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Posted on January 28, 2013 at 02:57 PM.

The Magic of the Cup

Yes, the "magic of the Cup", along with "a game of two halves", is probably one of the most overused cliches in British football. But there really is something about watching lower league teams who supposedly have no business beating their Premier League counterparts throwing everything out there for 90 minutes. Giant killings in the FA cup, there were aplenty.

Norwich 0 - 1 Luton Town

Oldham 3 - 2 Liverpool

Leeds United 2 - 1 Tottenham

QPR 2 - MK Dons 4

And for more "normal" results:

Brentford 2 - 2 Chelsea (at least they didn't lose)

Brighton 2 - 3 Arsenal

Man Utd 4 - 1 Fulham

Stoke 0 - Man City 1

Transfer Happenings

Holtby will now join Tottenham before the transfer window shuts

Manchester United officially signs Wilfried Zaha, loans him back to Palace until the end of season

Wesley Sneijder joins Galatasaray, did he take a step down?

Everton signs Leroy Fer

Liverpool signs Coutinho

Ian Holloway's column in The Mirror has some interesting tidbits about the machinations behind a transfer. For example, multiple agents calling up and suggesting they can "guarantee" Wilfried Zaha a move to Man Utd.

Harry Redknapp compares the transfer window to gang warfare.

Miscellaneous Reads

Rafa versus Chelsea fans, part III

Graham Poll explains the rules to Craig Burley

Simon Kuper, co-author of Soccernomics, gives his opinion on Wenger's austerity.

In Spain, "the emphasis is 'the ball is your friend'. In England, it's 'get rid of it" -- The Daily Mail interviews Stephen Constantine, an English coach who has managed all over the world.

Time Wasters

Somehow Glenn Whelan escaped without any consequences:

So this tiki-taka thing is fun to watch

My girlfriend and I were watching the Stoke - Man City game when I brought up the fact that Stoke's "song" is Delilah. She found the idea of 20000 fans bellowing out a Tom Jones ballad in unison a little hard to believe, even if Sir Tom is Welsh. So of course I had to find it on Youtube

Photo via The Guardian
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