18
Oct

Bench collapse provides funniest team picture of all time

imageImage via Twitter/@teamthirtythree

Derry City were posing for their official team picture this past week when suddenly the bench in the first row collapsed. We all owe whoever was able to take a snapshot of the carnage a huge “Thank You.”

The second attempt went much more smoothly:

H/T Yahoo!Sports

18
Oct

Xabi Alonso’s first goal for Bayern was genius

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Xabi Alonso has been dazzling for Bayern Munich this season, bossing the midfield almost immediately since coming over from Real Madrid. He leads the Bundesliga in touches per game and broke the all-time records for most in one game with 204 touches against Cologne. He was similarly dominant on Saturday:

The one thing he hadn’t done yet was score, but that changed Saturday. Alonso opened his Bayern account in brilliant fashion, duping the Werder Bremen wall with a low free kick after two dummy runs by his teammates.

The goal put Bayern up 2-0 on struggling Werder. They would eventually win out 6-0.

Image provided by Getty

17
Oct

Seeing yellow! Goalkeeper busted taking a leak during match

When you gotta go … you gotta go.

Such was the case for Excelsior ‘31 keeper Arjan Kok (no laughing!) in a match against CSV Apeldoorn. Apparently the net-minder has a pea-sized bladder, as he took it upon himself to do a little grass-watering behind the touchline during the match.

A quick-thinking spectator managed to record the end of the act, which drew a smattering of applause from the crowd. And, for what it’s worth, Excelsior ‘31 cruised to a 4-0 victory.

We’ll leave it to you to make your own urine-related jokes. Have at it!

(h/t 101GG)

17
Oct

Millwall to wear camouflage kits to honor British troops

This year marks the 100th anniversary of World War I, and Millwall F.C. have announced they’ll wear a special tribute kit in recognition of the Great War, and those that sacrificed so much during that time.

Millwall will don desert camouflage kits for their Nov. 8 home match against Brentford “in remembrance of these courageous servicemen and women and in support of Headley Court Military Rehabilitation Centre,” according to the team’s site.

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(Image: Millwall F.C.)

The commemorative kit will be available for pre-order on Oct. 20 from the Lions Store, or online. They’ll run adults £50 ($80) and juniors can get theirs for £40 ($64).

Aside from being a great cause, we think the kits actually look pretty cool. In addition to the camo, a red poppy will bel featured prominently on the chest of the shirt.

The red poppy is globally recognized as a token of remembrance for those that have served. (The flower became such a symbol in part because of its usage in Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields,” written during World War I.)

Millwall boss Ian Holloway reads the poem in the powerful video below:

(h/t WAATP)

16
Oct

Crazy brawl breaks out in Argentina’s fourth division

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It’s been a while since the last full-fledged melee out of Argentina has come to our attention. Frankly, it’s been quiet. Too quiet.

But sadly, we knew that eventually the silence wouldn’t last. Enter fourth-division sides Deportivo Roca and Cipolletti.

The two teams got involved in a massive brawl on Thursday after a foul at one end of the pitch quickly spilled over to the other end, where all 22 players and dozens of fans took part in a frenetic free-for-all:

The match was suspended after only twenty minutes of play.


16
Oct

ABC buys sitcom ‘Men in Shorts’ based on Robbie Rogers’ life

imageIt’s not often that retiring from professional soccer at the age of 25, and then un-retiring a few months later, is the stuff of TV comedies.

But Robbie Rogers made some headlines in his brief retirement and return to the game at the LA Galaxy. He became the first openly gay man to play in a professional sports league in the United States.

So now TV network ABC is taking Rogers’ experience and turning it into a comedy called “Men in Shorts.”

The show is, not surprisingly, about a young professional soccer player who comes out of the closet and will follow how his teammates, family and friends interact with him after his coming out.

Rogers, since his coming out, has been an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights in sports. He also has a book entitled “Coming Out to Play” being released November 25.

Rogers who recently started his own fashion blog and has his own menswear label is attached to the TV show as a producer.

16
Oct

#TBT: Lionel Messi’s La Liga debut

Ten years ago Thursday, Lionel Messi was handed his La Liga debut for Barcelona by then-manager Frank Rijkaard. Only 17, the baby-faced Argentinian played all of eight minutes coming off the bench for Deco against Espanyol, becoming the second-youngest in club history to wear the Blaugrana kit.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

Take a look at Messi throughout the years by heading here!

16
Oct

FAIL! French U-21 defender teases opponents prematurely

Layvin Kurzawa (R), before it all went wrong. (Getty Image)

Remember that time in grade school when you were taught not to tease your peers or it would come back and bite you in the butt? That what goes around comes around?

So, apparently, France Under-21 defender Layvin Kurzawa didn’t learn that.

With his side down 3-2 on aggregate in their UEFA U-21 Championship qualifying playoff against Sweden, Kurzawa scored in the 89th minute to put the visitors up on away goals. Convinced that this goal would seal France’s spot in next summer’s tournament, the brash defender mockingly saluted several Swedes as he celebrated.

Big mistake.

Just one minute later, Oscar Lewicki responded with his second goal of the game to push Sweden through, 4-3 on aggregate, and boy did they let Kurzawa hear it after:

16
Oct

High school player chooses Neymar meet-and-greet over $10K payout

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Meet Neymar, or bag a cool $10,000 instead?

For most, that’s likely a tough decision. But for Americas High School (El Paso) junior Rhiannon Conelley, the choice was easy.

The 16-year-old student-athlete won a contest put on during the World Cup by Brazilian soft-drink outfit Guaraná Antarctica, with the grand-prize being her choice between a free trip to Spain to meet her idol, or 10 grand in cash.

"I just wanted to meet Neymar, I thought that was more important than the $10,000. Everyone disagrees with that, but I’m sticking to my guns," she said, via the El Paso Times.

Conelley, her varsity team’s goalkeeper, won the contest by submitting a photo of her in a Brazil kit doing some juggling tricks, and of course, holding a tasty can of Guaraná Antarctica:

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(Image: MeetNeymar.com)

The junior beat out thousands of entrants by claiming 4,113 votes, nearly 1,000 more than second place.

Although it’s not determined exactly when Conelley will get to meet Neymar, she, her mother and her team’s soccer coach will all fly to Spain to link up with the Barcelona phenom.

So, what will she say when she finally gets to meet her idol?

"I’ll ask him if he wants to marry me," she joked to the El Paso Times, then backpedaled.

"I don’t want to scare him too much," she said. "I don’t want him to call security to kick me out."

(h/t El Paso Times)

15
Oct

Mayor of London trips little kid while playing soccer

London Mayor Boris Johnson took part in a friendly kick-around with local schoolchildren on Wednesday, and almost made a mess of the whole affair after tripping up a little boy. Yikes!

Johnson has a history of cynical tackling. He once took down former Germany international Maurizio Gaudino in a 2006 charity match:

The lesson as always: Don’t let politicians play sports.