The man of steel issue

April 7, 2012
Off the Ball never rests in its mission to scratch around the underbelly of professional football to find the most bizarre, humorous and inexplicable stories.

This week, APOEL defender Paulo Jorge pulls his own teeth out to play on against Real Madrid, Roberto Mancini would like to punch Mario Balotelli in the head, Felipe Melo leaves Albert Riera with a bloodied nose and there'll be no Mean Machine-style redemption for imprisoned Bari match-fixer Andrea Masiello.

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