the Red Devils losing such an attacking threat and thinks a new face should be brought in imminently.

His comments make sense. The removal of Di Maria (despite his questionable form last season) leaves Manchester United with an unbalanced link between midfield and attack and new signings, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin would be unable to repair it. Ander Herrera is more of a textbook centre midfielder and does not possess the pace, acceleration or dribbling skills that their Argentine midfielder would bring to van Gaal’s midfield trio.

Di Maria is best used on the left side of a 4-4-2 diamond formation
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Gary Neville And Jamie Carragher Tear Into Nufc

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Newcastle United seem to be Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher’s favourite weekly punching bag – but every single bit of criticism directed at the Magpies by the duo on Monday Night Football this week was thoroughly merited.

Neville described Newcastle as a club in “free-fall” right now following their club-record eighth-straight Premier League, while his fellow Sky Sports pundit Carragher blasted the Magpies as “shambles”.

John Carver’s side meekly surrendered 3-0 to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium – having two players dismissed for two bookings in the process – and the club then descended into a mini civil war as the interim head coach accused Mike Williamson of “deliberately” getting sent off, before club-captain Fabricio Coloccini and goalkeeper Tim Krul allegedly exchanged words on the coach after the game.

The Magpies sit just two points and three places above 18th-placed Sunderland, with Leicester City, Hull
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Gary Neville Aims Dig At Kevin Keegan’s Nufc Entertainers

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Chelsea moved within two points of the Premier League title with a 3-1 victory over Leicester City – and Gary Neville dismissed any talk of the Blues being “boring”, taking a dig at Kevin Keegan’s Entertainers in the process.

Keegan’s Newcastle United led the Premier League table by 12 points during the 1995-96 season but ended up being pipped at the post by Manchester United – and Neville described that team as “exciting losers” who “nobody remembers” now.

Jose Mourinho’s Blues meanwhile were forced to endure chants of “boring, boring Chelsea” during the 0-0 draw against Arsenal at the Emirates last weekend – but Sky Sports pundit Neville said that was “absolute nonsense” because “people remember winners”.

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The Entertainers were many Newcastle supporters’ favourite ever side, but their glorious failure was dismissed by the former Man United right-back when he was talking about
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Casualty, Harry & Paul, Line of Duty win at Rts Programme Awards

Line of Duty, Casualty and Harry Enfield & Paul Whitehouse have won at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards 2013-2014.

The event - which honours excellence across all genres of television programming - took place at London's Grosvenor House Hotel on Tuesday (March 17), hosted by John Sergeant.

Line of Duty picked up Best Drama Series, Best Actress went to Happy Valley's Sarah Lancashire and Best Actor was won by Tom Hollander (A Poet in New York).

Casualty beat Coronation Street and EastEnders to claim Best Soap, while comedy Harry & Paul's Story of the Twos received two awards from its three nominations.

Strictly Come Dancing's Claudia Winkleman also took home Entertainment Performance, The Graham Norton Show won for Entertainment Programme and The Island With Bear Grylls triumphed in the Popular, Factual and Features category.

Sky Sports' Gary Neville collected Best Sports Commentator for the second year running, and the Lifetime
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