18
Aug

Keisuke Honda throws name in the ring for worst corner kick ever

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Earlier today, we showed you a pathetic attempt at a corner kick from Nantes midfielder Serge Gakpé.

Not to be outdone, Keisuke Honda of AC Milan did all in his power to upstage Mr. Gakpé. In a preseason match vs Valencia, Honda somehow, incredibly, blasted the set piece all the way into the furthest reaches of the upper deck. In fact, the ball probably still hasn’t landed.

Watch:

The worst best part? For some reason Honda was allowed to take another corner in the second half. And wouldn’t you know it, the Japenese winger almost produced an exact copy of that horrendous effort:

Hey, at least he hit the ball!

Could we somehow fuse the attempts from Honda and Gakpé together into one, it would surely be a textbook corner kick.

H/T Pies

18
Aug

The worst corner kick of all time?

Quickly-taken short corners are a nice change-up to the usual set-piece routine, but it helps when you actually strike the ball.

Nantes midfielder Serge Gakpé failed to do just that this weekend, instead taking out the corner flag and drawing raucous laughter from the crowd. Surely this must be one of the worst corners you’re ever likely to see:

To be fair, that darn corner flag really does get in the way sometimes. Anyone remember this gem from Armenia’s Aras Ozbiliz last year?

Vine: @necroute

16
Aug

Real Madrid full-kit pitch invader tries to blend in on corner kick

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This is Cristiano Ronaldo. He played and scored against Fiorentina in Real Madrid’s 2-1 friendly loss on Saturday. He was subbed off at halftime, but somehow ‘Cristiano Ronaldo’ magically appeared back on the pitch in the 75th minute.

Okay, clearly that is not the Cristiano Ronaldo. It is a fan who thought himself clever by wearing a full kit, invading the pitch and trying to blend in on a Fiorentina corner kick. It actually worked pretty well as no one seemed to know what was going on or what to do.

He was pretty much was given free rein to walk wherever he pleased.

Security? Anybody? No? Okay then. Well played, sir.

14
Aug

Anderlecht coach kicks ball in anger, ball gets last laugh

Nearly everyone has had that moment of blind rage where they’ve tried to take out their frustration on a helpless inanimate object, only to come out looking like an idiot.

This blogger, in particular, once blew up after losing a game of Madden 2005 and broke the arm off his parents’ antique couch. (Sorry, mom and dad!) But unlike Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki’s bout vs. an exercise bike, my moment of embarrassment wasn’t recorded for all to see on YouTube.

Anderlecht coach Besnik Hasi also fell victim to this momentary lapse in judgment, and luckily we all get to witness the glory.

Oof! Not a good look. You have to love the gentleman in the suit to the right’s expression near the end of the video, though.

Where have we seen this happen before?

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Oh yeah, that’s right. Good grief!

(h/t Deadspin)

28
Jul

FAIL! Fernando Torres pulls a Torres, misses wide-open net from a yard out


Fernando Torres fail (Chelsea vs Olimpija… by footazo

Fernando Torres is already in his mid-season form. Unfortunately, that’s “Torres’ form,” and not anybody else’s.

How do you mess this up? HOW?!

At least Jose Mourinho will be happy to know that if he needs his team to miss a sitter, Torres is still his guy.

26
Jul

Norwich City apologize after claiming 13-0 win over wrong opponents

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Championship side Norwich City apologized to Italian club Saint-Christophe Vallee d’Aoste after the Canaries mistakenly thought they had played — and badly beaten — the Serie D outfit, 13-0, in a recent friendly match.

Huh? How could they not know who they were playing, you ask?

The error appears to have stemmed from a classic case of miscommunication.

Norwich were due to face Serie C side Novara on Sunday as part of their training camp in Italy, but the fixture was canceled and replacement opponents were called in — believed to have been S.C Vallee d’Aoste. In reality, the Canaries had only faced a regional select side.

It’s no wonder, then, that Norwich manager Neil Adams felt his side could’ve used more of a challenge.

"With all due respect to the opposition, they didn’t really give us the test that certainly we wanted at this stage of the season," Adams said before the team’s website claimed the double-digit win over S.C Vallee d’Aoste.

After the Serie D club notified them of the error, Norwich apologized in a statement:

"In our original match report for this warm-up fixture, acting in good faith on the basis of information given to the club, we incorrectly reported that we had played against local club side SC Vallee d’Aoste," the statement read.

H/T BBC.com

Image provided by Reuters.

24
Jul

Head-scratcher: What has Pepe done to his hair?

No, seriously, we want to know. What has Pepe done to his hair?

The summer can be a bit boring for some footballers, but certainly there’s a better way than THAT to spice things up.

His hair looks like a bare tree!

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Maybe it’s a defensive technique, since someone could poke an eye out going up for a header against him.

What makes matters worse is he’s currently in California for the International Champions Cup. If this becomes the next American fad hairstyle, we’re calling it quits. Bring back the Bieber … anything!

Hopefully Pepe lost a bet, and this coiffure nightmare is all just a joke that will soon disappear. 

(h/t Dirty Tackle)

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

Swiss League opener yields best own goal you’ll see all year

While most leagues in Europe are just now getting back in the groove with preseason friendlies, over in Switzerland the 2014/15 season got already back underway on Saturday, and it didn’t take long for Milan Gajic of Young Boys Bern to score perhaps the goal of the season.

Unfortunately, he put it in his own net!

Gajic put St. Gallen ahead, 2-1, with this incredible half-volley from outside the box that thundered past his goalkeeper and into the top corner:

It might well be Gajic’s greatest goal he’ll ever score, but this is hardly the way he wanted to kick-start his season.

Young Boys did go on the equalize late in the game to at least secure a point in their opener.

H/T 101GG

16
Jul

Blackpool cancels preseason tour due to lack of players

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Blackpool have canceled their pre-season tour in Spain citing a lack of available players.

The Championship side has just eight players signed to the active roster after 27 left the club at the end of last season. It is unclear if that many players have ever left the same club in a single summer before, but we’re guessing this is a record.

Based on who they do have under contract, the best Blackpool could do is field a fairly aggressive 3-1-4 formation, with no goalkeeper. That’s right. A second-division club in England currently has just one midfielder and no goalkeepers under contract. Good luck with that!

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston told the club’s website:

"I see absolutely no reason why we shouldn’t be able to recruit sufficient numbers and quality to be able to compete in the Championship.

"The main thing people want to see is players signing for us and I think once we get some signed, and everything settles down, then we’ll soon forget about some of the problems.

"We’re finding it difficult to land some of the players we’ve been chasing.

"That’s always the case, but unfortunately it’s with the backdrop of not having many players, so it probably focuses things a little more than would normally be the case."

FIFA rules require a team to field a minimum of seven players for games to be valid, so technically The Seasiders could still play. However, that would obviously still be pretty dumb.

Instead of getting embarrassed on the road, the team has decided to skip the tour and concentrate on player recruitment. A wise choice in our book.

(H/T The Guardian, Press Association).

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