18
Jul

Luis Suarez forgets keys and is locked out of home in Spain

Since biting Giorgio Chiellini, Luis Suarez has been on a bit of a roller coaster. He had his appeal rejected, but then secured a move to Barcelona. However, because of his ban, he cannot be unveiled with his new club.

So Suarez is stuck in limbo while waiting in Spain for his eventual unveiling and introduction to the press. While he waits, he’s staying with his in-laws in Castelldefels outside of Barcelona.

Well, today we’ve learned that even a person as successful and wealthy and talented as Luis Suarez forgets his keys sometimes. Whoops:

The eager fans outside the house didn’t mind, of course, and Suarez obliged many of them with autographs and pictures. But man, the guy just can’t seem to catch a break these days. 

It sure seems like biting gives you bad karma. Who knew?

(H/T Off The Post)

6
Jul

Neymar addresses his legion of fans after World Cup heartache

In Brazil’s potentially World Cup 2014 defining moment vs. Colombia on Friday, Neymar fractured his vertebra that essentially ended his glittering tournament.

As their top goalscorer and standout performer, the 22-year-old Barca star was Brazil’s engine who are hoping to finally win a World Cup on their home soil.

Neymar will do his best to lead them through, though. In an incredibly emotional video, Neymar addressed his millions of fans, promising them that his World Cup dream is not over, just postponed.

"Brazilian people, players, coaches and fans, this is a very tough moment. It’s hard to express my thoughts in words.

"I want to tell you that I’ll be back on the field as soon as possible. I would like to thank you for your support and affection expressed through the messages that have been sent to me.

"My dream is not over yet, it was interrupted due to a move but it is still alive. I am sure my team mates will make sure I can achieve my dream which is to be champion.

"Another dream of mine was to play on a World Cup Final but I won’t be able to do it now – although I’m sure that my team mates will win and be champions along with me and we Brazilian people will be celebrating this achievement.

"Thank you all, hugs."

A touching sentiment, and one that could well inspire Brazil to go on and reclaim the biggest trophy in international football as a result.

Best of luck on your return, big guy.

30
May

Lionel Messi surprises fans with completely adorable hugs

Ever since shows like Candid Camera and Punk’d came around, people everywhere are skeptical when presented with a situation that seems too good to be true.

This is especially true when a person is surprised by their sporting idol.

Head and Shoulders filmed a stunt in which people were dared to hug whatever came out of a special box. A knight, an astronaut, an elderly women; you name it, it came out of that box.

But then, a surprise guest made an appearance:

You can see the gears turning in their heads. "Is that really Lionel Messi? I mean, really? It can’t be. Maybe? YES IT IS LIONEL MESSI!"

Eventually, everyone accepted it was truly Messi standing in front of them, and they hugged him like they’ve never hugged before. D’awwwww.

(H/T SB Nation)

30
May

Cinderella-esque Spanish team buys Barcelona’s unused confetti

When Barcelona took on Atletico Madrid in the final La Liga match of the 2013-14 season, they bought red and blue confetti to prepare for a potential league win. As we all know now, they in fact lost the league to Atletico, so all that celebratory paper was going to go to waste. 

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The 2013-14 team picture for Eibar. (Twitter: @sd_eibar)

In comes Eibar, a Spanish team that has won two promotions in two years, and clinched promotion from the Segunda Division to La Liga next season. However, because of recently introduced financial regulations, the club cannot be promoted unless they raise 1.7 million euros by August 6. Ouch.

They’ve done everything possible to help hit this number, including selling individual shares online for 50 euros. But the small-town club still have a ways to go, so they’ve taken all possible cost-cutting measures to help with the fundraising, including purchasing Barcelona’s unused confetti at a deep discount:

imageEibar’s colors just so happen to be the same as Barca’s (Image: Getty).

The confetti would’ve gone bad — apparently, it lumps together when unused — so Barca was happy to unload it for a small fee.

