World Football: Best of the April Fool's Tricks
April Fool's Day is no laughing matter if you get caught out, but some of the jokes on display this year were pretty good.
Southampton striker Rickie Lambert featured in the one of the best and most elaborate, but other pranks were also impressive.
Pakistan to Play England
Steven Gerrard and Roy Hodgson will not be facing Pakistan this summer.
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Pakistan football website FPDC (FootballPakistan.com) sent out an alert to supporters informing them that England had invited the national team to play a friendly in August to celebrate the 66th anniversary of independence.
FPDC issued the message on its Facebook and Twitter pages to announce that the match would take place on Aug. 14.
However, Pakistan newspaper The Daily took the report at its word and published it on their online pages.
One quick look at the fixture calendar would have solved the problem, England are already scheduled to play Scotland on that date as part of the Football Association's 150th anniversary celebrations (theFA.com).
New FC Dallas Signing Takes Bull by the Horns
Fans greet new FC Dallas' signing.
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Enter Tex Hunter, otherwise known as the team's mascot, as their new signing for the current MLS campaign and would continue to wear his No. 96 shirt in matches.
It remains to be seen whether the newcomer will feature against Toronto FC at the weekend.
Goalposts Gag Extends Credibility
Players will not be allowed to hold back the extending goalposts under the 'new' scheme.
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The Football League would be introducing a new initiative in an effort to provide greater entertainment in extra-time in Capital One Cup matches, claimed The Sun.
If ties remained all-square at the end of 90 minutes, goalposts at both ends of the ground would be extended by 50 percent in size for next season's tournament
If no goals were scored in the first period of extra-time, the goals would increase again to double their original size.
Ye Olde Football Manager
Old and modern football collided in The Mirror's April Fool.
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The popular Sports Interactive computer game Football Manager brought out a new edition to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Football League, The Mirror reported.
The new Football Manager 1888 game would allow gamers to compete under the same rules and regulations of when the league began, with no substitutions, no offsides and heavy tackling.
Entrants would also have to deal with players being called up for war and having an entire defensive back line wiped out through injury.
Rickie Is a Kiwi
The official Southampton website (SaintsFC.co.uk) got in on the April Fool act with news that striker Rickie Lambert was preparing to apply for New Zealand citizenship to boost his hopes of playing international football.
According to the report, the 31-year-old striker's grandfather was born in Christchurch and moved to England after the Second World War.
And Lambert wanted to gain New Zealand citizenship in order to ensure he could play for the All Whites as soon as possible.