Happy 32nd Birthday, Kaka!
Happy 32nd Birthday, Kaka!
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Poor Michael Owen. Some folks have no respect for the elderly, no respect at all!
The former Reds legend went back to Anfield Road to take part in Easter Monday’s Hillsborough charity game, and walked into the dressing room to this:
The banter at football clubs never changes!!! pic.twitter.com/zh63r3JKBu— michael owen (@themichaelowen)April 21, 2014
Hey, have you heard?
Manchester United are said to be on the verge of parting ways with David Moyes after yet another loss this weekend. Yup! Apparently, that might happen to you if, in your first season as manager, your club suffers its worst finish in the Premier League era and fails to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 19 years. Imagine that.
It’s not all doom and gloom for Moyes, however. He still has his share of admirers in England, even in Manchester! On Monday, rival club Manchester City fans came out in droves to not only root on their own team against West Brom, but also to shower their rivals’ manager with messages of “support.” Check it out:
See, David? Everything will turn out alright. Even if you do get the sack, football geniuses don’t stay unemployed for long.
Image: Sergio Barrenechea/EPA
Sometimes, it just all becomes too much to take. For Real Betis defender Paulão, this was one of those times.
The Brazilian center back asked to be taken off the pitch barely a half hour into Betis’ match against Rayo Vallecano after he made two disastrous mistakes that both led to goals, and which all but crushed his team’s final hopes of staving off relegation. (Betis went on to lose to Rayo by that very two-goal margin, and with the club ten points from safety and just four games remaining, their fate is all but mathematically sealed.)
Paulão set up the first goal of the game in the 14th minute with an astoundingly weak back-pass to his goalkeeper, which Rayo’s Ruben Rochina easily intercepted and slotted home. Ouch! Thirteen minutes later, Paulão scored an own goal when his sliding clearance attempt went awry. Double ouch.
His two mistakes were so bad, even Rayo captain Roberto Trashorras went over to help Paulão off the ground and offer his condolences. But in spite of everyone’s pity and support, the imposing defender had reached his breaking point and wished to be substituted right then and there. His manager obliged, and Paulão spent the rest of the afternoon in tears on the end of the bench. Poor fella.
H/T The Guardian
Lionel Messi’s son Thiago has his own adorable, customized Messi jersey with “Papi” on the back, according to an Instagram post by Messi’s girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo.
The picture was accompanied by the message: “Con vos en todas 👊👊,” or “With you in everything.”
Dimitar Berbatov wants you to know he’s still the smoothest striker in the game.
On Sunday, the former Fulham and Man United man produced one of the most effortless goals humanly possible to give Monaco a 1-0 win over Nice, which clinched them a spot in next year’s Champions League.
No big deal.
Ah yes, the good ol’ reporter getting hit by a stray ball bit. It never fails to amuse us.
The latest victim? TWC Sportsnet reporter Kelli Tennant, who was struck in the back of the head while giving a live hit ahead of the LA Galaxy’s 2-2 draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
A true pro, Tennant didn’t skip a beat and went on with her report as if nothing happened *golf clap*. She must have taken a lesson from Sky Germany reporter Jessica Kastrop, who’s a veteran when it comes to these things. This is probably our favorite one of the bunch, played on loop for optimal viewing pleasure:
Some other folks wouldn’t remain as cool and collected. Right, ‘Arry?
Here’s a bizarre incident from the Scottish Premier League’s relegation group: Hearts captain Jamie Hamill celebrated his penalty goal against Ross County by literally steamrolling opposing manager Derek Adams on the sidelines!
Yeah, good luck trying to figure out what was going through Hamill’s mind here:
The oddest bit? He doesn’t even appear to be cognizant of what he had just done. Actually, he seems rather pleased with himself:
Truly one of the weirdest red cards we’ve ever seen.
In a matter of just three years, Blackpool have gone from a Premier League side to possibly dropping to England’s third division. And after just two wins in their last 25 Championship games, tempers are beginning to boil over at the crisis-stricken club.
During the opening minutes of Friday’s game against Burnley, angry fans tossed dozens on dozens of tennis balls onto the pitch in protest, temporarily delaying the match. Signs asking for the removal of club chairman Owen Oysten littered the stands. And to top it all off, assistant coach Bob Malcolm was sent to the stands in the second half after smacking one of his own players.
Malcolm appeared to take offense at something substitute Steven Dobbie said, and in response struck the forward before promptly receiving his marching orders from the officials.
Check out the slap:
Things are quickly going from bad to worse for Blackpool, who after the 1-0 loss to Burnley now find themselves in the relegation zone with three matches to play.
Image provided by Reuters.