18
Apr

This is what happens when pro footballers play against children

The only way to make a scrimmage between young kids and real, actual footballers somewhat competitive is to outnumber the professionals by a large margin.

But even then, it’s never really fair fight. It does, however, lead to really amusing plays and goals, like this one from John Terry:

Let’s see them try that one against a real team and see how far they get.

2
Jan

This is what happens when two pros take on 55 kids

Thanks to a Japanese game show, we get to watch professional footballers Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United) and Hiroshi Kiyotake (Nurnberg) take on 55 children by themselves.

Skip ahead to the 1:45 mark to see if three goalkeepers can stop Kagawa’s breakaway.image

SPOILER: It doesn’t end well for the kids.


(H/T Sports Grid)

25
Oct

Steven Gerrard put on the spot by 10-year-old Liverpool fan

In one of our favorite recurring segments, Kop Kids presents another sit-down interview with a young fan and a club superstar.

Here we see 10-year-old Reds fan Finn getting a chance to sit down with Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard.

Some highlights:

  • What Gerrard has on his Christmas list
  • Which players give Gerrard the most cheek
  • The England captain’s favorite actor is Robert De Niro
  • Gerrard can’t stand sprouts
  • Young Finn gets the exclusive on Gerrard’s breakfast
  • The boy actually has a pretty righteous shot!

The whole video is so darn cute that’s it worth watching by itself, but Finn actually gives a pretty informative interview. All we can say is: Enjoy!

(h/t Reddit)

6
Sep

Spoof story dupes soccer fans into needless outcry

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CBC Radio program This is That caused a stir over the weekend with a segment that claimed an Ontario athletic association removed the ball from youth soccer games, thus ensuring everybody wins.

The This is That piece hit the blogosphere, and the pallbearers for athletic integrity readied themselves to lower the proverbial casket. There’s only one problem: This is That is a satirical program, comparable to a Canadian version of The Onion.

To be fair, the hoax included some totally believable quotes, such as:

"We want our children to grow up learning that sport is not about competition, rather it’s about using your imagination. If you imagine you’re good at soccer, then, you are."

In the same vein, we guess if you imagine a completely ridiculous story is true, then, it is.

Oh, wait.

(h/t Deadspin)

(Image: Joe Corrigan/Getty Images)

22
Jul

Aston Villa launches new “Royal Baby” merchandise line

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That didn’t take long, did it?

It’s considered common knowledge by now that Prince William - the proud new father of a royal baby boy - is a fan of Birmingham-based soccer club Aston Villa. So maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise that the club is looking to cash in on the royal link by releasing a new line of “Royal Baby” merchandise in its stores.

That’s right, you can now purchase anything from baby socks and bibs to pacifiers, sippy cups and “baby on board” stickers adorned with the club’s logo. The highlight in the collection though is the customized baby jersey with “HRH” emblazoned on the back, standing for “His Royal Highness.”

The team was also quick to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge via Twitter, claiming the royal baby’s fanhood well before it can even utter his first words:

Whether or not the Royal Baby will grow up to root for his father’s club remains to be seen. In the meantime, we’re certain Villa is going to profit some either way. Let’s be real: what Villain fan wouldn’t want their baby to sport an “HRH” jersey?

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26
Jun

Trecker’s Brazilian Travels: Chaos runs supreme

By Jamie Trecker, FOXSoccer.com

BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL

Belo Horizonte descended into chaos Wednesday night as protestors clashed with police throughout the town. The Confederations Cup match between Brazil and Uruguay saw over 100,000 people attempt to break the security cordon set up one mile around the perimeter of the Estadio Mineirao, and police and protestors traded blows. One serious injury was reported, and police announced that 15 people had been arrested.

The scenes – with raging fires that claimed businesses, and smoke and tear gas billowing over the sides of the Mineirao – seemed better suited to a war zone than a soccer tournament. Army forces reinforced the police, and ten helicopters were deployed above and around the stadium, creating an eerie scene as kickoff approached.

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Photo: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

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13
Jun

9-year old fan grills Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers

You gotta love the innocence of a child.

Brendan Rodgers sat down with a 9-year old Liverpool for an exclusive interview, in which he peppers the Reds manager with hard-hitting questions such as “What would you buy with five pounds?” and “Who is the most naughtiest [on the team]?” (We give you one guess)

If becoming the next Luis Suarez doesn’t quite work out for the kid, maybe he could join the infamous British media one day!

(LFCTV)