14
Sep

Blas Perez unintentionally scores wonder goal

FC Dallas striker Blas Perez was the Man of the Match in a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday, scoring both goals. But he really should’ve been named “Magician of the Match,” because Perez’s first goal was scored from a truly impossible angle:

Yeah, there’s no way he meant to do that.

Or did he?

Image provided by USA Today

14
Sep

President Obama makes good on USA-Belgium World Cup beer bet

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Barack Obama has a lot on his plate at the moment, but the POTUS still found time to make good on his World Cup bet with his Belgian counterpart.

As you may remember, Belgium’s Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo tweeted Obama a friendly wager ahead of the two nations’ Round of 16 tie, with the loser having to send a case of the country’s finest beer to the other. Though he never tweeted back, Obama accepted. Secretary of Defense Tim Howard did everything he could, but Belgium eventually squeaked out the win in extra time.

Two months later, Obama finally paid up, sending the Belgian embassy in Washington D.C. a case of Sam Adams Boston Lager, as well as a case of the Boston brewery’s seasonal variety pack. Fancy! (The POTUS’ choice was also pointed: Sam Adams is America’s largest USA-owned craft brewery.)

Attached was also a handwritten note from Obama personally, which ends with this great line: “As Americans, we’re always grateful for the partnership with our Belgian allies. Except on the pitch. See you in 2018.”

Sounds like a new bet!

Image provided by Getty

13
Sep

Birmingham’s Wes Thomas scores net-breaking goal

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Birmingham City’s Championship game against Leeds United on Saturday was delayed for nine minutes after Wes Thomas’s 38th-minute goal literally broke the net.

Thomas dislodged the back left stanchion of the net with the game’s opening goal, and it took the ground staff a considerable amount of time to replace the broken support beam.

The crazy thing about it: Thomas even went with a finesse shot instead of power, yet still managed to break it! Birmingham, we have to talk about your net quality…

Watch (1:00 min mark):

13
Sep

Ronaldinho chose Queretaro to “continue winning titles… and girls”

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Oh, Ronnie…

Brazil legend Ronaldinho Gaucho raised plenty of eyebrows by choosing to play for Liga MX club Queretaro, but he may have shed some light on his surprising decision at his official unveiling on Friday.

Per Mundo Deportivo), Ronaldinho told reporters:

"I’ve always lived in the same way and with every team I’ve been a champion. I hope to keep doing the same and continue winning titles and girls."

It’s no secret Ronaldinho loves the female attention that’s accompanied him his entire career (remember this NSFW pic?), and after playing in France, Spain, Italy and Brazil, the two-time FIFA World Player of the Year is now looking to dip into a whole new pool of chicas. And keep winning titles. In some order.

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13
Sep

1860 Munich release awesome Oktoberfest kit

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Call the contest! It’s over! 1860 Munich have won the Football Kit World Cup!

Munich’s second-biggest club released their special edition Oktoberfest kits in preparation of the world’s largest country fair, and they are amazing.

Why are they the best?

Two words: Lederhosen shorts!

The traditional Bavarian garb will dominate the Munich landscape as far as the eye can see for the next few weeks, and now 1860 have made sure that goes for the Allianz Arena pitch as well. The plad shirt to go with the lederhosen is also an Oktoberfest staple and completes the whole kit.

Let’s see if big brother Bayern Munich can answer with an improved version of their away kits last season, which were also Oktober-fest inspired but way less awesome:

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H/T SBNation

12
Sep

Four-star recruit chooses soccer over college football

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In what could be considered a small victory for “futbol” over “football,” a highly-touted, dual-sport high school athlete has opted to play soccer this season over football.

Drake Davis of Fork Union Military Academy (Va.) is a four-star wide receiver prospect and ranked No. 27 in the college football class of 2016 by Rivals, but the junior has informed his coaches he’s playing the “Beautiful Game” instead. Davis is also a Division 1 soccer prospect, and at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, quite a massive one.

It remains to be seen if Davis will stick with soccer for his senior year as well (he could always change his mind again). But in any case, if more of America’s brightest young athletes follow Davis’ lead, it can only mean good things for Jurgen Klinsmann’s national team!

There is one other prominent name that comes to mind who once chose soccer over another of America’s most popular sports: goalkeeper Tim Howard turned his back on multiple basketball scholarship offers to etch out his career between the pipes. We’d like to think that decision turned out pretty well!

Image via 247Sports

H/T SI.com

12
Sep

Ajax’s Jasper Cillessen steals teammate’s thunder with diving header in training

Sometimes, the planets align and something truly serendipitous happens … right when you least expect it.

Take this clip from Ajax training, where Anwar El Ghazi is taped accepting the club’s award for August’s goal of the month.

What happens in the background is a classic case of thunder-stealing. For those unfamiliar:

Yep, that’s Ajax goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen flying through the air to nail a sublime diving header. A keeper! Perhaps he was just trying to throw his hat into the ring for September’s goal of the month award.

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"You mad, bro?"

(h/t Pies, Image: Getty)

11
Sep

Puebla prepares for Liga MX match wearing wolf masks

It’s no secret that Puebla manager José Luis Sánchez Solá — also known as “Chelis”— has always been a bit of a character. Whether it’s his brutal honesty in interviews or even quitting live on air, we’ve come to expect the unexpected from him.

So it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that Chelis deployed some strange tactics in one of Puebla’s training sessions this week:

So, why exactly are his playings wearing wolf masks while they train? We’ll let Chelis himself explain:

"When they play the ball like a dog will do, they will fight to steal it and defend it," he said on the club’s website.

Puebla is fighting to avoid relegation from Liga MX this season, so at this point, whatever works, right?

You can see the masks in action below courtesy of our friends over @TheBuzzerOnFOX:

11
Sep

Rio de Janeiro favela features world’s first pitch powered by players

We’re all used to Pelé doing the remarkable, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Brazilian soccer legend has partnered with Shell to unveil something truly mind-blowing: A pitch that’s powered by players.

That’s right. Nestled in a favela in Rio de Janeiro, there’s now a pitch with floodlights that are powered by the kinetic energy of the players on the pitch. Per Shell:

Special tiles under the pitch surface to capture the energy generated by football players’ movement. This energy is then stored and combined with the power generated by solar panels next to the pitch to convert into renewable electricity for the pitch’s new floodlights.

How awesome is that? Take a look at the before and after shots of the once rundown pitch in the Morro da Mineira favela.

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imageWe’re not sure if there’s a timer on those lights … but something tells us they likely won’t be going out anytime soon.

(h/t Metro, images via Shell)

11
Sep

Welcome to the ’80s: Denim is the new team color for Napoli

Serie A team Napoli has decided to take a stab at high fashion in their latest kit design.

We’re just not sure what decade we’re in.

Take a look at the denim themed kits. 

And yes, those are shirts AND shorts in what appears to be simulated blue jean fabric.

 Look closely: are those fake denim seams?

Napoli unveiled the design as one of their alternate kits, branding it as ‘Perfect Denim.’

This is a scare tactic for their opponents, right?

(h/t For the Win)