Portland Thorns - 2013 NWSL Champs
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Talk about jumping the gun.
Gareth Bale might not have a Real Madrid shirt yet, but a few lucky fans may have been quick enough to order theirs through Real Madrid’s official online store Thursday.
In a gaffe that Real quickly remedied (the online store’s website was quickly “down for maintenance”), the Spanish giants — or their kit sponsors adidas — appear to have tipped their hand that the deal everyone was expecting to get done is finally inching toward the finish line.
Bale shirt update. Adidas, not Real Madrid, are responsible for the online store and this was a mistake.— AS English (@English_AS)
The only question left to answer is: Will Bale’s shirt sales counterbalance the rumored world record fee Real Madrid are expected to pay for the Welshman?
What do you get when the biggest rumor filled day clashes with the Twitter universe? Madness.
Utter and complete madness, that’s what.
Stunning reports surfaced on Thursday night sending Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina to Arsenal. Many scoured to find the transfer rumor’s validity, FOX Soccer included, only to confirm that the supposed Twitter account of Martin Samuel, the same guy who’s bashed the winter transfer window for years, was a fake Twitter account.
Samuel’s supposed account stated: “BREAKING NEWS: Sources at Melwood have confirmed #Liverpool have accepted a bid for Jose Reina from #Arsenal. An amazing development #LFC.”
Earlier this month, Reina’s father expressed a desire to see him return to Barcelona as current Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes is set to leave the Camp Nou.
The owner of the Twitter account, Gareth David, admitted to the hoax later in tweets.
Evening guys. I’m not Martin Samuel (It said that in my profile). I thought I’d have a bit of fun with #transferdeadlineday— Gareth David (@grthdvd) January 31, 2013
It’s a ridiculous football day and I wanted to see how many legit football outlets I could trick into tweeting about or running the story.— Gareth David (@grthdvd) January 31, 2013
As 2012 comes to a close, what stories should you be following in 2013?
We’ve got predictions — Manchester United winning the Barclays Premier League in May — and stories to keep an eye on, like Brazil’s preparations (safety first!) for the World Cup in 2014. Want to know what else we think will happen next year? Read on to find out.