10
Sep

Sprinklers shower TV commentators before Switzerland-England match

The world got a front row seat to the hazards of touchline reporting earlier this week, and it didn’t disappoint.

ITV commentators Lee Dixon, Ian Wright, Glen Hoddle and Adrian Chiles were analyzing England’s game plan prior to the Three Lions’ 2-0 victory against Switzerland at St. Jakob-Park in Euro 2016 qualifying. Then, unexpectedly, the sprinklers were turned on and showered the English pundits on live television before the match:

Splash!

We understand the importance of gamesmanship. We just didn’t know that it applied to members of the media as well.

H/T NESN

5
Jun

Worst throw-in ever? It’s at least in the top five

Little Luxembourg held Italy to a 1-1 draw in a friendly on Wednesday, stunning the Italians ahead of their World Cup campaign. It was an impressive result for the country of just over half a million people.

But unfortunately for one Luxembourg player, this will live on the blooper reels for ever and ever and ever:

He needed to put just a liiiittle more muscle into that one.

(H/T SB Nation)

10
Nov

Bizarre goal scored by player’s buttocks

NOTE: Scroll to 0:40 second mark

Dear goalkeepers,

We appreciate your abilities to initiate counter-attacks. Speeding up play with a quick punt up-field can certainly catch opposing defenses on the back foot sometimes. But — and this is key — before you do, just make sure an opponent’s bum isn’t directly in the way. Please?

Sincerely, head coaches everywhere

Oita Trinita backstop Keisuke Shimizu learned the hard way this weekend against Albirex Niigata. A tad overeager to catch the defense napping, Shimizu punted the ball immediately after catching a long header in the area. Unfortunately, an opponent was standing right in the way, the ball ricocheted off the player’s backside, and the ball looped back into Shimizu’s own net!

Oita Trinita, no strangers to bottoming out (they’re currently in last place in the J-League), went on to lose, 3-1.

via 101GG

4
Nov

Never seen an own goal from fifty yards out? Here’s your chance!

In a German fourth-tier match against 1860 Munich’s reserves team, FC Schweinfurt midfielder Stefan Seufert managed to score a stunning own goal from just about the halfway line!

Whether Seufert was attempting a clearance, a long back-pass to his goalkeeper, or mixed up which half of the field his team was defending in we’ll never know. We are fairly certain, though, that Seufert can lay claim to the longest own goal of the year.

H/T Dirty Tackle

5
Aug

Player Sent Off Within First Minute of his Debut

For most players, a professional debut is a career highlight, a moment they can look back on once they’ve retired and reminisce about the ‘good old days.’ 19-year-old Rapid Vienna defender Maximilian Hofmann, however, might want to forget his first league appearance.

Starting in his club’s Austrian Bundesliga match against Sturm Graz, Hofmann was sent off within the first 45 seconds of the game for denying Sturm Graz a clear scoring opportunity inside his team’s box. Sturm Graz would convert the penalty, but thankfully for Hoffman, his team would still dominate the match and win 4-2, despite playing with just 10 men for almost the entirety of the match. 

That’s definitely a tough debut for any player, but at least things can only get better, right? So long as Hoffman doesn’t get thrown out within the first 30 seconds of his next match, we’re sure he’ll turn out just fine.

(Via: DirtyTackle)

8
Jul

Early Candidate for Howler of the year

Diego Penny has seen better days. The goalkeeper won Peru’s Primera Division championship last season with Sporting Cristal, and a few years ago even won a start in the Premier League with Burnley.

But as we all know, life as a goalkeeper can turn in an instant.

In a match against UTC this weekend, Penny looked quite worthless (get it? huh?) as Mauro Vila’s long-range effort headed straight towards him, hit his gloves and somehow parried into the back of the net. Butterfingers!

9
Jun

CNN reports that Chelsea winger Kevin De Bruyne is being linked with Chelsea

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Chelsea starlet Kevin De Bruyne scored a goal in Belgium’s 2-1 win over Serbia on Friday, bringing even more attention to himself. De Bruyne has been in the news a lot lately, being linked with loans and transfers to both Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen. Most recently, however, speculation began that Jose Mourinho does not want to see the promising talent slip through his fingers.

Unfortunately, somebody at CNN seemed to get a little confused about some of the details. Here’s a screen shot of Friday’s initial match report roundup from the European World Cup qualifiers:

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via 101gg

15
May

Palmeiras vs. Club Tijuana: Xolos make history

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Photo: Nelson Almeida/AFP/Getty Images

By Kyle McCarthy

1. The fairytale continues: Tijuana played its first match less than a decade ago. It reached the Mexican first division in 2011. It won its first title in 2012. And now it has advanced to the quarterfinals of the Copa Bridgestone Libertadores by registering the fourth Mexican victory on Brazilian soil.

In stark contrast to the two other Mexican clubs – Club América and C.D. Guadalajara – to win an away match in Brazil, Tijuana operates on a relatively modest budget and relies on a small squad of players to achieve laudable results. This triumph isn’t a fluke: it is the product of a cohesive unit of dedicated and savvy operators capable of winning against any opponent in North or South America on the right day. Antonio Mohamed has worked wonders to lift this club into a quarterfinal tie against Atlético Minero.

2. Credit Tijuana’s victory to a stout defensive shape: Tijuana prefers to play a counterattacking style well suited for continental play and Mohamed astutely adhered to it for this match. The game plan – retain the necessary structure and then wait for the opportune moment to break forward with pace – made perfect sense for this tie against a Palmeiras side that had scored just five goals in seven Libertadores matches coming into this match. Mohamed and his players dared Palmeiras to carve them open and win the tie. The Brazilians tried their best to do so (particularly in the second half), but they failed to come to terms with Tijuana’s resolute line (offside time and time again), lacked the quality to score from the run of play and suffered the consequences of their defensive lapses.

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