23
Jul

Scary scene breaks out as protesters clash with players during friendly

Maccabi Haifa players and pro-Palestinian protesters clashed during a preseason friendly between Haifa and Lille in Austria, with the incident caught on video.

According to the Jerusalem Post, a group of male fans stormed the pitch in the 85th minute waving Palestine flags. Punches were thrown and profanities exchanged between Haifa players and the pitch invaders, but security eventually removed the protesters.

Thankfully, it appears everyone emerged from the fracas uninjured.

(H/T Deadspin).

23
Jul

Hang with the stars! Sign up to chat with Ashley Cole and Danny Welbeck

Join us on YouTube this Friday for an exclusive Google Hangout with AS Roma’s Ashley Cole and Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck. The two stars stop by for a Hangout before their clash at the International Champions Cup on Saturday (live on FOX, 4 p.m. ET).

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23
Jul

New blood: Shaw, Herrera open up about Manchester United’s plans

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Luke Shaw (L) and Ander Herrera (C) will hope to play key roles in Louis van Gaal’s plans at Manchester United this season (Photo: Getty Images).

Manchester United’s year of redemption begins on Wednesday night as they kick off their preseason against the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena (live, FOX Sports 1, 10:30 p.m. ET).

After the disastrous 2013-14 campaign, wherein the then-defending champions slumped to seventh place in the Barclays Premier League, veteran manager Louis van Gaal has replaced David Moyes and will endeavor to bring the Red Devils back to the top.

Ahead of the match, FOX Soccer caught up with United’s two big summer signings, midfielder Ander Herrera and defender Luke Shaw, in the first one-on-one interviews with each player since their transfers.

First up is Ander Herrera, who came over from Athletic Bilbao:

Leander Schaerlaeckens: Ander, what made you want to join Manchester United?

Ander Herrera: “I am in Manchester United because this is maybe the biggest club in the world. Because Man United have given me the possibility to play at the highest level. I am looking forward to playing here because Louis van Gaal is one of the best coaches in the world.”

LS: Have you spoken to van Gaal? What is he expecting from you?

Ander Herrera: “I think that Louis van Gaal wants that all the midfielders to always want to keep the ball, keep possession, to be an offensive team, always want the ball, never… One moment, I am going to search in Internet! [Pause.] One moment… [Pause.] Hide! Never hide from the ball! Always attack, because he thinks Man United supporters want always to win and be an offensive team.”

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The Red Devils attempted to sign Ander Herrera last summer but failed to complete the deal, with reports suggesting the transfer had been interfered with by pranksters pretending to act United’s behalf (Photo: Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images).

LS: Does he see you more as an attacking midfielder? Or more of a box-to-box guy?

Ander Herrera: “My qualities, my style is offensive. But I think that I can defend as well. I think that if we want to win, to achieve our objectives, we have to defend with all the team, all the players.”

LS: What is the most important thing United have to do this year to compete for the Premier League?

Ander Herrera: “We have to run like a humble team and be compact and work hard to be a good, professional team. I think Man United has a lot of qualities. If you defend hard, after you will be able to play like a big team.”

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23
Jul

Cristiano Ronaldo joins Japanese TV show, hilarity ensues

Cristiano Ronaldo is about as straight-laced as professional athletes get. His work ethic is the stuff of legend, and rarely is he seen goofing off when there are trophies to be won.

So, popping the Portuguese star on a zany Japanese TV show was a recipe for awesomeness. Right from the start the Real Madrid talisman appears uncomfortable, with fog machines, crazy lights and a mob of fans that seem just a bit too close.

Of course, Ronaldo is then given a bouquet of flowers with which he has no idea what to do with, and a life-size photo of him shirtless and flexing is subsequently walked out onto the stage.

The highlight of the entire spectacle comes at the 2:25 mark in the video, where one of the hosts tries out the “facial fitness” product Ronaldo has brought around. It’s tremendous to watch by itself, but even better in GIF form:

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CR7’s reaction says it all. Hilarious!

(h/t 101GG)

22
Jul

Mario Balotelli reads Zlatan’s book, irons and dances at the same time

Here at the FOX Soccer Blog, we like to report hard, thought-provoking news. The kind of stories that you may not think are important, until you see them.

When Mario Balotelli reads Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s autobiography, “I Am Zlatan,” while ironing and dancing, that qualifies 100 percent.

For those wondering, the caption on his Instagram post reads:

#KnowledgeIsPower reading books is cool *emoticons*

#StayInSchoolKids *more emoticons*

BaLOLtelli strikes again!

22
Jul

Spanish side unveils new Tuxedo kits


The lower leagues in Spain just keep on rolling out ridiculous new jerseys.

A day after second-division side CD Lugo raised eyebrows with their uniquely-themed beer and octopus kits, third tier club Cultural y Deportivo Leonesa classed things up a bit with these new fake tuxedo kits.

Oh yes:

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, you have to agree that all these kits coming out of Spain are still better than Manchester United’s new threads.

YUCK!

22
Jul

Cristiano Ronaldo fights dandruff in bizarre shampoo commercial

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Ever wonder how Cristiano Ronaldo always keeps his hair so perfect?

Well, aside from getting his hair trimmed and perfectly styled seemingly every other day, it seems CR7 is also a tenacious protector of his own follicles. In this advertisement for CLEAR shampoo, Ronaldo fights off dandruff attacks with the flair and elusiveness of Neo in The Matrix:

How great was that? Ronaldo sure showed those dandruff balls who’s boss.

And wait, there’s more!

CLEAR also released a behind-the-scenes video of the making of the commercial, which is almost as exciting. At the end of the video, Ronaldo says: “I love the shampoo, it is nice. And if you see the results, you can look for my hair and you will see why I have a beautiful hair.”

So there. Now you know.

H/T Yahoo!Sports

22
Jul

GIF: Lewandowski scores in first test as Bayern player

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This summer has produced yet another arms race between the elite clubs in Europe. Real Madrid signed James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos, Barcelona scooped up Luis Suarez, and Chelsea reloaded with the likes of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas.

Bayern Munich? They’ve been rather quiet, but for good reason.

The German champions did their best business back in January, when it was announced that Robert Lewandowski would join them on a free transfer. You’d be forgiven to have forgotten about him, since he couldn’t star at the World Cup and all.

But on Monday against third-division side Duisburg, in his first test as a Bayern player, the Polish goal machine announced his arrival with an impressive goal:

GIF via Pies

22
Jul

James Rodriguez signs 6-year deal with Real Madrid

Colombia’s World Cup hero James Rodriguez cashed in on his summer exploits, signing a lucrative six-year deal with the reigning Champions League winners.

The transfer fee has not been released, but reports suggest Madrid paid in the region of 80 million euros ($108 million) for Rodriguez, which would make him the fourth most expensive transfer of all time after Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez.

Yes, Real Madrid will now field three of the four most expensive players EVER in the same squad. Talk about your ultimate fantasy all-star team…