The RoundUp brings you the top three football stories of the day – and anything else you might have missed

1. Pirlo downs Mexico

Andre Pirlo marked his 100th international appearance with a stunning free kick to help Italy defeat Mexico in the Confederations Cup on Sunday. The Guardian’s Paolo Bandini pays tribute to the 34-year old who back in 2009 was deemed surplus to requirements at AC Milan. Yes, Andre, I think they probably do regret it. A lot.

2. Squeaky bum time for Pardew

The news that Joe Kinnear will be returning to Newcastle United as Underminer-In-Chief Director of Football will unfuriate supporters, says the Daily Telegraph’s Luke Edwards. Don’t expect chairman Mike Ashley to lose much sleep over it, however much he likes to be pretend he’s one of them. Still, football’s equivalent of Malcolm Tucker won’t be complaining… unless someone reports on him giving players a day off as soon as he arrives, of course.

3. Violence at the Maracana

Tear gas and rubber bullets were fired at protesters in Brazil during demonstrations against the costs of the impending World Cup. With a year to go, things aren’t looking promising as the country deals with numerous issues leading up to next year’s finals.

and the rest…

Here’s a fantastic documentary about how Venky’s have taken down Blackburn.

Neil Warnock proves himself to be a far better interviewee than a Premiership manager as he reveals his passions for ingrowing toenails and dicussing selection dilemmas with, erm, deers.

And finally, BBC Sport’s Alistair Magowan (no, not that one fortunately) bravely tries to explain the utter shambles that is the England Under-21s. Certainly more convincing than Stuart Pearce’s explanation, namely, “It’s not my fault, all the players are crap.” Hang on…

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