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…

21
Jul

Arsenal stars practice their New York accents before USA summer trip

This is just too good.

Ahead of Arsenal’s first pre-season game in the United States in 25 years, several of the Gunners worked on their New York City accents to amazing results.

Carl Jenkinson, Kieran Gibbs, Mathieu Flamini, and Serge Gnabry (two Brits, a Frenchman and a German) gave it their best effort, and that’s all you pretty much can say about it:

If you’re keeping score, Jenkinson wins by default.

H/T BleacherReport

21
Jul

Open champ and Man United fan Rory McIlroy booed by Liverpool locals

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Rory McIlroy dominated the Open Championship this past weekend, leading from start to finish en route to his third major golf championship of his career. But the 25-year-old did make one grave error: He took a moment during his acceptance speech to mention his allegiance to football club Manchester United.

The problem? The Open was held at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake. Whoops!

Needless to say, the Merseyside locals were none too pleased:

That’s a one-stroke penalty, Roy!

21
Jul

Monaco’s Dimitar Berbatov scores wonder volley in pre-season

For most players, the pre-season is a time to shake off the rust from the summer break, and to ease back into the everyday grind that is professional soccer. It’s not uncommon for our favorite stars to require a few weeks before they show their full fitness and ability again.

Dimitar Berbatov is not most players.

No, “The Continental” already looks to be in mid-season form with French side AS Monaco, scoring this breathtaking, acrobatic volley in a test against Colombian side Atletico Junior on Sunday:

Who needs James Rodriguez when you have Berba, right?

Image provide by Reuters.

20
Jul

Spanish club unveils presents new alternate kits

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Little-known Spanish club CD Lugo is turning heads with some truly one-of-a-kind soccer kits.

Making the most of their sponsorship with beer brand Estrella Galicia, CD Lugo are finally offering fans the chance to to drink a beer, while wearing a beer:

And because four kits isn’t enough for a second-division club, they added a fifth, somehow even stranger kit, featuring a large octopus tentacle. Yes.

Your move, La Hoya Lorca.

H/T SBNation

20
Jul

Whoops! World Cup trophy damaged at afterparty

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The German national team apparently celebrated their fourth World Cup title a bit too hard last weekend.

According to DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach, part of the World Cup trophy was damaged at the Rio afterparty!

"At one spot a small piece was chipped off, but don’t worry. We have specialists who can fix it," Niersbach told German news magazine Spiegel.

The culprit? A mystery. Niersbach joked that a thorough and persistent investigation was conducted, but proved inconclusive.

Good thing the damaged trophy wasn’t the original! Because no World Cup champion actually gets to keep the real deal, FIFA representatives had already taken the original version back for safekeeping before the team even left the Maracana.

20
Jul

David Beckham gets slimed at Nickelodeon Awards

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Pictures via: Getty and David Beckham/Facebook

David Beckham and his two youngest sons Cruz and Romeo were slimed at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday.

Of course, it was gold-colored goo:

"Golden Balls" was being presented the Legend Award by his kids when the star received his customary slime shower. Despite being covered in goo, Beckham still managed a few words in his acceptance speech:

"When I was young, my dream was to be a professional soccer player," he said. If you have dreams and you believe in yourself, your dreams can come true. Thank you very much."

Video: Daily Mail