It’s April Fools, so talkSPORT.com is looking at some of the best football pranks – and there have been some classics.
1. Roman Abramovich names new Chelsea manager
We start with one of the talkSPORT April Fool’s Day gags. On April 1, 2013, Rafael Benitez revealing himself to be a very unpopular interim manager at Stamford Bridge – and the ninth boss in less than a decade owned by Roman Abramovich – our intrepid journalist “Paolo Fril” informed the world that the Russian was considering appointing the next Chelsea manager. We even asked former Blues boss Gianluca Vialli to confirm that Abramovich had been in touch for advice on being the boss, with the Italian informing us that he wanted to buy his coaching badges. !
2. Fight in the stands
While Des Lynam introduced viewers to the Beeb’s flagship show on Saturday April 1, 1989, two men from the studio behind began fighting. Someday we hope to see something similar on Sky Soccer on Saturday, except for real. In fact, we just want the show, with GameDay Live, to come back on the air.
3. Craven Cottage sinks
BBC Teletext – do you remember? – stated on April 1, 2000 that the land by the Fulham River, Craven Cottage, was gradually sinking into the Thames. It was an April Fool, of course, but this season it seems that Fulham is sinking really fast.
4. Ian Rush signs for Everton
In the 1980s, Merseyside rival Liverpool was undoubtedly the top two teams from England, if not Europe, and the only man who seemed to give the advantage to the red half of Merseyside was Ian Rush. Anfield’s sniper is used to scoring against the Blues, especially in the cup final. So when Shoot magazine In Rushie’s photo on the cover of an Everton shirt on April 1, 1989, Kopites couldn’t believe their eyes and the Evertonians jumped for joy… until they turned to page seven, where it turned out to be a cruel hoax under the title, ‘Rush For Everton Nevertheless’.
5. Madonna Maradona
1989 was really a vintage year for the April Fools football gags. An Italian TV channel claimed that Diego Maradona was dating pop star Madonna. The only problem was that Maradona was married and did not take suggestions too gently that he was cheating on her missus. Maradona was revered as a god in Naples and, allegedly under pressure from the local mafia, an apology broadcast on the air was then issued by the television company.
6. The new manager of Man United
In April 2016, while Louis van Gaal was going out – he’s still angry about it – Ferdinand tweeted a photo of him standing on the sidelines at Old Trafford, with the words: “New chapter .. Contract signed .. Looking forward to going into management in June. Great summer to come! ”
Of course, Rio was not ready for the canoe at Old Trafford, with Jose Mourinho arriving instead. It turned out that it would “make” everyone. For those who do not know the term, it was used when he pranked his teammates in Liquidation of the Rio World Cup, including Wayne Rooney, Gary Neville and David Beckham.
7. Southampton’s new look
Saints can be funny and in 2016, they said, after meeting with focus groups, they unveiled a “more modernized ridge that continues to symbolize the city and its surroundings, while recognizing more modern trends.”
The soccer ball on the ridge was to be replaced by the Holy emoji. “The idea is that in recent years the club has become much more than just a football club, with its community work and forward thinking approach,” said a statement.