26
Jan

Monaco players send hospitalized Falcao best wishes pre-match

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While Zlatan Ibrahimovic is staying busy filming Volvo commercials, his Monaco rival Radamel Falcao remains in the hospital recovering from serious knee surgery. In their first match without him, the enitre Monaco team walked out donning T-shirts bearing Falcao’s face and the message “Fuerza Tigre.”

El Tigre, who according to his surgeon still has a chance to recover in time for the World Cup, quickly took to Instragram to show that he received and appreciated the message from his teammates, writing (translated) “From Porto watching the team, thank you for the strength you give me, I am here to give you mine!”

22
Jan

Falcao injures knee, could spell doom for Monaco and Colombia hopes

Radamel Falcao was stretchered off with a nasty knee injury during Monaco’s Coupe de France clash on Wednesday, spelling potential doom to both Monaco’s Ligue 1 and Colombia’s World Cup hopes. Falcao picked up the injury shortly after scoring the opening goal against Monts Or Azergues.

Whether Falcao will miss the rest of the season and the summer spectacle remains to be seen, but initial reports are not encouraging. Monaco released a short statement in regards to Falcao, saying the striker was hit in the left knee and that the club “must await further tests in the coming days to clarify the exact nature of the injury.”

Perhaps a better question is why Falcao was starting against a fourth-tier outfit, which was easily beaten 3-0, in the first place. It may just cost Monaco their run at a first Ligue 1 title since 2000, and Colombia — a dark horse candidate for the World Cup — their best player in Brazil.

30
Jun

The 60 most valuable footballers

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Ever wondered who the most valuable footballers in Europe are at this minute? What about the 60 most valuable footballers? Well, you’re in luck.

The International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) has put the most-coveted soccer players into a nifty little table. The ranking is sorted by predicting the price range of the respective player. For example, the list has Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at the top, with his price tag ranked at around £200m.

The CIES Football Observatory has certainly been hard-pressed to produce this, and with the transfer market officially opening tomorrow, it’s a nice little taster for what’s to come.

What do you think of the list? Barca, United and Real Madrid are all tied on seven players a piece, but there’s no Neymar to be seen. Predictable names such as Gareth Bale and Edinson Cavani feature heavily.

16
Jun

Falcao’s special edition boots come with designer watches. Price? $40K

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Falcao has teamed up with Puma and official World Cup timekeepers Hublot for a consumer deal of a lifetime. The new Monaco signing’s special edition EvoSpeed boots are designed to accompany a limited edition line of designer watches, Falcao-approved of course.

There are two types of bundles: the “King Gold” watch costs a cool $40,000; the “Unico Titanium” is priced at a more “reasonable” $17,000.

Here’s the official description:

“Only 100 pieces are available; 60 titanium and 40 King Gold priced at US$17,000 and US$40,000. Working with Hublot, Puma have created an evoSPEED 1.2 colourway for each watch, numbered 1-60 and 1-40, and the concept was first presented at the Basel Watch fair.

“The lateral side of the boot bears no secondary branding, and have been left blank so each will be personally signed by Falcao. The boots will only be available with each watch sold, and come together in a unique casing.”

Well then! Excuse me while I rush to grab one of these…not.

29
Dec

Everyone loves a good prank, but even more so when it happens to one of the world’s best soccer players.

Atletico Madrid star striker Radamel Falcao was the victim of a fantastic prank pulled off by Spanish TV station La1. Falcao is tricked into thinking he’s wrecked a very, very expensive Ferrari. You should really sit and watch the whole video. However, if you’re short on time and want to see him stare — mouth wide open — for about two minutes as the gravity of the (fake) situation sinks in, skip to 10 minute mark. Hilarity ensues.

19
Dec

No, he’s not that Falcao. But this one, the Falcao of the Futsal world, can play as well. The brazilian Futsal legend is coming in hot with one of the cheekiest plays you’ll ever see: a spinning backheel lob free kick that leaves the goalie completely stunned. Who says Futsal is boring?!