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The Magnificent 7: SEVEN things from around the world of football that we enjoyed this week!

Union Berlin bashing the big boys, last minute limbs, King Eric’s speech and the brilliance of the Russian Premier League feature in our first edition of ‘The Magnificent 7’.


1. Union Berlin beat Dortmund

It hasn’t been the easiest of starts for the Metalworkers and they were given a brutal welcome to the German top tier only a fortnight ago, losing 4-0 at home to RB Leipzig.

However, much like the glorious Sunderland team of 1999/00, an opening day humping has done them no harm and Saturday’s astonishing 3-1 victory over title favourites Borussia Dortmund evoked glorious scenes among the fans in Stadion An der Alten Försterei.

Union have long been known to create one of the best atmospheres in Europe and it’s wonderful to see them taking on the big boys, and winning.

If you want to remember why you love football after Sunderland’s limp defeat at Peterborough, it’s worth giving the scenes from the German capital a viewing.

1. FC Union Berlin v Borussia Dortmund - Bundesliga Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images

2. Evgeny Chernov’s unbelieveable goal line clearance

We all love a bit of skill, a slick counter attacking goal or a thirty yard screamer into the top corner but sometimes the beautiful game can glisten in alternative ways.

Evgeny Chernov of Russian Premier League side FC Rostov were talk of Twitter this past weekend with his unbelievable double goal line clearance receiving worldwide attention - and rightly so.

No matter how many times we watch it back we still expect the Lokomotiv Moscow striker to smash it into an empty net - and yet Chernov appears on the goal line every single time.

Take a bow, son.

3. Pep Guardiola’s tribute to Luis Enrique’s family

Following his side’s dominant 3-0 victory over Brighton on Saturday afternoon,Pep Guardiola entered the post-press conference and immediately gave condolences to his friend Luis Enrique on the tragic loss of his daughter, aged just nine. His players also wore black armbands in tribute.

On behalf of the Manchester City family I want to send condolences for Luis Enrique, for Enrique Martinez and his wife Elena, of course her Father, her Mother and Sira her sister, Pacho her brother, for their loss yesterday of Xana.

Classy manager, classy man.

FBL-EUR-C1-GER-ESP-BAYERN-BARCELONA Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images

4. Niklas Bendtner’s video

The beauty of the Dane’s legacy is that he probably thinks he’s called ‘The Lord’ due to his playing ability, but truth be told it’s for sublime content like this.

We miss you Nik.

5. Chiellini commiserating Koulibaly

This weekend’s top of the table clash in Serie A ended in heartbreak for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, as his 92nd minute own goal gifted reigning champions Juventus all three points.

You would forgive Juve captain Giorgio Chiellini for celebrating the late winner with his team mates, especially after receiving the news his ACL injury will keep him out of the Old Lady’s season for a minimum of six months, but following the final whistle the Italian defender rather wonderfully immediately went to comfort Koulibaly.

Brilliant sportsmanship.

6. Tranmere Rovers last minute limbs

Last minute goals are something to cherish.

Whilst many people class their wedding day or the birth of their first child as the greatest moment of their lives, many football fans will attest to some last minute goal against some jobber team from the land of nowhere. No matter who it’s against or what competition, last minute goals are just generally a bloody good laugh, aren’t they?

It’s good to see Tranmere Rovers fans haven’t lost any enthusiasm for a late leveler.

7. Eric Cantona’s speech

As flies to wanton boys we are for the gods, they kill us for their sport.

Soon the science will not only be able to slow down the ageing of the cells, soon the science will fix the cells to the state and so we will become eternal.

Only accidents, crimes, wars, will still kill us but unfortunately, crimes, wars, will multiply.

I love football. Thank you.

Football loves you too Eric - thank you for existing.

UEFA European Club Football Season Kick-Off 2019/2020 - UCL Draw Photo by Harold Cunningham - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

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