Good luck in your quest for promotion, Eibar. We’re rooting for you.

(Via abc.es)

21
May

Barcelona unveil new home kit for 2014/15 season

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After introducing their new manager (Luis Enrique) and new starting goalkeeper (Marc-Andre ter Stegen) this week, Barcelona have now unveiled their new home kits for next season. And guess what? They feature blue and red vertical stripes. Imagine that!

Jokes aside, the new shirt looks fresh to death. The vibrant yellow collar from this past season gives way to a unique blue one with a Catalan touch - the Senyera flag in the open v-neck. It’s the first time the Catalan flag has been placed there, and it adds for a little spice!

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Another change from this year is the center stripe will now be red instead of blue, which is also a good thing because then we can tell Barca’s shirt apart from Bayern Munich’s new kit.

Well done, Barca, well done.

Images via FCBarcelona.com

19
May

Shakira makes Gerard Pique forget of Barcelona’s shortcomings

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How do you get over losing the La Liga title on the final day, in your own stadium no less?
  • Step 1: Fly to Vegas
  • Step 2: Visit your lover, who happens to be Shakira, at the Billboard Music Awards
  • Step 3: Receive a giant smooch from Shakira and all the sadness mysteriously disappears
Man, it must be nice to be Gerard Pique.

Image courtesy of Getty
19
May

Barcelona shut out of La Liga Best XI

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Trivia question: When was the last time Lionel Messi was excluded from La Liga’s official ‘Team of the Year?’ Better question: When’s the last time nobody from Barcelona made the Best XI?

Well, since the Liga Nacional de Futbol Profesional (LFP) only introduced that distinction in 2008, the answer to both questions would be ‘never.’ Until now.

Yup, this season the LFP have shut out Barca completely. Even stranger, only one Real Madrid player made the team: Cristiano Ronaldo. In place of the usual pack of players from the two La Liga behemoths? A whole gang of Atletico Madrid stars; seven of the eleven come from this year’s champions, while two Athletic Bilbao players also made the cut. Here’s the full squad:

GK:  Thibaut Courtois, Atletico Madrid

DEF: Luis Filipe, Atletico Madrid; Diego Godin, Atletico Madrid; Aymeric Laporte, Athletic Bilbao; Juanfran, Atletico Madrid.

MID: Koke, Atletico Madrid; Ander Iturraspe, Athletic Bilbao; Gabi, Atletico Madrid; Ivan Rakitic, Sevilla.

FWD: Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid; Diego Costa, Atletico Madrid

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Weird, isn’t it?

Images: Best XI (LFP) & Messi (Reuters)


18
May

Spanish brothel promised free prostitutes if Atletico won La Liga?

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Promises are promises. Then there’s this.

Atletico Madrid capped off one of the most memorable La Liga title races in recent memory after rallying to win their first Spanish Primera Division crown in 18 years. Los Colchoneros, 100/1 underdogs before the start of the 2013-14 season, needed only a draw against defending champion Barcelona at the Camp Nou to make history.

And that’s exactly what Atletico accomplished on Saturday, and that’s where the story gets interesting.

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16
May

Gamesmanship? Barca allocate 447 tickets to Atletico fans for La Liga decider

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Atletico Madrid fans are known to be a noisy bunch, but they’ll have a tough time getting heard on Saturday.

According to the Daily Mail, Barcelona have only issued Atletico 447 tickets for their winner-takes-all La Liga showdown at the Camp Nou, a stadium that can accommodate 99,787 fans. The paltry away ticket allocation accounts for just 0.4% of the Camp Nou’s total capacity!

Now, we’re not saying it’s out of Barcelona’s right to do this, but giving out that few seats to away fans is practically unheard of, some might even say a little cheap. But when the stakes are this high, anything goes apparently.

Makes you wonder how many tickets Barca would have given out if it was Real Madrid they’d need to play for the title. 100? 10? Good grief!

Image provided by Reuters.