Links! And David Beckham getting embarrassed by a quick little kid!

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle

All the stuff being covered outside the unfriendly confines of the award-winning Dirty Tackle...

The FA's YouTube channel says the kid nutmegged Beckham in this Zurich appearance during World Cup bid week a while back, but it's hard to tell if he actually did. Either way, this might have been the moment Beckham first started thinking about retirement. [YouTube]

Mario Balotelli is finally on Twitter for real. [Twitter]

Sir Alex Ferguson in 13 paradoxes. [Grantland]

A deeper look at the false story about Mario Balotelli offering his now ex-girlfriend as a prize to Real Madrid. [SWW]

Gigi Buffon plays for Juve, but his heart and pocketbook belong to Carrarese. [Counter Attack]

The Alternative PFA team of the year. [SB Nation]

The Real Oviedo story is worth your time. [Copa90]

Like DT on Facebook for extra bits and chances to win prizes. [DT on Facebook]

Sheffield Wednesday turn down payday lender sponsorship deal. [Independent]

MLS is testing out a ref cam. [MLSSoccer]

If you haven't checked out Howler Magazine yet, you're really missing out. [Howler]

And finally, DT is once again nominated for a couple of EPL Talk awards and we must defend our titles in both categories! You can vote in the Best Blog category here. Both Ryan and I are also up for the Best Blogger award (him for his work at Bleacher Report, me for DT). You can vote in that category here. Your support is greatly appreciated (and any betrayal will be punished by Zlatan)!

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